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  • Wild and fearless Verstappen is just what Formula One needs

    August 29, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) He's very fast, very young and very confident. He races on the limit, upsets other drivers and cares little when he does. He's also great for Formula One.Max Verstappen may not be winning many friends among other drivers - especially those from Ferrari - but his aggressive, unapologetic, fearless driving is wonderfully entertaining for fans.

  • Buescher still holding on to 30th place after poor showing

    August 28, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Chris Buescher remained in position to reach the Chase for the Sprint Cup.Barely.Buescher felt fortunate to finish 35th on Sunday in the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway after dealing with engine problems, and he managed to stay in 30th place in the Cup standings. As long as he stays in the top 30, he'll be in the Chase thanks to his victory at Pocono earlier this month.

  • Magnussen, Garcia win IMSA race at Virginia International

    August 28, 2016

    DANVILLE, Va. (AP) Corvette Racing teammates Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia race to their first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season Sunday in the 3-hour, 40-minute race at Virginia International Raceway.Magnussen started from the pole position in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and led the first 48 minutes before pitting to turn the car over to Garcia. It took just three laps for Garcia - who resumed in seventh place following the pit stop - to retake the lead.

  • Larson takes advantage of late restart for first Cup victory

    August 28, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kyle Larson raced to his first Sprint Cup victory Sunday, taking the lead on a restart with nine laps remaining and holding off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway in a duel between two of NASCAR's up-and-coming standouts.

  • Rosberg closes gap in title race, yet Hamilton seems happier

    August 28, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Although Nico Rosberg trimmed rival Lewis Hamilton's lead in the Formula One title race after winning the Belgian Grand Prix, it was Hamilton who seemed the happier driver on Sunday after turning a back-row start into a third-place finish.

  • Magnussen escapes big crash at Belgian GP with small injury

    August 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Kevin Magnussen escaped relatively unscathed from a spectacular crash at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, although his participation at next weekend's Italian GP could be in doubt.Magnussen had a small cut to his left ankle and was taken to hospital for an X-ray, Renault team principal Frederic Vasseur said after the race, adding that ''things look OK.''

  • Ricciardo's on the podium, and the smile's back on his face

    August 28, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) The smile is back on Daniel Ricciardo's face.After a tough start to the Formula One season, which saw him struggle for form, watch a teenager upstaging him and then berate his own team, the Australian driver has now secured three straight podium finishes.

  • Rosberg wins eventful Belgian GP, closes gap on Hamilton

    August 28, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Nico Rosberg won an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix featuring a chaotic start, wild overtaking, a heavy crash, safety cars and a red flag.The Mercedes driver's win on Sunday saw him close the gap to nine points on teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo as the resurgent Australian driver secured a third straight podium finish.

  • Rahal makes last-lap pass to win IndyCar race at Texas

    August 28, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Graham Rahal lifted his arm over his head just as he reached the finish line at Texas Motor Speedway, then glanced to his right to make sure he had won the race.After a last-lap pass of James Hinchcliffe, Rahal did indeed hold on to win Saturday night in the closest finish ever for an IndyCar race at the high-banked, 1 1/2-mile oval.

  • Moffitt wins Trucks race with final-lap pass

    August 27, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Brett Moffitt passed Timothy Peters and William Byron on the final lap to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.Peters was two laps away from what would have been his first victory of the season, but Byron nosed ahead with a lap to go, and Moffitt was then able to move to the outside and take over the lead.

  • Michael McDowell wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America

    August 27, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Michael McDowell won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday, edging Brendan Gaughan following an overtime restart.McDowell beat Gaughan by 0.534 seconds on an overcast, sometimes misty afternoon at the sprawling road course. The Richard Childress Racing teammates went bumper-to-bumper midway through the last lap before McDowell held on at the finish line.

  • Time running low for winless drivers as Chase draws near

    August 27, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) With time running out on his bid to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Greg Biffle is back at the site of his most recent victory.It was over three years ago.In June of 2013, Biffle won at Michigan International Speedway - his fourth victory at the track and second in a row. In 116 Cup races since, he's come up empty. He missed the Chase last year and is in danger of falling short again unless he can pull out a victory in one of the last three races of the regular season.

  • Magnussen takes IMSA pole at Virginia International Raceway

    August 27, 2016

    DANVILLE, Va. (AP) Denmark's Jan Magnussen earned his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position since 2014 in qualifying Saturday at Virginia International Raceway.The 2-hour, 40-minute race is Sunday on the 3.27-mile circuit.Driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R he shares with co-driver Antonio Garcia, Magnussen had a fast lap of 1 minute, 41.557 seconds (115.9 mph) to break the GT Le Mans class track record at the recently repaved circuit. He edged teammate Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette by 0.011 seconds.

  • Hamilton puts feet up as Rosberg takes pole for Belgian GP

    August 27, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) When Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Belgium Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was watching on television with his feet up.Normally, the Mercedes teammates and championship rivals would be giving everything they have on track to be the fastest.

  • Button considering other options in F1 - and elsewhere

    August 27, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Veteran driver Jenson Button is still considering his options for next season and is open to a move away from Formula One if the right challenge comes along.The 2009 F1 champion is in the final year of his contract with McLaren and a decision is expected by the end of September.

  • Rosberg takes pole at Belgian GP; Hamilton at the back

    August 27, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has clinched pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of 18-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid.

  • Raikkonen edges Ricciardo in 3rd Belgian GP practice

    August 27, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen left it late to post the fastest time in the third and final practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, beating Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo with a few minutes remaining.

  • Hamilton penalty up to 55 places after more engine changes

    August 27, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix has increased to a whopping 55 places after Mercedes made further engine changes on Saturday.The defending Formula One champion and current championship leader was already condemned to start from the back of the grid after picking up a 15-place grid penalty in Friday morning's first practice and a further 15 spots following another component change in the afternoon.

  • Joey Logano wins another NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Michigan

    August 26, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Joey Logano won the pole at Michigan International Speedway - and lately at this track, that's been a pretty good indicator of things to come.It's Logano's third pole in 16 Cup races at MIS, and the previous two times he won the pole, he also went on to win the race. That includes his victory at Michigan in June.

  • Bowman excited to fill in for Earnhardt again

    August 26, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Alex Bowman should have plenty of fans this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.Not only will he be filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., but his No. 88 Chevrolet will be adorned with a special University of Michigan paint scheme. Maybe that'll be enough to turn Bowman into a college football diehard.

  • Logano wins another pole at Michigan

    August 26, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Joey Logano has won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.It's Logano's third pole in 16 Cup races at MIS, and the previous two times he won the pole, he also went on to win the race. That includes his victory at Michigan in June.

  • Will Power has won 3 of 5 races during 11-week Texas delay

    August 26, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) While James Hinchcliffe has been leading the same IndyCar race for 11 weeks, Will Power has been piling up wins and runner-up finishes.There have been five other races completed during the unprecedented 2+-month rain delay of the Texas race that is set to resume Saturday night on lap 72. Power won three of those races and was the runner-up in the other two, moving the Team Penske driver from seventh to second in season points.

  • Hamilton excited about starting Belgian GP from back of grid

    August 26, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Starting from the back row at the Belgian Grand Prix will do little for Lewis Hamilton's chances of a 50th career race win.But it will bring back exciting memories of his childhood days racing against the odds in karts.

  • Verstappen fastest in 2nd practice, Hamilton penalized again

    August 26, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Max Verstappen posted the fastest time in the second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday, while another engine penalty ensured Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's race from the back row.Hamilton took a 15-place grid penalty in the morning session for having changed too many engine parts, and took another 15-place hit following another component change for the afternoon.

  • Rosberg fastest ahead of Hamilton in 1st Belgian GP practice

    August 26, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time in the first practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.In unusually hot morning conditions on the Spa track, Rosberg was .730 of a second quicker than second-place Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

  • IndyCar to race at Gateway Motorsports Park next year

    August 25, 2016

    MADISON, Ill. (AP) IndyCar will race at Gateway Motorsports Park next year.Series and track officials said Thursday that they have reached a multi-year agreement to produce annual IndyCar-sanctioned events at the 1.25-mile oval in the St. Louis area.

  • Dover agrees to sell Nashville track to real estate company

    August 25, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dover Motorsports Inc. has a new buyer for the Nashville Superspeedway in a commercial real estate development company.The motorsports company said Thursday that Panattoni Development Company will buy the superspeedway for .5 million and also take over Dover's obligations under bonds issued in 1999 to help build infrastructure supporting the track. The bonds currently have a balance of .2 million, and Panattoni will replace Dover Motorsports' letter of credit with its own.

  • Ocon hopes to emulate Verstappen as he prepares for F1 debut

    August 25, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) A month before his 20th birthday, Frenchman Esteban Ocon will make his Formula One debut for the Manor team at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.The 18-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen - his former rival - will be competing in his 32nd GP, already has four podiums to his name and is the youngest driver to win an F1 race.

  • Rosberg's chance for points as Hamilton expects grid penalty

    August 25, 2016

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) While Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton expects to swallow a severe grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg hopes to take advantage.Hamilton won six of the past seven races to turn a 43-point deficit into a 19-point lead heading into the summer break.

  • Rosberg has to blank out bad memories and focus on Hamilton

    August 25, 2016

    Nico Rosberg would have spent much of the summer break agonizing over how a 43-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship had turned into a deficit of 19.The German would also have devoted his energy toward planning a reversal of fortune in the title fight and how to stop his Mercedes' teammate's ominous momentum, beginning with this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss at least 2 more races

    August 24, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races - at Michigan and Darlington - as he recovers from a concussion.Hendrick Motorsports announced Earnhardt's status Wednesday. Earnhardt was evaluated by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

  • James Hinchcliffe has 11-week lead in IndyCar race at Texas

    August 24, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) James Hinchcliffe has been leading the IndyCar race at Texas for such a long time.When the rain-interrupted race resumes on lap 72 Saturday night at the high-banked - and hopefully dry - 1 1/2-mile oval, Hinchcliffe will have led for 76 days.

  • Top Sprint Cup teams face struggle to stay there

    August 24, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Keeping a dynasty seems even more challenging than creating one. Just ask Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick.The NASCAR titan has fielded 11 Sprint Cup champions over the past 21 years, won 242 Sprint Cup races and just two seasons ago had all four of his star drivers- Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne - in the 16-team championship chase.

  • Will Power wins IndyCar race at Pocono; closes points gap

    August 22, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Will Power continued his late-season surge, holding Mikhail Aleshin at bay after a final restart and won the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway on Monday.It was the fourth win of the season for Power, 29th of his career and cut the lead of Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud to 20 points in the standings with three races remaining in the season.

  • Get a Grip: Harvick loves new Bristol Motor Speedway

    August 22, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Kevin Harvick believes Bristol Motor Speedway is on to something. Now, he wants similar tracks to follow that lead.Bristol officials used a tacky resin to ''polish'' the track and improve grip on the bottom lane so racers would have a two-groove layout and be able to pass down low.

  • 17-year-old Justin Haley wins ARCA race at Springfield

    August 21, 2016

    SRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Justin Haley became the youngest winner in more than 80 years of championship racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, winning the ARCA Racing Series event Sunday at 17.Racing a stock car on dirt for the first time, Haley, from Winamac, Indiana, held off Illinois favorites A.J. Fike and Ryan Unzicker during a green-white-checker finish on the mile track.

  • NHRA: Brittany Force wins in Top Fuel at Brainerd

    August 21, 2016

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Brittany Force raced to her third Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.The daughter of Funny Car great John Force, Force beat defending season champion Antron Brown with a 4.169-second pass at 180.21 mph. Brown had a 6.566 at 103.47.

  • Rain postpones IndyCar race at Pocono until Monday

    August 21, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) The IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway has been postponed until Monday because of rain.The race was supposed to begin at 3:09 p.m. Sunday, but a steady midafternoon rain drenched the 2.5-mile track. IndyCar officials announced that the race would go off at 12:09 p.m. Monday.

  • Sprint Cup race at Bristol delayed again

    August 21, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Heavy rains have disrupted the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway again, with Sunday's start delayed because of the weather.The race was supposed to finish Saturday night, but persistent storms halted it three times. The start was delayed for an hour, then the event was red flagged after 38 laps for an additional 90 minutes. Racers finally returned to their cars under caution and slowly ran 10 laps before strong rains hit again and caused a halt for the night.

  • World champion Sebastien Ogier wins Rally of Germany

    August 21, 2016

    TRIER, Germany (AP) World champion Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Germany for the third time Sunday, extending his championship lead to 169 points.Ogier, who claimed the lead Saturday when he crafted a 33.4-second advantage over Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen, controlled his pace on the final four stages to win by 20.3 seconds from Hyundai driver Dani Sordo.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol suspended until Sunday

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The water-logged Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway was called after just 48 of 500 laps were run because of rainstorms throughout Saturday night.The race will resume Sunday at 1 p.m.NASCAR officials finally called it after more than three hours of delays. The race started more than an hour late because of rain, lightning and hail near the track. After just 38 laps, the race was halted as rain, somewhat heavy at times, hit the half-mile track.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race stopped once more for rain.

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The water-logged Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway was called after just 48 of 500 laps were run because of rainstorms throughout Saturday night.The race will resume Sunday at 1 p.m.NASCAR officials finally called it after more than three hours of delays. The race started more than an hour late because of rain, lightning and hail near the track. After just 38 laps, the race was halted as rain, somewhat heavy at times, hit the half-mile track.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race stopped once more for rain

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The water-logged Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway was called after just 48 of 500 laps were run because of rainstorms throughout Saturday night.The race will resume Sunday at 1 p.m.Officials finally called it after more than three hours of delays. The race started more than an hour late because of rain, lightning and hail near the track. After just 38 laps, the race was halted as rain, somewhat heavy at times, hit the half-mile track.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race resumes after 90-minute delay

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway is back underway after a stoppage of nearly 90 minutes because of bad weather.The race's 8 p.m. start was delayed more than an hour, then drivers got in only 38 laps before officials brought things to a stop as rain, sometimes heavy, pelted the track.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race stopped due to rain

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway was stopped because of continuing bad weather in the area.The start was delayed more than an hour, then NASCAR officials threw the red flag to halt things 38 laps in as the rain would not let up.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race starts after more than an hour delay

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway has begun after an hour's delay due to bad weather.The race was scheduled for 8 p.m., but never got underway as lightning, hail and rain surrounded the half-mile concrete track. Race teams covered up the cars with tarps and race officials encouraged fans to leave the grandstand as the storm approached.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol delayed by weather

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The start of the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been delayed because of bad weather.The race was supposed to begin at 8 p.m., but was held up because of lightning, hail and rain close to the half-mile track. Jet dryers circled the concrete, half-mile surface instead of Sprint Cup cars as a large crowd awaited the start.

  • Brown, Capps sweep NHRA's rain-delayed Washington finals

    August 20, 2016

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Antron Brown and Ron Capps gave Don Schumacher Racing a sweep of the rain-delayed final rounds of the NHRA Northwest Nationals on Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway.The Top Fuel and Funny Car finals were moved to Minnesota after they were washed out two weeks at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. They were run during the third round of qualifying in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

  • Car owner: Dale looks great

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Car owner Rick Hendrick said injured star Dale Earnhardt Jr. ''looks great,'' but the organization will wait until the driver is 100 percent before he returns to the track.Hendrick said Saturday that Earnhardt is scheduled for a medical check next week and that will help determine if he'll drive at Michigan next week. Earnhardt has missed the past four races and won't be driving at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

  • Penske drivers Pagenaud and Power feeling no ill will

    August 20, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) They sat next to each other taking question after question after IndyCar practice, shrugging off the thought that tension might have crept into their everyday lives.For Simon Pagenaud and Will Power of Team Penske - 1-2 in the driver standings with four races left in the season - Saturday was just another day at the office at Pocono Raceway.

  • Mikhail Aleshin wins pole at Pocono; Josef Newgarden 2nd

    August 20, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) After the last car sped past the finish line at Pocono Raceway, Mikhail Aleshin raised his arms in triumph.Fastest in morning practice on the tricky 2.5-mile triangular track, Aleshin was fastest in qualifying to win the IndyCar pole on Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 220.454 mph in his No. 7 Honda to edge Josef Newgarden for the top spot.

  • Sage Karam returns to Pocono, site of crash last year

    August 20, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Sage Karam isn't competing this year at Pocono Raceway. It's been a year since a freak accident claimed the life of fellow driver Justin Wilson.Karam was leading the IndyCar race a year ago at the 2.5-mile track in rural Pennsylvania when he spun and crashed in the closing laps. Wilson was fatally struck in the helmet by debris from Karam's car. The 37-year-old Englishman died the next day.

  • Ogier grabs Rally of Germany lead from Mikkelsen on 2nd day

    August 20, 2016

    TRIER, Germany (AP) World champion Sebastien Ogier seized the lead from Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen to move closer to his third Rally of Germany victory on the second day.Starting 4.3 seconds behind Mikkelsen on Saturday, the Frenchman showed his class on the tough Panzerplatte stages in the Baumholder military area, establishing a 33.4-second lead ahead of the last day.

  • Surprise: Dillon wins Xfinity race at Bristol in wild finish

    August 20, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Austin Dillon figured fourth place was about all he could get Friday night until the old Brad Keselowski-Kyle Busch rivalry reared up at Bristol Motor Speedway.Keselowski hit the back of Busch's car as the defending Sprint Cup champ tried to clear him from the lead, cutting down a tire and sending Busch into the wall four laps from the scheduled end. Then just as suddenly Keselowski ran out of gas during the caution - leaving a happily surprised Dillon out front to win the Xfinity race in overtime Friday night.

  • Del Worsham leads Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

    August 19, 2016

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Del Worsham powered to the top Funny Car qualifying spot Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.The defending series campion broke the track time record with a 3.856-second pass at 326.71 mph in his Toyota Camry.

  • Race team says Gordon won't be available to drive Michigan

    August 19, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race team said on Twitter that four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon won't be able to drive the No. 88 car next week in Michigan.Earnhardt has missed the past four races and will sit out the Saturday night event at Bristol Motor Speedway as he recovers from a concussion. Gordon has filled in the last three races and will start 11th Saturday in the Hendrick Motorsports entry.

  • Carl Edwards leads JGR's 1-2-3 qualifying sweep at Bristol

    August 19, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Carl Edwards is looking for Sprint Cup gold and there are few more successful spots him this season than Bristol Motor Speedway.Edwards won from the pole at the track in April and on Friday led Joe Gibbs Racing's Olympic-style, 1-2-3 sweep of the top three spots in qualifying for the Saturday night race.

  • Juan Pablo Montoya still fast, bemoans bad luck

    August 19, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya finds himself in a different place as the IndyCar Series returns to Pocono Raceway. With four races left in the season, he's not the man to beat.Heading into Sunday's race at Pocono, the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Justin Wilson after a freak accident at the 2.5-mile track, Montoya sits 12th in the standings, the last of Roger Penske's four cars. The other three - Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, and Helio Castroneves - are 1-2-3, with Pagenaud and Power separated by just 58 points and Josef Newgarden 120 points behind Pagenaud in fourth.

  • Dover speedway adding more SAFER barriers

    August 19, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Dover International Speedway is adding more than 500 feet of SAFER barriers in time for the Sprint Cup race in October.Track officials said Friday that it was adding the safety barriers along the outside walls in turns two and four and under a walkover bridge. The barriers are intended to help absorb impact in the event of a crash.

  • Break time is over. Chase concerns start at Bristol

    August 19, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Break time is over.With four races left in the Sprint Cup regular season, the push for NASCAR's playoffs revs up at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday night.Sprint Cup drivers got a final week off last weekend and now race uninterrupted through the season-ender in Florida on Nov. 20. The immediate concern for most of those in the garage is making the 16-team Chase field - either insiders shoring up a dicey spot on the end of the grid or outsiders making a last-ditch charge to get in.

  • Trucks leader Byron signs with Hendrick Motorsports

    August 18, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR truck series points leader William Bryon has signed a multi-year driver agreement with Hendrick Motorsports and will drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr's JR Motorsports team in the Xfinity series next season.The organization announced Byron's signing Thursday, a day after he finished fourth in the truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Byron set the rookie record with five victories in the Camping World Truck Series this season and leads the points race with three events remaining before the trucks first-ever championship chase.

  • Kennedy passes Byron to win NASCAR Truck race at Bristol

    August 17, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Ben Kennedy moved past NASCAR Truck season leader William Byron with 19 laps to go and held at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night for his first series victory.Byron, a rookie won has won five races this season, looked as he would make it six when he took the lead from teammate Daniel Suarez with 21 laps left. But Byron went high into a turn and Kennedy was able to sweep past him. Kennedy had to hold on through a restart with seven laps to go, fending off Brett Moffitt the rest of the way for the victory.

  • IndyCar drivers will honor police when they resume at Texas

    August 17, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) IndyCar drivers will have ''Back The Blue'' decals on their cars and wear caps representing local police and national law enforcement agencies when they resume the rain-interrupted race at Texas Motor Speedway on Aug. 27.Just weeks after the June 12 postponement, five law enforcement officers were shot and killed July 7 in downtown Dallas at the end of a protest over protest over police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota in the days before that. There have been protests this week in Milwaukee after an officer-involved shooting there.

  • IndyCar teams return to Pocono with heavy hearts

    August 17, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) The IndyCar season has just four races left, and the next one - at Pocono Raceway on Sunday - has every team in the paddock thinking about a lot more than the finish line.The series has a double dose of sadness to contend with - the death a year ago of 37-year-old Justin Wilson after he was struck in the helmet by debris during the Pocono race, and the death less than two weeks ago of 27-year-old Bryan Clauson after a stunning crash during an open-wheel event in Kansas.

  • Correction: NASCAR-Stewart-Ward story

    August 16, 2016

    UTICA, N.Y. (AP) In a story July 29 about a ruling in a lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart in the death of a fellow driver, The Associated Press failed to note the decision was first reported by the Watertown Daily Times and improperly used the content and wording of the newspaper story without additional reporting. A corrected version of the story is below:

  • Dale Coyne Racing to honor Bryan Clauson at Pocono

    August 16, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Dale Coyne Racing announced Tuesday that Conor Daly will drive the No. 88 in Sunday's IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway to honor the memory of Bryan Clauson.Clauson, who died Aug. 8 from injuries sustained in an open-wheel accident in Kansas, finished 23rd in the Indianapolis 500 in May in the No. 88 for Jonathan Byrd's Racing.

  • Iannone wins Austrian GP for 1st Ducati victory since 2010

    August 14, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Ducati rider Andrea Iannone won his maiden MotoGP race at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, giving the Italian manufacturer its first victory since 2010.Having started from pole position, Iannone lost the lead to his Italian compatriot Andrea Dovizioso but overtook his Ducati teammate with 7 laps to go and beat him by 0.938 seconds. It was Ducati's first 1-2 finish in nine seasons.

  • Justin Marks wins NASCAR Xfinity race at rainy Mid-Ohio

    August 13, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Justin Marks splashed through the rain at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.The 35-year-old Marks pulled away on a restart with two left to go in the 75-lap race on the 2.085-mile, 13-turn road course, finishing 3.7 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr.

  • Sam Hornish Jr. wins NASCAR Xfinity pole at Mid-Ohio

    August 12, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Sam Hornish Jr. took the pole position Friday for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.Hornish broke the track record with a lap at 96.755 in the first of the two qualifying sessions, and took the top spot with a 96.374 mph run in the finale on the 2.085-mile, 13-turn circuit.

  • Top dirt-track racer Bryan Clauson dies from crash injuries

    August 8, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bryan Clauson, a popular driver considered by many to be the top dirt-track racer in the country, died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a crash during a race in Kansas. He was 27.His death was announced Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • Family says sprint car driver Bryan Clauson has died from injuries suffered in a race Saturday in Kansas.

    August 8, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Family says sprint car driver Bryan Clauson has died from injuries suffered in a race Saturday in Kansas.

  • Rain washes out NHRA Northwest Nationals finals

    August 7, 2016

    KENT, Wash. (AP) Rain washed out the finals Sunday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.The Top Fuel and Funny Car finals will be run in two weeks at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, and the Pro Stock final will shift to the following event outside Indianapolis.

  • Dane Cameron, Eric Curran win again at Road America

    August 7, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Dane Cameron and Eric Curran raced to their second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season and second in a row at Road America on Sunday.Curran started the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype from fifth on the grid and drove the opening stint, before handing the car over to Cameron for the finish in the 2-hour, 40 minute event. Cameron passed Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP to take the lead for the first time with just over an hour remaining.

  • Denny Hamlin wins at Watkins Glen

    August 7, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Denny Hamlin prevailed in a four-lap dash to the checkered flag to win a wreck-fest at newly paved Watkins Glen International on Sunday.It's the first road course win of Hamlin's career as he survived a race that had eight cautions for 24 laps and two red flags for 30 minutes.

  • Sprint Car star Clauson hospitalized after crash in Kansas

    August 7, 2016

    Sprint Car driver Bryan Clauson remained hospitalized Sunday in critical condition following a harrowing accident in the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget race.Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, following the Saturday night crash. His family offered no details regarding his injuries in a statement provided by Bryan Clausen Racing.

  • Carl Edwards wins Sprint Cup pole at Watkins Glen

    August 6, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Carl Edwards, who won the pole at Watkins Glen International, has become somewhat of a master at qualifying on NASCAR's two Sprint Cup road courses.Edwards turned a fast lap of 126.562 mph on Saturday to edge Kyle Larson for the top spot for Sunday's Cheez-It 355. It was the fourth pole of the season for Edwards in his No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing and gave him a road course season sweep. He also won the pole in June at NASCAR's other road course in Sonoma.

  • Worsham breaks Pacific Raceways records in NHRA qualifying

    August 5, 2016

    KENT, Wash. (AP) Defending Funny Car season champion Del Worsham sprinted to the provisional top qualifier with a record run Friday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.Worsham had a 3.886-second pass at 327.98 mph in his Toyota Camry to break both ends of the track record. He has victories at Seattle in Funny Car (1999) and Top Fuel (2011).

  • Joey Logano wins Xfinity pole at Watkins Glen

    August 5, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Joey Logano has won his second straight the pole for the Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International.Logano turned a track-record fast lap of 124.552 mph on Friday to edge Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski. The pole for Logano, the defending champion of the Zippo 200, was the 31st of his career, breaking a tie with Mark Martin for second place. It's also the fifth straight pole for Penske at Watkins Glen and marks the second straight year the teammates will start on the front row.

  • Chris Buescher shoots for NASCAR's Chase

    August 5, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Chris Buescher is a giant step closer to qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup after notching a victory at Pocono. Now, he has to take that small step - make it into the top 30 in points, the cutoff needed to become eligible for NASCAR's postseason.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 'I want to race. I'm not ready to quit.'

    August 5, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Say this about Dale Earnhardt Jr. - he follows doctor's orders.After missing three straight Sprint Cup races because of lingering effects of a concussion, NASCAR's most popular driver did something Friday that's part of his therapy - he made his first public appearance to speak about his recovery.

  • Alexis DeJoria to miss NHRA Seattle race after crash

    August 5, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria will be sidelined for the NHRA Northwest Nationals this weekend because of injuries from a recent crash.The Kalitta Motorsports team will not enter the event after DeJoria injured her back and pelvis in a crash against the retaining wall last weekend in Sonoma, California.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I want to race. I'm not ready to quit."

    August 5, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) In his first public appearance since suffering a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's not ready to stop racing.Speaking at Watkins Glen International on Friday, where the Sprint Cup Series races on Sunday, NASCAR's most popular driver said ''I'm not ready to quit.''

  • Martin Truex Jr. signs 2-year extension with NASCAR team

    August 4, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Martin Truex Jr. has signed a two-year contract extension with Furniture Row Racing, keeping him with his NASCAR team through the 2018 season.The Denver-based operation also announced Thursday that Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats will increase their primary sponsorship on the No. 78 Toyota from 12 to 16 races in 2017. The outdoorsman giants served as Truex's primary sponsors for his back-to-back Xfinity Series championships (2004-05) and the first three years of his Sprint Cup career (2006-08).

  • Danica Patrick disappointed with Sprint Cup showing so far

    August 3, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Danica Patrick is grateful and humbled by the popularity and platform she has had over four seasons of Sprint Cup racing. She desperately wishes for success to go with it.Patrick expressed frustration this week at her inability so far to become a consistent top-15 finisher.

  • Tony Stewart to drive 'throwback' car at Southern 500

    August 3, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart is hoping that going old school will change his luck at Darlington Raceway for his final Southern 500.Stewart announced Wednesday that his No. 14 Coca-Cola Chevrolet will feature a paint scheme that replicates one on the car Bobby Allison drove to wins at the 1971 and 1972 Southern 500s.

  • Mercedes driver Hamilton increases lead with German GP win

    July 31, 2016

    HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton surged ahead at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held on to win the last race before the summer break and increase his championship lead.Hamilton, second on the grid, was faster off the mark than teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who started from pole but dropped to fourth before the first corner. Hamilton, a three-time Formula One champion who has won the title the last two seasons, now takes a 19-point lead over Rosberg into the four-week break, after trailing Rosberg by 43 points earlier in the season.

  • Erik Jones wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa

    July 30, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Erik Jones retook the lead from Ty Dillon with 16 laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for his third victory of the season.Jones led a race-high 154 of 250 laps, but it took a late inside move for Jones to overcome Dillon for his first victory since at Dover in May.

  • Andrew Hines wins Pro Bike Battle at Sonoma

    July 30, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Andrew Hines raced to his second career Pro Bike Battle victory Saturday in the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.Hines earned ,500 in the all-star bonus race featuring the top eight Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers. Hines beat Hector Arana, Jr., Matt Smith and teammate Eddie Krawiec, topping Krawiec in the final with a 6.755-second run at 197.31 mph.

  • Graham Rahal feels at home on Mid-Ohio course

    July 30, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Graham Rahal grew up at this track.The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is about an hour north of his home in suburban Columbus. And he watched his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, navigate its 13 turns.Before that, Bobby Rahal's father, Mike, also raced there.

  • Byron sets rookie record with 5th Truck Series victory

    July 30, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) William Bryon continued his dominance in the NASCAR Truck Series at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, winning for the fifth time this season.Byron added the Pocono victory to wins at Kansas, Texas, Iowa and Kentucky.The 18-year-old Byron survived a race that saw nearly half of its 60 laps run under caution. He set a record for Truck Series wins in a season by a rookie. Kurt Busch had four wins in 2000.

  • Kyle Busch hopes he's on track to finally win at Pocono

    July 30, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Kyle Busch's next attempt at a weekend sweep should come at his race shop.It's time for a cleanup - Kyle Busch Motorports is bursting at the NASCAR victory trophy seams.Busch's shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, is undergoing a face-lift, and until the renovation is complete, his trophies have nowhere to go. The trophies in honor of Cheez-Its, concrete monsters, even a 200-pound bronzed bear, are littered throughout the building. Workers can't step foot in the merchandise store, offices, or the upstairs hallway without tripping over trophies.

  • Earnhardt says no change in concussion-like symptoms

    July 30, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent.NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion.

  • Nico Rosberg takes pole for German GP, Hamilton 2nd

    July 30, 2016

    HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) Nico Rosberg snatched the pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix from Mercedes teammate and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton with a late single lap.Rosberg was the fastest in all three practice runs but trailed Hamilton in the final of the three qualifying sessions Saturday - after experiencing problems with the throttle at the start of Q3 - until his last lap.

  • Nico Rosberg fastest in final practice for German GP

    July 30, 2016

    HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the final practice for the German Grand Prix, leading Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by a narrow .057 seconds ahead of Saturday's qualifying.Rosberg also set the pace in the two practices Friday and looks set to grab pole for the Formula One race he won two years ago.

  • Chase Briscoe races to fourth straight ARCA victory

    July 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Chase Briscoe ran his ARCA Racing Series winning streak to four Friday, pulling away on a late start at Pocono Raceway.The 21-year-old Briscoe, from Mitchell, Indiana, dominated the 60-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangle in Cunningham Motorsports' No. 77 Ford. He also won at Winchester, Iowa and Clermont.

  • NY judge: Tony Stewart's insurer off the hook in Ward suit

    July 29, 2016

    UTICA, N.Y. (AP) A federal judge ruled Friday that the insurance carrier for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart does not have to defend or indemnify him in a lawsuit brought by the family of a driver who died after being struck by Stewart's car during a race.

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR pole at Pocono Raceway

    July 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. has one of his four career Sprint Cup wins at Pocono Raceway.He added his 10th career pole, too.Truex extended Toyota's recent romp, and turned a lap of 179.244 mph to win the pole Friday.Truex and Carl Edwards made it a 1-2 Toyota front row. Edwards just missed the top spot for Joe Gibbs Racing with a lap of 178.873 and he thought his No. 19 Toyota might have had enough to best Truex's chart-topping speed.

  • Xfinity drivers eye Chase spots with Iowa win

    July 29, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler are guaranteed spots in the NASCAR Xfinity Chase - as long as they start each of next nine races.The rest of the series contenders need at least one win to ensure a playoff berth, which is why Saturday's stand-alone race in Iowa is so big for all of them.

  • Will Power looks to add to win tally at Mid-Ohio

    July 29, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Will Power knows exactly where he stands heading into the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.The winner of three of the last four races, Power is second in the season standings - 47 points behind Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, and 27 ahead of fellow teammate Helio Castroneves.

  • Jeff Gordon willing to sub for Earnhardt as long as needed

    July 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon weaved his way through a mob of fans outside the media center, all screaming for an autograph from a driver they thought would never again wear a firesuit.He stepped over the tripod legs of three TV cameras lined against a side wall, patted a reporter on the back and took a seat on the dais where he was peppered with questions about how long his comeback tour might last.

  • F1: frontal cockpit protection to come in 2018

    July 28, 2016

    HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) Frontal cockpit protection will not be introduced for Formula One cars before the 2018 season, to allow for more testing, the governing body of world motor sports said Thursday.The F1 Strategy Group that includes Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, six leading teams and FIA President Jean Todt agreed on the move after a meeting in Geneva. Drivers, who spoke strongly in favor of the ''Halo'' system, were hoping it would come into force next season.

  • Daytona 500 moving back to traditional weekend in 2018

    July 27, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Daytona 500 is moving back to its traditional weekend in 2018.The Daytona 500 had been held on Presidents Day weekend from 1968 to 2011. But NASCAR officials tweaked the date beginning in 2012, anticipating changes to the NFL schedule. At the time, the NFL was talking about expanding to an 18-game regular-season schedule and/or adding an extra bye week that could have ended up putting America's biggest sporting event - the Super Bowl - on the same weekend as NASCAR's season opener.

  • Kerry Tharp eager to run track dubbed "Too Tough To Tame"

    July 27, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Kerry Tharp was little more than a NASCAR fan when he joined the series 11 years ago as a media spokesman. Now, he is leading one of its most iconic tracks.Tharp has been the familiar public relations voice of NASCAR and chief liaison for media for more than a decade. That changed when he received a call from new NASCAR chief operating officer Joie Chitwood III to fill the open role of Darlington Raceway president.

  • Formula 1 chief's mother-in-law missing in Brazil

    July 27, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian police said Wednesday they are investigating the apparent disappearance of the mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.A police official speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that authorities are trying to find 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck. The official has knowledge of the investigation but is not allowed to speak publicly, as is the norm for Brazilian law enforcement officials during ongoing cases.

  • Rodney Childers suspended 1 race by NASCAR for loose lug nut

    July 28, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or his ,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

  • Target leaving IndyCar after 27 seasons with Chip Ganassi

    July 27, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Target will leave IndyCar at the end of this season after 27 years with Chip Ganassi Racing that included 11 championships and four Indianapolis 500 victories.The exit comes as Target is examining all of its marketing platforms under new chairman Brian Cornell. Target is also the primary sponsor of Kyle Larson in NASCAR's top Sprint Cup Series and will return to his car in 2017.

  • Ferrari replaces chief technical officer halfway into season

    July 27, 2016

    MARANELLO, Italy (AP) Ferrari's technical director James Allison has left the team in what was described as a joint decision following a disappointing first half of the Formula One season during which Ferrari failed to win a race.Allison spent three years in his second stint with Ferrari. Team chief Maurizio Arrivabene thanked him on Wednesday for his ''commitment and sacrifice'' and wished him ''success and serenity for his future endeavors.''

  • NASCAR's Hamlin to head to West Virginia for flood aid

    July 26, 2016

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is heading to southern West Virginia to help out after deadly floods ravaged the region.A news release from The Greenbrier resort says that on Thursday evening, Hamlin will hand out toys and school supplies to Greenbrier County students affected by the June 23 floods. He'll be at the White Sulphur Springs train station.

  • Stewart-Haas Racing to field Xfinity Series team in 2017

    July 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Stewart-Haas Racing will field an Xfinity Series team next season when it moves to Ford.No driver or sponsor was announced Monday for the team, which will be full-time in 2017. SHR fields four full-time Sprint Cup Series teams.SHR won Cup titles in 2011 with team co-owner Tony Stewart and in 2014 with Kevin Harvick. Stewart is retiring at the end of the season and will be replaced by Clint Bowyer.

  • Earnhardt's return to NASCAR could take more time

    July 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. warned Monday that his return to NASCAR could take longer than planned.NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race this Sunday with concussion-like symptoms. On his weekly podcast, he said he will have another evaluation soon to see ''what kind of gains we've made and get in front of my doctors . and let them tell me where they think I'm at and that will help us make the decision on what we're going to do for Watkins Glen.''

  • Darlington: Ready, Set, Pokemon Go.

    July 25, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Sprint Cup cars aren't the only things that will go at Darlington Raceway this summer.The track ''Too Tough To Tame'' is opening its gates Thursday for players of the ''Pokemon Go'' game and search for virtual characters inside the raceway.

  • Busch hoping to use big Brickyard weekend for momentum

    July 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch used his first Brickyard 400 victory as a springboard to his first Sprint Cup title.He's trying to make sure it happens again.Another dominant weekend at Indianapolis sent Busch home with a historic sweep, a reputation for having tamed Indianapolis' tricky 2.5-mile oval and plenty of momentum heading into the chase.

  • John Force, Tony Schumacher wins Mile-High NHRA Nationals

    July 24, 2016

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) John Force and Tony Schumacher raced to their first victories of the season Sunday in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.The 67-year-old Force beat daughter Courtney in the Funny Car final between Chevy Camaros. He finished in 3.965 seconds at 319.45 mph to her performance of 3.963 at 314.75. It was his seventh victory at the track and the record-extending 144th of his career. He hadn't won since June 2015 in New Hampshire.

  • Stewart, Gordon team up for final lap at Brickyard 400

    July 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) All week, Tony Stewart downplayed the significance of his final race at Indianapolis.He promised not to cry, not to get sentimental.When the Brickyard 400 ended Sunday, he backtracked a bit by inviting current friend and former rival Jeff Gordon to share one final lap with him at their home track. They drove slowly around the 2.5-mile oval, side-by-side, waving to the fans who had cheered them for so many years.

  • Busch turns weekend into clean sweep with Brickyard 400 win

    July 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch heard all about the potential to pull off a historic sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.On Sunday, he accomplished the feat.Busch led a record 149 of 170 laps and beat teammate Matt Kenseth to the finish line in a second overtime to win his second straight Brickyard 400. Coupled with an Xfinity Series victory a day earlier, Busch became the first NASCAR driver to win both poles and both races on the same weekend.

  • Tony George returns as chairman of board of Hulman & Co.

    July 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar founder Tony George has been renamed the chairman of the board of Hulman & Co., the family that owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway.George was forced out of that out of that job by his mother and sisters in 2009.Though the company made no announcement about the move, George was introduced with the title before instructing the Brickyard 400 drivers to start their engines for Sunday's race. A track spokesman confirmed the family had reinstated George to his previous post during a recent board meeting.

  • Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to take overall lead from Rosberg

    July 24, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record fifth time on Sunday to take the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished second.Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third, followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

  • Torrence tops qualifying in Mile-High NHRA Nationals

    July 24, 2016

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) Defending Top Fuel event winner Steve Torrence took the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday night in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.Torrence claimed his seventh No. 1 of the season with a track-record time of 3.776 seconds at 325.14 mph from Friday in his family-owned dragster.

  • Van der Zande, Popow win at Lime Rock Park

    July 23, 2016

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow raced to their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season Saturday in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.Both drivers led in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09 in the 2-hour, 40-minute race.

  • Kyle Busch wins NASACAR Xfinity Series race at Indy - again

    July 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch led all but one lap Saturday to win the NASACAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis for the second straight year.The 2015 Sprint Cup champion beat Kevin Harvick by 0.415 seconds in the race that went 61 laps instead of the 60 scheduled. Paul Menard was third, 1.338 seconds back.

  • Stewart leaves out nostalgia as final Brickyard 400 looms

    July 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Tony Stewart dreamed about winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he never contemplated saying goodbye.He still can't find the words.Now, as Stewart prepares for his final Brickyard 400, he's brushing aside any talk about nostalgic reflections so he can focus instead on making one more trip to victory lane.

  • Kyle Busch stays hot at Indy by taking Brickyard 400 pole

    July 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch pulled off a rare trifecta Saturday.He crashed Tony Stewart's scripted farewell party and pushed Jeff Gordon's comeback bid to the middle of the pack by accomplishing one of his biggest career goals - claiming his first Brickyard 400 pole.

  • Rosberg takes Hungarian GP pole, edges Hamilton, Ricciardo

    July 23, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Nico Rosberg of Mercedes will start from pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.Rosberg's fourth pole position of the season - and 26th of his career - was confirmed later Saturday by officials after reviewing whether the overall leader had slowed down enough during a yellow flag situation.

  • Heavy rain causes havoc at Hungarian GP qualifying session

    July 23, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Heavy rainfall caused havoc during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton still led the field after the first of three sessions on Saturday.Rain delayed the start by 20 minutes and later led to several crashes, including by Felipe Massa of Williams and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson.

  • Heavy rain delays start of Hungarian GP qualifying session

    July 23, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Heavy rainfall delayed the start of the qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix by 20 minutes on Saturday.Championship leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes was fastest in the morning practice session, which was completed about 45 minutes before rain drenched the Hungaroring circuit.

  • F1 leader Rosberg quickest in last practice for Hungarian GP

    July 23, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes led Max Verstappen of Red Bull by just two thousandths of a second to top the final practice session on Saturday for the Hungarian Grand Prix.Rosberg had also posted the fastest time in the second practice on Friday.

  • Courtney Force leads a night of track-record performances

    July 23, 2016

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) Courtney Force led a night of track-record performances by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.Teams in all categories took advantage of cool conditions as the racing was delayed until late in the evening after a series of afternoon thunderstorms moved through the area.

  • Chase Briscoe races to third straight ARCA victory

    July 23, 2016

    CLERMONT, Ind. (AP) Points leader Chase Briscoe ran away with the ARCA Racing Series event Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway for his third straight victory.The 21-year-old Briscoe, from Mitchell, Indiana, led 131 of 200 laps on the 0.686-mile oval in Cunningham Motorsports' No. 77 Ford. He beat second-place Travis Miller by 9.886 seconds.

  • Braun, Westbrook top IMSA qualifying at Lime Rock Park

    July 22, 2016

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) Colin Braun took the pole position Friday for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race Saturday at Lime Rock Park, and Richard Westbrook gave Ford Chip Ganassi Racing its second GT Le Mans class pole.Driving the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09, Braun turned in a best lap of 48.824 seconds (108.6 mph) around the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course to earn the top starting spot overall and in the Prototype Challenge class. It was the second consecutive pole for Braun.

  • Kyle Busch moves to top of pack in Brickyard 400 practice

    July 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Defending Brickyard 400 winner Kyle Busch had the fastest lap Friday at 184.619 mph, on Indianapolis' 2.5-mile oval.NASCAR points leader Kevin Harvick was second at 184.268. Kyle Laron finished third at 183.767.Busch had to overcome an early brush with Patrick Carpentier in the second turn, which sent Busch skidding down the track. But he managed the car out of the wall and still reached the top of the speed chart.

  • Jeff Gordon readies for the Brickyard in surprising return

    July 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jeff Gordon always expected to be at this weekend's Brickyard 400.The tricky part was figuring out his role.One week after Gordon asked his publicist to delay a long-planned announcement that he would drive the pace car before a race he won five times, the four-time Cup champion returned to the 2.5-mile oval as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement and the top attraction in Sunday's race.

  • Rosberg fastest, Hamilton crashes at Hungary GP practice

    July 22, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Nico Rosberg of Mercedes posted by far the fastest lap during the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.Teammate Lewis Hamilton was unhurt after crashing sideways into a barrier of rubber tires, Mercedes said. Hamilton was able to drive the car back to the pit lane and later returned to the team garage after a medical checkup.

  • Hamilton crashes into barrier during Hungarian GP practice

    July 22, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Lewis Hamilton appeared unhurt after crashing sideways into a barrier of rubber tires during the second practice session on Friday for the Hungarian Grand Prix.Hamilton was able to drive the car back to the pit lane and later returned to the team garage after a medical checkup.

  • Hamilton fastest at 1st Hungarian GP practice, Rosberg next

    July 22, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Lewis Hamilton had the fastest lap at the first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, followed by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.Driving on the repaved Hungaroring with supersoft tires, Hamilton's time of 1 minute, 21.347 seconds on Friday was nearly four seconds faster than the world champion's first practice in 2015 and almost 0.7 seconds ahead of his 2015 qualifying pace, which gained him pole position.

  • Nico Rosberg extends contract with Mercedes through 2018

    July 22, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Nico Rosberg has signed a contract extension with Mercedes that will take the current championship leader through the 2018 season, the Formula One team said Friday.Rosberg, runner-up for the past two years in the drivers' championship behind teammate Lewis Hamilton, has 19 wins and 25 pole positions since starting his Formula One career as a test driver for Williams in 2005.

  • Rosberg imperturbable even as lead shrinks against Hamilton

    July 21, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Nico Rosberg's lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton may be down to a single point midway through the Formula One championship, but the German driver appeared as relaxed as ever on Thursday.Rosberg, who has five victories and 168 points this season to four and 167 for Hamilton, said that the Hungarian Grand Prix, which Hamilton has won four times, does not feel different to him than any other race, even if Hamilton may have cost Rosberg a win here in 2014 by ignoring team orders to let Rosberg pass.

  • Wednesday's Sports in Brief

    July 21, 2016

    OLYMPICSMOSCOW (AP) Russia's top Olympic official says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month's games in Rio.The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that accused Russia's sports ministry of overseeing doping of the country's Olympic athletes.

  • Kyle Larson rallies from lap down to win at Eldora

    July 20, 2016

    ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) Kyle Larson rallied from a lap down to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway.The 23-year-old Sprint Cup driver had a flat right rear tire while leading about a third of the way through NASCAR's lone dirt race in its top three series. He got back on the lead lap with a free pass on a caution and quickly worked his way to the front.

  • Earnhardt Jr. to miss 2 more races, replaced by Jeff Gordon

    July 20, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not race again this month because of concussion-like symptoms and the No. 88 car will be turned over to trusted former teammate Jeff Gordon for the next two weeks.Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that Earnhardt has not yet been cleared to drive by doctors and will miss Sunday's Brickyard 400 as well as next weekend's race at Pocono. NASCAR's most popular driver has been battling balance issues and nausea since a July 2 crash at Daytona.

  • Earnhardt to miss 2 more races, Jeff Gordon will replace him

    July 20, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss two more races with concussion-like symptoms and Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement to drive the No. 88 car for at least the next two weekends.Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that NASCAR's most popular driver will not compete at this weekend's Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis and the next race, at Pocono, as he continues to recover from balance issues and nausea.

  • Gordon comes out of retirement to replace Earnhardt at Indy

    July 20, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss two more races as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms and retired NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will replace him at Indianapolis and Pocono.The announcement came Wednesday from Hendrick Motorsports, which said Earnhardt has not been cleared by doctors to drive. He missed last weekend's race in New Hampshire and was replaced by Alex Bowman.

  • Hamilton, Rosberg look to avoid each other at Hungarian GP

    July 20, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) No one has been able to stop Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg so far this season - except themselves.The slow, twisting track of the Hungarian Grand Prix could prove challenging Sunday for the Mercedes teammates who have collided twice already this year.

  • Column: Earnhardt the example of putting health first

    July 18, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There was a time when drivers raced injured, when nothing could get them to climb out of their seat.The rules didn't allow racers to be hurt, sitting out a week would be catastrophic in the point standings, and, ultimately, the payout. Not being able to drive with broken bones, blisters, burns, illness, any ailment at all, could derail a season. Even worse, it could cost a driver his job.

  • Stewart hopes strong finish in New Hampshire helps at Indy

    July 17, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Smoke is heating up just in time for his final trip to the Brickyard.Tony Stewart's final NASCAR season - no, he's not retiring from racing - has gone from bust to boon in a matter of weeks and he's now all but assured of racing for a fourth career Sprint Cup championship in the fall.

  • Will Power holds off Helio Castroneves for 3rd win of year

    July 17, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Will Power used pit strategy to grab his third victory of the season and close in on Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud in the race for the IndyCar championship.Power's victory Sunday on the temporary road course at Exhibition Place was his third in four races, and he was second last week at Iowa. He has closed the gap on Pagenaud to 47 points in the standings, and the two are tied for the most wins in IndyCar this season.

  • Kenseth pulls away late to win Cup race at New Hampshire

    July 17, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Matt Kenseth pulled away down the stretch to win the Sprint Cup race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch each led more than 120 laps before fading late, paving the way for Kenseth to win for the second time this season.

  • Team owner Hendrick hopeful Earnhardt returns at Brickyard

    July 17, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Team owner Rick Hendrick said he does not think the concussion symptoms that sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. are career threatening. Hendrick hoped to have NASCAR's most popular driver back in the car next week at the Brickyard.Earnhardt, 41, sat out Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he was not cleared to race. Alex Bowman drove the No. 88 Chevrolet on Sunday.

  • Kyle Busch wins another Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire

    July 16, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Kyle Busch led all but a handful of laps and simply dominated in his latest Xfinity Series victory Saturday at New Hampshire Motors Speedway.Busch raced to his sixth Xfinity victory of the season and record-extending 82nd of his career.

  • Dixon wins IndyCar pole for 1st time this season at Toronto

    July 16, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Scott Dixon used a fast final lap to snatch the pole away from Helio Castroneves at the buzzer in qualifying Saturday for Indy Toronto.Dixon turned a lap of 59.9073 seconds to win the pole for the race Sunday. It was his 24th career pole and first since Mid-Ohio last year. Castroneves wound up second with a lap of 59.9425 on the temporary street course at Exhibition Place.

  • A NASCAR great battling dementia pledges brain donation

    July 16, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) He was one of NASCAR's first superstars, but Fred Lorenzen's memories of his Hall of Fame career have dimmed as he battles dementia. His Daytona 500 victory, the wins he piled up to become NASCAR's first 0,000 driver, his life on the road, all have been largely extinguished.

  • Josef Newgarden set for Toronto Indy title defense

    July 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) It hasn't always been good times and checkered flags for IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden.The defending Honda Indy Toronto champion overcome low points during his 2012 rookie season when he started 14 races and only led for one lap the entire year. He didn't have a teammate, was dealing with a new car and was part of a small team.

  • Johnson wins 1st pole of the season at New Hampshire

    July 15, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Jimmie Johnson gave Hendrick Motorsports a needed bright spot, turning a lap of 133.971 mph Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to win his first pole of the season.Johnson, a two-time race winner this season, could use a boost following a five-race slump where he failed to finish better than 13th. He has crashed out of his last two races, finishing 35th at Daytona International Speedway and 32nd last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

  • Josef Newgarden has been through ups and downs

    July 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) It hasn't been the fastest race to the checkered flag for Josef Newgarden, the rising star of IndyCar.Newgarden, coming off a dominating win on the oval at Iowa Speedway last weekend, returns to the street course of Toronto this weekend as the defending race winner. It's a far cry from four seasons ago, when as a rookie he led only one lap all year while driving for a small, single-car team.

  • Retired champion Gordon could race for Earnhardt next week

    July 15, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Jeff Gordon is ready to pull his firesuit out of storage and come off the bench for one more shot at winning one of NASCAR's crown jewel races.Gordon might not be done, but Junior just might be, at least for the immediate future.Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been parked for this weekend's NASCAR race and more absences could be ahead. Gordon, the four-time NASCAR champion, could make his retirement a brief one and go for his sixth win at the Brickyard next weekend in Indianapolis if Earnhardt is not cleared to return from concussion symptoms.

  • Retired NASCAR champion Gordon could race for Earnhardt

    July 15, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon could come out of retirement next weekend and drive the No. 88 Chevrolet if Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not cleared to race.Earnhardt will sit out this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he shows symptoms of a concussion. Alex Bowman will drive in his place.

  • Retired NASCAR champion Gordon may race for Earnhardt

    July 15, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon could come out of retirement next weekend and drive the No. 88 Chevrolet if Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not cleared to race.Earnhardt will sit out this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he shows symptoms of a concussion. Alex Bowman will drive in his place.

  • Earnhardt Jr. a scratch in NH with concussion symptoms

    July 14, 2016

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. has dropped out of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because of symptoms of a concussion.Earnhardt was evaluated in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week and doctors did not clear him to race. Hendrick Motorsports said Thursday it had no timetable for his return.

  • Hunter-Reay eager for more good memories in Toronto

    July 14, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay's last race was just five days ago, but it's already a distant memory for the veteran IndyCar driver.Hunter-Reay finished last at last weekend's Iowa Corn 300, completing just 105 of 300 laps due to engine issues.''I've almost burned that one out of my memory,'' he said Thursday.

  • Jury: NASCAR, racetrack didn't cause harm in lightning death

    July 14, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A jury has ruled that a Pennsylvania racetrack didn't cause harm to a man killed by lightning minutes after an August 2012 NASCAR race was stopped.The Pocono Record reports (http://bit.ly/29Qt3oo ) the jury ruled in favor of Pocono Raceway and NASCAR on Monday, finding the racetrack negligent, but not a ''factual cause'' of any harm to Brian Zimmerman.

  • Hinchcliffe returns to Canada in search of year's 1st win

    July 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) A year after a life-threatening crash during practice for last year's Indianapolis 500, Canadian James Hinchcliffe is back home and searching for his first victory of the season.The 29-year-old Hinchcliffe said he is feeling good entering Sunday's race.

  • Abreu headed to Eldora for early start before truck race

    July 13, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) With nearly a dozen career races at Eldora Speedway, Rico Abreu will be one of the most experienced drivers in the field for next week's Truck Series race.It should be his best shot at winning his first career national NASCAR race and earning a spot in the Truck Series' playoffs.

  • Earnhardt Jr. the top name of drivers on the Chase bubble

    July 11, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. candidly declared two weeks ago that he has too good of a race team to be worried about making NASCAR's playoffs.Since then, he has produced underwhelming finishes at Daytona and Kentucky and slipped to 13th in the Sprint Cup standings. Earnhardt hasn't scored a top-10 finish in a month and, yes, he is indeed in danger of missing the championship Chase.

  • Newgarden earns IndyCar win in Iowa

    July 10, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Josef Newgarden had made a habit out of finishing second at Iowa Speedway.He finally had a breakthrough on Sunday - in a big way.Newgarden cruised to a dominant IndyCar victory in Iowa, setting a series record by leading 282 of 300 laps for his first career oval win.

  • Brown moves into series lead in Top Fuel with win

    July 10, 2016

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Antron Brown raced to his third Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals, moving into the series points lead in a tight battle with Doug Kalitta.Brown earned his third Chicago win and 57th career victory with a final-round performance of 3.777 seconds at 321.19 mph in his dragster to hold off J.R. Todd, whose Kalitta Motorsports racer trailed with a 3.798.

  • Serralles wins Indy Lights race at Iowa

    July 10, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Felix Serralles overtook Zach Veach with two laps to go to win the Indy Lights race on Sunday at the Iowa Speedway.Veach appeared poised to cruise to his second win of the season. But he was slowed while negotiating lapped traffic and Serralles went high to overtake Veach and claim his third career win.

  • Hamilton wins British GP to trail Rosberg by 1 point

    July 10, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton reeled off his fourth win in five races Sunday to storm to victory in the British Grand Prix and trail Nico Rosberg by one point.The 31-year-old Englishman came home 6.9 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Rosberg but the German was later relegated to third place after a 10-second time penalty for a breach of radio communications rules as he tried to resolve a gearbox problem.

  • Ferrari too slow says 9th-place Vettel

    July 10, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Sebastian Vettel said his Ferrari car was too slow for him to do any better after finishing ninth in Formula One's British Grand Prix on Sunday.After starting 11th in wet conditions, the four-time world champion was the first driver to switch to slick tyres, but Vettel spun and struggled as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a record third successive home win.

  • Delighted Verstappen wants to change his passport

    July 10, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Dutch teenager Max Verstappen joked he's thinking of changing his passport after a warm reception from fans at Sunday's Formula One British Grand Prix.The 18-year-old Red Bull driver finished third but was later promoted to second place over Nico Rosberg, who had a 10-second time penalty for a breach of radio communication rules during the race.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix

    July 10, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton reeled off his fourth win in five races Sunday to storm to victory in the British Grand Prix.The 31-year-old Englishman came home 6.9 seconds clear of his German teammate Nico Rosberg. Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was third ahead of his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo of Australia.

  • Sauber's Marcus Ericsson passed fit to race in British GP

    July 10, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Marcus Ericsson was passed fit to race in the British Grand Prix following a medical examination on Sunday morning.The Sauber driver crashed heavily during final practice on Saturday morning and was taken to hospital in Oxford for checks.

  • Keselowski wins for 3rd time at Kentucky Speedway

    July 9, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Brad Keselowski became the first three-time winner at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night, overtaking Kevin Harvick on lap 201 and holding on for the Sprint Cup Series victory.Matt Kenseth grabbed the lead with six laps remaining but soon pitted for fuel to hand the top spot back to Keselowski, who had just enough gas in reserve to edge Carl Edwards by .175 seconds in a tense finish. Keselowski's tank eventually ran dry and he needed a tow to victory lane.

  • Hagan tops Funny Car qualifying at NHRA stop

    July 9, 2016

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Matt Hagan drove to the Funny Car qualifying lead on Saturday at the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals.Hagan recorded a track record time of 3.882 seconds at 331.12 mph in his Dodge Charger R/T. It's his second top qualifying performance of the season.

  • Briscoe wins ARCA race in Iowa

    July 9, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Chase Briscoe won the ARCA series race Saturday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory in a row.Briscoe held onto the top spot following a pair of restarts and went on to win by nearly three seconds.Pole-sitter Kyle Benjamin was second, followed by Harrison Burton, Dalton Sargeant and Myatt Snider.

  • Fire breaks out in parking lot at Kentucky NASCAR race

    July 9, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out in the parking lot behind the grandstand at Kentucky Speedway and sent thick, black smoke billowing into the sky.Track spokesman Tim Bray said firefighters at the facility and from Gallatin County put out the blaze in the speedway's Platinum lot. Bray said the fire began in the passenger compartment of a truck and damaged a second vehicle, with a third singed. No one was injured.

  • Pagenaud, Penske seek breakthrough in Iowa

    July 9, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Every year, Team Penske arrives in Iowa with a host of championship-contending drivers and leaves without a win.The 10th edition of the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway could be Penske's best shot at breaking through.The grueling demands of Iowa's 0.875-mile bull ring typically rewards the most skilled drivers. Penske has plenty of those, as Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power entered the weekend first, second and third in the point standings.

  • Pagenaud wins pole for Iowa race

    July 9, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Simon Pagenaud will start on the pole for the fifth time this season at Sunday's IndyCar series race at Iowa Speedway.Pagenaud, the series points leader, qualified with a two-lap time of 185.886 mph and gave Team Penske its 500th pole across all forms of motorsports.

  • IndyCar to run in Iowa through 2018

    July 9, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Speedway and the IndyCar series have reached a two-year extension through 2018.Iowa Speedway president Jimmy Small announced Saturday that the short track, which is owned and operated by NASCAR, will host races in 2017 and 2018.

  • Stronger gearboxes wanted, says Vettel

    July 9, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Sebastian Vettel has told Ferrari it's time to build stronger gearboxes after another disappointing showing in qualifying for the British Grand Prix.The four-time champion, who has been handed three five-place grid penalties for new gearboxes this season, said Saturday it was time the team fixed the problem.

  • Hamilton takes pole in last qualifying lap at British GP

    July 9, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Lewis Hamilton demonstrated the sangfroid of a champion and the enthusiasm of a rookie when he shrugged off intense pressure and expectation to take pole position in the British Grand Prix on Saturday.Knowing he had only one chance with just three minutes remaining, Hamilton responded with a spectacular lap in the final seconds of a dramatic qualifying session.

  • Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Rosberg at British GP

    July 9, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix in a dramatic late qualifying lap on Saturday.Hamilton outpaced Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by three-tenths of a second in the closing seconds of the session.

  • Hamilton quickest, Rosberg 2nd, in crash-hit final practice

    July 9, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the crash-marred final practice for the British Grand Prix on Saturday.Hamilton, who was also fastest in both practices on Friday, wound up 0.063 seconds better than Rosberg, who missed the entire second practice. Australian Daniel Ricciardo third, half a second adrift in his Red Bull car.

  • Busch dominates NASCAR Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

    July 8, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Kyle Busch led 185 laps and caught a huge break before surviving a final restart to win Friday night's 300-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway.The defending Sprint Cup Series champion needed overtime to win in his No. 18 Toyota, with the race going one circuit past its scheduled 200 laps after a late caution. Busch then outdueled Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon in a three-wide restart to earn his first series win at Kentucky since 2004.

  • New look, new rules for Kentucky Speedway NASCAR race

    July 8, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) No discussion of Kentucky Speedway is complete without mentioning Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski, each of whom has won the 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race twice and loom as the favorites on Saturday night.Matt Kenseth won here in 2013 and boasts an impressive resume on the 1.5 mile tri-oval. The big question is whether somebody else finally breaks into the exclusive club this year.

  • Harvick gets Kentucky pole after rain cancels qualifying

    July 8, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Storms washed out qualifying at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, putting Kevin Harvick on the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race based on owner points.Severe weather moved over the track near midday and shortened practice to around 30 minutes. A brief sprinkle followed but cars were able to return to the track for practice.

  • Johnson to drive a backup car after Kentucky practice wreck

    July 8, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Jimmie Johnson will drive a backup Chevy after wrecking his primary No. 48 car during Friday morning's practice at Kentucky Speedway.Drivers are getting used to a new asphalt surface and configuration at the 1.5 mile tri-oval along with new NASCAR downforce rules. The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion had posted the second-fastest practice speed (188.121 mph) in 17 laps before his car sustained right-side damage after hitting the wall in turn 4, forcing him to drive a backup car in Saturday night's 400-mile race.

  • Mercedes: Rosberg will bounce back with Hamilton's data

    July 8, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg is expected to bounce back and challenge Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix thanks to his rival's efforts on his behalf.Rosberg missed all of the second practice on Friday due to a water leak, while Hamilton clocked the fastest time and completed all the preparatory work for the team.

  • Hamilton tops 2nd practice at British GP, Rosberg in garage

    July 8, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Lewis Hamilton took full advantage of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's problems by topping the second practice at the British Grand Prix on Friday.Hamilton dominated the session while Rosberg, who leads his teammate by 11 points in Formula One, was in the team garage watching his car stripped down for repairs to an unspecified leak.

  • Hamilton on top in opening practice

    July 8, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Defending three-time champion Lewis Hamilton narrowly outpaced his championship leading Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to lead in Friday's opening practice for Sunday's British Grand Prix.The 31-year-old Briton clocked a best lap of one minute and 31.654 seconds to finish .033 seconds ahead of his German rival, a day after the pair had been told to obey a new `code of engagement' after crashing three times in five races.

  • Kimi Raikkonen to stay at Ferrari in 2017

    July 8, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Kimi Raikkonen will stay with Ferrari next year, the Italian team confirmed on Friday at the British Grand Prix.The announcement ends months of speculation that had seen several rival drivers linked with his seat alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

  • Byron rolls to fourth Trucks win at Kentucky Speedway

    July 8, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) William Byron didn't know which record-setting achievement to appreciate more.He took the lead on lap 82 and withstood several challengers to win Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway, making Kyle Busch Motorsports the winningest Camping World Truck Series team in NASCAR history.

  • Carl Haas, co-founder of Newman-Haas Racing, dies at 86

    July 7, 2016

    Finding Carl Haas in an IndyCar garage was a simple matter of looking for the man with the cigar. His name was just as easy to spot in the record books as well.Haas, co-founder of Newman-Haas Racing with late actor Paul Newman, has died. He was 86.His company, Carl Haas Automobile Imports Inc., posted a statement on its website Thursday saying Haas died on June 29 at his home surrounded by family.

  • IndyCar to refund 5,000 for canceled Boston Grand Prix

    July 7, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) IndyCar announced Thursday it has agreed to refund 5,000 to fans who bought advance tickets to the Boston Grand Prix before it was canceled.The motorsports series and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the money represents less than half the nearly .1 million spent by about 4,000 fans. Healey said she has filed a lawsuit against Boston Grand Prix and chief executive officer John Casey, seeking full refunds for all ticket buyers.

  • Kentucky Speedway's resurfacing blends with new NASCAR rules

    July 7, 2016

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Kentucky Speedway President Mark Simendinger hopes the track's new pavement smooths the transition to another race with a new NASCAR downforce package.Resurfacing the 1.5 mile tri-oval was nearly done when the sanctioning body announced new rules in May to reduce downforce and side force and create more side-by-side racing. It follows last year's changes here that helped produce one of the season's most competitive races, won by Kyle Busch on his way to his first Sprint Cup championship.

  • Hamilton seeking hat-trick of home wins

    July 7, 2016

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will be seeking to complete a hat-trick of successive home wins to take command of this year's Formula One title race for the first time in Sunday's British Grand Prix.The 31-year-old Englishman, who survived a last-lap crash with his Mercedes team-mate and current championship leader Nico Rosberg in last Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix, trails the German by 11 points ahead of this weekend's showdown.

  • Hamilton and Rosberg warned they could get team orders

    July 7, 2016

    Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been told that they risk being ordered how to drive by their teams if they collide again.Hamilton, the defending F1 champion, and Rosberg crashed on the final lap in a dramatic end to the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend.

  • Stewart needs Kentucky win for career NASCAR victory sweep

    July 6, 2016

    Tony Stewart is down to his final try at Kentucky Speedway to complete a NASCAR track victory sweep.The three-time champion has won at every track on the Sprint Cup schedule, with highs of five wins at Watkins Glen and four at Daytona (though not the 500) to one win at six tracks. His latest victory, and 49th overall in the Cup series, came two weeks ago at Sonoma Raceway and snapped an 84-race drought.

  • Boston IndyCar race organizers file for bankruptcy

    July 6, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The organization that unsuccessfully tried to bring an IndyCar race to Boston has filed for bankruptcy, saying it has almost million in liabilities and about ,000 in assets.Boston Grand Prix said in its bankruptcy filing Tuesday that its liabilities include more than .5 million owed to people who bought tickets for the race, which was supposed to be held over the Labor Day weekend.

  • Boston IndyCar race organizers files for bankruptcy

    July 6, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The organization that unsuccessfully tried to bring an IndyCar race to Boston has filed for bankruptcy, saying it has almost million in liabilities and about ,000 in assets.Boston Grand Prix said in its bankruptcy filing Tuesday that its liabilities include more than .5 million owed to people who bought tickets for the race, which was supposed to be held over the Labor Day weekend.

  • Barbosa, Fittipaldi earn 1st IMSA win of the season

    July 3, 2016

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi earned their first IMSA victory of the season in Sunday's six-hour race at Watkins Glen International.Fittipaldi and Barbosa led six different times throughout the endurance race.Barbosa took the lead for good following the final round of pit stops with 40 minutes remaining and survived two late restarts to take the victory by .709 seconds over his Action Express Racing teammate, Dane Cameron, in the No. 31 Corvette DP. It was the first race on the newly repaved 3.4-mile Watkins Glen circuit.

  • Roger Penske offers impassioned defense of his 2 drivers

    July 3, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) One of his drivers had just used a dominating run to capture his first career victory at famed Daytona International Speedway. The win was the 100th for the organization at NASCAR's top level.To get to victory lane, his other driver offered an assist in the closing laps. Unrelated, he also spun another driver on the last lap to create another round of hard feelings.

  • Long history of incidents between Rosberg and Hamilton

    July 3, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have a long history of incidents between them, even before Sunday's last-lap collision at the Austrian Grand Prix.Here are just some of the previous incidents between the two:

  • Hamilton overtakes Rosberg on last lap to win Austrian GP

    July 3, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday after colliding with Nico Rosberg on the final lap, an incident he blamed on his German teammate.The two Mercedes drivers touched as Hamilton sought to overtake and Formula One championship leader Rosberg ended up losing his front wing, which caused him to drop back to fourth.

  • Brad Keselowski finally earns 1st Daytona victory

    July 2, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Brad Keselowski has finally won at Daytona International Speedway, a track that had eluded him despite strong success in restrictor plate races.Keselowski has four career victories at Talladega Superspeedway, including a win there in May. But he could never pull it off at Daytona, at least not until Saturday night's dominating run.

  • McMurray starts 'Big One,' wrecks half the field at Daytona

    July 2, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jamie McMurray had no idea what caused his car to wiggle, wobble and weave at nearly 200 mph Saturday night.Whatever the reason, it triggered ''The Big One'' and wrecked more than half the field at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Late NASCAR reporter Phillips honored with Squier-Hall Award

    July 2, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Longtime NASCAR reporter/editor Benny Phillips is the recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence.NASCAR officials made the announcement Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.Phillips spent 48 years with the High Point Enterprise in North Carolina, serving as the newspaper's sports editor for 32 of them. He will be honored posthumously during NASCAR's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit.

  • Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Austrian GP over Nico Rosberg

    July 2, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Lewis Hamilton clinched the pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix in a qualifying session marked by a heavy crash and a rain delay on Saturday.Mercedes teammate and Formula One leader Nico Rosberg was second, but he will be dropped five places on the starting grid in Sunday's race because of an unscheduled gearbox change after crashing in the final practice hours earlier.

  • Ferraris top final Austrian GP practice, Rosberg crashes

    July 2, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Sebastian Vettel led Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen by a narrow margin to top the final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday, while Formula One leader Nico Rosberg crashed heavily.Rosberg's crash caused the session to be red-flagged for 10 minutes. Rosberg was unhurt but his Mercedes was badly damaged ahead of qualifying later Saturday. Mercedes later said Rosberg will take a five-place penalty on the starting grid for a gearbox change.

  • Almirola edges Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Daytona

    July 1, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Aric Almirola was declared the winner of Friday night's Xfinity Series race when NASCAR determined he was the leader when the caution flag froze the field shortly before the finish line at Daytona International Speedway.The race had already been sent to a two-lap overtime shootout when a multi-car accident on the backstretch clouded the final running order. A four-car pack led by Almirola and Justin Allgaier hurtled toward the finish, but NASCAR had to freeze the field because of the accident that happened behind them.

  • Greg Biffle wins 1st pole since 2012 with strong Daytona run

    July 1, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Greg Biffle used a last-gasp push to steal the pole for Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway.Biffle was the last car to make a lap in Friday night's qualifying session and earned the top starting spot with a speed of 192.995 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

  • Nico Rosberg tops both Austrian GP practice sessions

    July 1, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Nico Rosberg led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in both practices for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.The second practice was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as heavy rain and hail drenched the Red Bull Ring.Running in the first eight minutes before the rain, Rosberg clocked his fastest lap. Hamilton came within .019 seconds after the rain break.

  • Rosberg leads Hamilton in Austrian GP practice

    July 1, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Nico Rosberg led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.Both drivers had some problems but dominated the session. Rosberg topped Hamilton by .357 seconds on the Red Bull Ring.

  • Hamlin insists he didn't let retiring Stewart win in Sonoma

    June 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin insists he didn't let retiring NASCAR star Tony Stewart win last week at Sonoma Raceway.Asked about his runner-up finish at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Hamlin made it clear that his mistake was the main reason Stewart got by him in the final turn Sunday.

  • NASCAR teams use decals to honor Orlando shooting victims

    June 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR teams are running a decal on their cars at Daytona International Speedway to honor the victims of the mass shooting in nearby Orlando.The massacre led to the deaths of 49 victims at a nightclub.''It was a terrible tragedy,'' Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday. ''I'm glad that the sport has got the stickers on all the cars. I think it's a great way for us to show our support.''

  • Earnhardt hopes new Chevrolet gets him a Daytona victory

    June 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Amelia is in the graveyard located in the woods of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s property in North Carolina, where he collects ruined race cars.The beloved Chevrolet failed Earnhardt in the Daytona 500 and again at Talladega. He thought he'd drive Amelia to another victory in both races - after all, she'd won four times in six restrictor-plate starts over a 13-month period - but he crashed in both superspeedway races this season.

  • IndyCar's rescheduled race in Texas has perks, discounts

    June 30, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) IndyCar's rescheduled race at Texas Motor Speedway will have a few perks and some reduced prices.The track announced plans for the resumption of the Firestone 600 on Thursday. The race will restart Aug. 27. It was initially postponed a day in June and then halted because of more rain after 71 of 248 laps.

  • Can Red Bull use home ring advantage to attack Mercedes?

    June 30, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Having won two years in a row in the verdant Austrian hills, and coming off a victory in the maiden Formula One street race in Azerbaijan, Nico Rosberg is naturally confident about the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.Rosberg has increased his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton again after the win in Baku, and could join Alain Prost as a three-time Austria winner.

  • NASCAR spokesman Tharp named president of Darlington track

    June 29, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp has been hired to be the new president at Darlington Raceway.The track announced Wednesday that Tharp will start his new job July 18.Tharp has worked with NASCAR media relations since 2005, rising to become the organization's senior director of racing communications.

  • Write up: IndyCar's Newgarden subject of new children's book

    June 29, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Up-and-coming IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden could be climbing a different kind of chart soon.Top-five drivers in the IndyCar series standings aren't often the subject of a children's book.''I can't tell if he's been affected by the possibility of being on the New York Times best seller list just yet, but we'll see,'' Ed Carpenter, team owner of Newgarden's No. 21 Chevy, said with a wry voice.

  • NASCAR Trucks team staying competitive after shop fire

    June 29, 2016

    MADISON, Ill. (AP) It's hardly business as usual for ThorSport Racing team. Not when, as one of the drivers quipped, the temporary headquarters is a ''Kroger parking lot.''Results indicate a well-oiled machine in the NASCAR Truck Series, and not one reeling from a devastating fire to the team's 100,000-square foot shop in Sandusky, Ohio, earlier this month.

  • Vintage Smoke recaptures his glory days with Sonoma victory

    June 27, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Tony Stewart sat slumped on the stairs inside his team transporter a year ago reflecting on the worst slump of his NASCAR career.He had a migraine that day at Sonoma Raceway and spoke softly about his plight. Stewart didn't know what to do to return to his glory days. He had no idea how to adapt to NASCAR's rules package and seemed thoroughly defeated.

  • Spencer Gallagher apologizes for fight with John Wes Townley

    June 27, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Spencer Gallagher apologized Monday for his role in a fight with John Wes Townley during NASCAR's Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park.The two were involved in a pair of on-track incidents that culminated in a scuffle during Saturday night's race. After both drivers climbed from their damaged trucks, Townley charged at Gallagher and knocked him to the ground.

  • Chase Briscoe pulls away at Winchester for first ARCA win

    June 26, 2016

    WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) Chase Briscoe gained the lead in a duel with Dalton Sargeant on a restart with 30 laps to go and won the ARCA Racing Series race on Sunday at Winchester Speedway.It was Briscoe's first career ARCA win and came in his 12th series start.

  • Tony Stewart wins at Sonoma to snap 84-race drought

    June 26, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Tony Stewart snapped an 84-race losing streak that dated to 2013 with a popular victory Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.The 45-year-old Stewart took the lead on fuel strategy during a caution with 24 laps to go, and had to hold on after another yellow flag stalled the race. The final restart came with 14 laps remaining - the same number as Stewart's race car - and he held off a trio of Toyota drivers for his third career victory at Sonoma.

  • Ron Capps wins Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

    June 26, 2016

    NORWALK, Ohio (AP) Ron Capps won the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday for his third Funny Car victory in the last four events and fourth of the season.Capps beat Courtney Force in the final with a 3.956-second run at 317.49 mph in a Dodge Charger. He opened a 130-point lead over second-place Force in the season standings.

  • Power holds off Kanaan to win IndyCar race at Road America

    June 26, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Healthy again following an early-season illness, Will Power is feeling much better about his chances of contending for another IndyCar championship.After starting from the pole, Power led all but four laps and held off Tony Kanaan's last-lap surge to take the 202-mile Kohler Grand Prix by 0.74 seconds on Sunday at Road America.

  • NASCAR chairman quashes weeknight races, more road courses

    June 26, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) NASCAR is unlikely to add a road course to the Chase for the championship schedule because it would be hard to get one moved into the Sprint Cup schedule.NASCAR Chairman Brian France spoke briefly on Fox Sports 1's ''Race Day'' program before Sunday's race at Sonoma Raceway, and said of adding a road course to the Chase, ''the reality is it is very hard to get the schedule to match up.''

  • Pole-sitter Power holds off Kanaan to win at Road America

    June 26, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Pole-sitter Will Power picked up his second IndyCar series victory of the year, winning by 0.74 seconds Sunday after holding off Tony Kanaan's last-lap surge at Road America.Kanaan shaved about a half-second off the gap with Power after the white flag went up. But he couldn't catch up as the cars winded their way toward the end of the 202-mile Kohler Grand Prix on the 14-turn track.

  • Christopher Bell wins wild NASCAR Truck race at Gateway

    June 26, 2016

    MADISON, Ill. (AP) Christopher Bell prevailed in a two-lap sprint after the last of three re-starts for his first victory of the season in the rain-delayed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night.The 20-year-old Bell held on to beat Ben Rhodes, the pole sitter in the 200-mile race. It was the 50th victory in the series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and the third this season by three drivers.

  • Tight turns, long straights: Road America rewards precision

    June 25, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Road America's unique 14-turn layout requires precision, while providing drivers some fun behind the wheel.Successful rides around the ''Carousel'' on Sunday in the 202-mile Kohler Grand Prix could offer handsome rewards. It's a two-turn twist in the middle of the 4-plus mile road course that leads cars into another slight bend called the ''Kink.'' A successful maneuver through that stretch shoots cars in the ''Kettle Bottoms'' straight.

  • Kalitta Motorsports sweeps nitro categories in Norwalk

    June 25, 2016

    NORWALK, Ohio (AP) Kalitta Motorsports' Doug Kalitta and Del Worsham swept the No. 1 qualifying positions in the nitro categories at their home track Saturday in the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.Worsham's track-record Funny Car run of 3.875 seconds at 328.70 mph from Friday held up Saturday. Worsham's Toyota sustained minor damage when the parachutes failed to deploy in the final qualifying session and he went through the sand trap at the end of the track.

  • Will Power takes pole for IndyCar's return to Road America

    June 25, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) A late tire change during qualifying earned Will Power the pole for the IndyCar Series race at Road America.He'll start in the front row for the 202-mile Kohler Grand Prix on Sunday with a qualifying-best lap of 141.379 mph.With a caution flag out in the middle of the last round of qualifying, known as the ''Fast 6,'' Power's team decided to change tires on his No. 12 Chevy to a set of red-trimmed Firestone alternates. Those road course-specific tires allow for faster speeds and better cornering, but wear out quicker than regular tires.

  • Carl Edwards takes the pole for road course race at Sonoma

    June 25, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Carl Edwards edged AJ Allmendinger to earn the stop starting spot Sunday on the road course race at Sonoma Raceway.Edwards ran a lap at 95.777 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile track in qualifying Saturday to put his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the top starting spot for the third time this season.

  • Jeff Gordon interested in joining 'Live' with Kelly Ripa

    June 25, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's new ''Live'' co-host - so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst.Gordon is calling his final race of the season Sunday for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional career. The four-time NASCAR champion is in his first year in the broadcast booth, and he insisted Saturday he'll be back next year when Fox resumes coverage of the first half of the season.

  • Doug Kalitta breaks track Top Fuel time record at Norwalk

    June 24, 2016

    NORWALK, Ohio (AP) Doug Kalitta set a track elapsed-time record and raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.Kalitta had a pass of 3.719 seconds at 327.51 mph during the last qualifying session of the day. He has two No. 1 qualifying positions this year and is the season leader. His Kalitta Motorsports team is based in nearby Ypsilanti, Michigan.

  • IndyCar's Newgarden cleared to return at Road America

    June 24, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) IndyCar has cleared Josef Newgarden to race at Road America on Sunday, two weeks after breaking his right collarbone in a scary crash at Texas.Newgarden got the medical clearance after being evaluated following each of two practice sessions on Friday at the rural Wisconsin track.

  • Tony Stewart ready for final season to come to an end

    June 24, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) There was a twinge of nostalgia in Tony Stewart's voice as he was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.Then his mood quickly turned as he talked about the reasons he's retiring from NASCAR competition at the end of the season.

  • IndyCar Texas race will resume without Daly, Newgarden

    June 24, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden will not be allowed to participate in the Aug. 27 resumption of the rain-delayed IndyCar Series race in Texas.The league announced its plans Friday for how it will restart the Firestone 600, which earlier this month was postponed once and then completed only 71 of its scheduled 248 laps the following day.

  • Kyle Larson eyeing Sonoma as site of 1st Sprint Cup victory

    June 24, 2016

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Over the last 20 days, Kyle Larson went to victory lane in NASCAR's second tier Xfinity Series and picked up a pair of wins in his sprint car. He knocked off several podium finishes during Ohio Sprint Speedweek and finished third in NASCAR's main event at Michigan.

  • IndyCar Texas race will resume without Carpenter, Newgarden

    June 24, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden will not be allowed to participate in the Aug. 27 resumption of the rain-delayed IndyCar Series race in Texas.The league announced its plans Friday for how it will restart the Firestone 600, which earlier this month was postponed once and then completed only 71 of its scheduled 248 laps the following day.

  • From Le Mans to Road America, a big week for Bourdais

    June 24, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Sebastien Bourdais speaks reverently about the Le Mans 24-hour race in his native France, as if some mythical force has a hand in the competition.''I don't know what's the criteria ... All I can tell you is Le Mans picks its winner,'' Bourdais said.

  • IndyCar's Newgarden returns to practice at Road America

    June 24, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden is practicing at Road America, his first time back on a track since breaking his right collarbone in a scary crash at Texas.Newgarden was hurt in a race on June 12 after his car slammed on its side and slid along the frontstretch wall with the top of the cockpit exposed.

  • IndyCar's Josef Newgarden cleared for Road America practice

    June 23, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden is scheduled to practice at Road America, nearly two weeks after he broke his right collarbone in a scary crash at Texas.Ed Carpenter Racing, owner of the Newgarden's No. 21 Chevrolet, says the driver is cleared to practice on Friday. The team says Newgarden will be reevaluated after the practice sessions to determine what he can do the rest of the weekend.

  • Back on track: Drivers hail IndyCar return to Road America

    June 23, 2016

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Wearing shades and a white firesuit that gleamed under a bright sun, Mario Andretti hopped out of the car after taking a few spins around Road America.For a moment, it looked as if the IndyCar great, and the series itself, had never left this rural Wisconsin road course.

  • Company employing suspect in NASCAR attack loses contract

    June 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A concert venue in Charlotte has ended its contract with a landscaping company that employed one of the people charged in an assault on NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter last week.The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/28SbOlZ ) reports that PNC Music Pavilion canceled its contract with Lucas Lawn and Landscaping of Indian Trail.

  • Nemechek docked 10 points for failing post-Iowa inspection

    June 22, 2016

    John Hunter Nemechek's Camping World Truck Series team was docked 10 points for failing to meet the proper ride height in a post-race inspection at Iowa Speedway.The loss of those points dropped Nemechek from sixth place to a tie for ninth in the standings.

  • Allmendinger hopes to turn NASCAR season around at Sonoma

    June 22, 2016

    The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma this weekend will be the biggest of the season so far for A.J. Allmendinger.No one knows that better than Allmendinger.Allmendinger sits 19th in the standings ahead of the road course race in Northern California. He's placed in the top 10 just three times in 15 races and, as of now, looks like a longshot to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

  • NASCAR driver Mike Wallace attacked after Charlotte concert

    June 20, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR driver Mike Wallace says he and his daughter were attacked after a Rascal Flatts concert in North Carolina.Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told local media three men have been arrested after the attack Friday night at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte.

  • Josh Williams wins ARCA race in Wisconsin

    June 19, 2016

    OREGON, Wis. (AP) Josh Williams raced to his second ARCA Racing Series victory of the year Sunday, holding off hard-charging Kyle Weatherman at Madison International SpeedwayWilliams, also the winner in Nashville in April for his first career victory, became the first two-time winner this season. He drove his own No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet.

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. wins NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

    June 19, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to his first Funny Car victory of the season and the 13th of his career Sunday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.Johnson had a 4.038-second pass at 313.22 mph in a Dodge Charger R/T to beat teammate and two-time 2016 winner Matt Hagan in the final. Hagan had a 4.030 at 317.57.

  • Sam Hornish Jr. wins Xfinity race in Iowa

    June 19, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Sam Hornish Jr. led 183 of 250 laps in his first race of 2016 and cruised to victory in Sunday's NASCAR Xfinity race at the Iowa Speedway.Hornish, driving the No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing, picked up his first win in two years - which also came at Iowa's 0.875-mile oval.

  • Ferrari not giving up title hope yet

    June 19, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Eight races into the Formula One season and Ferrari remains winless, but the Italian team is not yet ready to surrender the 2016 title to runaway leader Mercedes.Nico Rosberg's victory at Sunday's European Grand Prix, and Sebastian Vettel's second place for Ferrari, widened the gap between the two drivers to 45 points with 13 races remaining. In the constructors' championship the margin is now 81 points.

  • Rossi goes from California to Europe to Indy for big win

    May 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Alexander Rossi stood atop the Empire State Building, the Manhattan skyline stretching out behind him, and smiled for the camera.It was an all-American scene starring a kid from California. Two days earlier, the 24-year-old Rossi became the first U.S.-born rookie since Louis Meyer in 1928 to win the Indianapolis 500 - the 100th, no less.

  • Rossi earns more than .5 million for Indianapolis 500 win

    May 30, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Alexander Rossi earned ,548,743 for winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 5000.Rossi's winnings included a ,000 bonus from Sunoco for being the top rookie in the race. The overall purse for the 33 drivers was ,273,253.Rossi stretched his fuel mileage for the final 90 miles to score an upset victory. The American is the first rookie to win since Helio Castroneves and the first American-born rookie to win since Louis Meyer in 1928.

  • Rossi chased a career in Europe but is still very American

    May 30, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Alexander Rossi pulled into victory lane following his upset win in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, he had no idea what he was supposed to do during the traditional celebration.The 24-year-old American knew there was milk involved, but wasn't sure what to do with the bottle. The wreath? He had no clue how to slide it over his firesuit.

  • Truex seeking bigger things after Charlotte romp

    May 30, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. believes big things are ahead, even bigger than his record run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Truex ruled the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, leading 588 of 600 miles to set a Sprint Cup record. It was his fourth career victory and first in nearly a year, although he's come close in several other races.

  • IndyCar hoping to carry momentum from 500 into future races

    May 30, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Even before Alexander Rossi sputtered across the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500, race organizers and IndyCar officials were looking to seize the momentum from the historic 100th running of the showcase event.They've put together a new ad campaign, kicked off a ticket renewal effort and have drivers urging everyone in the series to promote the sport.

  • Rossi stretches his final drops of gas to win the Indy 500

    May 30, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Alexander Rossi spent the biggest weekend in auto racing last year in Monaco, looking for a television that was broadcasting the Indianapolis 500. Back then, American was still hoping he could land a full-time ride in Formula One.He eventually ran out of time.

  • Jimmie Johnson: Martin Truex Jr. 'was just playing with us'

    May 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Jimmie Johnson knows what it's like to have a dominant car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.But the four-time Coca-Cola 600 champion had never seen anything quite like what Martin Truex Jr. pulled off Sunday night, leading 392 of 400 laps and going unchallenged for his fourth career victory.

  • The Latest: Day of firsts for Hamilton, Rossi and Truex

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---10:25 p.m. EasternThe biggest day in global motorsports turned out to be one full of firsts.

  • Martin Truex Jr. dominates NASCAR race in Charlotte

    May 30, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. believes there are more dominant Sprint Cup days ahead, perhaps even all the way to a championship.Truex led a Sprint Cup record 588 of 600 miles to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, NASCAR's longest race of the year.

  • The Latest: Martin Truex Jr. dominates to win Coca-Cola 600

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---9:58 p.m.Martin Truex Jr. has won the Coca-Cola 600, dominating the long NASCAR race in a record-setting fashion.

  • The Latest: Edwards penalized for pit row speeding

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---9:10 p.m.Defending Coca-Cola 600 champion Carl Edwards was penalized twice for speeding on pit row, dropping him from third to 21st and a lap down.

  • The Latest: Johnson looks to catch Truex at NASCAR 600

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---8:50 p.m.Jimmie Johnson is looking to tie Darrell Waltrip for the most wins in the Coca-Cola 600, but will have to catch Martin Truex Jr. to accomplish that feat.

  • The Latest: Johnson looks to catch Truex at NASCR 600

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---8:50 p.m.Jimmie Johnson is looking to tie Darrell Waltrip for the most wins in the Coca-Cola 600, but will have to catch Martin Truex Jr. to accomplish that feat.

  • Highlights from the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 29, 2016

    RACE: 100th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 2016WINNER: Alexander RossiAVERAGE SPEED: 166.634 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rossi was a 66-to-1 longshot, an IndyCar rookie who had chased a ride in Formula One since he was 10. Stuck without one, the California native returned to the U.S. and landed a ride with Andretti Autosport. He stunned his faster rivals by outlasting them in a fuel-mileage showdown, his car running out of gas during his victory lap.

  • The Latest: Truex dominating NASCAR 600 at midway point

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---8:15 p.m.You either have it or you don't at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Through 209 laps at the Coca-Cola 600 there were 21 cars on the lead lap. Among the others, there were no cars only one lap down - but 19 cars were two laps or more down.

  • The Latest: NASCAR race off to smooth start

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---7:20 p.m.The first non-competition caution flag of the Coca-Cola 600 came out on lap 113 when Brian Scott spun out and hit the wall. Kyle Larson was nearly caught up in the wreck, but managed to avoid Scott's car.

  • The Latest: Truex out front as NASCAR takes stage

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---6:55 p.m.Martin Truex Jr. has been dominant so far at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading the first 70 laps of the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Munoz and Newgarden crushed after Indy 500 defeat

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Carlos Munoz has twice been a bridesmaid in the Indianapolis 500.After losing to Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi on Sunday, the Colombian was crestfallen.He also wanted to know how Rossi beat him to the checkered flag in the historic 100th running of the Indy 500.

  • The Latest: NASCAR takes stage on motorsports' biggest day

    May 29, 2016

    The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):--6:30 p.m.The longest race of the NASCAR season is underway in Charlotte with pole sitter Martin Truex Jr. leading the first 25 laps in his No. 78 Toyota.

  • Trouble abounds for Team Penske in 100th Indianapolis 500

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Roger Penske was optimistic the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 would be one to remember.Well, he'll remember it. For all the wrong reasons.Defending race winner Juan Pablo Montoya lost control and crashed in Turn 2. Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were penalized on pit road. And Helio Castroneves damaged his rear wing and had to replace it late in the race, hurting his chances of joining the exclusive club of four-time winners.

  • Greenwood proud to add voice to Charlotte, NASCAR salute

    May 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Lee Greenwood's patriotic anthem was almost lost to bad timing.Greenwood was at Charlotte Motor Speedway to sing his anthem, ''God Bless The USA'' before the start of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night. He said that when the song was out its first year on the ''You've Got A Good Love Comin''' album, its release missed a natural tie in with July 4 and the Independence Day celebrations.

  • Party Around the World: Great sports, great spots to party

    May 29, 2016

    From the breathtaking view at a ski station in the French Alps to a horse race that ''stops the nation'' Down Under to the wackiest golf hole in the Arizona desert - make that the entire planet - sports fans will find the party.Pardon us ''Field of Dreams,'' but if someone promotes it, they will come.

  • Andretti and Rahal fail in bid to add to Indy 500 collection

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ice-T was pulling for ''my homey Marco.'' David Letterman vowed he would shear his Santa Claus beard if Graham Rahal won the Indianapolis 500.Not even a dose of star power was enough to help Marco Andretti and Rahal in their bids to join their famous families in the winner's circle.

  • Pit problems cause all sorts of issues at Indianapolis 500

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Helio Castroneves sat helplessly in his car, fuming as his chance at a record-tying fourth win vanished Sunday at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell were no happier about the collision that knocked the two Andretti Autosport teammates out of contention on Lap 117.

  • Alexander Rossi pulls off stunning upset in 100th Indy 500

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An American took the Andretti family to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.It just wasn't the driver anyone expected.Alexander Rossi was the surprising winner of ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' when he stretched his fuel to the finish Sunday to pull off an upset victory. He ran out of gas after taking the checkered flag.

  • The Latest: Rookie Alexander Rossi wins 100th Indy 500

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):--3:30 p.m.Alexander Rossi has won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.The rookie managed to conserve fuel while the leaders pit in the closing laps Sunday, coasting across the finish line on fumes to give Andretti Herta Autosport a stunning victory in the centennial race.

  • Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

  • The Latest: Castroneves gets into pits to repair car

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---3 p.m.Takuma Sato slapped the wall at the Indy 500 - and may have saved Helio Castroneves.Sato did not hit hard, but it was enough to bring out a much-needed caution for Castroneves with 37 laps remaining in the 100th edition. Castroneves had the right-rear portion of his wing hanging off and was close to getting black-flagged before the yellow came out instead.

  • The Latest: Marco Andretti fades as Indy 500 woes continue

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---2:40 p.m.More misfortune for the Andretti family at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.This time, something so simple as tire pressure forced Marco Andretti off the pace and into the pits out of sequence, leaving him a lap down with a quarter of the race remaining in the 100th Indy 500.

  • Red Bull apologizes to Ricciardo after Monaco GP tire gaffe

    May 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Red Bull team principal Christian Horner apologized to Daniel Ricciardo after a calamitous team pit stop cost the Australian driver a near-certain victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.Ricciardo was comfortably in the lead in Sunday's race when he came into the pits for a tire change, only to find that his pit crew did not have the right tires ready.

  • The Latest: Teammates Hunter-Reay, Bell collide in pits

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---2:25 p.m. ETAnother caution has caused more pit-road carnage at the Indy 500.Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell, who had been near the front all day, collided in a chain-reaction that began when Bell struck Helio Castroneves leaving his stall.

  • Defending Indy 500 champ Montoya makes early exit

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya will not defend his Indianapolis 500 championship.Montoya got sideways and hit the outside wall coming out of Turn 2, sliding back across the track before coming to rest on the grass. The Colombian was fortunate nobody else collided with him.

  • The Latest: Sage Karam crashes at Indy 500; Montoya out

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---2 p.m.Sage Karam crashed hard during a battle for fifth place at the Indy 500.Karam was on the outside of Townsend Bell and couldn't hold the line, sending him into the outside wall. Karam skidded several hundred feet along the barrier but stayed out of traffic.

  • Lady Gaga lays down her latest track at Indy speedway

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Already a regular singing partner with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga found another golden oldie chart topper to pair with: Mario Andretti.Gaga was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th running of the Indy 500 on Sunday, though she kept a fairly low profile, dressed down in jean shorts with her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail.

  • The Latest: Defending champ Montoya crashes out of Indy 500

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---1:45 p.m.The defending champion is out of the Indianapolis 500.Juan Pablo Montoya got sideways and hit the outside wall coming out of Turn 2, sliding back across the track before coming to rest on the grass. He was fortunate nobody else collided with him.

  • The Latest: Power penalized for pits incident with Kanaan

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---1:15 p.m.The first collision of the Indy 500 happened on pit road.Tony Kanaan was in the fast, outer lane when Will Power was told it was ''all clear'' to exit his stall, and the two touched tires as Kanaan was forced into the wall. There did not appear to be any significant damage, but it's unclear whether Kanaan's steering will be affected.

  • Rosberg laments 'complete lack of confidence' in his car

    May 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Formula One's championship leader Nico Rosberg put it bluntly, lamenting a ''complete lack of confidence'' in his Mercedes car after finishing seventh in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.The German driver was aiming for a fourth straight win on his home circuit - the son of former world champion Keke Rosberg grew up in Monaco - but instead saw his championship lead slashed to 24 points by his victorious teammate Lewis Hamilton.

  • The Latest: Townsend Bell, a Indy 500 dark horse

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---1 p.m.Townsend Bell is an intriguing dark horse in the Indy 500.In the fifth car for Andretti Autosport, Bell started a surprising fourth and had moved into the lead by the quarter-point in the 100th running - not bad for a journeyman driver who signed on late and didn't even meet his spotters until he arrived this month.

  • Sellout crowd arrives early for 100th Indianapolis 500

    May 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There was gridlock. There were lines.But the sold-out running of the 100th Indianapolis 500 somehow got off to a splendid start with most fans in their seats in plenty of time before the green flag waved. Speedway spokeswoman Suzi Elliott said he was unaware of any significant complaints.

  • The Latest: The 100th Indy 500 starts clean, Lazier stalled

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---12:50 p.m.Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe led the first round of green-flag pit stops in the Indy 500.

  • Jubilant Hamilton celebrates after rain-soaked Monaco GP win

    May 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) After crashes, engine problems and eight races without a win, the jubilation was evident as Lewis Hamilton threw himself into the arms of his Mercedes team after winning Sunday's rainy, incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix.Despondent Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo started from pole position and finished second - after a huge blunder from his team which failed to have his tires ready - with Mexican driver Sergio Perez third for Force India.

  • The Latest: The 100th Indy 500 begins, Hinchcliffe up front

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---12:30 p.m.The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 has begun.James Hinchcliffe had the pole position for the historic race, which is being held on a warm, sunny day in front of more than 350,000 people. The sellout allowed the race to be televised locally for the first time in years.

  • The Latest: Andrettis sets sights on ending Indy 500 curse

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---11:30 a.m.Michael Andretti would love to be in tears at the end of this year's Indy 500.After so many years of heartache for his family, Andretti is hopeful that his son Marco can finally end their long dry spell. Along with Mario Andretti, the three generations have made more than 70 starts in ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' and have just one win to show for it - Mario's in 1969.

  • The Latest: Hinchcliffe sends best wishes to injured driver

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---11:15 a.m.Indy 500 pole sitter James Hinchcliffe took a moment before the start of Sunday's race to send his best wishes to Andrew Palmer, a sports car driver who was involved in a serious wreck on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Celebs hit Indy 500 for 100th running of race

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---10:35 a.m.There are plenty of celebs walking the red carpet in the shadow of the famed pagoda at Indianapolis, including ''Star Trek'' star Chris Pine, rapper Ice-T and Nick Gehlfuss of ''Chicago Med.''

  • The Latest: All eyes on Indy 500 for 100th running of race

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):---10:15 a.m. ETThe conclusion of the Monaco Grand Prix means the attention of the motorsports world shifts to Indianapolis, where the 100th running of the Indy 500 is expected to draw close to 400,000 fans.

  • Lewis Hamilton wins thrilling Monaco GP ahead of Ricciardo

    May 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Lewis Hamilton won an incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday to get his Formula One championship bid back on track after a dismal run of eight races without a win.Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo started from pole position and finished second - after a huge blunder from his team which failed to have his tires ready - with Mexican driver Sergio Perez third for Force India.

  • The Latest: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco GP

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):4 p.m.Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Monaco Grand Prix, holding off Daniel Ricciardo for his first win of the season.Hamilton had not won for the past eight races, but he pulled ahead after Ricciardo came in on lap 33 for ultra-soft tires only to have his Red Bull pit crew not ready. It cost him valuable time and he came out behind Hamilton.

  • The Latest: Hamilton holds late lead at Monaco GP

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):3:50 p.m.With six laps to go, defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was leading the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and on course for his first win of the season.

  • The Latest: Hamilton pulls into lead, angers Ricciardo

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):3:30 p.m.The wrecks continue at the Monaco Grand Prix, this time with Sauber teammates Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson getting into each other.Nasr received team orders to let Ericsson through but apparently ignored them. A determined Ericsson went for a gap that simply did not exist and they both collided at the Rascasse turn.

  • The Latest: Wrecks dominate 1st half of Monaco GP

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):3:05 p.m.Red Bull's Max Verstappen - who became the youngest winner of an F1 race at the Spanish GP two weeks ago - has crashed out of the Formula One race in Monaco.On a day with slippery conditions on the track, the 18-year-old slammed into a barrier at the same point where he crashed in Saturday's third and final practice.

  • The Latest: Monaco GP off to chaotic start

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):2:30 p.m.It has been a chaotic start to the Monaco Grand Prix.After seven laps behind a safety car, British driver Jolyon Palmer crashed out and was soon joined back in the garage by Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.

  • The Latest: Monaco GP off to slow start due to safety car

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):2:20 p.m.The Monaco Grand Prix has got off to a difficult start - and they haven't even started racing yet.On a soaking wet track, with spray streaming off the tires, drivers did seven laps behind a safety car as a precautionary measure.

  • The Latest: Lewis Hamilton in pensive mood at Monaco GP

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):1:45 p.m.Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is in pensive mood at the Monaco Grand Prix - and with good reason.The three-time world champion has not won any of the past eight races, while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has won seven of them to take a commanding lead in this year's F1 title race.

  • The Latest: Patrick Dempsey, Chris Bosh at Monaco GP

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):1:25 p.m.The Monaco Grand Prix traditionally sees an influx of movie stars from nearby Cannes, where the famous film festival is held.This year, the events are a week apart and there's a notable absence of big names so far.

  • The Latest: Rain all morning ahead of glitzy Monaco GP

    May 29, 2016

    The Latest on motorsport's busiest day (all times local):1 p.m.The Monaco Grand Prix is all glitz, glamour, blue skies and luxury yachts swaying on the glittering blue Mediterranean sea, right?That's often the case, but it has been raining all morning in the Principality and fans have been huddling under umbrellas.

  • All engines go on motorsports' biggest day

    May 29, 2016

    One of the busiest days in motorsports has arrived.Formula One starts things off Sunday with the Monaco Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg has won the past three races in Monaco and has a 39-point lead in the drivers' standings. Rosberg and defending champion Lewis Hamilton are racing for the first time since they crashed into each other on lap one of the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

  • Hamlin outduels Larson, Logano to win Charlotte Xfinity race

    May 28, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin passed Kyle Larson and Joey Logano in overtime to win the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Larson appeared to have victory in his sights, but a caution came out with two laps to go when Erik Jones' tire went down, forcing a two-lap overtime situation.

  • F1 halo device moves step closer to implementation in 2017

    May 28, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Further tests on the protective halo device for drivers will take place in June with a view to implementing it in time for the 2017 Formula One season.The device forms a protective structure around and above a driver's head.Testing will take place on June 26, FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said, adding that those tests will then be reviewed at the next technical regulation meeting on July 6.

  • Roger Penske muses on driving pace car for 100th Indy 500

    May 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Roger Penske has no shortage of help in preparing to pace the 100th Indianapolis 500.There's former winner Johnny Rutherford, the official pace car driver, who will take over once Penske drives the Camaro SS for the warmup laps leading to the green flag on Sunday.

  • Here's a story of a lovely lady and Gomer at the Indy 500

    May 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) They are the names that stamped the Indianapolis 500 as a four-wheeled slice of Americana from the heartland. Rick Mears. A.J. Foyt. The Andrettis. Helio Castroneves.Oh, and don't forget Mrs. Brady and Gomer Pyle.From Brady to brickyard, from Mayberry to motorsports, Florence Henderson and Jim Nabors provided the soundtrack for the Indianapolis 500 for decades.

  • Ricciardo all smiles at Monaco GP, Hamilton's woes continue

    May 28, 2016

    MONACO (AP) While Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo let out a screech of joy after securing the first pole position of his career at the Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton struggled to mask his latest disappointment.Hamilton has been beset by engine problems this season and his Mercedes stalled in the pit lane exit in the final part of Saturday's qualifying. By the time he got back on track, he had little time to better Ricciardo's leading lap of 1 minute, 13.622 seconds and finished third behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

  • Logano looks to continue CMS dominance at Coca-Cola 600

    May 28, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano has shown he has a pretty good feel for the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Now the question is whether he can go the distance - 600 miles, that is.Logano looks to complete a ''Joey sweep'' at CMS at the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night after winning last October's 400-mile playoff race and the Sprint Cup All-Star race here last weekend.

  • Red Bull's Ricciardo takes pole position for Monaco GP

    May 28, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo took pole position Saturday for the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, whose car stalled in the final part of qualifying.Ricciardo had signaled his intent with the fastest time in Thursday's final practice and - with Hamilton's mechanics working frantically on his car in the Mercedes garage - zoomed up the leaderboard with a time of 1 minute, 13.622 seconds.

  • Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull to test 2017 tires in August

    May 28, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will be the first Formula One teams to test the new-look Pirelli tires for the 2017 season when testing for wider tires begins in August.Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola made the announcement Saturday in the Formula One paddock at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he showed a prototype of the tire on a demonstration car.

  • Pippa Mann lone woman left for 100th Indianapolis 500

    May 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Four years ago, Pippa Mann was answering questions in Gasoline Alley about the record-tying four female drivers in the Indianapolis 500, and how it represented another step toward women one day winning at the Brickyard.Now, she's the only one left.

  • Looking ahead to 100 more years at the Indianapolis 500

    May 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ray Harroun never could have envisioned the speed, science and styling behind the cars on the starting grid for the 100th Indy 500, not when he was piloting the Marmon Wasp to victory in the inaugural race back in 1911.His black-and-gold car looked like a battering ram on wheels, rather than the sleek, fighter-jet-like cars of today. Harroun puttered around at an average speed of 74 mph, roughly 160 mph behind the pole-winning speed of James Hinchliffe this year, and he needed nearly 7 hours to complete that first 500-mile race.

  • Improving Larson looks for first Cup win at Coca-Cola 600

    May 27, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Larson believes he's on the verge of kicking in the door and getting his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win.The 23-year-old seems to be getting close.Larson finished second two weeks ago at Dover, then had a chance to win the All-Star exhibition race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend before losing control of his car and hitting the wall following a challenge from Joey Logano. He wound up finishing 16th, missing out on a losing out on a chance for a breakthrough win and the million first-place prize.

  • The hype is back at Indy and everyone wants to win the 100th

    May 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tony Kanaan spent the final practice before the Indianapolis 500 talking to the race track.He wanted to be kind to the old lady, to land in her good graces before the historic 100th running of ''The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.''''I think this track will pick the winner. Whatever she picks, it's going to be a very lucky guy,'' Kanaan said Friday after landing atop the leaderboard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ''I'm trying to massage the track a little bit, talk to her nicely and then see if she will pick me on Sunday.''

  • Dean Stoneman wins closest Freedom 100 by 0.0024 seconds

    May 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The weekend of the 100th running of the Indy 500 got off to a historic start Friday.Dean Stoneman edged out Ed Jones in the Freedom 100 in the closest finish in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history, his win in the Indy Lights race highlighting a Carb Day that drew tens of thousands of fans.

  • Karam, Wilson try and move on at Indy 500 from fatal wreck

    May 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jody Karam returned from a bicycle ride and saw his son on the phone with race team owner Chip Ganassi. At the Karam home just 15 miles from Pocono Raceway, Sage Karam heard the news that would send the blonde bundle of energy into a depression,

  • IndyCar drivers find comfort in having strong safety team

    May 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dario Franchitti doesn't remember the crash that ended his career three years ago in Houston.What he does recall is that the first voice he heard afterward instantly put him at ease.''Trammell is that you?'' Franchitti said, referring to IndyCar safety consultant Dr. Terry Trammell. ''You always feel very good when people you know and trust are around you, especially when you take a big hit and everything is so confusing.''

  • Frustrated Vettel looking over his shoulder at Red Bull

    May 27, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel started the Formula One season with high hopes of challenging dominant Mercedes. Instead, the four-time F1 champion is behind his own teammate Kimi Raikkonen and looking over his shoulder at resurgent Red Bull.

  • Tony Kanaan fastest in final practice for 100th Indy 500

    May 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tony Kanaan was so frustrated during qualifying that he was simply relieved once it was over.Now, his attitude has turned to full-blown optimism.Kanaan was the fastest in the final round of practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Friday, posting a lap of 226.280 mph to highlight a frantic Carb Day that saw Pippa Mann slam the wall midway through the session.

  • Hamilton needs pole in Monaco GP after 8 races without a win

    May 27, 2016

    MONACO (AP) With pole position so important at the Monaco Grand Prix, the pressure will be firmly on Lewis Hamilton in Saturday's qualifying as the Formula One champion bids to avoid a ninth race without a win.Hamilton calls winning Monaco from pole ''a procession'' because the run to turn 1 is not long enough to give a driver much chance of overtaking. He would have won from the front last year, only to be undone by a late team order to come to the pits following a crash and finishing third.

  • Castroneves still chasing fourth Indianapolis 500 victory

    May 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Trying to persuade Helio Castroneves to rank his three Indianapolis 500 victories is tantamount to asking an adoring mother or father to rank their children in order of affection.Ask him what it would be like to win a record-tying fourth - at the 100th running of the iconic race Sunday and on the 50th anniversary of Penske Racing - it is impossible for Castroneves to deny: It would mean more than any other victory in an open-wheel career spanning nearly two decades.

  • Indy 500 winners determine best drivers, greatest races

    May 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) In the lead-up to the 100th running of the ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'' The Associated Press interviewed the 27 living race winners on topics ranging from the greatest driver to most memorable moment.Their answers to the eight questions provide a glimpse into the history and mystique of the storied race.

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins pole for Charlotte's NASCAR race

    May 26, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. put himself in good position for another strong showing at the Coca-Cola 600, a race he thought he should have won last year.Truex turned a lap of 192.328 to grab the pole away from Joey Logano on his final lap of qualifying Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Logano, who had the top time in the first two rounds, will start alongside Truex on the front row Sunday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

  • Martin Truex Jr. twins pole for Charlotte's NASCAR race

    May 26, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. put himself in good position for another strong showing at the Coca-Cola 600, a race he thought he should have won last year.Truex turned a lap of 192.328 to grab the pole away from Joey Logano on his final lap of qualifying Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Logano, who had the top time in the first two rounds, will start alongside Truex on the front row Sunday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

  • Penske the standard of excellence at Indy after 50 years

    May 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It was 1951 when Jay Penske scored a pair of tickets to the Indianapolis 500. He was an executive for a metal fabrication company in Cleveland that was sponsoring a few laps in the race, so he brought his 14-year-old son to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • NASCAR tweaks rules to lower downforce at 2 more tracks

    May 26, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will make more aerodynamic changes to promote improved competition at upcoming races at Michigan and Kentucky.The changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will help NASCAR continue to reduce downforce and sideforce as it attempts to put the handling of the cars back in the hands of the drivers.

  • NASCAR tweaks rules to lower downforce at 2 more track

    May 26, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will make more aerodynamic changes to promote improved competition at upcoming races at Michigan and Kentucky.The changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will help NASCAR continue to reduce downforce and sideforce as it attempts to put the handling of the cars back in the hands of the drivers.

  • Greatest drivers at Indy? Try Foyt and Mears amid debate

    May 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) To win the Indianapolis 500, a driver must weather months of preparation then two stressful weeks of hype leading into ''The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.'' When the race actually begins, every driver is tested on skill, talent, luck, strategy, endurance and perseverance.

  • Button relieved - and angry - as loose drain cover hits car

    May 26, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Jenson Button was both relieved and angry after a loose drain cover flew up and hit his McLaren during a practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday.The incident happened late in first practice when Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg sustained a puncture going over a loose drain cover, which then became a projectile and damaged the front wing of Button's car.

  • Ricciardo beats Hamilton, Rosberg in 2nd Monaco GP practice

    May 26, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo gave improving Red Bull another boost Thursday with the fastest time in the second practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.Red Bull struggled for consistency last season, and came close to cutting ties with engine supplier Renault, but the car's pace is clearly improving.

  • Meet the man Indy 500 champions say saved the race

    May 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It was 1945 and the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in disrepair. Already in desperate need of improvements, a third of Gasoline Alley had burned four years earlier. Then came World War II and a four-year hiatus for the Indianapolis 500.

  • Hamilton fastest ahead of Rosberg in 1st Monaco GP practice

    May 26, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time Thursday in an eventful first practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race he has not won since 2008.Hamilton is chasing a third straight title and fourth overall but trails Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 43 points.

  • Bianchi's family taking legal action following his death

    May 26, 2016

    MONACO (AP) The family of Jules Bianchi is taking legal action against motorsport's governing body, the Marussia team and Formula One Management following the French driver's death from head injuries.Last July, Bianchi died after a long battle to recover from head injuries sustained in a head-on collision at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014. He was 25.

  • Indy 500 champions choose the most important non-driver

    May 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It was 1945 and the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in disrepair. Already in desperate need of improvements, a third of Gasoline Alley had burned four years earlier. Then came World War II and a four-year hiatus for the Indianapolis 500.

  • Foyt still having fun as popular figure at Indianapolis 500

    May 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A.J. Foyt has always enjoyed a good show.He once famously took a hammer and pounded on his car during a race. He has thrown computers, helmets and sometimes punches, never worrying about beating up on his rivals. The crowd roars for him no matter what he does, loving every move made by their no-holds-barred, no-apologies tough guy from Texas.

  • Parsons, Martin, Hendrick selected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

    May 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) To Benny Parsons, auto racing was everything.From driving to announcing, he was an icon in the sport and became one of the most beloved figures in the NASCAR community.Parsons, who died in 2007 at age 65, was rewarded for his accomplishments and impact on the sport when he was selected into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

  • Indy 500 champions choose the greatest rivalries of the race

    May 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mario Andretti silently stewed as Bobby Unser celebrated winning the 1981 Indianapolis 500.Andretti had finished second that day as Unser took over the lead when Gordon Johncock blew an engine with less than 10 laps to go. Unser went on to win for a third time with a margin of victory of 5.18 seconds over Andretti, who wasn't done by a long shot, not after Unser exited pit road under caution and passed 14 cars.

  • Indianapolis 500 ticket prices soaring on secondary market

    May 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is the hottest ticket in town, now that race organizers have announced all seats, suites and the infield have been sold out for Sunday's race.The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has almost 250,000 reserved seats and with the infield around the 2.5-mile oval packed in, organizers expect the crowd to be from 350,000 to 375,000.

  • The Greatest Spectacle in Racing remains an American icon

    May 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis 500 has outlasted two world wars, the decline of the automobile industry, a bitter split in open-wheel racing and more death than anyone cares to recall.The Greatest Spectacle in Racing might as well be called the Greatest Survivor in Sports.

  • Rivals Hamilton and Rosberg at peace despite crash in Spain

    May 25, 2016

    MONACO (AP) In a rare show of unity so absent during their previous bouts of feuding, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg brushed aside any talk of tension in the wake of their crash at the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.They collided on the first lap in Barcelona, both spinning out of the race. The lost points were far more costly for Hamilton, who trails Rosberg by 43 points after five races, but the defending Formula One champion seems to be well over it.

  • Cool & composed: Verstappen in the spotlight at Monaco GP

    May 25, 2016

    MONACO (AP) As coolly composed as he is hugely talented, the unflappable Max Verstappen seems to be handling the pressure well heading into this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix - where the 18-year-old will be firmly in the spotlight.Already touted as a future star of the sport since making his F1 debut last year, the Dutch driver became the youngest winner of an F1 race at the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago.

  • Highlights from the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 25, 2016

    RACE: 99th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 24, 2015WINNER: Juan Pablo MontoyaAVERAGE SPEED: 161.341 mphWHAT HAPPENED: His career at a crossroads, Montoya returned to open-wheel racing from NASCAR with Penske Racing. He swapped the lead with Scott Dixon and Will Power four times in the final 13 laps, the final move coming with four laps to go as Montoya slipped outside of Power in Turn 1 for the lead. He held off Power for the remaining three laps to win his second Indy 500.

  • Form and history against struggling Hamilton at Monaco GP

    May 25, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Lewis Hamilton heads into this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix with form and recent history against him as he bids to close the gap on championship leader Nico Rosberg.Five races into the season, the defending Formula One champion trails Robserg by 43 points and needs to start pressuring his Mercedes teammate.

  • Indy 500 champions choose Andretti as best to never win

    May 25, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The words were stunning as they flew out of announcer Paul Page's mouth in the waning laps of the 1992 Indianapolis 500.''Michael is slowing! Michael is slowing!'' Page declared. ''The rest of the field is coming past. Michael Andretti is slowing down.''

  • Drag racing legend Muldowney having cancerous lung removed

    May 24, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney is having surgery to remove a cancerous lung.The 75-year-old Muldowney will have the five-hour procedure Wednesday at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. She told NHRA's website that she was diagnosed with a Stage 2 tumor in her right lung.

  • James Hinchcliffe making new memories in Indianapolis

    May 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) In his return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May, James Hinchcliffe didn't find himself reliving the terror and agony of the crash there that nearly killed him.''My last memory of the Speedway last year was a great one: I was driving around, my car felt good, and life was peachy,'' Hinchcliffe said Tuesday.

  • Deaths at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the years

    May 24, 2016

    At least 66 people have died because of auto racing since 1909 at the site occupied by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including 40 drivers, 14 mechanics and nine spectators:---Drivers in Race (15)1909-William Borque, Springfield, Mass.1919-Louis LeCocq, France, and Arthur Thurman, Washington.

  • Death a grim chapter in storied history of Indianapolis 500

    May 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rich MacDonald was just a kid, trying to find his dad's race number on the big screen through the flames and black mushroom clouds choking the track.Only 6 years old, MacDonald, his grandfather and uncle had gone to the LA Sports Arena to watch the 1964 Indianapolis 500 live on closed-circuit television. Just two laps into the race, there was a fiery wreck and it was clear something had gone horribly wrong at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • AP WAS THERE: Ray Harroun wins 1st Indianapolis 500 in 1911

    May 24, 2016

    Few knew what to expect when they converged on Pressley Farm that May morning, not even the reporters who arrived at the sprawling banked oval for the first International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race.Now, 105 years later, The Associated Press is making its original Indy 500 report available.

  • Highlights from the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 24, 2016

    RACE: 98th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 25, 2014WINNER: Ryan Hunter-ReayAVERAGE SPEED: 186.563 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Trying once again to join the exclusive club of four-time winners, Helio Castroneves pushed Hunter-Reay hard in the final laps. The first American to win the Indy 500 since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006 held off Castroneves by 0.600 seconds, the second-closest finish in race history.

  • Sweet spot: Indy 500 champions say milk race's top tradition

    May 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sam Hornish Jr. remembers every moment from his Indy 500 victory as if they were snapshots in time.His aborted pass of Marco Andretti with just over a lap to go. His successful pass just yards from the finish line. His team pushing his Penske Racing car to victory lane in the race he'd always wanted to win.

  • Indy 500 champions call safety measures greatest innovation

    May 24, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Imagine climbing into your sedan in the driveway and not putting on a seatbelt, then trying to back out onto a busy street without the benefit of a rear-view mirror.Odd exercise? Sure. Unsafe? You bet.Seat belts and rear-view mirrors, two developments that are taken for granted these days, trace their roots to the earliest days of the Indianapolis 500 - back when a couple of intrepid drivers decided to make an inherently dangerous endeavor just a little bit safer.

  • Column: Hornish doesn't regret how career quietly faded

    May 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Some drivers fear the end of their career. They hang on long past their prime, trying to find a ride, any ride, in every desperate attempt at another shot at a checkered flag.Not Sam Hornish Jr.He's a father of three, devoted to his young family, and should he never race again, semi-retirement at 36 is just fine with him.

  • Newgarden turns fastest lap in final full Indy 500 practice

    May 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Josef Newgarden had the fastest car Monday in the final full practice for the Indianapolis 500.Less than 24 hours after the young American was relegated to the No. 2 starting spot for Sunday's race, Newgarden posted the best lap in the second-to-last practice at 227.414 mph. Target Chip Ganassi teammates Tony Kanaan, the 2013 race winner, and defending series champion Scott Dixon finished second and third at 226.393 and 226.339 on the 2.5-mile oval.

  • Highlights from the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 23, 2016

    RACE: 97th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 26, 2013WINNER: Tony KanaanAVERAGE SPEED: 187.433 mphWHAT HAPPENED: After 11 failed attempts and numerous close calls, Kanaan finally got his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy. The popular Brazilian overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go, then led Carlos Munoz and Hunter-Reay across the finish line when Dario Franchitti crashed to bring out the final caution. Marco Andretti finished fourth in yet another close call for his famous family.

  • Indy 500 champions choose their most memorable moments

    May 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Long before he won the Indianapolis 500, Al Unser was an up-and-coming 25-year-old sprint car driver who had showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch his older brother try to qualify.Unser still remembers the feeling of awe when he drove through the tunnel beneath the track.

  • Florence Henderson named grand marshal of Indianapolis 500

    May 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Actress Florence Henderson will be the grand marshal for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next weekend.Henderson is best known for her role on ''The Brady Bunch.'' She's also a native of the small town of Dale in southern Indiana. As race grand marshal she will greet drivers and dignitaries and ride in a parade car at the front of the field before the race starts. She'll also deliver the ''drivers to your cars'' message over the public address system.

  • Indy 500 champions choose 1992 finish as greatest race

    May 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay admits to being biased when asked about the greatest race in Indianapolis 500 history. He also makes it clear that picking his own victory in 2014 is based more on merit than ego.There was a red flag with seven laps to go. The lead changed just about every lap. Marco Andretti came oh-so-close to ending his family's Indy 500 curse. And ultimately, Hunter-Reay held off Helio Castroneves - trying to join the club of four-time winners - in the second-closest finish in history.

  • Hinchcliffe, Schmidt find perfect spot for 100th Indy 500

    May 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) All James Hinchcliffe wanted this week was a good car.Turns out, he'll have the best view in this year's Indianapolis 500 field.The Canadian driver, who started second in the race in 2012 and 2014, edged out American Josef Newgarden on the final qualifying attempt of the weekend to claim his first IndyCar pole. Hinchcliffe posted a four-lap average of 230.760 mph, barely ahead of Newgarden, who came in at 230.700.

  • Month of May has been showered with trouble for Ganassi team

    May 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Chip Ganassi Racing has run out of power in Indianapolis.First, the four-car team couldn't find enough speed to make Sunday's pole shootout. Then, after working overtime to fix Max Chilton's damaged car Saturday night, crew members were back in scramble mode Sunday afternoon when defending series champion Scott Dixon's engine developed a problem in practice.

  • Doug Kalitta races to third straight Top Fuel victory

    May 22, 2016

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Doug Kalitta overcame an ill-handling car Sunday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals to race to his third consecutive Top Fuel victory.The season leader's dragster lost traction at the hit of the throttle and got sideways two times as he worked the steering wheel to cross the finish line before fellow finalist Antron Brown. Kalitta finished in 5.452 seconds at 238.85 mph for his 41st career victory, while Brown's dragster also lost traction and posted a 5.687 at 298.60.

  • Hinchcliffe passes Newgarden on final run for Indy 500 pole

    May 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe watched the Indianapolis 500 last year from his hospital bed. He had nearly died from injuries six days earlier in a crash at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Now he'll start the historic 100th running of ''The Greatest Spectacle In Racing'' from the pole.

  • Myatt Snider wins at Toledo in ARCA debut

    May 22, 2016

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Myatt Snider won at Toledo Speedway on Sunday in his ARCA Racing Series debutThe 21-year-old driver from Charlotte, North Carolina, slipped underneath Kyle Weatherman to take the lead on the 167th on 200 laps. Snider drove the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Ford.

  • Despite confusion, NASCAR got a memorable All-Star Race

    May 23, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Say this about NASCAR's confusing and chaotic Sprint All-Star Race: At least it was entertaining.The latest running of NASCAR's annual showcase was lambasted by drivers and fans for its new format, yet it still produced one of the most memorable all-star races in a very long time.

  • Highlights from the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 22, 2016

    RACE: 96th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 27, 2012WINNER: Dario FranchittiAVERAGE SPEED: 167.734 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Franchitti was getting pushed by Takuma Sato on the final lap when Sato challenged him low in Turn 1. Sato lost control as the cars touched, sending him into the wall. Franchitti went on to victory with Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon finishing second. The victory was Franchitti's third at Indy.

  • Joey Logano beats Larson in unusual All-Star race

    May 22, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano won an entertaining version of NASCAR's annual All-Star race by snatching the lead away from Kyle Larson with two laps remaining Saturday night in the million exhibition event.Larson had raced his way into the main event earlier Saturday by beating Chase Elliott in a stirring last-lap door-to-door battle to the checkered flag. He then rocketed to the lead in the All-Star race by using four fresh tires to drive to the front on the restart of the 13-lap dash-for-cash.

  • Brittany Force leads qualifying in NHRA Kansas Nationals

    May 21, 2016

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Brittany Force took her second No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.No one improved on Force's national Top Fuel record time of 3.676 seconds from Friday. She's is in position to earn her third victory of the season when she takes to the track Sunday.

  • Hinchcliffe takes top seed in Indy qualifying with late push

    May 21, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe never fretted about posting the best four-lap average in qualifying at Indianapolis on Saturday.All he wanted was a chance to win the pole Sunday.The Canadian driver who nearly died last year from a life-threatening leg injury sustained during practice for the 500, survived two challenges in the final 25 minutes and barely held onto the top seed with a speed of 230.946 mph. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second at 230.805 on the next-to-last run in the session. Team Penske's Will Power came in third at 230.736.

  • Crafton beats Busch. wins 2nd straight Trucks Series race

    May 21, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Matt Crafton won his second consecutive Trucks Series race by a convincing margin over Kyle Busch at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.It's the first time in his career Crafton has won back-to-back races.Crafton, who won last week at Dover, led 47 laps and added to his series points lead. He has won five of his last 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks.

  • Bayne, Biffle among qualifiers to make Sprint All-Star race

    May 21, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson raced their way into the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick were voted in by fans.Those five drivers complete the 20-driver field for the annual All-Star race, which begins Saturday night.

  • Highlights from the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 21, 2016

    RACE: 95th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 2011WINNER: Dan WheldonAVERAGE SPEED: 170.265 mphWHAT HAPPENED: American rookie J.R. Hildebrand was poised to take the checkered flag when his car drifted high on the final turn of the last lap and he hit the wall. Wheldon slipped by as Hildebrand skidded down the front stretch, winning his second Indy 500. Hildebrand finished second in his wrecked car.

  • Innovation a hallmark of cars at Indianapolis 500

    May 21, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 set for May 29, The Associated Press looks at cars that have changed the race over the years. The list is completely subjective:MARMON WASPIt all started with this car. Most people know Ray Harroun as the first winner of the Indianapolis 500. What they don't know is that the engineer designed the winning car, too. The yellow-and-black car had a smooth cockpit, a pointed tail and a six-cylinder engine. Instead of using a riding mechanic, which most drivers did to keep track of traffic behind them, Harroun introduced the rear-view mirror. The result: Harroun finished the first race in 6 hours, 42 minutes, 8 seconds, more than 100 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Ralph Mulford, a win that changed racing and solidified Indy's reputation for innovation.

  • Matt Hagan, Brittany Force break record in Topeka

    May 20, 2016

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Matt Hagan and Brittany Force took advantage of cool conditions and a fast track to set records Friday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.Hagan broke the Funny Car records for time and speed with his 3.862-second run at 335.57 mph in a Dodge Charger. Force closed out the record-setting qualifying session with a record time of 3.676 seconds in her Top Fuel dragster.

  • Chevrolet drivers take top 2 spots at Indy 500 practice

    May 20, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Will Power and Josef Newgarden finally got Chevrolet to the top of the speed chart Friday.Now they'll have to do it all over again in qualifying - at least twice.The Australian driver for Team Penske took advantage of a power boost by producing the fastest lap all week in Indianapolis 500 practice, going 232.672 mph, while Newgarden finished second at 232.344.

  • Rain washes out all track activity Friday for All-Star race

    May 20, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Rain washed out all track activity Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will now try to cram it's All-Star weekend into one day.The steady showers forced NASCAR to call off the scheduled Sprint Showdown, a race that will send five drivers not already qualified for the All-Star race, into the main event. The Truck Series race also was postponed.

  • Harvick told Kahne he wasn't after his job at Hendrick

    May 20, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) As rumors swirled that Kevin Harvick planned to leave Stewart-Haas Racing, he took Kasey Kahne aside and promised him he wasn't after his job.The speculation turned out to be baseless.Harvick said Friday that SHR held a two-year option on him that the team always planned to exercise. Ultimately, his contract was restructured and announced this week as an extension.

  • Highlights from the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 20, 2016

    RACE: 94th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 2010WINNER: Dario FranchittiAVERAGE SPEED: 161.623 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Franchitti took the lead on Lap 192 when the leaders, having chosen not to pit when Sebastian Saavedra spun 31 laps earlier, had to stop for fuel. Franchitti also began to conserve fuel over the final laps, but he was able to hold off Dan Wheldon. Marco Andretti wound up with his third top-three finish in five starts. Ryan Hunter-Reay ran out of fuel on the last lap and was hit by Mike Conway, who broke his leg in the accident.

  • Some of the worst crashes in Indianapolis 500 history

    May 20, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) High speed, risky maneuvers and a crowded field have always been a dangerous combination at the Indianapolis 500. But at a race that has too often ended in tragedy for drivers, crew members and fans, the most spectacular crashes are often the most unforgettable. As Indy celebrates its 100th race on May 29, The Associated Press looks back at some of the worst crashes over the past century.

  • Gabby Chaves fastest in Indy 500 practice session

    May 19, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Gabby Chaves led Indianapolis 500 practice Thursday with a fast lap of 227.961 mph as Honda topped the speed chart for the third straight practice session.The Colombian-American, who was hired by Dale Coyne Racing this month and made his season debut last week in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, topped a practice session at Indianapolis for the first time.

  • Car racing's SAFER Barrier to be used in 24 Hours of Le Mans

    May 19, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The SAFER Barrier used to protect race car drivers is set for its European debut.The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barrier will be used at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France in June.NASCAR and IndyCar tracks in the United States have used the safety barriers for more than a decade. The SAFER Barriers were developed after the deaths of drivers Dale Earnhardt in 2001 and Adam Petty the previous year.

  • Kevin Harvick signs extension to stay with Stewart-Haas

    May 19, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Kevin Harvick to a long-term contract extension, ending speculation that the 2014 Sprint Cup champion wanted to leave.The team announced the signing on Thursday, two days after Harvick sniped on social media about the gossip suggesting he was planning to exit the organization. The speculation began when SHR said earlier this season it will move to Fords next year. Harvick has a long relationship with Chevrolet.

  • Highlights from the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 19, 2016

    RACE: 93rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 24, 2009WINNER: Helio CastronevesAVERAGE SPEED: 150.318 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Castroneves won from the pole to become the first foreign-born three-time winner of the race. Former winner Dan Wheldon finished second and Danica Patrick, a year after her pit-road dust-up with Ryan Briscoe, finished third for the best result ever by a woman.

  • Indianapolis 500 moments, from four-time winners to tragedy

    May 19, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis 500 is full of significant moments, from the return of racing in 1946 to the celebration of four-time race winners, stirring finishes and tragic deaths. With the 100th running of one of the world's most famous races set for May 29, The Associated Press looks back at some of the most memorable moments in race history in a chronological and completely subjective list:

  • After 2 decades, Luyendyk is still Indy's fastest driver

    May 18, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Twenty years and one week after Arie Luyendyk became the fastest man to conquer Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile oval, his records remain untouched and unchallenged.And unlikely to fall anytime soon.The man who sped around the 2.5-mile oval at a mind-blowing 237.498 mph during qualifying in 1996 and finished with a four-lap average of 236.986 finds it hard to believe he's still talking those speeds as the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 nears.

  • Andretti's Hunter-Reay leads pack at Indy 500 practice

    May 18, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay returned to the top of the IndyCar world Wednesday.It's only practice.Four years after winning the series championship and two years after winning the Indianapolis 500, Hunter-Reay posted the fastest lap of the day by going 228.202 mph. Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, was second at 228.066.

  • NASCAR punishes Kahne for post-race inspection failure

    May 18, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has fined the crew chief for driver Kasey Kahne as a part of a slew of penalties levied against the Hendrick Motorsports team for failing post-race inspection.Crew chief Keith Rodden was fined ,000, Kahne was docked 15 points in the standings, and the No. 5 team lost 15 points in the owners' standings.

  • Panthers TE Olsen to drive pace car at NASCAR All-Star race

    May 18, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen received his certification to the drive the pace car this Saturday night at the Sprint Cup All-Star race, although not without a little scare first.While Olsen was taking a spin at 120 miles per hour around Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday with Sprint Cup driver Matt DiBenedetto, they had to avoid a metal gate that swung open on the backside of the track.

  • NASCAR champion Johnson gets animated for Nickelodeon

    May 18, 2016

    From cars to cartoons, Jimmie Johnson's next dash at the track comes in animated form.The six-time NASCAR champion lends his voice in a series of race car-themed episodes on the Nickelodeon series ''Blaze and the Monster Machines.''Johnson voiced Dash, a car that is friendly, fast and the ultimate racing buddy for titular character Blaze.

  • Verstappen fastest in F1 testing after 1st win in Spain

    May 18, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Max Verstappen was fastest in Formula One testing on Wednesday, three days after he became the series' youngest race winner at the Spanish Grand Prix.On his return to the Barcelona track with Red Bull, the 18-year-old Verstappen had a time of 1 minute, 23.267 seconds, more than seven tenths of a second faster than McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne. Mercedes test driver Pascal Wehrlein was third.

  • Rookie Spencer Pigot crashes during Indy 500 practice

    May 18, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rookie Spencer Pigot was released from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway medical center after becoming the first driver to crash during Indianapolis 500 practice this year.The American, who drives for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, spun as he went through the first turn and slammed into the outside wall before the car came to a stop between the first and second turns Wednesday.

  • Highlights from the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 18, 2016

    RACE: 92nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 25, 2008WINNER: Scott DixonAVERAGE SPEED: 143.567 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The split that nearly ruined American open-wheel racing was a memory when the flag dropped on the first Indy 500 after unification. Marco Andretti again led the race as he tried to end the ''Andretti curse,'' but Vitor Meira took the lead on a restart with 41 laps to go. Dixon took the lead and held it the final 24 laps, with Meira finishing second and Andretti third. Helio Castroneves was fourth in his bid for his third victory.

  • Young Verstappen brings new life into Formula 1

    May 18, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) In a scene never before witnessed in Formula One, a teenager stood atop the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix, holding the winner's trophy.The youngster with the silverware in his hands was Max Verstappen, an 18-year-old Dutchman who became F1's youngest race winner.

  • The AP's Indianapolis 500 All-Star starting lineup

    May 18, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) As the Indianapolis 500 celebrates its centennial race May 29, The Associated Press has come up with a completely subjective all-star, 33-driver starting field. The list includes multiple winners, innovators, fan favorites and trend-setters. They may not be the best drivers in race history, but all of them have helped shaped the event. The field is listed in the traditional three-car, 11-row starting grid with a synopsis of each row.

  • Rain washes out 2nd day of practice for Indianapolis 500

    May 17, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 was rained out Tuesday, and drivers never made it onto the track to continue preparations for the 100th running of the ''Greatest Spectacle in Racing.''IndyCar used the lack of action to hold a live social media chat with Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden and JR Hildebrand. The trio spent 30 minutes answering questions from fans.

  • Sebastian Vettel fastest in F1 testing in Barcelona

    May 17, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was fastest in Formula One testing, ahead of Nico Rosberg of Mercedes on Tuesday.Vettel led the first of two days of testing at the Barcelona track, one tenth of a second faster than Rosberg. Jenson Button of McLaren was third, half a second behind Vettel.

  • Highlights from the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 17, 2016

    RACE: 91st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 27, 2007WINNER: Dario FranchittiAVERAGE SPEED: 151.774 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Once again, rain played havoc with ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'' There was a three-hour delay with Tony Kanaan, still chasing his first Indy 500 victory, sitting in the lead. The track was eventually dried and the race restarted, but a crash on Lap 162 between Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti brought out the caution with Franchitti in the lead. He was declared the victor when rain halted the race.

  • Andretti drivers sweep top 4 spots at 1st Indy 500 practice

    May 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) After Marco Andretti jumped atop the speed chart during Monday's first Indianapolis 500 practice, he tried to put the brakes on the expectations.The 29-year-old driver from one of the world's best-known and most cursed racing families turned a fast lap of 228.978 mph on the 2.5-mile oval, leading the way for a four-car sweep by Andretti Autosport drivers.

  • Column: Larson races clean at the expense of his 1st Cup win

    May 16, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It might be hard to believe that the ending of a low-level race three years ago had such a profound effect on Kyle Larson that it might have cost him his first Sprint Cup victory.Larson was the next big thing when he arrived at Daytona International Speedway in 2013 for his first full season at NASCAR's national level. He entered a silly companion race dubbed the ''Battle of the Beach'' with every expectation to have some fun in the event. When he found himself trailing C.E. Falk III on the final lap, he first tried to move him out of his way before ultimately spinning him to steal the win.

  • Throwback cars giving 100th Indianapolis 500 retro look

    May 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis 500 fans might feel like they're traveling through a time warp this month.Scott Dixon's traditional red-and-white Target Chip Ganassi car has brought back the yellow lightning bolt. At Team Penske, Helio Castroneves is driving the ''yellow submarine'' while teammate Simon Pagenaud climbs into the trademark neon yellow car former team owner John Menard used in the 1990s. And the paint scheme on the No. 35 of A.J. Foyt Enterprises rekindles memories of the cars he drove late in his storied career.

  • NASCAR tweaks rules for All-Star race to promote more passes

    May 16, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR is implementing a few tweaks meant to improve the racing before Saturday night's million All-Star event.The rule changes revealed Monday are designed to reduce downforce and sideforce, which in theory will slow the cars and potentially make it easier to pass.

  • Highlights from the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 16, 2016

    RACE: 90th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 2006WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr.AVERAGE SPEED: 157.085 mphWHAT HAPPENED: One of the most dramatic endings in Indy 500 history brought more ammunition for those believe in the ''Andretti Curse.'' Defending champion Dan Wheldon dominated much of the race, but it was Marco Andretti who passed his father Michael for the lead with three laps remaining. Michael Andretti tried to hold off a charge by Hornish, the pole sitter, but he made the pass with two laps to go. Hornish gave chase and passed Marco Andretti, 450 yards from the finish line in what was the second-closest finish in history. Michael Andretti wound up third.

  • Doug Kalitta wins NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway

    May 15, 2016

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Doug Kalitta beat J.R. Todd in a near dead-heat Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway for his second consecutive Top Fuel victory of the seasonThe margin of victory between the Kalitta Motorsports teammates was .0000, becoming the closest Top Fuel race in NHRA history. Kalitta powered his dragster to a 3.801-second pass at 323.19 mph to beat Todd's 3.780 at 320.66 on a holeshot.

  • Kenseth holds off Larson for thrilling victory at Dover

    May 15, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.Kenseth raced to his first victory of the season and denied Larson his first career win.Kenseth and Larson battled door-to-door for part of the final five laps and the 2003 NASCAR champion picked all the right lines and pulled away at the end. Chase Elliott finished third in the No. 24 Chevrolet. Larson matched his career-best finish and Elliott had the top finish of his rookie season.

  • Rosberg and Hamilton refuse to take blame for 1st lap crash

    May 15, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg refused to take blame for the stunning first lap crash that left both cars out of the race at Formula One's Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.The teammates retired after crashing into each other just after the start in Barcelona, allowing Red Bull and Ferrari to make up ground in both the drivers' and constructors' championships.

  • Montoya undeterred by spoils of defending Indy 500 champ

    May 15, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya spent his first week in Indianapolis surrounded by autograph seekers in Gasoline Alley.The next two weeks will be spent balancing the obligations of racing and promoting the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

  • Highlights from the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 15, 2016

    RACE: 89th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 2005WINNER: Dan WheldonAVERAGE SPEED: 157.603 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Dan Wheldon became the first Briton to win at the Brickyard since Graham Hill in 1966, but it was Danica Patrick who stole the headlines. She took the lead on a restart with 10 laps to go, the first woman to lead the Indy 500. And while Wheldon passed her for the lead three laps later, she still wound up finishing fourth behind Vitor Meira and Bryan Herta when the race ended under caution.

  • Verstappen becomes youngest F1 winner after Mercedes crash

    May 15, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Max Verstappen of Red Bull became Formula One's youngest race winner at age 18 with a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix after Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed into each other on the first lap on Sunday.

  • Hamilton and Rosberg crash into each other at Spanish GP

    May 15, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are both out of the Spanish Grand Prix after crashing into each other on the first lap of the race on Sunday.Hamilton was in pole position but was overtaken by Rosberg at the start, and when the British driver tried to regain the lead, he appeared to be blocked by his teammate and both cars touched going into Turn 4, spinning across the track and into the runoff area.

  • Jack Beckman tops Funny Car qualifying at Atlanta Dragway

    May 14, 2016

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Jack Beckman topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.The two-time Atlanta winner used his track-record 3.939-second run at 326.32 mph from Friday night in his Dodge Charger R/T night to earn his fourth No. 1 of the season and 19th of his career.

  • Ferrari disappointed at performance in Spanish GP qualifying

    May 14, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Ferrari started Spanish Grand Prix qualifying by daring to believe it could end Mercedes' run of four straight pole positions. It ended qualifying by wondering why it couldn't even make it to the second row.Not only was Ferrari far off the pace set by Mercedes, but it was also outrun by the two Red Bulls.

  • Pagenaud expands IndyCar lead with 3rd straight victory

    May 14, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud turned up the heat in Indianapolis' record-breaking cold Saturday.The hottest driver in the IndyCar Series took the lead when teammate Helio Castroneves pitted with 20 laps to go, then beat Castroneves out of the pits one lap later to keep the lead and pulled away to take the Grand Prix of Indianapolis for his third consecutive victory.

  • Ferrari disappointed with drop in performance

    May 14, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Ferrari started Spanish Grand Prix qualifying by daring to believe it could end Mercedes' run of four straight pole positions. It ended qualifying by wondering why it couldn't even make it to the second row.Not only was Ferrari far off the pace set by Mercedes, but it was also outrun by the two Red Bulls.

  • Erik Jones wins Xfinity race at Dover for 0,000 bonus

    May 14, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Erik Jones has won the Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, where he earned a 0,000 bonus from the series' Dash-4-Cash program.Four drivers were eligible for the bonus, and Jones won it for the second time this season. There's one more Dash-4-Cash race, at Indianapolis this summer.

  • Jimmie Johnson looks to extend track dominance at Dover

    May 14, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Jimmie Johnson fell in love with Dover the first time he turned a lap at the track in the late 1990s.He can't quit it, even when it left him with a broken car part.Johnson's 2015 championship hopes were over at Dover not because of a wreck, a blown engine or a mistake on pit road.

  • Highlights from the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 14, 2016

    RACE: 88th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 2004WINNER: Buddy RiceAVERAGE SPEED: 138.518 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rain. Lots of it. The race began two hours late because of rain, then was stopped for another two hours after 27 laps. Rain threatened again the rest of the race, and Buddy Rice was in the lead when a final thunderstorm rolled over the speedway. He was declared the victor for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman. Future winners Tony Kanaan finished second and Dan Wheldon finished third.

  • Hamilton edges Rosberg to win pole position for Spanish GP

    May 14, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton picked qualifying to edge Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the first time this week and earn pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.Hamilton qualified nearly three-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg at the Barcelona track to win his third pole of the season and move into position to snap a seven-race winless streak.

  • Lewis Hamilton wins pole position for Spanish GP

    May 14, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to win the pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.Hamilton trailed Rosberg all weekend until he qualified nearly three-tenths of a second faster than his teammate at the Barcelona track.

  • Rosberg fastest again in final practice for Spanish GP

    May 14, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg was fastest in the final practice before qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.Rosberg, who also led the practice timesheets on Friday, was one tenth of a second in front of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

  • Kalitta takes Top Fuel qualifying lead at Atlanta Dragway

    May 13, 2016

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Doug Kalitta raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Texas, Kalitta powered his dragster to a 3.731-second pass at 328.70 mph to break both Atlanta Dragway track records.

  • Penalties push Rahal, Newgarden to back of Indy GP field

    May 13, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) American drivers Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden will start from the back of a 25-car field Saturday in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis after failing post-qualifying inspections.The IndyCar Series made the announcement Friday night. In a news release issued about five hours after qualifying ended, the series said both cars failed to maintain the minimum car weight of 1,610 pounds on street and road courses.

  • Crafton wins NASCAR Truck Series race at Dover

    May 13, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Matt Crafton raced to his first Trucks Series victory in 16 career starts at Dover International Speedway.Crafton held off Daniel Suarez down the stretch Friday for his 12th career series victory. The two-time season champion had been unable to turn 75 career laps led into a victory in his previous starts on the mile concrete track.

  • Pagenaud adds another pole win to dominant start at Indy GP

    May 13, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud keeps finding ways to stay ahead of the IndyCar pack.On Friday, the French driver added another chapter to his early season dominance by claiming the pole for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a fast lap of 1 minute, 8.6868 seconds on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. American Charlie Kimball will start a career-best second after going 1:08.9816.

  • Rosberg upbeat again while Hamilton says more work to do

    May 13, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton just cannot get things to go his way in Formula One this year.While Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was upbeat after setting the fastest time in practice at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, Hamilton was left looking for more answers on how to improve his setup ahead of Saturday's qualifying.

  • Harvick takes pole when rain wipes out Dover qualifying

    May 13, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) When the rain hit Dover, Kevin Harvick was prepared.Harvick's team made the call in the middle of the week to send the No. 4 Chevrolet out for practice in its qualifying setup because rain was forecast for Friday.With a Sprint Cup starting lineup set by practice speeds in the event of a qualifying rainout, Harvick had a needed edge. He posted the fastest lap of 165.145 mph in the only practice at Dover International Speedway and starts first for the first time this season.

  • IndyCar returning to Watkins Glen, replaces Boston race

    May 13, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials found a popular replacement for its canceled race in Boston, announcing Friday it would return to Watkins Glen International in New York for Labor Day weekend.The race is set for Sept. 4, the same day Boston was scheduled, and will be the 15th event on the 16-race schedule. Watkins Glen joins Phoenix and Road America in venues that returned to the IndyCar schedule this season.

  • IndyCar to return to Watkins Glen as Boston replacement

    May 13, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar will return to the road course at Watkins Glen International in New York on Labor Day weekend as the replacement race for a canceled event in Boston.The Watkins Glen race will be held Sept. 4, the same day Boston had been scheduled.

  • Red Bull chief criticizes new F1 deal on engines

    May 13, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One's new deal to make engines cheaper and more standardized is ''underwhelming'' and ''weak,'' Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said on Friday.Horner said at the Spanish Grand Prix that it was a ''shame'' more could not be done between manufacturers and the FIA on the agreement for power units that will take effect beginning next season.

  • Stewart involved in 3-car wreck at start of NASCAR practice

    May 13, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Tony Stewart could not avoid the oil spill on the concrete track that spun his Chevrolet and slammed the car into an unprotected wall on the front stretch.''That hurt,'' he told his team over the radio.Spins happen, it's part of racing.

  • Highlights from the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 13, 2016

    RACE: 87th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 25, 2003WINNER: Gil de FerranAVERAGE SPEED: 156.291 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Helio Castroneves seemed poised to become the first driver to win three in a row, but he was passed by Team Penske teammate de Ferran with 31 laps remaining. The Penske drivers finished 1-2 for the second time in three years. Both Toyota and Honda entered the field, but because of cost issues there were fears there would not be 33 cars in the field. The field was filled on the final day of qualifying.

  • IndyCar ready to announce replacement for Boston race

    May 13, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials have scheduled a Friday afternoon news conference to announce the replacement for the cancelled race in Boston.There has been speculation that the series will now head to Watkins Glen in upstate New York, where the series has a rich history. Series officials would not confirm details before the announcement.

  • Rosberg continues to dominate in practice for Spanish GP

    May 13, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg was fastest in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, continuing his dominance of Formula One.Rosberg, who has won the first four races, led Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon session.

  • Vettel leads the way in 1st practice session at Spanish GP

    May 13, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen led the way in the first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, running about half a second faster than Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.It was an encouraging start for Ferrari as it tries to end Mercedes' streak of four straight wins for Rosberg to start the season, although the faster times came on softer tire compounds that were not used by the Mercedes drivers.

  • Experience helping Pagenaud make early championship push

    May 12, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud is all business this week in Indianapolis.He looks comfortable, sounds confident and seems content in his new role as IndyCar's regular favorite. Of course, he knows there's still a lot work to do before Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis and a long season remaining, which is why the occasionally giddy, fun-loving French driver is focusing hard on trying to give team owner Roger Penske two milestone wins this month.

  • Dale Coyne Racing hires Chaves to drive 3rd car at Indy

    May 12, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colombian driver Gabby Chaves has been hired by Dale Coyne Racing to run in both IndyCar races this month.Chaves replaces Italian Luca Filippi in the No. 19 car. Chaves will make his season debut in Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis and will also compete in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

  • Kvyat still struggling to fathom departure from Red Bull

    May 12, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) It was in a 20-minute call that interrupted his viewing of ''Game of Thrones'' that Daniil Kvyat found out he was being relegated from Red Bull to Toro Rosso only four races into the Formula One season.Kvyat got the ax, just like many of the popular TV characters in ''Thrones.''

  • Highlights from the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 12, 2016

    RACE: 86th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 26, 2002WINNER: Helio CastronevesAVERAGE SPEED: 166.499 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Castroneves became the fifth driver in Indy 500 history to win in consecutive years, but it is considered one of the most controversial finishes. Paul Tracy attempted to pass Castroneves for the lead on lap 199 at the same time as a crash on another part of the track brought out the caution flag. Officials ruled the yellow came out before Tracy completed the pass. Tracy's team filed an official protest, but after an appeals hearing Castroneves' victory was upheld in July.

  • Hamilton confident Mercedes doing all it can to help him

    May 12, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton really hopes his run of bad luck is over.After struggling in all four Formula One races with mechanical issues or misfortune, the world champion has come to the Spanish Grand Prix believing his Mercedes team has done everything it can to help him turn around his poor results.

  • Highlights from the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 11, 2016

    RACE: 85th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 27, 2001WINNER: Helio CastronevesAVERAGE SPEED: 141.574 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Roger Penske returned to the Indy 500 after five years on the sidelines during the CART and Indy Racing League split. His two-car effort of Castroneves and Gil de Ferran gave Penske his 11th win in the race and first 1-2 finish. It was redemption from Penske's previous attempt at Indy in 1995 when all of his cars failed to qualify. Although the open wheel split continued, many top CART teams returned to the Indy 500 and swept the top six spots on race day.

  • Truex takes over from Busch as bad-luck leader at Kansas

    May 11, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. needs to look no further than Kyle Busch when he needs to vent about Kansas.The Furniture Row Racing driver has dominated at the speedway for years, finishing second twice and in the top five on two more occasions. He's led laps seven times and twice led the most. Yet he has never been to victory lane, fate and fuel mileage and all manner of bad luck conspiring against him.

  • Kyle Busch's crew chief suspended for lug nut violation

    May 11, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has suspended Kyle Busch's crew chief and tire changer for one race for violating the lug nut policy during the team's win at Kansas last weekend.Adam Stevens was also fined ,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year. Front tire changer Josh Leslie is on probation until Dec. 31.

  • Rosberg keeping feet on the ground despite flawless F1 start

    May 11, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Nico Rosberg is trying to stay calm.After a perfect start to the Formula One season, Rosberg heads into this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix seeking his fifth win in as many races - and eighth in a row going back to last year. He is coming off two consecutive pole positions and already has a significant lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

  • Highlights from the 84th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 10, 2016

    RACE: 84th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 28, 2000WINNER: Juan Pablo MontoyaAVERAGE SPEED: 167.607 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Chip Ganassi became the first CART owner to cross the picket line and return to the Indianapolis 500 after a four-year absence of marquee teams and drivers. Ganassi fielded cars for Jimmy Vasser and Montoya, who led 167 laps and became the first rookie to go to victory lane since Graham Hill in 1966. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. also returned to the race as a full-time Indy Racing League driver.

  • Column: NASCAR needs to take stand on North Carolina's law

    May 9, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Pat McCrory likes to spin a tale meant to illustrate his love for high octane and burned rubber.It was 30 years ago, when the future governor of North Carolina was a 19-year-old who drove a `72 Fiat. McCrory says he saw the back gate had been left open at Charlotte Motor Speedway, so he slipped on in and watched David Pearson win the World 600.

  • Axalta becomes final sponsor of Daytona Rising

    May 9, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Axalta Coating Systems is the final sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's massive redevelopment project.Axalta, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, and International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona, announced the multiyear deal Monday to become the last of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising. The 0 million facelift to NASCAR's most famous track was completed in January.

  • Highlights from the 83rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 9, 2016

    RACE: 83rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1999WINNER: Kenny BrackAVERAGE SPEED: 153.176 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Brack won when leader Robby Gordon ran out of fuel within sight of the white flag. Brack took the lead with just over one lap to go and won for car owner A. J. Foyt, a four-time winner as a driver. It was also one of the most successful races for A. J. Foyt Enterprises, as Brack won, Billy Boat was third and Robbie Buhl was sixth.

  • Kyle Busch keeps Joe Gibbs Racing at front of Sprint Cup

    May 8, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) At the season-opening Daytona 500, Joe Gibbs Racing proved it was unquestionably the fastest, from Denny Hamlin taking the checkered flag to its quartet of cars leading more than three-quarters of the race.It turned out to be a harbinger of things to come.

  • Highlights from the 82nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 8, 2016

    RACE: 82nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 24, 1998WINNER: Eddie CheeverAVERAGE SPEED: 145.155 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Former Formula One driver Eddie Cheever won in the first Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. On a restart with five laps to go, Cheever was chased by Buddy Lazier but held off the challenge and won by 3.19 seconds. Steve Knapp was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap and was named rookie of the year. Billy Boat started from the pole in a car fielded by A.J. Foyt, the first Foyt pole at Indy since 1975.

  • Kyle Busch finally gets first Sprint Cup win at Kansas

    May 7, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Kyle Busch sailed away from Kevin Harvick after a late wreck collected several of the leaders Saturday night, and finally won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after years of misfortunes.Busch won for the third time this season, and now only needs to win at Charlotte and Pocono to knock off every track in the series. Twice he had crashed out of the Chase race at Kansas, and he had failed to finish four times on the vexing 1 1/2-mile tri-oval.

  • Highlights from the 81st running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 7, 2016

    RACE: 81st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 25-26-27, 1997WINNER: Arie LuyendykAVERAGE SPEED: 145.827 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rain washed out the day the race was scheduled to begin, and then stopped the race after 15 laps on Monday. The race resumed Tuesday and pole-sitter Luyendyk led teammate Scott Goodyear when a caution came out on lap 199. Teams expected the race to finish under caution, but the pace car did not come out and instead the green and white flags were displayed at the starter's stand on the final lap. The track was back to green and the drivers were not prepared for the restart. The officials' poor handling of the situation led to USAC being removed less than a month later as the sanctioning body of the IRL and Indy 500 in favor of in-house officiating.

  • 18-year-old William Byron wins Truck race at Kansas Speedway

    May 6, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Eighteen-year-old William Byron raced to his first Trucks Series victory Friday night when Ben Rhodes got into race leader Johnny Sauter and spun both of them on the final lap at Kansas Speedway.Byron had built a nearly 5-second lead before Tyler Reddick spun with four laps to go, bunching the field up for a green-white-checkered finish. Byron got shuffled to third behind Sauter and Rhodes on the restart, but he was ready to pounce when the two ahead of him got together in Turn 4.

  • Truex nabs pole for Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway

    May 6, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. will start on the pole Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.Truex turned a lap of 190.921 mph in the final round of qualifying Friday night, earning his first pole since April 2012 at Texas and giving himself some confidence at a track he's come to love.

  • Unpredictable Talladega gives way to predictable Kansas

    May 6, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) The controversy that surrounded the crash-filled race at Talladega last weekend made its way to Kansas Speedway, where what exactly should be done about restrictor-plate racing remained the topic du jour.Perhaps that's because Kansas tends to be a bit more predictable.

  • Reserved seats for 100th Indianapolis 500 are sold out

    May 6, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Reserved seats for this year's Indianapolis 500 are sold out.Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles made the announcement Friday on the steps of the state capitol, surrounded by Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor Joe Hogsett and Hulman Motorsports vice president of events Allison Melangton.

  • NASCAR revises format for All-Star Race at Charlotte

    May 6, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Brad Keselowski doesn't want to take all the credit for wholesale changes to the All-Star Race format.Perhaps because he doesn't want all the blame, either.NASCAR announced the new format for the May 21 race at Charlotte on Friday. It will feature two 50-lap segments followed by a 13-lap shootout in which a portion of the field will be on fresh tires, an idea dreamed up by Keselowski that is intended to spice up what had become a lame million dash for cash.

  • Highlights from the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 6, 2016

    RACE: 80th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 26, 1996WINNER: Buddy LazierAVERAGE SPEED: 147.956 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Lazier won in the first Indy 500 contested by the Indy Racing League. The race was surrounded by months of controversy as most of the top teams and drivers chose to boycott the race because the IRL had split from the CART Series. The CART teams instead participated in the U.S. 500 at Michigan on the same day as the Indy 500. It left many inexperienced rookies at the Indy 500, with Arie Luyendyk the only former winner in the field. There were no former national champions in the field for the first time since 1928.

  • Highlights from the 79th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 5, 2016

    RACE: 79th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 28, 1995WINNER: Jacques VilleneuveAVERAGE SPEED: 153.616 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Villeneuve won in his second start in controversial fashion. Scott Goodyear was the leader with 10 laps remaining but he passed the pace car in the fourth turn before a restart. Goodyear was given a penalty, which he refused to serve. Officials stopped scoring him on lap 195 and Villeneuve was handed the lead. Villeneuve had his own issues that day and was penalized two laps for passing the pace car during a caution period early in the race. Strategy and luck got him back on the lead lap.

  • Clint Bowyer navigating rough bridge season to Stewart-Haas

    May 5, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Clint Bowyer will be a busy man this weekend at Kansas Speedway.He'll start off by jumping into a truck for the first time in a couple years on Friday night, a one-off ride with GMS Racing. Then he'll slip into his regular ride with HScott Motorsports in the Sprint Cup race on Saturday before giving fans who purchased a car from his dealership ride-alongs on Sunday.

  • Talladega will no longer be NASCAR elimination race in 2017

    May 5, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) NASCAR has decided that unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway won't be an elimination race in next year's championship Chase, instead taking the pivotal stop to Kansas Speedway.The two tracks swapped dates Thursday in the most significant change to the 2017 schedule .

  • Max Verstappen replaces demoted Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull

    May 5, 2016

    MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) Red Bull demoted Russian driver Daniil Kvyat on Thursday and replaced him with Max Verstappen for the rest of the Formula One season, starting with next week's Spanish Grand Prix.The 18-year-old Verstappen's promotion from feeder team Toro Rosso comes after Kvyat twice barged into Sebastian Vettel's car in Sunday's Russian Gran Prix, knocking him out of the race on the first lap.

  • Dillon living up to potential in 3rd full NASCAR season

    May 4, 2016

    Austin Dillon was safe at home twice this week.He beat the relay throw to the plate and scored on a triple and a throwing error in a celebrity NASCAR softball game.Even more impressive, Dillon survived the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway and crossed the finish line with a career-best third-place finish.

  • Highlights from the 78th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 4, 2016

    RACE: 78th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 1994WINNER: Al Unser Jr.AVERAGE SPEED: 160.872 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Unser won from the pole to claim his second Indy 500 victory. Roger Penske's three entries showed up in a secretly built Mercedes-Benz pushrod engine capable of nearly 1,000 horsepower. It had reliability issues, but the Penske contingent of Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy dominated the month and the race. Fittipaldi led 145 laps but hit the wall with 15 laps to go. Unser joined his father, Al Sr., and uncle, Bobby, as winners of multiple Indy 500s.

  • Correction: IndyCar-Stefan Wilson-Indy 500 story

    May 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) In a story April 26, The Associated Press reported erroneously that organ donations from the late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson saved six lives. The Indiana Donor Network, citing updated information from Wilson's family, says five lives were saved.

  • 100th running of the Indy 500: Museum, tours and Main Street

    May 4, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It's a big year for a big race. May 29 will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, which claims to be the largest single-day sporting event in the world. Some 300,000 spectators will gather to watch drivers race 200 times around the 2.5-mile oval track - a total of 500 miles.

  • Mercedes F1 team pens open letter to reassure doubtful fans

    May 4, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Mercedes Formula One team published an open letter to fans on Wednesday to counter speculation on social media following the Russian Grand Prix that it favors Nico Rosberg over teammate Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton, the defending F1 champion, has endured a miserable start to the season and trails Rosberg by 43 points after four races - all of them won by Rosberg, last year's runner-up.

  • Staying grounded: Castroneves knows goal of IndyCar changes

    May 3, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Helio Castroneves has no desire in being airborne and upside down again at Indianapolis. Neither does IndyCar, which is making changes in hopes of preventing those kinds of scary flips at high-speed tracks.''For safety, that's what we're looking at,'' Castroneves said during testing Tuesday in Texas that included curved plates affixed to the bottom of cars to help prevent them from flying into the air after spins. ''It doesn't matter what car it is.''

  • Highlights from the 77th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 3, 2016

    RACE: 77th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1993WINNER: Emerson FittipaldiAVERAGE SPEED: 157.207 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Fittipaldi won for the second time in a race that included reigning Formula One champion Nigel Mansell, who drew a huge international media contingent to the race to cover the Englishman. Mansell was leading on lap 184 but on the restart his inexperience on ovals showed as he misjudged the speed and was passed by Fittipaldi on the mainstretch, Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk and Mansell finished 1-2-3 for the first foreign-born podium since 1915. Fittipaldi then drank orange juice instead of milk in victory lane in a stunt to promote the orange groves he owned in his native Brazil.

  • Column: NASCAR's Talladega wreckfest comes at a price

    May 2, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Nobody needs to be reminded that racing is inherently dangerous. We all know drivers assume the risks. It's understood that no one forces a driver to compete.That shoulder-shrug approach doesn't make the scorecard from Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway any easier to accept.

  • Column: NASCAR's Talladega wreck-fast comes at a price

    May 2, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Nobody needs to be reminded that racing is inherently dangerous. We all know drivers assume the risks. It's understood that no one forces a driver to compete.That shoulder-shrug approach doesn't make the scorecard from Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway any easier to accept.

  • Ferrari names Fiat Chrysler chief Marchionne as CEO

    May 2, 2016

    MILAN (AP) Sergio Marchionne took full control of super sports carmaker Ferrari NV, adding the CEO title on Monday to that of chairman as he positions the carmaker in the luxury goods space and seeks to regain Formula 1 glory.Marchionne's replacement of CEO Amedeo Felisa came as Ferrari posted its best first-quarter earnings ever, a 19-percent increase in net profit to 78 million euros (.5 million). That compares with 65 million euros in the same period last year.

  • Highlights from the 76th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 2, 2016

    RACE: 76th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 24, 1992WINNER: Al Unser Jr.AVERAGE SPEED: 134.477 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Unser had a thrilling battle with Scott Goodyear in the closing laps and held on by 0.043 seconds for the closest finish in Indy history. Unser, driving for Galles-Kraco Racing, became the first second-generation driver to win the Indy 500 and the third member of the Unser family to win the race. It was a crash-filled race from the start as pole-sitter Roberto Guerrero crashed on the pace lap and 13 cars were ultimately eliminated during crashes.

  • Courtney Force wins NHRA SpringNationals

    May 1, 2016

    BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) Courtney Force won the Funny Car final Sunday in the NHRA SpringNationals, the fifth consecutive event with a female winner.Force had a 3.913-second pass at 327.90 mph in her Chevrolet Camaro to beat No. 1 qualifier Tim Wilkerson at Royal Purple Raceway. Wilkerson powered his Ford Shelby Mustang to a 3.943 at 323.81.

  • Ozz Negri and John Pew win at Laguna Seca

    May 1, 2016

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Ozz Negri and John Pew put Michael Shank Racing back into Victory Lane for the first time since the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona, and Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook gave the Ford GT team fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing its first victory Sunday in the two-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

  • Banged-up, but intact Patrick runs into trouble at Talladega

    May 1, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Danica Patrick was happy to leave Talladega Superspeedway with no broken bones.She couldn't escape the NASCAR race Sunday without some bruises and a badly damaged car that caught fire and ran smack into an energy-absorbing wall with eight laps to go. Patrick climbed out after the 12-car melee, walked to the inside wall and bent over for a moment before emergency workers escorted her to a waiting ambulance.

  • Brad Keselowski wins crazy crash-fest at Talladega

    May 1, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Brad Keselowski won a demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway, where multiple wrecks caused two cars to go airborne and led to millions of dollars in damage to race teams.Keselowski's cruise to the checkered flag was anticlimactic Sunday compared to all the other trouble.

  • Earnhardt forced to park Amelia early at Talladega

    May 1, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. parked ''Amelia'' early at Talladega Superspeedway, came back and then had to try to control his favorite car minus the steering wheel.If that's his last go around with Amelia, it was anything but boring.Earnhardt's beloved car, rebuilt for the track where he's won more than any other active driver, bobbled 49 laps into the race Sunday and NASCAR's most popular driver started a wreck that collected Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, as well as Matt DiBenedetto.

  • Highlights from the 75th running of the Indianapolis 500

    May 1, 2016

    RACE: 75th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 26, 1991WINNER: Rick MearsAVERAGE SPEED: 176.457 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Mears joined A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Sr. as three-time race champions by winning for Roger Penske from the pole. It was Mears' record sixth pole and started a comeback from a rocky month in which Mears crashed during practice for the first time since his 1977 rookie appearance. He destroyed his car, injured his right foot and later said the pain was so bad during the race he had to cross his legs and push the accelerator pedal down with his left foot.

  • Rosberg wins Russian Grand Prix as Hamilton takes second

    May 1, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Nico Rosberg cruised to victory in the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton dodged crashes and battled through the pack for second.Rosberg has won all four of this season's races - seven in a row including victories from last season - and has a hefty 43-point lead over Hamilton in the title race.

  • Nunez gives Mazda first IMSA pole at Laguna Seca

    April 30, 2016

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Tristan Nunez gave Mazda its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position and led a front-row sweep for the manufacturer team in qualifying Saturday for the Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

  • Tim Wilkerson tops Funny Car qualifying at SpringNationals

    April 30, 2016

    BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) Tim Wilkerson topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA SpringNationals with his record run Friday at Royal Purple Raceway.Wilkerson had career- and track-record time of 3.899 at 327.59 in his Ford Shelby Mustang. The 2004 SpringNationals winner, he won this year in Arizona anbd North Carolina.

  • Sadler wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega after OT wreck

    April 30, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Elliott Sadler was declared winner of the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after a NASCAR review to determine who was out front when a caution froze the field in overtime.Sadler was chasing leader Joey Logano on the final lap when Logano tried to block Sadler's attempt at a pass for the victory. Logano went high for a block, then low, but Sadler spun him during the rapid lane changing. Logano's car turned into the wall and created a crash that brought out the yellow flag.

  • Chase Elliott wins pole at Talladega 30 years after his dad

    April 30, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Chase Elliott wasn't born yet when his father turned a record-setting lap to win the pole at Talladega Superspeedway.He'll get to experience leading the field to green just like his dad did, though, after winning the pole himself on Saturday, 30 years after Bill Elliott's blistering qualifying run.

  • Hamilton feeling helpless as car trouble strikes again

    April 30, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Lewis Hamilton just can't catch a break, and it's left him feeling helpless.Going into the fourth race of the season in Russia, the defending Formula One champion wanted to stage a comeback after already dropping 36 points behind his teammate Nico Rosberg.

  • Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton's car fails again

    April 30, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after another car failure ended his qualifying session early on Saturday.With Rosberg leading the standings by 36 points, Sunday's race offers the German a chance to take the title race farther out of the defending champion's reach in just the fourth race of the season.

  • Highlights from the 74th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 30, 2016

    RACE: 74th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 27, 1990WINNER: Arie LuyendykAVERAGE SPEED: 185.981 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Luyendyk, driving for Doug Shierson Racing, took the lead with 32 laps to go to earn his first victory in championship-level competition. The Dutchman was the second consecutive foreign-born winner, the first time since 1965 and 1966 that happened. Luyendyk completed the 500 miles at an average speed of 185.981 mph, making it ''The Fastest 500,'' a record that stood until 2013.

  • Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton's engine fails again

    April 30, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after another engine failure ended his qualifying session early on Saturday.With Rosberg leading the standings by 36 points, Sunday's race offers the German a chance to take the title race further out of the defending champion's reach in just the fourth race of the season.

  • Hamilton fastest in 3rd practice for Russian Grand Prix

    April 30, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Lewis Hamilton edged his Mercedes teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg in the third practice for the Russian Grand Prix, taking first place by .068 seconds on Saturday.Hamilton's time was the fastest in practice yet, beating his own time from Friday.

  • Steve Torrence leads Top Fuel qualifying at SpringNationals

    April 29, 2016

    BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) Steve Torrence led Top Fuel qualifying Friday night in the NHRA's SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, breaking both ends of the track record with a 3.724-second run at 329.42 mph.''Unbelievable and awesome to do it here at home,'' said Torrence, from Longview. ''We went over and did the tour at NASA yesterday, and maybe (crew chief Richard) Hogan picked up some tips. ... Right at the lights, it started chucking the belt off of it and I had my hands full, but it was a good lap, and we'll head into race day with a good lap under our belts.''

  • Scheduled IndyCar race on streets of Boston canceled

    April 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) First the 2024 Olympics. Now an IndyCar race is pulling out of Boston before it even began.Organizers of the Grand Prix of Boston, which had been planned for Labor Day weekend this year and again each year through 2020, told the open wheel circuit Friday that they have scratched plans to bring a race to the city. Like the Olympics before it, the IndyCar race ran into public opposition and a wavering commitment from local leaders.

  • Gus Dean wins ARCA Series race at Talladega

    April 29, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Gus Dean won the ARCA Series race Friday at Talladega Superspeedway when officials called the race three laps from the finish because of impending darkness.An accident brought out the caution with three to go Friday, but ARCA said it was too dark to go back to green. The race was finished under caution, with lightning close to the track.

  • Plans scrapped for IndyCar race on streets of Boston

    April 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Organizers are scrapping plans for an IndyCar race on the streets of Boston.John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston, told The Boston Globe on Friday that the relationship between promoters and the city isn't working.The race was scheduled for the Labor Day weekend in the city's Seaport District. Organizers had hoped to construct a temporary street course around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

  • Lug nuts and ,000 fine still the talk around Tony Stewart

    April 29, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) It's been an action-packed week for Tony Stewart following his return to a race car after a back injury sidelined him the first eight races of the season.First, he was fined ,000 by NASCAR for criticizing the series about safety surrounding lug nuts. He then ran his first race since November and participated in the final tire test of his career over two days this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • Edwards will have post-Richmond talk with Kyle Busch soon

    April 29, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) A test session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has delayed the inevitable conversation between teammates Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.Edwards bumped Busch out of his way on the last lap at Richmond to score his second consecutive victory. Although Busch said nothing disparaging of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, he didn't seem pleased with the move.

  • Earnhardt gets favorite car "Amelia" back for Talladega

    April 29, 2016

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) The beloved car ''Amelia'' will be back at Talladega Superspeedway after Hendrick Motorsports rebuilt the Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive Sunday.Earnhardt drove the car he named Amelia Earhart to four wins in six starts over a 13-month period. He was so confident in the car that he used it for the season-opening Daytona 500 rather than have his team build him a new one.

  • Highlights from the 73rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 29, 2016

    RACE: 73rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 28, 1989WINNER: Emerson FittipaldiAVERAGE SPEED: 167.581 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Fittipaldi, a Brazilian, became the first foreign winner of the race since 1966. He dominated most of the race but was trailing Al Unser Jr. on lap 199. Fittipaldi attempted to pass Unser Jr. by diving underneath him in the third turn. The two cars touched wheels and Unser Jr. spun and crashed into an outside wall. Fittipaldi won for Patrick Racing under caution.

  • Formula One reaches deal on making engines cheaper

    April 29, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One bosses have reached a deal to make engines cheaper and more standardized starting next season, which will help smaller teams, the FIA said Friday.The agreement on power units - the combination of turbocharged engines and a hybrid energy recovery system - also contains an ''obligation to supply'' provision to stop teams being left without a power unit supplier.

  • Hamilton tops 2nd practice in Russia as Vettel's car stops

    April 29, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel was second despite stopping his Ferrari on the track on Friday.Ahead of qualifying on Saturday, both practice sessions were topped by Mercedes, underlining the dominance of a team which has been on pole for 39 of the last 41 races.

  • Rosberg tops 1st Russia GP practice as Red Bull tests canopy

    April 29, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Nico Rosberg beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday's first practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, while Red Bull tested a new canopy to protect drivers from flying objects on the track.Ahead of Saturday's qualifying, first practice underlined the dominance of the Mercedes team, which has been on pole for 39 of the last 41 races.

  • Highlights from the 72nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 28, 2016

    RACE: 72nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 1988WINNER: Rick MearsAVERAGE SPEED: 144.809 mphWHAT HAPPENED: It was Team Penske domination as the organization swept the top three starting positions and dominated the month of May. Mears won the pole and was flanked by teammates Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Sr. The Penske drivers led 192 of 200 laps and Mears won his third Indy 500. It was the 50th series victory for Roger Penske.

  • Hamilton expects tough challenge to make up gap on Rosberg

    April 28, 2016

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) With the gap widening, Lewis faces an increasingly tense Formula One title defense as his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg grows more confident by the race.Heading into this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, the three-time world champion is already 36 points behind Rosberg - who is seeking a seventh straight win after winning the first three races of this season and the final three of last year.

  • Shall I compare thee to a carburetor? Indy 500 gets a poet

    April 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century.Adam Henze of Bloomington beat out more than 200 others who submitted Indy 500-themed poems for the contest co-sponsored by Indiana Humanities.

  • Indiana University student named Indy 500's official poet

    April 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century.Adam Henze of Bloomington beat out more than 200 others who submitted Indy 500-themed poems for the contest co-sponsored by Indiana Humanities.

  • IMSA enjoying strong and steady start to sports car season

    April 27, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The way Scott Atherton views it, things couldn't be much better for IMSA right now.The CEO of the sports car series is enjoying stability in the first year of a long-term entitlement partner in WeatherTech, which is aggressive in its promotion of IMSA. The series has 41 full entrants this year, has developed the GT Le Mans class into the most competitive of its type in the world and has seven manufacturers in the GT Daytona class with Lexus set to come on board as an eighth brand later this year.

  • Stewart focuses on 'fun' after NASCAR fine, policy change

    April 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tony Stewart kept his thoughts to himself after NASCAR beefed up the penalties for using fewer than five lug nuts on each wheel during a race.Carl Edwards and Chase Elliott both backed the move.''I listened to Brian France speak about it, and if the intention is to make safer for the drivers and fans, it's a good thing,'' Edwards said Wednesday, two days after series officials announced it would assess tougher penalties on the rule-breakers.

  • Stewart supports NASCAR decision to tighten up lug-nut rule

    April 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Carl Edwards and Chase Elliott say that if tightening up the lug-nut rule makes racing safer, they are all for it.The two Sprint Cup drivers were participating in a tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday.Three-time series champion Tony Stewart and Aric Almirola also were in town to test. Stewart declined to take questions from reporters a week after he was fined ,000 for urging NASCAR to take action against teams using fewer than five lug nuts on each wheel.

  • NASCAR suspends crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 race

    April 27, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been suspended for Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway for a technical violation found last weekend.Nick Sandler was also fined ,000 on Wednesday for the violation NASCAR discovered in pre-qualifying inspection at Richmond International Raceway.

  • Highlights from the 71st running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 27, 2016

    RACE: 71st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 24, 1987WINNER: Al Unser Sr.AVERAGE SPEED: 162.175 mphWHAT HAPPENED: In one of the biggest upsets in Indy 500 history, Unser won his record-tying fourth 500 despite starting the month of May with no sponsorship and on the sidelines for the first week of practice. But Roger Penske hired him to replace Danny Ongais, who suffered a concussion during a crash. Unser won in a backup car that had been on display in a hotel lobby in Reading, Pennsylvania, just weeks before the race. Mario Andretti dominated the month - he had the strongest car in practices and qualifying - but suffered a mechanical problem while leading with 23 laps remaining.

  • Stefan Wilson partners with organ donation push for Indy 500

    April 26, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Stefan Wilson, the younger brother of late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, will attempt to race in his first Indianapolis 500 this year.Wilson will try to qualify for the 100th running of the Indy 500 in a car prepared by KV Racing Technology. Wilson will drive the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet in a partnership with Indiana Donor Network.

  • Highlights from the 70th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 26, 2016

    RACE: 70th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1986WINNER: Bobby RahalAVERAGE SPEED: 170.722 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The race was rained out May 25-26 and rescheduled for the following weekend. Rahal battled with Rick Mears and Kevin Cogan, who took the lead with 13 laps to go. But a caution set up a final restart with two laps remaining and Rahal pulled away to win the race. Rahal was the first driver to complete 500 miles in under three hours.

  • Russian driver Sirotkin joins Renault F1 team as test driver

    April 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Renault Formula One team as a test driver and will participate in practice at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.Renault made the announcement on Tuesday.The 20-year-old Sirotkin will replace Danish driver Kevin Magnussen in the R.S.16 car on Friday at the Sochi track ahead of Sunday's race.

  • NASCAR adds penalties for teams that ignore lug nuts

    April 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has added mandatory fines and other penalties for teams caught without five lug nuts on each wheel.The move announced Monday comes less than a week after three-time series champion Tony Stewart urged NASCAR to take action. The series had stopped monitoring lug nuts during pit stops, and some teams were using fewer than five, allowing them to send cars out faster in hopes of getting better position and a better finish.

  • Column: Not even bump-and-run generates good vibes in NASCAR

    April 25, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Racing doesn't get much better than a bump-and-run on the final lap for the victory. It's what Carl Edwards did to teammate Kyle Busch at Richmond International Raceway in what NASCAR says was the first last-lap pass for a win in track history.

  • Daytona's Chitwood promoted to ISC's chief operating officer

    April 25, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) After overseeing a widely acclaimed 0 million upgrade of Daytona International Speedway, track President Joie Chitwood III is getting promoted.International Speedway Corp. announced Monday that Chitwood has been named its chief operating officer. Chip Wile, president of Darlington Raceway, will replace Chitwood at NASCAR's most famous track.

  • Highlights from the 69th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 25, 2016

    RACE: 69th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 26, 1985WINNER: Danny SullivanAVERAGE SPEED: 152.982 mphWHAT HAPPENED: It was known as the ''Spin and Win'' race because as Sullivan passed Mario Andretti for the lead on lap 120, he lost control of his car and did a 360-degree spin in front of Andretti. Sullivan somehow avoided hitting the wall, and Andretti was able to slip past him to retake the lead. Sullivan regained the lead and led the final 61 laps to give Roger Penske another victory.

  • Christopher Bell wins at Salem in ACRA debut

    April 24, 2016

    SALEM, Ind. (AP) Christopher Bell won the ACRA Racing Series event Sunday at Salem Speedway in his series debut.The 21-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, driver led the final 44 laps in the 200-lap race on the 0.555-mile oval.''I'm all worn out - that was all she had over the last 10 laps,'' Bell said. ''The top was so dirty up there in three and four. ... I wasn't expecting that. I can't thank Venturini Motorsports and JBL enough for all their support.''

  • Brittany Force wins NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

    April 24, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Brittany Force raced to her second Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, becoming the first female driver to win the unique event.Force held off the two-time defending race winner Antron Brown, along with Doug Kalitta and Clay Millican, at zMAX Dragway. Force powered her dragster to a final-round performance of 3.764 seconds at 319.98 mph, while defending season champion Brown finished second at 3.779 at 316.75.

  • Pagenaud overcomes contact to win at Barber Motorsports

    April 24, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Simon Pagenaud led most of the way and overcame late contact with Graham Rahal to win at Barber Motorsports Park Sunday for his second straight victory.Pagenaud lost the lead briefly after contact with Rahal and was attempting to work past him outside on Turn 15. Rahal appeared to clip Jack Hawksworth, who was a lap down, and his left front wing fell onto the track. He managed to recover and hold off defending champion Josef Newgarden to finish second.

  • Edwards passes Kyle Busch on last lap to win at Richmond

    April 24, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch off his racing line in the last turn and passed him to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.Edwards, who had fallen nearly 1.5 seconds behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate after a restart with 36 laps to go, gradually ran him down until the final lap. Then he slipped underneath Busch, a master blocker in late-race situations, and nudged him just enough to allow Edwards to take the lead coming out of the fourth turn for his second consecutive victory. It was also the fourth in a row for the Gibbs stable, and fifth in nine races.

  • Santiago Urrutia wins Indy Lights race in Alabama

    April 24, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Santiago Urrutia won the Indy Lights Legacy 100 Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.The 19-year-old Uruguayan became the fifth winner in as many races for the series this year.Urrutia moved from third place to the lead in the first four laps and controlled the rest of the 50-minute race. He won the Pro Mazda Championship last year.

  • Stewart says he won't hold tongue on safety concerns

    April 24, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) NASCAR driver and car owner Tony Stewart says he's not going to keep quiet when he has safety concerns.The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion was fined ,000 on Thursday by NASCAR after suggesting that the series needs to do a better job of monitoring whether teams use five lug nuts during tire changes instead of letting teams take short cuts, using three or four, at the risk of safety. Using few lug nuts has led to a rash of loose wheels in the past two races.

  • Highlights from the 68th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 24, 2016

    RACE: 68th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 27, 1984WINNER: Rick MearsAVERAGE SPEED: 163.612 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Mears won his second Indy 500 with ease as contenders Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti dropped out of the race in the second half. That left Mears alone two laps ahead of the field and able to cruise to the victory. Three months after the race, Mears suffered severe leg injuries in a crash during practice at Sanair Super Speedway in Canada.

  • Alexis DeJoria tops Funny Car qualifying in 4-Wide Nationals

    April 23, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Alexis DeJoria raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car at zMAX Dragway Saturday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.Coming off a victory in Las Vegas, DeJoria claimed her first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and fourth of her career with a track-record time of 3.934 seconds at 321.04 mph in a Toyota Camry.

  • Pagenaud gives Team Penske, Chevy another pole at Barber

    April 23, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A different Team Penske driver will take his turn at the front of the pack.Simon Pagenaud continued his hot streak by taking the pole position Saturday at Barber Motorsports park, the road course where he made his IndyCar debut in 2011.

  • Earnhardt wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond

    April 23, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated all day and regained the lead on a late restart to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, earning his 24th career victory in the series and first in more than six years.

  • Hamlin, drivers excited for daytime racing at Richmond

    April 23, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sunday's off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier series has traditionally raced under the lights on Saturday night.The track moved its spring race for this year to Sunday afternoon, hoping that racing during the day would be more appealing to families with young children. Hamlin and others thinks they might be in for a treat.

  • Newgarden returns to 'home' track, site of 1st IndyCar win

    April 23, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Josef Newgarden is carrying an unfamiliar mantle into Barber Motorsports Park: defending champion.He'll try to defend an IndyCar title for the first time Sunday in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Besides perhaps an extra public appearance or two, the primary difference might be higher expectations from fans.

  • Oriol Servia to race for Schmidt Peterson at Indy 500

    April 23, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Oriol Servia will drive the third car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Indianapolis 500.The team announced Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park the addition of Servia in the Marotti Racing No. 77 car.The son of a Spanish Rally champion, Servia finished fourth in the 2011 IndyCar championship standings and was fourth in the 2012 Indy 500. This will be his eighth Indy 500, including a sixth-place finish in 2011 and three 11th-place finishes.

  • Highlights from the 67th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 23, 2016

    RACE: 67th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 1983WINNER: Tom SnevaAVERAGE SPEED: 162.117 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Sneva had finished second three times, won the pole twice and was the fastest qualifier once, but finally earned his first victory to shake his ''bridesmaid'' tag. Al Unser Sr. was leading over the final 20 laps and his son, Al Unser Jr., was several laps down and accused of intentionally blocking Sneva to protect his father's lead. Sneva eventually got by both Unsers to win.

  • Matt Hagan breaks zMAX Dragway records in NHRA qualifying

    April 22, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Two-time Funny Car season champion Matt Hagan broke both ends of the zMAX Dragway track record to take the qualifying lead Friday in a rain-shortened session at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.Hagan powered his Dodge Charger to a 3.941-second run at 323.50 mph. He held off 16-time Funny Car champion John Force for the top spot. Force was second with a 3.946 at 323.50 in a Chevrolet Camaro.

  • Sato helps get Honda off to solid start in Alabama

    April 22, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Takuma Sato helped Honda to a strong start Friday in IndyCar practice at Barber Motorsports Park.In the afternoon session, Sato turned the fastest lap of the day around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course with a time of 1:07.2157 in the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Honda. Honda drivers had the three best times, including No. 2 Jack Hawksworth (1:07.2197) and James Hinchcliffe (1:07.2455).

  • Column: NASCAR stumbles again, looks more and more clueless

    April 22, 2016

    So much for trying to be inclusive, NASCAR.At a time when other sports are leading the charge toward a brighter social future, the good ol' boys seem intent on returning us to a more divisive era.Might as well bring back those Confederate flags, while they're at it.

  • Stewart's stormy return garners support of fellow drivers

    April 22, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart returned to the track on Friday for the first time this season, and several drivers said they support his right to raise questions about safety concerns.NASCAR fined Stewart ,000 on Thursday for comments he made criticizing the series for not policing how many lug nuts teams are applying during tire changes. Some teams have opted to use four lugs nuts instead of five for a faster pit stop, especially late in races, and it has led to a rash of loose wheels in the past two races.

  • Harvick wins pole on rainy day at Richmond

    April 22, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Rain washed out qualifying at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, giving Kevin Harvick the pole position Sunday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race based on being the fastest in an abbreviated morning practice session.Harvick won the pole with a speed of 129.069 mph, edging Joey Logano for the top spot. Logano's speed was 128.694. The top five also includes Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and hometown favorite Denny Hamlin.

  • Dixon over IndyCar no-call at Long Beach, focused on Barber

    April 22, 2016

    Scott Dixon has moved past the IndyCar no-call at Long Beach that he contends cost him a victory, though he still believes the situation can lead to changes in the series' penalty system.Simon Pagenaud won Sunday by holding off Dixon's furious charge in the second half of the race. Dixon felt Pagenaud should not have ever been the race leader, though, because he broke a rule by driving over a line before he was allowed to exit pit lane following a stop.

  • Highlights from the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 22, 2016

    RACE: 66th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1982WINNER: Gordon JohncockAVERAGE SPEED: 162.029 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Johncock beat Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, the closest finish in Indy 500 history to that point. The two dueled for the final 40 laps, too, making it one of the best races in history.

  • Driver Council agrees to pay Tony Stewart ,000 fine

    April 22, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart's peers will pay the ,000 fine NASCAR levied against the three-time champion for criticizing the series about a potential safety hazard during races.The nine-member driver council said in a statement released by Denny Hamlin it agreed to equally pay the fine. Stewart is a member of the council, which was formed last year and its members are elected by all the drivers in the Sprint Cup Series.

  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    April 22, 2016

    BASEBALLCINCINNATI (AP) Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout.The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season. Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine fly to right field to end it.

  • NASCAR fines Tony Stewart ,000 for criticizing officials

    April 21, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR fined Tony Stewart ,000 on Thursday after he criticized the series about a potential safety hazard during races.The fine falls under NASCAR's new behavioral policy and came one day after the three-time champion warned that a driver is going to get hurt if the series doesn't start policing pit stops for missing lug nuts.

  • Tony Stewart cleared to race, will be in car at Richmond

    April 21, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart has been cleared to return to racing and will be back in his car Friday at Richmond International Raceway.The three-time NASCAR champion missed the first eight races of the season with a fractured vertebra suffered in a January all-terrain vehicle accident. The injury occurred one week before Stewart was scheduled to start his final season in NASCAR. He's retiring at the end of this year.

  • Highlights from the 65th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 21, 2016

    RACE: 65th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 24, 1981WINNER: Bobby UnserAVERAGE SPEED: 139.084 mphWHAT HAPPENED: One of the most controversial Indy 500 races in history after Unser beat Mario Andretti to the checkered flag. USAC officials later ruled Unser had illegally passed cars while exiting the pit area during a caution. When the official results were posted the next day, Unser had been issued a one-position penalty and Andretti declared the race winner. Penske Racing appealed and the process wasn't settled until Oct. 9, when Unser was reinstated as the winner. It was Unser's third Indy 500 victory and he retired at the end of the season.

  • NASCAR suspends Xfinity Series crew chief for Ty Dillon

    April 20, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has suspended the Xfinity Series crew chief for Ty Dillon for a penalty at Bristol Motor Speedway.Nick Harrison was hit Wednesday with a P3 penalty because his Richard Childress Racing entry did not use a proper spoiler assembly and extension.

  • Matt DiBenedetto celebrates after huge finish at Bristol

    April 20, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) As Carl Edwards celebrated his victory at Bristol with a backflip, Matt DiBenedetto was near tears on pit road.The little-known racer was celebrating a sixth-place finish, which to DiBenedetto and his tiny team was equivalent to winning the championship.

  • FIA approves 25 test days for 2017 F1 tires

    April 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Motorsport's governing body has approved changes in Formula One's regulations to allow tire supplier Pirelli to carry out more testing ahead of the 2017 season.The FIA's World Motor Sport Council says in a statement Wednesday that the changes will allow 25 car days of testing with current F1 cars fitted with 2017 tire sizes, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

  • Highlights from the 64th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 20, 2016

    RACE: 64th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 25, 1980WINNER: Johnny RutherfordAVERAGE SPEED: 142.862 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rutherford won the pole, led 118 laps and won the race by a commanding 29.92 seconds. Rutherford became the sixth driver to win the Indy 500 three times.

  • Highlights from the 63rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 19, 2016

    RACE: 63rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 27, 1979WINNER: Rick MearsAVERAGE SPEED: 158.899 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Mears, in his second Indianapolis 500, took the lead with 18 laps remaining to win the first of his four 500s. Unser brothers Bobby and Al combined to lead 174 laps, but Al was unable to finish the race and Bobby faded to fifth.

  • Honda frantically trying to catch Chevrolet before Indy 500

    April 18, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Honda Racing stuck with its longtime tradition of gathering its IndyCar drivers the day after the Grand Prix of Long Beach for visits to three of its California offices.They had little to celebrate Monday, though, not after Honda was smoked by rival manufacturer Chevrolet for the third time this season. Chevrolet claimed its third win in three IndyCar races this season with yet another dominating performance on Sunday.

  • Highlights from the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 18, 2016

    RACE: 62nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 28, 1978WINNER: Al Unser Sr.AVERAGE SPEED: 161.363 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Although he dominated the second half of the race, Unser bent his front wing during a pit stop on lap 180. It allowed second-place finisher Tom Sneva to close within 8 seconds - the second-closest finish in Indy history to that point. Unser's victory was the first at Indy for the Cosworth DFX V8 engine, and the British-based company won the Indy 500 for 10 consecutive years.

  • Pagenaud wins Long Beach for 1st victory driving for Penske

    April 17, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Simon Pagenaud raced to his first victory for Team Penske by holding off Scott Dixon in the caution-free Grand Prix of Long Beach.It was a controversial win, though, as Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team believed Pagenaud should have been penalized for crossing a blend line as he returned to the track following a pit stop. The Dixon camp interpreted the rule as a clear violation, but IndyCar only gave Pagenaud a warning.

  • Carl Edwards wins Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Speedway

    April 17, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Carl Edwards avoided tire issues that hampered his teammates and took off on the final restart to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.Starting on the pole for the second straight week, Edwards led 276 of 500 laps in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 19 Toyota en route to his first victory of the season and fourth on the half-mile oval. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne.

  • Wreck knocks Cup series champ Kyle Busch out at Bristol

    April 17, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch has wrecked at Bristol Motor Speedway and failed to finish for the first time since June at Michigan.The series points leader entering the 500-lap event started fifth Sunday but endured tire problems and handling issues that caused several cautions. Busch was also cited for speeding off pit road.

  • Super Bowl champ Manning attends NASCAR race at Bristol

    April 17, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) For one day, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the second most popular guy at a NASCAR race.That's what happens when the race is in Tennessee and former Volunteers great and Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning is in the house. Manning was a guest of the NASCAR driver for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.

  • Highlights from the 61st running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 17, 2016

    RACE: 61st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 1977WINNER: A.J. FoytAVERAGE SPEED: 161.331 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Foyt became the first four-time winner of the race. He also had a winning car that had both a body and engine built entirely within the United States.

  • Hamilton hopes 'dark cloud' over his F1 season passes soon

    April 17, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton feels he has a ''dark cloud'' over him after his early-season struggles continued with a disappointing seventh-place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, but the Mercedes driver is trying to stay positive with a long season ahead of him.

  • Rosberg wins wild Chinese GP for sixth straight F1 victory

    April 17, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Nico Rosberg of Mercedes escaped unscathed from a wild first lap at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, and then showed why he's the driver to beat this year in Formula One.Rosberg started on pole position and led nearly the entire race by a wide margin to extend his perfect start to the season with a third consecutive win - and his sixth straight dating back to last season.

  • Rosberg wins Chinese GP for sixth straight F1 victory

    April 17, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Nico Rosberg of Mercedes captured the Chinese Grand Prix with ease on Sunday to extend his perfect start to the Formula One season and become just the fourth driver in history to win six straight races.Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who collided with teammate Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner, finished second, 37.7 seconds behind Rosberg, while Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat used an aggressive race strategy to take third - only the second podium of the 21-year-old's career.

  • Taylor brothers win again at Long Beach in IMSA race

    April 16, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on the streets of Long Beach for the second straight year Saturday night.The Taylors teamed in the No. 10 Corvette Daytona Prototype owned by father Wayne Taylor.

  • Townsend Bell lands California Pizza Kitchen for Indy 500

    April 16, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Townsend Bell finalized sponsorship for his Indianapolis 500 effort when he announced a deal Saturday with California Pizza Kitchen.Bell had previously announced he'll drive a fifth entry for Andretti Autosport in next month's 100th running of the Indy 500. California Pizza Kitchen joins longtime Bell supporter Robert Graham, Sombra Mezcal tequila and Justice Bros.

  • Castroneves gives Penske 3 poles through 3 races this season

    April 16, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Helio Castroneves made Team Penske 3 for 3 in qualifying this season when he won the pole Saturday for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.Castroneves turned a lap at 1 minute, 7.1246 seconds to earn the top starting spot for the race Sunday on the temporary street course. It's the second consecutive year Castroneves will start from the pole at Long Beach, and second consecutive race. He also won the pole two weeks ago at Phoenix, and Penske teammate Will Power won the pole for the season-opening race at St. Petersburg.

  • Alfonso Ribeiro wins final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

    April 16, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The of ''America's Funniest Home Videos'' also won ''Dancing with the Stars'' in 2014.

  • Jones rallies on late restart to win Xfinity race at Bristol

    April 16, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Erik Jones blew past Kyle Larson soon after the final restart and held off Kyle Busch in the final laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.Larson led a race-high 94 of 200 laps thanks to a series of daring moves between cars on the tight half-mile track that kept Busch at bay during the final third. Then came the final caution that left a short sprint on the restart, when Jones' No. 20 Toyota got past Busch on the outside before he eventually cleared Larson, who finished third.

  • Kyle Busch riding the momentum of consecutive weekend sweeps

    April 16, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Whether Kyle Busch earns his third consecutive NASCAR weekend sweep remains to be seen, he's savoring his current success.How long it continues depends on how the defending Sprint Cup Series champion beats back an impressive list of challengers at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Highlights from the 60th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 16, 2016

    RACE: 60th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1976WINNER: Johnny RutherfordAVERAGE SPEED: 188.957 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Pole-sitter Rutherford won his second Indy 500. He was the leader when rain stopped the race at lap 103. After a two-hour delay, it began to rain again and the race was called. Rutherford walked to victory lane and is credited with completing the shortest Indy 500 on record at just 255 miles.

  • Rosberg takes pole at Chinese GP; Hamilton to start at back

    April 16, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Mercedes has become used to starting on the front row after a dominant couple of years in Formula One. Not so much from the back of the field.Nico Rosberg will take the team's customary spot of pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, but defending world champion Lewis Hamilton will have to start from the last row after an early exit from qualifying due to a power unit problem.

  • Rosberg takes pole at Chinese GP; Hamilton to start in back

    April 16, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg captured pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix while teammate Lewis Hamilton made an early exit from Saturday's qualifying due to an engine problem and will start at the back of the field for Sunday's race.

  • Hamilton to start in back row at Chinese Grand Prix

    April 16, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton will start at the back of the field at the Chinese Grand Prix after an engine problem with his car prevented him from setting a lap time in qualifying on Saturday.Hamilton complained about a problem with his power unit early in the session and after pitting briefly so his team could try to fix it, he encountered the same problem when he returned to the circuit.

  • Rainy conditions hamper final practice session at Chinese GP

    April 16, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) A wet track after heavy morning rain kept most drivers off the circuit for the final practice before qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday.Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel made a brief appearance to set the fastest time of the session in 1 minute, 57.351, but neither of his chief rivals, Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, completed a timed lap.

  • Fittipaldi wins IMSA pole position at Long Beach

    April 15, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Christian Fittipaldi won the pole position for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Long Beach on Friday with a fast lap of 1 minute, 14.962 seconds in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

  • Vasser and Unser Jr. promise a show for final celebrity race

    April 15, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) A tradition will come to an end at the Grand Prix of Long Beach when the checkered flag waives for the final time on the fan-favorite Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.The race Saturday will be the 40th and final of the longest-running corporate-sponsored charity race in the country. The event, which has helped Toyota donate more than .3 million to ''Racing For Kids'' since 1991, will be celebrated with an all-star field that includes 18 previous winners.

  • Pagenaud off to quick start to open 2nd season with Penske

    April 15, 2016

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Simon Pagenaud jumped at the chance to drive for Team Penske, where the best ride of his IndyCar career could lead to wins and racing for championships.But his first season was a bust, as Pagenaud went winless and finished a career-worst 11th in the IndyCar standings. The Frenchman had not finished lower than fifth in his three seasons driving for Sam Schmidt, and two of those years included multiple victories for the small team.

  • Logano, Kenseth hope Bristol success continues this weekend

    April 15, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano hope their recent success at Bristol Motor Speedway helps them reach victory lane for the first time this season.They will have prime starting spots Sunday after Kenseth qualified second and Logano third Friday for the 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the 0.533-mile track.

  • Carl Edwards takes pole at Bristol Motor Speedway

    April 15, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Carl Edwards won his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup pole Friday, helping Joe Gibbs Racing take four of the top five spots in qualifying Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.Edwards, the winner at Bristol in March 2014, earned his third pole at the track and second consecutive No. 1 spot after also topping qualifying last week at Texas. He had a fast lap of 127.997 mph in the No. 19 Toyota Camry on the 0.533-mile track. Kurt Busch also won consecutive poles this season.

  • EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting race cars

    April 15, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped proposed language from new vehicle emissions restrictions following concerns raised by auto racing.The new standards limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines had included pollution controls on vehicles modified for racing. Both auto racers and members of Congress objected to the proposed language, saying that complying would negatively impact competition at the nation's tracks.

  • Ferrari sets pace ahead of Mercedes in Chinese GP practice

    April 15, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Ferrari showed it has the speed to challenge Mercedes in the Chinese Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel setting the two fastest times in practice on Friday.Raikkonen had the quickest lap time, a tenth of a second ahead of Vettel. The Mercedes cars were just behind the Ferrari pair, with Nico Rosberg third and Lewis Hamilton fourth, both within half a second of Raikkonen.

  • Ferrari sets pace ahead of Mercedes at Chinese GP practice

    April 15, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Ferrari showed it has the speed to challenge Mercedes in the Chinese Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel setting the two fastest times in practice on Friday.Raikkonen had the quickest lap time, a 10th of a second ahead of Vettel. The Mercedes cars were just behind the Ferrari pair, with Nico Rosberg third and Lewis Hamilton fourth, both within half a second of Raikkonen.

  • Gary Brabham to serve at least 6 months in prison

    April 15, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) The son of three-time Formula One champion Jack Brabham will serve at least six months in prison after being found guilty of the rape and indecent treatment of a young girl.Gary Thomas Brabham, a former Formula Ford and Formula 3 driver in Europe, was convicted last month in Brisbane's District Court after pleading not guilty to the charges involving a child under 12.

  • Rosberg sets fastest practice time at Chinese GP

    April 15, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton set the early pace at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday with the fastest times in a start-and-stop practice session beset by a number of tire problems.Rosberg had the quickest lap time at 1 minute, 38.037 seconds, just ahead of his teammate, Hamilton, at 1:38.183.

  • Highlights from the 58th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 14, 2016

    RACE: 58th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 26, 1974WINNER: Johnny RutherfordAVERAGE SPEED: 158.589 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rutherford won from the 25th starting position, the farthest back for any victor since Louis Meyer in 1936. Safety improvements following the 1973 debacle led to a clean 500-mile race, and A.J. Foyt set the all-time starts mark at 17. He went on to start 35 Indy 500s.

  • Hamilton faces big challenge at Chinese GP after penalty

    April 14, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will have to make up considerable ground in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday if he's going to capture his first race of the season and close the gap with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings.

  • Alonso provisionally cleared for Chinese Grand Prix

    April 14, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been provisionally cleared by doctors to take part in this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix after fracturing a rib in a crash at the season-opening race in Australia.FIA doctors say the Spanish driver will have to undergo further medical tests after Friday's first practice to ensure he's fit enough to take part in the rest of the weekend.

  • Hamilton gets grid penalty at Chinese GP for gearbox change

    April 14, 2016

    SHANGHAI (AP) Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton must take a five grid-place penalty at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix because of an early switch of gearbox.His Mercedes team confirmed the penalty on its Twitter feed Thursday.The previous gearbox was impacted by the first-corner collision Hamilton had at the Bahrain Grand Prix, prompting the team to make the change inside the six-race limit and triggering the penalty.

  • NASCAR to use heat races for Xfinity Series race at Bristol

    April 13, 2016

    In a gimmick move intended to add excitement to the show, NASCAR will use heat races for the first time in the Xfinity Series on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.The heat races will set the field for the main event, and by trying it in the second-tier series, NASCAR doesn't have as much to lose. The heat races have been extremely popular for the Truck Series, which uses them to set the field at the Eldora Speedway dirt track. But this will be the first time NASCAR tries it with a stock car in a national series.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr to drive 'Gray Ghost' at Darlington

    April 13, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. is dressing out like Buddy Baker in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.Earnhardt was on hand Wednesday and unveiled the metallic gray-No. 88 Chevrolet he'll drive at the track ''Too Tough To Tame'' on Labor Day weekend.

  • Column: NASCAR clouding its image with politics

    April 11, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There are Democrats who enjoy NASCAR. Jews and atheists and women, too.You wouldn't know it lately, not after several events this season, including the invocation before Saturday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson used the address to pray ''that we put a Jesus man in the White House'' and noted that ''alright Texas, we got here via Bibles and guns.''

  • Highlights from the 55th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 11, 2016

    RACE: 55th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 29, 1971WINNER: Al Unser Sr.AVERAGE SPEED: 157.735 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Unser won for the second consecutive year and became the only driver to win on his birthday. He was the first winner to celebrate in the relocated victory lane, which now sported black-and-white checkered ramps and was in the ''horseshoe'' area near the start/finish line.

  • F1 returns to old qualifying format, starting at Chinese GP

    April 11, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Formula One's governing body has officially approved a move back to last year's qualifying format for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix after the new system proved widely unpopular.The new rolling-elimination format - in which the slowest driver is eliminated every 90 seconds - was used in the first two races this season in Australia and Bahrain, but heavily criticized both times for a lack of on-track action.

  • Davis dies from injuries sustained in drag racing crash

    April 10, 2016

    ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) Ronnie ''The King'' Davis died Sunday from injuries sustained Saturday in a crash during a drag racing event at Rockingham Dragway.The track said Sunday that the 66-year-old Davis, from Suwanee, Georgia, had completed a final qualifying run in the PDRA Spring Nationals when his 1963 Corvette turned left and shot across the track in front rival Mark Malcuit's car. Davis' car cleared the right-side guardwall and barrel-rolled.

  • Drive and win: Kyle Busch sweep is NASCAR's 1st in 25 years

    April 10, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Four races in NASCAR's top three series over eight days - and Kyle Busch won them all.From Martinsville to Texas, Busch had consecutive weekend sweeps, something last done in NASCAR 25 years ago.''I think the magic is Kyle Busch, but that's just me,'' Busch said with a smile before looking to car owner Joe Gibbs, who started laughing and told the No. 18 Toyota driver to not freak out on him.

  • Highlights from the 54th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 10, 2016

    RACE: 54th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1970WINNER: Al Unser Sr.AVERAGE SPEED: 155.749 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Unser dominated the race and led 190 laps from the pole to join older brother, Bobby, as the first pair of brothers to win the 500. The victory also made Parnelli Jones the second competitor to win the race as a driver (1963) and as a car owner.

  • Kyle Busch wins at Texas to complete another NASCAR sweep

    April 10, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kyle Busch took the lead after the final restart Saturday night at Texas to complete his second NASCAR weekend sweep in a row.Busch ended Jimmie Johnson's three-race winning streak at Texas, getting his 36th Sprint Cup victory a week after also winning at Martinsville.

  • Josh Williams wins ARCA race in Nashville

    April 9, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Josh Williams won the Music City 200 on Saturday night at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for his first ARCA Racing Series victory.The 22-year-old Williams, from Port Charlotte, Florida, took the lead in the No. 6 Chevrolet with just over 40 laps left in the 200-lap race on the 0.596-mile track.

  • NASCAR race in Texas starts after one-hour, 50-minute delay

    April 9, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Texas has gotten underway after a delay of 1 hour, 50 minutes.There were two periods of light rain Saturday. That was part of a weather system that dumped heavier rain south of Texas Motor Speedway.

  • Highlights from the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 9, 2016

    RACE: 53rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1969WINNER: Mario AndrettiAVERAGE SPEED: 156.867 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Andretti led the final 194 laps to earn the only Indianapolis 500 for the Andretti family, a drought known today as ''The Andretti Curse.''NOTABLE: Al Unser Sr. crashed his motorcycle in the infield the night before qualifications. He missed the race with a broken leg.

  • Kyle Busch 4th NASCAR Xfinity win of 2016 is 80th overall

    April 8, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Kyle Busch led 150 of 200 laps at Texas on Friday night to win for the fourth time in five NASCAR Xfinity starts this season.Busch was the polesitter and led four times, including the last 81 laps, for his Xfinity-record 80th victory. It was his eighth win at the high-banked, 1 1/2-mile track in the Lone Star State.

  • Jimmie Johnson certainly knows way to Victory Lane in Texas

    April 8, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jimmie Johnson certainly knows his way to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.Already with two wins this season, Johnson is back in Texas, where he has won the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup races and five of the last seven.''It's just this race track. I think tracks with an older surface; the bumpier it is, the more tire wear, it's just a condition that plays into our wheelhouse,'' Johnson said. ''And we've hit on some things here over the last few trips and it consistently works for us and it continues to put speed and longevity in the car.''

  • Edwards on Texas pole, 7th pole winner in 7 Cup races so far

    April 8, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Carl Edwards became the seventh different pole winner in the seven NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, posting the fast lap of 194.609 mph in the final round of qualifying for Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at the Texas track where he has won three times.

  • Highlights from the 52nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 8, 2016

    RACE: 52nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1968WINNER: Bobby UnserAVERAGE SPEED: 152.882 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Unser won the first of his three Indy 500s when he inherited the lead just eight laps from the finish when Joe Leonard's engine expired.NOTABLE: Pratt & Whitney's turbine engine - the ''Wedge Turbine'' - was used in the Lotus 56 entries. Mike Spence was killed in a May 7 practice session when a tire broke off his Wedge Turbine and struck him in the head.

  • Stewart still weeks from knowing when he can drive again

    April 8, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Tony Stewart is anxiously waiting to find out when he will be able to return from a broken back to debut in what is supposed to be his last season as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. He still has a few more weeks before getting that answer.

  • Vickers ready for 3 in a row, Stewart still no timetable

    April 7, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Brian Vickers is getting ready for his third consecutive race filling in for injured Tony Stewart, who still has no timetable for his return.Stewart said Thursday night that he is anxious to get scans on his back at the end of this month to get an idea of when he might be able to make his debut in what is set to be his last season as a full-time driver.

  • Vickers ready for 3 in a row for Stewart, unsure after Texas

    April 7, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Brian Vickers is getting ready for his third consecutive race filling in for injured Tony Stewart. Nothing is certain after Texas.There still could be more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Stewart-Haas Racing and maybe a ride in the 100th Indianapolis 500. Vickers would also like to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans again.

  • Highlights from the 51st running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 7, 2016

    RACE: 51st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30-31, 1967WINNER: A.J. FoytAVERAGE SPEED: 151.207 mphWHAT HAPPENED: It took two days to run the race after rain halted it 18 laps into its start on a Tuesday. The race resumed on Wednesday, with Foyt winning for the third time after Parnelli Jones, driving for Andy Granatelli, led 171 laps before a ball bearing led to a broken transmission on lap 196.

  • FIA agrees on F1 reverting back to 2015 qualifying format

    April 7, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Faced with a wall of resistance, motor sport's governing body has agreed for Formula One to revert back to last year's qualifying format after the new system proved widely unpopular.The decision on Thursday still needs to be officially approved by the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council before the next race, the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai next week.

  • Harvick weary of coming up short again in Cup race at Texas

    April 6, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick is leading the Sprint Cup standings and appears on his way to another run at a NASCAR championship. He also could be laying the groundwork for another maddening season in which he dominates on the track until it's time to collect the hardware.

  • Early test leaves Indy 500 drivers confident cars are safer

    April 6, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ed Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe left Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday more confident about the cars they will race in May.A new rear-wing flap should prevent cars from going airborne, as Carpenter experienced 11 months ago. And new suspension parts should prevent drivers from getting gouged, which happened to Hinchcliffe last year before the Indianapolis 500 and left him with a life-threatening injury.

  • Manning to serve as honorary race official at Food City 500

    April 6, 2016

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Retired quarterback Peyton Manning will serve as honorary race official for the Food City 500 on April 17.Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced Manning's involvement Wednesday.As an honorary race official, Manning will accompany Dale Earnhardt Jr. during driver introductions. Bristol Motor Speedway executive vice president Jerry Caldwell said in a statement, ''I don't think it's possible to pair two more beloved sports figures in the state of Tennessee than Peyton Manning and Dale Earnhardt Jr.''

  • Highlights from the 50th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 6, 2016

    RACE: 50th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1966WINNER: Graham HillAVERAGE SPEED: 144.317 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The milestone 50th running was a disaster from the start when 11 of the 33 cars were eliminated in the wake of a first-lap accident on the main stretch. Only four cars finished 200 laps, led by Hill, and he became just the second rookie to win the race. There wouldn't be another winner in his first Indy 500 until Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000.

  • F1 deciding on fate of unliked qualifying system on Thursday

    April 6, 2016

    Formula One team bosses and the series' key powerbrokers will vote on Thursday whether to adopt a new qualifying system in which a driver's time is based over two laps instead of one.The rolling elimination format used over the opening two races, in which the slowest driver was eliminated every 90 seconds, was universally condemned by drivers, teams, and fans due to a lack of on-track action as drivers preferred to save their tires rather than try to improve their times.

  • Emerson Fittipaldi facing financial difficulties in Brazil

    April 5, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi is facing serious financial difficulties in Brazil, with authorities seizing trophies and racing cars from his personal museum.Among the cars seized was the one he used to win the 1993 Indy 500, as well as one driven by the Brazilian in Formula One.

  • Highlights from the 49th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 5, 2016

    RACE: 49th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1965WINNER: Jim ClarkAVERAGE SPEED: 150.686 mphWHAT HAPPENED: British driver Jim Clark started from the front row and led the most laps (190) since Bill Vukovich led 195 in 1953. Clark became the first driver to win the Indy 500 and Formula One World Championship in the same year. Mario Andretti, the 1969 winner, made his debut in the race. Cursed? Nope, he finished third.

  • Column: Martinsville gives new stars a chance to shine

    April 4, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It's been all the usual suspects in victory lane through the first six NASCAR races this season.Although Kyle Busch swept the two national races at Martinsville Speedway over the weekend, the tricky Virginia track gave other drivers a chance to shine and show their improvement.

  • Highlights from the 48th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 4, 2016

    RACE: 48th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1964WINNER: A. J. FoytAVERAGE SPEED: 147.350 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Foyt won the second of his four Indy 500s. Here's something that would never happen today - Foyt raced all 500 miles on the same tires. His car was never restored to pre-race condition and remains in the collection of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum. Defending champion Parnelli Jones dropped out of the race after a fire on pit road and finished 23rd.

  • Antron Brown earns his first victory of the season

    April 3, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Defending Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown raced to his first victory of the season Sunday at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.Brown powered his dragster to a 3.843 second pass at 314.60 mph to defeat first-time finalist Troy Buff, who trailed in his dragster with a run of 3.918 at 307.58.

  • Kyle Busch wins again for weekend sweep at Martinsville

    April 3, 2016

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Kyle Busch pulled away on a restart with 11 laps to go and outran AJ Allmendinger to the finish for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Martinsville Speedway, and a sweep of the two-race weekend.Busch, who won for the first time in 31 starts at Martinsville in a truck race on the 0.526-mile oval on Saturday, dominated in the premier division in bright sunshine but cool temperatures that never let the track get quite as sticky as it normally does.

  • Engine problems threaten Ferrari challenge to Mercedes

    April 3, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Ferrari's goal of challenging the dominance of Mercedes is being threatened by engine troubles which struck again in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix when Sebastian Vettel's engine failed on the warm-up lap.Vettel had qualified third and was confident of a strong start to match the one he made in the season-opener in Australia, but he did not get a chance to again out-drag the Mercedes pair as his engine suffered what was initially diagnosed as a valve or injector failure.

  • Vandoorne point in Bahrain gives McLaren cloud silver lining

    April 3, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Stoffel Vandoorne's championship point on his Formula One debut provided a silver lining to another cloudy weekend for the McLaren team, and also advanced his quest for a full-time seat next season.Vandoorne finished 10th on Sunday after an eventful race in the middle of the pack at the Bahrain Grand Prix, involving some close racing with rivals.

  • Azerbaijan says separatist clashes no threat to Formula One

    April 3, 2016

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Azerbaijan says fighting with separatists from the region of Nagorno-Karabakh will not threaten its first-ever Formula One race in June.A boy and at least 30 troops from both sides have been killed in the most intense fighting in the area since 1994 between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces.

  • Rosberg wins Bahrain GP, Hamilton 3rd after collision

    April 3, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Nico Rosberg made it back-to-back wins to start the new Formula One season by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, capitalizing on a first-corner collision involving Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and an engine failure which prevented Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel starting the race.

  • Hamilton edges Rosberg to take Bahrain GP pole position

    April 2, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position on Saturday for the Bahrain Grand Prix, edging his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by just eight hundredths of a second.Hamilton made a mistake on the final corner during his first flying lap of the Q3 qualifying segment, leaving him fourth, but was close to perfect in his second lap to make it back-to-back poles to start the Formula One season.

  • Highlights from the 46th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 2, 2016

    RACE: 46th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1962WINNER: Roger WardAVERAGE SPEED: 140.293 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Ward won his second Indy 500 to pair with his 1959 triumph. He led the final 31 laps and made it a 1-2 finish with Leader Cards teammate Len Sutton. The sweep marked the first one since Blue Crown went back-to-back in 1947 and 1948. Parnelli Jones started on the pole and led 120 laps before he faded to seventh.

  • Ferrari fastest in final practice at Bahrain GP

    April 2, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in the final practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, though times were slower than in Friday's practice.Vettel set a time of 1 minute, 31.683 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, just four hundredths of a second faster than teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

  • F1's unpopular qualifying format to be reviewed Sunday

    April 2, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Formula One's much-criticized new qualifying format will be reviewed again on Sunday, and Jean Todt, chief of the sport's governing body, says he's optimistic about getting the unanimous agreement needed for changes.Under the new system, first used in the season opener in Australia and again at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, the slowest driver is eliminated on a rolling basis. In an embarrassment for the sport, it produced an anticlimax in Melbourne as drivers accepted elimination rather than use up tires trying to better their times.

  • Force India deputy says no fear over F1 team's future

    April 2, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley says there are no concerns about the future of the Formula One team despite the legal and financial troubles surrounding co-owners Vijay Mallya and Roy Sahara.Fernley, speaking from the Bahrain Grand Prix, said: ''I don't think there are any concerns for Force India'' regardless of the ownership uncertainty.

  • Jack Beckman has track record in Funny Car qualifying

    April 1, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jack Beckman raced to a track record performance to lead Funny Car qualifying Friday at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.Beckman, who is in position to earn his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season, powered his Dodge Charger to a track record time of 3.916 seconds at 322.88 mph in the day's final qualifying session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

  • Castroneves earns pole on fast day at Phoenix qualifying

    April 1, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) IndyCar's return to the desert got off to a blazing start.Helio Castroneves had the fastest qualifying lap during a day of records in IndyCar's return to Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.Castroneves had the final of six track-record runs on the mile oval, turning a lap at 192.324 mph for a two-lap elapsed time of 38.2604 seconds.

  • Logano wins third consecutive pole at Martinsville

    April 1, 2016

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.It is the third consecutive pole for Logano on the smallest and oldest track in the premier series. He's the first driver to do that on the 0.526-mile oval since Jeff Gordon won three in a row in 2003-04.

  • Munoz injured after car hits wall during Phoenix qualifying

    April 1, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) IndyCar driver Carlos Munoz had to be lifted from his car and was placed on a stretcher after crashing during qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.Munoz lost control of his car in Turn 1, spinning it up the banking into the wall. The back end of Munoz's No. 26 Andretti Autosport car slammed hard into the wall.

  • IndyCar's return to Phoenix going to be fast

    April 1, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Takuma Sato lost control coming out of Turn 1 and spun his car into the wall, obliterating the back end. A few minutes later, James Hinchcliffe lost his car in the same spot and had the same result.A half hour into the first practice session at Phoenix International Raceway and all the concerns about excessive speed at the one-mile oval were already being realized.

  • Earnhardt Jr. says donating brain to science a 'no-brainer'

    April 1, 2016

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. is calling his decision to donate his brain to science a ''no-brainer.''NASCAR's most popular driver tweeted his intention earlier this week. He said Friday he plans to pledge his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The group works with Boston University on research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease that doctors believe is caused by repeated blows to the head.

  • Andretti Autosport adds Bell for fifth Indy 500 car

    April 1, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Shortly after being introduced at Andretti Autosport's fifth Indianapolis 500 driver Friday, Townsend Bell received a question from a luminary on the right side of the room.''Are you sure this isn't an April Fool's joke?'' Mario Andretti asked him, drawing laughs from the room.

  • Ecclestone says talks on for F1 race in Las Vegas

    April 1, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Formula One's commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone says he's in discussions about bringing a grand prix to Las Vegas.Speaking Friday from the Bahrain Grand Prix, Ecclestone said: ''It is possible that there could be an event there,'' adding that the time ''would be a couple of years I suppose.''

  • Highlights from the 45th running of the Indianapolis 500

    April 1, 2016

    RACE: 45th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1961WINNER: A. J. FoytAVERAGE SPEED: 139.130 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Foyt, one of the greatest drivers in history, breaks through and wins the first of his four Indianapolis 500s. He took the lead with four laps left and nipped Eddie Sachs by just 8.28 seconds. Foyt won the last race with exposed brick as the entire Indianapolis Motor Speedway surface was paved in asphalt, with just a single yard of bricks at the start/finish line left exposed - the same as it is today.

  • Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

    April 1, 2016

    SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) Nico Rosberg edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in another dominant display by Formula One's top team in Friday's opening practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.Rosberg, who has won the past four races dating back to last season, set a time of 1 minute, 32.294 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, half a second faster than Hamilton and a surprising 1.8 seconds faster than third-place Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

  • F1 qualifying system adds fuel to drivers' anger

    March 31, 2016

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) Formula One drivers have expressed their frustration with the retention of the much-criticized rolling elimination format of qualifying for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, saying it is a clear example of the poor decision making in the sport which prompted them to write a joint letter demanding an overhaul of F1's administration.

  • Fernando Alonso ruled out of Bahrain Grand Prix

    March 31, 2016

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, and possibly the following race in China, as a result of broken ribs and other injuries sustained during a crash in the season opener earlier this month.

  • Highlights from the 44th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 31, 2016

    RACE: 44th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1960WINNER: Jim RathmannAVERAGE SPEED: 138.767 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Widely considered one of the greatest finishes in Indy 500 history, Rathmann and Roger Ward were entwined in a two-car duel to the finish. There were a record 29 lead changes and Rathman finally took the lead with three laps left once Ward was forced to slow down because of tire issues. Rathmann topped Ward by just 12.75 seconds, then the second-closest finish in Indy history.

  • Olympic cycling champ Chris Hoy to compete in Le Mans

    March 31, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Six-time Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy will compete in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June, fulfilling an ambition he's had since receiving a toy car as a child.The 40-year-old Scot will share the driving of a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis with two teammates in the prestigious race on June 18-19.

  • Kenseth-Logano feud part of Martinsville promotional push

    March 30, 2016

    Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano stirred up plenty of controversy in the last NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway.The track hopes the rumble can boost ticket sales.Kenseth-Logano II isn't exactly on the poster for the upcoming race weekend but highlights of the run-in between the drivers that earned Kenseth a two-race suspension have been used to advertise the race.

  • Highlights from the 43rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 30, 2016

    RACE: 43rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1959WINNER: Roger WardAVERAGE SPEED: 135.857 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Ward won the first of his two career Indy 500s in perhaps the most competitive race at the point. Indy had a record 16 cars complete all 200 miles. Ward would later call Indy car races in the late 1960s.

  • Highlights from the 42nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 28, 2016

    RACE: 42nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1958WINNER: Jimmy BryanAVERAGE SPEED: 133.791 mphWHAT HAPPENNED: Bryan, who would later die from injuries in a champ car race, won a race marred by a multi-car pileup that killed Pat O'Connor. Bryan won in the same car used by 1957 winner Sam Hanks. The 29-year-old O'Connor was killed in an accident on the first lap of the race. His car overturned and burst into flames.

  • Highlights from the 41st running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 27, 2016

    RACE: 41st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1957WINNER: Sam HanksAVERAGE SPEED: 135.601 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Hanks won the Indy 500, then promptly retired in victory lane. Hanks is considered the only Indianapolis 500 driver who competed in the race before World War II, served in combat, then raced again in Indy after the war. He drove the pace car at Indy from 1958 to 1963.

  • Highlights from the 40th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 26, 2016

    RACE: 40th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1956WINNER: Pat FlahertyAVERAGE SPEED: 128.490 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Flaherty dominated and led 127 of the 200 laps at the Brickyard. Flaherty did not get the chance to defend his victory because he was severely injured in a race car crash a month later that sidelined him from the 1957 race.

  • Highlights from the 38th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 24, 2016

    RACE: 38th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1954WINNER: Bill VukovichAVERAGE SPEED: 130.840 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Vukovich won his second straight Indianapolis 500. By this point, more cars (some with relief drivers) were finishing on the lead lap. There were 11 cars that completed all 200 laps and one more that finished 199.

  • Leading drivers unhappy at "ill-structured" F1 leadership

    March 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Just one race into the new Formula One season and unhappy drivers are calling the sport's decision-making ''obsolete and ill-structured'' and calling for a ''restructuring'' of its governance.A rushed decision to change the rules to qualifying, and then subsequently scrap those changes after last weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, underlines how much F1 is riddled with confusion and uncertainty as it tries to regain its lost popularity.

  • Highlights from the 37th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 23, 2016

    RACE: 37th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1953WINNER: Bill VukovichAVERAGE SPEED: 128.740 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Vukovich won the first of two straight Indianapolis 500s. This one was known as ''The Hottest 500'' because the track temperature reached 130 degrees. At least 16 of the 33 starters needed relief drivers.

  • Highlights from the 36th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 23, 2016

    RACE: 36th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1952WINNER: Troy RuttmanAVERAGE SPEED: 128.922 mphWHAT HAPPENED: At just 22 years and 80 days, Ruttman became the youngest winner in Indianapolis 500 history. He still holds the record. Bill Vukovich led a race-high 150 laps and seemed poised to win the race until a busted steering linkage with nine laps left cost him the checkered flag.

  • Hildebrand returning to Indy 500 with Ed Carpenter Racing

    March 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) J.R. Hildebrand will get another shot at winning the Indianapolis 500 through Ed Carpenter Racing, which is expanding its team to three cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Hildebrand was leading on the final lap of the Indy 500 in 2011 when he wrecked in the final turn. His last full season in IndyCar was in 2012, but Carpenter has hired the Californian for the Indy 500 the last three years.

  • Behavior policy could strip the drama from NASCAR

    March 22, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR heads into its first weekend off this season hoping fans are thrilled with the improved on-track product and exciting race finishes.It's a fair ask: The racing over the first five events of the season has been better, and since Denny Hamlin's victory by mere inches in the Daytona 500, there have been some decent races to the checkered flag.

  • Menard teams up with Penske as sponsor for Indianapolis 500

    March 22, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Roger Penske is bringing former IndyCar owner John Menard back to the series as a team sponsor.On Tuesday, Team Penske announced Menards, a Midwestern home improvement chain, will appear on Simon Pagenaud's No. 22 car for May's Indianapolis 500 and the race at Road America in June.

  • Highlights from the 35th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 22, 2016

    RACE: 35th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1951WINNER: Lee WallardAVERAGE SPEED: 126.244 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Wallard led 159 laps in the No. 99 Belanger Special in what would become his greatest and final racing triumph. He was injured in a race one week later in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was burned when his car caught fire. He needed more than two dozen skin grafts and never raced again.

  • New rules promise to spice up contest in F1

    March 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Mercedes got off to the best possible start to the Formula One season with a one-two finish at the Australian Grand Prix, yet the events of the weekend have sewn some uncertainty into the team's bid for a third straight title.

  • A Force family first: Brittany Force gets Top Fuel victory

    March 21, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) John Force hugged and high-fived everyone at the starting line as daughter Brittany raced to her first professional victory 1,000 feet away.A 16-time world champion, John then hopped on his scooter, put his wife and youngest daughter on the back and headed toward the other end of the drag strip. He steered with one hand and waved at cheering fans with the other.

  • Jimmie Johnson gets past Harvick in OT to win at Fontana

    March 20, 2016

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Jimmie Johnson pulled away in overtime to beat Kevin Harvick on Sunday for the Southern California native's record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Fontana.Johnson was third on the late restart, but surged past leader Denny Hamlin while giving a little bump to Harvick. He side-drafted Harvick and easily got away for his 77th career victory.

  • Brittany Force gets 1st Top Fuel win at Gatornationals

    March 20, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) An hour after her first NHRA Top Fuel victory, Brittany Force was clutching the trophy as tightly as she does her steering wheel.She wasn't about to let go, either. It was that special, even for a member of drag racing's first family.

  • Highlights from the 34th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 20, 2016

    RACE: 34th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1950WINNER: Johnnie ParsonsAVERAGE SPEED: 124.002 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Parsons won a race shortened to 138 laps and 345 miles because of rain. He was the only driver to finish the race on the lead lap and just three other drivers in the 33-car field completed 137. Bad enough he had to win under rain, Parsons had his name misspelled on the Borg-Warner Trophy. ''Johnny'' instead of ''Johnnie'' Parsons was inscribed on the winner's trophy.

  • Haas team takes points in impressive F1 debut

    March 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The American-backed Haas team made a dream Formula One debut at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, taking points in its first-ever race as Romain Grosjean finished in a surprising sixth place.New teams in F1 normally serve an apprenticeship at the back of the field in their first season but Haas wasted no time in making an impact.

  • Alonso flips car after dramatic collision at Australian GP

    March 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Fernando Alonso thanked the advances in Formula One technology for being able to walk away from a horrific crash at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.About a third of the way through the race, the right front tire on the Spaniard's McLaren collided with the left rear on Esteban Gutierrez's Haas as the Mexican driver braked to make the bend at Turn 3.

  • Rosberg beats Hamilton in season-opening Australian GP

    March 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Nico Rosberg has beaten teammate Lewis Hamilton in Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.The Mercedes cars recovered from a slow start to finish ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who took third.The race was suspended for 20 minutes after a frightening high-speed collision between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez, and after it resumed, the two Mercedes benefited from a better tire strategy than Ferrari, overtaking Vettel and recording a one-two finish, just as they did repetitively over the previous two seasons.

  • Dramatic Alonso, Gutierrez collision suspends Australian GP

    March 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez have both walked away from a dramatic high-speed crash that flipped Alonso's car twice and caused a suspension of the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.Alonso's McLaren rammed into the back of Gutierrez's Haas, causing the Spanish driver to flip over twice at high speed, leaving his car in a crumpled wreck.

  • Derani leads Tequila Patron team to 12 Hours of Sebring win

    March 20, 2016

    SEBRING, Fla. (AP) Pipo Derani helped Tequila Patron ESM win its second consecutive endurance race by driving to a thrilling win Saturday at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.Driving a Ligier JS P2 Honda, the 22-year-old Brazilian passed one Action Express Racing with seven minutes remaining and then got by leader Dane Cameron, in the second Action Express car, on the next lap. Derani beat Cameron and the No. 31 Corvette team by 2.926 seconds.

  • New F1 qualifying system scrapped after 1 race

    March 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Formula One will revert to last year's qualifying system following a debacle with the new rolling-elimination format at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.F1 officials held a meeting with teams on Sunday ahead of the race and agreed to go back to the previous system which was based on the lap times at the end of each of the three segments of qualifying.

  • Dillon surges past Busch on last lap in Xfinity thriller

    March 19, 2016

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Austin Dillon passed Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez on the final lap and surged to an improbable victory in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.Busch got within two miles of his record-tying fourth consecutive Xfinity win after leading 133 of the 150 laps, but the defending Sprint Cup Series champ got a flat tire while attempting to save fuel.

  • NHRA's Leah Pritchett trying to prove 1st win was no fluke

    March 19, 2016

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Leah Pritchett hustled through her garage stall Saturday, bouncing from her dragster to her hauler and back again.She helped tear down the engine, packed the parachute and did a number of other little things to get ready for her next qualifying run at Gainesville Raceway.

  • Old asphalt, new package point toward fine racing at Fontana

    March 19, 2016

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) The gloriously weathered asphalt on Auto Club Speedway's 2-mile track has a long history of producing four-wide racing and fantastic finishes.NASCAR's new low-downforce package has already created excitement and thrills in the first four races of the new season.

  • Highlights from the 32nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 18, 2016

    RACE: 32nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1948WINNER: Mauri RoseAVERAGE SPEED: 119.814 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rose topped Bill Holland for the second straight 1-2 finish between the teammates. Rose also became the second driver to win the Indianapolis 500 two straight years. He became a three-time Indy winner, with a victory in the 1941 race.

  • For now, Haas wants to be competitive, limit errors in F1

    March 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Gene Haas is no stranger to top-level motorsports, yet as he prepares for his first race as a team boss in Formula One, he admits to nervousness, and awe at the task ahead.Having created the NASCAR team that grew into the successful Stewart-Haas outfit, Haas knows a thing or two about how to start a team from scratch and make it work. He aims to apply that knowhow to motorsport's premier series that has been a burial ground for the dreams of many with even deeper pockets and larger ambitions.

  • Hamilton sets pace as Rosberg crashes in F1 practice

    March 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg crashed during a wet Friday practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.Heavy morning rain and showers throughout the day meant there was very little useful running in terms of preparation for Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race, which are expected to be dry.

  • Hamilton sets pace as Rosberg crashes out

    March 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg crashed out during wet Friday practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.Heavy morning rain and showers throughout the day meant there was very little useful running in terms of preparation for Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race, which are expected to be dry.

  • F1 officials confident teams won't dodge radio silence rules

    March 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) This weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix will be the first under strict new rules limiting how much technical advice and strategic information can be given to drivers during the race and qualifying, and Formula One officials are confident they can prevent teams finding loopholes.

  • Hamilton fastest in wet opening practice at Australian GP

    March 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, though a wet track at the Albert Park street circuit meant there was little meaningful running on Friday.

  • Highlights from the 30th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 16, 2016

    RACE: 30th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1946WINNER: George RobsonAVERAGE SPEED: 114.820 mphWHAT HAPPENED: George Robson won at the first Indy 500 held since 1941 following World War II. Robson, who died in a racing accident less than four months later, beat rookie Jimmy Jackson by 44.04 seconds.

  • Mercedes scolds Hamilton for irritating F1 team's sponsors

    March 16, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Lewis Hamilton has a tendency to frustrate his Formula One team's sponsors by promoting or wearing rival brands.As a fashion aficionado and bad-boy of the F1 paddock, the Mercedes driver doesn't like to play by the rules - especially when it comes to clothing. The world champion from Britain was turned away from the Wimbledon final last year when officials ruled that his floral shirt wasn't suitable for the royal box, where jackets and ties are mandatory for men.

  • Power misdiagnosed with concussion before IndyCar opener

    March 16, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Will Power did not suffer a concussion before the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, and the Australian was instead likely suffering only from an inner ear infection.Power was a late scratch from Sunday's race when symptoms he was displaying were indicative of a concussion. He had crashed two days earlier during a practice session, and was sick after winning the pole on Saturday.

  • Police end scrutiny into Lewis Hamilton motorbike selfie

    March 16, 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Police have dropped an investigation into whether Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton broke New Zealand law by filming himself with a mobile phone while riding a motorcycle.Hamilton, while visiting New Zealand before traveling to the Australian Grand Prix, posted two videos to social media, both taken from close range, showing him riding a Harley Davidson motorbike on an Auckland motorway.

  • All eyes on qualifying at F1 season starter in Australia

    March 16, 2016

    This weekend's Formula One season-opening grand prix in Australia should, in theory, be an unpredictable affair.Along with the standard first-race technical glitches with new components, the usual churn of rule changes, and drivers becoming reacquainted with racing, this year will also add a new qualifying system and reduced aid to drivers from the pit wall.

  • Lewis Hamilton investigated over motorcycle selfie

    March 15, 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Police say they are investigating whether Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton broke New Zealand law by filming himself with a mobile phone while riding a motorcycle.Hamilton, who is visiting New Zealand before traveling to the Australian F1 Grand Prix, posted two videos to social media, both taken from close range, apparently showing him riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on an Auckland motorway.

  • Highlights from the 29th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 15, 2016

    RACE: 29th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1941WINNER: Floyd Davis/Mauri RoseAVERAGE SPEED: 114.277 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The final Indianapolis 500 for several years ended in stunning fashion, with pole-winner Mauri Rose abandoning his car because of a spark plug problem after 60 laps, replacing Floyd Davis in the No. 16 car and driving it to victory. Rose led for five laps early in the race, then took the lead for good in Davis' car on Lap 162. Rex Mays was the hard-luck runner-up for the second straight year, this time after starting from the No. 2 spot. Rose was credited with the first of his record-tying three wins.

  • Column: IndyCar should re-examine concussion policy

    March 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) When Team Penske pulled Will Power out of the season-opening race hours before its start, questions immediately swirled about the health of one of IndyCar's top drivers.The revelation from IndyCar during the middle of Sunday's race that Power had been diagnosed with a mild concussion immediately begged the question: How did the series, which is lauded for its medical team, and Team Penske, one of the top organizations in motorsports, miss the signs?

  • Highlights from the 28th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 14, 2016

    RACE: 28th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1940WINNER: Wilbur ShawAVERAGE SPEED: 114.277 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Wilbur Shaw won his third title in four years, tying Louis Meyer's record victory total. Shaw took the lead on Lap 105 and never trailed again as the final 50 laps were run under yellow because of rain. In all, Shaw led 136 laps and beat pole-winner Rex Mays. It marked the seventh consecutive time Shaw finished in the top seven and the fifth time in six years that he was first or second.

  • Sauber technical director Mark Smith leaves F1 team

    March 14, 2016

    HINWIL, Switzerland (AP) Sauber says technical director Mark Smith has left the Formula One team for family reasons.According to a team statement, Smith has decided to go back to Britain and has already left the company. It gave no other details.The Formula One season begins this weekend in Melbourne with the Australian Grand Prix.

  • Williams, Renault name reserve Formula 1 drivers

    March 14, 2016

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Two Formula One teams have announced reserve drivers for the season that starts this weekend at the Australian GP, with Paul Di Resta joining Williams and Nicholas Latifi signing for Renault.Di Resta takes on the support role behind drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa. The Scot drove for Force India from 2011-2013, collecting 121 world championship points from 58 starts.

  • Longtime rivals race fair in Harvick's thrilling win

    March 14, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) When Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards started bumping side-by-side on the final lap Sunday, many NASCAR fans had to recall the image of Edwards grabbing Harvick's throat in a 2008 garage altercation.Or maybe they thought about the time two years later when Harvick called Edwards ''fake'' and Edwards responded by saying he had ''no respect'' for Harvick.

  • Harvick nips Edwards in wild finish for 8th Phoenix win

    March 13, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards twice bumped on the final lap before Harvick inched over the finish line first in an overtime finish Sunday for his record eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Phoenix International Raceway.Harvick had the lead on the restart finish before a charging Edwards made it a side-by-side duel. After the cars banged a second time, Harvick nosed to the line 0.010 seconds ahead to continue his dominance at the mile oval.

  • Montoya wins at St. Pete to lead Team Penske to 1-2 sweep

    March 13, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) There seemed little doubt that a Team Penske driver would win the IndyCar season-opening race even after Will Power was sidelined Sunday with a concussion.Juan Pablo Montoya won on the streets of St. Petersburg for the second consecutive year to continue the Team Penske dominance at this event.

  • Will Power misses IndyCar race with mild concussion

    March 13, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Will Power was diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday and missed IndyCar's season-opening race.Power wrecked on Friday on the streets of St. Petersburg but continued to pilot his No. 12 Chevrolet through qualifying. He broke his own track record three times on Saturday while winning the pole, but he was sick every time he exited the car.

  • Will Power out of IndyCar race; being tested for concussion

    March 13, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Will Power will not run in IndyCar's season-opening race, and team owner Roger Penske says the driver is undergoing tests for a possible concussion.Power has been battling nausea, and was ill Saturday after qualifying. He broke his own track record three times in winning the pole for the opening race.

  • Will Power out of race; being tested for concussion

    March 13, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Will Power will not run in IndyCar's season opening race, and team owner Roger Penske says the drive is undergoing tests for a possible concussion.Power has been battling nauseness, and was still ill Saturday after qualifying. He broke his own track record three times in winning the pole for the opening race.

  • Highlights from the 27th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 13, 2016

    RACE: 27th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1939WINNER: Wilbur ShawAVERAGE SPEED: 115.035 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Wilbur Shaw qualified second and passed Louis Meyer with 17 laps to go and held on to beat pole-winner Jimmy Snyder by more than 1 minute, 48 seconds. But Shaw's second win in three years - and his sixth straight top-seven finish - came on another dark day. A horrible crash a little more than midway through the race sent three drivers and two spectators to the hospital. One of the injured drivers, defending champion Floyd Roberts, died before the race ended. He was the first former winner to be killed during the 500.

  • Team Penske brings in Oriol Servia as standby for Will Power

    March 13, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Team Penske has brought in Oriol Servia as a possible replacement for Will Power in Sunday's season-opening IndyCar Series race.Power felt ill all day Saturday, when he broke his own track record three times while winning the pole on the streets of St. Petersburg.

  • Power leads Team Penske parade in St. Pete qualifying

    March 12, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Not even illness could slow Will Power on the streets of St. Petersburg.Power led a Team Penske sweep of the top four spots in qualifying for the IndyCar season-opener, and he did it in record time.Power broke his own track record three times Saturday. His best time around the streets of St. Petersburg was in the second session, but he won the pole in the third session at 1 minute, 0.2450 seconds. The record set in his second session was 1:00.0658.

  • Kyle Busch takes Phoenix for 3rd straight Xfinity Series win

    March 12, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kyle Busch made it 3 for 3 in the Xfinity Series this season, cruising to another victory at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.A week after leading all but one lap at Las Vegas, Busch led 175 of 200 laps on the mile oval to win for the 79th time in the second-tier series.

  • Everybody chasing Kevin Harvick at Phoenix

    March 12, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Harvick's dominance amazes Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson shrugs while making Harvick the favorite on Sunday.When NASCAR comes to Phoenix International Raceway, all drivers chase Harvick, who has won a record seven Sprint Cup races in the desert.

  • Jimmie Johnson takes blame for steering wheel coming off

    March 12, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) When Jimmie Johnson jumps on the gas, he pulls on the steering wheel. Only this time, the steering wheel came off in his hands and led to one of the scariest moments in the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion's life.''That sensation, the last time I had it was at Watkins Glen with no brakes,'' Johnson said Saturday. ''There are only a few moments in my racing career I've had that moment where you're totally helpless and along for the ride.''

  • Highlights from the 26th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 12, 2016

    RACE: 26th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1938WINNER: Floyd RobertsAVERAGE SPEED: 117.200 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Floyd Roberts took the lead with 55 laps to go and pulled away. Roberts set a race-day speed record but his wife had stayed home and missed seeing his first and only Indy win. Wilbur Shaw finished second in his effort to become the first back-to-back winner in 500 history. The race was marred by another death. Everett Spence, a 33-year-old fan, was killed after he was hit by a wheel hurled into the stands following Emil Andres' early crash.

  • Newcomer Gene Haas has modest ambitions for F1 season ahead

    March 12, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Formula One newcomer Gene Haas has modest expectations for his fledgling team this season: he wants drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez to stay on the track and take it from there.Haas is chairman of the first American-led Formula One team since Carl Haas (no relation) and Teddy Mayer fielded cars in the series in 1986.

  • Jimmie Johnson escapes injury after steering wheel comes off

    March 11, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jimmie Johnson escaped injury when his steering wheel came off and he crashed into the wall at full speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday.Kyle Busch later won the pole for the race Sunday at Phoenix International Speedway.

  • Kyle Busch gets NASCAR pole; Jimmie Johnson escapes injury

    March 11, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jimmie Johnson escaped injury when his steering wheel came off and he crashed into the wall at full speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday.Kyle Busch later won the pole for the race Sunday at Phoenix International Speedway.

  • IndyCar gets back to racing after nearly 7 month layoff

    March 11, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The IndyCar Series for years has longed for American stars who could captivate the audience and raise the excitement level around the slumping open-wheel series.With Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal in the series, the potential has been there yet neither driver was able to deliver until last year when Rahal became a legitimate title contender.

  • NASCAR's Daniel Suarez 'proud to be a Latin American driver'

    March 11, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) NASCAR's first full-time Mexican driver sidestepped questions Friday about chairman Brian France's endorsement of Donald Trump while expressing pride in his heritage.Daniel Suarez of the Xfinity Series said he doesn't follow politics and didn't know France had endorsed Trump for president last week until his public relations manager called him.

  • NASCAR's Suarez 'proud to be a Latin American driver'

    March 11, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) NASCAR's first full-time Mexican driver is sidestepping questions about chairman Brian France's endorsement of Donald Trump for president.Daniel Suarez of the Xfinity Series said Friday he's proud to be a Latin American driver in the United States.

  • Kevin Harvick wants to stay with SHR despite Ford switch

    March 11, 2016

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Harvick sat on a podium in the middle of his most successful track on the 15th anniversary of his first Sprint Cup victory and insisted he's not job hunting.Two days before he seeks a record eighth victory at Phoenix International Raceway, the 2014 Cup champion said he expects to be driving for Stewart-Haas Racing next year when the team switches from Chevrolet to Ford.

  • Highlights from the 25th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 11, 2016

    RACE: 25th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1937WINNER: Wilbur ShawAVERAGE SPEED: 113.580 mphWHAT HAPPENED: In 92 degree heat, the man with four top-10 finishes in the previous seven races, including two runner-ups, finally broke through - just barely. Shaw led by two minutes with 20 laps to go when the oil pressure started dropping. So he backed off the pace to save the car and limped across the finish line with a race record average speed of 113.580 mph but just 2.16 seconds ahead of Ralph Hepburn. Three-time winner Louis Meyer, who had teamed up with Shaw in 1927, came in fourth.

  • Highlights from the 24th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 11, 2016

    RACE: 24th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1936WINNER: Louis MeyerAVERAGE SPEED: 109.069 mphWHAT HAPPENED: On a historic day at the 2.5-mile oval, Meyer becomes the first three-time winner of the race. He smashes the previous speed mark by almost 3 mph and ties Ray Harroun's record by winning from the No. 28 starting spot. It wasn't even close: Meyer won by 2 minutes, 17.15 seconds and led for 96 of the last 111 laps. He also celebrated by drinking buttermilk, starting one of the best-known traditions in sports.

  • After 2 years of F1 frustration, time for Rosberg to shine

    March 11, 2016

    PARIS (AP) With his appeasing smile and calm voice, it would be easy to miss Nico Rosberg's growing frustration after two seasons finishing second behind world champion Lewis Hamilton.Behind his ever-courteous demeanor, and although he jokingly says ''I wasn't permanently frustrated'' last year, the 30-year-old German driver is consumed by a desire to finally outdo his more illustrious Mercedes teammate.

  • Mallya exit fuels political anger in India

    March 11, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) India's government has been accused of ''criminal conspiracy'' for allowing Formula One team boss and flamboyant businessman Vijay Mallya to leave the country while being pursued over massive debts.Mallya, who is also a member of the upper house of India's parliament, left India on March 2 and is thought to be in England, Attorney-General Mukul Rohtagi told the country's top court this week.

  • After miserable transition year, McLaren has renewed hope

    March 11, 2016

    PARIS (AP) McLaren struggled so badly last year that the relative success of preseason testing almost felt like stepping on the podium for success-starved drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.Although a genuine podium finish is a long shot at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix next weekend, there is a renewed enthusiasm that it is a realistic goal sometime in 2016.

  • 2016 Formula One Teams and Drivers

    March 11, 2016

    Statistical profiles of teams and drivers for the 2016 Formula One championship.---MERCEDESBase: Brackley, EnglandConstructors' Championships: 22015 Constructors' Championship: 1stEngine: MercedesTeam Principal: Toto Wolff---6 Nico RosbergNationality: Germany

  • F1 resumes with usual din of disputes

    March 11, 2016

    When the Formula One season begins next week, spare a thought for the staff in the marketing department.They do have some good promotional material to work with: Ferrari's times in preseason testing have raised hopes of a genuine challenger to Mercedes; the entry of the Haas team creates an overdue American presence; Renault returns as a team owner a decade after its most recent championship; and the Manor team has a couple of intriguing new drivers.

  • Tony Stewart to begin rehabilitation program for broken back

    March 9, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Doctors are pleased at the pace Tony Stewart's broken back is healing and have given the three-time NASCAR champion a rehabilitation program aimed to get him back in a race car.Stewart was injured Jan. 31 in an all-terrain vehicle accident. He suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra and has missed the start of the season, his last as a NASCAR driver.

  • After Trump endorsement, a sports leader faces the fallout

    March 9, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Brian France endorsed Donald Trump for president, the chairman and chief executive of NASCAR thought of it as nothing more than a ''routine endorsement.''He's been dealing with the fallout ever since.France's decision to personally back the front-runner for the Republican nomination has roiled a sport his family built from the ground up. It's threatened a decade of work to broaden NASCAR's appeal among minorities, upset one of the most powerful teams in the sport and risked a break with the corporate sponsors that are its financial lifeblood.

  • After Trump endorsement, NASCAR leader faces the fallout

    March 10, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Brian France came out in support of Donald Trump for president, the chairman and chief executive of NASCAR thought of it as nothing more than a ''routine endorsement.''He's been dealing with the fallout ever since.France's decision to personally back the front-runner for the Republican nomination has roiled a sport his family built from the ground up. It's threatened a decade of work to broaden NASCAR's appeal among minorities, upset one of the most powerful teams in the sport and risked a break with the corporate sponsors that are its financial lifeblood.

  • Highlights from the 23rd running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 9, 2016

    RACE: 23rd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1935WINNER: Kelly PetilloAVERAGE SPEED: 106.240 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Petillo made nine career starts in the Indy 500 and finished on top in 1935 when he broke the speed record with an average of 106.240 mph and made Wilbur Shaw the runner-up for the second time in three years. Rex Mays won the first of his four poles but a mechanical failure knocked him out of the race after 123 laps. Safety again was at the forefront as drivers were required to wear helmets for the first time, and green and yellow lights were installed around the track. Still, three drivers and a mechanic died as a result of May crashes.

  • Circuit of the Americas: US Grand Prix will run in 2016

    March 9, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The U.S. Grand Prix will run in 2016 after months of speculation that its financial struggles could scuttle Formula One's only race in the United States.Circuit of the Americas President Bobby Epstein said race officials had paid Formula One its rights fee last week.

  • American driver Rossi named Manor's reserve driver for 2016

    March 9, 2016

    BANBURY, England (AP) American IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi has been named Manor Racing's reserve driver for the upcoming Formula One season.Rossi will attend 11 of the 21 Grand Prix races this year, starting at the Russian GP on May 1, the Manor team said Wednesday in a statement, adding that it is counting on Rossi to ''work with the engineers and drivers to help develop the MRT05'' car.

  • Dixon goes into IndyCar season as 1 of all-time greats

    March 8, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Scott Dixon is fifth on IndyCar's wins list, with the likes of Foyt, Andretti and Unser the only drivers ahead of him.A mediocre season by Dixon's standards should move him to at least fourth, probably third. Then the greatest open-wheel driver of this generation - Dixon has 38 career wins in 15 seasons - can set his sights on second place and Mario Andretti's mark of 52 victories.

  • AP Source: Organizers to announce US Grand Prix will race

    March 8, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Organizers of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix are set to announce the race will run in 2016 after months of speculation that financial troubles could force it off the calendar, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Furniture Row Racing drops appeal of crew chief suspension

    March 8, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Furniture Row Racing has withdrawn its appeal of a penalty for illegal roof flaps. Crew chief Cole Pearn will serve his one-race suspension this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.Pearn was suspended last week by NASCAR because an unapproved part was found on Martin Truex Jr.'s during prerace inspection at Atlanta. The team appealed, but decided Tuesday to drop the case after team president Joe Garone received clarification of the penalty from NASCAR.

  • Highlights from the 22nd running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 8, 2016

    RACE: 22nd Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1934WINNER: Bill Cummings, H.C. HenningAVERAGE SPEED: 104.863 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The big race turned into a dramatic two-man showdown between Bill Cummings, the 1933 pole winner, and future two-time winner Mauri Rose. Though neither led over the first 71 laps, one of the two led all but three of the final 129 laps. Cummings barely held off Rose by 27.25 seconds in the closest finish in Indy 500 history, and it took a record speed to win it. Rose filed a protest after the race, but the results were upheld.

  • Highlights from the 21st running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 7, 2016

    RACE: 21st Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1933WINNER: Louis MeyerAVERAGE SPEED: 104.162 mphWHAT HAPPENED: It was a tragic and bizarre month at Indianapolis. Five participants died in May, including drivers Mark Billman and Lester Spangler and mechanic G.L. Jordan, who were all killed in race day crashes. Then in a strange twist, a Colorado newspaper mistakenly proclaimed rookie Will Overhead had won the race. One problem: Overhead didn't exist. Instead, driver-owner Louis Meyer joined Tommy Milton as the only two-time winners of the race. Meyer took the lead on Lap 130 and pulled away from future three-time winner Wilbur Shaw by more than 6 minutes to finish with a record average speed of 104.162 mph.

  • Plane with NASCAR team makes emergency landing in Memphis

    March 7, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A Hendrick Motorsports airplane made an emergency landing early Monday morning because smoke was discovered in the cabin.The plane was returning from Las Vegas Motor Speedway and made a fuel stop in Oklahoma before taking off again to return to North Carolina. Roughly an hour later, the plane was forced to land at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee.

  • Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch late to win at Las Vegas

    March 6, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with five laps to go Sunday and surged to his second win in three years in the NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway under weird and windy weather conditions.Keselowski got past Joey Logano and then tracked down Busch, whose right front wheel vibrated and struggled down the stretch. Keselowski, who overcame an early speeding penalty, drove his Team Penske Ford to his first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.

  • Highlights from the 20th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 6, 2016

    RACE: 20th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1932WINNER: Fred Frame, Harry HartzAVERAGE SPEED: 104.144 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The hard-luck 1931 runner-up made an incredible comeback in 1932. On a day 26 of 40 cars were eliminated in crashes or as a result of mechanical failure, Frame drove his car from the No. 27 starting spot into the lead on Lap 152 and held on for the second-closest victory in race history, 43.69 seconds over rookie Howdy Wilcox II. Only two other drivers have come from that far back to win in 500 history, and Frame did it with a record average speed, too.

  • Busch brothers enjoy annual Vegas homecoming, look for wins

    March 5, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Busch brothers grew up racing on the 3/8-mile bullring that now sits in the shadow of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, many miles north of the glittering lights of the Strip.In a town where precious few residents have deep roots, Kurt and his kid brother, Kyle, grew up in the game on the Vegas track and eventually blossomed into NASCAR stars.

  • Kyle Busch routs field to win Xfinity race at Las Vegas

    March 5, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Kyle Busch led all but one of the 200 laps Saturday to earn his first career Xfinity Series at his home track.Busch scored a Cup victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009, but was 0-for-11 in his previous starts in NASCAR's second tier series.

  • Highlights from the 19th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 5, 2016

    RACE: 19th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1931WINNER: Louis Schneider, B.L. SchneiderAVERAGE SPEED: 96.629 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Defending champion Billy Arnold was every bit as dominant as he was in 1930. The race's fastest qualifier charged from the No. 18 starting spot into the lead on Lap 7, a lead he held for 155 laps until a crash on Lap 163 ended his day and led to tragedy: A bouncing tire from the car hit and killed 11-year-old Billy Brink. Schneider inherited the lead and led the rest of the race to earn his only 500 victory.

  • Kurt Busch claims pole in Las Vegas with 'insanely fast' lap

    March 4, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Kurt Busch has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in his hometown, claiming the spot for the second straight week with a top speed of 196.328 mph on a day of dizzying speeds.After setting the track qualifying speed record in Round 1, Busch won his second career pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his No. 41 Chevrolet, turning a lap in 27.505 seconds Friday.

  • Stewart still unsure of return date for final NASCAR season

    March 4, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Tony Stewart still doesn't know when he'll be back in his car to begin his final NASCAR season.And yes, the three-time Sprint Cup series champion says he's still done after this year.Stewart is hoping to return to his car quickly, but he'll know more about his recovery from back surgery when he has X-rays next week. He defied his doctors' wishes with a cross-country flight to Nevada this week, although he spent most of it flat on his back.

  • NHRA's John Force still not slowing down at 66

    March 4, 2016

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) John Force zigs and zags his scooter through a long line of cars and people, slaloming at a cadence of full accelerator to power braking and back again.He completes the circuit and throws his left hand into the air.''Where are they?'' he asks, banking around for another look.

  • Formula One gives go-ahead to new qualifying process

    March 4, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One gave the go-ahead Friday to a new qualifying system in which drivers will be eliminated every few minutes, a change strongly opposed by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.Vettel said he spoke for the rest of the F1 drivers when speaking out against the new rule, which was unanimously approved in a meeting between stakeholders last month and ratified Friday at a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva.

  • Mercedes still in dominant form despite rare blip in testing

    March 4, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) The usually faultless Mercedes experienced a rare blip Friday during an otherwise impressive eight days of preseason testing that showed the car's outstanding reliability ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.Over the testing, Mercedes logged a mind-boggling 1,294 laps of the 4.655-kilometer (2.9-mile) Spanish circuit encircled by rolling hills - equivalent to nearly 20 Grand Prix distances.

  • Kimi Raikkonen fastest on penultimate day of F1 testing

    March 3, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen posted the fastest time so far in preseason Formula One testing, using the new ultra-soft tire on Thursday.Raikkonen raced around the Catalunya track in 1 minute, 22.765 seconds on the new tires, the fastest compound in F1.

  • Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen tries out halo in F1 testing

    March 3, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen briefly used a prototype of the new head protection device during Formula One preseason testing on Thursday.The Finnish driver did an installation lap with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H before it was removed and he continued testing without it.

  • Drivers rave about new low-downforce rules package

    March 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Drivers had mostly positive reviews for the reduced-downforce package used last weekend at Atlanta. Now, as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas to start a three-race West Coast swing, they must figure out how to fine-tune the new rules.

  • Truex crew chief suspended 1 race for inspection violation

    March 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has suspended the crew chief for driver Martin Truex Jr. for one Sprint Cup race and fined him ,000 for a rules violation at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Cole Pearn will sit out this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a roof flap violation on the No. 78 found during pre-race technical inspection.

  • Highlights from the 16th running of the Indianapolis 500

    March 2, 2016

    RACE: 16th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1928WINNER: Louis Meyer, Alden Sampson IIAVERAGE SPEED: 99.482 mphWHAT HAPPENED: A rainy morning cleared in time for the race to start on time - a first. With 19 laps to go, race leader Tony Gulotta was running at a pace that could have challenged the speed record (101.127 mph). But when Gulotta's No. 8 car developed a small leak in the fuel tank, Louis Meyer took the lead and held on for the first of his three wins. Late showers forced the yellow flag to come out, slowing the field to prevent any chance of a record-breaking day. Meyer won with an average speed of 99.482.

  • Tough 2 days of testing an eye-opener for F1 boss Gene Haas

    March 2, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One newcomer Gene Haas got a taste of how frustrating Formula One can be, when his Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez spent Wednesday stuck in the team garage while rivals clocked lap after lap in perfect sunny conditions.

  • Williams driver Bottas fastest ahead of Hamilton in testing

    March 2, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Williams driver Valtteri Bottas topped preseason testing ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday, although he was using faster tires than the two-time defending world champion.Bottas, who was .361 seconds quicker than Hamilton, was on the super-soft option, while Hamilton used softs in slightly cooler morning conditions - again underlining how much Mercedes has in reserve in terms of speed.

  • Mercedes driver Hamilton fastest in morning run of testing

    March 2, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton ran on the quicker soft tires Wednesday for the first time in preseason testing and posted the fastest time before handing over to teammate Nico Rosberg for the afternoon.Rosberg was quickest Tuesday as Mercedes offered a glimpse of the speed that utterly dominated the past two seasons, with Mercedes winning 32 races and back-to-back drivers' and constructors' titles.

  • Rosberg fastest for Mercedes on opening day of 2nd test run

    March 1, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Mercedes showed a glimpse of the speed that so terrifies its rivals as Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time Tuesday in preseason testing for the Formula One season, while world champion Lewis Hamilton used his time on the track for a race simulation.

  • Highlights from the 14th running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 29, 2016

    RACE: 14th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1926WINNER: Frank Lockhart, Peter KreisAVERAGE SPEED: 95.904 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Rain has always been the scourge of the Indy 500, but for the first time it prevented the race from going 500 miles. The first band of showers halted the 1926 race on Lap 72, and when a second rainstorm rolled through the area, the race was called after 160 laps and rookie Frank Lockhart declared the victor.

  • Johnson pulls alongside the Intimidator with 76th career win

    February 29, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Jimmie Johnson reached another milestone in his brilliant NASCAR career.This one was really special.Win No. 76.Right up there with the Intimidator.Johnson's victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday pushed him into a tie for seventh place on the career list with the late Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in a last-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500 just a few months before Johnson joined the Cup series.

  • Leah Pritchett wins her 1st Top Fuel NHRA race

    February 28, 2016

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Leah Pritchett raced to her first Top Fuel victory on Sunday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.Pritchett used a quicker reaction time and a performance of 3.775 seconds at 323.12 mph in her Bob Vandergriff Racing dragster to finish in front of Brittany Force's 3.774 at 321.35 in her John Force Racing dragster. It was the first all-female Top Fuel final since Shirley Muldowney defeated Lucille Lee in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Johnson earns 76th career Cup win in overtime in Atlanta

    February 28, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Jimmie Johnson used pit strategy to grab the lead and won an overtime race under yellow at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, earning his 76th victory to tie the late Dale Earnhardt on the career list.Kevin Harvick led 131 laps, more than anyone else, but ceded the lead after he made his last green-flag pit stop nine laps after Johnson. The No. 48 car made a quicker stop and wound up with about a 14-second lead, then watched it fade away as Harvick gave chase on newer tires.

  • Highlights from the 13th running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 28, 2016

    RACE: 13th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1925WINNER: Peter DePaolo, DuesenbergAVERAGE SPEED: 101.127 mphWHAT HAPPENED: DePaolo, born in Philadelphia, dominated the early portion of the race, only to jump out of the car near the midway point when his hands became badly blistered. They were bandaged at the car center and DePaolo got back into the car, rallying from fifth place for the victory. It was the first Indy 500 with an average speed over 100 mph.

  • Capps takes No. 1 qualifying position in NHRA Funny Car

    February 27, 2016

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Points leader Ron Capps took the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Saturday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.Coming off a Winternationals win two weeks ago in Pomona, Capps set a track record with a 3.925 second pass at 320.50 mph in his Dodge Charger, just .005 of a second better than Courtney Force's 3.930 run on Friday. It is the 18th No. 1 of his career and third at this event.

  • Nemechek wins Truck race in Atlanta after 2 late wrecks

    February 27, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) John Hunter Nemechek emerged from the carnage that took out the front runners to win the NASCAR Truck series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.Nemechek, the son of longtime Cup driver Joe Nemechek, held off Cameron Hayley by 0.31 seconds to capture his second career Truck victory.

  • KVSH racing hires Sebastien Bourdais for IndyCar season

    February 27, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Longtime IndyCar veteran Sebastien Bourdais was hired Saturday as a full-time driver KVSH Racing this season.The team made the announcement after signing Hydroxycut to be the primary sponsor of the No. 11 car.This will be the third season the 37-year-old French native will drive for the team co-owned by Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and others.

  • Kyle Busch takes Xfinity race at Atlanta for 77th career win

    February 27, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Shaking off the disappointment of losing the Sprint Cup pole, Kyle Busch claimed his first Xfinity Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway by holding off Kyle Lawson on Saturday.Busch and Larson pulled away from the field after the final yellow flag. Larson closed the gap to about a half-second in the closing laps, but the rally ended when he got caught up briefly behind the lapped car of Ryan Preece.

  • Ty Dillon looks to make good impression subbing for Stewart

    February 27, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) As an heir in one of stock car racing's royal families, Ty Dillon longs to have a Sprint Cup ride of his own.For now, he'll have to settle for being a NASCAR sub.Dillon is filling in for injured Tony Stewart in Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a chance to bolster his fledgling career behind the wheel of one of the sport's most recognized machines.

  • Highlights from the 12th running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 27, 2016

    RACE: 12th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1924WINNER: Lora L. Corum and Joe Boyer, DuesenbergAVERAGE SPEED: 98.234 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Despite a history of ''relief drivers'' in the Indy 500, the 1924 race is the first time co-winners were crowned. In a strange game of musical chairs, Corum began the race in the No. 15 and Boyer piloted it to victory. Meanwhile, Boyer had started the race in the No. 9 before swapping out with three other drivers, Corum among them. That entry crashed near the end of the race and was credited with 18th place.

  • Courtney Force races to qualifying lead in NHRA Funny Car

    February 26, 2016

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) Courtney Force raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car on Friday with a track record performance at CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.Force, who is looking to redeem last season's finish with a strong early season start, led the Funny Car field with a track record time of 3.930 seconds at 323.97 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro.

  • Kyle Busch's car fails inspection, cut from Atlanta pole

    February 26, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kyle Busch's car failed a post-qualifying inspection on Friday, leaving him at the back of the pack instead of on the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.The ruling leaves brother Kurt Busch as the pole winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  • Kyle Busch's car fails inspection and won't be on pole

    February 26, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kyle Busch's car failed a post-race inspection and he has been disqualified as the pole winner for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.The ruling leaves brother Kurt Busch as the pole winner.Kurt Busch ran strong through all three elimination rounds on Friday and had the top speed at 191.582 mph before he was topped by Kyle's fast lap of 191.668 mph in his No. 18 Toyota.

  • Kyle Busch tops brother Kurt to win pole in Atlanta

    February 26, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kyle Busch has topped his brother Kurt and won the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Kurt Busch ran strong through all three elimination rounds on Friday and had the top speed at 191.582 mph before he was topped by Kyle's fast lap of 191.668 mph in his No. 18 Toyota.

  • Harvick says he'll 'follow along' with SHR's move to Ford

    February 26, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kevin Harvick, who has spent his entire Sprint Cup career driving a Chevrolet, said Friday this week's announcement that Stewart-Haas Racing is moving to Ford won't force him to look for a new team.Harvick and SHR co-owner Tony Stewart each won championships for the team driving Chevrolets. The team's move to Ford in 2017 set up a potentially awkward final 2016 season with Chevrolet and led to questions about how Harvick would react.

  • Column: Are dwindling Cup car counts a cause for concern?

    February 26, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) All eyes will be on the guys up front during Sunday's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.It might be worth taking a look at who's running toward the back.Or, more accurately, who isn't there.Only 39 cars showed up for the second race of the Sprint Cup season, the lowest number of entries in more than two decades. It marks just the third time since NASCAR standardized the fields in 1998 that there aren't enough cars to fill every available slot.

  • Highlights from the 11th running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 26, 2016

    RACE: 11th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1923WINNER: Tommy Milton, HCS Motor CompanyAVERAGE SPEED: 90.545 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Tommy Milton wins for the second time in three years, getting help from 1919 winner Howdy Wilcox driving a long stretch in relief. Well-known driver Tom Alley crashed early in the race, his car going through the backstretch wall and killing a spectator. Alley and two other fans were injured in the wreck.

  • Ferrari fastest in F1 preseason testing; Mercedes reliable

    February 25, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) The first preseason testing in Formula One ended on Thursday with Mercedes showing incredible reliability, Ferrari revealing some good pace, and McLaren enduring old problems.Ferrari set the fastest times over the four days, but Mercedes showed strength by running more laps than any other team without facing significant problems. McLaren, meanwhile, ended the week facing more of the reliability problems that plagued the team last year.

  • Highlights from the 10th running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 25, 2016

    RACE: 10th Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1922WINNER: Jimmy MurphyAVERAGE SPEED: 94.484 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The winner of the French Grand Prix the previous year, San Francisco-born Jimmy Murphy makes it back-to-back American triumphs in the Indy 500. It was the first victory for Duesenberg, which would provide the cars for three of the next five champions. The manufacturer, which was based in Indianapolis for a time, would fold in 1937.

  • Raikkonen fastest in morning session of F1 preseason testing

    February 25, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari back on top in Formula One's preseason testing on Thursday, while McLaren struggled with reliability issues for the second straight day.The Finnish driver led the morning session at the Circuit de Barcelona, ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Renault and Max Verstappen of Toro Rosso. Lewis Hamilton was sixth in his Mercedes after completing 99 laps, the most of any driver.

  • Hornaday, Roush, Rudd among new NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees

    February 24, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Ron Hornaday Jr., Jack Roush, Ricky Rudd, Ken Squier and Waddell Wilson are joining 15 holdovers as nominees for the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.NASCAR announced the additions Wednesday.Hornaday is a four-time Truck Series champion. Roush has the most owner wins (322) in NASCAR national series history. Rudd held the consecutive starts record until Jeff Gordon broke it last year. Squier is a legendary motorsports broadcasting pioneer. And Wilson is a three-time premier series champion engine builder and three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief.

  • Wheeler pairs with Hamlin, leads driver to Daytona 500 win

    February 24, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) For years, Mike Wheeler crunched numbers as Denny Hamlin's race engineer, the No. 2 atop the pit box each week. Wheeler wanted a crew chief job, and Hamlin developed a strong enough rapport with him that he knew he one day wanted Wheeler for the position.

  • Highlights from the ninth running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 24, 2016

    RACE: Ninth Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1921WINNER: Tommy Milton, Louis ChevroletAVERAGE SPEED: 88.621 mphWHAT HAPPENED: American driver Tommy Milton won the first of his two Indy 500s, taking advantage of a mechanical breakdown in Ralph DePalma's car midway through the race. DePalma would retire afterward with one victory and 612 laps led, a record that would stand until Al Unser Sr. tied it in 1987.

  • Gene Haas brings his NASCAR recipe to Formula One

    February 24, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Gene Haas is entering Formula One carrying the same recipe that led him to success in NASCAR, confident it will be good enough to help him thrive in a sport where few Americans have prospered.The team owner is seeing his F1 endeavor come to life this week in preseason testing in Barcelona. It is the first time in three decades that cars from an American-led team have made it to the track.

  • Stewart-Haas Racing leaving Chevrolet for Ford in 2017

    February 24, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) In a bid to strengthen its NASCAR roster, Ford pulled off a surprising coup Wednesday by snagging Stewart-Haas Racing away from Chevrolet.SHR, which has fielded Chevrolets since its 2002 inception, has won two Cup titles for Chevrolet and is one of the manufacturer's flagship teams. Co-owner Tony Stewart has driven for General Motors in all but one of his 18 NASCAR seasons, and Kevin Harvick has never raced anything in the Cup Series except Chevrolet. Stewart and Harvick both won championships for SHR driving Chevys.

  • Nico Hulkenberg sets pace on Day 3 of F1 preseason testing

    February 24, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg set the fastest time Wednesday in preseason testing for the Formula One season.Hulkenberg's time of 1 minute, 23.110 seconds was set on super-soft tires in the afternoon session, improving on second-place Romain Grosjean's time by 2.764 seconds.

  • F1 approves new qualifying for 2016, faster car for 2017

    February 24, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Formula One may have a new qualifying system for the upcoming season, with drivers being eliminated every few minutes.The proposal was unanimously approved in a meeting between series stakeholders in Geneva, governing body FIA said on Wednesday.

  • Andretti Autosport hires Alexander Rossi to drive No. 98 car

    February 23, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Alexander Rossi is joining the IndyCar Series after leaving Formula One.Michael Andretti announced Tuesday that the 24-year-old American would drive the No. 98 car for Andretti Autosport.Rossi plans to take a rookie test March 1 at Sebring and hopes to be one of four Andretti cars to start the season opener March 13 at St. Petersburg. Rossi has never driven an IndyCar.

  • Highlights from the eighth running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 23, 2016

    RACE: Eighth Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1920WINNER: Gaston Chevrolet, William Small CompanyAVERAGE SPEED: 88.618 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Fuel strategy becomes a part of Indy 500 history - sort of. Ralph DePalma, the winner in 1915, led until his car stalled on Lap 187, allowing Gaston Chevrolet to take the lead. He ran out of fuel about three laps from the finish, but was able to coast into the pits for what these days would be called a ''splash-and-go'' stop. Chevrolet held on to win the race.

  • Vettel sets the pace again in 2nd day of f1 preseason tests

    February 23, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Sebastian Vettel continued to show good pace with Ferrari in Formula One's preseason testing on Tuesday, setting the fastest time for the second consecutive day.Vettel was seven tenths of a second faster than Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, who also used Pirelli's new ultra-soft tire compound in his fast lap.

  • F1 still quiet despite rule change to boost engine sound

    February 23, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) It sounds like Formula One has failed in its attempt to bring back loud engine roars.Some drivers, teams and fans say they did not notice a significant increase in sound when cars made it to the track for the first time this week in preseason testing in Barcelona.

  • Vettel fastest in 1st day of preseason testing in F1

    February 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) In a good early sign for Ferrari in its bid to challenge Mercedes in Formula One, Sebastian Vettel was faster than reigning champion Lewis Hamilton on the first day of preseason testing on Monday.Hamilton was the first car out, but Vettel had the quickest time at the Circuit de Barcelona. Hamilton was nearly half a second slower, and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was third, more than a second behind Vettel. Valtteri Bottas of Williams was fourth.

  • Daytona 500 win gives Hamlin long awaited time in spotlight

    February 22, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin burst onto the scene a decade ago when he showed up at Daytona International Speedway as a rookie and won the first exhibition race of Speedweeks.Hamlin beat Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon that night, and an article the next day from a newspaper in a city with deep racing roots opened with ''Denny Who Did What?''

  • Highlights from the seventh running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 22, 2016

    RACE: Seventh Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1919WINNER: Howdy Wilcox, IMS CorporationAVERAGE SPEED: 88.050 mphWHAT HAPPENED: The Indy 500 returned after a two-year hiatus for World War I, and 1915 winner Ralph DePalma dominated early. Two fatal accidents marred the middle portion of the race, the first killing driver Arthur Thurman and the second trapping driver Louis LeCocq and riding mechanic Robert Bandini under their car - both were doused in fuel and burned to death. Howdy Wilcox took the lead on Lap 103 and led the rest of the way to victory.

  • Highlights from the sixth running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 22, 2016

    RACE: Sixth Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1916WINNER: Dario Resta, Peugeot Auto Racing CompanyAVERAGE SPEED: 84.001 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Organizers shortened the race to 300 miles, hoping to make it more appealing to fans. World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker led early before eventual winner Dario Resta took the lead. There were only 21 cars in the field in part because of the impending war, the smallest field in Indy 500 history

  • F1 to consider reversing the grid to promote better races

    February 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One could force its fastest cars to start from the middle of the grid to improve racing.The reverse-grid proposal is expected to be made by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in a meeting between series stakeholders in Geneva on Tuesday, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said on Monday.

  • Vettel fastest early as preseason testing begins in F1

    February 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) In a good early sign for Ferrari in its attempt to challenge Mercedes in Formula One, Sebastian Vettel was faster than reigning champion Lewis Hamilton on the first day of preseason testing on Monday.Hamilton was the first car out, but Vettel had the quickest time at the Circuit de Barcelona. Hamilton was nearly half a second slower, and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was third, more than a second behind Vettel. Valtteri Bottas of Williams was fourth.

  • Hamilton tests new Mercedes as F1 preseason begins in Spain

    February 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was the first driver out on the track Monday as Formula One returned to action with preseason testing.Hamilton didn't waste time trying out the new Mercedes that he will attempt to guide to a third consecutive championship this year. He was one of 11 drivers scheduled to test their cars on Monday, the first of four days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona.

  • Hamilton tests new Mercedes at F1 preseason tests in Spain

    February 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was the first car out on the track Monday as Formula One returned to action with preseason testing in Barcelona.Hamilton didn't waste time trying out the new Mercedes that he will attempt to guide to a third consecutive championship this year. He was one of 11 drivers scheduled to test their cars on Monday, the first of four days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya.

  • F1 back in action with preseason tests underway in Barcelona

    February 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was the first car out on the track Monday as Formula One returned to action with preseason testing in Barcelona.Hamilton didn't waste time getting in the driver's seat to try out the new Mercedes that he will attempt to drive to a third consecutive championship this year.

  • Hamlin felt for teammate Kenseth after snatching Daytona 500

    February 22, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Four drivers went into the Daytona 500 determined to end Joe Gibbs' 23-year losing skid in NASCAR's biggest race of the year.So when Matt Kenseth took the white flag, Denny Hamlin was determined to help his teammate get to victory lane. Only the move he made to defend for Kenseth led to Hamlin winning the closest Daytona 500 in history.

  • Toyota follows Cup title with 1st Daytona 500 victory

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Oh, what a feeling!Toyota notched its first Daytona 500 victory Sunday, winning ''The Great American Race'' three months after its first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.''This is very difficult for me to put in words. I cannot articulate adequately what this means to Toyota,'' said David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development. ''It's our single biggest race in our company's history. I'll put it in front of the Indy 500, which was a pretty special one back in 2003.''

  • Kenseth goes from 1st to worst feeling after Daytona fade

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Matt Kenseth was one lap away from his third Daytona 500 victory.In a flash, Kenseth lost it all Sunday - the lead, the win, even a top-10 finish.Kenseth was rolling in the No. 20 Toyota, leading 40 straight laps with only one more to go to the checkered lap.

  • Truex comes up a few inches short in closest Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. expects to hear about this one for the rest of his career.Maybe even the rest of his life.Truex was on the losing end of the closest Daytona 500 in race history Sunday, coming up just a few inches short in a photo finish with Denny Hamlin.

  • Hendrick Motorsports disappoints in Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chase Elliott strode through the Daytona garage, a favorite to the fans screaming his name.''We still love the 24!''Elliott may not have felt the same way.The pole-sitter's run at a Daytona 500 victory ended in the grass, the first Hendrick Motorsports driver to have his day spoiled. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed out and matched his worst finish in the race. Kasey Kahne and two-time Daytona 500 champ Jimmie Johnson were never serious threats to the Joe Gibbs Racing fleet.

  • Hamlin uses daring move to give Joe Gibbs a Daytona 500 win

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Joe Gibbs wanted another ring and Denny Hamlin got it for him in the closest Daytona 500 finish in history.Hamlin raced to his first Daytona 500 victory Sunday, the first for Toyota, and the first in 23 years for Joe Gibbs Racing.

  • The Latest: Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):4:45 p.m.Denny Hamlin has won the Daytona 500, edging Martin Truex Jr. by inches at the finish line. It was the closest finish in the history of the event.Hamlin gave Toyota its first Daytona 500 victory and owner Joe Gibbs his first win in ''The Great American Race'' since 1993.

  • Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500, edging Martin Truex Jr. in closest finish in race history

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500, edging Martin Truex Jr. in closest finish in race history.

  • The Latest: Earnhardt spins, crashes out of Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):4:15 p.m.Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of contention in the Daytona 500.Earnhardt, seeking his third victory in ''The Great American Race,'' was making a strong run to the front with 30 laps left when he lost control coming out of Turn 4. His No. 88 Chevrolet hit an inside wall and spun into the infield grass. It was similar to how Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott was knocked out of the race.

  • The Latest: Hamlin leads with 50 laps to go in Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):3:55 p.m.Denny Hamlin is leading the Daytona 500 with 50 laps to go.The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was out front after 150 laps of NASCAR's 200-lap, premier event. He also was the leader at Lap 50 and at the halfway point, Lap 100.

  • The Latest: Earnhardt on the move in the Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):3:45 p.m.Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the move in the Daytona 500.Earnhardt led 15 laps early in the 200-lap race, but faded back in the field while dealing with handling issues.

  • The Latest: Hamlin leading Daytona 500 at halfway point

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):3:12 p.m.Denny Hamlin is leading the Daytona 500 at the halfway point, putting team owner Joe Gibbs in position for his first win in ''The Great American Race'' in 23 years.

  • The Latest: Injured driver Stewart phones into Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):2:45 p.m.From his home in North Carolina, three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart called into the Fox broadcast and offered his take on how the race was developing.

  • Pole-sitter Chase Elliott out of Daytona 500 early

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chase Elliott's run at a Daytona 500 victory ended in the grass.Just 19 laps into ''The Great American Race,'' the Sprint Cup rookie lost control of his No. 24 Chevrolet coming out of Turn 4 and slid into the grass infield. The front end of his car lifted off the ground, and the rough ride caused enough damage that his car had to be towed to the garage.

  • The Latest: Denny Hamlin leading Daytona 500 after 50 laps

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) 2:19 p.m.The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):Denny Hamlin is leading the Daytona 500 after 50 laps.Hamlin took over the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the first series of pit stops.Hamlin was out front and had several Joe Gibbs Racing teammates in tow, with Kyle Busch running second and Matt Kenseth fourth. Another Toyota, driven by Mart Truex Jr., was third.

  • The Latest: Pole-sitter Elliott spins out of Daytona 500

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):2 p.m.Pole-sitter Chase Elliott is out of the Daytona 500.Just 19 laps into ''The Great American Race,'' the Sprint Cup rookie lost control of his No. 24 Chevrolet coming out of Turn 4 and slid into the grass infield. The front end of his car lifted off the ground, and the rough ride caused enough damage that his car had to be towed to the garage.

  • The Latest: 58th running of Daytona 500 under way

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):1:33 p.m.''THIS IS DAYTONA!!!!''Gerard Butler screamed the command to more than 100,000 fans, a tweaked version of the actor's famous ''This is Sparta'' line from the 2006 hit movie ''300.''

  • F1 preseason starts with teams targeting Mercedes again

    February 21, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One returns Monday for preseason testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona with teams still trying to catch Mercedes, the sport's dominant force in the last two seasons.Mercedes hasn't been seriously challenged since major rule changes were introduced, leaving drivers struggling to keep pace with defending champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

  • The Latest: HOF driver Elliott introduced as 'Chase's dad'

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from the Daytona 500 on Sunday (all times local):1 p.m.NASCAR executive Mike Helton brought some humor to the pre-race driver meeting, a traditionally staid ceremonial recognition of dignitaries that concludes with drivers receiving one final briefing before the race.

  • Elliott on Daytona 500 pole, Junior considered guy to beat

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) It's Daytona Day!The 58th running of the Daytona 500 is Sunday, and although rookie Chase Elliott is on the pole, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. is considered the man to beat in ''The Great American Race.''

  • Griffey says Bonds should be in Hall of Fame

    February 21, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. says steroid-tainted slugger Barry Bonds deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.Griffey is serving as honorary starter for the Daytona 500, where he will waive the green flag to start the 58th running of ''The Great American Race.''

  • Mercedes, McLaren and Haas unveil F1 cars for new season

    February 21, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Carrying different goals for the 2016 Formula One season, Mercedes, McLaren and newcomer Haas unveiled their new cars on Sunday.Despite easily winning the drivers' and constructors' titles, Mercedes hopes to improve on a few weaknesses of last year's Silver Arrows, while McLaren brings what it calls a ''significant number of innovations'' to try to get back to the front of the grid after dismal results in 2015 under a renewed partnership with engine supplier Honda.

  • With different goals, Mercedes and McLaren unveil new cars

    February 21, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Carrying different goals for the 2016 Formula One season, Mercedes and McLaren unveiled their new cars on Sunday.Mercedes hopes to improve on only a few weaknesses of last year's Silver Arrows, while McLaren brings what it calls a ''significant number of innovations'' to try to get back to the front of the grid after dismal results in 2015.

  • F1 preseason kicks off with teams targeting Mercedes again

    February 21, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Formula One returns to action this week with teams trying to catch up to Mercedes in preseason testing in Barcelona.Cars will be on the track for the first time in 2016 beginning Monday at the Circuit de Catalunya, with everyone looking for ways to close the gap to Mercedes, the sport's dominant force the last two seasons.

  • Chase Elliott wins Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona

    February 20, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chase Elliott won the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday for his first victory at NASCAR's most famous track.Elliott took the lead from Joey Logano on the final restart with 13 laps to go and held off the fellow Sprint Cup regular on the last lap. Logano got a strong run on the outside a few hundred feet from the finish line and then banged the side of Elliott's No. 88 Chevrolet several times, but he couldn't get past.

  • Busch brothers back in Daytona 500 year after sitting out

    February 20, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch was stuck in a hospital bed, the Daytona 500 just a race on TV.Busch smiled for a photo with his dog and wife. He tweeted his support for Joe Gibbs Racing.He was more hopeful of a comeback from broken bones than a championship.

  • Earnhardt notches fastest lap in final Daytona 500 practice

    February 20, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the fastest lap in final practice for the Daytona 500.Earnhardt, whose car is nicknamed ''Amelia,'' has been strong all week. He reached 197.131 mph on his eighth and final lap Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Defending race winner Joey Logano was second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Brad Keseloswki and Kurt Busch.

  • Highlights from the fifth running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 20, 2016

    RACE: Fifth Indianapolis 500DATE: May 31, 1915WINNER: Ralph DePalma, E.C. PattersonAVERAGE SPEED: 84.001 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Italian-born Ralph DePalma, who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, finally wins the Indy 500. DePalma had dominated the second edition of the race before a mechanical problem in his Mercedes brought his car to a halt two laps from the finish. Britain's Dario Resta was second and Norway's Gil Andersen was third.

  • Flying with Air Force Thunderbirds over Daytona Speedway

    February 20, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The three hours of pre-flight briefings were more daunting and dizzying than the hour in the air - and that's saying a lot.Wardrobe fittings. Safety procedures. Health questions. Breathing exercises. Even guidance on ejecting, parachuting and landing.

  • Drivers competing in the 2016 Daytona 500

    February 19, 2016

    The 40 drivers competing in the 2016 Daytona 500, in order of starting position:---No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick MotorsportsDRIVER: Chase ElliottBORN: Nov. 28, 1995HOMETOWN: Dawsonville, GeorgiaCREW CHIEF: Alan GustafsonSPONSOR: NAPA Auto PartsTWITTER: (at)ChaseElliott

  • Ferrari presents new F1 car it hopes can challenge Mercedes

    February 19, 2016

    Ferrari presented its new Formula 1 car on Friday which it hopes can mount a serious challenge to Mercedes during the 2016 season.The SF16-H, which is a tighter and narrower car, sports a different livery with several parts of the traditionally red car painted in white.

  • Mick Schumacher steps up to Formula 4

    February 19, 2016

    MILAN (AP) Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, has taken the next step in his motor racing career by signing with Italy's Prema Powerteam for the coming Formula 4 season.The team has entries in both the Italian and German Formula 4 championships in 2016, and said Friday it is yet to decide which one he will compete in.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. picks up 17th career win at Daytona

    February 18, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the first qualifying race Thursday night for the Daytona 500 to earn a starting spot on the second row for NASCAR's biggest event.It was Earnhardt's 17th career win at Daytona International Speedway, and came on the 15th anniversary of his father's death. The late Dale Earnhardt was killed on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, and led all drivers with 34 career victories at Daytona.

  • NASCAR drivers still clamoring for more safety improvements

    February 18, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Fifteen years after Dale Earnhardt's death at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR drivers are still clamoring for safety improvements.Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, reigning champ Kyle Busch and others want pavement to replace the lush grass located near racing surfaces. Austin Dillon would like to see more protection around his feet inside the car. Ryan Newman believes tracks should install outside pit road walls to better protect crews.

  • Highlights from the third running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 18, 2016

    RACE: Third Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1913WINNER: Jules Goux, PeugeotAVERAGE SPEED: 75.933 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Europeans made their first mark at the Indianapolis 500 when French-born Jules Goux drove a Peugeot to the front of the race. After dueling with American driver Bob Evans, Goux dominated the remainder of the race to become the first foreign-born winner. Another Frenchman, Albert Guyot, was fourth and German-born Theodore Pilette was fifth.

  • Chevrolet to offer unique driving experience at Daytona

    February 18, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chevrolet is giving new-car buyers a chance to turn laps at famed Daytona International Speedway.Chevrolet and the high-banked track announced the delivery experience Thursday, saying it will be available later this year through dealers on select orders. While details - like pricing - are still being finalized, customers who order the option can expect:

  • NASCAR's next big thing could be 4-foot-4 Rico Abreu

    February 18, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rico Abreu crashed a Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview to snap a selfie with NASCAR's most popular driver.His caption on Snapchat: ''YES!!!!!! OMG Dale Earnhardt Jr.!!!!!''Abreu was a bustling burst of energy this week at Daytona 500 media day, crashing Q&As, and pulling up seats to chat up writers.

  • Hamlin tries to win 1st NASCAR title with new crew chief

    February 18, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Here we go again. Denny Hamlin has a new crew chief.The man calling the shots for Hamlin on stops, tires, and fuel has as much job stability on the No. 11 these days as a New York Yankees manager under George Steinbrenner.Mike Ford, see ya.

  • F1's Manor appoints Indonesia's Haryanto as race driver

    February 18, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Formula One team Manor has appointed Indonesia's Rio Haryanto as one of its race drivers for the coming season.The 23-year-old Haryanto will become the first Indonesian to compete in F1 and joins Germany's Pascal Wehrlein in an all-rookie lineup for the season that begins March 20 in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Larson moves to backup after crash in Daytona 500 practice

    February 17, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kyle Larson switched to a backup car after being involved in a crash during Daytona 500 practice Wednesday.Larson was involved in a multi-car accident in the second practice session, a pileup that occurred after Ty Dillion cracked an oil cooler between Turns 1 and 2 at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Roush Fenway teammates to start Duels in rear after changes

    February 17, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne will start in the back of the field in their Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday.Both of their teams changed rear gears following issues Wednesday, an adjustment that caused them to lose their qualifying spots for the Cam-Am Duels.

  • NASCAR'S new charters create puzzling payouts for drivers

    February 17, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR's new charter system was introduced as a monumental moment in auto racing - a triumphant merger between a one-time dictatorship and a group of team owners finally organized enough to demand their fair share of the financials.

  • Rising to the occasion: Daytona's overhaul ready for debut

    February 17, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The project was such a massive undertaking that architects had to account for the curvature of the Earth.It included 31 million pounds of steel, 101,000 new seats, 40 escalators, 17 elevators and stretched nearly a mile. It took 2 1/2 years to complete and even had its own nickname: Daytona Rising.

  • Highlights from the second running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 17, 2016

    RACE: Second Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1912WINNER: Joe Dawson, National Motor Vehicle CompanyAVERAGE SPEED: 78.712 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Italian-born Ralph DePalma dominated the race in a Mercedes, leading 194 laps. But his car began sputtering near the finish, and a connecting rod broke loose on the back stretch with just over a lap to go. DePalma and his riding mechanic, Rupert Jeffkins, jumped out and pushed the car across the start-finish line, but Joe Dawson roared past to complete the final lap and win the race.

  • New livery, same struggles? Red Bull F1 expects 'tough year'

    February 17, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Even as Red Bull revealed new livery and talked of a new era for the Formula One season, a reminder of last season's struggles wasn't far away.It was right next to team principal Christian Horner in an east London warehouse.The refreshed red and dark blue Red Bull Racing colors were merely painted over last year's car - the one that couldn't win a race and was only good enough to secure fourth place in the constructors' championship.

  • NASCAR'S biggest losers hopeful of major upset at Daytona

    February 17, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The 1962 New York Mets, the mid-70s Tampa Bay Bucs and the current Philadelphia 76ers have nothing on Casey Mears.The nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rick Mears, Casey has a tortured losing streak that is closing in on 300 races. His chances of winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday are about as slim as the gap between cars in bumper-to-bumper pack racing.

  • Joe Gibbs Racing looks to stay hot, end Daytona 500 drought

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Joe Gibbs has made it perfectly clear to his drivers: Even if they win every exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway, it's the Daytona 500 that matters most.Gibbs won the Daytona 500 in 1993 with Dale Jarrett, but has failed to get a victory in NASCAR's biggest race since. When Denny Hamlin won last week's opening exhibition race, it was a mere consolation prize for Gibbs.

  • Actor Gerard Butler named Daytona 500 grand marshal

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Actor Gerard Butler will serve as grand marshal and give the command to ''start your engines'' for the Feb. 21 Daytona 500.Butler will attend other pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the grand marshal cars during the pace laps before the green flag.

  • The Latest: Junior wants people to 'give the kid a break'

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---3 p.m.Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants everyone to tone down expectations for rookie and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott.Elliott, the son of two-time Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott, qualified on the pole for his first ''Great American Race.'' All the publicity he's received since caught Earnhardt's attention.

  • The Latest: Allmendinger says 'never again' to Indy 500

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---2 p.m.AJ Allmendinger has ruled out driving in another Indianapolis 500, even the milestone 100th running this year.Allmendinger, who finished seventh in 2013 in his lone Indy 500, said he won't get behind the wheel against until IndyCar gets rid of open cockpits.

  • The Latest: Waltrip returns for shot a 3rd Daytona 500 win

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---1:30 p.m.Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip is back for a 29th running of ''The Great American Race,'' but he doesn't love his chances at an upset victory.

  • The Latest: Danica Patrick spends V-Day at local dirt track

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---1 p.m.Danica Patrick spent Valentine's Day at a dirt track.The NASCAR star said Tuesday at Daytona 500 media day that she and boyfriend/fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. traveled to nearby Volusia Speedway Park to watch the Dirtcar Nationals on the romantic holiday.

  • The Latest: Greg Biffle wants reworked contract with RFR

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---11:25 a.m.Greg Biffle is looking for a reworked contract.Biffle said he has talked with Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark about his deal after the charter system was unveiled last week. Under the new system, the purses have been reallocated and owners are getting a larger cut. Drivers are now individually working with their team owners to account for the difference.

  • Highlights from the first running of the Indianapolis 500

    February 16, 2016

    RACE: First Indianapolis 500DATE: May 30, 1911WINNER: Ray Harroun, Nordyk & Marmon CompanyAVERAGE SPEED: 74.602 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Races had been held on what would become Indianapolis Motor Speedway for two years before the first Indy 500 was run over the brick-paved track. Forty cars took the starter's red flag - yes, red. The race's first fatality occurred when Arthur Greiner hit the wall in Turn 2, and his riding mechanic Sam Dickson was killed. The race came down to Ray Harroun, who had come out of retirement, and Ralph Mulford dueling for the victory. Harroun ultimately won and returned to retirement.

  • The Latest: DiBenedetto breathing easy after making 500

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---9:45 a.m.Matt DiBenedetto can enjoy this week without worrying if he'll race in the Daytona 500.Wood Brothers Racing driver Ryan Blaney and DiBenedetto, driving for BK Racing, secured spots in the Daytona 500 as the two fastest open team drivers during front-row qualifying last weekend.

  • The Latest: Stadium seating sells out for Daytona 500

    February 16, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Latest from Daytona 500 media day on Tuesday (all times local):---9 a.m.Daytona International Speedway has sold out all 101,500 seats for the season-opening Daytona 500.All the seats are new as part of a 0 million ''Daytona Rising'' redevelopment project. Ticket holders will enjoy permanent and wider seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field sized neighborhoods in the world's first motorsports stadium.

  • Chase Elliott's Daytona pole boosts expectations even higher

    February 15, 2016

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Bill Elliott grabbed the microphone, faced reporters and blurted out ''I'm the father.''Then Elliott laughed and beamed.Clearly he is a proud father after Chase Elliott on Sunday became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 pole. Bill Elliott was a two-time winner at Daytona and the NASCAR champion in 1988, but now Chase is the rising star in the family.

  • Ron Capps wins Funny Car final in NHRA opener

    February 14, 2016

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) Ron Capps raced to his first Funny Car victory in nearly a year Sunday in the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Capps beat defending series champion Del Worsham in the final round for his third Winternationals victory and 46th career win. Capps had a 3.981-second run at 324.28 in a Dodge Charger.

  • NASCAR disallows qualifying times for Harvick, Vickers

    February 14, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR has disallowed Daytona 500 qualifying runs by Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers.During post-qualifying inspections Sunday, officials determined that the track bars on the cars were not in compliance with specifications. Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet and Vickers' No. 14 Chevy will have to start at the rear in their qualifying races Thursday. Vickers is filling in Tony Stewart while the three-time NASCAR champion recovers from a broken vertebra.

  • Rookie Chase Elliott becomes youngest on Daytona 500 pole

    February 14, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chase Elliott was too young to really remember celebrating in victory lane with his father, dressed in a shirt that matched Bill Elliott's firesuit and a little finger pointed toward the sky because daddy was No. 1.But here's a father-son snapshot Chase can savor forever: ''Awesome Bill'' waiting with a big embrace Sunday at Daytona International Speedway for the son who proved he's capable of following in some Hall of Fame footsteps.

  • Denny Hamlin wins opening Daytona race for 3rd time

    February 13, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin has given Joe Gibbs Racing yet another victory to open Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.Hamlin won exhibition Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night for the third time in his career. JGR drivers have won this short sprint for three consecutive years and four of the last five.

  • Jack Beckman tops Funny Car qualifying in NHRA opener

    February 13, 2016

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) Jack Beckman topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Beckman had a 3.888-second run at 326.16 mph in a Dodge Charger.''As a hometown guy it's tough to come out to the first race of the year where there's a little extra pressure to do well and some stress if you don't, but we are beyond that,'' Beckman said. ''It's clear that (crew chiefs) Jimmy (Prock), John (Medlen) and Chris (Cunningham) are getting a handle on this car. When you see them getting that close you know great things are in store for this team.''

  • Vickers crashes in 1st NASCAR race as Stewart's fill-in

    February 13, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Welcome back, Brian Vickers.Vickers crashed hard in his first race as Tony Stewart's temporary replacement Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.Vickers got loose on lap 23 of the exhibition Sprint Unlimited, triggering a six-car wreck that included Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer. Vickers clipped Earnhardt's rear bumper, slid back across the track and slammed Harvick into the outside wall. The melee also involved Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and AJ Allmendinger.

  • Townley wins ARCA Series season opener at Daytona

    February 13, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) John Wes Townley has made two trips to victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series - both at the premier track.Townley won his second ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, leading 33 of the 80 laps and holding off several challengers in the first race of Speedweeks.

  • Fitness freak in firesuit: Johnson challenges NASCAR family

    February 13, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) One of NASCAR's biggest winners, Jimmie Johnson wants his NASCAR family to join him in becoming big losers.By losing weight.By losing a defeatist attitude.By losing the excuses that prevent them from striving for improved physical and mental health.

  • Team Penske helps rookie Ryan Blaney in Daytona 500 practice

    February 13, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski helped rookie Ryan Blaney post a solid lap in Daytona 500 practice Saturday.Logano, Keselowski and Blaney drafted their way to the top three spots in the second practice session. It was a significant finish for Blaney, who is one of several drivers needing to race their way into the Daytona 500.

  • Ken Griffey Jr. named honorary starter for Daytona 500

    February 13, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Newly elected baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as honorary starter for the Daytona 500.Griffey will wave the green flag for ''The Great American Race'' on Sunday, Feb. 21.Griffey received a record-breaking 99.32 percent of the vote (437 of 440) by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He played 22 seasons, including 13 with the Seattle Mariners and nine with the Cincinnati Reds. Griffey was a 13-time all-star, 10-time Gold Glove winner and the 1997 American League MVP. He ranks sixth on the all-time home list, with 630.

  • Tony Schumacher leads Top Fuel qualifying in NHRA opener

    February 12, 2016

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) Tony Schumacher led Top Fuel qualifying Friday in the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway.The eight-time season champion had a 3.722-second run at 323.66 mph in his Don Schumacher Racing dragster.

  • Gerhart goes for 9th ARCA win, history at Daytona

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) It's been nearly two decades since Bobby Gerhart went through this kind of drought at Daytona International Speedway.The driver finished 29th, sixth and 39th the last three years in the season-opening ARCA race at Daytona. And for a guy who has eight victories at Daytona since 1999, his last trip to victory lane seems like an eternity ago.

  • HScott Motorsports leases charter to secure ride for Annett

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) HScott Motorsports has leased a charter from Premium Motorsports to secure a ride for Michael Annett for the 2016 season.A charter guarantees revenue and a position in a 40-car Sprint Cup field.HScott Motorsports was granted one charter and used it on the No. 15 Chevrolet driven by Clint Bowyer. Annett will drive the No. 46 Chevrolet.

  • NASCAR's new charter system shuts out storied Wood Brothers

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) It's been 10 years since the Wood Brothers completed a full NASCAR season, and they stopped trying to make it to the track each week in 2009.NASCAR's oldest race team didn't have the funds to keep up with the competition, and a scaled-back approach was what the family-owned organization felt was best for the famed No. 21 Ford.

  • Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500.His ubiquitous commercial - which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer - was about the only way Vickers stayed in the spotlight for most of the last year.

  • Tony Stewart out of bed, streams update from treadmill

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Injured NASCAR star Tony Stewart is out of bed and walking again, entertaining fans while live-streaming from a treadmill Friday.At the same time Stewart was offering details about his wreck and recovery, Stewart-Haas Racing announced the three-time champion's replacement for the Daytona 500: Brian Vickers will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet for the season opener while Stewart recovers from a fractured vertebra.

  • WWE star Cena named honorary pace car driver for Daytona 500

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Wrestling star and actor John Cena will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the season-opening Daytona 500.Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Friday, more than a week before the Feb. 21 race.Cena, a 15-time WWE champion, will lead the 40-car field to the green flag in a Toyota Camry. Cena most recently starred in the Golden Globe-nominated ''Trainwreck'' as well as ''Sisters'' with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He also will host Fox's upcoming reality competition series ''American Grit,'' in which contestants work together to complete a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. The series premieres April 14.

  • Tony Stewart live streams an injury update from a treadmill

    February 12, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Injured former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart used social media Friday to give fans an update on his health about 30 minutes before his team was scheduled to announce Brian Vickers as his replacement for the Daytona 500.Stewart used the live-streaming app Periscope to answer fan questions as he walked on a treadmill. He broke a vertebra last week when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle in the sand dunes of Southern California and wound up in a hospital. This is his final year in NASCAR and he is expected to race later this season once he's healed.

  • Former NASCAR racer Lennie Pond dies at 75

    February 11, 2016

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Lennie Pond, who raced for 17 years in NASCAR's premier series, has died. He was 75.The J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Chester, Virginia, said Pond died Wednesday but did not give a cause of death.A native of Ettrick, Virginia, Pond was a regular competitor at Virginia short tracks and won five Late Model championships. He ran one race in NASCAR's top series in 1969 and 1970, then joined the sport full-time in 1973. He was the rookie of the year that season, beating out Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip.

  • NASCAR opens 2016 season without 2 of its biggest stars

    February 11, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon will be in the booth and Tony Stewart in a bed when the NASCAR season begins.Neither NASCAR star will be in a car when Daytona International Speedway opens Friday for preparations for the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona 500. Gordon, arguably NASCAR's biggest star, retired at the end of last season and the four-time champion will now be a Fox analyst.

  • NASCAR creates 'overtime line' in new rules finish

    February 11, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Looking to end the frustration and confusion that comes when caution flags come out late in its races, NASCAR announced Thursday that it is shifting to an unlimited green-white-checkered finish protocol and establishing an ''overtime line'' to determine the winner.

  • APNewsBreak: Vickers to replace Tony Stewart at Daytona

    February 10, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Brian Vickers is expected to replace injured driver Tony Stewart for the NASCAR season opener at Daytona International Speedway, The Associated Press has learned.Stewart-Haas Racing has scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss its plans for the No. 14 Chevrolet. A person familiar with the situation told AP on Wednesday that it will be Vickers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is awaiting word from NASCAR on whether Vickers is medically cleared to race.

  • Coroner rules out driver, trainer error in Edwards death

    February 5, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) A coronial inquest into the death of British racing driver Sean Edwards at an Australian speedway in 2013 has found that mechanical failure caused the accident.Edwards, the son of ex-Formula One driver Guy Edwards, was in the passenger seat as an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway near Brisbane when the 966 Porsche crashed into a barrier at high speed and caught fire.

  • Injured Tony Stewart to miss start of final NASCAR season

    February 4, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday.The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a ''burst fracture of the L1 vertebra'' when he crashed on an ATV Sunday and he had surgery Wednesday, the team said. A timetable for Stewart's return has not been determined, but SHR said he is expected to make a full recovery and race this year.

  • Montezemolo expresses sadness over Schumacher's health

    February 4, 2016

    MILAN (AP) Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo expressed his sadness on Thursday at the condition of Michael Schumacher, two years after the former Formula One champion was seriously injured in a skiing accident.Montezemolo was asked if he had any news about Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in France in December 2013 and is being cared for at his home in Switzerland.

  • Danish F1 driver Magnussen wants to impress with Renault

    February 3, 2016

    GUYANCOURT, France (AP) When he was dumped by McLaren a few months ago, Kevin Magnussen feared his Formula One career might be over.Now the Danish driver is more determined than ever to grab the lifeline handed by Renault as the French carmaker returns as a racing team.

  • Kevin Magnussen replaces Pastor Maldonado in Renault F1 team

    February 3, 2016

    GUYANCOURT, France (AP) Former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen is Renault's new driver this year in the French carmaker's return to Formula One as a racing team.Magnussen, who replaced Pastor Maldonado, will partner Britain's Jolyon Palmer. Also on Wednesday, GP3 champion Esteban Ocon was named as test and reserve driver.

  • Kevin Magnussen replaces Pastor Maldonado at Renault

    February 3, 2016

    GUYANCOURT, France (AP) Former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen was unveiled Wednesday as the new Renault driver for the 2016 Formula One season which will mark the return of the French carmaker to the sport.Magnussen, who replaced Pastor Maldonado, will partner Britain's Jolyon Palmer. GP3 champion Esteban Ocon was named as test and reserve driver.

  • IndyCar puts safety at top of priority list entering 2016

    February 2, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials are trying to make racing safer and more appealing in 2016.After spending a busy offseason trying to stop cars from flipping and limiting the dangers of flying debris, Mark Miles spent Tuesday explaining how rules changes could help.

  • NASCAR's Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

    February 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized Tuesday with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing said the team was unsure of the extent of his injuries just a week before he is expected in Daytona to prepare for his final season in Sprint Cup.

  • APNewsBreak: NASCAR's Tony Stewart hospitalized with injury

    February 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is hospitalized with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing said Tuesday the team is unsure of the extent of his injuries.SHR spokesman Mike Arning told The Associated Press that Stewart was injured in a non-racing accident on Sunday. He was being evaluated at an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities, Arning said.

  • NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hospitalized with back injury

    February 2, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been hospitalized with a back injury and Stewart-Haas Racing is unsure of the extent of his injuries.A team spokesman told The Associated Press that Stewart was injured in a non-racing accident on Sunday. He is being evaluated in an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities.

  • Honda agrees to new deal with IndyCar as engine supplier

    February 2, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A rough 2015 season couldn't chase Honda out of IndyCar racing.Instead, the longtime engine-manufacturer is redoubling its efforts and its commitment to the series.Honda Performance Development President Art St. Cyr announced Tuesday that his company had signed a new contract to compete in IndyCar through at least 2017 and possibly through the 2020 season, if Honda exercises a three-year option.

  • World of Outlaws signs Sears and Craftsman as title sponsor

    February 1, 2016

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) The World of Outlaws received a major boost Monday when Sears and Craftsman announced a three-year deal to become title sponsor of the dirt track racing series.The agreement begins immediately and renames the two premier series in the sport to the ''World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series'' and ''World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.'' It marks the first time the two top series in grassroots motorsports have shared a title sponsor.

  • Maldonado says he won't drive in F1 this season

    February 1, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Pastor Maldonado announced that he won't be driving in the Formula One world championships this season.The Venezuelan driver started his career in F1 five years ago with Williams, winning the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012. In 2014 he moved to Lotus, which was acquired by Renault last year.

  • Ganassi signs former F1 driver Max Chilton for 2016 season

    February 1, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former Formula One driver Max Chilton will drive the full IndyCar Series season for Chip Ganassi Racing.Team owner Chip Ganassi made the announcement Monday, saying Chilton will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet in 2016. Sage Karam and Sebastian Saavedra drove that car last year.

  • Wayne Taylor Racing gets another oh-so-close finish in Rolex

    January 31, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Wayne Taylor Racing's Corvette ended the Rolex 24 at Daytona in better shape than three of its drivers.Max Angelelli parked the No. 10 car on the Daytona International Speedway road course during the cool-down lap, was helped out and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. IMSA officials said he was ''conscious and stable,'' but offered no further details about his condition.

  • Scott Sharp's ESM team wins Rolex as Corvettes thrill crowd

    January 31, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Scott Sharp celebrated a second win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona 20 years after his first victory in a race that saw most of the top contenders fall apart during the twice-around-the-clock endurance race.Sharp's Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports gave Honda its first win at Daytona with a convincing 26-second margin of victory over Wayne Taylor Racing. Only two cars finished on the lead lap, with the tightest battle far behind the leaders in the GT Le Mans class between the pair of Corvette Racing entries.

  • Rolex 24 driver takes odd detour through Daytona infield

    January 31, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Patrick Lindsey took the strangest and most entertaining Sunday drive ever.At famed Daytona International Speedway of all places. During the prestigious Rolex 24 no less. And in the midst of thousands of spectators, many of them shocked to see a race car veering so far off track.

  • Attrition knocks favorites from contention at Rolex 24

    January 31, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Another favorite was knocked out of contention at the Rolex 24 at Daytona when 2014 winner Action Express Racing broke an axel with just under four hours remaining in the endurance race.The No. 5 Corvette was leading when the car pulled off the track and went straight to the garage Sunday. It left just three cars on the lead lap, with Max Angelelli in the lead for Wayne Taylor Racing.

  • Allmendinger begins Rolex 24 thinking about late teammate

    January 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) AJ Allmendinger woke up Saturday thinking about late teammate Justin Wilson.It was a somber start to race day.But if things go well for Allmendinger and his Michael Shank Racing teammates over the final hours in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the mood will change significantly.

  • DeltaWing officially out of Rolex after strong early start

    January 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Katherine Legge drove the DeltaWing car into the lead in the early stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but a bizarre accident ended its race with more than 20 hours remaining.Legge led two times for 27 laps in the opening stint of the twice-round-the-clock endurance event at Daytona International Speedway. It was a surprising development considering the struggles DeltaWing has had since its 2014 Daytona launch.

  • Legge drives DeltaWing into the lead before crash ends hopes

    January 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Katherine Legge drove the DeltaWing car into the lead in the early stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but a bizarre accident may have ended its race with more than 20 hours remaining.Legge led two times for 27 laps in the opening stint of the twice-round-the-clock endurance event at Daytona International Speedway. It was a surprising development considering the struggles DeltaWing has had since its 2014 Daytona launch.

  • Legge drives DeltaWing into the lead at Rolex 24 at Daytona

    January 30, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Katherine Legge took the DeltaWing car into the lead in the early stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.Legge led two times for 27 laps in the opening stint of the twice-round-the-clock endurance event at Daytona International Speedway. It was a surprising development considering the struggles DeltaWing has had since its 2014 Daytona launch.

  • Ganassi giving Herculean effort at Rolex: 4 cars, 14 drivers

    January 29, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chip Ganassi was asked during a meeting this week who was driving for him in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team owner grabbed a piece of paper and began to jot down the names.''It took me a few minutes to write them all down to make sure I had all the drivers,'' he said Friday.

  • Foyt feels healthy, plans to attend every IndyCar race

    January 29, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt hopes to attend every IndyCar Series race this season.And he feels healthy enough to make it happen.The 81-year-old Foyt was at Daytona International Speedway on Friday to take part in a ceremony to open the renovated track's center fan entrance. Foyt, NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray and other past champions donated a piece of motorsports history to display in the fan ''injector'' during Speedweeks.

  • Barrichello added to Wayne Taylor Racing lineup at Daytona

    January 29, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Wayne Taylor Racing added Rubens Barrichello to its lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Friday because star driver Jordan Taylor has not been feeling well.Taylor said he has been battling a pair of infections for the last two weeks and is not confident he will be 100 percent for the twice-round-the-clock endurance race that begins Saturday.

  • Heavy rain causes odd qualifying for Rolex 24 at Daytona

    January 28, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Heavy rain made for a strange qualifying session on Thursday for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.Driving a Porsche 911 in the GT Le Mans class, Nick Tandy posted the fastest lap around the 3.56-mile road course. But because the race director declared ''variable conditions'' before qualifying, Tandy will start well back in the field.

  • Ed Carpenter to take sole ownership of IndyCar team

    January 28, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ed Carpenter will retake sole ownership of his IndyCar team this season.He announced Thursday that the team he co-owned with Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman will be renamed Ed Carpenter Racing. Last season, the team was known as CFH Racing.

  • Pruett gets another crack at Daytona all-time wins mark

    January 28, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Scott Pruett has a chance to stand alone atop the Daytona record books. To pull off the feat, he will have to win with an unfamiliar group.Pruett goes into the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona attempting to claim a record sixth overall victory. He is currently tied with Hurley Haywood with five.

  • Williams feels like 'little girl' in F1, wants to be braver

    January 28, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Claire Williams still feels like a ''little girl'' during talks with the male-dominated titans of Formula One and she has set herself a mission for the new season: Be braver and fight more for her team.The 39-year-old Williams is preparing for her fourth season as deputy team principal of Williams, in day-to-day control under her father Frank.

  • Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Barney Hall dies at 83

    January 27, 2016

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Barney Hall, whose folksy delivery brought NASCAR racing to life for radio listeners across the country for more than five decades, died late Tuesday. He was 83.NASCAR officials confirmed Hall's death early Wednesday, with chairman and CEO Brian France saying ''the entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years.''

  • World champion Ogier wins season-opening Monte Carlo rally

    January 24, 2016

    GAP, France (AP) Three-time world champion Sebastien Ogier won the season-opening Monte Carlo rally in style on Sunday, taking two of the three stages to clinch a third straight win at his favorite race.The Frenchman led overnight from Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway, and finished nearly two minutes ahead of his Volkswagen teammate for his 33rd career victory.

  • Smith delights crowd during off-the-cuff induction speech

    January 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Bruton Smith, the colorful chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., delighted the audience with an off-the-cuff speech Saturday while accepting his place in NASCAR's Hall of Fame, touching on everything from his building of Charlotte Motor Speedway to his unwavering support of Coca-Cola.

  • Cook, Turner, Isaac inducted into NASCAR Hall

    January 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Modified great Jerry Cook was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday to cap a career that featured six championships.He was joined by 1970 champion Bobby Isaac and Curtis Turner, called by some the ''Babe Ruth of stock car racing.

  • Bobby Isaac 1st among 5 inductees honored at NASCAR Hall

    January 23, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Modified great Jerry Cook was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday to cap a career that featured six championships.''This is the greatest honor in NASCAR, and to have a place in our sport's house is the ultimate achievement,'' Cook said during the ceremony at the Charlotte Convention Center that was delayed from Friday night because of the snowstorm pounding the East Coast.

  • Ogier goes into lead at Monte Carlo rally after Meeke battle

    January 22, 2016

    GAP, France (AP) Defending world champion Sebastien Ogier claimed the Monte Carlo rally lead following a tense battle with overnight leader Kris Meeke throughout the second day of the race on Friday.Ogier moved past his British rival after the morning special stages held on narrow French Alps roads but relinquished his lead after seven of the 16 stages. Meeke posted the fastest time in Friday's longest run to move back to the top with his Citroen DS 3 before Ogier hit back in the final stage to lead by 9.5 seconds overall.

  • Ogier moves into lead at Monte Carlo rally

    January 22, 2016

    GAP, France (AP) Defending world champion Sebastien Ogier claimed the Monte Carlo rally lead following a tense battle with overnight leader Kris Meeke throughout the second day of the race on Friday.Ogier moved past his British rival after the morning special stages held on narrow roads but relinquished his lead after seven of the 16 stages. Meeke posted the fastest time in Friday's longest run to move back to the top with his Citroen DS 3 before Ogier hit back in the final stage to lead by 9.5 seconds overall.

  • Indy 500 adds PennGrade Motor Oil as presenting sponsor

    January 21, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis 500 will have its first presenting sponsor at its 100th race in May.On Thursday, officials announced the race will be called the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The three-year deal will run through the 2018 race.

  • Stewart at ease heading into final season of storied career

    January 21, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart is a man at peace as he heads into the final season of his NASCAR career.He is satisfied with what he has accomplished and has no regrets about the three glaring holes on his resume. Stewart is also adamant that his struggles the last two years, on and off the track, have nothing to do with his decision to retire at the end of this season.

  • Roush Fenway Racing hopes new personnel improves competition

    January 20, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Roush Fenway Racing opened last season with the same optimism as every other team in NASCAR.It quickly became apparent the organization had fallen far behind the competition. Roush drivers failed to win a single Sprint Cup race last year and the organization didn't put a driver in the Chase for the first time since the playoff format began in 2004.

  • Truex reunites with Bass Pro Shops for 2016

    January 19, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Furniture Row Racing has signed a sponsorship agreement with Bass Pro Shops for Martin Truex Jr.The sponsorship is for nine races this season and includes the season-opening Daytona 500. It's a reunion for Truex and Bass Pro, which sponsored him from 2004 through 2009 and was on his car when he won a pair of Xfinity Series championships.

  • Joe Gibbs Racing makes a pair of crew chief changes for 2016

    January 19, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joe Gibbs Racing capped 2015 with its first Sprint Cup championship in a decade. Then the team made some major changes to one of the strongest organizations in NASCAR.Kyle Busch won his first Cup title, the first for manufacturer Toyota and the first for JGR since Tony Stewart's 2005 crown. Behind the scenes, though, personnel changes were being made even though JGR put all four of its drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

  • NASCAR expands Chase format to other 2 national series

    January 19, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR is expanding its Chase format to include its feeder series, meaning the champions from the Xfinity and Truck Series will now be crowned in a four-driver shootout at the season finale.The format announced Tuesday by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France mostly mirrors the playoff-style setup used to determine the Sprint Cup champion the last two years. That system has 16 drivers race through three rounds of eliminations to establish a field of four in which the highest finisher in the finale wins the championship.

  • Abreu's late pass leads to second straight Chili Bowl win

    January 17, 2016

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Rico Abreu celebrated one of the biggest victories of his career a year ago at the prestigious Chili Bowl, shortly before making one of the biggest moves of his career.The 4-foot-4 Abreu, one of the fastest-rising personalities in auto racing, celebrated another major career move by winning his second straight Chili Bowl on Saturday night - passing Bryan Clauson with 10 laps remaining.

  • Tulsa police investigating case of Tony Stewart, heckler

    January 16, 2016

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Police are investigating after an off-duty officer heckled NASCAR star Tony Stewart and was confronted by the driver.The confrontation happened Friday night at the weeklong Chili Bowl dirt-track racing event at the Tulsa Expo Center.

  • Midgets champion Abreu making move to NASCAR Trucks Series

    January 15, 2016

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Rico Abreu doesn't have much free time on his hands these days to contemplate his rapid ascent as one of the most popular drivers in the country.The 2014 USAC Midget champion is too busy working his way up the NASCAR ranks to stop and fully appreciate his continued success - the latest coming in the form of his full-time move to the Truck Series this season.

  • NASCAR's Truex celebrates girlfriend beating ovarian cancer

    January 14, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Martin Truex Jr. let wide-eyed employees at an NHL arena try on his race helmet. At least one struggled to figure out how to squeeze the helmet on before she posed for a few photos for a keepsake.Truex had it easy, slipping on a Philadelphia Flyers cap before he met the team and watched warmups from the bench. He even showed off a rare sight in Philly - a championship trophy. Truex toured town with the 2016 Daytona 500 trophy to help promote next month's season-opening NASCAR race.

  • Penske can still savor Montoya's Indy 500 win

    January 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Roger Penske hopes he can enjoy a milestone year in more ways than one.Team Penske is celebrating its 50th year in racing, and what better way to mark that anniversary than with another victory at Indy in late May?''We want to win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500,'' Penske said.

  • Peterhansel grabs overall lead in cars at Dakar Rally

    January 11, 2016

    BELEN, Argentina (AP) Stephane Peterhansel of France moved into the overall lead in the car category of the Dakar Rally on Monday.Peterhansel finished third in Monday's eighth stage, enough to push him into the overall lead.Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar won the stage, 12 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz of Spain and 31 seconds in front of Peterhansel.

  • Records show big dip in non-Texans at US Grand Prix

    January 10, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Records filed with the state of Texas show a dip in out-of-state attendance at the troubled 2015 U.S. Grand Prix.Race certification forms obtained by the Austin American-Statesman (http://tinyurl.com/jpvlmwf ) and reported Sunday show just over 50,000 non-Texans attended the race. That's down from 75,000 in 2014 and 77,000 in 2013.

  • Maria De Filippis, 1st woman to race in F1, dies at 89

    January 10, 2016

    ROME (AP) Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to race in Formula One, has died at the age of 89.Formula One made the announcement on its website Saturday without providing a cause of death.De Filippis made three starts for the Maserati team in 1958, finishing 10th at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for her best result.

  • Former Indy racer gets 25 years for child sex abuse

    January 5, 2016

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) A former Indy race car driver has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for child sexual abuse.The Naples Daily News (http://goo.gl/EhD094 ) reports that 45-year-old Jon Herb pleaded no contest in court Monday to lewd and lascivious molestation and 13 counts of child pornography possession.

  • Dakar Rally spectators injured in car accident in Argentina

    January 2, 2016

    ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) Several spectators were injured during the Dakar Rally on Saturday after a Mini Cooper plowed into the crowd before the start of the race in Argentina.The accident occurred at kilometer 6.6 of the prologue to the Dakar 2016, which starts between Buenos Aires and Rosario. Organizers suspended Saturday's special stage.

  • In a year of odd moves, FIFA and Al Capone become neighbors

    December 29, 2015

    All across Europe and the Americas - as they plot legal strategy, await extradition hearings and consider the billable hours run up by their lawyers - FIFA officials can take comfort in this: They are serving the cause of art.The Mob Museum in Las Vegas opened a wing this year highlighting the alleged crimes and misdemeanors of soccer's governing body. The exhibit is titled ''The `Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly.''

  • Renault seals controlling stake in Lotus ahead of F1 return

    December 21, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Renault has bought a controlling stake in Lotus as the French carmaker prepares to launch its own Formula One team in 2016.Renault, which has just been an engine supplier in recent seasons, said earlier this month it would finalize the Lotus acquisition as soon as possible.

  • IndyCar adds extra power for road courses in '16

    December 16, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar Series drivers will have more horsepower on road courses next season.The series announced Tuesday that a total of approximately 60 additional horsepower will be available for push-to-pass activations during the 11 road- and street-course races in 2016, nearly doubling that in 2015.

  • Buescher celebrates Xfinity championship and Sprint Cup ride

    December 15, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chris Buescher had stripped his firesuit to his waist and was off to another photo opp when a street vendor near the Rocky Balboa statue shouted for him to stop.The man hawking Rocky T-shirts recognized the outfit of every NASCAR driver - though the not man wearing one.

  • Fiat Chrysler chief wants to bring Alfa Romeo back to F1

    December 14, 2015

    MARANELLO, Italy (AP) Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne says the company would like to bring Alfa Romeo back to Formula One.Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio won the first two Formula One titles while driving for Alfa Romeo but the company has been out of the sport since the 1980s.

  • Rahal gets another season of backing from Steak 'n Shake

    December 10, 2015

    BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing said Thursday that Steak `n Shake is back for a second season of sponsorship for Graham Rahal.The restaurant chain will be the primary sponsor of Rahal's Honda at five IndyCar Series events, including races in St. Petersburg, two at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. Maxim Magazine branding will continue to be featured on the car. Both companies are owned by Biglari Holdings Inc.

  • Schmidt's team hires Russian driver for 2016 season

    December 9, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The first Russian driver to compete in the IndyCar Series will be back next season.Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Wednesday it has rehired Mikhail Aleshin.Aleshin drove for the same team in 2014, spent last season running primarily for Schmidt's European LeMans Series team and then ran a third car with Schmidt's team at last season's final race in Sonoma.

  • Earnhardt wins most popular for 13th consecutive year

    December 4, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been named NASCAR's most popular driver for the 13th consecutive year.Earnhardt was presented the award Friday night at season-ending awards ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas.He joked during his acceptance speech that he thought he'd lost the award this year to Matt Kenseth, who received a huge ovation at Martinsville for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano.

  • Toro Rosso to return to Ferrari engines next season

    December 4, 2015

    MARANELLO, Italy (AP) Toro Rosso will return to Ferrari engines next season, using the same power unit its fellow Italian team used in this year's Formula One championship.Ferrari supplied engines to Toro Rosso from 2007 to 2013, before it switched to Renault.

  • Sochi denies financial problems threaten F1 race in 2016

    December 4, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) The promoter of the Russian Grand Prix denies that its place on the Formula One calendar is in jeopardy because of financial problems.Sergei Vorobyov tells Russia's Tass agency that ''we have no problems whatsoever,'' and that F1 ''is in Sochi for years to come.''

  • Gibbs not ready to discuss upcoming personnel changes

    December 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Joe Gibbs Racing is not discussing upcoming personnel changes to its four-car Sprint Cup lineup.Both team owner Joe Gibbs and driver Carl Edwards said they were not ready to comment on speculation crew chief Darian Grubb will move into an engineering role with the organization. Grubb was moved from Denny Hamlin's car a year ago to crew chief Edwards when JGR expanded to four cars.

  • Renault returns to F1 as racing team

    December 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) French carmaker Renault will return to Formula One as a racing team in its own name next season after agreeing to take over Lotus.Renault, which has been an engine supplier to other teams in recent seasons, said in a statement that the principal contracts for the takeover were signed Thursday and it planned to finalize ''the terms of the acquisition of Lotus F1 Team in the shortest timeframe possible.''

  • NASCAR champion Kyle Busch to have surgery later this month

    December 3, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) NASCAR champion Kyle Busch will have surgery this month on both the right leg and left foot he broke at the start of the season.The Dec. 17 surgery is to remove a rod from his leg and plates and screws from his foot. Busch was injured when he crashed into a concrete wall the day before the season-opening Daytona 500.

  • Hirscher shies away from downhill, still rules World Cup

    December 3, 2015

    BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) Speed in a race car is no big deal for Austrian standout Marcel Hirscher. Catching air on his dirt bike hardly a concern.Combine speed and jumps in a downhill race, though, and Hirscher's intimidated - really, really intimidated. That's why the winner of four straight World Cup overall titles doesn't do downhill events.

  • US Grand Prix "subject to agreement" on 2016 calendar

    December 2, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The future of the struggling U.S. Grand Prix was thrown into further doubt Wednesday when the 2016 Formula One calendar listed the race as ''subject to agreement'' with the promoter.Officials at the Circuit of the Americas have said they are financially strapped after storms wiped out much of the 2015 race weekend and by news the Texas governor's office is cutting public funding by about 20 percent.

  • Senior VP of competition Pemberton leaves NASCAR

    December 2, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Robin Pemberton will leave his position as NASCAR's senior vice president of competition at the end of the year.Pemberton joined the sanctioning body in August 2004 and has overseen all areas of NASCAR competition. With a racing career spanning five decades, Pemberton has been credited as a key component in bridging the gap between the sanctioning body and the racing community.

  • Tony Stewart getting new crew chief for final season in '16

    November 30, 2015

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart will have a new crew chief for his final season in NASCAR.Stewart-Haas Racing said Monday that Michael Bugarewicz has been promoted from race engineer for Kevin Harvick's team to crew chief for Stewart.Bugarewicz replaces Chad Johnson, who last week left to crew chief Kyle Larson for Chip Ganassi Racing.

  • Alonso guarantees he'll race in F1 in 2016

    November 29, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Fernando Alonso ended doubts about his participation in Formula One next season by saying Sunday that ''I will be racing, 100 percent.''The Spaniard had another tough race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he was given a drive-through penalty for causing a collision at the first corner in a decision he slammed after the race as symptomatic of the sport's problems.

  • Alonso guarantees he'll race in 2016

    November 29, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Fernando Alonso has ended doubts about his participation in Formula One next season by saying ''I will be racing, 100 percent.''The Spaniard had another tough race on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he was given a drive-through penalty for causing a collision at the first corner in a decision he slammed after the race as symptomatic of the sport's problems.

  • Rosberg beats Hamilton to win Abu Dhabi GP

    November 29, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Nico Rosberg completed a hat trick of victories to end the Formula One season when he won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, profiting from a questionable tire strategy by his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.The German won by 8.2 seconds at the Yas Marina circuit to complete Mercedes' 12th one-two finish of the season, establishing a new F1 record.

  • FIA clear Ferrari, Haas of wrongdoing on aero testing

    November 29, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Formula One stewards have cleared Ferrari and 2016 entrant Haas of any breach of rules limiting aerodynamic testing.Stewards at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had been asked by Mercedes to clarify the rules due to fears that teams were skirting regulations that limit time spent in wind-tunnel testing and other aerodynamic development.

  • Alonso plays down talk of taking a year off

    November 28, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Fernando Alonso has played down suggestions he could take a sabbatical from Formula One in 2016 due to McLaren's poor performance this season.McLaren chief Ron Dennis made a surprising comment on Saturday that he was open to the idea of the two-time world champion taking a year off before returning to complete his contract in 2017, when Honda expects to be providing a more competitive engine.

  • Rosberg takes pole for Abu Dhabi GP, ahead of Hamilton

    November 28, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Nico Rosberg extended his streak of pole positions to six when he edged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday's qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Rosberg's final lap was 0.377 of a second faster than Hamilton at Yas Marina circuit, and he became the eighth man in Formula One history to record six straight poles. The all-time record is eight, set by Ayrton Senna over the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

  • Rosberg ahead of Hamilton in final practice at Abu Dhabi GP

    November 28, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Saturday's final practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Rosberg's best lap at the Yas Marina circuit was 0.281 of a second faster than Hamilton.

  • Mercedes wants F1 ruling on aerodynamic collusion

    November 28, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Mercedes has demanded clarification from Formula One authorities on rules restricting aerodynamic testing and preventing collusion between rival teams.Mercedes representatives met stewards on Saturday before qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  • F1 engine suppliers meet to discuss cost reductions

    November 28, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Formula One's engine manufacturers had their first meeting Saturday to discuss ways of reducing costs for teams and head off the threat of the sport introducing a cheaper independent engine.The sport's governing body, the FIA, had put out tenders for the manufacture and supply of independent engines, and received interest from several companies. Current engine suppliers used their regulatory power to block the idea - saying it hurt their business plans - and instead pledged to come up with their own way of reducing costs for customer teams.

  • Rosberg edges Hamilton in Friday's practice at Abu Dhabi

    November 27, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton has already secured the Formula One title but Rosberg has won the past two races and will target a sixth straight pole position in Saturday's qualifying.

  • Formula One grapples major problems on the track and off

    November 27, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Wounded by another predictable and dull championship, and locked in a decision-making paralysis, the end of the Formula One season comes more as a relief than a climax.The regular appearance of the jet-set on their yachts around Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit may provide the glamour upon which the sport trades, but beneath that surface there are major concerns, both sporting and financial.

  • Hamilton edges Rosberg in opening practice for Abu Dhabi GP

    November 27, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg set the fastest times in Friday's opening practice session for the season-ending Formula One race in Abu Dhabi.Hamilton's best lap was a tenth of a second ahead of Rosberg at the Yas Marina circuit, continuing Mercedes' season-long dominance.

  • Red Bull secures engine deal for 2016

    November 27, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Red Bull's threats to quit Formula One are over, after team principal Christian Horner announced Friday that the team had agreed a new engine supply deal for next season and was committed to getting back to the top of the sport.

  • Hamilton victory seems destined in Abu Dhabi

    November 26, 2015

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Lewis Hamilton is aiming to finish off his championship-winning season with a victory in Formula One's season-ending grand prix this weekend, and with the streets of Abu Dhabi festooned with the British driver's No.44, such an outcome seems predestined.

  • Ecclestone has 'no doubts' Monza will remain on F1 calendar

    November 25, 2015

    MILAN (AP) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is confident the Italian Grand Prix in Monza can find the needed cash to stay on the calendar.Ecclestone tells the Gazzetta dello Sport, ''We will find the right solution - I no longer have doubts - to provide a future for the Italian GP.''

  • IndyCar adds additional tethers to improve safety in 2016

    November 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three months after Justin Wilson's death at Pocono Raceway, IndyCar is taking steps to reduce crash debris and improve safety.The open-wheel series announced Tuesday that it will tether its aerodynamic components beginning next season. The high-tensile tethers are expected to minimize the possibility of debris flying around during accidents and hitting fans as well as drivers in their open cockpits.

  • Column: Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

    November 23, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.Wrecked race cars and temper tantrums helped wear out his welcome with Rick Hendrick, who let Busch go knowing the young driver would probably beat Hendrick Motorsports in a championship battle down the road.

  • End of rainbow: Gordon fails to land 5th title in final race

    November 23, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon ended up with a goodbye party instead of a championship celebration.Gordon failed to add a fairytale ending to his storied career Sunday, finishing sixth in the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.But it did little to dampen the four-time NASCAR champion's day, which was filled with family, friends and farewell tributes.

  • Busch battles back from serious injury to claim 1st title

    November 23, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) When he crashed into a concrete wall at Daytona, Kyle Busch knew instantly his right leg and left foot were broken.His first thought was that his career was over.''I was really worried. I was like, `Man, I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to get back in a car again,''' Busch said. ''It did cross my mind, I was thinking, `My wife's pregnant and I got no job.' I think that's just the emotion that goes through in that moment.''

  • Gibbs tops Super Bowl triumphs with 4th Sprint Cup title

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Maybe it's time Joe Gibbs got a new nickname.The man they call ''Coach'' now has more NASCAR championships than Super Bowl trophies.Gibbs won his fourth career Cup title Sunday when driver Kyle Busch won the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gibbs won championships with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005.

  • End of rainbow: Gordon finishes 6th in final NASCAR race

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon climbed out of his race car and stepped into the waiting arms of team owner Rick Hendrick.They shared a long embrace and some words of encouragement. Gordon handed Hendrick his helmet, kissed his wife and hugged his two kids before getting mobbed by fans. Someone in the crowd screamed ''You're still the man!''

  • Harvick falls short in championship defense at Homestead

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Kevin Harvick sat at the dais, scratched his face and cracked a small smile watching Kyle Busch celebrate the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on TV.Harvick partied and hoisted that trophy high over his head last season.He settled Sunday for a more familiar position in his final snapshot from 2015: second.

  • Kyle Busch completes comeback to win 1st Cup title

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch opened the season in a hospital bed and ended it in victory lane with the championship trophy.Busch completed the ultimate comeback Sunday night by winning his first career Sprint Cup title just nine months after a serious crash at Daytona nearly ended his season. He crashed into a concrete wall the day before the Daytona 500 and broke his right leg and left foot.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Busch wins 1st Sprint Cup title

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):7:54 p.m.Kyle Busch has won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.Busch started the season in a hospital bed in Daytona Beach and ended it with a trip to the championship stage in Homestead.

  • Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Sprint Cup title, holding off Kevin Harvick in season finale

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Sprint Cup title, holding off Kevin Harvick in season finale.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Gordon chasing Busch, Harvick

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):7 p.m.It's looking grim for Jeff Gordon's fairytale ending.Gordon continues to struggle with the handling on his No. 24 Chevrolet and is running ninth with 80 laps to go. He's well back of fellow championship contenders Kyle Busch (second) and Kevin Harvick (third). Martin Truex Jr., who gambled by taking two tires during his last pit stop, had faded from first to 12th.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Logano out front at halfway point

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):6:30 p.m.Joey Logano is out front, no surprise given he's consistently had one of the best cars in the Chase.Logano passed championship contenders Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick and was out front when the 400-mile race reached the halfway point. Busch was second and Harvick fourth.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Clint Bowyer out of finale early

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):5:45 p.m.Clint Bowyer's final race with Michael Waltrip Racing ended earlier than expected.Bowyer triggered a multi-car wreck on Lap 47 that took out Dale Earnhardt Jr., among others. Bowyer, starting MWR's final race before the team folds, shot straight up the track and got into Ty Dillon. Earnhardt spun and took out Aric Almirola and Casey Mears.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Hamlin in trouble, Gordon in lead

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):5:30 p.m.Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin was hoping to win Jeff Gordon's final race. He ended up being the first to the garage.Hamlin's car caught fire and started smoking on Lap 14. He ended up on pit road and then in garage before returning to the track two laps down.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Season finale underway at Homestead

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):5 p.m.The season finale, best known as four-time champion Jeff Gordon's final ride, has started after a rain delay of 1 hour, 36 minutes.

  • Jeff Gordon gets lots of love before final NASCAR race

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon is getting a lot of love at the end of the rainbow.Maybe even more than expected.Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne as well as fellow drivers Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson wore Gordon tribute hats before the finale Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Patrick wore one with old-school ''rainbow warriors'' colors. Joey Logano posted a picture of him and Gordon on Facebook that showed them sharing a moment when Logano was little.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Rain stops, race nears at Homestead

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):4:15 p.m.It's no longer raining, drivers are waiting by their cars and the start of the season finale is near.It's unclear when the green flag will fly since the 1.5-mile track is still being dried.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Helton warns teams to play fair

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):3:45 p.m.NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton has sternly warned teams not to interfere with the championship race.Helton sent his edict during the pre-race drivers' meeting. It's been made before during high-stakes events, and NASCAR was livid earlier this month when Matt Kenseth intentionally wrecked Joey Logano during a playoff race.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Season finale being delayed by rain

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):3:15 p.m.The season finale is delayed because of rain.The race had been scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., but a downpour soaked the track, delayed driver introductions and sent the Air Titan dryers into action.

  • Jeff Gordon getting lots of love before final NASCAR race

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon is getting a lot of love at the end of the rainbow.Maybe even more than expected.Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne as well as fellow drivers Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson wore Gordon tribute hats before the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Patrick wore one with old-school ''rainbow warriors'' colors. Joey Logano posted a picture of him and Gordon on Facebook that showed them sharing a moment when Logano was little.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: NBC to move race if not done by 7

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):3 p.m.With rain threatening the start of NASCAR's season finale, coverage is set to last on NBC until 7 p.m.The green flag is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. NBC is scheduled to shift to NFL coverage for the Cincinnati-Arizona game. If the race is delayed and running late, coverage will conclude on NBCSN.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Rain falling, driver intros on hold

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):2:15 p.m.Driver introductions are on hold because of rain.It's not a complete downpour, but it's raining hard enough that officials decided to postpone the introductions. Delaying the start of the race could be the next step.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Gordon getting lots of praise, love

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):1:45 p.m.Jeff Gordon is getting lots of love before his final race, maybe even more than expected.Fellow drivers Danica Patrick and Kyle Larson are wearing Gordon tribute hats. Patrick's is old-school ''rainbow warriors'' colors. Joey Logano posted a picture Sunday of him and Gordon on Facebook and wrote, ''You were my idol growing up. Never did I think I'd race against you for wins. Congrats on a great career Jeff Gordon.''

  • The Latest from NASCAR: McGraw sings, seeks out Gordon

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):1:15 p.m.Tim McGraw is ready to trade his cowboy hat for a race helmet.''The big news is: I'm driving today,'' McGraw joked.McGraw, a noted car enthusiast, is settling for taking the mic as the headline act for a pre-race concert at NASCAR's season finale.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Clinton, Elway weigh in on finale

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):12:45 p.m.Count No. 42 among those pulling for No. 24 in NASCAR's season finale.Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, expressed support for four-time champion Jeff Gordon on his Twitter page.

  • The Latest from NASCAR: Rain threatens start of finale

    November 22, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) The latest from Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of NASCAR's season finale (all times EST):12:15 p.m.Rain is threatening the start of NASCAR's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The track is dry for now, but dark clouds loom and forecasts call for afternoon thundershowers. The green flag is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

  • Roger Penske moving on from Logano disappointment

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Team owner Roger Penske is moving on from the wreck that ultimately cost driver Joey Logano a spot in the Sprint Cup championship field Sunday.Matt Kenseth returned this weekend for the first time since NASCAR slapped him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Logano as payback. Kenseth met with Logano at NASCAR's request Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

  • Buescher wins NASCAR Xfinity Series title at Homestead

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Chris Buescher won the Xfinity Series championship, helping offset the sting of an unsatisfying season in Sprint Cup for Roush Fenway Racing.The 23-year-old Buescher won the title by finishing 11th Saturday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, bringing home a fifth second-tier series crown for team owner Jack Roush.

  • A look at NASCAR great Jeff Gordon by the numbers

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) A by-the-numbers look at Jeff Gordon's career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:297,997 -Miles driven.24,920 - Laps led.1992 - Year of first race.796 - Consecutive career starts.474 - Top-10 finishes.325 - Top-5 finishes.151 -Career winnings (in millions).

  • Jeff Gordon chases 5th championship before retirement

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) It's a Hall of Fame career that includes four championships, 93 victories and more than 0 million in winnings. He's got a beautiful family, a reputation as one of the good guys and a popularity that transcends NASCAR.Now Jeff Gordon has a chance to write the ultimate Hollywood ending to what's already an illustrious career.

  • Gordon leads way in NASCAR's final practice at Homestead

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon was the best of NASCAR's four title contenders in the final practice before NASCAR's championship-deciding season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Gordon had the top 10-lap average around the 1.5-mile track Saturday, averaging 169.489 mph during his first 10 laps of the session. Joey Logano turned the fastest single lap to top the speed chart.

  • Michael Waltrip Racing set for final NASCAR race

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Clint Bowyer wanted the epilogue on Michael Waltrip Racing to focus more on the good times and good people than the missteps that affected the organization since its berth.Jet fuel scandal. Race manipulation. Chase probation.All were part of the fabric of the MWR story.

  • NASCAR's Gordon tries to win championship in career finale

    November 21, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Jeff Gordon is trying to achieve what few sports greats have done before - win a championship in his final season. A surefire future Hall of Famer, Gordon can clinch his fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

  • Erik Jones wins NASCAR Truck Series championship

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Erik Jones is the youngest champion in NASCAR Truck Series history.The 19-year-old Jones won the title by finishing sixth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night, giving Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch his fourth championship as a team owner.

  • Denny Hamlin to have knee surgery before awards ceremony

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin will have surgery Nov. 30 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Hamlin injured his knee playing basketball in September and opted to wait until after the season to have surgery. He plans to attend NASCAR's season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas a few days later.

  • Hamlin, Logano keep title contenders off front row

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, eliminated from title contention in earlier rounds of NASCAR's playoffs, played spoiler Friday by sweeping the front row for the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Hamlin, who was eliminated in the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, won the pole. Logano, who had the strongest car during the Chase and probably should be in the four-driver finale, qualified second.

  • Scott Pruett to drive in Rolex 24 for Action Express

    November 20, 2015

    DENVER, N.C. (AP) Former Chip Ganassi Racing star Scott Pruett has a new ride for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.The 55-year-old Pruett, who is tied with sports car great Hurley Haywood with five overall Rolex wins, will drive in the 54th annual twice-around-the-clock event with Action Express Racing. Pruett announced earlier this month that he's ending a 12-year run with Ganassi to drive Lexus's new RC F GT3 racer. The newly launched Lexus entry will only compete in a few unspecified events next year.

  • Buescher can clinch 1st NASCAR championship at Homestead

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Chris Buescher understands why so many NASCAR fans love the drama of the winner-take-all championship format set up for the Sprint Cup season finale.In the second-tier Xfinity Series, a champion is still determined via a season-long points system. Might it be a time for a Chase for the Sprint Cup championship type of system for Xfinity?

  • France explains hard racing is 'quintessential' NASCAR

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) NASCAR chairman Brian France is not backing away from his definition of ''quintessential'' racing, which he believes strongly is two drivers making contact while battling for a victory.He first used the term ''quintessential NASCAR'' in praising the way Joey Logano raced Matt Kenseth in the closing laps at Kansas last month. Kenseth blocked Logano, and Logano spun Kenseth out of his way to snatch a victory that Kenseth needed to avoid elimination from the playoffs.

  • Harvick primed to defend NASCAR championship at Homestead

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Go ahead, just try and wrestle the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship away from Kevin Harvick.No driver can put up a fight quite like the champ.A former high school wrestler, Harvick has had a season's worth of dustups just in the nine-race Chase alone. He's sparred with Jimmie Johnson and absorbed the slings from critics who accused him of holding up a race to preserve his playoff spot.

  • NASCAR's oldest race team set for full 2016 schedule

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) NASCAR's oldest team will run a full Sprint Cup season in 2016 with Ryan Blaney as the driver.Wood Brothers Racing has fielded entries since 1950 but hasn't attempted a full 36-race schedule since the end of last decade. Wood Brothers won the 2011 Daytona 500 with rookie driver Trevor Bayne.

  • Matt Kenseth meets with Joey Logano prior to NASCAR return

    November 20, 2015

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) As Matt Kenseth weaved his way through a pack of autograph seekers, a man stood firmly in front of him and reached out to shake Kenseth's hand.''We all respect you, Matt,'' the fan told Kenseth.''Thanks, man,'' he replied.Kenseth returned to the race track for the first time since he was suspended for two races by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano as payback. The action drew the unprecedented penalty from NASCAR and ultimately cost Logano a spot in the championship field Sunday.

  • From comeback to contention, Busch on brink of championship

    November 20, 2015

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) Joe Gibbs heard crying on his racing team's plane ride to Florida and thought there was a tinge of familiarity in the child's tears.He just had to needle Kyle Busch, the father of little Brexton Locke Busch.''I said, `Sounds just like you in the car,''' Gibbs said, laughing.

  • Truex emerges as unlikely NASCAR championship contender

    November 19, 2015

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) Martin Truex waited at the dais as the three drivers he will race for a championship had achievements read that made them all seem fit to wear NASCAR's crown.Kevin Harvick, the defending Sprint Cup champion.Jeff Gordon, the four-time series champion.

  • NASCAR: All hail Gordon, Harvick refuses to play mind games

    November 19, 2015

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) Kevin Harvick has made a predictable habit of trying to rattle his opposition when the stakes are at their highest.With Jeff Gordon sitting to his left, the reigning NASCAR champion didn't dare play any mind games.NASCAR's annual title contenders news conference was a feel-good affair Thursday as all four drivers played nice and lauded each other with platitudes. It was a bit surreal when Harvick, the driver who is always good to stir the pot, said he didn't want to make anyone angry in advance of Sunday's season finale.

  • Theriault cleared for Truck Series return following wreck

    November 19, 2015

    STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) Austin Theriault has been medically cleared by NASCAR and will return to the Truck Series six weeks after he suffered a compression fracture of his lower back during a head-on crash into a wall at Las Vegas.Theriault will drive the No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing in Friday night's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

  • Jones close to giving Kyle Busch Motorsports a championship

    November 18, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Erik Jones started this year as one of the most promising rookies on NASCAR's national level.With one more clean race, he can end the season with his first championship.Jones will try to close out the Truck Series championship on Friday night in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he needs to finish 15th or better to clinch. Should he succeed, he would give Kyle Busch Motorsports its first driver championship.

  • Column: Rain-shortened race was quintessential NASCAR

    November 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) In this topsy-turvy second season of NASCAR's new championship format, it was only fitting that the race to set the final four ended in an empty, unsatisfying way.A rain delay of nearly seven hours Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway turned the final elimination race of the playoffs into a water-logged nightmare. There was no frantic jockeying for the final three slots in the title-deciding finale, no opportunity for Joey Logano or Kurt Busch or Carl Edwards to flex any muscle in a push for the checkered flag.

  • NASCAR chairman Brian France calls meeting with Matt Kenseth

    November 16, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR chairman Brian France met Monday with Matt Kenseth three days after the suspended driver defiantly promised to remain aggressive when he returns for the season finale this weekend.France met with Kenseth in Charlotte and ''was pleased with the dialogue,'' said NASCAR spokesman Brett Jewkes, who declined to disclose details of the discussion. He said attention was now being turned to the championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

  • Shortened race ends Edwards' Chase dreams at Phoenix

    November 16, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Carl Edwards drove around in a holding pattern as the rain started to fall, ready to wash away his Chase chances at any second.''We can't let it end like this,'' Edwards told his team on the radio.Unfortunately for them, it did.Five points from earning a spot in the finale of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Edwards came up just short Sunday night at Phoenix International Raceway when the race was called after 219 laps due to rain.

  • Shortened race in Phoenix determines final 3 Chase spots

    November 15, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have advanced to the finale of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after surviving a long Sunday that ended with a rain-shortened race at Phoenix International Raceway.The race was delayed nearly seven hours as a series of storms passed through the area, forcing the penultimate race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship under the lights at the mile oval.

  • Del Worsham takes Funny Car season and event titles

    November 15, 2015

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) Del Worsham raced to his first Funny Car season title and went on to take the event victory Sunday in the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.Worsham beat playoff rival Jack Beckman in the semifinals to secure the season title and join Kenny Bernstein and Gary Scelzi as the only driver to win championships in both nitro categories.

  • NASCAR race at Phoenix begins under lights after rain delay

    November 15, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) NASCAR's final race before the championship finale began after a rain delay Sunday that pushed the start at Phoenix International Raceway into the evening.The race was scheduled for early Sunday afternoon, but a rain shower shortly before the start spoiled the day. When it finally stopped raining, the race began 6 hours, 42 minutes later and under the lights at Phoenix.

  • Rosberg wins from pole for 2nd straight win, 5th of season

    November 15, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Nico Rosberg won Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, leading from start to finish to beat Mercedes teammate and already-crowned season champion Lewis Hamilton.Rosberg started from pole and won his second consecutive race - his fifth victory of the season - to clinch second place in the season standings with one race to run in Abu Dhabi.

  • Worsham, Beckman set for NHRA Funny Car showdown

    November 14, 2015

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) Del Worsham, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. will decide the NHRA Funny Car season title Sunday in the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.Worsham and Beckman provided a preview Saturday by closing qualifying with a side-by-side 3.89-second race.

  • Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race at Phoenix - again

    November 14, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kyle Busch dominated again at Phoenix International Raceway, leading 190 of 200 laps Saturday in his record eighth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the track.Busch easily held off fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski for his sixth series victory of the season and record-extending 76th overall. Busch started from the pole in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota.

  • Kurt Busch leads last practice before elimination race

    November 14, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kurt Busch paced the final practice session before Sunday's critical playoff race at Phoenix International Raceway.Busch is one of seven drivers vying for three available slots in next week's title-deciding season finale. Jeff Gordon already has a berth in the final four, and three other drivers will join him after Sunday's race.

  • It's every man for himself in dash to make NASCAR title race

    November 14, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) It could be feast or famine for three organizations trying to advance their drivers into NASCAR's championship race.Only Jeff Gordon has locked up his spot in next week's title-deciding race, and three spots are up for grabs Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. There's seven drivers jockeying for those berths, and that group includes three sets of teammates.

  • Sam Hornish Jr. won't return to Richard Petty Motorsports

    November 14, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Richard Petty says Sam Hornish Jr. will not return to the No. 9 car next season.Hornish is in his first season driving for Richard Petty Motorsports. The Indianapolis 500 winner is 25th in the Sprint Cup standings and has just three top-10 finishes on the year.

  • Rosberg edges out Hamilton to take 5th straight pole

    November 14, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will start on the front row for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.Rosberg qualified first on Saturday, barely edging out Hamilton. It was Rosberg's fifth straight pole position.Qualifying was essentially a replay of the three practice sessions in Brazil in which the two drivers alternated being the quickest - as they have been all season.

  • Mercedes' Hamilton, Rosberg fastest in final Brazil practice

    November 14, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were again fastest in Saturday's final practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.The two were also quickest in Friday practices, extending their dominance going into Saturday qualifying for the penultimate race of the Formula One season.

  • Peters wins at Phoenix after title contenders crash

    November 13, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Timothy Peters won the Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway after championship contenders Erik Jones and Matt Crafton wrecked while racing for the lead.Jones entered the race with a 17-point lead in the standings over the two-time defending series champion. But as they raced for position with 31 laps remaining, Crafton lost control of his truck and bumped into Jones.

  • Jimmie Johnson plays spoiler in winning pole at Phoenix

    November 13, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jimmie Johnson is doing his best to play spoiler now that his championship chances are done.The six-time NASCAR champion was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in the first round of the playoffs. But his win last week at Texas denied Brad Keselowski a spot in the finale, and now he's on the pole for the final elimination race.

  • AP Exclusive: Kenseth has no regrets over wrecking Logano

    November 13, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Pushed to his limit after three races worth of slights, Matt Kenseth firmly believed he had no choice but to retaliate against Joey Logano.His deliberate wrecking of Logano drew a two-race suspension from NASCAR, and Kenseth said Friday he would have handled the payback differently had he known he'd draw such an unprecedented penalty.

  • Rosberg, Hamilton fastest in practice for Brazilian GP

    November 13, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Mercedes dominated again in practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday as Nico Rosberg and already crowned champion Lewis Hamilton had the fastest times at Interlagos.And the teammates are expecting another tough fight in the penultimate race, even though almost nothing is left to be decided this season.

  • Rosberg, Hamilton have fastest practice times in Brazil

    November 13, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posted the fastest practice time on Friday at Interlagos ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of already crowned champion Lewis Hamilton.The German had the best result of the day, clocking a lap of 1 minute 12.385 seconds in the afternoon session, which was run in light rain.

  • Mayor: F1 can't look to Austin for US Grand Prix bailout

    November 13, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The mayor of Austin said Friday that Formula One officials can't look to the Texas capital city for a bailout of the financially struggling United States Grand Prix.Mayor Steve Adler had suggested earlier in the week the city could explore options to aid the host track Circuit of the Americas, but then closed the door on a cash infusion from the city.

  • Hamilton posts best lap in Brazilian GP practice

    November 13, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest practice time at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday morning, and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was second more than half a second.Formula One champion Hamilton timed the best lap of 1 minute, 13.543 seconds, and Rosberg did 1:14:062.

  • 15-year-old Todd Gilliland wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series race

    November 12, 2015

    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) Todd Gilliland won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race Thursday night at age 15 to become the youngest winner in Phoenix International Raceway's 52-year history.Gilliland is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland. He won an ARCA Series race in Toledo, Ohio, in May, two days after his 15th birthday.

  • Hometown Massa would be happy just making podium in Brazil

    November 12, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Regardless of his two previous victories at the Brazilian Grand Prix and predictions that his Williams car will be competitive on Sunday at Interlagos, veteran Brazilian driver Felipe Massa is aiming a bit lower.He'd be happy just to make the podium.

  • Racing memorabilia auction raises 0K for Wilson family

    November 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The eBay charity auction to raise money for the family of the late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson topped 0,000 on more than 500 items for bid.Wilson died after he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway in August. The British driver was 37 and left behind a wife and two young daughters.

  • IndyCar tabs Jay Frye president of competition

    November 13, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar named Jay Frye president of competition and operations on Thursday, bringing in a NASCAR veteran and revenue expert to succeed Derrick Walker after a season filled with safety concerns.Frye had served as chief revenue officer for Hulman Motorsports after decades of experience leading successful NASCAR racing teams and securing sponsorships. Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., parent of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, announced the decision Thursday.

  • IndyCar Series names Jay Frye president of competition

    November 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar has named Jay Frye president of competition and operations.Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., parent of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, named Frye to the position Thursday. Frye succeeds Derrick Walker.Frye had served as Chief Revenue Officer for Hulman Motorsports after decades of experience leading successful NASCAR racing teams and securing industry first sponsorships.

  • Hamilton calls accident in Monaco 'nobody's business'

    November 12, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) After what he termed a ''minor road accident'' in Monaco at the beginning of the week, three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday he's ''a lot closer to 100 percent'' and is ready for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.Hamilton arrived a day late for the Brazil race. He declined to give details about the accident in Monaco, telling reporters ''I made very light contact with a stationary vehicle.''

  • Brazil F1 interest fading with no great driver to follow

    November 12, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) When Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix last month to secure his third Formula One title, most Brazilians heard about it for only 15 seconds during a soccer match on Brazil's leading broadcaster.Globo shunned the race on its cable channel, reflecting F1's sinking popularity in a country that was once a hotbed for the series.

  • Kurt Busch hopeful Phoenix finish earns him title chance

    November 11, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kurt Busch's season comes down to one race at the same track where his year officially began.Busch was suspended by NASCAR for the first three races of the season, so his debut didn't come until March at Phoenix International Raceway. Now, with his championship chances on the line, he will race there Sunday hoping to advance to the title-deciding season finale.

  • Questions about future of US Grand Prix as Texas cuts funds

    November 11, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's office said Wednesday it is cutting nearly million in funding for the United States Grand Prix, raising questions about the race's future just four years after Formula One put what many saw as a permanent footprint on American soil.

  • Column: Team Penske battling each other with title on line

    November 9, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR's playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last 834 laps raced.Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have been on their game at this pivotal point in the championship race, and they've got nothing at all to show for their efforts.

  • Johnson passes Keselowski late to win 3rd straight at Texas

    November 8, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jimmie Johnson won his fourth consecutive fall race at Texas, overcoming Brad Keselowski's dominating Chase-contending car with three laps to go Sunday.Keselowski led a track-record 312 of 334 laps and worked hard to hold on to the lead after the final restart with 18 laps left in a race he felt he needed to win to get one of the four spots in the Chase of the Sprint Cup championship finale in two weeks.

  • Chase-chasing Logano has early tire issue in Texas

    November 8, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Joey Logano had an early setback in Texas, a week after his championship hopes took a huge hit when he was intentionally wrecked by Matt Kenseth.Logano had a left tire go down on the backstretch on the 10th lap Sunday. He had heavy damage on the left rear of the No. 22 Ford, even though he kept it off the wall after spinning.

  • Keselowski win at Texas for Penske's 3rd Xfinity title

    November 7, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas, leading a race-high 62 of 200 laps and wrapping up a third consecutive owners' championship for Roger Penske.While Penske got a title, the Xfinity drivers' championship is still undecided with two races left.

  • Patrick felt she had to get the retaliation that led to fine

    November 7, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) While bummed about having to write a ,000 check for her penalty, Danica Patrick says she was doing what she felt she had to do when she wrecked another driver in retaliation.''(NASCAR) felt like they needed to do what they did, and as drivers out there, we do what we feel like we need to do,'' Patrick said Saturday, when Cup practices were canceled and the only high-speed driving she did was when helping present the first customer-purchased sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.

  • Chase-leading Gordon knows there could be Texas desperation

    November 7, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Jeff Gordon knows there could be some desperate drivers in Texas on Sunday trying to get what he already has - one of the four spots to race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in the season finale.With Matt Kenseth starting a two-race suspension after intentionally wrecking Chase contender Joey Logano last weekend at Martinsville, the big question with only two races and three championship spots left before Homestead is if drivers will change their approach if racing for a win in the late laps.

  • No Saturday practice for NASCAR Cup drivers on wet track

    November 7, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Sprint Cup drivers never got on the track in Texas on Saturday.After several hours of trying to dry the track following a period of steady rain overnight, NASCAR canceled both scheduled practice sessions.The cancellation of on-track activities for Cup drivers was announced about 45 minutes before the scheduled green flag for the Xfinity Series race. Work continued to get the track prepared for that race.

  • Erik Jones wins NASCAR Truck race at Texas

    November 6, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Points leader Erik Jones raced to his third NASCAR Camping World Truck victory of the year Friday night with a dominating run at Texas Motor Speedway.The 19-year-old Jones led a 1-2 sweep for Kyle Busch Motorsports, easily holding off Daniel Suarez. Jones led 117 of the 147 laps on the 1.5-mile track en route to his seventh career victory in the series.

  • Keselowski polesitter for Sprint Cup Chase race at Texas

    November 6, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Brad Keselowski won the pole Friday for the NASCAR playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.Keselowski ran a fast lap of 196.929 mph.Defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick was second to take the second front-row spot, with Chase contenders sweeping the first four positions. Kyle Bush was third, and Joey Logano fourth.

  • Gen G is Ganassi effort to identify and help young drivers

    November 6, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Chip Ganassi and his racing teams have created a new program to identify young racing talent, then mentor and help those drivers.The plan for Generation Ganassi, or Gen G, is to identify at least 10 drivers between ages 13 and 18 each year from any form of stock car or open wheel racing. Those teens will then be paired with a current Ganassi driver or racing competition person to help prepare them for a possible racing career.

  • Buescher comes home to Texas seeking NASCAR Xfinity title

    November 6, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Chris Buescher grew up winning legends car races at Texas Motor Speedway, on the fifth-mile track outside and sometimes on the quarter-mile layout that incorporates the main track's front stretch.The 23-year-old Bueshcer is now trying to win a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.

  • Logano focused on title chase at Texas with Kenseth absent

    November 6, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Joey Logano arrived at Texas with a clear conscious, an easy smile and a new focus after being intentionally wrecked by Matt Kenseth last weekend.Kenseth's two-race suspension begins this Sunday after his appeals were rejected. Logano said the incident at Martinsville when he was leading might not have been such a bad thing.

  • Kenseth loses final appeal to overturn NASCAR suspension

    November 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) His appeals rejected, Matt Kenseth defiantly vowed Thursday to race as he always has and accused NASCAR of ''unfairly'' making an example out of him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over the weekend at Martinsville.

  • Panel rejects Kenseth appeal of 2-race NASCAR suspension

    November 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The National Motorsports Appeals Panel rejected an appeal by Matt Kenseth on Thursday after he challenged his two-race suspension by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano over the weekend during the race at Martinsville.

  • Matt Kenseth appeals 2-race suspension by NASCAR

    November 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth appealed his two-race suspension on Thursday, hoping for a longshot win after intentionally wrecking Joey Logano last weekend in an incident NASCAR said can never happen again because it altered the outcome of a race.

  • Matt Kenseth appealing 2-race suspension by NASCAR

    November 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth is appealing his two-race suspension Thursday, but NASCAR apparently will contend he altered the outcome of a race by intentionally wrecking Joey Logano.Kenseth delivered payback after being spun by Logano three races ago. On Sunday, he deliberately crashed into Logano, who was leading at Martinsville Speedway. Logano likely was going to win and earn an automatic berth in the final four of NASCAR's playoffs.

  • NASCAR set to argue Kenseth's action altered outcome of race

    November 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth is trying to overturn his two-race suspension, but NASCAR apparently will contend he altered the outcome of a race when he intentionally wrecked Joey Logano.Kenseth delivered payback after being spun by Logano three races ago. On Sunday, he deliberately crashed into Logano, who was leading at Martinsville Speedway. Logano likely was going to win and earn an automatic berth in the final four of NASCAR's playoffs.

  • Hendrick laments not being at Martinsville for Gordon win

    November 4, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Poor weather at Martinsville Speedway prevented Rick Hendrick from making the trip to the Virginia race track that has been so symbolic to his team.Martinsville had been the site of so many proud moments for Hendrick Motorsports, as well as its greatest tragedy. A Hendrick plane traveling to the 2004 race crashed, killing all 10 people aboard - Hendrick family members, employees and associates.

  • Kenseth set for appeal of NASCAR 2-race suspension for wreck

    November 4, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing will have their appeal of NASCAR's two-race suspension heard on Thursday.NASCAR says the National Motorsports Appeals Panel scheduled the appeal for Thursday morning at the NASCAR R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina.

  • F1 test driver Susie Wolff retiring at end of year

    November 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Susie Wolff, the first female driver to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years, is retiring from racing at the end of the season.The 32-year-old Briton joined Williams as a development driver in 2012 before being promoted to test driver this season.

  • Rally Australia hosts final round of 2016 World Championship

    November 3, 2015

    COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Rally Australia will host the final round of the 2016 World Rally Championship from Nov. 17-20 next year.Australian officials said in a statement Wednesday that the season-ending event will be held at Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales state north coast for the fifth time.

  • NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for 2 races for wrecking Logano

    November 3, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Looking to squash any notion that the drivers are running amok on the track, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for two races Tuesday for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in an act of retaliation that dramatically changed the lineup of drivers in the running for the championship.

  • NASCAR suspends Kenseth for 2 races over Logano wreck

    November 3, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth has been suspended for the next two races for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in an act of retaliation that threatens to affect who wins the NASCAR championship.The penalty was levied Tuesday. NASCAR also put him on probation for six months.

  • NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for 2 races over intentional wreck of Logano

    November 3, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for 2 races over intentional wreck of Logano.

  • Briton who intruded Singapore F1 track jailed for 6 weeks

    November 3, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) A British national who walked into the track while cars were hurtling toward him at about 280 kilometers per hour (175 mph) during Singapore's Formula One night race was on Tuesday sentenced to six weeks in jail.Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia, 27, pleaded guilty to committing a rash act that endangered the personal safety of F1 drivers on Sept. 20. He was arrested soon after the intrusion.

  • British F1 track intruder jailed in Singapore for rash act

    November 3, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) A British national who walked into the track while cars were hurtling toward him at 280 kilometers (175 miles) per hour during Singapore's Formula One night race has been sentenced to six weeks in jail.Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia, 27, pleaded guilty to trespassing and committing a rash act that endangered the personal safety of F1 drivers on Sept. 20. He was arrested soon after the intrusion.

  • Column: NASCAR needs consistency to quell 'wild West'

    November 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Matt Kenseth steered Joey Logano into the wall, the crowd roared its approval as a veteran driver delivered old-school payback.The thunderous ovation continued at every replay.This is NASCAR's version of the ''wild West,'' as one driver put it, and it is riddled with inconsistencies.

  • Antron Brown, Erica Enders wrap up NHRA season titles

    November 1, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Antron Brown and Erica Enders wrapped up season titles Sunday in the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Brown won his second Top Fuel championship when he won one more round than Tony Schumacher. Enders secured her second straight Pro Stock title when she won in the quarterfinals and Greg Anderson lost in the round. Enders then raced to her ninth victory of the season and fourth in a row at Las Vegas, while Brown lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Doug Kalitta.

  • Mexican driver Perez finishes 8th in home race

    November 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Sergio Perez soaked in the cheers of the adoring home crowd and touched his chest to show the fans he loved them right back.He blew kisses, waved a Mexican flag and took a selfie with fans scrambling behind him to get in the shot. The Mexican Grand Prix was as much of a party for the Force India driver as it was a celebration of Formula One's return after 23 years.

  • Gordon wins Martinsville to earn spot in championship finale

    November 1, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Jeff Gordon will race for a fifth NASCAR championship in his final season, in large part because Matt Kenseth knocking out both of Roger Penske's cars Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.Kenseth acted on his three-week grudge against Joey Logano by intentionally wrecking Logano as Logano tried to win for the fourth consecutive time in NASCAR's playoffs. The act knocked Logano out of a race he had dominated and handed the win to Gordon.

  • Rosberg wins 1st Mexican Grand Prix since 1992; Hamilton 2nd

    November 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Nico Rosberg stood highest on the post-race podium, wearing a big black sombrero as the champagne sprayed amid chants of ''Ole! Ole!'' from the massive crowd.There was no way he was tossing this hat at anybody. This one was a keeper.

  • Brown, Enders in position to wrap up NHRA season titles

    October 31, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Top Fuel driver Antron Brown and Pro Stock racer Erica Enders moved into position to wrap up season championships, taking the No. 1 qualifying positions Saturday night at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

  • FIA boss Todt compares Ferrari veto to 'having a gun'

    October 31, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) The president of Formula One's governing body called Ferrari's veto power over regulations changes ''like having a gun'' and said he was disappointed the Italian team recently blocked a cost cap for customer engines.''It is necessary we look after the interests of the small teams,'' FIA President Jean Todt said Saturday at the Mexican Grand Prix.

  • Rosberg takes pole for first Mexican Grand Prix since 1992

    October 31, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix, sending a message to the season champion that the German still has some fight left in their simmering rivalry.The feud between Rosberg and Hamilton flared anew last week when Hamilton passed Rosberg late to win the United States Grand Prix, which clinched Hamilton's third season championship.

  • Crafton wins at Martinsville to tighten points race

    October 31, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Matt Crafton climbed back into the championship hunt by winning the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.The two-time defending series champion won for the fifth time this season to chip into the cushion of points-leader Erik Jones.

  • Keselowski looking forward to 3rd round of NASCAR playoffs

    October 31, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) It's been a ho-hum year for Brad Keselowski, who has been overshadowed all season by teammate Joey Logano.As Logano reeled off three consecutive wins to thrust himself into the role of favorite to win the Sprint Cup title, Keselowski quietly slipped through to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs without much fanfare.

  • Jimmie Johnson paces final practice at Martinsville

    October 31, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Jimmie Johnson led the final practice session before Sunday's playoff race at Martinsville Speedway.The six-time NASCAR champion was eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the first round. A win at Martinsville would be a nice consolation prize for Johnson, who paced practice with a lap of 97.108 mph.

  • Rosberg fastest in final practice of Mexican Grand Prix

    October 31, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Nico Rosberg edged out Mercedes teammate and arch-rival Lewis Hamilton for the fastest lap in the final practice for the Mexican Grand Prix.Rosberg's lap of 1 minute, 21.083 seconds was .014 seconds faster than Hamilton before they square off again in Saturday's qualifying for Sunday's race.

  • Antron Brown takes qualifying lead in Las Vegas

    October 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown took the qualifying lead Friday night in the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Brown had a track-record time of 3.722 seconds at 326.95 mph. He entered the event - the fifth in the six-race Countdown - with a 132-point lead over Tony Schumacher in a bid for his second season title.

  • Gutierrez named 2nd driver for Haas F1 in 2016

    October 30, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez has been named as the second driver for Haas F1 when the American-led team joins the grid in 2016.Gutierrez is currently a reserve driver with Ferrari and will join Frenchman Romain Grosjean to give Haas an experienced lineup for its debut.

  • Rosberg posts fastest practice time for Mexican GP

    October 30, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posted the fastest practice time of the day Friday as Formula One ran its first official laps at the revamped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since 1992 in preparation for this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.

  • Red-hot Joey Logano wins pole at Martinsville Speedway

    October 30, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Joey Logano won the pole at Martinsville Speedway on Friday to set up a shot at his fourth consecutive win and a quick berth into NASCAR's championship race.Logano turned a lap at 98.548 in Friday qualifying to earn the top starting spot. He heads into Sunday's race coming off three consecutive wins - a sweep of the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

  • Gordon believes Martinsville could be key to NASCAR title

    October 30, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Slipping through to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs might just have made Jeff Gordon one of the favorites to win the championship.Gordon has had a mediocre season and goes into Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway winless on the year.

  • Perez carries hopes of a nation in F1's Mexican GP

    October 30, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) He has the financial backing of one of the wealthiest men on the planet. He got a personal visit from Mexico's president.To say Sergio Perez is under enormous pressure to perform well at Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix is an understatement. It's more like he's carrying the hopes of an entire nation on his four wheels in Formula One's first race in his native country since 1992.

  • Danica fills sponsorship void with funding from TaxAct

    October 30, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Danica Patrick sponsorship for 2016 will be completed by TaxAct.TaxAct is increasing its funding of Patrick's car from two races to four races in a multi-year deal announced Friday.Nature's Bakery had previously signed on as the primary sponsor for 28 races. Nature's Bakery is replacing GoDaddy, which said this spring it would not return as sponsor of Patrick's No. 10 car. Aspen Dental also previously announced it will sponsor four races.

  • Teenager Verstappen tops 1st practice at Mexico Grand Prix

    October 30, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen topped the first practice at the Mexican Grand Prix then crashed out early in the second during Formula One's first official laps at the revamped Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez since 1992.The rookie, who turned 18 in September and only recently earned his Dutch driver's license, was the surprise leader early Friday. But the tricky course caught him in the second practice when he crashed minutes in and had to get a ride back to his garage.

  • Logano won't worry about possible payback in NASCAR playoffs

    October 30, 2015

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) Joey Logano isn't concerning himself with the potential for payback in the next three races of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Matt Kenseth has been upset with Logano since the Oct. 17 race at Kansas, where Logano spun Kenseth as he passed him for the win. Kyle Busch indicated this week that Logano will have to look over his shoulder during this third round of the Chase.

  • For Rosberg, 2 frustrating years chasing Hamilton

    October 30, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Nico Rosberg patiently took question after question about his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Each one brought a squint, a bland smile and a preference to not talk much about the childhood friend who has become his arch-rival and beaten him to the Formula One championship the last two years.

  • Formula One returns to rollicking Mexico City

    October 29, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) The two large grandstands tower over Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez like ancient pyramids.The driver who zips between them toward the checkered flag at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday will be greeted by a screaming crowd that has waited a generation for Formula One to return to the city where Michael Schumacher stood on his first podium and Nigel Mansell took the last victory here in 1992.

  • Hamilton dismisses need for talks with F1 teammate Rosberg

    October 29, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton on Thursday dismissed the need for talks with teammate Nico Rosberg after their dustup at the United States Grand Prix, though he is willing to meet to dilute ''whatever emotions he has.''Hamilton clinched his third season championship in Austin, Texas, last weekend and Rosberg was angered by Hamilton's aggressive move at the first turn that forced him off track. Rosberg rallied to take the lead, then lost the race with a late mistake.

  • Truex likes chances to move through 3rd round of playoffs

    October 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. knows few expected him to make it out of the first round of NASCAR's playoffs. As he prepares for the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Truex insisted he and his team always believed they'd make it this far.

  • Allgaier and sponsor Brandt headed to JR Motorsports in 2016

    October 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) JR Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has hired Justin Allgaier to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet next season in the Xfinity Series with sponsorship from Brandt.The agriculture retailer has been Allgaier's sponsor since 2011, the last two in the Sprint Cup Series with HScott Motorsports. Brandt, which informed its employees Wednesday it was moving with Allgaier, will sponsor 18 of the 33 Xfinity Series races next season.

  • Ferrari on way up, Vettel aims to challenge Hamilton in '16

    October 28, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Lewis Hamilton was bearing down on his third world championship, focused on the pavement in front of him and his place in Formula One history.If he looked in his rearview mirrors, he saw Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari red, gaining on him lap by lap, weaving his way from the back of the grid to the front. By the end of the United States Grand Prix, Vettel was pushing Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the finish line and nearly postponed Hamilton's victory party.

  • Harvick: "I don't need to defend myself" after Talladega

    October 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Reigning NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick shrugged off his critics Tuesday and insisted he did not intentionally cause a wreck at Talladega Superspeedway to preserve his spot in the playoffs and keep his bid for a repeat alive.Harvick was accused by at least four other drivers of triggering an 11-car accident at the end of Sunday's race to avoid being eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. NASCAR said Tuesday a review of the incident failed to show Harvick did anything intentional, and he also dismissed the claims.

  • IndyCar keeps 16 races on schedule for longer 2016 season

    October 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mark Miles put a little bit of everything on IndyCar's 2016 schedule.There is a holiday weekend race set for Boston, a return to two familiar venues and the 100th Indianapolis 500. He found a way to extend the season by five weeks, starting earlier and finishing later. He even came up with creative ways to get around two big competitors for television viewers.

  • NASCAR reaches 5-year sanctioning agreements with tracks

    October 26, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR on Monday said it has signed five-year sanctioning agreements with 23 tracks that host Sprint Cup Series races.The sanctioning body reached the same agreement with 24 tracks that host Xfinity Series races. The deals mean the tracks will host their events through the 2020 seasons, although the actual race dates can change.

  • Column: Earnhardt only bright spot after Talladega ending

    October 26, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Thank goodness Dale Earnhardt Jr. showed dignity in defeat after he was bounced from NASCAR's playoffs.The class shown by NASCAR's most popular driver in not criticizing the outcome was the one positive takeaway from a disastrous ending to Sunday's elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway. At least four drivers accused series champion Kevin Harvick of manipulating the finish, and an overwhelming pro-Earnhardt crowd left dissatisfied when a change to the rules prevented him from racing for the win.

  • Earnhardt OK with ruling that denied him final shot at 'Dega

    October 25, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. worked himself into position to race to the finish for another victory at Talladega Superspeedway and a spot in the third round of the playoffs.Denied the chance, he refused to gripe about the anti-climactic finish Sunday that left him behind winner Joey Logano after the race ended under caution because of an accident on the one attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish.

  • Joey Logano wins Talladega with controversial finish that

    October 25, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Joey Logano completed a sweep of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs by winning in a controversial finish Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.NASCAR said earlier this week it would make just one attempt to finish the race under green-flag conditions, and Logano was the leader on what was supposed to be the final restart. But a spin in traffic behind him before he took the green extended the caution and set up one more chance for Dale Eanrhardt Jr. and others.

  • Hamilton wins US Grand Prix and F1 season championship

    October 25, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton seized on a late mistake by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to win the United States Grand Prix and secure his third Formula One season championship.Hamilton overtook Rosberg with eight laps to go Sunday when Rosberg locked his tires and helplessly watched his teammate zoom past.

  • Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to wrap up third Formula 1 season title

    October 25, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to wrap up third Formula 1 season title.

  • Rosberg on pole, Hamilton No. 2 in US Grand Prix qualifying

    October 25, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton will chase the Formula One world championship from the No. 2 position at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg grabbed pole in a rain-shortened qualifying session.Heavy rains have pounded the Circuit of the Americas for three days. Race officials allowed only two qualifying rounds in the morning as conditions worsened in a session that was delayed from Saturday.

  • Hamilton tops practice, qualifying delayed at US Grand Prix

    October 24, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton slipped and skidded around the Circuit of the Americas, then retreated to the Mercedes garage.That's where he could stay dry, watch the weather radar and plan for what he hopes will be a final charge to the Formula One championship at the United States Grand Prix.

  • Jeff Gordon leads Hendrick Motorsports charge at Talladega

    October 24, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Jeff Gordon led a Hendrick Motorsports rout in qualifying Saturday to win the pole for his final race at Talladega Superspeedway.Gordon led teammates Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson in a sweep of the top three starting spots for the race Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified fifth to put the four Hendrick drivers in the first three rows at the 2.66-mile supserpseedway.

  • Hamilton tops practice, qualifying postponed US Grand Prix

    October 24, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton slipped and skidded around the Circuit of the Americas, then retreated to the Mercedes garage.That's where he could stay dry, watch the weather radar and plan for what he hopes will be a final charge to the Formula One championship.

  • Rain pushes US Grand Prix qualifying to Sunday before race

    October 24, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The United States Grand Prix has postponed qualifying until Sunday morning before the race because of torrential rain.Rain has pounded the Circuit of the Americas for two days. Lightning already forced Friday afternoon's practice to be called off.

  • Timothy Peters wins Truck Series race at Talladega

    October 24, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Timothy Peters has won the Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway for the second consecutive year.Peters was second on the final restart Saturday after a multi-truck accident caused a stoppage of 15 minutes for the track to be cleaned. Brandon Jones got a terrific jump as the leader but he pulled too far away from the line of trucks behind him in the bottom lane.

  • Lewis Hamilton tops wet practice at US Grand Prix

    October 24, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time in an extremely wet final practice session at the United States Grand Prix, with cars sliding and spinning through turns.Heavy rain has pounded the Circuit of the Americas for two days. Friday afternoon's practice was canceled and drivers were allowed to use only full wet tires Saturday morning. Hamilton was well back before running through a lap of 1 minute, 59.517 seconds.

  • Haas F1 eyeing US Grand Prix as 'home race' in 2016 debut

    October 24, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Guenther Steiner was surrounded by men in red drinking coffee and picking over the lunch buffet between practice sessions at the United States Grand Prix. The name over the door above was Scuderia Ferrari.It won't be long, however, before Steiner sits in a Haas F1 team hospitality tent and directs his own cars around a Formula One race track.

  • Horner 'working very hard' to keep Red Bull in F1

    October 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Red Bull team racing chief Christian Horner said Friday he's committed to trying to keep the former world championship team on the Formula One grid next year and beyond.Whether he'll get the same commitment from team owner Dietrich Mateschitz is another matter.

  • Earnhardt looking for big run to continue title hopes

    October 23, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. has struggled in the second round of NASCAR's playoffs and needs a good run at Talladega Superspeedway to avoid elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Luckily for Earnhardt, he's pretty good at Talladega.

  • Lotus promotes reserve driver Jolyon Palmer for 2016

    October 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lotus has promoted reserve driver Jolyon Palmer to a full-time seat for 2016.The 24-year-old from Britain joins Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus lineup. He had been scheduled to drive Friday afternoon's practice session at the United States Grand Prix until the session was canceled due to bad weather.

  • Nico Rosberg fastest in F1 practice for US Grand Prix

    October 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) When the rain came, all Lewis Hamilton could do was wait.And wait. And wait. And then hope all this rain won't impact his world title hopes.Hamilton completed only four practice laps Friday morning for the United States Grand Prix, a frustrating first day before a weekend where he hopes to clinch his second consecutive world championship and third overall.

  • Rosberg fastest in F1 practice for US Grand Prix

    October 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Nico Rosberg navigated wet conditions at the Circuit of the Americas to post the fastest time in Friday's practice session for the United States Grand Prix.The afternoon session was canceled after a one-hour lighting delay.With the cars shooting giants plumes of spray behind them Friday morning, Rosberg's fastest time was 1 minute, 53.989 seconds. Points leader and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was fifth at 1:55.693 after taking just four laps.

  • NASCAR: Kenseth adamant Logano wrecked him intentionally

    October 23, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Joey Logano chalked up contact with Matt Kenseth as aggressive racing for a win.Kenseth thinks Logano is a liar.That's where things stood Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, where Kenseth had hardly softened his stance toward Logano after their incident at Kansas Speedway last weekend. Kenseth was racing for a win he needed to advance into the third round of NASCAR's playoffs when contact from behind from Logano caused him to spin.

  • Rosberg fastest in first practice at US Grand Prix

    October 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Nico Rosberg navigated wet conditions at the Circuit of the Americas to post the fastest time in the first practice session for the United States Grand Prix.The afternoon session was delayed indefinitely because of lighting.With the cars shooting giants plumes of spray behind them Friday morning, Rosberg's fastest time was 1 minute, 53.989 seconds. Points leader and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was fifth at 1:55.693 after taking just four laps.

  • A 3rd F1 world title would secure legacy for Lewis Hamilton

    October 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Thirty miles away from the Circuit of the Americas, with its iconic red, white and blue racing stripes and grandstands that will be filled with more than 100,000 fans for the United States Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was being a kid again.

  • World title within grasp for reigning F1 champ Hamilton

    October 22, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The car, the math and the history all favor Lewis Hamilton at the United States Grand Prix in his pursuit of his second consecutive Formula One World championship.Hamilton's Mercedes has dominated the grid once again in 2015 with nine victories so far. Those wins have him sitting just a few points shy of clinching the world title on Sunday if he can keep just the right distance between himself, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel - who is already facing a 10-spot starting grid penalty - and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

  • Ferrari's Vettel to get 10-spot penalty for engine change

    October 22, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton bid for the Formula One championship got a boost Thursday when Ferrari decided to put new engines in its cars at the U.S. Grand Prix, prompting a 10-spot penalty for Sebastian Vettel on the starting grid.Vettel is a distant second to Hamilton in the driver standings and needs to finish within nine points of the Mercedes driver to push the title chase beyond this weekend.

  • Texas Motor Speedway adding more SAFER barriers at track

    October 21, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The entire inside wall of the backstretch at Texas Motor Speedway and the interior walls at the entry and exit of pit road will have energy-absorbing barriers in place when NASCAR races there in two weekends.There were already SAFER barriers on high-impact exterior walls at the 1 1/2-mile track, but speedway officials said Wednesday that the installation of an additional 2,866 feet to select areas should be completed this week.

  • Busch lures Monster Energy into Cup Series as a sponsor

    October 21, 2015

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) There have been times the last few years that Kurt Busch seemed to be alone on an island fighting for the respect that should come with being one of NASCAR's most talented drivers.A career full of hiccups both on and off the track had put the former champion in limbo at the start of the season, when he was suspended by NASCAR before the Daytona 500 amid allegations of domestic violence.

  • Logano's spin of Kenseth raises questions of Chase decorum

    October 21, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Joey Logano scoffed at the seemingly unwritten rule that you don't spin someone when you're already guaranteed of advancing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.After all, as he pointed out after sending fellow title contender Matt Kenseth for a ride at Kansas Speedway, ''NASCAR does the rules. I just drive the race car.''

  • Monster Energy signs on as co-primary sponsor of Kurt Busch

    October 21, 2015

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) Kurt Busch has signed a multi-year contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing and landed a new co-primary sponsor in Monster Energy.Monster Energy will debut on Busch's No. 41 Chevrolet next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.Starting next season, Monster will be featured on the hood in 17 races, on the quarter panel for 18 races and be the primary sponsor for one race. Haas Automation, the company owned by team co-owner Gene Haas, will also be co-primary sponsor.

  • NASCAR to make 1 attempt to finish Talladega under green

    October 20, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR will make just one attempt to finish races under the green flag this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.NASCAR currently gives three attempts at a green-white-checkered flag finish, even if it means adding additional laps to a race. But in cutting it down to one attempt, NASCAR is reducing the chance of accidents in the Sprint Cup Series and Truck Series races.

  • RLL to run Indy Lights champ Pigot in at least 3 races

    October 20, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot has landed a ride for the Indianapolis 500 and at least two other races next season.Pigot's three-race deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing could grow to more events depending on how sponsorship develops.

  • AP PHOTOS: Memorable Ferraris of the past

    October 20, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Ferrari, arguably the most famous brand in sports cars, is gearing up for a share listing in New York on Wednesday that it hopes will help it back to the top of the Formula One tree.Ferrari, which has won 15 drivers' world titles and 16 constructors' championships since Formula One started in 1950, has been lagging other teams on the grid over the past few years.

  • COLUMN: Logano may finally be tough enough to win a title

    October 19, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There was a time not so long ago when it was easy to pick on Joey Logano.He was tongue-lashed by Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman. He feuded for weeks with former teammate Denny Hamlin and was cast as the bad guy when hard racing between the two ended in a hard crash that broke Hamlin's back.

  • Historic 1956 Ferrari race car could bring M at auction

    October 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A 1956 Ferrari built for Formula One racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio is going on the auction block in New York City, where it could sell for more than million.RM Sotheby's says the Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626, will be offered on Dec. 10 as part of its ''Driven by Disruption'' sale.

  • Worsham tops Funny Car qualifying in Texas

    October 17, 2015

    ENNIS, Texas (AP) Funny Car points leader Del Worsham kept the top qualifying position Saturday in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.Worsham took the No. 1 spot with his track-record 3.917-second pass at 323.58 mph Friday night in his Toyota. He won the first two events in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

  • Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway

    October 17, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Kyle Busch raced to his fifth Xfinity Series victory of the year and record-extending 75th overall, outdueling Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth on Saturday at Kansas Speedway.Busch became the winningest NASCAR driver in Kansas Speedway history with four. He also won Xfinity races in 2007 and 2014 and a NASCAR Truck event in 2014.

  • Kenseth refuses to call Kansas 'must-win' situation

    October 17, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Matt Kenseth walked quietly into the interview at Kansas Speedway, sat behind a microphone, and was asked to reflect on last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.''I can hardly remember last week,'' he replied, ''much less last year.''

  • Mason Mitchell wins ARCA finale at Kansas Speedway

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Grant Enfinger had the ARCA Racing Series championship in hand the moment the green flag waved on the season finale Friday at Kansas Speedway.Only after the race concluded, with Enfinger third for his 12th top-five finish of the year, did the Alabama driver let himself bask in the accomplishment.

  • Worsham breaks Texas Motorplex record for elapsed time

    October 16, 2015

    ENNIS, Texas (AP) Funny Car points leader Del Worsham broke the Texas Motorplex record for elapsed time and topped qualifying Friday in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.Worsham had a 3.917-second pass at 323.58 mph in his Toyota Camry. He won the first two events in the Countdown to the Championship.

  • Keselowski wins pole for Sprint Cup race at Kansas

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, though he was quick to acknowledge it's where he finishes in the crucial Chase race that matters.Keselowski is firmly in the middle of the pack heading into second of three races in this round, and a victory would give him an automatic berth in the eight-driver elimination round.

  • Edwards heads to Kansas hoping for Chase win at home track

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Carl Edwards threw out the first pitch for the Kansas City Royals last season, and remembers walking back to the dugout afterward when one of the players pulled him aside.''It was so nerve-racking,'' Edwards recalled. ''One of the pitchers looked at me and said, `It's awfully lonely up there, isn't it?' And I said, `Yes, sir!'''

  • Drivers universally praise NASCAR's 2016 rules package

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Joey Logano had a one-word response when asked for his thoughts on the low-downforce rules package that NASCAR approved for next season: ''Great.''''I think it's exactly what we want,'' said Logano, the only driver already guaranteed a spot in the next round of the Chase after his victory last weekend at Charlotte. ''I think all the drivers have always wanted less downforce on the cars.''

  • Test driver Kevin Magnussen released by McLaren

    October 16, 2015

    WOKING, England (AP) McLaren says it will release test driver Kevin Magnussen at the end of the season.The British team says Magnussen's contract won't be extended because there is ''no space for him.''The Dane joined McLaren in 2010 as part of the team's young driver program. He was installed as a full-time driver for the 2014 championship and finished second in his debut at the Australian Grand Prix. He was dropped after one season following Fernando Alonso's arrival from Ferrari.

  • NASCAR points leader tours SC flood damage

    October 15, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Sprint Cup points leader Joey Logano stood looking at the two massive breaches along the Columbia Canal caused by the devastating floods in South Carolina earlier this month.''It's incredible to see this,'' he said quietly.Logano was on hand Thursday to visit with first responders and workers repairing the waterway that provides clean drinking water to South Carolina's capital city.

  • Atlanta offers 'perfect weather guarantee' for 2016 Cup race

    October 16, 2015

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Motor Speedway is offering fans a ''perfect race weather guarantee'' for next year's NASCAR event.The 1.54-mile trioval south of Atlanta is among the tracks that already released its 2016 race dates. The Sprint Cup event is Feb. 28 - the earliest date for a Cup race at the 55-year-old track.

  • NASCAR picks driver-preferred low-downforce package for 2016

    October 14, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR's ever-changing plans to design a rules package that improves the racing has finally landed on the configuration the drivers desperately wanted.NASCAR said Wednesday it will use a base package that features a lower-downforce configuration in 2016. The package was used this summer at Darlington and Kentucky and received rave reviews from the competitors.

  • NASCAR to use driver-preferred downforce package in 2016

    October 14, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will use the lower-downforce rules package preferred by drivers next season.The base package announced Wednesday was used at Kentucky Speedway and Darlington Raceway this summer as NASCAR tried different ideas while trying to improve the racing. Drivers were overwhelmingly in favor of the package that reduced downforce and made the cars more difficult to drive.

  • Big names drop to bottom of standings after ho-hum race

    October 12, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) It was a sloppy race at Charlotte Motor Speedway no matter how you slice it. As Joey Logano drove away from the field to earn an important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship victory, three other NASCAR stars suffered huge hits in their push through the playoffs.

  • Hendrick Motorsports drivers struggle at Charlotte

    October 11, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports' struggles this season carried over to Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Sunday in a key race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.The perennially competitive NASCAR team struggled through the summer months and placed only three of its four drivers in the Chase. Jimmie Johnson was eliminated last week, and now Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the ropes.

  • Logano races into 3rd round of playoffs with Charlotte win

    October 11, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano won at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday to automatically advance to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs.The race was rained out Saturday night and run instead in the middle of the day Sunday, and it ended with Logano beating reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to the finish line by 0.704 seconds.

  • Earnhardt hits wall, Hendrick's struggles continue

    October 11, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Chase driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall on lap 70 at Charlotte on Sunday, leaving him one lap behind the field in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs.Earnhardt was running in the top 10 when Carl Edwards tapped his rear bumper, forcing him into the wall. Earnhardt remained on the track for five laps before his right front tire went down, bringing out the caution and causing him to pit.

  • Hamilton wins Russian GP as Rosberg fails to finish

    October 11, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Lewis Hamilton took a huge step toward retaining his Formula One title by winning the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday as his main rival Nico Rosberg failed to finish.Hamilton started second behind Rosberg and took over the lead from his Mercedes teammate when Rosberg experienced a throttle problem that forced him to slow to a crawl and then come into the pits to retire.

  • Sainz ruled fit to race in Russia after heavy crash

    October 11, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. has been declared fit to compete in the Russian Grand Prix after a high-speed crash in practice left him in hospital.Sainz's car penetrated the barriers in the heavy crash at the 90-degree right-handed turn 13 during Saturday's final practice session in Sochi and he was airlifted to hospital, missing the qualifying session.

  • Rain pushes Chase race at Charlotte to Sunday afternoon

    October 10, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) The opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs was washed out by persistent rain Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The race was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. It's just NASCAR's second rainout of the season, although several events this year were delayed because of weather.

  • Jeff Gordon gets final race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

    October 10, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Jeff Gordon came to North Carolina in 1990 to participate in the Buck Baker Racing School at Rockingham Speedway. He used the trip to make a sightseeing break at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Gordon's only firsthand knowledge of a superspeedway was Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he'd heard so much about the facility in Charlotte that he just had to take a look.

  • Rosberg takes pole position for Russian GP

    October 10, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) Mercedes' Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of his teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton.Rosberg set an unbeatable time of 1 minute, 37.113 seconds midway through the final qualifying session in Sochi, more than three tenths of a second faster than Hamilton.

  • Sainz crash ends 3rd practice session in Russia

    October 10, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) A heavy crash for Carlos Sainz Jr. ended the final practice session at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday with the Toro Rosso driver flown to hospital.Sainz lost control of his car on a high-speed stretch heading into a steep right-hand corner, before scraping along the wall and crashing head on into the barriers.

  • Austin Dillon wins Xfinity Series race at Charlotte

    October 9, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Austin Dillon dodged fireworks before the race and coasted to an Xfinity Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night.Dillon led 61 laps and help off Erik Jones to complete a season sweep at the track. The Sprint Cup driver has four victories this season in the second-tier series.

  • Kyle Busch fastest in final practice at Charlotte

    October 9, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch was the fastest Friday night in the final practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Busch, who will start on the front row Saturday night alongside Matt Kenseth, turned a lap 189.354 mph.Chase drivers had the six fastest times.

  • Title contenders eyeing win at Charlotte to ease pressure

    October 9, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Expect the intensity to pick up a tick in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway ended last year with mild-mannered Matt Kenseth jumping Brad Keselowski, who had already drawn the ire of Denny Hamlin.

  • Hamilton hopeful of closing in on 3rd F1 title at Sochi GP

    October 8, 2015

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) As he closes in on his third Formula One drivers' title, Lewis Hamilton is hopeful the conditions in Russia won't work against his Mercedes team.Hamilton has a big lead in the standings and was dominant last year in Russia, beating teammate Nico Rosberg to first place in qualifying and the race. However, the Sochi circuit, which winds around venues from last year's Winter Olympics, may not favor Mercedes this time.

  • Syracuse's Moody Mile hosts its final stock car race

    October 7, 2015

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Wesley Moody really doesn't want to think about it. He knows he will shed a tear or two when he bids farewell to an old friend.That will come Sunday when the final race is staged at the historic mile-long dirt racetrack at the New York State Fairgrounds, the so-called Moody Mile where the gritty stock car racer from the Adirondack Mountains left a lasting impression more than four decades ago.

  • Hendrick teams now guarding against parts failures in Chase

    October 8, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports took time in its weekly meetings to address the parts failure that cost Jimmie Johnson a shot at a seventh championship.Johnson was eliminated in the first round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when an axle seal broke on his car Sunday at Dover. The failure occurred 103 laps into the race and he finished 41st to fall into the bottom four of the Chase standings.

  • Harvick victory celebration raises eyebrows among rivals

    October 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) First, Kevin Harvick embarrassed the field with a dominating victory at Dover.Then his victory celebration made some of his competitors wonder if the reigning Sprint Cup champion had something to hide.Many believe Harvick backed his car into the wall during his celebratory burnout perhaps in an intentional attempt to create damage to his Chevrolet that would limit NASCAR's ability to do a proper post-race inspection.

  • Gordon thinks new tire changer can give inside information

    October 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jeff Gordon believes his new front tire changer can improve his pit crew and give Hendrick Motorsports some inside information on the competition.Nick Odell, considered one of the best tire changers in NASCAR, was released from Joe Gibbs Racing after the opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He was immediately pursued by nearly every top Sprint Cup team, and settled on Hendrick Motorsports.

  • Ecclestone says F1 could be sold in 2015, 3 potential buyers

    October 6, 2015

    Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone said Tuesday that the motorsport series could be sold this year and there are three interested buyers.Speaking to The Associated Press, the 84-year-old Ecclestone did not identify the potential new owners but said he wants to remain in his current role, running F1 on a day-to-day basis.

  • Column: Harvick advancing bad for everyone else in NASCAR

    October 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) No one would have blamed a championship contender for getting just a little bit excited when Kevin Harvick wrecked during the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.And it would have been understandable if a driver or two had started salivating a bit when Harvick ran out of gas while leading the very next week.

  • Antron Brown remains perfect in Countdown

    October 4, 2015

    MOHTON, Pa. (AP) Antron Brown remained perfect in the first three Countdown to the Championship events, winning the NHRA Keystone Nationals on Sunday.Brown had a 3.717-second pass at 328.46 mph in his Top Fuel dragster to beat teammate Tony Schumacher.

  • Harvick dominates in must-win race to advance in Chase

    October 4, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Kevin Harvick dominated a race he had to win to advance to the second round of NASCAR's playoffs, while six-time champion Jimmie Johnson was a stunning elimination from contention.Harvick led 354 laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway and earned the third automatic berth in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. Harvick was mired in 15th in the standings and had to win to keep his title defense alive.

  • NASCAR driver Theriault injured in Trucks race

    October 4, 2015

    STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR driver Austin Theriault has suffered a compression fracture of his lower back in a head-on crash into a wall in a Truck Series race.Theriault was driving Brad Keselowski Racing's Ford when he made contact with teammate Tyler Reddick's truck on Lap 14 on Saturday night at Las Vegas and hit the wall on a part of the track not protected by a SAFER barrier.

  • Latvala wins Tour of Corsica

    October 4, 2015

    AGOSTA PLAGE, Corsica (AP) Jari-Matti Latvala won the Tour of Corsica on Sunday for his third world rally championship victory this season and 15th of his career.The Finnish driver increased his lead over Elfyn Evans to 43.1 seconds during a day dominated by world champion Sebastien Ogier.

  • John Wes Townley wins NASCAR Truck race at Las Vegas

    October 4, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an event marred by Austin Theriault's head-on crash into a wall.Townley won for the first time in the series, getting his Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet home on limited fuel after the other contenders ran out of gas or pitted to keep from running dry.

  • Tandy, Pilet win Petit Le Mans in Porsche GT

    October 3, 2015

    BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) Nick Tandy teamed with Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche GT Le Mans class car to win the IMSA Petit Le Mans endurance race in an all-day downpour Sunday at Road Atlanta.Tandy and Pilet became the first GT drivers to claim an overall victory since the 2003 Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. They won nearly four months after taking an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans French endurance race in a Porsche prototype.

  • Brittany Force tops qualifying in NHRA Keystone Nationals

    October 3, 2015

    MOHNTON, Pa. (AP) Brittany Force broke both of her career marks Saturday with a 3.725-second pass at 331.53 mph to take the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying in the NHRA Keystone NationalsNHRA officials canceled the second session of qualifying Saturday because of persistent rain at Maple Grove Raceway. Qualifying also was washed out Friday in the third event in the six-race Countdown playoffs.

  • Brittany Force breaks Maple Grove records

    October 3, 2015

    MOHNTON, Pa. (AP) Brittany Force broke both Maple Grove Raceway records Saturday with a 3.725-second pass at 331.53 mph to take the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying in the NHRA Northwest Nationals.NHRA officials canceled the second session of qualifying Saturday because of persistent rains. Qualifying also was washed out Friday in the third event in the six-race Countdown playoffs.

  • Regan Smith wins Xfinity Series race at Dover

    October 3, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Regan Smith strengthened his NASCAR Xfinity Series championship push with a victory Saturday at Dover International Speedway.Smith won for the second time this season and moved within 36 points of series leader Chris Buescher with five races left in the season.

  • Jimmie Johnson hopes for Dover dominance in 500th start

    October 3, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Jimmie Johnson was still only a prospect in NASCAR's developmental series when he tried to work up the nerve to talk to Jeff Gordon.Johnson wanted to introduce himself to Gordon and ask for career advice, a chance to pick the brain of one of racing's greats.

  • Kahne, Harvick top final speed charts at Dover

    October 3, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) With rain wreaking havoc on the Dover schedule, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne topped the speed charts Saturday in the final practices.Harvick, who likely needs to win Sunday to advance to the next round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, topped the final practice at 156.033 mph.

  • Rain washes out qualifying in NHRA Keystone Nationals

    October 2, 2015

    MOHNTON, Pa. (AP) Rain washed out qualifying Friday in the NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.The event is the third in the six-race Countdown playoffs.Antron Brown, the winner of the first two Countdown events, leads the Top Fuel standings - 77 points ahead of Tony Schumacher.

  • Richard Westbrook takes Road Atlanta pole

    October 2, 2015

    BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) Richard Westbrook took the Prototype pole Friday for the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship's season-ending Petit Le Mans on Saturday at Road Atlanta.The British driver turned a lap in 1 minute, 27.860 seconds - averaging 104.075 mph - around the 2.54-mile circuit to put the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP in position to claim its first season title. Westbrook and co-driver Michael Valiante lead the Prototype standings by six points over defending champions Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa.

  • Bowyer lands ride with HScott before replacing Tony Stewart

    October 2, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Clint Bowyer hopes his one-year pit stop at HScott Motorsports is more than just a footnote on his career.He wants to build the foundation that will shape the fledgling organization into a championship contender.''When I leave there, I want to be able to leave there having a winning organization,'' he said.

  • Veteran driver Sadler signs with Earnhardt for Xfinity ride

    October 2, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Elliott Sadler will drive for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series in 2016.Sadler has 10 career wins in NASCAR's second-tier series and three wins in Sprint Cup.He's winless in 27 races this season driving for owner Jack Roush. Sadler has been a regular in Xfinity since 2011 and was twice runner-up in 2011 and 2012 in the championship standings.

  • Rain at Dover washes out qualifying; Kenseth on pole

    October 2, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) For a driver on the brink of championship elimination, Kevin Harvick might have the biggest target at Dover.The mission is clear: Knock out Harvick, knock out a champion.''Everyone in this Chase knows they are the biggest threat for the championship,'' four-time champ Jeff Gordon said. ''If they get eliminated then that takes the biggest threat out of it.

  • Newgarden to drive for Carpenter and Fisher again in 2016

    October 1, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Josef Newgarden will return to CFH Racing next season after winning two IndyCar races this year.Newgarden has raced for Sarah Fisher since 2012, and the team last year merged with Ed Carpenter Racing. The strengthened organization helped Newgarden grab his first career win in April at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. He then led teammate Luca Fillippi across the finish line for a 1-2 finish at Toronto in June.

  • Former F1 driver Alguersuari retires from auto racing

    October 1, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Former Formula One driver Jaime Alguersuari says he is retiring from auto racing at the age of 25.The Spaniard made the announcement through his social media accounts, saying ''it's time to move on and mark a new beginning following my dreams and listening to my heart.''

  • Harvick has championship defense on line at Dover

    October 1, 2015

    With a NASCAR championship defense at stake, Kevin Harvick tried to spin Dover as just another race. He even compared the pressure ahead to a walk in the park.Win at Dover and the back-to-back bid is alive. Fall short, and Harvick likely could be relegated to a spoiler role for the rest of NASCAR's playoffs.

  • 2016 Formula One season to start 2 weeks earlier

    October 1, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The 2016 Formula One championship is set to start two weeks earlier than originally planned.FIA, the sport's governing body, has released a revised provisional schedule with the season getting underway at the Australian Grand Prix on March 20 instead of April 3.

  • Jenson Button to remain at McLaren for 2016 F1 season

    October 1, 2015

    WOKING, England (AP) Jenson Button has decided against retirement and will remain with McLaren for the 2016 Formula One season.The 2009 world champion had been considering quitting after this season, but both sides announced Thursday that he would continue for another year.

  • IndyCar Series continues quest to find safer ways to race

    September 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Mark Miles will never forget the first time he saw an IndyCar driver seriously hurt.It was October 2013, after a race at Fontana. When he walked into the hospital room, he found Justin Wilson lying in bed, awake and alert with a bunch of tubes attached to his body.

  • NASCAR's Clint Bowyer gets biggest opportunity of his career

    September 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Clint Bowyer began the season with a three-year contract to drive for Michael Waltrip. He got an even better deal - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - before he even completed the first season of his new contract.Bowyer is the successor for three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who will retire at the end of 2016. Bowyer will get into the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017.

  • Appeals panel upholds penalties against Bowyer and MWR

    September 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) An appeals committee has upheld penalties against Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing that effectively ends any shot Bowyer had at winning the Sprint Cup championship.The three-person National Motorsports Appeals Panel on Wednesday ruled NASCAR was correct in penalizing the No. 15 team for an illegally modified part two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • NASCAR's Tony Stewart will retire from Cup racing after '16

    September 30, 2015

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) There was no final straw, no outside influence, no personal trauma that led Tony Stewart to set an expiration date on his NASCAR career.Instead, the three-time NASCAR champion simply decided enough was enough.''I think deep down you know when it's time to do something to make a change,'' Stewart said Wednesday in announcing he will retire from Sprint Cup racing following the 2016 season to wrap up a storied 18-year career in NASCAR's top tier.

  • NASCAR champion Stewart will retire after 2016 season

    September 30, 2015

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) Tony Stewart says he will retire following the 2016 season.The three-time NASCAR champion announced his decision Wednesday at the team shop in North Carolina, saying ''next year will be my last year in the Sprint Cup Series.'' He said it was ''100 percent'' his choice.

  • Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart says he will retire after 2016 season

    September 30, 2015

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart says he will retire after 2016 season.

  • Truex earns extension with Furniture Row, jumps to Toyota

    September 27, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Furniture Row Racing has picked up the 2016 option on Martin Truex Jr's contract.The single-car organization also dumped Chevrolet and will make the move to Toyota next season. Truex will drive the No. 78 Toyota Camry.Toyota's major partnership is with Joe Gibbs Racing, which has all four drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Toyota was in the market for another team with the collapse of Michael Waltrip Racing.

  • Hamilton powers to dominant win at Japanese GP

    September 27, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton pulled off an aggressive passing move on teammate Nico Rosberg and went on to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, moving a step closer to claiming his second straight Formula One title.Hamilton, who had his first retirement of the season at last weekend's Singapore GP, capitalized on a strong start and surged ahead of Rosberg at the first corner. He led the rest of the way, crossing the finish line a comfortable 18.9 seconds ahead. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third, 1.8 seconds behind Rosberg, who started from pole.

  • Ryan Blaney wins Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

    September 27, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Ryan Blaney completed a Team Penske season sweep of the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Kentucky Speedway, beating Ty Dillon in a green-white-checkered finish Saturday night.After the record-tying 10th caution, Dillon led Blaney, Regan Smith, Chase Elliott and defending race winner Brendan Gaughan on the restart.

  • Matt Hagan has fastest Funny Car run in NHRA history

    September 26, 2015

    MADISON, Ill. (AP) Matt Hagan broke the Funny Car speed mark Saturday, reaching 330.470 mph Saturday in qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Hagan's time of 3.883 seconds was the second-quickest in NHRA history. The three-team season champion raced to his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season in his Dodge Charger R/T.

  • Ryan Reed wins rain-delayed ARCA race at Kentucky

    September 26, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Ryan Reed won the rain-delayed ARCA Racing Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday for his second victory of the year.Reed, driving Lira Motorsports' No. 38 Ford, led the final 20 laps and held off Travis Braden by 0.356 seconds in the 100-lap race that was postponed Friday night at the 1.5-mile speedway.

  • Austin Dillon wins Truck Series' milestone 500th race

    September 26, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Austin Dillon led 80 laps and won Saturday at New Hampshire Motorspeedway in the milestone 500th NASCAR Truck Series race.Dillon won for the first time this season in series, to go with three wins in the Xfinity Series. Dillon was dominant and won from the pole in the No. 33 Chevrolet. He won for the seventh time in 67 career races.

  • Gordon set to become NASCAR's Iron Man at New Hampshire

    September 26, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Jeff Gordon had a knack for pinpointing the unprotected wall when the No. 24 crashed.His car was shot.Gordon rarely was.Sure, he bruised his ribs in 1999 at Texas Motor Speedway. He had a minor headache when the car lost its brakes, sliced through the grass and mud and slammed the wall in 2006 at Pocono Raceway. His 2008 wreck at Las Vegas tore the radiator out of the car and left it a mangled mess.

  • Harvick, Edwards top final speed charts at New Hampshire

    September 26, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick start 1-2 in Sunday's race at New Hampshire, and they topped the speed charts in the final practices.Edwards was fastest in the Saturday morning session for Joe Gibbs Racing with a lap of 133.516 mph. Harvick led the second session in the afternoon at 134.577.

  • Mercedes' Rosberg takes pole at Japanese GP

    September 26, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Nico Rosberg claimed a fortuitous pole position ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday as Mercedes returned to its dominant form.Rosberg, who trails Hamilton by 41 points in the championship, took pole in unusual circumstances, as all drivers were denied a last flying lap due to a red flag following a serious crash by Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

  • Mercedes' Rosberg fastest in final practice for Japanese GP

    September 26, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Mercedes returned to its dominant best by setting the fastest times in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg edging teammate Lewis Hamilton.After rain-hit sessions on Friday when teams restricted their running, and a curiously off-the-pace showing last weekend in Singapore, Mercedes was back on top at Suzuka.

  • Larry Dixon takes Top Fuel qualifying lead at Gateway

    September 25, 2015

    MADISON, Ill. (AP) Larry Dixon took the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Midwestern Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Dixon had a 3.756-second run at a track-record 328.06 mph. The three-time season champion has five runner-up finishes this year and is third in the points standings.

  • Rain postpones ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway

    September 25, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Rain forced ARCA Racing Series officials to postpone the race at Kentucky Speedway from Friday night to Saturday.The 100-lap race will be run in the afternoon before the NASCAR Xfinity Series event.William Byron won the pole in Venturini Motorsports' No. 55 Toyota. The 17-year-old Byron took the top spot with a lap at 177.427 mph on the 1.5-mile speedway.

  • Carl Edwards wins pole at New Hampshire for 2nd Chase race

    September 25, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Carl Edwards will start from the pole in his bid to give Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth straight victory.Edwards continued JGR's dominance with a lap of 137.980 mph to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

  • NASCAR champ Harvick on the ropes in New Hampshire

    September 25, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire Motor Speedway had some fun with NASCAR's latest prize fight and stuck a free standing heavy bag with a pair of red Everlast gloves in the motorhome lot.The sign next to the boxing equipment read: ''Chase Stress Reliever.''

  • Edwards tops speed chart during practice at New Hampshire

    September 25, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Carl Edwards was fastest in the lone practice session Friday for the second race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Chase drivers took the top three spots and eight of the top 10 in the first practice for the race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

  • Kurt Busch crew chief in New Hampshire after appendectomy

    September 25, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Tony Gibson started working with Jimmie Johnson's trainer in July to get fit headed into the heart of the NASCAR season.Gibson wanted to shed some pounds, not his appendix.Gibson, Kurt Busch's crew chief, was back at work Friday for this weekend's race days after he had an emergency appendectomy. When he ran into Johnson at New Hampshire, the six-time series champion had one question: How much did the appendix weigh?

  • Kvyat fastest in wet 2nd practice at Japanese GP

    September 25, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat had the quickest lap in a wet second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix, edging Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.Kvyat clocked 1 minute, 49.277 seconds around the Suzuka circuit, two hundredths of a second ahead of Rosberg with championship leader Lewis Hamilton half a second back in third.

  • Grosjean leading candidate to join new US F1 team Haas

    September 25, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) French driver Romain Grosjean is the leading candidate to join the new U.S.-owned Haas Formula One team.Haas has scheduled a news conference for a driver announcement next Tuesday at its Kannapolis, North Carolina, headquarters.Grosjean currently drives for Lotus which has severe financial problems and is in ongoing takeover talks. The financial problems meant the team's freight arrived late for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix and its hospitality unit was not in operation on Friday at the Suzuka circuit.

  • Sainz Jr. fastest in wet 1st practice at Japanese GP

    September 25, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. had the quickest lap in a wet first practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.The Spaniard clocked 1 minute, 49.434 seconds, half a second ahead of Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg third.

  • A.J. Foyt gets artificial knee after staph infection

    September 24, 2015

    WALLER, Texas (AP) A.J. Foyt has had knee replacement surgery in his right leg.The new knee he received Wednesday replaces the antibiotic-infused cement spacer he received last month as doctors battled a staph infection Foyt developed in July.The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner was unable to attend the final two IndyCar races of the season during recovery. The 80-year-old also had a triple bypass last November that caused him to miss the first five races of the year.

  • MWR appeal of penalties against Bowyer to be heard Wednesday

    September 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Waltrip Racing officially filed an appeal Thursday of the championship-crippling penalties levied against Clint Bowyer's team.Crew chief Billy Scott's three-race suspension has been deferred through the appeal process. The appeal will be heard Wednesday.

  • Scott Dixon added to Ganassi's Petit Le Mans lineup

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar champion Scott Dixon has been added to Chip Ganassi Racing's lineup for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta next week.Dixon will join Scott Pruett and Joey Hand as co-pilot of the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley Prototype. It will be his third sports car appearance of the season: Dixon was part of the winning team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and he also competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

  • Hinchcliffe to get back in a car next week at Road America

    September 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe will be back in an Indy car for the first time since his near-fatal accident in May when he tests next week at Road America in Wisconsin.Hinchcliffe crashed during a May 18 practice for the Indianapolis 500. A piece of his broken suspension pierced his leg and the IndyCar safety crew had to prevent him from bleeding to death as he was rushed to surgery.

  • Hamilton looking to regain momentum at Japanese GP

    September 24, 2015

    SUZUKA, Japan (AP) After a rare setback in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton hopes to get his Formula One championship pursuit back on track immediately at the Japanese Grand Prix.An engine-clamp failure that took away boost power forced Hamilton out of the Singapore night race last weekend for his first retirement of the season.

  • Jeff Gordon to become NASCAR's newest Iron Man

    September 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Jeff Gordon takes the green flag for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he will set the mark as NASCAR's new Iron Man.Gordon will be making his 789th consecutive start, passing Ricky Rudd for the record. Rudd, who once used duct tape to keep his swollen eyes open so he could drive, set the mark in 2002 when he snapped Terry Labonte's streak of 655 consecutive races.

  • Clint Bowyer's title hopes hit hard by NASCAR penalties

    September 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Clint Bowyer's slim shot at winning the Sprint Cup championship in Michael Waltrip Racing's final season took a huge hit Wednesday when NASCAR penalized the team for an infraction in the opening playoff race.NASCAR said the No. 15 team had parts not properly installed on its Toyota during the opening inspection Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • Pipeline: Xfinity drivers looking for bounce to Sprint Cup

    September 23, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Chase Elliott is certain he made strides from his time in the Xfinity Series. He knows he would not be ready for Sprint Cup racing next year without his Xfinity time.Elliott, the 19-year-old son of Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott, worked his way up on the track to race in NASCAR's Triple-A series in 2014. He became the first rookie and youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR national series championship.

  • Kurt Busch crew chief Gibson has emergency appendectomy

    September 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kurt Busch's crew chief had an emergency appendectomy that could delay his arrival in New Hampshire for this weekend's playoff race.Tony Gibson posted Wednesday on Facebook that he was home and resting a day after the procedure.

  • IndyCar's Montoya enjoys memories in return to Road America

    September 22, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Juan Montoya has vivid, visceral memories of competing at Road America's 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit.Even though he's 15 years removed from competition at the road course, the routine came flooding back Tuesday as a handful of IndyCar Series drivers participated in a test session in preparation for next year's return to the circuit.

  • Sunoco becomes 4th major sponsor of Daytona Rising

    September 22, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Sunoco is the latest sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's redevelopment project.The American fuel manufacturer announced a multi-year deal Tuesday to become one of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising, the 0 million facelift taking place at NASCAR's most famous track.

  • Column: Kevin Harvick's mettle will be tested next 2 races

    September 21, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are not enemies. They have known each other since the early days of their careers, which began in California before the two crossed the country to North Carolina to take a crack at making it in NASCAR.

  • Harvick on ropes after crash and confrontation with Johnson

    September 21, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Nonplussed by Joe Gibbs Racing's red-hot ride into NASCAR's playoffs, Kevin Harvick confidently predicted they wouldn't get in his way of a second consecutive championship.''We're going to pound them into the ground,'' Harvick said of JGR's four-car title push.

  • Brown wins first Top Fuel final between black racers

    September 20, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Antron Brown won the first Top Fuel final between black racers in NHRA history Sunday, beating J.R. Todd in the playoff-opening Carolina Nationals.Brown raced to his fifth victory of the season, 36th overall in Top Fuel, and took over the points lead in his bid for a second season championship.

  • Hamlin rallies to earn victory in opening round of playoffs

    September 20, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Denny Hamlin gave Joe Gibbs Racing a victory in the opening round of NASCAR's playoffs by rallying from a disastrous start at Chicagoland Speedway.Hamlin spun on the second lap Sunday and immediately fell a lap off the pace. He and his JGR team didn't panic, then used a gutsy call not to pit during the final caution to give Hamlin a shot at the victory.

  • Harvick crashes in opening race of NASCAR's playoffs

    September 20, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick crashed Sunday in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.The defense of his title hit a snag on a restart with 132 laps remaining at Chicagoland Speedway. Jimmie Johnson made contact with Harvick on the restart and it created a tire rub on Harvick's Chevrolet.

  • US driver Rossi says F1 debut 'pretty special'

    September 20, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) A slow start and a broken radio were not enough to spoil the Formula One race debut of American driver Alex Rossi on Sunday, as he completed the full distance of the Singapore Grand Prix.Rossi, who is the first American to race in F1 since 2007, was competing for the small-budget Manor team which was never going to win the race. He at least had the satisfaction of taking 14th place ahead of teammate Will Stevens.

  • Race car driver dies during victory lap at Vermont track

    September 20, 2015

    FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) Police say a racing driver taking his ceremonial victory lap died after suffering an apparent medical problem following a race in Vermont.State police have not released the name of the 63-year-old driver who died following the race Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven.

  • Vettel wins Singapore GP to liven up F1 title race

    September 20, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired mid-race, injecting new life into the fight for the Formula One title.Vettel led from start to finish in a race that was temporarily interrupted by a fan wandering on the track.

  • Fan walks along F1 track during Singapore GP

    September 20, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) The fan who wandered onto the track during Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix was later arrested by Singapore police.A statement issued by the FIA, Formula One's governing body, said ''a 27-year-old man has been arrested and is assisting police with investigations.''

  • Grant Enfinger races to sixth ARCA victory of year

    September 19, 2015

    SALEM, Ind. (AP) Grant Enfinger raced to his sixth ARCA Racing Series victory of the year Saturday night, easily holding off former NASCAR driver Ken Schrader at Salem Speedway.''Crazy things seem to happen at Salem and this was no different,'' Enfinger said.

  • Kyle Busch beats Matt Kenseth to give JGR Xfinity Series win

    September 19, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Joe Gibbs Racing grabbed its first victory of the weekend when Kyle Busch won the Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.It was a rout Saturday night by JGR drivers Busch and Matt Kenseth, who combined to lead 186 of the 200 laps. The two then dueled over the closing laps, with Kenseth sliding past Busch for the lead with two laps remaining, only for Busch to snatch the lead right back.

  • Clay Millican earns No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel

    September 19, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Clay Millican earned his first No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel in more than two years Saturday in the playoff-opening NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.Millican, who missed claiming one of the top 10 playoff positions in the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, took the top spot with his Friday run of 3.758 seconds at 318.77 mph.

  • Truex fastest in final 2 practices before opening Chase race

    September 19, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in both practice sessions Saturday for the opening round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.Chase drivers took nine of the top 11 spots on the speed chart in the final practice for the race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • Pruett races to 60th sports car victory

    September 19, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Scott Pruett won the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday to extend his North American endurance sports car victory record to 60.Pruett teamed with co-driver Joey Hand in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP in the 2-hour, 40-minute race for their first victory of the season.

  • Chase newcomers won't change how they approach title races

    September 19, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) When the green flag drops on the opening round of NASCAR's playoffs, Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard will be racing for a Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the first time in their careers.Unlike the other 14 drivers in the Chase, they have no experience in racing for the title. They don't know what strategies will get them through to the second round, and haven't seen firsthand how the intensity will pick up starting Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • Daytona not changing fencing after review of July crash

    September 19, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) There have been no changes to the fencing at Daytona International Speedway following the last-lap crash in July that sent Austin Dillon's car into the barrier.Five fans were injured from debris from the accident, and it marked the third crash in three years in which spectators were hurt after last-lap airborne crashes.

  • Nemechek grabs 1st career Truck Series victory by saving gas

    September 19, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) John Hunter Nemechek has grabbed his first career victory by capitalizing in the Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway when others didn't have the fuel to make it to the finish.The second-generation NASCAR driver was running second behind Kyle Larson when Larson ran out of gas two laps from the finish. With Larson coasting on the bottom of the track, Nemechek cruised past him to grab his first national series victory.

  • Ferrari's Vettel takes pole position for Singapore GP

    September 19, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Sebastian Vettel waved his right index finger to celebrate pole position in an unexpected sight at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday as the German driver comfortably topped qualifying and prevented Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team from equaling long-standing records.

  • Ferrari, Red Bull again lead Mercedes at Singapore GP

    September 19, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the two fastest times in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix, posing a major threat to Mercedes' hopes of equaling the record for the most consecutive pole positions in Formula One history.

  • Cost-cutting moves meet opposition from F1 teams

    September 19, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Proposals to introduce a cost cap on supply of engines and a ban on wind tunnels have run into opposition from Formula One teams.The F1 Strategy Group - comprising the sport's governing body FIA, the sport's commercial arm run by Bernie Ecclestone and the top six teams - reportedly approved the two proposals by split votes.

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. leads Funny Car qualifying

    November 13, 2015

    POMONA, Calif. (AP) Funny Car championship long-shot Tommy Johnson Jr. raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals.Johnson powered his Dodge Charger R/T to a track-record run 3.917 seconds at 324.67 mph at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona near Los Angeles to take the top spot. Johnson gained three points on series leader Del Worsham and second-place Jack Beckman. Johnson is 94 points behind Worsham.

  • Rain forces NASCAR to postpone truck race at Chicago

    September 18, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Rain postponed the NASCAR Truck Series race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway.The race was rescheduled for Saturday morning after a heavy storm blew over the track late in the qualifying session. Thunder and lightning brought qualifying to an end, and NASCAR eventually waived off the race, too.

  • Pruett takes IMSA pole at Circuit of The Americas

    September 18, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Scott Pruett took the pole position Friday for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race Saturday at Circuit of The Americas.Pruett had a lap at 103.343 mph in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP for Chip Ganassi Racing to take the pole by 0.071 seconds over Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda/Ligier prototype.

  • Harvick to start Chase on pole after qualifying canceled

    September 18, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Kevin Harvick will begin defense of his Sprint Cup championship from the pole in the opening round of NASCAR's playoffs.Heavy rain washed out qualifying Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, and NASCAR set the field based on speeds from the only practice session of the day. Knowing that weather was likely going to be an issue, Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team focused on laying down a fast lap that they could fall back on should qualifying indeed be scratched.

  • Denny Hamlin off crutches as he hobbles into Chase opener

    September 18, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Denny Hamlin has ditched the crutch he used after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament, and heads into the first round of NASCAR's playoffs walking on his own.Hamlin hurt his knee last week playing basketball. He's started physical therapy and hopes he no longer needs to wear a knee brace when the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • Danica gets 4 more races funded in deal with Aspen Dental

    September 18, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Stewart-Haas Racing has sold all but four races in Danica Patrick's 2016 sponsorship program, and the remainder of the inventory should be gone by next month.GoDaddy is leaving NASCAR at the end of the season, and SHR signed Nature's Bakery last month as primary sponsor for 28 of Patrick's races.

  • Red Bull's Kvyat sets fastest time in Singapore GP practice

    September 18, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Red Bull youngster Daniil Kvyat recorded the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second, indicating those teams are set to provide a challenge to previously dominant Mercedes this weekend.

  • Rosberg ahead of Hamilton in opening Singapore practice

    September 18, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Friday's opening practice session for Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix.Rosberg, who badly needs to finish ahead of his teammate in Singapore to boost his hopes of making a title challenge, was three tenths of a second faster than Hamilton around the demanding Marina Bay street circuit.

  • Harvick ready to "pound" Joe Gibbs Racing in title chase

    September 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) It didn't take Kevin Harvick long to start needling the drivers standing in his way of a second consecutive title.The reigning Sprint Cup champion has heard all the hype surrounding Joe Gibbs Racing, which closed out the regular season with eight wins in the final 11 races. Harvick, with 10 second-place finishes this year, isn't at all concerned with the JGR group.

  • Hamilton says matching Senna's F1 wins would be emotional

    September 17, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton is poised to match the total number of race wins held by his childhood idol Ayrton Senna, and says notching a 41st victory in Singapore this weekend would be an emotional moment.Hamilton has a big lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the standings after winning the past two races and took this grand prix last year, so he will be hard to beat at the Marina Bay street circuit.

  • US driver Rossi says F1 race debut is 'very surreal'

    September 17, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) American driver Alexander Rossi is having a ''very surreal'' time preparing for his Formula One race debut this weekend after signing a deal with the Manor team, becoming the first American to compete in the series since 2007.Rossi will make his race debut at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday after having only received confirmation on Tuesday that he will replace Roberto Mehri for five of this season's remaining seven races, including the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

  • Bowyer tries to focus on present, not his uncertain future

    September 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Clint Bowyer is perpetually happy whenever he comes to Kansas Speedway, feeling as if he's at home just a short drive from where the Emporia native first achieved racing stardom.His smile came a little less carefree on Wednesday.

  • Newman counting on points to win NASCAR championship

    September 16, 2015

    Ryan Newman held a question-and-answer session with hundreds of middle school students in Delaware who peppered the only Sprint Cup driver with a college degree with questions about education and racing.They wanted to know what Jeff Gordon was like, what Newman does in his spare time and his favorite track. The Fifer middle school kids also asked for Newman's favorite subject in school.

  • American Alexander Rossi signs for F1 team Manor Marussia

    September 16, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Formula One team Manor Marussia has signed American driver Alexander Rossi to race in five of the seven remaining events this season, starting in Singapore this weekend.The 23-year-old Rossi will be the first American to compete in Formula One since Scott Speed in 2007. As well as Singapore, the team said in a statement Wednesday that Rossi will race in Japan, the United States, Mexico and Brazil.

  • Poor air quality hampers buildup for Singapore GP

    September 16, 2015

    The Singapore Grand Prix is already one of the most physically taxing races on the Formula One calendar, and this year drivers will have to put up with the additional strain of poor air quality.Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has choked Singapore in the days leading up to the race, with the local government's Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) wavering between ''unhealthy'' and ''very unhealthy.''

  • APNewsBreak: Hendrick locks up Johnson, Lowe's through '17

    September 14, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jimmie Johnson knew he wasn't leaving Hendrick Motorsports, even as questions began to swirl when negotiations on an extension stretched deep into the final year of his contract.All that speculation was for naught: Rick Hendrick has locked the six-time champion and sponsor Lowe's into a 2-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 season. The deal announced Monday comes as Johnson prepares for the opening race of NASCAR's playoffs, and he seemed amused that his possible free agency ''caught some buzz'' throughout the industry as negotiations continued.

  • Singapore schools, F1 race on edge as bad haze persists

    September 14, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Billowing smoke from Indonesian forest fires has worsened Singapore's air pollution, raising concern among organizers of this weekend's widely anticipated Formula One night race, as well as in schools that reopened Monday after a weeklong term break.

  • Singapore schools, Grand Prix on edge as bad haze persists

    September 14, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Billowing smoke from Indonesian forest fires has worsened Singapore's air pollution, raising concern among organizers of the widely-anticipated Formula One night race this weekend.The National Environment Agency said Singapore's main air pollution index rose to 222 early Monday, the highest level in a year and above the official ''very unhealthy'' bandwidth of 200.

  • Harvick not ready to hand crown over to Joe Gibbs Racing

    September 13, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Every indication the last three months is that Joe Gibbs Racing is going to be a major force in NASCAR's playoffs.But if anyone thinks JGR's four-car lineup is going to run away with the title, reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick has other ideas.

  • A glance at 16 NASCAR drivers racing in the Chase

    September 13, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A glance at the 16 NASCAR drivers racing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Drivers listed in order of Chase ranking:---No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick MotorsportsDRIVER: Jimmie Johnson

  • Ogier wins Rally Australia, notches 3rd world title in a row

    September 13, 2015

    COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Sebastien Ogier joined some select company on the world rally circuit on Sunday and enhanced France's long dominance of the sport.Ogier clinched his third World Rally Championship in a row on Sunday after winning Rally Australia for the third year running, taking the 2015 title with three events remaining.

  • Kenseth gives JGR 1 more win before NASCAR's playoffs begin

    September 12, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Joe Gibbs Racing cemented itself as the team to beat for NASCAR's championships with a dominating run Saturday night that ended in Matt Kenseth's fourth win of the season.The win put Kenseth in a tie with JGR teammate Kyle Busch and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson for the top seeds in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The 10-race playoff series begins next Sunday at Chicagoland.

  • Ganassi driver McMurray clinches Chase spot at Richmond

    September 13, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Jamie McMurray had been dubbed NASCAR's ''big game hunter'' for winning so many marquee races.He just couldn't make NASCAR's playoffs.McMurray's chase for the Chase is over, needing only the green flag to drop to clinch his first career berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night at Richmond.

  • Elliott holds off Busch to end 39-race Xfinity winless skid

    September 11, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Chase Elliott got away from pole-sitter Kyle Busch on a restart with 26 laps to go Friday night and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond International Raceway, ending a 39-race winless streak.Busch, starting fourth to Elliott's first on the restart, appeared to make contact with the defending series champion, but Elliott was able to get away enough so that Busch could never put a bumper on him again.

  • Logano wins pole for Saturday night's Cup race at Richmond

    September 11, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Joey Logano won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup regular-season finale Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.Logano turned a lap a 126.470 mph to emerge from the final 12 drivers in the knockout qualifying format.

  • Gordon feeling the heat headed into final Chase qualifier

    September 11, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Jeff Gordon knows a 17th-place finish Saturday night guarantees him a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.Based on his history, that's exactly where he expects to run in the final race of the regular season.Gordon said Friday he has a tendency of hovering in the running order exactly where he needs to finish. It's got him stressed out heading into his final chance to grab one of the 16 spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

  • Hamlin confident torn ACL won't hurt championship chances

    September 11, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) With a driving layup with 5 seconds remaining in his weekly basketball league, Denny Hamlin tied the game to force overtime.That extra session proved costly for the NASCAR star.Hamlin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Tuesday night and arrived at Richmond International Raceway on crutches. He's determined to wait until the offseason for surgery and said Friday he plans to drive the final 11 races with the injury.

  • Funeral for IndyCar driver Wilson held in English village

    September 10, 2015

    PAULERSPURY, England (AP) The daring moves and steely determination of Justin Wilson were remembered at the IndyCar driver's funeral in an English village on Thursday, three weeks after his fatal accident during a race.Former Formula One teammate Mark Webber and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti helped to carry the coffin, draped in a Union Jack, into a church near the central England circuit of Silverstone.

  • Hamlin expects to race at Richmond with torn ACL in knee

    September 9, 2015

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin expects to race Saturday night at Richmond with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Hamlin suffered the injury while playing basketball Tuesday night. He will require surgery to repair the ACL following the season.

  • Bowyer has uncertain NASCAR future heading into Richmond

    September 9, 2015

    Clint Bowyer's uncertain future includes finding a team for next season and landing a spot in NASCAR's playoffs for this season.He'll at least know the outcome of his postseason fortune Saturday night at Richmond International Speedway.Bowyer is in solid shape heading into the final race that will decide the 16-driver field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Bowyer could win the race and earn an automatic berth in the field. Though he's a two-time winner at Richmond, Bowyer hasn't won since 2012 and has only two top-five finishes this season for Michael Waltrip Racing.

  • Ogier set to clinch 3rd consecutive World Rally Championship

    September 9, 2015

    COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) After a Volkswagen sweep of the podium in last month's home race of the German manufacturer, Sebastien Ogier can clinch his third World Rally Championship in a row with a victory on Sunday over the forestry and farmland roads which make up Rally Australia.

  • Drivers want new rules package for Chase, NASCAR says no

    September 8, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Moments after Carl Edwards climbed from his winning Southern 500 car, he began lobbying for NASCAR to apply the rules package used at Darlington Raceway in the upcoming playoffs.Edwards and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates are among the loudest supporters of an aerodynamic package that has been experimented with twice this summer, most recently Sunday night at Darlington Raceway. Although his drivers want the low-downforce package used in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, team owner Joe Gibbs is content using the much-maligned current rules.

  • Column: @LewisHamilton, an F1 star for his age

    September 8, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) On his ride home, still high from his 40th victory in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton gave selfie- and autograph-hunters waiting outside the paddock at Monza a star-struck moment of shareable, likable ecstasy.Sunglasses on, baseball cap backward, the world champion deliberately locked the front brake of his powerful Brutale 800 Dragster motorbike and violently gunned the throttle.

  • Grant Enfinger earns 5th ARCA win in 2015

    September 7, 2015

    DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) Grant Enfinger won the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday for his fifth ARCA Racing Series victory of the year.Enfinger passed Kyle Weatherman on the first green-white-checkered lap and held on for his second win in the last three ARCA races. Weatherman was in front at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds before he slipped and went just high enough for Enfinger to slide past him on the backstretch.

  • Beckman wins Funny Car at US Nationals

    September 7, 2015

    BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) Jack Beckman got his sixth Funny Car win of the season at the U.S. Nationals on Monday.Beckman was credited with a reaction time victory in the final against three-time Indianapolis winner Robert Hight. Beckman ran a 4.058-second pass at 310.77 mph, while Hight ran a quicker 4.045 at 309.77. Despite running the slower time, Beckman had a superior .034 reaction time advantage to Hight's .063.

  • Lewis Hamilton wins Italian GP and doubles F1 lead

    September 6, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Lewis Hamilton cruised to his seventh win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, and doubled his Formula One lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, whose engine caught fire with two laps remaining.However, Hamilton's victory was under question after stewards summoned Mercedes concerning tire pressures on both of their cars.

  • Antron Brown wins Traxxas Nitro Shootout

    September 5, 2015

    BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) Antron Brown won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout on Saturday to earn a 0,000 on Saturday at the U.S. Nationals.Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel season champion, had a 4.147-second pass at 220.62 mph to beat Doug Kalitta in the final of the all-star bonus event. Brown topped J.R. Todd and Richie Crampton to reach the final.

  • Denny Hamlin dominates to lead JGR sweep at Darlington

    September 5, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin has won the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway, where he denied Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez his first career victory.Suarez inherited the lead when most of the field made their final pit stops and he tried to stretch his fuel to the end.

  • Keselowski wins 1st pole of season with run at Darlington

    September 5, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Brad Keselowski won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Darlington Raceway, where he'll start up front for the first time all season while searching for his first Southern 500 victory.Keselowski turned a lap at 178.874 mph Saturday to earn his first pole of the season. The Team Penske driver put his Ford in the top starting spot five times last year, but this marks just his third front row starting spot of 2015.

  • Column: Axing Monza would be Formula One madness

    September 5, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Thundering down Monza's finishing straight at speeds unrivalled at other circuits, Formula One drivers both make history and zoom past it.On their right, gone in the blink of an eye at 335 kph (210 mph), are old steeply banked and now disused curves where their predecessors diced with death decades ago.

  • Ferrari narrows gap as overhaul starts to pay off at Monza

    September 5, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) The complete overhaul at Ferrari that began a year ago is starting to show signs of paying off.And with the future of the pre-eminent Formula One team's home race in question, the timing could not have been better for narrowing the gap behind Mercedes.

  • Hamilton takes pole but Ferrari is close behind in Monza

    September 5, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Lewis Hamilton extended his recent stranglehold on pole position in Formula One, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari fans something to cheer about at their home Italian Grand Prix by qualifying second and third Saturday.

  • Hamilton takes 7th straight pole but Ferrari is close behind

    September 5, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Lewis Hamilton extended his recent stranglehold on pole position in Formula One, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari fans something to cheer about at their home Italian Grand Prix by qualifying second and third Saturday.

  • Hamilton takes 7th straight F1 pole at Monza; Ferrari 2-3

    September 5, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Lewis Hamilton extended his recent stranglehold on pole position in Formula One, although Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg qualified only fourth at the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari fans something to cheer about at their home race by qualifying second and third, respectively.

  • Hamilton leads final practice at Italian GP; Vettel 2nd

    September 5, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton remained fastest in the third and final practice session Saturday for the Italian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel moved up to second in a positive sign for Ferrari fans at their home race.Hamilton, the championship leader, was 0.264 seconds faster than Vettel, with Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes nearly three tenths back in third.

  • So long, lady in black: Jeff Gordon faces Darlington finale

    September 4, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Jeff Gordon hopes to make his last Southern 500 as a full-time driver as memorable as the rest of his career at Darlington Raceway.Gordon is third all-time with seven Darlington victories, including a record six Southern 500s. He'd love nothing more than to lock up a spot in Sprint Cup's championship chase with another checkered flag at the track ''Too Tough To Tame.''

  • Column: Closed cockpits in Formula One? Not so fast

    September 4, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) The idea of enveloping Formula One drivers in closed cockpits to better protect them from flying debris and crashes is more complicated than it sounds.The governing body of motorsport, the FIA, has tried, and for the moment, rejected closed cockpits for F1 after they tested one concept by firing heavy tires at the canopy of an F-16 fighter jet.

  • Mercedes on course to extend F1 pole position streak to 23

    September 4, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominating practice for the Italian Grand Prix, Mercedes is on track for its 23rd consecutive pole position Saturday.Hamilton and Rosberg finished 1-2 in both of Friday's practice sessions.In the afternoon, championship leader Hamilton clocked the day's best time of 1 minute, 24.279 seconds around the Monza circuit, which features the highest speeds in Formula One.

  • Mercedes dominates opening Italian GP practice; Vettel spins

    September 4, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the opening practice session for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, while Sebastian Vettel spun out at low speed after setting the third-fastest time in his Ferrari.Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. also spun out, more seriously, and slid off the track and had to abandon his car.

  • Darlington's return: Lady in Black back on Labor Day

    September 3, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Kyle Petty was never among the biggest fans of Darlington Raceway, once saying the big oval should be filled with water and turned into a stadium-sized bathtub.Still, the longtime NASCAR racer and NBC TV broadcaster never understood the Southern 500 leaving its historic spot on Labor Day weekend after 2003. That ends this year with the ''Lady in Black'' again being run over summer's closing holiday. Petty couldn't be happier about it.

  • Hamilton considers closed cockpits in wake of driver deaths

    September 3, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is giving serious thought to the possibility of closed cockpits following the death of fellow British driver Justin Wilson in IndyCar.Wilson died 10 days ago after being hit in the helmet by debris from another car. That came a month after F1 driver Jules Bianchi died following nine months in a coma after a massive head injury in a race crash last October.

  • Pirelli inquiry places blame for F1 tire problems on debris

    September 3, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Formula One tire supplier Pirelli blamed debris on the track and prolonged usage for a ''highly unusual number of cuts'' to the rubber at the Belgian Grand Prix, which was marred by frightening tire deterioration on the cars of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

  • Pirelli inquiry reveals 'unusual number of cuts' in F1 tires

    September 3, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Formula One tire supplier Pirelli blamed debris on the track and prolonged usage for a ''highly unusual number of cuts'' at the Belgian Grand Prix, which was marred by frightening tire deterioration on the cars of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

  • Renzi to Ecclestone on Italian GP: 'Leave Monza alone'

    September 3, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has a message for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone: ''Leave Monza alone.''''That's what we're going to tell Ecclestone. Formula One doesn't rely solely on money. It's also about the (history),'' Renzi told Italian radio after Ecclestone's latest warning on the Italian Grand Prix's future.

  • Massa and Bottas to pair for 3rd straight year at Williams

    September 3, 2015

    MONZA, Italy (AP) Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will pair for a third consecutive season as Williams' Formula One drivers, the team announced Thursday.Massa and Bottas currently sit fifth and sixth, respectively, in the drivers' standings.There had been speculation that Ferrari was interested in Bottas but that ended when Kimi Raikkonen renewed his contract with the Italian team two weeks ago.

  • Jack Beckman Bio File

    September 2, 2015

    Name: Jack BeckmanAge: 49Height: 6 feetWeight: 185 poundsHometown: Norco, CaliforniaFamily: Wife, Jenna; son, Jason; daughter, LaylaCar: Infinite Hero Dodge ChargerCareer Wins: 22Championships: 2012 NHRA Funny Car, 2003 NHRA Super CompFastest Speed: 326.63 mph

  • Fast Jack stays on track with Funny Car record-breaking act

    September 2, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jack Beckman is a survivor.He earned a GED, beat cancer and walked away from two spectacular Funny Car explosions that are still YouTube favorites.So when Beckman went two seasons without a win, he didn't fret. The 49-year-old drag racer revamped his team, put together a remarkable record-breaking season and is in position to win a second championship.

  • NBC to celebrate NASCAR's history at Darlington Raceway

    September 2, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The return of the Southern 500 to Labor Day weekend will be marked by a throwback celebration at Darlington Raceway that will include everything from the retro paint schemes on the track to the actual broadcast booth.The Southern 500 last ran on the holiday weekend in 2003.

  • Darlington offers flag exchange: Confederate for American

    September 3, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Darlington Raceway will give out American flags to those who want to turn in a Confederate flag, continuing an initiative that began in Daytona soon after nine people were killed at a church in Charleston.Track president Chip Wile says he hopes fans attending the Southern 500 on Sunday will ''join us in creating an inclusive atmosphere'' at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway.

  • Column: Scott Dixon a fitting champ as IndyCar grieves

    August 31, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) With a dominating drive on a day worth double points, Scott Dixon once again proved he is one of the greatest IndyCar drivers in open-wheel history.Dixon overcame long odds to grab his fourth championship by winning the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The victory pulled him from third in the standings into a tie with Juan Pablo Montoya, with the title going to Dixon on a tiebreaker.

  • Wilson honored as friend Dixon wins IndyCar championship

    August 31, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Stefan Wilson stood in a circle of crew members in front of his brother's car, the entire group swathed in T-Shirts commemorating Justin Wilson.The group spoke softly before Sunday's season finale, then broke by yelling ''Justin!'' in unison.

  • Scott Dixon snatches IndyCar championship away from Montoya

    August 30, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Scott Dixon captured a fourth IndyCar championship by winning the season finale Sunday to snatch away the title from Juan Pablo Montoya.Montoya led the points from the season-opening race right until the final lap Sunday. But he finished the race in sixth, which allowed Dixon to tie him in the standings.

  • Scott Dixon wins fourth IndyCar season title, beating Juan Pablo Montoya in tiebreaker

    August 30, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Scott Dixon wins fourth IndyCar season title, beating Juan Pablo Montoya in tiebreaker.

  • Erik Jones wins Truck Series race in Canada

    August 30, 2015

    BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (AP) Erik Jones won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to take the series points leadThe 19-year-old Jones beat Canadian road racer Alex Tagliani to the first turn off a restart with two laps left on the 2.459-mile road course and easily held off two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton. Tagliani lost a gear and slipped to fifth.

  • Justin Wilson's brother holds no anger over accident

    August 30, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Stefan Wilson was spotting for his brother in last year's Indianapolis 500 when a crash in front of Justin Wilson sent debris flying at the British driver. The broken parts and pieces covered Wilson's car like a cloud, creating so much damage his race ended.

  • Justin Wilson's brother calls accident a freak incident

    August 30, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Stefan Wilson says there has been no anger over Justin Wilson's death because his accident was such an anomaly.Wilson died Monday of a head injury suffered when a piece of debris from another driver's car struck his helmet.Wilson was the 12th driver to pass through the accident scene at Pocono Raceway, and the nosecone from Sage Karam's car bounced into his open cockpit. The piece shot high in the air after striking Wilson.

  • Wisconsin driver Paul Menard wins at Road America

    August 29, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin driver Paul Menard took advantage of a lengthy late-race caution and held off Ryan Blaney to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday.Menard, a Sprint Cup regular, made a mid-race pit stop and was informed by his crew that he needed to save two gallons of fuel in order to finish the race without stopping again on the road course.

  • Moment of silence held for Justin Wilson

    August 29, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) A moment of silence has been observed in memory of Justin Wilson prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America.Wilson died Monday from a head injury sustained when he was struck by debris during an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

  • Rhodes awarded pole after rain cancels Xfinity qualifying

    August 29, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America has been cancelled due to wet track conditions.Rain fell overnight and into the morning.Ben Rhodes was awarded the pole because he had the fastest speed from the first of two practice sessions held at the rural Wisconsin road course on Friday. He got to 108.500 mph.

  • Lawyer: Tony Stewart's response to lawsuit 'appalling'

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart's car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are ''appalling.''Attorney Mark Lanier said Saturday in an email that Kevin Ward Jr. was killed last year as he walked on a dirt track in upstate New York even though Stewart is one of the world's best drivers.

  • Stewart claims he didn't see man on track before fatal crash

    August 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NASCAR star Tony Stewart said he didn't see a driver walking on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him, and noted the racer was impaired by marijuana and shouldn't have been outside his car, according to court papers filed Friday.

  • IndyCar drivers find comfort in getting back to work

    August 28, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) IndyCar drivers got back to work Friday, climbing into their cars as a distraction - albeit a temporary one - from their grief over Justin Wilson's death.Wilson died Monday of a head injury suffered a day earlier when he was stuck by debris from another car at Pocono Raceway. The 37-year-old British driver left behind a wife and two young daughters.

  • Dillon can ask Gaughan for advice about Road America rain

    August 28, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) If it rains Saturday at Road America, Ty Dillon can draw on advice from teammate Brendan Gaughan about how to win on a wet track.It could be just the edge Dillon needs in chasing leader Chris Buescher atop the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings.

  • Karam working with psychologist following Wilson's death

    August 28, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) The hardest part of the week for Sage Karam is at night, when he's alone with his thoughts and tries to process Justin Wilson's death.The 20-year-old IndyCar driver said Friday he has received counseling this week from a psychologist to deal with the emotions he's felt since his single-car crash at Pocono Raceway set in motion the fluke accident that killed Wilson.

  • Column: IndyCar is clearly too risky; time to shut it down

    August 28, 2015

    Justin Wilson. Dan Wheldon. Paul Dana.Dead.Tony Renna. Greg Moore. Scott Brayton.Dead.Alex Zanardi. Sam Schmidt. Davey Hamilton.Maimed for life.Dario Franchitti. Cristiano da Matta. Kenny Brack.Careers cut short.James Hinchcliffe. Mikhail Aleshin. Mike Conway.

  • Oriol Servia to drive Justin Wilson's No. 25 Honda in finale

    August 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Justin Wilson's race car will be back on track for the IndyCar season finale.Andretti Autosport announced Thursday that series veteran Oriol Servia will drive Wilson's No. 25 Honda at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.Wilson died Monday, a day after a piece of debris from another car struck him in the head at Pocono Raceway.

  • AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing

    August 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing.The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths - Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Paul Dana, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. - and wondered if ''maybe we've reached diminishing returns at making this sport safer.''

  • Russia to launch Moscow-Beijing rally to rival Dakar

    August 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia's state-owned gas company Gazprom has thrown its weight behind a rival to the renowned Dakar Rally as Russia flexes its muscles in the world of motorsport.Much like the Dakar race - which is now held in South America - the proposed Moscow-to-Beijing Rally would see teams race across thousands of kilometers of inhospitable wilderness.

  • Dixon: Karam has strong support system to help with crash

    August 26, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Sage Karam has a strong support system that his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate believes will help him through the death of Justin Wilson.Karam's car spun Sunday at Pocono Raceway in a single-car crash that sent the 20-year old into the wall. Debris from the crash flew everywhere, and the nosecone bounced down the track and struck Wilson in the head. The British driver was airlifted to a Pennsylvania hospital and died a day later.

  • Organizers establish charitable fund for Wilson's family

    August 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A charity has been established to help Justin Wilson's family.The IndyCar driver died Monday after being hit in the head by debris Sunday in the race at Pocono. The 37-year-old Englishman was married and had two children.Donations can be sent to Wilson Children's Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, P.O. Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738 or by calling 317-558-6000. Decals and T-shirts also are being sold to raise money at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's online store and all proceeds will go to the fund.

  • IndyCar's Vautier docked 3 points for avoidable contact

    August 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tristan Vautier lost three points, was fined ,000 and will miss the first two hours of practice Friday at Sonoma - penalties for taking himself and championship contender Graham Rahal out of the race Sunday at Pocono.IndyCar officials said Wednesday that Vautier could have avoided contact with Rahal, who is second in the standings. Vautier was put on probation for a similar violation June 27 at Fontana.

  • See What?: Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

    August 26, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend.Most of the grid for Sprint Cup's next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback paint schemes on their cars, recalling the days when greats like David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt dominated the track ''Too Tough To Tame.''

  • IndyCar heads to finale reeling from loss of Justin Wilson

    August 25, 2015

    When Tony Kanaan arrived home following the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, his wife asked him why he continued to race in a series that has such high risk.Justin Wilson had been airlifted out of the track earlier that day after being hit in the head with a piece of debris from another car. He was in a coma, fighting for his life, and Kanaan's wife was one of many who wondered why the drivers were putting their lives on the line week after week. Lauren Kanaan pointed out that her husband had won the Indianapolis 500, accomplished all of his goals, and earned a very nice living in 18 years of American open-wheel racing.

  • Stewart's lawyer moves wrongful death case to federal court

    August 25, 2015

    WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a driver killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart's car on a western New York dirt track has been moved from state to federal court.The action was submitted Friday by Buffalo lawyer Brian Gwitt, who is representing Stewart in the suit filed by Kevin and Pamela Ward. Their son Kevin Ward Jr. was fatally struck when he walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014.

  • IndyCar driver Wilson saves 6 lives by donating organs

    August 25, 2015

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) The late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson saved six lives Tuesday by donating his organs, his brother said.''He just keeps setting the bar higher,'' Stefan Wilson posted on his Twitter page. ''Keep Julia & the girls in your prayers (hash)myherojw.''

  • Wilson understood, accepted risks of racing in IndyCar

    August 25, 2015

    Justin Wilson was seriously injured in IndyCar crashes twice in a two-year span. Both times, the veteran driver returned to competition unwavering in his love for the sport and his acceptance of the risks.The British driver was adamant that he and his wife understood the dangers of his profession. But he loved racing so much, he fought hard to return from a broken back in 2011, and a broken pelvis and bruised lung in 2013.

  • IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies of head injury

    August 24, 2015

    IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday night from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.IndyCar made the announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Wilson, a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colorado, was hit in the head during Sunday's race by piece of debris that had broken off another car. Wilson's car veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died of a head injury

    August 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died of a head injury.

  • Sage Karam released from hospital after Pocono crash

    August 24, 2015

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) Sage Karam has been released from a hospital after an evaluation of his right heel and left wrist concluded he had no broken bones.Karam was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Sunday after he wrecked at Pocono Raceway. He spun by himself and crashed hard into an outside wall.

  • IndyCar confronts safety as Justin Wilson fights for life

    August 24, 2015

    With Justin Wilson fighting for his life in a Pennsylvania hospital, IndyCar faces yet another crisis as the series prepares to crown its champion.Wilson remained in a coma and in critical condition Monday with a head injury. The 37-year-old father of two was struck by a large piece of debris from another driver's car following a single-car accident Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

  • IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in coma after wreck at Pocono

    August 24, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Justin Wilson always understood the danger that lurked behind the wheel for an IndyCar driver.''When it goes wrong,'' Wilson said following his 2012 return from race injuries, ''it can get messy.''It went terribly wrong for Wilson on Sunday.

  • Richie Crampton wins Top Fuel final

    August 23, 2015

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Richie Crampton raced to his fourth Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday to close out a record-setting day at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.Top Fuel and Funny Car teams took advantage of cool, overcast conditions at Brainerd International Raceway to break all four national records in those categories.

  • A.J. Fike wins ARCA Racing Series event in Illinois

    August 23, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) A.J. Fike raced to his first ARCA Racing Series victory Sunday, holding off Kyle Weatherman at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.From Galesburg, the 35-year-old Fike became the first Illinois driver to win the event since Justin Allgaier in 2006.

  • Hunter-Reay wins after teammate Wilson airlifted from track

    August 23, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was airlifted from Pocono Raceway on Sunday after sustaining a head injury when he was hit by a large piece of debris that broke off a car in the crash-filled race.IndyCar gave no details of his injuries beyond confirming the British driver sustained a head injury.

  • Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet win in Virginia

    August 23, 2015

    ALTON, Va. (AP) Porsche North America teammates Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet raced to their third straight GT Le Mans class victory Sunday, leading all 92 laps in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event at Virginia International Raceway.Tandy started the 2-hour, 40-minute race from the pole in the No. 911 Porsche, handed the car over to Pilet, then took over during the team's final pit stop. Tandy finished 27.267 seconds ahead of Porsche teammate Earl Bamber in the No. 912 entry he co-drove with Joerg Bergmeister.

  • IndyCar title contender Rahal wrecked at Pocono Raceway

    August 23, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Graham Rahal suffered a crushing blow in his IndyCar championship bid when he wrecked Sunday at Pocono Raceway.Rahal entered the day only nine points behind leader Juan Pablo Montoya and was running in 19th place when he connected with Tristan Vautier and both drivers smacked the wall.

  • Bowyer holds head high to cling to final Chase berth

    August 23, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) All of the crew members who work on Clint Bowyer's team know they'll be out of a job in 12 more races. Like everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing, they face an uncertain future in NASCAR following this week's announcement that the organization will close at the end of the season.

  • Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg

    August 23, 2015

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday from pole, easily holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and padding his lead in the Formula One championship standings.The defending champion finished two seconds ahead for his sixth victory of the season in 11 races.

  • Logano defends Bristol victory to hold off Gibbs drivers

    August 22, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Joey Logano has won at Bristol Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year, picking up a victory Saturday night that spoiled what was expected to be a Joe Gibbs Racing rout.JGR drivers were the heavy favorites after sweeping the top three spots in qualifying. They headed into the race seeking a 10th win this season for the organization with four solid shots at the victory.

  • Nick Tandy takes GT Le Mans pole in Virginia

    August 22, 2015

    ALTON, Va. (AP) Nick Tandy took the GT Le Mans class pole Saturday for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race Sunday at Virginia International Raceway.Tandy had a lap at 114.813 mph to break Pierre Kaffer's year-old track record of 113.414 mph. The British driver, part of the winning team in June in France in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, shares the No. 911 Porsche with Patrick Pilet. They won in Canada and at Road America.

  • Toyota holds Waltrip relationship in high regard

    August 22, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Toyota has a strong appreciation for its long relationship with Michael Waltrip and was committed to backing the team long into the future.Michael Waltrip Racing was Toyota's flagship team when the manufacturer entered the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007, and the relationship actually went back three years prior to when Darrell Waltrip fielded Toyotas in the Truck Series.

  • Jack Beckman has Funny Car run in NHRA history - again

    August 22, 2015

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Jack Beckman had the quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history for the third straight event Saturday, powering his Dodge Charger to a 3.901-second pass in qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

  • Castroneves wins Pocono pole; points leader Montoya 19th

    August 22, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya has to come from the back of the field to win another 500-mile race.Montoya hit a minor bump in his bid to stretch his points lead with two races left in the IndyCar season, the Indianapolis 500 champion qualifying 19th for the race Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

  • Pocono CEO Igdalsky says IndyCar '50-50' to return in 2016

    August 22, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Pocono Raceway CEO Brandon Igdalsky said it's ''50-50'' that IndyCar will return to the track next year.IndyCar returned to Pocono in 2013 after a 24-year absence for the first race of a three-year contract. With the deal over, Igdalsky hopes to know within two weeks if the financial numbers justify another season.

  • Ogier dominates 2nd day to extend Rally of Germany lead

    August 22, 2015

    TRIER, Germany (AP) Sebastien Ogier extended his lead on the second day of the Rally of Germany on Saturday, capitalizing on his mastery of military training roads to leave Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala 33.8 seconds behind.Ogier, the two-time defending world champion, began the day 9.5 seconds ahead of his Finnish teammate but he won the first 45.61-kilometer Panzerplatte stage on tracks normally used for tank training, as well as the two sprints beforehand, to go 18.5 seconds clear.

  • Top Dog: Karam wants to impress with win on home track

    August 22, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) With the dog days of the IndyCar season in full swing, Sage Karam traded a ride on four wheels for a walk with his four-legged friend.Max didn't need a firesuit.Rather, the goldendoodle pitter-pattered into the Pocono Raceway media center wearing a ''Karam'' jersey with the No. 8 on the back.

  • Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Belgian Grand Prix

    August 22, 2015

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Lewis Hamilton topped Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on Saturday in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, becoming the first driver in 14 years to take six consecutive pole positions.The defending Formula One champion won his 10th pole of the season by leaving Rosberg nearly half a second behind in qualifying. Hamilton has missed out on pole only once this season, to Rosberg.

  • Lewis Hamilton gains pole position for Belgian Grand Prix

    August 22, 2015

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Lewis Hamilton topped Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on Saturday to take pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.The defending Formula One champion won his 10th pole of the season by leaving Rosberg nearly half a second behind in qualifying.

  • Lewis Hamilton tops final practice at Belgian Grand Prix

    August 22, 2015

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Lewis Hamilton topped Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of qualifying on Saturday.The defending Formula One champion will be seeking his 10th pole of the season for Sunday's race.

  • Kyle Busch races to 8th Xfinity victory at Bristol

    August 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Busch got by leader Chris Buescher on an overtime restart and pulled away for his eighth career Xfinity Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.The win Friday night was the 73rd series victory for Busch, who holds the record for most wins in NASCAR's second tier series. It also was Busch's third win in six Xfinity Series starts this year.

  • Beckman has 3rd-quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history

    August 21, 2015

    BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) Jack Beckman had the third-quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.Beckman, who also owns the top two quickest runs in the class, powered his Dodge Charger to a track-record 3.946 seconds at 324.75 mph in qualifying.

  • Denny Hamlin leads Toyota sweep in Bristol qualifying

    August 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Denny Hamlin set a track record in leading a Toyota sweep of the first two rows in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.Hamlin turned a lap Friday at 131.407 mph to break the mark of 131.362 mph set last August by Kevin Harvick.''It looks like I really got the car working the way I needed to there in that final practice,'' Hamlin said.

  • Kevin Swindell released from hospital following 2 surgeries

    August 21, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sprint car driver Kevin Swindell was released from the hospital Friday following two surgeries on his back.Swindell spent eight days in the hospital following a crash in preparations for the Knoxville Nationals.His family released a statement Friday, saying: ''We know there is a long road ahead for him,'' while asking for donations to help with his recovery.

  • SMI owner Bruton Smith treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

    August 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive chairman Bruton Smith revealed Friday that he was treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June and used this weekend's races at Bristol Motor Speedway as motivation during his recovery.Smith arrived at Bristol on Wednesday for the Truck Series race - his first since his diagnosis - and will stay until Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series event. He missed a total of four race weekends at SMI properties while he was ill.

  • Montoya starts final drive for IndyCar title at Pocono

    August 21, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya turned the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp parking lot into a showcase for some pace-car burnouts.Montoya screeched and spun the poor Pocono Raceway car - with defensive back Fletcher Cox in the passenger's seat - through the lot and left behind circular trails of skid marks and the scent of burnt rubber.

  • Clint Bowyer won't reveal where he's headed after MWR

    August 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) If Clint Bowyer already has his future figured out, he wasn't ready to reveal it Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.The only thing that is certain is that Bowyer won't follow Rob Kauffman to Chip Ganassi Racing. Kauffman is moving his investment from Michael Waltrip Racing to Ganassi, and MWR will cease operations at the end of the season.

  • Kauffman couldn't justify continued investment into MWR

    August 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) The decision to close Michael Waltrip Racing boiled down to finances and results.When the results weren't matching the financial investment Rob Kauffman was making on an annual basis, the co-owner could no longer justify pouring money into the organization.

  • Belgian GP: McLarens start at back of grid for engine change

    August 21, 2015

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) The McLaren team has been given a combined 55-place grid penalty for changing the engine ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.Two McLaren cars, driven by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, introduced an upgraded Honda engine at the start of practice Friday. This is McLaren's seventh engine of the Formula One season, two more than allowed for a new manufacturer.

  • Rosberg tops Hamilton in Mercedes 1-2 in Belgian GP practice

    August 21, 2015

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Nico Rosberg clocked the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Belgian Grand Prix despite a scary puncture coming into one of the fastest corners of the circuit.Rosberg's rear right tire burst as he sped into the Blanchimont corner in the afternoon session but he did not crash into any of the barriers and stopped across the outside of the track, bringing out the red flag.

  • Roush Fenway seeking answers in a challenging season

    August 20, 2015

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Jack Roush believes that two years of frustration and failure for his Sprint Cup program are about to end, even though the results this season paint a different picture.The cars of Roush Fenway Racing haven't won since Carl Edwards took the checkered flag at Sonoma, California, in June 2014 - an uncomfortable 43-race drought that doesn't sit well in the RFR garage heading to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

  • Ryan Blaney wins NASCAR Truck race at Bristol

    August 19, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Blaney took the lead from Matt Crafton off a restart in a green-white-checkered finish and held off Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck race Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.Blaney rebounded for his fourth career victory after losing a lap on the 0.533-mile oval when he was penalized for jumping a restart while leading on Lap 37.

  • Dillon gaining confidence after career-best finish

    August 19, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) For one brief stretch during the second half the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Michigan, there was a legitimate battle for the lead.With 59 laps remaining, Austin Dillon beat Matt Kenseth to the lead on a restart, but his advantage lasted only about 20 seconds before Kenseth was able to pass him on the outside. Then Dillon tried a couple times to move in front on the inside, but Kenseth was able to hold on. Around the track they went, Dillon driving close to the back of Kenseth's car, but unable to go all the way around.

  • Stock car great Kimmel nears 500th career ARCA start

    August 19, 2015

    Frank Kimmel says he's a distant relative of outlaw Jesse James and his family has a six shooter with JJ carved into the revolver that has become a prized heirloom.Turns out, the infamous gang member wasn't the only one in the family tree who could pull a trigger.

  • Andretti selling stake in company as part of suit settlement

    August 19, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti has agreed to sell his stake in Andretti Sports Marketing as part of a preliminary settlement of a lawsuit filed in Indianapolis.The race team made the announcement Wednesday, less than a week after details of the suit went public.

  • Rahal's top sponsor picks up tab for final 2 IndyCar races

    August 19, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal's late championship charge is already paying dividends.One of the IndyCar driver's top sponsors, Steak `n Shake, will be the primary sponsor for the final two races this season. Steak `n Shake had been Rahal's primary sponsor for six of the first 13 stops on the circuit.

  • Raikkonen to remain Ferrari driver for 2016 alongside Vettel

    August 19, 2015

    SPA, Belgium (AP) Kimi Raikkonen will remain at Ferrari for the 2016 Formula One championship season, partnering Sebastian Vettel.The 2007 world champion renewed his contract with the Italian team ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.The 35-year-old Raikkonen has been overshadowed by the 28-year-old Vettel, who won the last race in Hungary.

  • Change to F1 start rule may hamper Mercedes at Belgian GP

    August 19, 2015

    Mercedes' problems with starting are beginning to become a problem as the Formula One season resumes after its summer break at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.World champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg, his main championship rival, have been beaten off the mark in the last two races - despite locking down the front two places on the grid as usual in qualifying.

  • Foyt to miss final 2 races after surgery for staph infection

    August 19, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) A.J. Foyt will miss the final two races of the IndyCar season following surgery to treat a staph infection in his right knee.The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner had surgery Aug. 10 on his artificial knee. He had a similar procedure in 2012 on his left knee.

  • Michael Waltrip Racing grants Clint Bowyer release for 2016

    August 19, 2015

    Michael Waltrip's rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse Wednesday as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season and released Clint Bowyer from his contract to pursue a new job for 2016.

  • Danica Patrick stays with SHR; new sponsor Nature's Bakery

    August 18, 2015

    Danica Patrick's fit and healthy lifestyle has landed her a new sponsor that allows her to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing.SHR announced a deal Tuesday that makes Nature's Bakery the primary sponsor of Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet beginning next season. The Nevada-based food brand replaces Patrick's longtime sponsor, GoDaddy. Nature's Bakery will place its signature tagline, ''Energy for Life's Great Journeys,'' on Patrick's car for 28 of the 38 Sprint Cup events.

  • Danica remains with SHR with new sponsor Nature's Bakery

    August 18, 2015

    Danica Patrick has a new deal to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing and a new NASCAR sponsor.SHR signed a deal with Nature's Bakery to become the primary sponsor of Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet next season. The Nevada-based food brand replaces Patrick's longtime sponsor, GoDaddy. Nature's Bakery will place its tagline, ''Energy for Life's Great Journeys'' on Patrick's car for 28 of the 38 Sprint Cup events.

  • Sprint car driver Kevin Swindell has 2nd surgery on back

    August 17, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Sprint car driver Kevin Swindell had a second surgery on his back Monday for two fractures suffered in a crash last week at Knoxville Raceway.A statement from Swindell's family said ''both surgeries have been successful.''Swindell is still undergoing tests for a spinal cord injury.

  • Column: JGR leaps ahead of pack, eyes Sprint Cup title

    August 17, 2015

    Listen to Joe Gibbs and he will tell you his race teams lagged behind the competition just 10 weeks ago.Statistics show the organization has not only caught up, but passed the leaders.Gibbs drivers have won seven of the last 12 races, including a victory Sunday at Michigan International Speedway with Matt Kenseth. A Toyota team win in the shadow of Detroit was a triumph for the manufacturer - it ended a seven-race winning streak for Ford and Chevrolet teams - and a way for Joe Gibbs Racing to thank the automaker for its commitment to the organization.

  • Kenseth in control at Michigan, wins 3rd Cup race of season

    August 16, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Matt Kenseth raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season, winning in convincing fashion Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.Kenseth, the pole winner, won for the 34th time in his career, leading 146 of 200 laps in the 400-mile race. Joe Gibbs Racing has won five of the last six Cup races.

  • Penske cars have splitters replaced after inspection issue

    August 16, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Team Penske replaced splitters on the cars of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski before Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and NASCAR said it would take the splitters back to the research and development center.

  • Regan Smith wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio

    August 15, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Regan Smith bumped his way past Alex Tagliani in the Carousel a turn from the finish Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.Driving for JR Motorsports, Smith raced to his first victory of the year and fifth overall.

  • Kyle Busch's expectations modest after crash in practice

    August 15, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) This was exactly the kind of scenario Kyle Busch needs to avoid.Busch slid onto the grass after coming through a turn during NASCAR Sprint Cup practice Saturday, damaging his No. 18 Toyota. He returned to the track in a backup car, but he now faces the prospect of having to start from the back Sunday in the 400-mile, 200-lap race at Michigan International Speedway.

  • Busch passes Blaney late to win Truck race at Michigan

    August 15, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kyle Busch passed Ryan Blaney with four laps remaining and won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.It was part of an eventful day for Busch, who wrecked his Sprint Cup car in practice and then was penalized in the Truck race for speeding on pit road about 30 laps in. After being sent to the rear, he made his way all the way back and battled with Blaney through the final few laps.

  • Kyle Busch crashes in Sprint Cup practice at Michigan

    August 15, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kyle Busch slid onto the grass after coming through a turn during NASCAR Sprint Cup practice Saturday, damaging his No. 18 Toyota.Busch returned to the track in a backup car, but the accident was the kind of scenario he needs to avoid as he tries to hold onto his spot in the Chase. Busch has won four times this year, but he's only 30th in points because he missed 11 races after breaking his leg and foot in February. He needs to be in the top 30 to make the Chase, and right now he's six points ahead of 31st-place Cole Whitt.

  • Race car driver killed in crash at Pennsylvania speedway

    August 14, 2015

    MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) A race car has crashed into wall at an American sprint car track in Pennsylvania, killing the driver.The Cumberland County Coroner's Office says driver James Campbell Jr. died after striking a guard rail Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg.

  • NASCAR sticking with original rules package for Chase

    August 14, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) NASCAR is sticking with its original 2015 rules package for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, announced the decision Friday after a meeting with drivers at Michigan International Speedway. This choice comes after NASCAR put track-specific packages in place for a handful of races recently - including this weekend at Michigan.

  • Kenseth takes pole at Michigan, Gibbs drivers sweep top 3

    August 14, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) The latest impressive showing for Joe Gibbs Racing came in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.Matt Kenseth won the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole Friday, and his JGR teammates Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards finished second and third. The team nearly swept the top four spots, but Kyle Busch qualified sixth.

  • IndyCar unable to secure 2016 return to Fontana

    August 14, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar won't return to Auto Club Speedway in California next season in a move that weakens the series' dwindling presence on oval tracks.The series confirmed Friday that discussions with track officials couldn't identify a suitable date to return to Fontana.

  • Family believes Tony Stewart lost his temper in fatal crash

    August 15, 2015

    The parents of a sprint car driver struck and killed last year by Tony Stewart believe a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to hold the NASCAR star accountable.Pamela and Kevin Ward Sr. said Friday on ''Good Morning America'' they want ''justice'' for their 20-year-old son.

  • Sprint car driver Kevin Swindell injured in wreck

    August 14, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) Sprint car driver Kevin Swindell was airlifted to a hospital after his car flipped at the start of a heat race at the Knoxville Nationals.Swindell's wife and father said in a statement late Thursday that he is undergoing treatment and tests at Des Moines Mercy Hospital. They did not describe the nature of his injuries.

  • Drag racer Clay Millican's son killed in motorcycle crash

    August 13, 2015

    DRUMMOND, Tenn. (AP) NHRA Top Fuel racer Clay Millican says his 22-year-old son has died in a motorcycle accident.The drag racer says Dalton Millican was killed Wednesday night in a single-person crash near the family hometown.In a statement Thursday, Millican says ''we are heartbroken by the tragic loss to our family.''

  • Correction: F1-Button Burgled story

    August 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) In a story Aug. 7 about burglars ransacking the rented villa of Formula One driver Jenson Button, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the location of the villa. It was in Ramatuelle, not St. Tropez.A corrected version of the story is below:

  • Michael Andretti denies IndyCar team in financial trouble

    August 12, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Michael Andretti called allegations that his IndyCar team is on the verge of insolvency unfounded.The comments came Wednesday in a statement issued by the IndyCar team owner - one day after details from a lawsuit were made public.Two minority owners for Andretti Sports Marketing claim Andretti, who owns 60 percent of that company, attempted to cover debts incurred by his race team, Andretti Autosport, by borrowing money from other sources and using some revenue from ASM.

  • NASCAR takes step to address heat concerns at Michigan

    August 12, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has addressed the heat issues that plagued last month's racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a rules mandate for this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.Drivers complained it was too hot in the cockpit of their cars with the high-drag rules package, which was first used at Indianapolis and will return at Michigan. The package reduces airflow under the car, so heat is trapped in the cockpit and several drivers were almost ill following the Xfinity Series race at Indy.

  • Wayne Estes named president of Sebring International Raceway

    August 12, 2015

    SEBRING, Fla. (AP) Wayne Estes has been chosen president and general manager of Sebring International Raceway.The hiring was announced Wednesday by Rick Humphrey, vice president of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Properties, which operates the road racing facility.

  • Gordon's farewell tour hits snag at Watkins Glen

    August 10, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Perhaps Jeff Gordon should have known what was to come this season, his final as a NASCAR driver, when he crashed on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Then he crashed the next week at Atlanta and this farewell tour of sorts had officially stalled out of the gate.

  • Buddy Baker, NASCAR's 'Gentle Giant,' dies at 74

    August 10, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Buddy Baker, who won the 1980 Daytona 500 and at 6-foot-6 was NASCAR's ''Gentle Giant,'' died Monday. He was 74.Baker died after a brief battle with lung cancer, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said. Baker left his job as co-host of ''The Late Shift'' for the station last month when he announced he had a ''huge'' inoperable lung tumor.

  • Buddy Baker, NASCAR's "Gentle Giant," dies at 74 of cancer

    August 10, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Buddy Baker, a former Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, has died after a brief battle with lung cancer. Baker was 74.SiriusXM NASCAR Radio announced Baker passed away early Monday morning. Baker stepped down from his role as co-host of ''The Late Shift'' for the station last month when he announced he had a ''huge tumor'' in his lung that was inoperable.

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. wins at NHRA Northwest Nationals

    August 9, 2015

    KENT, Wash. (AP) Tommy Johnson Jr. won in Funny Car on Sunday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, spoiling teammate Jack Beckman's bid to sweep the NHRA Western Swing.Johnson beat Beckman in the semifinals after Beckman's Dodge Charger R/T dropped a cylinder at the hit of the throttle, then topped Del Worsham in the final with a 4.073-second run at 308.00 mph.

  • Tony Stewart has tough day, stays upbeat

    August 9, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Tony Stewart's return to Watkins Glen International for the first time in three years didn't turn out so well, but he remained upbeat in spite of all that's swirling around the NASCAR star.Stewart was greeted warmly by fans during driver introductions, but after starting third his day on the road course he once dominnated ended badly. He finished last after losing the rear gear on his No. 14 Chevrolet.

  • Dane Cameron, Eric Curran win at Road America

    August 9, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Dane Cameron and Eric Curran raced to their second IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar victory of the year Sunday, leading Action Express Racing's 1-2 sweep at Road America.Cameron took the lead in the No. 31 Corvette DP during a pit-stop cycle near the halfway point and only lost the top spot for three laps through the final pit sequence. Cameron finished 14.359 seconds ahead of Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Corvette in the 2-hour, 40-minute race on the 4.048-mile circuit.

  • Joey Logano wins at Watkins Glen, saves fuel this time

    August 9, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Joey Logano had enough fuel this time.A week after running out of gas while leading at Pocono with three laps to go, Logano passed Kevin Harvick on the final turn as Harvick ran dry to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

  • Grant Enfinger races to 4th ARCA win of the season

    August 9, 2015

    MARNE, Mich. (AP) Grant Enfinger dominated at Berlin Raceway for his fourth ARCA Racing Series victory of the season, starting from the pole and leading 198 of 200 laps Saturday night.The 30-year-old Enfinger, from Fairhope, Alabama, won for the second straight year on the 0.486-mile paved oval. He pushed his season points lead to 225 over Austin Wayne Self with five races left.

  • Jack Beckman has another record Funny Car pass

    August 8, 2015

    KENT, Wash. (AP) Jack Beckman ran the quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history for the second straight weekend, taking the No. 1 qualifying position Saturdau in the NHRA Northwest Nationals.Beckman piloted his Dodge Charger R/T to a 3.912-second run at 322.88 mph at Pacific Raceways.

  • Joey Hand takes pole at Road America

    August 8, 2015

    ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Joey Hand gave Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates its first Tudor United Sports Car Championship pole of the season, running a lap at 125.140 mph on Saturday at Road America in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.Hand also earned his first pole, topping the field in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley Prototype that he shares with Scott Pruett. Christian Fittipaldi was second at 124.533 mph in the No. 5 Corvette DP on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit.

  • Joey Logano wins Xfinity race at Watkins Glen

    August 8, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Joey Logano won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, outdueling Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski.Logano, who started from pole, overcame a stop-and-go penalty early in the caution-filled race and kept Keselowski at bay after a restart with four laps to go in the 82-lap race. It's the first road course win of his career and 25th in NASCAR's second-tier series.

  • AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch ready to ride at Watkins Glen

    August 8, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) AJ Allmendinger knows all too well what's at stake on the road course at Watkins Glen International. So, too, does Kyle Busch.Both drivers enter Sunday's Sprint Cup race at the storied road course with a keen eye on NASCAR's postseason - the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Allmendinger, the defending race winner and 23rd in points, needs a win to get in. Busch simply needs a solid finish to continue his remarkable comeback.

  • Allmendinger wins Watkins Glen pole, edging Truex

    August 8, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) After faltering in the final Sprint Cup practice, AJ Allmendinger was searching for answers.He found them on Saturday, winning the pole in knockout qualifying at Watkins Glen International.Allmendinger turned a fast lap of 127.839 mph to beat Martin Truex Jr. for the top spot. After being 28th in final practice on Friday, that was a huge relief for the defending race winner.

  • IndyCar adding Road America back to 2016 schedule

    August 8, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials announced next year's schedule will include a race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.Practice and qualifying on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course will be held June 24-25. The race is set for June 26.Twenty-five races were held at Road America from 1982-2007, some with the now defunct Champ Car Series -- IndyCar's rival during the open-wheel split.

  • Joey Logano wins pole for Xfinity race at Watkins Glen

    August 8, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Joey Logano has won the Xfinity Series pole on the road course at Watkins Glen International.Logano turned a fast lap and track-record speed of 124.308 mph for his fourth pole of the year and 30th in the second-tier series, tied for second all-time with Mark Martin. That was good enough to edge Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski's speed of 123.607 mph.

  • Argentine judge orders body of racing star Fangio exhumed

    August 8, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) The body of the late Formula 1 star Juan Manuel Fangio has been exhumed by orders of an Argentina judge for testing to determine paternity claims brought by two men who believe they are his sons.The remains of Fangio, who died in 1995, were removed from a family crypt Friday and taken to a morgue in his hometown of Balcarce for extraction of DNA samples. Results are expected to be known in one to two months.

  • Jack Beckman leads Funny Car qualifying

    August 7, 2015

    KENT, Wash. (AP) Jack Beckman led Funny Car qualifying Friday night in the NHRA Northwest Nationals in his bid to sweep the Western Swing.Beckman had the first three-second Funny Car run in Pacific Raceways history with a 3.997 at 314.27 mph his Dodge Charger R/T during the final session. He won the previous two events in Colorado and California to move into position to become the second Funny Car driver and eighth overall to sweep the three events.

  • King of the road Jeff Gordon says good-bye to road racing

    August 7, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) It's been nearly two decades since Jeff Gordon won his first Sprint Cup road race. He has one more chance to add to his legacy on the two twisting courses NASCAR visits each year.A five-time winner at Sonoma and four-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Gordon is NASCAR's leader in road course wins heading into Sunday's Sprint Cup race at The Glen.

  • Family files wrongful death suit against Tony Stewart

    August 7, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The family of a young driver struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car on an upstate New York dirt track filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NASCAR star Friday.The lawsuit was filed as Stewart returns to Watkins Glen International on the one-year anniversary of the fatal crash.

  • Ward's family files wrongful death suit against Tony Stewart

    August 7, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The family of a young driver struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car on an upstate New York sprint racing track filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NASCAR star Friday.The lawsuit was filed as Stewart returns to Watkins Glen International Raceway on the one-year anniversary of the fatal crash.

  • NASCAR's Tony Stewart sued by family of Kevin Ward Jr. over 2014 death on NY sprint car track

    August 7, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) NASCAR's Tony Stewart sued by family of Kevin Ward Jr. over 2014 death on NY sprint car track .

  • Stewart still struggling a year after Ward Jr.'s fatal wreck

    August 7, 2015

    As he ran out of gas on the final lap Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Tony Stewart wearily asked his team where he finished.Ninth, he was told.''Hell, I'll take that,'' he replied.It was a curiously calm reaction considering only minutes before Stewart had been poised for a top-five finish. Maybe even top three. Stewart didn't complain about the lost opportunity. He takes what he can get on the race track these days, which are often bleak and embarrassing for the three-time NASCAR champion.

  • Champion Harvick trades anxiousness for confidence

    August 5, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick knows things are much different for him now than a year ago, even though he's almost in the same spot as 2014.Harvick had two victories and stood second in points after 21 races 12 months ago, anxiously trying to keep focused on chasing down an elusive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. With that quest behind him, it is a more confident, savvy racer poised to keep that success going.

  • Dale Coyne's cars both penalized after Mid-Ohio race

    August 5, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Both of Dale Coyne Racing's teams were penalized by IndyCar on Wednesday.Rookie driver Rodolfo Gonzalez was fined 0 for raising his visor during a refueling pit stop at Sunday's race at Mid-Ohio. Series officials said that violated the rule on personal safety equipment.

  • Jack Beckman tops Funny Car field at Sonoma

    August 2, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Jack Beckman won the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday for his second straight victory and fifth of the season, beating Tommy Johnson Jr. on Sunday in the Funny Car final.Beckman had a 4.037-second run at 310.63 mph in a Dodge Charger to pull away from Johnson.

  • Matt Kenseth stretches his fuel and steals a win at Pocono

    August 2, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Matt Kenseth stretched his fuel and zipped past the fading leaders in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.The 400-mile race came down to fuel and which cars had it - and which ones didn't. Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were all inside the top five in the final five laps when they ran out of fuel.

  • Rahal wins in Ohio, pulls within 9 points of Montoya

    August 2, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Graham Rahal won the IndyCar race Sunday in his home state of Ohio, and in the process made up considerable ground on series leader Juan Pablo Montoya with two events remaining in the season.Rahal held off Justin Wilson on the final restart, on the 84th of 90 laps in the 203-mile race at Mid-Ohio. Wilson finished second, 3.4 seconds behind. Simon Pagenaud was third, followed by pole winner Scott Dixon. Montoya, who came into the race with a 42-point lead over Rahal, finished 11th.

  • Ryan Blaney wins NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa

    August 1, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Ryan Blaney survived a flurry of late cautions to win the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for his first victory of the season.Blaney erased the sting of a disappointing runner-up finish last week in Indianapolis by maintaining his lead through a second green-white-checkered finish on the 0.894-mile oval.

  • Eddie Krawiec wins NHRA Pro Bike Battle

    August 1, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Eddie Krawiec won the NHRA Pro Bike Battle on Saturday in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals and also topped qualifying for the main event.Krawiec beat Scotty Pollacheck and Jerry Savoie in the first two rounds and won the ,500 top prize in the all-star bonus race when teammate Andrew Hines turned on the red-light in the final round.

  • Daniel Suarez wins pole for Xfinity race in Iowa

    August 1, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Daniel Suarez won the pole Saturday for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Iowa Speedway.It was the second pole in 21 career starts for Suarez, the 23-year-old Mexican driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.Ryan Blaney will start next to Suarez on Saturday night. Brendan Gaughan was third, and Brandon Jones fourth.

  • Dixon wins pole, eyes another IndyCar victory at Mid-Ohio

    August 1, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Needing a strong final push to challenge for the IndyCar championship, Scott Dixon can't ask for a much better opportunity than this.In third place in the standings with three races remaining, Dixon will start from the front Sunday at Mid-Ohio, the track where he has won five times in 10 starts and looks as dominant as ever this weekend. Dixon set a track record with his pole-winning time Saturday and understands this may the best chance he'll get to close the gap on points leader Juan Pablo Montoya.

  • Cole Custer races to 1st ARCA victory at Pocono Raceway

    August 1, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Cole Custer raced to his first career ARCA Series victory Saturday at Pocono Raceway.The 17-year-old Custer became the ninth first-time winner in the series this season. He drives for JR Motorsports.Grant Enfinger was second, followed by Matt Kurzejewski, Austin Theriault and Josh Williams.

  • Cole Custer wins ARCA Series race at Pocono Raceway

    August 1, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Cole Custer won his first career ARCA Series race, taking the checkered flag Saturday at Pocono Raceway.The 17-year-old Custer became the ninth first-time winner in the series this season. He drives for JR Motorsports.Grant Enfinger was second, followed by Matt Kurzejewski, Austin Theriault and Josh Williams.

  • Gordon to wave goodbye to winless races in final season

    August 1, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon's request for a low-key farewell tour has mostly been respected, though the four-time NASCAR champion has been feted with a parade, bourbon, an 18-liter bottle of wine, even a track named in his honor.In the final season of his trailblazing career, there was another tribute this weekend for the retiring great: Pocono Raceway painted ''GORDON'' in white at the start/finish line in honor of the winningest driver in track history.

  • Kyle Busch wins again, taking checkered flag at Pocono

    August 1, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Kyle Busch's return to the Truck Series was a triumphant one, pulling away on the final laps Saturday to win at Pocono Raceway.Busch's season debut mirrored his recent finishes in the Sprint Cup series, where he's won three straight races and four of five. He's on the pole for Sunday's race.

  • MWR owner Kauffman wants consolidation with Ganassi

    August 1, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said his purchase in a share of Chip Ganassi Racing was more about consolidation than a sign he's leaving the organization.MWR fields Sprint Cup teams for Clint Bowyer and David Ragan, who earlier this year replaced Brian Vickers when Vickers was sidelined with recurring blood clots. CGR fields cars for Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.

  • Jack Beckman has quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history

    August 1, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Jack Beckman powered to quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history Friday night in qualifying for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.Beckman finished with a record time of 3.921 seconds at 323.43 mph in a Dodge Charger. He can certify the run as a national record by posting another run within one percent of that performance during the remainder of the weekend.

  • Jack Beckman leads Funny Car qualifying in Sonoma

    August 1, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Jack Beckman led Funny Car qualifying Friday night in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals with a track-record time of 3.921 seconds at 323.43 mph in a Dodge Charger.Antron Brown was the fastest in Top Fuel, Chris McGaha led in Pro Stock, and series leader Eddie Krawiec had the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead.

  • Kenny Wallace preps for final NASCAR race

    July 31, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Kenny Wallace has made more starts in NASCAR's second-tier circuit than anyone - and yet he might be known more for his TV work than his racing career.Wallace will get one final weekend in the spotlight before retiring as a NASCAR driver, though he will continue to race in dirt-track events around the country.

  • IndyCar reacts to Walker's pending departure

    July 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) Will Power expects Derrick Walker's life to be a lot less stressful now that he's stepping down as IndyCar's president of competition.''I think Derrick probably stood back and had a look and thought, `At my age, what am I doing here? I can enjoy life a lot more than this.' Honestly, I think he'll be happier for it,'' said Power, the defending series champion. ''I think he'll go back to doing what he loves, which is running a race team, and probably hanging out in Florida.''

  • Kyle Busch starts drive for 4th straight win from pole

    July 31, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Kyle Busch will start his drive for his fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup victory from a familiar spot, out front and in first.Busch turned a lap of 178.416 mph Friday at Pocono Raceway to win the pole for the first time during his sensational streak.

  • NASCAR launches merchandise superstore at Pocono

    July 31, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) NASCAR stuck its everything-must-go tag on its merchandise haulers.The die-cast cars, stickers, T-shirts, and other collectibles for today's stars to yesterday's legends have all been arranged on hangers and shelves under one 60,000-square-foot roof at Pocono Raceway. Gone are the dozens of haulers representing drivers and teams that made race weekend shopping more complicated than needed.

  • Bowyer faces uncertain future at Michael Waltrip Racing

    July 31, 2015

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Clint Bowyer is ready to press on at Pocono Raceway in the wake of an ownership shake-up that leaves the veteran driver with an uncertain future.Bowyer's ride with Michael Waltrip Racing is in flux after team co-owner Rob Kauffman agreed to buy an interest in the race team owned by Chip Ganassi.

  • IndyCar president of competition Walker resigns

    July 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker took the fall Thursday for technical issues that have plagued the series this year and said he'll resign his position at the end of the season.Walker will stay on for the final three races of the season, which ends Aug. 30 in Sonoma, California. Walker said in a statement that the timing is right to move on to other opportunities after 2 1/2 seasons on the job.

  • Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner buys share of Ganassi

    July 30, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman has agreed to buy an interest in the race team owned by Chip Ganassi.Kauffman's defection to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates means he could bring driver Clint Bowyer with him to the organization. CGR already fields cars for Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.

  • Crew chief Adam Stevens pushes Busch's comeback along

    July 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There was little doubt that Kyle Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens could be successful together. The duo won 19 of their 52 Xfinity Series races, so chemistry clearly wasn't a problem.Still, Joe Gibbs Racing couldn't guarantee that Stevens would immediately excel in his promotion to the Sprint Cup Series. And, when Busch was injured a day before the Daytona 500, Stevens was given a setback that could have derailed the No. 18 team for the season.

  • NASCAR penalizes Premium Motorsports for unattached weight

    July 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has penalized Premium Motorsports because an unattached weight fell off the car during practice last weekend at Indianapolis.The P3 penalty against the team Timmy Hill drove for last weekend was issued Wednesday.Crew chief Scott Eggleston was fined ,000. He and car chief Kevin Eagle were also suspended for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Pocono and placed on probation through Dec. 31.

  • Column: NASCAR blew it on Indy rules package

    July 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Run, NASCAR, don't walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected.The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear from the first practice session for one of the most important races of the season that NASCAR did not meet its desired result.

  • Busch stays cool under pressure to get elusive Indy victory

    July 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) NASCAR's hottest driver kept his cool on Sunday.Kyle Busch outdueled Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick on each of the last three restarts, fended off a last-lap challenge from Logano and finally overcame Indianapolis' searing humidity to win his first Brickyard 400 after running four more laps than scheduled.

  • Steve Torrence wins at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

    July 26, 2015

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) Steve Torrence raced to his first Top Fuel victory in more than two years Sunday, beating Tony Schumacher in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.Torrence had a 3.925-second run at 319.37 mph for his fifth career victory and first since Bristol in 2013. He earned the seventh spot in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout at Indianapolis.

  • Gordon's final race at Brickyard a disaster after wreck

    July 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jeff Gordon slid into the No. 24 for the final time at Indy with a car more fit for a junkyard than the Brickyard.His shot at a record sixth win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over, Gordon could only watch with a blank stare as his team hammered, welded and duct taped the mangled remains of his Chevrolet into shape for the final laps of the race.

  • Busch grabs elusive Indy victory as comeback continues

    July 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch's incredible comeback rolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Busch won the Brickyard 400 on Sunday to sweep the weekend at the historic track.Busch missed the first 11 races of the season with a broken right leg and broken left foot. He returned in late May and has won four of the last five Sprint Cup Series races and three straight.

  • Misery for Mercedes with Hamilton 6th and Rosberg 8th

    July 26, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The crushing dominance of the Mercedes Silver Arrows came to an abrupt halt at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, the first time since the final race of the 2013 season without either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg on the podium.

  • Minute's silence held for Bianchi at Hungarian GP

    July 26, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) A poignant minute's silence was held in honor of Jules Bianchi before the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, with drivers forming a ring and placing their race helmets on the ground.Bianchi's mother Christine and father Philippe, brother Tom and sister Melanie were asked by the drivers to join them in the ring as they all linked arms on the Hungaroring grid to remember Bianchi. The French driver died last week from injuries sustained in a head-on crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last October.

  • Vettel wins action-packed Hungarian GP ahead of Red Bulls

    July 26, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won an action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix for the first time on Sunday, while Nico Rosberg saw his chance to catch Lewis Hamilton in the title race disappear with a puncture near the end.Four-time F1 champion Vettel started third on the grid. It was his 41st career win - moving him level with Brazilian great Ayrton Senna - and his first since the Malaysian GP in the second race of this season.

  • Minute's silence held for Bianchi ahead of Hungarian GP

    July 26, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) A poignant minute's silence was held in honor of Jules Bianchi before the start of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, with drivers forming a ring and placing their race helmets on the ground.Bianchi's mother Christine and father Philippe, brother Tom and sister Melanie were asked by the drivers to join them in the ring as they all linked arms on the Hungaroring grid to remember Bianchi. The French driver died last week from injuries sustained in a head-on crash at the Japanese Grand Prix last October.

  • Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

    July 26, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Paris police officers opened fire on a car that tried to crash through barricades about eight hours before the final arrival of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, a police official said.The car escaped with its two occupants apparently unharmed after coming under fire around 11 a.m. (0900 GMT; 5 a.m. EDT) in the Place de la Concorde, where the cyclists make their final triumphant rounds to conclude the race, said Luc Poignant, a spokesman with the SGP police union. Police are hunting for the people in the car.

  • John Force tops qualifying in Mile-High Nationals

    July 25, 2015

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) John Force earned his 154th career No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car on Saturday night in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.The 66-year-old Force powered his Chevy Camaro SS to a track-record 4.015-second run at 318.09 mph Friday night to earn the top qualifying position for the second time this season. Force also was strong during the two sessions Saturday, running the low elapsed time of the day during the final pass of the night. Force has two wins this season and will race John Hale in the opening round of eliminations Sunday.

  • Kimber-Smith and Guasch win Northeast Grand Prix

    July 25, 2015

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) Tom Kimber-Smith and Mike Guasch won the Northeast Grand Prix on Saturday at Lime Rock Park for their third IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory of the season.Kimber-Smith and Guasch also drove the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA Prototype Challenge car to victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January and the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March.

  • Kelsey Settles wins at All-American Soap Box Derby

    July 25, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) Kelsey Settles thought she was done with All-American Soap Box Derby in 2012. Luckily, her cousins talked her into giving it one more try.The 18-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, won the Rally Masters Division on Saturday during the 78th annual competition at Derby Downs.

  • Busch uses late pass to capture Indy's Xfinity race

    July 25, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch took advantage of Ryan Blaney's last-lap bobble, making an inside pass on the back straightaway to win the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Busch raced to his second Xfinity Series victory in three years at Indianapolis - both from the pole - and pushed his series-record victory total to 72. The margin of 0.421 seconds was the closest in the four races held on the historic 2.5-mile oval.

  • Edwards earns pivotal starting spot at Indianapolis

    July 25, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Carl Edwards has won the pole for the Brickyard 400.Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to move to the top of the leaderboard. He then had to wait to see if two-time Brickyard winner and Indiana native Tony Stewart would bump him from the pole.

  • Kyle Busch tries to cap comeback with elusive Indy victory

    July 25, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Busch has the kind of trophy collection most NASCAR drivers would envy: monsters, lobsters, even wine.He has visited victory lane 32 times in his Sprint Cup career - and with wins in the last two races and three of the last four, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is used to raising the ultimate prize over his head.

  • McLaren misery as Alonso stalls, Button fails to make Q2

    July 25, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The sight of two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso pushing his car uphill after it stalled during Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday summed up McLaren's chronic lack of reliability this season.The much-heralded switch back to Honda engines has proved far more difficult than anticipated, with both Alonso and 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button struggling in qualifying and on race day.

  • All-American Soap Box Derby in Ohio is off and running

    July 25, 2015

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) More than 400 competitors from four continents are competing in the 78th Annual All-American Soap Box Derby.The competition in Akron takes place all day Saturday, with elimination heats of three and winners advancing in a bracket format with the finals taking place in the afternoon. There are three classes - Stock, Super Stock and Masters. The races traditionally draw more than 10,000 fans.

  • Hamilton takes pole for Hungarian GP ahead of Rosberg

    July 25, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position on Saturday for the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he will start at the front for the ninth time in 10 races this season and 47th overall in his career.Hamilton, starting from pole for the fifth time here, looks well set to clinch his fifth career victory at the Hungaroring on Sunday.

  • Hamilton fastest again in final practice for Hungarian GP

    July 25, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton showed he will undoubtedly be the driver to beat in qualifying later Saturday as he secured the fastest time in final practice.Hamilton was quickest in both of Friday's practice runs and completed his hat trick with a leading time of 1 minute, 22.997 seconds, putting him .098 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and .889 clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

  • John Force leads Funny Car qualifying at Mile-High Nationals

    July 25, 2015

    MORRISON, Colo. (AP) John Force topped Funny Car qualifying with a Bandimere Speedway-record time of 4.015 seconds at 318.09 mph Friday night in the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.The 66-year-old Force has two event victories this year to push his record total to 143.

  • Travis Braden wins in ARCA Racing Series debut

    July 24, 2015

    BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) Travis Braden won the ARCA Racing Series on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in his series debut, pulling away from fellow newcomer William Byron.The 21-year-old Braden, from Wheeling, West Virginia, took advantage of strategic four-tire change to catch and pass Byron with 21 laps left in the 200-lap race on the 0.686-mile oval. Braden drove his own Travis Braden Motorsports' No. 01 Chevrolet

  • Stephen Simpson Takes first IMSA TUDOR pole

    July 24, 2015

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) South Africa's Stephen Simpson raced to his first IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pole Friday, topping qualifying for Saturday's Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Park.Simpson had a lap at 108.172 mph in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA that held up during a qualifying session that included a stoppage for an incident involving Todd Slusher's No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports entry and ended with light rain falling on the 1.5-mile circuit.

  • NASCAR drivers adjusting to new rules package at Brickyard

    July 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A new rules package for Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided visibility issues for drivers on Friday. It was even harder to see after nearly five hours of practice Friday if the new rules package will produce better racing.NASCAR is trying to improve the on-track product, and is using four track-specific aerodynamic packages to see what could be a better fit for the heavy stock cars. The package used two weeks ago at Kentucky was well-received by the drivers, but NASCAR switched to a high-drag setup for Indianapolis, where passing has always been difficult.

  • Without new deal, Johnson committed to winning for Hendrick

    July 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jimmie Johnson wants to kneel down and kiss the Indy bricks for a fifth time.He wants a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.And he wants to do it all - for now, forever - with Hendrick Motorsports and trusted crew chief Chad Knaus calling the shots.

  • Sergio Perez relieved after walking away unhurt from crash

    July 24, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Formula One driver Sergio Perez was relieved to walk away unscathed from a crash at the Hungaroring circuit that left him upside down in his car after it hit a barrier.A suspension problem on his Force India car caused Friday's crash in a practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The incident happened on Turn 11 during the morning's first session.

  • Hamilton best in 2 practices at Hungarian GP; Red Bull fast

    July 24, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton again showed his speed in topping both practices at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.Daniel Ricciardo's promising session for Red Bull ended with engine trouble, however.In a largely encouraging afternoon for Red Bull, Daniil Kvyat posted the second quickest time ahead of Ricciardo, who went off the track with smoke billowing from his car with about 20 minutes remaining, bringing out the red flag for the third time on the day.

  • Hamilton best in 2nd practice at Hungarian GP; Red Bull fast

    July 24, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton again showed his speed Friday to post the fastest time in the second practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix.Daniel Ricciardo's promising session for Red Bull ended with engine trouble, however.

  • Hamilton best in 1st practice at Hungarian GP; Perez crashes

    July 24, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Lewis Hamilton led the first practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, and Sergio Perez walked away unscathed from a crash in searing heat.Many drivers wore tributes to Jules Bianchi, with race stickers such as ''Ciao Jules'' or ''JB 17'' on their helmets. Bianchi died last Friday from injuries sustained last October in a crash at the Japanese GP.

  • Penske hoping for elusive Cup win at Brickyard

    July 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) For Roger Penske, this weekend offers something of a rarity - a chance to accomplish something he's never done before.Penske has never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Brickyard, in stark contrast to his 16 Indy 500 victories.''We've been close - been second a number of times - but never was able to get across the stripe at Indy with NASCAR,'' Penske said. ''We did it in Nationwide. Winning the Indy 500 there this year and also the Daytona, this would be a real Triple Crown for us.''

  • NASCAR, Indy honoring Marine vet Jeff Kyle at Brickyard

    July 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jeff Kyle raced up to 150 mph during a recent charity drive at Texas Motor Speedway, a welcome relief for the former Marine.''Yeah, I wasn't getting shot at, so it was a good thing,'' he said.The brother of famed ''American Sniper'' Chris Kyle will be honored this weekend at the NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race at the Brickyard is officially named ''The Crown Presents the Jeff Kyle 400'' after Kyle was selected over a list of other nominees.

  • Gordon honored at boyhood home before final Brickyard 400

    July 23, 2015

    PITTSBORO, Ind. (AP) Jeff Gordon felt right at home Thursday back in small-town Indiana.His parents, some of his longtime friends and even some of his former high school teachers were among hundreds of people lining the streets in Pittsboro to celebrate Gordon as he wraps up his final full-time season in NASCAR.

  • Defiant Rosberg looking to put heat on Hamilton in Hungary

    July 23, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Lewis Hamilton's impressive record at the Hungarian Grand Prix gives Nico Rosberg extra motivation as he tries to close the gap on his Mercedes teammate in the Formula One title race.After nine races, Rosberg sits 17 points behind Hamilton, the championship leader. With Mercedes dominant in qualifying and ultra-reliable on the track, margins for taking back points are small.

  • Sauber confirms Ericsson and Nasr as next year's drivers

    July 23, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr can build on a promising first season together with both drivers handed new contracts with Sauber for next year.Nasr impressed from the outset in his first Formula One campaign, securing fifth place at the Australian Grand Prix in his first race.

  • F1 drivers at Hungarian GP unite in memory of Bianchi

    July 23, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Setting aside their on-track rivalries, Formula One drivers paid a solemn homage to Jules Bianchi at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Thursday.Bianchi's death last Friday, from head injuries last October in a head-on crash at the Japanese GP, shocked F1. It was the first race-related driver death since 1994, when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger died at the San Marino GP.

  • Christopher Bell wins Mud Summer Classic at Eldora

    July 22, 2015

    ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) Christopher Bell won the Mud Summer Classic on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway in his third career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.The 20-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, dirt racer held off 18-year-old Bobby Pierce in a green-white-checker finish in NASCAR's lone dirt race in its top three series.

  • IndyCar's Karam defends himself after Carpenter criticism

    July 22, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Despite getting dressed down by Ed Carpenter after some close racing in Iowa, rookie Sage Karam offered the IndyCar veteran an empty seat next to him on the plane ride home.Carpenter had apparently said all he needed to say. Almost.

  • Race Team Alliance considered a success after 1st year

    July 22, 2015

    Race Team Alliance chairman Rob Kauffman tried to spin the ownership group's biggest contributions to NASCAR in the last year as ''things fans don't care about.''From cost-cutting to fantasy gambling, the RTA has, however, made strides in the sport. And the disconnect between NASCAR and its teams has eased up, which is good news for the series and its fans.

  • Title tussle takes a back seat as F1 mourns for Bianchi

    July 22, 2015

    The championship tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will take a back seat at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, with Formula One still coming to terms with the death of Jules Bianchi.The 25-year-old Bianchi died in a hospital in his hometown of Nice on Friday from injuries sustained in a head-on crash during the Japanese GP last October.

  • IndyCar creates conduct code to limit competitor criticism

    July 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar has followed through on a promise to curtail criticism of the series with the creation of a new conduct code.The five-point bulletin issued Tuesday is labeled under ''Detrimental Competitor Conduct'' and stems from last month's race at California, when many drivers were critical of the racing. IndyCar CEO Mark Miles vowed after that race to start policing conduct he believed damages IndyCar.

  • Bianchi mourners recall F1 driver as 'humble' winner

    July 21, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Race helmet perched on his coffin, Jules Bianchi was mourned Tuesday as a ''humble'' winner in a Formula One career cut short in the sport's first deadly crash in more than 20 years.Tributes mounted for the French driver, who died Friday after nine months in a coma following the crash during last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

  • Funeral for F1 driver Bianchi in France as tributes mount

    July 21, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Family, friends and colleagues paid homage to Jules Bianchi in his French hometown on Tuesday, as tributes mount for the Formula One driver who died of head injuries from a crash during last year's Japanese Grand Prix.Bianchi died Friday after being in a coma for nine months.

  • Heavy rains and sprint car race give Eldora tight turnaround

    July 20, 2015

    ROSSBURG, Ohio (AP) As the sun came up over Eldora Speedway, track general manager Roger Slack carefully debated a contract with the head of the World Racing Group.Heavy rains had wreaked havoc on the schedule for the 32nd running of the Kings Royal, and the prestigious sprint car race didn't end until 4:30 a.m. Sunday. But at least 15,000 fans had waited out a pair of thunderous storms, and the historic dirt track was packed when the feature finally began some five hours after its scheduled start.

  • FIA retires car No. 17 in honor of F1 driver Jules Bianchi

    July 20, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Jules Bianchi's No. 17 is being retired from Formula One in honor of the French driver, whose funeral takes place Tuesday.Bianchi drove with this car number for 15 races in 2014, when drivers were first given the choice of which number they preferred.

  • Jules Bianchi's funeral to take place in Nice on Tuesday

    July 20, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Jules Bianchi's funeral will take place in his hometown of Nice on Tuesday.The French Formula One driver died on Friday from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi, 25, had been in a coma since the crash on Oct. 5.

  • Penske struggles again in Iowa

    July 19, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Team Penske's baffling lack of success at Iowa Speedway culminated with an awful performance Saturday night.But points leader Juan Pablo Montoya remained in control of the championship race despite his first big bad break of the season.

  • Kyle Busch races to 3rd win of year, moves closer to Chase

    July 19, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Kyle Busch continues to find victory lane and is moving closer to landing a spot in the Chase.Busch's dominant comeback rolled on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he won for the second straight weekend and for the third time in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

  • Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race in Iowa

    July 18, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) It was the most successful IndyCar finish for American drivers in nearly a decade.But no one could make Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian points leader, pay for his early misfortune.Ryan Hunter-Reay raced to his third victory at Iowa Speedway in the last four years Saturday night, leading the first U.S. podium sweep in nine years.

  • Chilton honors Bianchi, wins Indy Lights race in Iowa

    July 18, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) England's Max Chilton won the Indy Lights race Saturday in Iowa after dedicating the race to former teammate Jules Bianchi, the French Formula One driver died early Saturday from injuries sustained in October in the Japanese Grand Prix.

  • Hamlin holds off Dillon in fiery finish to Xfinity race

    July 18, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Denny Hamlin nudged Austin Dillon out of the lead Saturday and raced to his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season.Hamlin led 145 of the 200 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and clearly had the car beat. But when Dillon briefly took the lead, Hamlin put his No. 20 into the left side of Dillon's car and knocked him out of the way.

  • Helio Castroneves wins IndyCar pole

    July 18, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Helio Castroneves will start from the pole Saturday night in the IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway.The Team Penske driver raced to his third pole of the season and the 44th of his career.Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan of Chip Ganassi Racing will start on the front row with Castroneves. Series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya of Penske will start third, followed by Ganassi's Scott Dixon, KVSH Racing's Simon Pagenaud and Penske's Will Power.

  • Goodyear says no talks with NASCAR about changes in Chase

    July 18, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) The most intriguing wrinkle for the Chase may not be which championship contenders are in or out after each elimination round.It could be if NASCAR decides to use a package responsible for a race that drew nothing but rave reviews from the drivers.

  • Tributes pour in for Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi

    July 18, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Tributes poured in from the world of Formula One for French driver Jules Bianchi, who died after a long fight against horrendous injuries sustained in a head-on crash during the Japanese Grand Prix last October.The 25-year-old Bianchi died in a hospital in his home town of Nice, his family said in a statement released in the early hours of Saturday morning.

  • Mason Mitchell wins ARCA Racing Series event in Iowa

    July 18, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Mason Mitchell won the ARCA Racing Series event Friday night on his home track, passing Kyle Weatherman in a one-lap overtime sprint to the finish at Iowa Speedway.Mitchell, from West Des Moines, took the lead on the inside in his own Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet and held on for first victory of the season and second in the stock-car series.

  • Jules Bianchi dies from injuries sustained in 2014 crash

    July 18, 2015

    Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died in a French hospital from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.He was 25.The Bianchi family announced the death in a statement issued in the early hours of Saturday morning. Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car.

  • Carl Edwards takes pole at New Hampshire

    July 17, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) With Carl Edwards leading the charge, Joe Gibbs Racing continued its recent hot streak and took four of the top eight qualifying spots for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Never a great qualifier, Edwards turned a lap of 135.164 mph Friday to win the pole, just the 14th in a career that dates to 2004. Edwards will lead the field to green for the first time since 2013 and for the first time for JGR.

  • Longtime Michigan speedway employee Barnes dies; he was 55

    July 17, 2015

    ADDISON, Mich. (AP) Michigan International Speedway employee Duane Barnes, who survived a 2012 explosion and fire at the Daytona 500, has died. He was 55.The Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home says Barnes died at his home in Addison, Michigan, on Tuesday. He spent 27 years at the speedway in Brooklyn.

  • Team Penske looks to snap IndyCar skid in Iowa

    July 17, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Team Penske's eight-year IndyCar winless skid at Iowa Speedway is hard to figure out.This might be the year that one of the circuit's powerhouse programs finally knocks a win at Iowa off its to-do list.Penske will enter Saturday's race with three of the top five drivers in IndyCar, including series leader Juan Pablo Montoya.

  • Logano poised for 2nd straight win at New Hampshire

    July 17, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Joey Logano has rocked a victory lobster at New Hampshire, so riding the wave of the ''Sharknado'' craze and tussling with bloodthirsty sharks should be a drop in the chum bucket for the Team Penske driver.Logano is set to join the parade of D-list actors making campy cameos in ''Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'' the third movie in the popular ''Sharknado'' series on the Syfy network. Unlike his co-stars like David Hasselhoff or Tara Reid, Logano could use a crash course on the art of movie promotion.

  • Ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch resigns from military charity

    July 16, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) NASCAR driver Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend has resigned from the military charity that she headed amid an investigation of her finances.A spokesman for the Armed Forces Foundation said Thursday that Patricia Driscoll tendered her resignation Tuesday night after 12 years as president.

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay limps into Iowa on IndyCar cold streak

    July 16, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The finale of last year's IndyCar race in Iowa showed what Ryan Hunter-Reay can do when he is in peak form.Powered by four fresh tires, Hunter-Reay blew past half the field in just 10 laps to become the only active driver with multiple wins on Iowa's short oval.

  • Ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch resigns from veterans charity

    July 16, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) NASCAR driver Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend has resigned from the veterans charity that she headed amid an investigation of her finances.A spokesman for the Armed Forces Foundation said Thursday that Patricia Driscoll tendered her resignation Tuesday night after 12 years as president.

  • Hunter-Reay limps into Iowa on cold streak

    July 16, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The finale of last year's IndyCar race in Iowa showed what Ryan Hunter-Reay can do when he's in peak form.A similar showing this weekend would help erase some of the sting of a rough season.In 2014, Hunter-Reay blew past half the field in just 10 laps to become the only active driver with multiple wins on Iowa's short oval. This year, the 2012 series winner heads back to Newton mired in 14th place.

  • After uncertainty, more hopeful outlook for Milwaukee Mile

    July 15, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) A rainy forecast gave way to a sunny afternoon for this year's IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile.Organizers hope for the same kind of forecast for the future of the historic oval track.''Let's look at the upside. It was a good crowd today,'' driver Sebastien Bourdais said after winning Sunday's 250-lap race. ''I know everybody's trying to make it work.''

  • Bourdais soars into Iowa after 1st oval win since '06

    July 15, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The general feeling when KVSH Racing signed Sebastien Bourdais was that the team upgraded its program on street and road courses, but would have a bit of a drop in oval races.After all, Bourdais was replacing standout oval driver Tony Kanaan, who left the team mere months after winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2013.

  • NHRA leaves ESPN, signs long-term deal with Fox Sports 1

    July 14, 2015

    GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) Drag racing is about to get a little more exposure.NHRA and Fox Sports announced Tuesday they have agreed to a long-term contract that will put four drag-racing events on the main Fox network each year, a deal NHRA President Peter Clifford calls a ''game-changer.'' It begins in 2016.

  • Column: NASCAR takes positive steps toward brighter future

    July 13, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) What a different NASCAR we have now.The sport so married to a dictator-style reign, so resistant to meaningful change and so slow to take a stance on anything that might alienate its fan base has seemingly been turned upside down in a matter of days.

  • Sebastien Bourdais wins at Milwaukee with late surge on oval

    July 13, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Sebastien Bourdais' final 60-plus laps at the Milwaukee Mile offered reminders of his dominating Champ Car run a decade ago.A rare victory at an oval could be just what the veteran needs to start a memorable run in IndyCar, too.

  • Sebastien Bourdais dominates late to win at Milwaukee Mile

    July 12, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Sebastien Bourdais pulled away following a late caution to win Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile, his second IndyCar victory of the season.Bourdais was dominating before the caution flag came out on Lap 222 after Justin Wilson's car stalled. He held on when racing resumed for an 18-lap sprint to the finish, turning aside a brief challenge from second-place Helio Castroneves to win by 2.2 seconds.

  • Schumacher wins Top Fuel at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

    July 12, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Tony Schumacher earned his 80th career victory when he won the Top Fuel category on Sunday at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.Schumacher secured his third win of the season with a 3.844-second pass at 320.20 mph, beating Larry Dixon's 3.932 at 298.93 in the final round. The defending world champion is five victories from tying Pro Stock's Bob Glidden for third on the career wins list in any NHRA professional category.

  • Josef Newgarden gets 1st career pole at Milwaukee Mile

    July 12, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Josef Newgarden had another impressive run around the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, following fast practice times over the weekend with the top qualifying run to claim his first career IndyCar series pole.Newgarden posted an average lap of 170.223 mph. The 24-year-old driver also had the best combined time over two practices.

  • Castroneves to start at back of field at Mile

    July 12, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Helio Castroneves will start at the back of the field for the 250-lap IndyCar race Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile after arriving late to check in for his qualifying run.Drivers are required to arrive at pit lane 10 minutes before their qualifying run. An IndyCar spokesman said Castroneves missed that time when qualifying was held earlier Sunday, so he was required to start at the back.

  • Earnhardt, Patrick have fences to mend after Kentucky clash

    July 12, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) The relationship between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick will need repairing before two of NASCAR's most popular drivers head to this weekend's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.A couple of on-track incidents late in Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway left both with damaged Chevys, low finishes and a little bad blood between them. Earnhardt's brake problems resulted in his No. 88 car tapping the back of Patrick's No. 10 with about 60 laps remaining, sending her into the outside wall to bring one of a track-record 11 cautions.

  • Austin Cindric, son of Team Penske president, sets CTSC mark

    July 11, 2015

    BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (AP) Austin Cindric, the 16-year-old son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric, has become the youngest winner in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series.Cindric combined with co-driver Jade Buford to win on Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in their Multimatic Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R-C.

  • Kyle Busch wins Sprint Cup 400-mile race at Kentucky

    July 11, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Kyle Busch outdueled Joey Logano late to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.Though Busch dominated the 400-mile race by leading 163 of 267 laps after starting ninth for his second victory here in five starts, he had to outlast Logano during one late segment in which they traded leads for several laps.

  • Back to an oval, IndyCar returns to Milwaukee

    July 11, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Will Power should like the next oval on the IndyCar schedule.The series returns Sunday to Milwaukee, a mile-long oval that shouldn't recreate the kind of wheel-gripping racing that drivers endured at Fontana two weeks ago.There is a different rules package in place at the shorter, flat Milwaukee Mile. There are really just two lanes here, rather than the five-wide scrums and high-banking turns at Fontana that turned that race into an edge-of-your-seat thriller for fans - and a headache for some drivers who said the rules created dangerous pack racing.

  • Injured Hinchcliffe hopes to return for offseason testing

    July 11, 2015

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) Sporting a full beard, James Hinchcliffe flashed a smile as he walked into an interview room without any trace of a limp.He has come a long way since a sustaining a life-threatening leg injury during a practice crash in May at Indianapolis. And while Hinchcliffe faces more rehab, a finish line is now in sight for the IndyCar driver.

  • Keselowski wins Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway

    July 10, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Brad Keselowski overcame a late-race mistake after a restart to reclaim the lead from Erik Jones with eight laps remaining, holding him off to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.Keselowski earned his third series victory on the 1.5-mile oval and second 300-mile win in three starts. He had to bounce back from a hiccup after a Lap 169 restart that appeared to hand the race to Jones. Unfazed, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion regrouped and guided his No. 22 Ford Mustang past Jones' Toyota on Lap 192 and went on to the win after finishing second last year.

  • Jeff Gordon seeks first Kentucky win in final season

    July 10, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Kentucky Speedway gave Jeff Gordon a parting gift that would make a native of the commonwealth jealous with 24 bottles of its trademark bourbon from four master distilleries.That's fine, but he'd settle for drinking champagne in victory lane.

  • NASCAR prepares for new rules package at Kentucky Speedway

    July 10, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Whether NASCAR's new rules create a passing fancy at Kentucky Speedway remains to be seen.Drivers were happy to finally get track time Friday. Rain had washed out tests and practice scheduled to help them break in specifications designed to create passing on the 1.5-mile track. Qualifying was also canceled, with the rule book putting Kyle Larson (Chevy) and Brad Keselowski (Ford) on the front row for Saturday night's 400-mile race based on practice speeds.

  • FIA approves provisional 21-race F1 calendar for 2016

    July 10, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) Formula One's governing body approved a provisional 21-race calendar for 2016 on Friday that includes an inaugural race in Baku, Azerbaijan.The German Grand Prix is also set to return to the calendar on July 31 after that race was dropped this year due to financial problems, although a 2016 venue has not been specified.

  • Rain cancels Sprint Cup, Xfinity qualifying at Kentucky

    July 10, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Rain returned to Kentucky Speedway on Friday, canceling qualifying for the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series races.With the starting grids set on practice speeds, Kyle Larson will be on the pole beside Brad Keselowski for Saturday night's 400-mile Cup race at the 1.5-mile track. It's the second career pole for Larson, who had the fastest practice speed of 182.537 mph earlier in the day.

  • Catchfence, barrier repaired after Trucks wreck at Kentucky

    July 10, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers finally got on to Kentucky Speedway Friday morning, hours after track workers repaired a section of catchfence damaged in the wreck-shortened Camping World Truck Series race.Officials called the race with five laps remaining Thursday night after Ben Kennedy's truck clipped and bent sections of the catchfence in Turn 1. His vehicle lifted off the ground and slid along the top of the SAFER barrier after contact with David Gilliland and John Wes Townley. No one was injured.

  • Matt Crafton earns 9th career NASCAR Truck Series win

    July 9, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Matt Crafton earned his ninth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Thursday at Kentucky Speedway in a race stopped early because of a wreck that damaged the catch fence.NASCAR called the race with five laps to go after Ben Kennedy's truck clipped and bent portions of the catch fence in Turn 1. Kennedy's truck lifted off the ground and slid on top of the SAFER barrier after making contact with the trucks of David Gilliland and John Wes Townley.

  • Motor racing author Michael Argetsinger dies at 70

    July 9, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Michael R. Argetsinger, a founder of the International Motor Racing Research Center and an award-winning motorsports author, has died. He was 70.Argetsinger died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Chicago, according to Glenda Gephart of the research center.

  • Rain forces NASCAR to cancel test of new rules for Kentucky

    July 10, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) NASCAR has canceled a Sprint Cup Series test of a new rules package for Kentucky Speedway after continued rain and will proceed with its normal weekend practice schedule for Saturday night's 400-mile race.Teams had hoped to practice Wednesday with new specifications intended to reduce downforce and create more passing before showers postponed the session to Thursday. Intermittent rain throughout the morning eventually wiped out that session also and has washed out practice and qualifying for Thursday night's scheduled 225-mile Camping World Truck Series race. The field for that race was set per the rule book with defending series champion and points leader Matt Crafton on the pole.

  • F1 teams warned about conduct after Mercedes dummy pit stop

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Formula One teams will be warned about their pit lane conduct following Mercedes' dummy stop during Sunday's British Grand Prix.Mercedes sent mechanics into the pit lane in an attempt to unsettle Williams, which led the opening phase of the race at Silverstone.

  • Rain postpones NASCAR test at Kentucky Speedway

    July 8, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Rain worked against NASCAR again, postponing Wednesday's Sprint Cup Series test of a new rules package for Kentucky Speedway to Thursday.Teams will practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the bumpy 1.5-mile track in preparation for Saturday night's 400-mile Sprint Cup headliner. Drivers will be trying out new specifications designed to reduce downforce and produce more passing. Rear spoiler heights were reduced from 6 to 3.5 inches, the front splitter was expanded by 25 inches and an overhang reduced by 1.75 inches.

  • Edwards: "No reason to speculate" about pitchman Jared Fogle

    July 8, 2015

    SPARTA, Ky. (AP) NASCAR driver Carl Edwards says ''there's no reason to even speculate'' on the situation involving suspended Subway pitchman Jared Fogle until facts are gathered.Edwards has been a longtime promoter of the sandwich chain that sponsors his No. 19 Toyota Camry. He also has appeared in Subway ads with Fogle, who became famous for losing 245 pounds by eating its sandwiches.

  • NBC receives positive reviews in return to NASCAR coverage

    July 8, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NBC's return to NASCAR coverage came with a big set of challenges: A three-hour rain delay and a caution-filled race that ended with a horrific last-lap crash nearly eight hours after the network began its broadcast.But the reviews for the actual product were resoundingly positive.

  • Buddy Baker steps down from radio show with inoperable tumor

    July 7, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker says he has a ''huge tumor'' in his lung that is requiring him to immediately step down as co-host of his SiriusXM NASCAR show.The 74-year-old Baker won 19 races in the Sprint Cup Series, including the 1980 Daytona 500. He made his series debut in 1959 and retired in 1992.

  • NASCAR to try new aero packages at 3 additional tracks

    July 7, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will use track-specific rules packages at three more race tracks as the sanctioning body continues to try to improve the racing.A unique rules package already had been announced for Saturday night's race at Kentucky. NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell said Tuesday a similar low downforce package will be used at Darlington in September.

  • Andretti Autosport signs Justin Wilson for rest of season

    July 7, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Michael Andretti is giving Justin Wilson another shot.Andretti Autosport announced Tuesday that the 36-year-old Englishman has been hired for the final five races of the IndyCar season and will again drive the No. 25 car. Wilson competed in two races with Andretti's team earlier this year in the same car. He finished 29th in the road race at Indianapolis and 30th in the Indianapolis 500.

  • Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

    July 7, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.A wreck that began three rows ahead of him sent cars spinning all over the track. When one turned into him, the force of the hit flipped his car up and over two others. Dillon sailed nearly upside down into the Daytona International Speedway catchfence with such a hard hit that it nearly brought his 3,500-pound car to a sudden stop.

  • Sorrell: Friction in Formula 1 can help lift the sport

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Friction in Formula One and ongoing negativity has created instability that affects companies pumping money into the sport, according to a director of the motorsport series.But Martin Sorrell, who is also chief executive of advertising giant WPP, told The Associated Press that public disputes over the state of F1 could in fact help to make the sport more commercially attractive.

  • Germany's Nuerburg links cars racing with nature and history

    July 6, 2015

    NUERBURG, Germany (AP) Race drivers call it ''The Green Hell'' and it has taken dozens of drivers' lives, but Germany's Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car racing fans.Engines roar, car tires squeal, crowds cheer or hold their breath for the champions, all in the middle of dense woods in western Germany, amid the singing of unfazed birds.

  • Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon's crash

    July 6, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 a.m. with a horrific last-lap accident.The outcome wasn't in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Austin Dillon's car flying upside down into the fence.

  • Kyle Busch brushes wall in 1st Daytona race since crash

    July 6, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch hit another wall at Daytona International Speedway.This one was a considerably softer blow.Busch swiped the outside wall early in his first race at Daytona since breaking his right leg and left foot in a hard crash at the track in February.

  • Fans shower Gordon with praise before final Daytona race

    July 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) As rain delayed his final race at Daytona International Speedway, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions Sunday.Speedway officials handed out thousands of placards commemorating Gordon's milestones at Daytona, dating to his victory in a Daytona 500 qualifying race in 1993. By the time he was introduced in front of the grandstands near Turn 1, many of those cards were soggy from the rain.

  • Kalitta gets Top Fuel win in Ohio

    July 5, 2015

    NORWALK, Ohio (AP) Doug Kalitta earned his second Top Fuel win of the season Sunday at NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.Kalitta secured his 37th career victory by driving his dragster past Antron Brown in the final round. Kalitta had a time of 3.823 seconds at 322.34 mph while Brown's machine lost traction and trailed with a 3.918 at 307.79.

  • NASCAR fans defend, display Confederate flags at Daytona

    July 5, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway.The Confederate flag is front and center.It's been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans to take it down - not even if NASCAR decides to ban the embattled flag from its racetracks.

  • Hamilton wins British GP after thrilling race

    July 5, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Lewis Hamilton seized back control of the British Grand Prix after being overtaken on the first corner to win his fifth race of the season on Sunday and strengthen his Formula One title defense.A Mercedes one-two was just as forecast - with Nico Rosberg completing a ninth consecutive double podium for them - but a thrilling rain-affected race was a riposte to some of the gloomy paddock talk about the predictability of the sport.

  • Reigning midget champion Rico Abreu gets 1st stock car win

    July 4, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Rico Abreu has earned his first career stock car victory, racing to the win at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio.Abreu set a track record in winning the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event. He then held on for the victory.

  • Austin Dillon wins Xfinity Series race at Daytona

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Austin Dillon has won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway by avoiding a late accident and then holding off the competition on a two-lap sprint to the finish.Brian Scott dominated the race and led 84 of the 104 laps, but with four scheduled laps remaining, he tried to shoot up the track to block Elliott Sadler. Scott was never clear of Sadler and he ran into him, triggering a 12-car crash.

  • NASCAR meets with driver council for 2nd time about rules

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The newly formed driver council met with NASCAR for a second time Saturday and it may have led to a new rules package for upcoming races at Indianapolis and Michigan.NASCAR has already said it will use a package with less downforce next weekend at Kentucky Speedway, and that same package could be used at Darlington Raceway next month.

  • NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wants grass removed from tracks

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch has become the unwitting poster boy for NASCAR safety improvements.It's not a role he wanted. But now that it's been thrust upon him, he's not shying away from taking the lead on suggesting changes.The Joe Gibbs Racing star said Saturday he would like to see tracks remove grass from areas adjacent to racing surfaces.

  • NBC returns to NASCAR coverage with Sunday race at Daytona

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) For 29 years, the summer race at Daytona International Speedway was a part of the nation's birthday.The event was always run on Independence Day, no matter what day of the week. The race was in the morning, and the drivers and their families were celebrating on the beach by late afternoon.

  • Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Rain washed out qualifying for Sunday night's race at Daytona International Speedway, where the field was set by practice times.Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the pole because he was fastest in Friday's first practice session. NASCAR's most popular driver deliberately ran a very fast lap because his crew chief anticipated rain could interrupt qualifying on Saturday.

  • NASCAR, ISC to install more soft walls at tracks by 2017

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR is adding more soft walls beyond Daytona International Speedway.International Speedway Corp., NASCAR's sister company that owns Daytona and several other sanctioned tracks, announced plans Saturday to install about 54,000 feet of additional energy-absorbing SAFER Barrier at its facilities. That total includes the 4,100 feet recently installed at Daytona and the 4,000 feet track officials have planned following Sunday's race.

  • Late TV broadcaster Byrnes honored with Squier-Hall Award

    July 4, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Late television broadcaster Steve Byrnes has won the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence.NASCAR officials made the announcement Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.Byrnes died in April after a long bout with cancer. He joined Fox Sports in 2001 and served as a pit reporter for its Sprint Cup Series coverage through the 2014 season. He was also a play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports 1's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and hosted several auto racing shows on the company's channels. Before joining Fox, he was a pit reporter for TNN, CBS and WTBS.

  • Hamilton takes pole position for British GP ahead of Rosberg

    July 4, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the eighth time in nine races this season as he chases a third British Grand Prix triumph on Sunday.The British defending champion, who clocked 1 minute, 32.248 seconds in qualifying on Saturday, will share the front row of the grid with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the seventh time this year.

  • Hamilton fastest in practice ahead of British GP qualifying

    July 4, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday.The 30-year-old defending champion clocked 1 minute, 32.917 seconds at Silverstone as he bids to win his home race for a second straight year.

  • NASCAR distances itself from Donald Trump after remarks

    July 3, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump.On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami.

  • Kyle Busch involved in multi-car crash in Daytona return

    July 3, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, where he returned Friday for the first time since he was injured at the track in February.Busch, who broke his right leg and left foot in a crash a day before the season-opening Daytona 500, spun nine minutes into the first practice session when he was bumped from behind by Brad Keselowski. As Busch's car spun down the track, he was hit squarely in the side by Greg Biffle.

  • Daytona adds soft walls, more asphalt after Busch's crash

    July 3, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR's most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday.Daytona International Speedway, in the final push of a 0 million renovation, has come close to covering the speedway in energy-absorbing SAFER barriers as track President Joie Chitwood vowed to do after Kyle Busch was injured in February.

  • With changes looming, calls to reconnect with F1 fans

    July 3, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Bumper-to-bumper traffic queues just to see the practice sessions on Friday at Silverstone, and a record 350,000 expected this weekend present a vision of Formula One being in robust health.Not all the teams share that positivity.

  • Rosberg beats teammate Hamilton in practice at British GP

    July 3, 2015

    SILVERTSONE, England (AP) Nico Rosberg provided further evidence of the threat he poses to championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton by posting the fastest times in both practice sessions at the British Grand Prix on Friday.After Hamilton's storming start to his title defense, Rosberg has won three of the last four races to trim the Briton's lead to 10 points in the standings.

  • Rosberg beats Hamilton in 1st practice at British GP

    July 3, 2015

    SILVERTSONE, England (AP) Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time ahead of championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session of the British Grand Prix on Friday.The German driver missed much of the session after going off due to a loss of hydraulic power at Silverstone.

  • NASCAR tracks unite, ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

    July 2, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago.The facilities vowed to have the most ''welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.''

  • Winning races, not creating excitement is Hamilton's focus

    July 2, 2015

    SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Much of the recent intrigue in Formula One has been over who will run the championship in the future after Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari investors linked up with the Miami Dolphins owner to explore a takeover bid.On the track, the 2015 title race itself is offering few thrills, with Mercedes the supreme force in the first half of the season.

  • NASCAR tracks jointly ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

    July 2, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Every track that hosts a NASCAR national series race has asked its fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at its events.In a statement signed by International Speedway Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc. and 30 tracks, the facilities vowed to have ''welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.''

  • IndyCar fines Rahal, Power for actions during Sonoma race

    July 1, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal's team has been fined ,000 because the Fontana winner left the pits with a fuel hose attached to his car Saturday.Half of the fine issued Wednesday was suspended and one of the crew members was put on probation for three races.

  • IndyCar CEO: Rules package was off for Fontana race

    July 1, 2015

    The CEO of IndyCar said Wednesday that the series went too far with the rules package for last weekend's race at California, where many drivers sharply criticized what they said was dangerous pack racing.Despite the admission, chief executive Mark Miles warned that criticism of IndyCar by its teams and drivers won't be tolerated going forward.

  • Chevrolet becomes 3rd major sponsor of Daytona Rising

    July 1, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chevrolet is the latest sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's redevelopment project.The American automaker announced a multi-year deal Wednesday to become one of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising, the 0 million facelift taking place at NASCAR's most famous track.

  • Daytona offers American flags in exchange program

    June 30, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend.

  • Column: IndyCar must balance daredevil vs. dangerous racing

    June 29, 2015

    NASCAR returns this week to Daytona International Speedway, where 43 drivers are likely to race bumper to bumper for 400 white-knuckle miles.Very few of them will enjoy the race. Fans will most likely love every moment.IndyCar finds itself in the same situation following one of its most breathtaking races in recent memory.

  • Westbrook, Valiante win at Watkins Glen

    June 28, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante won the rainy Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen under caution Sunday for their second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory of the year.Westbrook and Valiante, driving the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype, moved into the season lead, five points ahead of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

  • Kyle Busch grabs 1st win of season as comeback rolls on

    June 28, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Kyle Busch's comeback now includes a victory - a mere five races after he returned from serious injuries suffered the season-opening weekend.Busch won Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway after passing six cars in one lap on fresh tires. He passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead with six laps remaining.

  • Austin Wayne Self races to first ARCA Racing Series victory

    June 28, 2015

    WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) Austin Wayne Self raced to his first ARCA Racing Series victory Sunday, holding off points leader Grant Enfinger at Winchester Speedway.The 19-year-old Self, from Austin, Texas, moved his Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford ahead of Brandon Jones with six laps left in the 200-lap race on the half-mile oval.

  • IndyCar still straddling line between speed, safety

    June 28, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Organizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne in accidents.

  • Rain washes out TUDOR United SportsCar qualifying

    June 27, 2015

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Heavy rain Saturday washed out qualifying Saturday in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, forcing officials to set the field by driver points.Christian Fittipaldi will start from the pole Sunday in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Cider Tree Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa. They are tied for the Prototype points lead with the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP team, but won the the tiebreaker by virtue of second-place finishes.

  • Rahal survives pack racing of Fontana for second career win

    June 27, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Graham Rahal avoided a penalty despite driving out of pit road with part of his fueling mechanism attached and held on through a wild finish for his second career IndyCar victory.Any other day, that would have been the big news.

  • Vautier tire changer injured during pit stop at Fontana

    June 27, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) A crew member for Dale Coyne Racing was injured Saturday after being struck by Tristan Vautier's car during a pit stop.Owen Trower, Vautier's front left tire changer, was hit on the leg early in the 500-mile IndyCar race after being clipped as Vautier tried to pull out of his stall. Trower had to be helped to a cart and was taken to a local hospital with a lower-extremity injury, according to IndyCar.

  • NASCAR chairman wants Confederate flag eliminated at races

    June 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Calling the Confederate flag an ''insensitive symbol'' he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events.''We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag,'' France told The Associated Press on Saturday. ''I personally find it an offensive symbol, so there is no daylight how we feel about it and our sensitivity to others who feel the same way.

  • Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma

    June 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday's race at winding Sonoma Raceway.Allmendinger earned the top starting spot during Saturday's knockout qualifying with a lap 96.310 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile course. It's the first pole for JTG Daugherty Racing, which earned its first berth in NASCAR's championship race last year when Allmendinger won on the Watkins Glen road course.

  • Tony Stewart struggling to end worst slump of career

    June 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Tony Stewart spent a rare week off traveling across Ohio as the hands-on owner of a sprint car series.He spent time with the officials in charge of the All Star Circuit of Champions, the promoters and made sure the product was top-notch. Stewart returned to his day job refreshed and ready to get back to work with his NASCAR team.

  • Tony Stewart struggling to end worst slump of his career

    June 27, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) There was a time when Tony Stewart rolled into a road course considered one of the top drivers to beat.Not anymore.The three-time NASCAR champion has been struggling for more than a year to be competitive at any track, and it's wearing on him.

  • Simon Pagenaud takes IndyCar pole at Auto Club Speedway

    June 26, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) The Southern California heat did nothing to slow Team Penske.Simon Pagenaud earned his second career IndyCar pole and teammate Helio Castroneves finished right behind him, giving Team Penske the top two spots in qualifying on a hot Friday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway.

  • NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs ban on Confederate flag

    June 26, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, called the Confederate flag ''offensive to an entire race'' Friday while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds, and noted that it bars the flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. Earnhardt backed NASCAR's position when asked about the issue before practice at Sonoma Raceway.

  • Allmendinger looks to pounce on NASCAR's 1st road course

    June 26, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) AJ Allmendinger knows the stakes on Sunday: Win on the road course at Sonoma Raceway and he earns a spot in NASCAR's championship race.The year-old qualifying format almost guarantees a race winner a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, which Allmendinger capitalized on a year ago with a win at Watkins Glen.

  • Ganassi's Dixon keeping pace with Team Penske drivers

    June 26, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Scott Dixon won on the street course at Sonoma last season and took the checkers on the streets of Long Beach this spring.To complete a California sweep, he'll have to win at a place where hasn't before: Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.

  • Montoya chasing Triple Crown as IndyCar heads to Fontana

    June 24, 2015

    Only one driver has celebrated winning the Triple Crown of IndyCar in the same calendar year. Juan Pablo Montoya will try to stay in contention for the sweep when he races Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in California.Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in May, the first of three 500-mile races on the IndyCar calendar. Up next is the 250-lap race in Fontana, California, and then the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23.

  • NASCAR's Erik Jones breaks through with historic weekend

    June 24, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) All year long, Erik Jones was the kid who couldn't finish a NASCAR Trucks race.The 19-year-old Jones shed that label with a brilliant run at Iowa Speedway and then made history 24 hours later by becoming the first driver to sweep Camping World Trucks and Xfinity races on different tracks in the same weekend.

  • First World Cup, now also F1 for Qatar?

    June 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Not content with hosting the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is now also exploring the idea of buying Formula One, another big step in its use of the global appeal of sports to put itself firmly on the map.The purchase, if concluded, could see a Qatari investment fund that already owns Paris Saint-Germain, the football club where David Beckham ended his career, partner with the owner of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press. Not authorized to discuss the deal-making publicly, they spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

  • AP source: Qatari fund among potential buyers of F1

    June 24, 2015

    A wealthy Qatari investment fund teamed with the owner of the Miami Dolphins NFL team is among several potential buyers of a stake in Formula One, a person with knowledge of the talks says.The person was not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly but spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The person said discussions are ''well engaged.''

  • NASCAR distances itself from Confederate flag after massacre

    June 23, 2015

    Confederate flags are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats and beer.They fly over motorhomes. They adorn clothing. They are regular fixtures, just like Ford and Chevrolet, and that is unlikely to change any time soon.NASCAR probably would like to see them go away.

  • NASCAR backs moves on Confederate flag

    June 23, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR issued a statement Tuesday backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.The motorsports series issued its statement on the same day South Carolina lawmakers agreed to discuss removing the flag and one day after Haley said ''the time has come'' to take it down.

  • Azerbaijan interested in running/sponsoring F1 team

    June 23, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Azerbaijan's sports minister said Tuesday he wants a Formula One team to be run under the national flag, adding the government would support any companies interested in the project.Oil-rich Azerbaijan will host its first grand prix next year on a street circuit in the capital, Baku, but has almost no history of participating in motor sport, whether with teams or drivers.

  • Gordon makes emotional return to track where he began career

    June 22, 2015

    RIO LINDA, Calif. (AP) Controlling his emotions has never been easy for Jeff Gordon, who openly wept during milestone moments early in his career.Nearly three decades later, Gordon still finds himself struggling to hold it together and there have been plenty of touching tributes in the first six months of his final season as a NASCAR driver. As he heads into the final five months, Gordon is preparing for an emotional roller-coaster.

  • Rosberg title hopes right back on after 3 wins in 4 races

    June 22, 2015

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Having beaten his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in three of the past four races, Nico Rosberg is confident he has found the missing ingredient required to win the Formula One title this year: more aggression.Rosberg, last year's F1 runner-up to Hamilton in a close title race, now sits just 10 points behind his Mercedes rival after a convincing win at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, where he showed his steely streak to overtake Hamilton at the first corner.

  • Matt Hagan wins at Bristol Dragway

    June 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Matt Hagan won the Funny Car final Sunday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for his first victory on his home track.Hagan, from Christiansburg, Virginia, had a 4.164-second run at 303.23 mph at Bristol Dragway in his Dodge Charger R/T. He beat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps for his fourth of the season and 18th of his career.

  • Erik Jones earns win at Chicagoland Speedway

    June 21, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Erik Jones took the lead from Ryan Blaney with 11 laps remaining and held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series AttiCat 300 on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.Jones, 19, beat Blaney to the finish line by 1.959 seconds. A driver for the Joe Gibbs racing team, he won the NASCAR truck race at Iowa Speedway on Friday night.

  • Rosberg wins Austrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Hamilton

    June 21, 2015

    SPEILBERG, Austria (AP) Nico Rosberg showed his championship potential by overtaking pole sitter Lewis Hamilton on the first turn and went on to win the Austrian Grand Prix in style on Sunday.The German driver, runner-up to his Mercedes teammate in last year's Formula One championship, took an aggressive inside line to shoot past Hamilton heading into the first turn in an eventful race featuring a heavy crash between Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso and several more retirements.

  • NASCAR Xfinity Allicat 300 postponed by rain

    June 21, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) The start of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Allicat 300 was postponed by a thunderstorm Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.The race was rescheduled for 11 a.m. CDT Sunday.A storm hit the track about 50 minutes before the green flag. The rain stopped about 25 minutes later, but the second wave of rain was about an hour away, so NASCAR officials, with a city-imposed midnight curfew for racing in effect, decided not to wait out a potential second delay.

  • Force to start in top spot in NHRA Funny Car eliminations

    June 21, 2015

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) John Force earned the No. 1 spot in Funny Car eliminations following a rain-delayed day of racing Saturday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.Force ran a track record 3.978-second pass at 323.43 mph in his Chevy Camaro SS to claim the top spot. Force, the 16-time Funny Car world champ, earned his first No. 1 starting spot of the season and 153rd of his career.

  • Reed wins ARCA race in Illinois

    June 20, 2015

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Ryan Reed took the lead on the 31st lap and held it the rest of the way in the 100-lap ARCA Series race on Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.Reed, one of four drivers participating in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race later Saturday, started 28th after a crash in qualifying. But he drove his repaired Ford past Will Kimmel in the first turn on a restart and went on to the victory.

  • Hamilton finds extra speed to beat Rosberg

    June 20, 2015

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton found a bit of extra speed when it mattered most to secure pole position for Formula One's Austrian Grand Prix, where the British driver starts from the front for the seventh time in eight races this season and 45th in his career.

  • Hamilton beats Rosberg to take pole position for Austrian GP

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after edging his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in a spectacular end to qualifying on Saturday.The defending champion left it late to clock a best lap of 1 minute, 8.455 seconds to beat Rosberg's leading mark by 0.20. Hamilton's 45th career pole put him in all-time equal third place alongside four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who was third fastest for Ferrari.

  • Vettel best again in 3rd and final practice for Austrian GP

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Sebastian Vettel showed Ferrari's pace once again by posting the fastest time in the third and final practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix, as driving rain soaked the track ahead of qualifying later Saturday.The four-time Formula One champion clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 9.994 seconds, continuing his form from Friday afternoon when he was fastest in second practice.

  • Erik Jones wins NASCAR Trucks race in Iowa

    August 29, 2016

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Erik Jones won Friday's NASCAR Trucks race in Iowa for his first victory of the season.The 19-year-old Jones turned his fifth pole in 26 trucks starts into the fifth win of his career. He led 112 of 200 laps.Jones had finished third or better four times for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2015. But the No. 4 truck's ability to consistently beat the field on restarts allowed Jones to secure the win.

  • Vettel boosts Ferrari after going fastest in 2nd practice

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Sebastian Vettel gave Mercedes something to think about after posting the fastest time in the second practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday, despite spending a large part of the day stuck in the Ferrari garage.

  • Vettel beats Rosberg in 2nd practice at Austrian GP

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel recovered from a brake problem in the morning session to post the fastest time in the second practice of the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.The four-time Formula One champion, who managed only four laps in the first practice before coming off the Red Bull Ring track, beat Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by .011 seconds.

  • Alonso and Ricciardo get grid penalties for using 5th engine

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will start the Austrian Grand Prix from the back of the grid and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo dropped 10 places because they used up their four allocated engines.Alonso has taken his fifth Honda power unit and Ricciardo his fifth Renault unit. Teams are allowed only four per driver for the season before incurring penalties.

  • Rosberg beats Hamilton in 1st practice at Austrian GP

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in the first practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.The German driver, who is 17 points behind championship leader Hamilton after seven races, clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 10.401 seconds, making him .308 faster than Hamilton, and .627 quicker than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

  • F1 drivers dreaming of matching Hulkenberg's Le Mans success

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Nico Hulkenberg's triumph in the 24 Hours Le Mans last weekend has made other Formula One drivers dream of taking part.Hulkenberg, driving this week for Force India at the Austrian Grand Prix, was among the trio of drivers who helped Porsche seal a record 17th Le Mans when he took the checkered flag.

  • Massa hopeful of upstaging Mercedes in Austria GP qualifying

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Williams driver Felipe Massa has two objectives at the Austrian Grand Prix: Breaking 1,000 points, and ending Mercedes' dominance in qualifying again.One of those ambitions promises to be easier, considering the 34-year-old Brazilian driver already tallies 997 points.

  • Grosjean says sorry to Stevens after Montreal mistake

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Lotus driver Romain Grosjean took the time to say sorry in person to British driver Will Stevens on Thursday after crashing into him at the Canadian Grand Prix.The Frenchman apologized to Stevens, who is driving for the struggling Manor Marussia team, ahead of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

  • Lewis Hamilton wants to win Austrian GP for real this time

    August 29, 2016

    SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Lewis Hamilton would love to win the Austrian Grand Prix for real this time.The race was always one of his favorites when he grew up playing video games, but when he drove on the Red Bull Ring circuit for the first time last year he had some trouble.

  • Ross Kenseth to lean on dad as he makes Xfinity Series debut

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth, will spend Father's Day weekend leaning on his dad as he prepares for his first Xfinity Series start.His debut for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway is the break the 22-year-old driver has worked toward for years. Kenseth will drive the No. 20 Toyota that his father, the 2003 NASCAR champion, often pilots in the Xfinity Series for JGR.

  • Kurt and Kyle Busch facing different Chase prospects

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kyle Busch had just won a NASCAR Xfinity race - his first time back on that series after being injured in a February accident - when he confidently eyed the next day's Sprint Cup event.''This is only a preliminary to what we have to do for Sunday,'' he said.

  • Toronto runner-up Filippi fined ,000 by IndyCar

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials fined Toronto runner-up Luca Filippi ,000 for violating the series' rule on fuel capacity last weekend.The Italian driver earned his first career podium finish at Toronto and helped CFH Racing sweep the top two spots. American Josef Newgarden won his second race of the season last weekend.

  • Nico Rosberg targeting improved performance at Austrian GP

    August 29, 2016

    VIENNA (AP) Nico Rosberg is still kicking himself for failing to pressure Lewis Hamilton in Montreal, and now has to make up for it at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.Rosberg missed out on a hat-trick of wins after finishing second at the Canadian Grand Prix, as Hamilton won the race to extend his championship lead over his Mercedes teammate to 17 points.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets engaged while on trip to Germany

    August 29, 2016

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked his longtime girlfriend to marry him while the pair vacationed in Germany to research his family history.NASCAR's most popular driver has been dating Amy Reimann since 2009. She posted news of the engagement on Twitter with a photo of the pair in a Lutheran church where Earnhardt's family had attended seven generations and 300 years ago.

  • NASCAR to go to lower downforce for July race at Kentucky

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will use a rules package with lower downforce for next month's race at Kentucky Speedway.The change announced Tuesday by chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell is only for the July 11 race in Sparta, Kentucky.The package will include a reduced spoiler height, a wider splitter extension and tires with more grip. The track will open July 8 for teams to setup their cars with the new rules.

  • Austin Dillon gets new crew chief as RCR reorganizes staff

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Austin Dillon will have a new crew chief when NASCAR returns to action next weekend.Slugger Labbe was named crew chief Monday for Dillon as part of organizational changes at Richard Childress Racing. Gil Martin, who had been with Dillon since last season, was moved to RCR's research and development department.

  • Taylor and Newgarden prove American racers still have a shot

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jordan Taylor stood atop the podium at Le Mans, surveyed the massive crowd below him, and thought of only one thing to scream.''Fonzie!'' he yelled.Curiously, the crowd roared its approval as if it knew Taylor was giving a shout-out to his dog back in Florida.

  • Correction: Le Mans-Patrick Dempsey story

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) In a story June 14 about the GTE Amateur category race at Le Mans, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Scuderia Corsa Ferrari won. According to the Le Mans website, SMP Racing won with drivers Victor Shaitar, Andrea Bertolini and Aleksey Basov.

  • Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened NASCAR race in Michigan

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kurt Busch has won his second NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season, a rain-shortened event at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday that was called 62 laps short of its scheduled distance.The fourth weather-related red flag of the day came after lap 138 of a scheduled 200. Busch was leading at the time, and he was declared the winner after heavy rain soaked the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Martin Truex Jr.

  • Newgarden wins Honda Indy Toronto

    August 29, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Josef Newgarden took the lead on the 72nd lap and held on to capture the Honda Indy Toronto race Sunday.Newgarden, a 24-year-old native of Henderson, Tenn., completed the 85 laps around the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit first for his second IndyCar win this season.

  • American actor Dempsey finishes 2nd in Le Mans amateur race

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) Actor Patrick Dempsey finally got on the podium at the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race, finishing second in the GTE Amateur category on Sunday.The 49-year-old American, a long-time star of ''Grey's Anatomy,'' was one of three drivers in the Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR team. They finished behind the winning Ferrari.

  • Porsche wins the 24 Hours Le Mans race for record 17th time

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) With German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg behind the wheel, Porsche won the 24 Hours Le Mans on Sunday to end Audi's five-race winning run and clinch a record 17th victory at the famous endurance race.Hulkenberg was one of the three drivers in the No. 19 car, which finished ahead of No. 17 Porsche, featuring former F1 driver Mark Webber, and Audi's No. 7 car.

  • Tandy leads for Porsche after 20 hours of 24 Hours Le Mans

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) British driver Nick Tandy led the 24 Hours Le Mans race for Porsche with four hours to go on Sunday.The Porsche No. 19 team, also featuring German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg, is a lap ahead of the Porsche No. 17 car driven by Timo Bernhard of Germany.

  • Porsche regains lead after 16 hours of 24 Hours Le Mans race

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) German Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg regained the lead for Porsche at the 16-hour mark of the 24 Hours Le Mans race after the Audi driven by Marcel Fassler suffered damage on Sunday.Shortly before 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) the No. 7 Audi rolled into pit lane missing a large piece of its right-side bodywork. The Audi team quickly took the car into the garage, but still lost seven minutes making repairs.

  • Custer comes on late to win Trucks race

    August 29, 2016

    MADISON, Ill. (AP) Cole Custer won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night, taking the weather-delayed 200-mile event at Gateway Motorsports Park.Custer, 17, took the lead on a restart on the 155th lap of the 160-lap event.Spencer Gallagher was second. Veteran Johnny Sauter finished third.

  • Porsche leads Audi after 12 hours of 24 Hours Le Mans race

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) German Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg took the lead for Porsche, before handing over to Nick Tandy as the battle between Porsche and Audi continued at the halfway mark of the 24 Hours Le Mans of the race on Sunday.As the clock passed midnight Tandy led from the No.7 and No.9 Audis, with Mark Webber's No. 19 Porsche, shared with New Zealander Brendon Hartley and Germany's Timo Bernhard, falling to fourth, after being given a `stop and go' penalty for overtaking under yellow warning flags.

  • Audi leads Porsche after 8 hours of 24 Hours Le Mans race

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) German driver Rene Rast led for Audi in the 24 Hours Le Mans ahead of Porsche drivers Mark Webber of Australia and Nico Hulkenberg of Germany, eight hours into the race on Saturday.French President Francois Hollande was present for the start before heading back to Paris for the Top 14 rugby final won by Stade Francais over Clermont-Auvergne.

  • Carl Edwards returns to Michigan, but not for Roush

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Carl Edwards acknowledges this trip to Michigan feels a bit different to him.Edwards drives a Toyota now for Joe Gibbs Racing after more than a decade with Roush Fenway. So perhaps that makes him a bit of an outsider for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

  • Will Power captures pole position in Toronto

    August 29, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Will Power secured his 41st career pole position just in the nick of time.The defending IndyCar champion drove the fastest lap in the sixth round of qualifying Saturday for the race. He completed the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit in 59.4280 seconds, finishing with just 5 seconds remaining in the 10-minute final segment of knockout qualifications.

  • Busch wins at Michigan in return to Xfinity Series

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kyle Busch returned to the Xfinity Series with a flourish, winning his first race back Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a February crash at Daytona. He resumed his Sprint Cup schedule last month, but the race at MIS was his first in NASCAR's second-tier series since the injury.

  • Friday's Sports In Brief

    July 4, 2015

    NBADALLAS (AP) DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center.Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that the NBA rebound leader agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth million over four years. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no deals can be completed and signed until Thursday.

  • Ross Kenseth wins ARCA race at Michigan

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Ross Kenseth has earned his first victory on the ARCA Racing Series, beating Frank Kimmel by 2.1 seconds at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.Kenseth is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup star Matt Kenseth. Ross Kenseth, 22, was making his third career ARCA start.

  • Earnhardt, Edwards don't miss Chase-related pressure

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Just over halfway through the Sprint Cup regular season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. can be about as carefree as he wants on the racetrack.''We could run terrible,'' he said. ''We could have accidents every week and still make the Chase.''

  • Kahne tops Michigan qualifying for first pole since 2012

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) It's hard to believe for those who follow NASCAR, but Kasey Kahne had not won a pole since 2012.That drought is finally over.Kahne took his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in nearly 32 months Friday, topping qualifying at Michigan International Speedway with a lap of 201.992 mph.

  • NASCAR drivers address potential midseason rules changes

    August 29, 2016

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. has plenty of questions about the possibility of midseason rules changes aimed at creating better racing.''What's it going to be like?'' the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver said. ''Is it going to do what they think and what some of the drivers think it's going to do?''

  • Montoya posts fastest time in practice session at Toronto

    August 29, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) No one was more surprised with Juan Pablo Montoya's practice session at the IndyCar race Friday than Montoya himself.Montoya, the IndyCar points leader and Indianapolis 500 winner, posted a one-lap time of 1 minute, 0.643 seconds in the morning session over the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit. That stood as the day's fastest effort as rain washed out the afternoon run.

  • Ganassi to make Le Mans debut as Ford returns to race

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Ford will return to Le Mans next year with Chip Ganassi Racing driving the automaker's new GT car.The return will come on the 50th anniversary of Ford GT cars placing first, second and third in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.The new GT car will run the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and will continue to compete in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Ford will debut the GT at the Rolex 24 in Daytona next January.

  • Porsche chasing first victory in 17 years at Le Mans

    August 29, 2016

    LE MANS, France (AP) Brace for a tough fight between Porsche and Audi at the 24 Hours Le Mans this weekend.Porsche, the most successful manufacturer at Le Mans with 16 titles, will have its trio of 919 Hybrids on the top three positions of the grid on Saturday after Neel Jani, Romain Dumas, and Marc Lieb posted the fastest time in qualifying.

  • The Yoong ones; ex-F1 driver's siblings skiing at SEA Games

    August 29, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) There's young, and then there's the Yoongs. When it comes to competition, Hanifah Yoong believes that if you're good enough, you're old enough.And so Adam, Hanifah Yoong's 7-year-old son, made his Southeast Asian Games debut in waterskiing this week. Adam entered the wakeboard because his two older brothers - the 38-year-old ex-Formula One driver Alex Yoong and 9-year-old Aiden - had already filled the spots on the Malaysian men's tricks team.

  • Meents aims for world record front flip in a monster truck

    August 29, 2016

    Tom Meents, with 11 world titles, is already Monster Jam's most decorated champion. He was the first to attempt and complete a single backflip in his truck, then he upped the stakes by completing a double backflip.Now he's got a new stunt to try, and should Meents pull it off, he'll set a mark recognized by Guinness World Records for the first front flip in a monster truck.

  • Hinchcliffe to be grand marshal for IndyCar race in Toronto

    August 29, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has been named grand marshal for Sunday's race through the streets of Toronto.Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, Ontario, has been sidelined since a life-threatening injury suffered May 18. He crashed while practicing for the Indianapolis 500 and a broken piece of his suspension pierced his upper left thigh and Hinchcliffe lost a considerable amount of blood.

  • Gregory to replace outgoing marketing head Brink at NASCAR

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR has promoted Jill Gregory to lead the sport's marketing efforts. She'll replace Kim Brink, who is leaving NASCAR to join a group of agencies dedicated to Ford.Brink will become chief operating officer of Global Team Ford, the WPP-owned group of agencies dedicated to Ford. She led all NASCAR marketing initiatives since 2011 and launched NASCAR's current Hispanic outreach efforts, along with the development of the youth marketing platform, Acceleration Nation.

  • Jill Gregory to replace outgoing marketing head Kim Brink

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kim Brink is leaving her marketing role at NASCAR to become chief operating officer of Global Team Ford, the WPP-owned group of agencies dedicated to Ford.Brink led all NASCAR marketing initiatives since 2011 and launched NASCAR's current Hispanic outreach efforts, along with the development of the youth marketing platform, Acceleration Nation.

  • Johnson, Truex Jr., among racers testing at Darlington

    August 29, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. is not sure what he must do to keep up with the powerhouse teams of Sprint Cup or how long he'll continue to face questions about it.Truex Jr. led the most laps at Kansas, Charlotte and Dover yet didn't win any of them. He finally broke through this past Sunday for victory at Pocono, ending a nearly two-year drought and all but locking him into NASCAR's championship chase.

  • Hinchcliffe has no memory of life-saving efforts after crash

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) With his trademark self-deprecating humor, James Hinchcliffe jokes that he received ''a complete oil change'' after his accident during preparations for the Indianapolis 500.All kidding aside, the IndyCar driver recognizes he's lucky to be alive.

  • NASCAR: Scott expects smooth transition with Bowyer

    August 29, 2016

    DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Billy Scott sounds prepared to step into the role of Clint Bowyer's new crew chief and perk up the sluggish Michael Waltrip Racing team.Scott said he is familiar enough with the workings of the organization over the past few years to be comfortable in any situation. Scott was crew chief for MRW's other car driven by David Ragan. On Tuesday, the organization announced a leadership swap, with Bowyer's crew chief Brian Pattie taking over Ragan's car.

  • Tony Stewart trying to catch the big one in victory lane

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Dressed in a Bass Pro T-shirt and cap, Tony Stewart was all set to take his turn as a commercial fisherman.Stewart had had his fun teaching kids how to catch and release trout from a pond. Now it was time to hook a new generation on the fun of fishing by filming a few promotional spots for his sponsors. An ace endorser - his biggest whopper comes not from exaggerated tales of catching the big one, but hawking burgers for a fast-food chain - Stewart needed only a few minutes to rehearse before it was time for action.

  • Bobby Rahal enjoys watching son drive, team do its thing

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Bobby Rahal loves going to the track these days to watch his son drive while letting his team do its job without any meddling from the boss.''I don't even wear headphones because I don't want to talk to anybody,'' said the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. ''It's their job, and it's worked.''

  • Appeals panel overturns NASCAR penalty on Johnson's team

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) An appeals committee has overturned the penalty levied against Jimmie Johnson's team for receiving two consecutive written warnings.The P1 penalty of last choice in pit selection for the next race was removed by the three-person panel that heard the Hendrick Motorsports appeal Tuesday.

  • MWR swaps crew chiefs for Bowyer and Ragan as teams slump

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Waltrip Racing , seeking a solution for its season-long slump, swapped crew chiefs for Clint Bowyer and David Ragan on Tuesday.Brian Pattie had been with Bowyer since the team was formed in 2012, but he will now move to Ragan's car. Billy Scott had been crew chief for the No. 55 Toyota since late 2013, but he will now crew chief Bowyer.

  • Truex overcomes series of setbacks for gratifying victory

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It's never come easy for Martin Truex Jr., a journeyman driver who has never found the success he hoped to have at NASCAR's highest level.Oh, it was fun a decade ago when a friendship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. led to a full-time ride in NASCAR's second-tier series. Driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc., Truex won 12 races in two years and back-to-back championships in what's now called the Xfinity Series.

  • 'Amateur' outburst exposes Alonso's frustration at McLaren

    August 29, 2016

    Fernando Alonso knew when he re-signed for McLaren that it would take time and a lot of hard work to get the British team back atop the Formula One standings.He might not have thought it would be quite this tough.After seven races of his first season back at McLaren, Alonso is yet to win a point and has retired from the last three races - an unprecedented streak in his 14-year career in F1.

  • After hiccup in Monaco, Mercedes F1 success resumes

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Even as his team's strategic blunder cost him a chance at victory in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton knew that he had the fastest car.Given the chance, he showed it.Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading from the pole to the checkered flag with no threat from anyone except his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg. Hamilton's problems in the previous race were also internal: A late strategic blunder by his team cost him a chance at a fourth victory of the year.

  • Weekend Sports in Brief

    February 15, 2016

    PRO BASKETBALLTORONTO (AP) Kobe Bryant said his All-Star Game goodbye and the next generation of the West's best sent him off a winner, rolling to a record-setting 196-173 victory over the East.The first All-Star Game outside the U.S. was the highest-scoring ever, with both teams scoring more than any team had ever managed. Bryant provided little offense but plenty of memories.

  • IMSA says injured worker from Belle Isle out of hospital

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The International Motorsports Association says it has been informed that a safety worker injured in a race May 30 at Belle Isle has been released from the hospital.IMSA spokesman David Higdon said Sunday the worker has been discharged and returned home. The IMSA previously said the worker had broken ribs, a collapsed lung and injuries to his spleen and kidney.

  • Home run: Antron Brown races to 50th NHRA victory

    August 29, 2016

    ENGLISTHWON, N.J. (AP) Antron Brown raced to his 50th NHRA victory Sunday, beating Brittany Force in the Top Fuel final in the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at his home track.Brown, from nearby Chesterfield, had a 3.843-second run at 318.47 mph at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the milestone victory. He has 34 victories in Top Fuel after winning 16 times in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The victory was his third of the season, and first in Top Fuel at the track.

  • Groundhog Day: Animal wanders onto track at Canadian GP

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) A groundhog that scampered onto the track during the Canadian Grand Prix showed the quickness of a Formula One driver when it scurried to safety and avoided the oncoming racecars.The rodent had wandered onto the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when Felipe Massa came bearing down with two other cars in pursuit. Massa swerved to avoid it, and the scared animal retreated back under the fence.

  • Truex breaks through at Pocono for 1st win since 2013

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps for the fourth straight race, only this time he was in front on the one that mattered most, breaking through Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his first Sprint Cup victory since 2013.Truex led 97 of 400 laps and dominated in the No. 78 Chevrolet off late restarts down the stretch.

  • Dixon dominates Texas race that should ease IndyCar angst

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Scott Dixon certainly knows how to get to Victory Lane, even if he prefers staying out of the spotlight.''Scott is a racer. ... He is an incredible driver,'' said Tony Kanaan, the runner-up in Texas by 7.8 seconds to his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate. ''Does he care if people talk about him or not? Not really. He's going to get that trophy.''

  • F1 leader Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix.It's the fourth win of the year for the Hamilton. He leads the Formula One standings in a quest for his second straight world championship. It's also Hamilton's fourth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Montreal's Isle Notre-Dame, where he earned his first Grand Prix win in 2007.

  • NASCAR CEO wants 'more communication' with drivers' council

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) NASCAR CEO Brian France said the new drivers' council is just one more way to listen to feedback that could help improve the sport.About 20 top drivers met last weekend with NASCAR officials at Dover International Speedway. Competition, the 2016 rules package, attendance and safety were among the topics discussed.

  • Dixon dominates crash-free IndyCar Series race at Texas

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Scott Dixon was still moaning 30 minutes before the race about the extra downforce planned for his car.After his dominating victory at Texas, in a crash-free and record-setting race with new aero kits, Dixon certainly had no complaints with his No. 9 Chevrolet that he said was ''basically on rails.''

  • Hinchcliffe surprise command for IndyCar race in Texas

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) James Hinchcliffe gave the command for IndyCar Series drivers to start their engines in Texas on Saturday night - through a surprise video shown on the track's huge HD screen.Hinchcliffe is home in Indianapolis recovering after his left leg was pierced in a crash during Indianapolis 500 practice.

  • Antron Brown takes No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying

    August 29, 2016

    ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (AP) Antron Brown raced to his third consecutive No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel on Saturday in the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.Brown, from nearby Chesterfield, pushed his dragster to the No. 1 spot with a 3.725-second run at 317.57 mph. The 2012 series champion has two victories this season.

  • 2011 Daytona 500 champ Bayne wins ARCA debut in Pocono

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Trevor Bayne dominated from the pole, and the 2011 Daytona 500 champion won Saturday in his ARCA Series debut.Bayne entered the race at Pocono Raceway for more practice time ahead of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Even with 71 career Cup starts, Bayne had never turned a lap at the 2 1/2-mile tri-oval track. He drove Saturday for Cunningham Motorsports.

  • Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Canadian GP

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Lewis Hamilton came to Montreal to put his frustrating fortnight behind him, and he's in position to do just that.The reigning Formula One champion took the pole for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday, his fourth at the track and his sixth in seven races this season. He has already won three races this year, and his worst finish was third in the previous race in Monaco, when his team bungled strategically and allowed two pursuers to pass him.

  • Hendrick Motorsports aims for 6th straight Pocono victory

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Images of Richard Petty in his feathered Stetson hat and dark glasses stamp Pocono Raceway's victory lane tower, a tribute to one of racing's greats and the first winner at the track.Oh yes, it's always good to be The King. But at Pocono, it's even better to drive for Rick Hendrick.

  • Rosberg fastest in final Canadian GP practice session

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Nico Rosberg has the fastest lap in the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, and Formula One points leader Lewis Hamilton was the slowest.Rosberg completed the 2.71-mile (4.361-km) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1 minute, 15.660 seconds Saturday. Kimi Raikkonen was second-fastest, almost a half-second behind.

  • Crafton wins truck race at Texas again, holds off Suarez

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Matt Crafton held off a hard-charging Daniel Saurez on two late restarts to win the NASCAR Truck Series race in Texas on Friday night.The final restart came with two laps left in the scheduled 167-lap race. Crafton and Saurez were pretty much side-by-side until Crafton was able to get clear out of the fourth turn and stay in front the final lap.

  • Power on pole in Texas, where IndyCar hopes to stay grounded

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay was about halfway through the first practice session at the high-banked, high-speed Texas Motor Speedway when his car got loose in Turn 2.The car spun and headed backward toward the outside wall, the left rear slamming hard before the Honda slid down and settled near the inside wall. But Hunter-Reay never went airborne Friday, like three Chevrolets did last month during preparation for the Indianapolis 500.

  • Kurt Busch wins pole in abbreviated Pocono qualifying

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Kurt Busch survived NASCAR's version of bump day to beat the clock and the rest of the field.Busch turned a lap at 177.599 mph Friday and won the pole at a bumpy Pocono Raceway in a bizarre qualifying session that saw five cars fail to complete a lap in the final round.

  • NASCAR stars voice support for new drivers' council

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon's lone regret about the NASCAR drivers' council is that it wasn't formed well before he races into retirement.Gordon, the four-time series champion, was one of about 20 top drivers who met last weekend with NASCAR officials at Dover International Speedway. Competition, the 2016 rules package, attendance and safety were among the topics discussed.

  • Penske power at Texas qualifying, all 4 drivers in top 5

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Will Power is starting on the pole at Texas for the third year in a row, and three of his fellow Team Penske drivers are close to him.Defending IndyCar Series champion Power had a two-lap average Friday of 218.519 mph, just ahead of Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud at 218.441 mph.

  • Earnhardt aiming for 3rd straight Pocono Raceway victory

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Steve Letarte were as much a comedy team around the garage as they were championship contenders last season.Carefree and cracking jokes, Earnhardt and his crew chief were best buds, one-liners flowing as often as victory lane champagne.

  • Logano takes bite out of Hollywood with 'Sharknado' cameo

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, you're gonna need a bigger Ford.The NASCAR stars are set to sink their teeth into their latest roles: campy cameos in ''Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'' the third in the trilogy of the cult ''Sharknado'' series on the Syfy network.

  • F1: Hamilton fastest in first practice run at Canadian GP

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time in the first practice for Formula One's Canadian Grand Prix on Friday.The Mercedes driven by the two-time Formula One champion turned in a fastest lap of 1 minute, 16.212 seconds in the opening session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Hamilton is the points leader in the championship standings. He has won the pole position in five of the first six races this season.

  • Hunter-Reay crashes at Texas, Indy car stays grounded

    August 29, 2016

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed Friday in the first IndyCar Series practice at Texas since changes were made to keep the cars from going airborne.Hunter-Reay was OK and his car stayed on the ground. The left rear of Hunter-Reay's No. 28 Honda hit the outside wall before the car settled on the bottom of the high-banked, high-speed 1 1/2-mile track.

  • Keselowski 'didn't earn' a spot on NASCAR driver's council

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Brad Keselowski stood at the podium as the 2012 NASCAR champion and vowed to embrace his role as a hopeful new face of the sport.''As a champion, I want to be your leader,'' he said then.He can still try and use his voice - just not from the newly formed driver's council.

  • Harvick crew chief Childers signs extension with SHR

    August 29, 2016

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Stewart-Haas Racing has signed the crew chief for reigning NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick to a multi-year contract extension.Rodney Childers helped lead Harvick to five wins and eight poles during the 2014 championship season. He was rewarded Friday with a deal that will maintain the successful pairing for a few more seasons. Exact terms were not disclosed.

  • IMSA says injured worker from Belle Isle improving

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) A safety worker injured in a race last weekend at Belle Isle was still hospitalized Thursday, though the International Motorsports Association says it's been informed his condition is improving.Several cars were involved in an accident scene at the end of Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, including one car that crashed into a safety truck that was on the track. One safety worker was evaluated and released from the infield care center, and another was hospitalized.

  • F1: Hamilton insists he's put Monaco pit fiasco behind him

    August 29, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Lewis Hamilton insists he's not dwelling on a pit stop fiasco that likely cost him a chance at a victory in Monaco.And he knows how to make everyone else forget about it, too: win the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend to restore his comfortable cushion atop the Formula One standings.

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

    August 29, 2016

    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 package has led to the creation of a driver's council. The group of drivers elected by their peers met with NASCAR at Dover last weekend.

  • Larson looking for answers during puzzling sophomore slump

    August 29, 2016

    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 last 13 years at Dover, Larson at least left the track feeling a bit like a winner. The NASCAR prodigy scored his first top-five finish of the season, a needed boost for Larson as he muddles his way through a sophomore slump. Larson had five straight top-six finishes to open last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship races, a sign that the Chip Ganassi driver had truly arrived.

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

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR fined two drivers on Wednesday for walking across the race track at Dover last weekend.Trevor Bayne was fined ,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the year for walking across the racing surface on Sunday. Jennifer Jo Cobb was fined ,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31 for doing the same thing during Friday's Truck Series race.

  • IndyCar reduces penalty against Castroneves to 3 points

    August 29, 2016

    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 by IndyCar last weekend, the series on Wednesday reduced the penalty to 3 points.

  • IndyCar mandates closure panels to keep cars on the ground

    August 29, 2016

    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 Honda and will debut Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. They also will be used at Auto Club Speedway in California and Pocono Raceway later this season.

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

    August 29, 2016

    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.

  • Bourdais earns first IndyCar win of season

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Sebastien Bourdais raced to his first IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, outlasting Takuma Sato in a caution-filled ending at Belle Isle.Bourdais held on in his No. 11 Chevrolet in a race that was shortened from 70 laps to 68 because of a two-hour time limit. The first caution didn't come until lap 37, but there were eight caution periods in all - as well as a red flag with 5:33 remaining on the clock.

  • Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

    August 29, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Jimmie Johnson pulled away on the final restart to win at Dover International Speedway and become the fifth NASCAR driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a single track.Johnson led the final 23 laps Sunday, staying out on cold tires when other contenders made late race pit stops. Johnson, a six-time champion, has 10 wins in 27 career starts on the concrete mile track. He needed five extra laps beyond the scheduled 400 because a late accident brought out the caution.

  • IMSA says safety worker stable with several injuries

    August 29, 2016

    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 Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, including one car that crashed into a safety truck that was on the track. One safety worker was evaluated and released from the infield care center, and another was hospitalized.

  • Montoya given IndyCar pole after qualifying washout

    August 29, 2016

    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 was out of luck when the second group wasn't able to finish. The starting grid was instead set up based on points standings, giving Montoya the top spot.

  • Rally car plows into spectators killing 3 at Estonian rally

    August 29, 2016

    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. It occurred during the final stage of the Harju Rally on Saturday afternoon in good weather.

  • Cameron, Curran win TUDOR race, safety worker hospitalized

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Dane Cameron and Eric Curran won the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Belle Isle on Saturday.Cameron finished in the No. 31 Corvette Daytona Prototype. A safety worker was taken to the hospital after an accident at the end of the race that involved several cars and a safety truck.

  • Munoz wins rain-shortened IndyCar race in Detroit

    August 29, 2016

    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 flag came out with just over 30 minutes remaining in what was supposed to be a 2-hour race. The yellow flag was due to lightning in the area, and the race went under a red flag not long after that.

  • Buescher wins Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway

    August 29, 2016

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Chris Buescher stretched his fuel, connected with a teammate and held on to win the Xfinity Series at race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.Buescher won for the second time in the last three races and added to his lead in the series points race. He edged Chase Elliott for a win two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway.

  • Jimmie Johnson makes drive toward NASCAR history at Dover

    August 29, 2016

    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 clutches a mini car.

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

    August 29, 2016

    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.

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

    August 29, 2016

    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 qualifying for the opener.

  • Hamlin wins the pole at Dover International Speedway

    August 29, 2016

    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 Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night in Charlotte, the result of both a busy weekend packed with golf and tennis, and a leaky exhaust in the No. 11 car that made him lightheaded.

  • Baby on board: NASCAR driver Landon Cassill a father

    August 29, 2016

    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 be the primary sponsor of the No. 40 Chevrolet for Sunday's race.

  • Team owner hopeful of James Hinchcliffe return by August

    August 29, 2016

    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 protective tub and wounded Hinchcliffe's left leg, causing massive blood loss.

  • Truex inching closer to breakthrough 1st win of season

    August 29, 2016

    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 team brought the car that dominated at Kansas and Charlotte with them for this weekend's race at Dover.

  • Will Power reflects on near-victory at Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Will Power can still revisit in his mind the last few seconds of the Indianapolis 500. Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was within sight, but not within reach.''Obviously, seeing him there in front of you on the last lap ... I just didn't have the balance in the car. But you can always talk about, `What if?' Maybe we would have crashed together, who knows?'' Power said. ''It just happened the way it was meant to happen.''

  • Tony Kanaan to feature Taylor Swift paint scheme in Detroit

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Add former Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can't shake off Taylor Swift.Swift will fill in the blank space on Kanaan's car this weekend at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as part of a promotion with her label, Big Machine Records. Kanaan will drive the No. 10 Taylor Swift Chevrolet in conjunction with her Saturday night performance in Detroit.

  • Kanaan's car to feature Taylor Swift paint scheme in Detroit

    August 29, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Add former Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can't shake off Taylor Swift.A paint scheme of Swift will fill the space on Kanaan's car this weekend at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as part of a promotion with her label, Big Machine Records. Kanaan will drive the No. 10 Taylor Swift Chevrolet in conjunction with her Saturday night performance in Detroit.

  • Piquet Jr. to skip X Games for Formula E race in Moscow

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nelson Piquet Jr. will skip the X Games to compete in Formula E, where he's a championship contender in the new fully electric racing series.Andreas Bakkerud will replace Piquet in the SH Racing Ford Fiesta at next weekend's X Games in Austin, Texas.

  • NASCAR penalizes 3 teams for infractions at Coca-Cola 600

    August 29, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR penalized three teams Wednesday for infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Matt McCall, crew chief for Jamie McMurray, was placed on probation through Dec. 31 for a P2 penalty because the right rear quarter panel wheel opening had been modified after qualifying inspection for the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Indy 500 champ, rookie of year fined for race infractions

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indy 500 rookie of the year Gabby Chaves has been fined ,000 and put on probation for six races after hitting a crew member with his car in Sunday's race. Half of the fine was suspended.Series officials also fined James Davison ,000, with half suspended, and put him on probation for six races because of an unsafe release from the pit box that led to contact with two crew members.

  • Will Power poised to make 100th start for Team Penske

    August 29, 2016

    Will Power heads to Detroit this weekend poised to make his 100th start for Team Penske.The milestone race will occur Sunday at Belle Isle, which hosts an IndyCar doubleheader this weekend. It will actually be the 145th career start for Power, who began his career in 2005 with Walker/Team Australia and KV Racing Technology before joining Penske in 2009.

  • NASCAR: Biffle thinks Roush Fenway turning corner

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Greg Biffle is not celebrating yet. But he believes Roush Fenway Racing is improving after a couple of down years trying to catch up to its rivals.Biffle had a strong two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway, capped by a second place in the Coca-Cola 600 - his best on-track showing this season. Throw in a fourth place in Charlotte qualifying and a win in his Sprint Showdown race to make the All-Star event two weeks ago, and Biffle has plenty of hope for better times ahead.

  • IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe released from hospital

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was released from the hospital Wednesday, nine days after his wreck during Indianapolis 500 practice left him with a life-threatening leg injury.Series officials say the 28-year-old Canadian is expected to make a full recovery. He has not yet been cleared to resume racing.

  • Conor Daly to replace James Hinchcliffe in Detroit

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Conor Daly will replace James Hinchcliffe for this weekend's doubleheader in Detroit.Daly will drive the No. 5 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Belle Isle Raceway on Saturday and Sunday. Hinchcliffe has been hospitalized since suffering a life-threatening leg injury during a crash practicing for the Indianapolis 500 on May 18.

  • Montoya earns .4 million for Indy 500 win

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya was all smiles at the victory banquet Monday night where he celebrated his second Indy 500 win in three tries.Also, tribute was paid to team owner Roger Penske for winning a 16th race at Indy.''You don't understand,'' the Colombian driver said. ''When you run for Team Penske, you're part of something bigger. When we win, we all win together.''

  • Gabby Chaves is Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Gabby Chaves was selected as the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year on Monday after finishing 16th in the race on Sunday.The 21-year-old Columbian-American raced in his first Indy 500 on Sunday and started in 26th position. He moved up as high at eighth place from the middle of row nine.

  • Montoya gives IndyCar the Indianapolis 500 it needed

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Extra! Extra! Juan Pablo Montoya still had to pay to read all about it.On a gray and blustery Monday morning, the Colombian spent more than two hours on the Yard of Bricks taking the customary Indianapolis 500 winner photos. His voice was shot, his mood soaring.

  • 176 people arrested during Indy 500 weekend, down from 2014

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Authorities say 176 people were arrested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over race weekend, mostly for alcohol-related infractions, marking a 17 percent drop from a year ago.Indiana State Excise Police, the law enforcement division of the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, issued 141 summonses for illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage from Friday to Sunday.

  • Edwards' Coca-Cola 600 win gives Gibbs much to celebrate

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joe Gibbs has had many special nights in football and auto racing. Few were bigger than Sunday's showing in the Coca-Cola 600.The head of Joe Gibbs Racing had plenty to celebrate: Kyle Busch returned to points racing and finished 11th; Matt Kenseth won the pole and ended fifth; and Denny Hamlin, the All-Star Race winner last week, fought for a title before finishing seventh.

  • Colombia revels in Indy 500 result, Chevrolet rules the day

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There were surely some parties in Colombia this weekend.Juan Pablo Montoya roared back from some early damage sustained under caution to win his second Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, while fellow Colombian driver Gabby Chaves overcame some issues of his own late in the race to finish 16th in his debut.

  • Carl Edwards races to first victory for new JGR team

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Carl Edwards was as much relieved as he was excited to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After all, joining Joe Gibbs Racing means big expectations that he hadn't met this season before the Coca-Cola 600.Edwards outlasted Greg Biffle to win NASCAR's longest race, getting his 24th career victory, but first time since leaving Roush Fenway Racing to become JGR's fourth entry.

  • Jack Beckman beats John Force in Funny Car final

    August 29, 2016

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Funny Car racer Jack Beckman finished off a record-setting weekend in the NHRA Kansas Nationals with a final-round victory over John Force on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka.Beckman used a pair of 3.9-second runs to outrun Courtney Force and John Hale, and beat Del Worsham in the semifinals before powering past the 66-year-old John Force with a 3.984 run at 316.45 mph in his Dodge Charger. It was Beckman's second victory of the season and 17th overall.

  • The Latest: Carl Edwards wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:11:37 p.m. ETRace car owner Joe Gibbs said Denny Hamlin was treated for dehydration and released from the infield care center after the Coca-Cola 600.

  • The Latest: Truex, Harvick in mix as NASCAR 600 nears finish

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:10:12 p.m. ETDenny Hamlin was leading the Coca-Cola 600 when he had to pit under green with 37 laps to go due to a loose wheel.

  • The Latest: Race leader Hamlin battling migraine at 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:10 p.m. ETDenny Hamlin is hoping to become the eighth Sprint Cup driver to win the All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 in successive weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • The Latest: Truex puts skid on line as NASCAR 600 rolls on

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:9:35 p.m.Martin Truex Jr. is looking to snap a 67-race winless skid in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.

  • The Latest: Jimmie Johnson crashes at NASCAR 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:9:06 p.m. ETRyan Blaney will not be helping Roger Penske win ''the double.''

  • The Latest: Truex battles with Busch, Harvick at NASCAR 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:8:40 p.m. ETMartin Truex Jr. has 10 top-10 finishes in 11 Sprint Cup races this season but is still looking for his first win.

  • The Latest: 'Unknown Soldier' honored at NASCAR's 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:8:13 p.m. ETSprint Cup drivers at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 are paying tribute to fallen military members close to team members' hearts this weekend by listing the names of heroes on their front windshield.

  • The Latest: Sun setting, track changing at NASCAR's 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:8:04 p.m. ETThe sun is setting at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which means the track will begin to cool forcing pit crews to make adjustments to the cars.

  • The Latest: Busch makes move to front at Coca-Cola 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:7:20 p.m. ETKurt Busch, who had the fastest car in the two practice sessions on Saturday, has moved up to take the lead at the Coca-Cola 600 after 100 of the scheduled 400 laps.

  • The Latest: Keselowski leaves pit with gas can, gets penalty

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:6:47 p.m. ETBrad Keselowski was sent to the back of the field on lap 26 at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 when he pulled out of his pit stop with the gas can still in the car.

  • The Latest: Sticky foot on gas pedal for Carl Edwards

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:6:38 p.m. ETCarl Edwards, who was running second early at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600, has called in to let his pit crew know that he has some sticky feet.

  • The Latest: NASCAR 600 caps motorsports' biggest day

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:6:18 p.m. ETAfter bagpipers played a stirring rendition of ''Amazing Grace,'' a serviceman played ''Taps'' on the trumpet and a flyover that brought fans to their feet, NASCAR's longest race got rolling at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • 17-year-old Kyle Weatherman wins ARCA race in New Jersey

    August 29, 2016

    MILLVILLE, N.J. (AP) Kyle Weatherman won the ARCA 150 on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park for his first ARCA Racing Series, leading the final five laps in his road-course debut.''We've been fast everywhere we've been this year. We just haven't had the good luck on our side,'' Weatherman said. ''Finally, to have good luck on our side and to get the victory here is just amazing.''

  • Widow of "American Sniper" subject honored at NASCAR race

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) The wife of ''American Sniper'' subject Chris Kyle was honored with the Stonewall Jackson Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Coca-Cola 600.Taya Kyle was introduced to the crowd before NASCAR's longest race Sunday night.Kyle said her late husband became a NASCAR fan and a supporter of racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. after getting to go behind the scenes at an event as a former member of the military. The Stonewall Jackson Award is given out by the speedway for those individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of patriotism.

  • The Latest: Johnson, Harvick favorites for NASCAR's 600

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:5:25 p.m. ETJimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are among the favorites to win NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They have combined to win the last seven Sprint Cup races on mile-and-a-half tracks.

  • Rahal leads Honda with fifth place finish in Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal had the best spot possible to watch rival teams Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing in a dramatic duel for victory in the Indianapolis 500.He only wishes he had the horsepower to make a run at them.While the two teams powered by Chevrolet kept swapping the lead in the closing laps Sunday, with Juan Pablo Montoya ultimately taking the checkered flag to give owner Roger Penske his 16th victory, Rahal was left to finish as the best of the Honda entries in fifth.

  • Dixon loses speed late and fades to 4th in Indianapolis 500

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Scott Dixon had his second Indianapolis 500 victory in sight and a powerful Chevrolet that led him to believe he could park it in victory lane.He could almost taste the milk.The speed that put him in front at Indy for more laps than any driver on Sunday failed in the end. Dixon settled for fourth place driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, missing his chance at another Brickyard win to pair with his 2008 title.

  • Rahal leads Honda with fifth-place finish in Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal had the spot possible to watch rival teams Penske Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing in a dramatic duel for victory in the Indianapolis 500.He only wishes he had the horsepower to make a run at them.While the two teams powered by Chevrolet kept swapping the lead in the closing laps Sunday, with Juan Pablo Montoya ultimately taking the checkered flag to give owner Roger Penske his 16th victory, Rahal was left to finish as the best of the Honda entries in fifth.

  • Indianapolis 500 drivers manage to keep cars on ground

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Derrick Walker looked and sounded relieved after Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Five crashes, no serious injuries and no cars in the air - a good day for IndyCar's biggest race and a welcome one for Walker, who heads competition for the series.

  • Juan's World! Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya insisted he had the best car in the Team Penske stable - even to his three teammates, who all believed they were legitimate contenders to win the Indianapolis 500.With the same confidence he showed 15 years ago when he routed the field, Montoya sliced his way through the field twice and won his second Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Juan Pablo Montoya wins Indy 500 after late duel

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:53 p.m. ETRival owners Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi shared a hug after an Indy 500 duel for the ages.

  • Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

  • Marcus Smith: Dad happier than expected with Hall selection

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Bruton Smith said reaching the NASCAR Hall of Fame was worth the wait.''Well, we spent a year and half, two years waiting,'' the 88-year-old Smith said Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ''But it finally happened.''Smith, founder and head of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said he had kind of given up on his chances of reaching the hall a couple of years back, but found himself tickled by his inclusion.

  • The Latest: Wreck collects 3 more drivers late in Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:20 p.m. ETAnother high-speed wreck has knocked three more cars out of the Indianapolis 500.

  • Indy 500 fans applaud Nabors successor Straight No Chaser

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The 10-man a cappella group Straight No Chaser won over Indianapolis 500 fans on Sunday with a harmonized version of ''Back Home Again in Indiana'' a year after ''Gomer Pyle'' star Jim Nabors crooned his final version of the ode to Indiana.

  • The Latest: Leaders pit as Indy 500 races toward finish

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:3:10 p.m. ETThe leaders have pitted for what could be the final time in the Indianapolis 500.

  • Mercedes gamble costs Hamilton as teammate Rosberg wins

    August 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) An ill-judged gamble by Mercedes cost Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton his fourth win of the season, gifting his teammate and rival Nico Rosberg a third straight win at the Monaco Grand Prix and putting him firmly back in the title race.

  • The Latest: Former winner Kanaan crashes out of Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:45 p.m. ETTony Kanaan crashed hard into the wall with just under 50 laps remaining in the Indianapolis 500, ending his hopes of adding his name to the Borg-Warner Trophy for the second time.

  • The Latest: Carpenter, Servia out of Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:45 p.m. ETTony Kanaan crashed hard into the wall with just under 50 laps remaining in the Indianapolis 500, ending his hopes of adding his name to the Borg-Warner Trophy for the second time.

  • The Latest: Carpenter, Servia

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:20 p.m. ETEd Carpenter, the hometown boy and stepson of IndyCar Series founder Tony George, crashed out of the Indianapolis 500 when he attempted to pass Oriol Servia entering Turn 1 just past the midway point. Servia came down and clipped Carpenter's nose, sending both of their cars into the wall - and out of the showcase race.

  • SMI, Coca-Cola extend partnership 5 years

    August 29, 2016

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Speedway Motorsports Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. have extended their partnership for five more years through 2020.The announcement came Sunday, hours before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The agreement also includes retaining title sponsorship of Charlotte's Memorial Day weekend event.

  • The Latest: Kimball in top group at Indy 500 at midway point

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:2:05 p.m. ETCharlie Kimball has worked his way to the leading group at the Indianapolis 500. Kimball is a diabetic who tracks his sugar levels during the race with a special monitor inside his No. 83 car. If his levels need adjustment, he can switch from drinking water to juice during the race. He was sixth shortly after the race passed the halfway point.

  • Verstappen insists Grosjean to blame for Monaco GP crash

    August 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Teenage driver Max Verstappen is making a name for himself in his first Formula One season for Toro Rosso with aggressive driving and a love of overtaking.However, the 17-year-old's performance at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix will be remembered for a late crash as he tried to squeeze past French driver Romain Grosjean.

  • Conor Daly, Sage Karam make early exits in Indianapolis 500

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Conor Daly and Sage Karam understood the stakes of Sunday's Indianapolis 500.If the two young Americans could perform well at IndyCar's biggest race of the season, their careers could take off.Neither got a chance.Daly pulled off the track before the race even started after an overheated exhaust system caused a fire in his car. Karam hit the first turn wall when Takuma Sato tried to make it three-wide on the opening lap, knocking the two twenty-somethings out of contention before either could complete a lap.

  • The Latest: Another caution at Indy, this time for Clauson

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:1:45 p.m. ETBryan Clauson brought out another caution in the Indianapolis 500 when he ran out of room and hit the wall near the front-stretch entrance to pit road. Clauson, one of the world's top sprint car drivers, was making his second start in the Indy 500. He had mechanical problems and finished 30th in 2012.

  • McLaren's barren run finally over as Button earns 4 points

    August 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) It shows how far McLaren's confidence has fallen that Jenson Button's eighth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday was greeted almost like a win.McLaren's worst ever start to the season meant it had failed to score a point in the opening five races, despite boasting two former world champions in Button and Fernando Alonso.

  • The Latest: Dixon, Kanaan, Pagenaud out front early at Indy

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:1:25 p.m. ETOne of the crew members for Indy 500 rookie Gabby Chaves was taken away on a stretcher after the first round of pit stops, though it was unclear what happened to him.

  • McLaren's barren run finally over as Button scores 4 points

    August 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) It shows how far McLaren's confidence has fallen that Jenson Button's eighth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday was greeted almost like a win.McLaren's worst ever start to the season meant it had failed to score a point in the opening five races, despite boasting two former world champions in Button and Fernando Alonso.

  • The Latest: Indy 500 off to rough start for several drivers

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:12:55 p.m. ETThe hits kept on coming in the early stages of the Indy 500.After a wreck on the opening lap knocked out one of the contenders, Sage Karam, and caused damage to the car of Takuma Sato, it appeared the Simona de Silvestro got into the rear of Juan Pablo Montoya while the caution flag was flying.

  • The Latest: Cheers for the drivers as Indy 500 nears

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:11:40 a.m. ETMost of the grandstands were full an hour before the start of the Indianapolis 500, the threat of rain earlier in the week washed away and replaced by a perfect Memorial Day weekend.

  • David Letterman drives into retirement with Indy 500 tribute

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.The freshly retired Letterman was all grins Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former ''Late Show'' host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and (hash)thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race.

  • Indy 500 fans give new traffic roundabout thumbs up

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Members of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser say they're more than ready to replace Jim Nabors in performing ''Back Home Again in Indiana'' before the start of the Indianapolis 500.Seggie Isho of the 10-man group says they practiced harmonizing the ode to Indiana at least 100 times in the two days before Sunday's performance to make sure they got it right.

  • The Latest: NASCAR star Jeff Gordon eyes Indy pace car duty

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:11 a.m. ETAs the cars began heading to the starting grid for the Indy 500, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon was trying to corner the drivers who were starting on the front row.

  • Pace driver Jeff Gordon says he will never race in Indy 500

    August 29, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The closest Jeff Gordon will ever come to leading the Indy 500 will be in the pace car.Despite retiring from NASCAR at the end of this season, the four-time Sprint Cup champion said that ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' will remain for him a dream, one he fulfilled in part by winning the Brickyard 400 and now by driving the pace car for Sunday's race.

  • The Latest: Mercedes botches F1 pit stop, Hamilton dejected

    August 29, 2016

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks:4:15 p.m. Monaco (1415 GMT)Lewis Hamilton vows to fight back after being denied his fourth win of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix following a crash involving Max Verstappen.

  • Rosberg wins Monaco GP after crash hampers Hamilton

    August 29, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton's bid for a fourth win of the season.Hamilton looked set to take his 37th career win after leading from the start, u