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  • Baby on board: NASCAR driver Kyle Larson a father

    Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kyle Larson is a rookie again, this time a new father. The 22-year-old Chip Ganassi Racing driver welcomed his first child Monday. Larson tweeted a photo of himself, girlfriend Katelyn Sweet and their newborn son, Owen, at Lake Norman Regional Medical...

  • Most and least reliable small cars

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    By definition, buyers of small cars are cost conscious. They want to get a good value on something fuel-efficient that will remain dependable for years to come, says Yahoo. Based on Consumer Reports’ latest reliability survey that collected data on more than a million vehicles, there are a few...

  • Prosecutor begins probe into 2012 Valencia F1 GP

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Prosecutor's Office has begun an investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement in the awarding of contracts to hold the 2012 Formula One race in Valencia. The writ names Francisco Camps, a former president of the Valencia region, Dolores Johnson, a tourism...

  • Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February. Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single "First Kiss." Kid Rock's appearance coincides with the launch of his album "First Kiss." The album will...

  • Ecclestone trying to revive South African GP

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is working to return South Africa to the schedule. There has not been an F1 race in Africa since the last South African Grand Prix in 1993. "We're in the middle of trying to do something in South Africa," Ecclestone told Russian agency R-Sport....

  • Ganassi sets lineups for Rolex 24 at Daytona

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Winners for Chip Ganassi in NASCAR and the IndyCar Series will team up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Seven-time IMSA Champions and five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced of a lineup of two entries and eight drivers for the...

  • Wallace signs with Roush Fenway for Xfinity Series in 2015

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. has signed a deal with Roush Fenway Racing and will drive the No. 6 Ford in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team didn't say how many races Wallace would race for them in NASCAR's rebranded second-tier series. The 21-year-old Wallace has five career wins...

  • Bernie Ecclestone back on F1 board, to stay as CEO

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Bernie Ecclestone's control of Formula One was fully restored on Thursday after overcoming court cases that threatened his grip on the motorsport series. The 84-year-old Ecclestone stepped down as a board member of F1's holding company this year while standing trial for bribery in...

  • Kurt Busch testifies at no-contact order hearing

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch had his turn on the witness stand Wednesday and testified that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims he assaulted her. Testifying at a hearing on Patricia Driscoll's request for a no-contact order, Busch said...

  • Kurt Busch's ex seeks no-contact order at hearing

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch's breakup with his ex-girlfriend turned into an ugly court battle Tuesday when she described Busch in testimony as unstable and struggling with alcoholism and depression. His attorneys countered, describing her as untrustworthy and "extremely...

  • Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sprint informed NASCAR it won't extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. "Sprint has long benefited from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan...

  • Ganassi hires Joey Hand to team with Pruett in sports car

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chip Ganassi Racing will have a new driver and a new sponsor this season for its flagship No. 01 Prototype in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship sports car series. Joey Hand was announced Tuesday as co-driver with Scott Pruett for the team that has won four of the last...

  • Trophies stolen from Red Bull found in a lake

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Some of the trophies stolen from the factory of Formula One team Red Bull have been have been found in a lake after being spotted by a member of the public. More than 60 trophies were reported missing from the factory at Milton Keynes, southern England, on Dec. 6 after...

  • Bills Dareus' court hearing postponed to Jan. 13

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will have to wait until next month in a bid to resolve a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge after crashing his car during an alleged car race. Dareus appeared in Hamburg Town court on Tuesday, when his hearing was...

  • NASCAR driver Vickers undergoes heart surgery

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Brian Vickers underwent surgery to repair a hole in his heart for a second time, and the recovery period will cause him to miss the start of the 2015 season. Vickers said in a statement Monday issued by Michael Waltrip Racing that his previous health issues...

  • Ferrari signs Gutierrez as test and reserve driver

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari has signed Esteban Gutierrez as its test and reserve driver from next season, after the Mexican lost his seat at Sauber. New Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene said Friday "we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although...

  • F1 champion Lewis Hamilton wins BBC award

    Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning his second Formula One title. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver says "I honestly was not expecting this" after beating top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, who won two major titles in 2014, to the...

  • 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Full-sized luxury without full-sized price

    by ALAN GELL | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    It was July, the hottest month of the year.  My initial reaction for a test-drive vehicle was not the make, model, or mileage.  It was a simple, “Does the AC work really well?”  Once that had been established, I could relax and enjoy all the pleasures of driving the new Avalon...

  • Ecclestone: Qatar GP talks thwarted by Bahrain

    Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Bahrain has been blocking Qatar from hosting a Formula One race, according to Bernie Ecclestone. Bahrain, which first hosted an F1 race in 2004, has to approve other races in the region following an agreement with Ecclestone. The country did agree to allow a second race in the...

  • Ganassi and Harry Scott to field 1 Xfinity entry

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chip Ganassi and Harry Scott Jr. have teamed up to field one car in NASCAR's Xfinity Series next season. The entry will be run by Chip Ganassi Racing and will race under the name HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi. The No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro will be shared by Kyle...

  • Kevin Harvick named Driver of the Year

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick has been named Driver of the Year by a panel of broadcasters and journalists. Harvick won the final two races of the season to earn his first career Sprint Cup title. He won five races in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, and it...

  • NASCAR driver Kyle Busch has surgery on left foot

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch underwent successful surgery on his left foot Thursday at a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital. The surgery was to relieve recurring inflammation in Busch's foot. Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement the procedure was done by Dr. Robert Anderson of...

  • McLaren signs Alonso to drive with Button in 2015

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    WOKING, England (AP) — McLaren announced the return of Fernando Alonso and retained Jenson Button for the 2015 Formula One season on Thursday, giving the British team a lineup of former champions at the start of its restored partnership with Honda. Danish driver Kevin Magnussen was dropped...

  • Target shifting funds toward marketing race teams

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Target will again sponsor three-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon next season, but will shift its spending from a second entry to an increased marketing plan. Dixon will be back for his record 14th season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing next year. The only other driver...

  • South Oklahoma City pain clinic is a hotbed of police activity over the years, reports show

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.


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