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  • Waltrip: 'A lot of unrest' in NASCAR led to driver council

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has never had much of an appetite for drivers uniting to create a single voice. The sanctioning body once banned Curtis Turner for trying to form a union in 1961. But times have changed, said Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, who believes dislike of the current rules...

  • IndyCar reduces penalty against Castroneves to 3 points

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has reduced a penalty levied against Helio Castroneves for triggering an accident on the first lap of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last month. Castroneves was initially penalized 8 points for hitting Scott Dixon in the first corner of the May 9 race. After a review...

  • Larson looking for answers during puzzling sophomore slump

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Larson sounded like so many defeated drivers who could only watch as Jimmie Johnson hoisted his 10th winner's trophy at Dover. "I figured it would be tough to have a shot at Jimmie," Larson said. While Johnson has left a trail of contenders in his dirty air over the...

  • NASCAR fines Bayne, Cobb for walking on track at Dover

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has fined two drivers for walking across the race track at Dover last weekend. Trevor Bayne was fined $20,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the year for walking across the racing surface on Sunday. Jennifer Jo Cobb was fined $5,000 and placed on probation...

  • IndyCar mandates closure panels to keep cars on the ground

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar is mandating the use of closure panels on the rear wheel guards for the remaining three superspeedway races. Tuesday's action is in response to three cars going airborne during preparation for the Indianapolis 500. The panels will be required for both Chevrolet and...

  • Fundraiser in conjunction with Belle Isle race raises $1.1M


    DETROIT (AP) — An event to support the Belle Isle Conservancy in conjunction with this weekend's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix raised nearly $1.2 million. The 2015 PwC Grand Prixmiere took place Friday night at the island park. The sold-out fundraiser was presented by Chevrolet and more than...

  • Column: NASCAR has long needed a driver council for feedback

    Updated: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It started last fall as a text message chain that included roughly 20 of NASCAR's top drivers. The purpose of that group chat was for the drivers to hash out where the current rules package was headed and attempt to gain a consensus on what was best for the competitors....

  • Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson took the congratulatory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie. The six-time series champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sandwiched the 60-pound trophy and smiled for a familiar photo. "You've only got 10 of 'em," a fan yelled at the victory lane...

  • Bourdais earns first IndyCar win of season

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The first caution period began about midway through the race. It was followed by another. And then another. Yellow flags all the way until the final laps. It made for tedious viewing for fans — but the constant cycle of starting and then slowing down was exactly what Sebastien...

  • IMSA says safety worker stable with several injuries

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The International Motorsports Association says a safety worker who was hospitalized after a race Saturday at Belle Isle is in stable condition with broken ribs, a collapsed lung and injuries to his spleen and kidney. Several cars were involved in an accident scene at the end of...

  • Montoya given IndyCar pole after qualifying washout

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya is set to start from the pole in the IndyCar race at Belle Isle after qualifying was halted on a windy, rainy day in the Detroit area. The two qualifying groups were each given 20-minute periods Sunday. Sage Karam had the best time in the first group, but he...

  • Rally car plows into spectators killing 3 at Estonian rally

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonian police say a racing car plunged off the road during a local rally, killing two men and a woman who were watching the competition on the roadside. Police spokesman Madis Vaikmaa says the cause of the accident was unclear and police had started an investigation....

  • AP Sportlight

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    1925 — Lou Gehrig bats for Pee Wee Wanninger in the eighth inning and replaces Wally Pipp at first base to start his streak of 2,130 consecutive games. 1946 — Assault, ridden by Warren Merhtens, wins the Belmont Stakes to become the seventh horse to capture the Triple Crown. 1968 — Stage Door...

  • Munoz wins rain-shortened IndyCar race in Detroit

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Munoz understands that his first IndyCar victory comes with a footnote. That won't stop him from enjoying it. Munoz won Saturday at Belle Isle when the race was called because of rain after 47 laps. The 23-year-old Colombian driver had a substantial lead when a caution...

  • Buescher wins Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chris Buescher stretched his fuel, connected with a teammate and held on to win the Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday. Buescher, the series points leaders, has emerged as the driver to beat in NASCAR's second-tier series. He edged Chase Elliott...

  • Jimmie Johnson makes drive toward NASCAR history at Dover

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson needs a mammoth man cave at home for all of his Dover trophies. Known as the Monster Mile, the Dover winner gets a menacing, red-eyed Miles The Monster trophy that weighs 60 pounds and measures at just under 1 1/2 feet from the base to the top of the hand that...

  • Reddick takes charge late to win Truck Series race at Dover

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Tyler Reddick took the lead with seven laps left and held on to win the Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Dover International Speedway. Reddick passed Erik Jones to win for the second time this season. Reddick also won the season opener at Daytona International...

  • Will Power wins pole, sets track record at Belle Isle

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Will Power won his first pole at Belle Isle in emphatic fashion. The defending IndyCar champion set a track qualifying record at the Detroit street course, part of a dominant showing Friday by Team Penske. Belle Isle hosts IndyCar races Saturday and Sunday, and this was...

  • Hamlin wins the pole at Dover International Speedway

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Denny Hamlin was in the clear, in his head and on the track. Hamlin put a weekend of illness behind him, turning a lap of 160.121 mph Friday at Dover International Speedway to win his first pole of the season. He suffered from a migraine headache and dehydration in the...

  • Team owner hopeful of James Hinchcliffe return by August

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — James Hinchcliffe's team is hopeful the IndyCar driver can be back by the beginning of August after his crash at Indianapolis. Hinchcliffe had surgery May 18 after crashing during practice for the Indianapolis 500. The broken wishbone section of the suspension pierced the car's...

  • Baby on board: NASCAR driver Landon Cassill a father

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Landon Cassill is ready to take a run at fatherhood with the birth of a son. Cassill and his wife Katie celebrated the birth of Beckham Bear Alan Cassill on Wednesday. Cassill was headed to Dover International Speedway on Friday for this weekend's race. CRC Automotive will...

  • Truex inching closer to breakthrough 1st win of season

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. is keeping the car that has led more laps than any other in the series each of the last two races. He'd just like the No. 78 to lead the last one that really counts. Speeding closer to his first Sprint Cup victory in two seasons, Truex's Furniture Row Racing...

  • Adam Sandler to be special grand marshal for NH NASCAR race

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Adam Sandler is returning to his home state to serve as the special 25th anniversary grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 19. The actor, a native of Manchester, will participate in driver introductions on the Magic...

  • Fundraiser takes place in conjunction with Belle Isle race

    Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — A big fundraiser is taking place for the Belle Isle Conservancy in conjunction with this weekend's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. The 2015 PwC Grand Prixmiere takes place Friday night at the island park, overlooking the James Scott Memorial Fountain and the Detroit skyline. The...

  • Lawmakers proclaim "Darlington Raceway Week"

    Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have made the first week in September "Darlington Raceway Week" as the track prepares for Labor Day weekend racing. Both the state Senate and House of Representatives passed a concurrent resolution stating that from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, the state...


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