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  • Newgarden claims first IndyCar Series win not far from home

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Josef Newgarden's wait is over. To his relief, so is the race. The 24-year-old Tennessean held off a hard-charging Graham Rahal on Sunday in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for his first IndyCar Series victory. "I'm so relieved that it's over with," Newgarden said. "I...

  • Ron Capps tops Funny Car field at Baytown

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — Ron Capps raced to his second Funny Car victory of the season Sunday, beating teammate Jack Beckman in the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals. Capps powered past Beckman in the final round to earn his 44th Funny Car victory and move into second behind John Force on...

  • Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR's sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend. Now he has made a trip to Victory Lane, where Busch hoped his victory Sunday at Richmond...

  • Spencer Pigot completes weekend Indy Lights sweep

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Spencer Pigot completed a weekend sweep of Indy Lights races with a victory at Sunday's 35-lap competition. Pigot, who took the series points lead, crossed the finish line 5.9781 seconds ahead of Jack Harvey of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Legacy Indy Lights 100...

  • RCR crew member released from hospital after pit-road fire

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richard Childress Racing says crew member Josh Wittman was released from the hospital Saturday, a night after he was injured in a pit-road fire during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Wittman is the gas man for RCR driver Brendan Gaughan. Three...

  • Castroneves grabs IndyCar pole, Team Penske gets top 3 spots

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Team Penske will start from a familiar position at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama: Up front. Now, the challenge will be finishing there, too. Castroneves is confident of a happy ending for someone on his team Sunday at Barber Motorsports...

  • Spencer Massey qualifies No. 1 in NHRA SpringNationals

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — Texas driver Spencer Massey raced to his first No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel in two years Saturday at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals. No one improved on Massey's track-record performance of 3.734 seconds at 330.07 mph from Friday and he will open...

  • Rain postpones NASCAR race at Richmond until Sunday

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Weather disrupted NASCAR's top series for a second consecutive week when Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race was postponed because of persistent rain at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR rescheduled the event for Sunday at 1 p.m. It's the first time this season...

  • Conor Daly to race Indy 500 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Conor Daly won't have to endure watching the Indianapolis 500 from a few thousand miles away this year. He'll be a participant instead. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park that Daly will drive its third entry, the No. 43 Honda, in...

  • Michael Schumacher's son makes strong Formula 4 debut

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    OSCHERSLEBEN, Germany (AP) — The teenage son of former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher made a strong debut at Formula 4 level on Saturday. After starting in 19th position for the Van Amersfoort team, Mick Schumacher finished ninth to earn the best rookie award. The 16-year-old...

  • 3 crew members injured in pit road fire at Richmond

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — NASCAR says three pit road crew members were taken to a hospital after a fire broke out on pit road Friday night during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Two of the crew members were working in Brendan Gaughan's pit, where the fire erupted, and one...

  • Hamlin dominates to win NASCAR race at Richmond

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin returned from last week's injury-shortened weekend and led almost from start to finish Friday night to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Hamlin led the first 154 laps after starting on the pole. He relinquished the lead for...

  • Beckman has first 3-second Funny Car run at Royal Purple

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — Jack Beckman raced to the first three-second Funny Car run at Royal Purple Raceway to take the qualifying lead Friday in the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals. Beckman had a track-record time of 3.988 seconds at 318.17 mph in a Dodge Charger. He has 10 No. 1...

  • Logano wins pole at Richmond, his third of the season

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joey Logano won the pole position Friday night for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner turned a fast lap at 127.071 mph in the third round on the 0.75-mile oval. He easily edged Denny Hamlin for the top spot,...

  • Bowyer and Stewart looking for good runs at Richmond

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Clint Bowyer is having a terrible year. Tony Stewart, too. The veteran drivers have struggled through most of the first eight races this year before breakthrough performances last weekend at Bristol. Neither driver believes they've turned a corner, but both believe they can...

  • NASCAR felt Jones was capable of driving Hamlin's car

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Erik Jones had never turned a lap in the Sprint Cup Series when he became a last-minute replacement driver for Denny Hamlin at Bristol last weekend. Jones was flown in from North Carolina during a lengthy rain delay in Sunday's race when because Hamlin had neck spasms. The...

  • NASCAR warns teams of consequences of failing inspection

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — NASCAR has issued another warning to teams about the consequences of repeatedly failing inspections at the race track. In a bulletin sent to Sprint Cup teams before Richmond International Raceway opened for Saturday's race, NASCAR said it will begin issuing written warnings...

  • Scott Dixon is chasing IndyCar wins leaders, not spotlight

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Scott Dixon is chasing iconic IndyCar names like Foyt, Andretti and Unser on the all-time victories list. But the soft-spoken driver from New Zealand is much more comfortable flying under the radar out of the car. His wife Emma calls him "super, super shy." Dixon enters Sunday's Grand Prix of...

  • Traffic patterns altered leading to Richmond speedway

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Traffic is being rerouted on roads leading to the Richmond International Raceway for NASCAR events this weekend. The Henrico County Department of Public Works will change traffic patterns on Friday and Saturday. The department advises motorists to expect heavy traffic and...

  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NBA SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard is keeping some Hall of Fame company. The San Antonio forward was selected the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP. "It feels great," the...

  • NASCAR CEO says he'd like to make room for Busch in Chase

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — NASCAR chairman Brian France isn't sure if Kyle Busch will be granted a waiver to be part of the championship chase when he returns from injury, but said Thursday the sanctioning body would like to "accommodate" him. Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a crash into a...

  • Hunter-Reay hoping for another pick-me-up at Alabama track

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — If ever there was a track where Ryan Hunter-Reay can count on a pick-me-up, it's Barber Motorsports Park. The two-time defending race champion returns to Alabama this weekend for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after a rough start to the season that included a...

  • Toyota to provide 1st hydrogen-fueled pace car

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A hydrogen-fueled vehicle will lead the field at a NASCAR race for the first time when a 2016 Toyota Mirai serves as the official pace car Saturday night at Richmond. The midsize sedan uses no gasoline and emits only water vapor. The electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen,...

  • Michael Waltrip to drive No. 55 at Talladega

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Waltrip will return to the No. 55 Toyota next week at Talladega Superspeedway as his race team tries to finalize a more stable plan to replace Brian Vickers. Vickers, who has a history of blood clots, learned last month they had returned. He requires blood...

  • Horner worried Red Bull needs up to 9 engines this season

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is worried that his drivers will need up to nine engines this season following a complicated start for both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. Ricciardo's engine blew at the end of last Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, although the Australian...


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