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  • NASCAR's Brian Vickers out 3 months, but hopes to return

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Brian Vickers will be sidelined for at least three months while the NASCAR driver is taking blood thinners to treat clots in his lungs. Before Brett Moffitt drove his No. 55 Toyota in Sunday's race at Fontana, Vickers said he still hopes to resume his racing career after...

  • Action Express Racing leads Chevrolet sweep at Sebring

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — Action Express Racing scored a dominant win in the Twelve Hours of Sebring, where the trio Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais lapped the field while giving Chevrolet just its second overall victory in 50 years. Chevrolet, which last won America's...

  • Kevin Harvick cruises to Xfinity Series win at Fontana

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Harvick apparently isn't satisfied with dominating just one NASCAR race series this year. Harvick earned his second Xfinity Series win of his phenomenal season Saturday, easily holding off Brendan Gaughan at Auto Club Speedway. Harvick led 100 of the 150 laps in...

  • Harvick running for West Coast sweep as NASCAR hits Fontana

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Although Kevin Harvick is on the biggest roll NASCAR has seen in four decades, the California native has been driving too long to take anything for granted when he attempts to complete his West Coast sweep. "In life in general, you're never bulletproof," Harvick said....

  • Pla puts Krohn Racing on the pole for 12 Hours of Sebring

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — Olivier Pla won Krohn Racing the pole for the Twelve Hours of Sebring by holding off a late charge by Ryan Dalziel. Pla, from France, turned a fast lap at 1 minute, 51.152 seconds in Friday qualifying to give the Judd-powered No. 57 Ligier JS P2 the top starting spot. The...

  • Kurt Busch takes pole at Fontana in 2nd race back on track

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kurt Busch's comeback from his season-opening suspension is gathering speed. Busch won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway, turning a lap of 185.142 mph in his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to edge teammate Kevin Harvick. Busch took another step...

  • Chris Buescher will replace Moffitt for his Sprint Cup debut

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Buescher will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this weekend for Front Row Motorsports. Buescher was named Brett Moffitt's replacement in the No. 34 Ford on Friday. Moffitt is moving up to Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota to fill in for Brian Vickers, who is...

  • Blood clots again sideline NASCAR driver Brian Vickers

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Brian Vickers has been sidelined again by blood clots that prevent him from safely driving a race car. Vickers' third bout with blood clots was announced Friday by Michael Waltrip Racing, which replaced him with Brett Moffitt for Sunday's NASCAR race at Auto Club...

  • Talladega to add more SAFER barriers before NASCAR race

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Talladega Superspeedway will add SAFER barriers in three places before NASCAR visits in May. Talladega chairman Grant Lynch says the decision comes after an extensive safety review by track owner International Speedway Corp., NASCAR and ARCA. All tracks are being looked...

  • German Grand Prix looks more and more unlikely

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A Formula One race in Germany this year looks increasingly unlikely as neither of the country's two circuits have been able to make a deal with series promoter Bernie Ecclestone. Nuerburgring circuit spokmesman Pietro Nuvolini said Tuesday that there was still no...

  • McMurray credits new crew chief, teamwork for Ganassi start

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jamie McMurray thought he had a shot at winning the pole two weeks ago in Las Vegas until a bobble on his lap ended his chance. He looked at the scoring tower and, for a moment, teammate Kyle Larson was in first. "I thought to myself, 'Well, at least one of us got it,'"...

  • Chip Ganassi expands into Global Rally Cross with 2-car team

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chip Ganassi is expanding into Global Rally Cross this season with a two-car team that includes 13-time X Games medalist Brian Deegan. It will be the fourth major American motorsports series for the Ganassi organization. The successful team owner fields cars in IndyCar,...

  • Mercedes fights for F1 title off the track, not on it

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The only thing that could keep Mercedes from running away with the Formula One title again this year lies off the track, not on it. Last weekend's season-opening race in Australia showed what everyone had suspected; Mercedes' dominance from 2014 has not been eroded and may even have increased....

  • Sauber settles contract dispute with ex-driver Van der Garde

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Former Sauber test driver Giedo van der Garde says he has settled his contract dispute with the team for "significant compensation" while accepting his Formula One career is effectively over. Van der Garde had a deal to be one of the team's race drivers this season, but Sauber did not honor it,...

  • Texas World Speedway closing, housing development planned

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas World Speedway will close in mid-June to make way for a $55 million housing development. The nearly 400-acre road racing venue near College Station held its first sanctioned race in 1969. The 2-mile oval has been the site of numerous races over the years....

  • Ambrose asks to be relieved from seat in V8 Supercars

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Marcos Ambrose asked to temporarily be replaced as driver in the V8 Supercars Series, Roger Penske said Tuesday. The former NASCAR driver made the request so he can familiarize himself with the cars following his return this year to the series, Penske said. Ambrose won the V8 Supercars...

  • Hunt Brothers rules rural pizza market from gas stations

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you're looking for pizza along the Andersonville Highway between the Museum of Appalachia and a mountain lake created by the Tennessee Valley Authority, your best bet may be the same place where you buy your bait and fill up your car. Hunt Brothers Pizza is...

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL UConn's journey to a third straight national championship will begin at home. The Huskies were seeded first overall in the tournament and tops in the Albany Region, in search of a 10th overall title that would tie Geno Auriemma with UCLA men's coach John Wooden for...

  • IndyCar drivers getting handle on new aerodynamic kits

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Graham Rahal and his IndyCar peers are still getting a clear handle on performance changes in cars featuring new aerodynamic kits, but the looks for the two manufacturers are pretty distinctive. Drivers took to the track at Barber Motorsports Park Monday to start two...

  • Ex-NASCAR driver arrested after arriving late for sentencing

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150 mph chase through three southwestern states was re-arrested Monday morning after showing up 45 minutes late for a sentencing hearing. Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 35, was scheduled to be sentenced in southern Utah's...

  • As Harvick soars, it's not clear who can stop the champion

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — To the surprise of none, Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix. Now in a zone not seen in NASCAR in several years, Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers head to California amid a looming question: Can anyone stop the No. 4 team? The only way Harvick was going to lose at Phoenix...

  • Driver Jamie Dick diagnosed with diabetes after Phoenix race

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Jamie Dick has been diagnosed with diabetes after reporting dizziness and fatigue at Phoenix International Raceway. Dick, the owner and driver for Viva Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, was treated after Saturday's race in the infield care center. He was...

  • Karam's IndyCar test ends early with crash into wall

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — IndyCar rookie Sage Karam's scheduled two days of testing at Barber Motorsports Park ended with an early accident. Karam left with a sore right hand after hitting a wall Monday morning on Turn 14. He says he'll use it as a learning experience "and make sure it doesn't...

  • Simona de Silvestro hoping to land more races for Andretti

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Simona de Silvestro will test her new ride for Andretti Autosport next week at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. De Silvestro gives the team a fourth driver in the opening race March 29 at St. Petersburg, Florida. She's hoping it turns into a full-time ride. She...

  • BC-AZ--Arizona News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, AZ

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Good morning. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or aparizona@ap.org. Paul Davenport is on the desk. AP-Southwest News Editor Josh Hoffner can be...



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