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  • 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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    PRO BASKETBALLOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors are a win away from ending one long championship drought and extending another.Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and scored 37 points, and the Warriors withstood another brilliant performance from LeBron James to outlast the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.

  • IMSA says injured worker from Belle Isle out of hospital

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

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

  • Bourdais earns first IndyCar win of season

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

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

    July 6, 2015

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

    July 6, 2015

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) Estonian police say a racing car plunged off the road during a local rally, killing two men and a woman who were watching the competition on the roadside.Police spokesman Madis Vaikmaa says the cause of the accident was unclear and police had started an investigation. It occurred during the final stage of the Harju Rally on Saturday afternoon in good weather.

  • Cameron, Curran win TUDOR race, safety worker hospitalized

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

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

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

    July 6, 2015

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

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

    July 6, 2015

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

  • Hamlin wins the pole at Dover International Speedway

    July 6, 2015

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

    July 6, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) Landon Cassill is ready to take a run at fatherhood with the birth of a son.Cassill and his wife Katie celebrated the birth of Beckham Bear Alan Cassill on Wednesday.Cassill was headed to Dover International Speedway on Friday for this weekend's race. CRC Automotive will be the primary sponsor of the No. 40 Chevrolet for Sunday's race.

  • Team owner hopeful of James Hinchcliffe return by August

    July 6, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) James Hinchcliffe's team is hopeful the IndyCar driver can be back by the beginning of August after his crash at Indianapolis.Hinchcliffe had surgery May 18 after crashing during practice for the Indianapolis 500. The broken wishbone section of the suspension pierced the car's protective tub and wounded Hinchcliffe's left leg, causing massive blood loss.

  • Truex inching closer to breakthrough 1st win of season

    July 6, 2015

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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

  • Marcus Smith: Dad happier than expected with Hall selection

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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

    July 6, 2015

    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, until the 17-year-old Verstappen rammed his Toro Rosso into the back of Romain Grosjean as he tried to overtake the Lotus driver.

  • The Latest: Rosberg with rare feat: 3 straight Monaco GPs

    July 6, 2015

    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:3:59 p.m. Monaco (1359 GMT)Nico Rosberg has joined a very special group in winning the Monaco Grand Prix for the third consecutive time.

  • The Latest: Nico Rosberg wins Formula One's Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    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:3:52 Monaco (1352 GMT)Nico Rosberg has 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.

  • The Latest: Teen Max Verstappen crashes out of Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    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:3:30 p.m. Monaco (1330 GMT)Lewis Hamilton is now third late in the Monaco Grand Prix after a wreck.

  • The Latest: Lewis Hamilton rolling toward Monaco GP win

    July 6, 2015

    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:Lewis Hamilton looks well set for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix after a clean pit stop for new tires.

  • The Latest: Radio talk crucial for Monaco GP drivers

    July 6, 2015

    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 p.m. (1300 GMT)While drivers fight for position at the Monaco Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi fights for his life in a nearby hospital.

  • Latvala wins Rally of Portugal ahead of Ogier

    July 6, 2015

    FAFE, Portugal (AP) Jari-Matti Latvala won the Rally of Portugal after holding off Volkswagen teammate and two-time defending world champion Sebastien Ogier on Sunday.Latvala safely steered his Polo through the remaining three gravel stages to get his first win of the season after failing to score a point in the previous three races.

  • The Latest: Alonso handed 5-second penalty at Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    2:20 p.m. (1220 GMT)McLaren got off to a poor start at the Monaco Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso given a five-second penalty for nudging Nico Hulkenberg's Force India into the barriers.It has been a terrible season for McLaren so far, with no points from the first five races, and this latest incident came at the Mirabeau turn as Alonso tried to make his way through heavy traffic.

  • The Latest: Hamilton makes a good start at Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) 2:10 p.m. (1210 GMT)Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton made a clean start from pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.It's a relief for Hamilton, who was starting from pole for the first time in Monaco and was coming off a poor start at the Spanish GP two weeks ago.

  • The Latest: Hamilton looks for 4th win of season at Monaco

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) 1:45 p.m. (1145 GMT)There's a simple reason why Lewis Hamilton is the favorite for this year's Monaco Grand Prix, aside from the fact that he's the F1 championship leader: he's in pole position.The tight, sinewy nature of Monaco's 3.34-kilometer (2.07-mile) street circuit makes it extremely difficult to overtake, and the past six winners and nine of the past 10 have won from pole.

  • The Latest: Film celebs, sports stars turn up at Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) 1:30 p.m. (1130 GMT)With the Cannes Film Festival a short drive away, celebrity spotting has always been easy at the Monaco Grand Prix.In the 1960s, it was film stars like Swedish actress Britt Ekland and British actor Peter Sellers who turned up. In more recent years, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio have all attended the glamorous event.

  • The Latest: Glitz and glamor typify unique Monaco Grand Prix

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from the Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. We start with Formula One:---12:50 p.m. (1050 GMT)Glitz and glamour are part of any Formula One race, but never more so than at the Monaco Grand Prix, its showcase event where movie stars bump shoulders with royalty and sports celebrities - and hopefully take in some top-class racing as well.

  • Chad Head tops Funny Car qualifying in Kansas

    July 6, 2015

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Second-generation driver Chad Head topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.Head took the top spot with his Friday run at a track-record 3.967 seconds at 316.15 mph in a Toyota Camry. On Saturday, the drivers got in one qualifying attempt before rain washed out the final session.

  • All-Star winner Hamlin confident in Charlotte double

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin's not sure he could be more confident coming into the Coca-Cola 600 with how he has performed the past two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Hamlin, the winner of the All-Star race last week at the track, held the lead late in the Xfinity Series event Saturday before getting passed by winner Austin Dillon and taking second.

  • Latvala leads Ogier at Rally of Portugal with 3 stages left

    July 6, 2015

    FRIDAO, Portugal (AP) Jari-Matti Latvala maintained his lead of the Rally of Portugal on Saturday with one day to go.The Finn kept his Volkswagen Polo 9.5 seconds ahead of teammate and two-time defending champion Sebastien Ogier after the day's six stages.

  • Austin Dillon wins Xfinity race at Charlotte

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Austin Dillon passed Denny Hamlin with 15 laps left and won the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.The 25-year-old Dillon started on the pole and had the fastest car all day, leading the first 98 laps and 163 of 200 overall for his first win on his home track.

  • Xfinity driver Jamie Dick crashes Charlotte

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) A week after metal went through his windshield and struck his helmet, driver Jamie Dick hit the wall hard Saturday during the Xfinity series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The engine on the No. 55 Chevrolet blew up on lap 45. Dick turned sideways, hit the wall as smoke billowed behind and climbed out of the car.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr has plenty of horsepower on Twitter

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR's most popular driver is now one of the most popular people on Twitter.Dale Earnhardt Jr. reached 1 million followers Saturday on the social networking site. The announcement came Saturday from (at)TwitterSports. Earnhardt responded on Twitter with ''A million thanks.''

  • Andretti family brushes off so-called curse at Indianapolis

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The roar rose from the crowd with the simple introduction of one of the Indianapolis 500's all-time stars.''The great Mario Andretti!''With that, thousands of fans before Friday's final race practice stood at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and went wild for the patriarch of one of racing's most storied families.

  • Hunter-Reay forgotten champion as Indianapolis 500 looms

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Ryan Hunter-Reay stood in Victory Lane after a thrilling last-lap duel with Helio Castroneves, he had a hard time describing just what winning the Indianapolis 500 meant to him.''I'm a proud American boy,'' Hunter-Reay said with a smile, ''that's for sure.''

  • Hamilton takes Monaco GP pole position ahead of Rosberg

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton clinched his first ever pole at the Monaco Grand Prix after a strong drive Saturday while his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will start from second as he bids to win the race for the third straight year.

  • French driver Grosjean hit with 5-place Monaco grid penalty

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) French driver Romain Grosjean was handed a five-place grid penalty at the Monaco Grand Prix because of an unscheduled gearbox change.Race regulations stipulate that drivers have to complete six consecutive races before they are allowed to change gearboxes. Monaco is the sixth race of the season.

  • Vettel posts fastest time ahead of Rosberg in 3rd practice

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in the third and final practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, finishing ahead of Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on Formula One's demanding street circuit.

  • Indianapolis 500 finds women drivers in short supply

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pippa Mann rattled off the list of body parts still aching after a brutal crash at Indianapolis 500 practice.Her right foot, her right ankle. Her ribs. She has more bruises than most fighters do after a few rounds in the octagon. Hobbled, yet hopeful, Mann is still in the cockpit, prepping for the most prestigious race in auto racing.

  • Even before Indy 500 begins, prep under way for next year

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) As much as the Indianapolis 500 strives to move forward, to go faster and push the limits just a little bit further, the Memorial Day weekend race remains steeped in its traditions.The bottle of milk. The Borg-Warner Trophy. The yard of bricks.

  • Gordon not ready for sentimentality at Coca-Cola 600

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Sentimentality can wait. Jeff Gordon is not ready to focus on life after racing as his farewell tour arrives at the longest event on the NASCAR schedule.Gordon, in what's become a weekly line of questioning, was asked for his emotions running his last Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

  • Hinchcliffe posts photo from hospital thanking safety crew

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe was smiling and dressed in a hospital gown in his first photo since the brutal crash that knocked him out of the Indianapolis 500.Hinchcliffe posted a photo Friday on Instagram of him in the gown and yellow socks, hooked to a portable IV. He is sidelined indefinitely after surgery on a life-threatening leg injury that occurred when a broken piece of his suspension pierced his left thigh after a hard crash Monday.

  • Questions about safety hover over 99th Indianapolis 500

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) They call the Indianapolis 500 ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' for its high speeds, rich history, enormous crowd and the take-your-breath-away competition.This year, IndyCar is hoping the 99th running of the event won't be a spectacle because of a serious on-track incident.

  • Karam takes drive toward Indy 500 in stylish pink Camaro

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Sage Karam needs a date - maybe even dates - for a busy social calendar stuffed with appearances at parades, autograph signings and one pretty big race.He's got his eye on a perfect love story, one that includes Taylor Swift.Karam wants Swift to headline next year at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, so he can then strut out of victory lane with the singer one on arm and the other holding the winner's wreath.

  • IndyCar's Walker survives tough week with endless questions

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) As Derrick Walker strolled through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garages one day this week, he was stopped by an old friend.Roger Penske, like everybody else, wanted an update on IndyCar's investigation into the safety of the cars. The topic isn't going away anytime soon for Walker, who has been enduring the toughest week of his two-year tenure overseeing competition in the series.

  • Indy 500 broadcast to introduce real-time telemetry to fans

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) During the broadcast of Sunday's Indianapolis 500, fans watching on television will be able to see just how much physical strain is put on a driver's body during the race.ABC has outfitted James Jakes and Sage Karam with sensors near the base of their hearts that will report real-time telemetry, including heart rate, respiration and calorie burn rate, as their cars careen around the speedway at more than 220 mph.

  • In Monaco, F1 officials make call stronger leadership

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) First there were strategy meetings to discuss how to make Formula One more exciting again. Then came a fan survey this week aimed at gathering even more ideas.What's still lacking, according to teams, drivers and F1 management officials at the Monaco Grand Prix this week, is strong and resolute leadership to actually carry through with the changes.

  • Single duty: Kurt Busch brings double lessons to Charlotte

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) There's no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch's hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Ganassi: Kyle Larson could someday start in Indianapolis 500

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Team owner Chip Ganassi is leaving the door open for rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson to someday compete in the Indianapolis 500.The 22-year-old Larson was signed by Ganassi as a developmental driver in 2012, shot through the Truck Series and Xfinity Series, and began racing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series last year.

  • Jack Harvey wins Indy Lights race under caution at IMS

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jack Harvey won the Indy Lights race under caution Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Harvey won his sixth career Indy Lights race, and now has two wins this month at IMS, winning one of the doubleheader races on the track's road course.

  • Latvala leads Rally of Portugal after 2nd day

    July 6, 2015

    VIANA DO CASTELO, Portugal (AP) Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala took the lead of the Rally of Portugal after race organizers canceled one of Friday's seven scheduled stages because of a forest fire.Latvala steered his Volkswagen Polo to an 11-second lead over British driver Kris Meeke in second place with two more days of driving to go.

  • Rahal finally getting results, carrying standard for Honda

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal hears what people are saying about him.He heard it when people anointed him open-wheel racing's great American hope, or when the critics said he got a ride in IndyCar only because of his name. He heard the murmurs the last couple years that he'd lost his drive, that he was no longer interested in being the best.

  • Penske, Ganassi and Chevy dominate final Indy 500 practice

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Will Power ended the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 up front - exactly where he doesn't want to be for most of Sunday's race.Power posted the fastest lap in Friday's hour-long session, which was free of any incidents and dominated by the Chevrolets from Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. The Australian turned a fast lap at 229.020 mph to give Penske the session.

  • Manager: Schumacher improving 17 months after ski accident

    July 6, 2015

    GLAND, Switzerland (AP) Michael Schumacher's manager says the seven-time Formula One champion is still improving, almost 17 months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.Sabine Kehm says in a video interview: ''We are happy to say still he does improvement and I say this always considering the severeness of the injury he had.''

  • Rally of Portugal cancels stage because of forest fires

    July 6, 2015

    VIANA DO CASTELO, Portugal (AP) Race organizers of the Rally of Portugal have canceled a stage on Friday because of forest fires.Organizers canceled the 27.53-kilometer (17.1-mile) stage around the town of Ponte de Lima near the northern border with Spain ''because of nearby forest fires.''

  • Ear problem knocks driver Carlos Huertas from Indy 500

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Carlos Huertas was ruled out of the Indianapolis 500 on Friday after failing a routine medical exam, and veteran driver Tristan Vautier was chosen to replace him in the No. 18 car for Dale Coyne Racing for Sunday's 99th running of the race.

  • F1 will invite companies to bid to become sole tire supplier

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One's governing body has invited companies to bid to become the sole supplier of F1 tires for a three-year period starting in 2017.Pirelli has been the sole supplier since 2011 and has a deal running until the end of next year.Governing body FIA wants applications by June 17, and candidates must meet technical and safety requirements to be considered.

  • For Kimball, racing competitively is all about numbers

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Race day is all about numbers for Charlie Kimball.He usually checks his blood-glucose level at least five times before climbing into his IndyCar. He follows a strict pre-race diet and uses a special in-car monitor to test his blood-sugar levels. After the checkered flag waves, he checks it again.

  • Kenseth wins pole for NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Matt Kenseth is hoping history repeats itself Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600.Kenseth won his second Sprint Cup pole of the season Thursday night for NASCAR's longest race. He turned in a dominating lap of 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format.

  • Honda driver Rahal says Chevrolet has 'huge advantage'

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal knows which manufacturer is the one to beat in the Indianapolis 500 - and it's not his own.A Honda driver, Rahal has spent May looking up at all the Chevrolets ahead.''I definitely think come this Sunday, Chevrolet has a huge advantage,'' Rahal said. ''I think they appear to have more horsepower, when everybody is lifting in the corners and they go back to power, they always gap you no matter what. That's a hard thing to compete with.''

  • Logano: NASCAR can learn from IndyCar on safety crews

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano said NASCAR can learn something from the near-fatal accident involving IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe this week and the importance of having a regular safety crew at each race.Hinchcliffe's left leg was pierced by a piece of his car's suspension during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500. The fast action of the series-hired safety team helped extract Hinchcliffe before he suffered catastrophic blood loss.

  • Tony George's push for softer walls likely saved Hinchcliffe

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing's most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George.

  • New dad Kyle Busch ready for racing

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch says infant son Brexton can be anything he wants, even a race car driver. He just better be good.Busch's wife, Samantha, gave birth to the 7-pound, 10-ounce boy Monday and the Sprint Cup driver says the family is doing well. Asked Thursday if he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, Busch joked he'd better end up with the checkered flag.

  • Logano says NASCAR can learn from IndyCar on safety crews

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joey Logano says NASCAR can learn something from the near-fatal accident involving IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe this week and the importance of having a regular safety crew at each race.Hinchcliffe's left leg was pierced by a piece of his car's suspension during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500. The fast action of the series-hired safety team helped extract Hinchcliffe before he suffered catastrophic blood loss.

  • Jeff Gordon to join Fox as full-time analyst in 2016

    July 6, 2015

    Jeff Gordon will join Fox as a full-time analyst in 2016, teaming with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth.Gordon is retiring at the end of this season and signed a multi-year contract with Fox. The four-time NASCAR champion is in 23rd full-time year in the Sprint Cup Series.

  • Indy 500 veteran Ryan Briscoe replaces injured Hinchcliffe

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Briscoe was home in Connecticut, getting ready to leave for France next week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, when he received a call he had been anticipating.Ever since the devastating wreck that sent James Hinchcliffe to the hospital during Monday's practice for the Indianapolis 500, the natural assumption had been that Briscoe would step into the No. 5 car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 99th running of the race.

  • Boston will host Labor Day IndyCar street race in 2016

    July 6, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) IndyCar racing is coming to Boston.The Grand Prix of Boston is planned for Labor Day weekend in 2016. A route has been planned for the South Boston waterfront, where it would make a loop through public streets. The tentative route has 11 turns over 2.25 miles.

  • Johnson 'shocked' NASCAR questioned side skirt issue

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Jimmie Johnson said Thursday he was ''shocked'' to learn NASCAR was looking into whether his No. 48 team illegally altered the car's side skirts during last weekend's All-Star race.NASCAR competition officials reviewed the tape and determined Johnson's crew did not make an unapproved adjustment during a late pit stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson's team was issued a warning by the sport's governing body but no punishment was levied.

  • Kevin Harvick on top heading to NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kevin Harvick is right where he usually is when the Coca-Cola 600 rolls around on the schedule: On top and seeking even more success.The defending Sprint Cup champion leads the points race heading into NASCAR's longest event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night. He has won twice, marking the fourth time in the past five seasons Harvick will enter June with multiple victories. He is seeking his third Coca-Cola 600 win since 2011.

  • Drivers launch fan survey to make Formula 1 more exciting

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One drivers launched an extensive survey in 12 languages on Thursday as part of increased efforts to make the sport more exciting by seeking input from alienated fans.The initiative was officially presented at the Monaco Grand Prix by the Grand Prix Drivers Association, a group which includes four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former champion Jenson Button and retired F1 racer Alex Wurz, the chairman, who said the survey will take two weeks.

  • Indy 500 veteran Briscoe slides into ride ahead of carb day

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Briscoe will replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in the Indianapolis 500.Briscoe arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday, just in time to get fitted for the car, and headed onto the track for the first time Thursday for a familiarization session. The former Indy 500 pole winner will practice in traffic for the first time Friday.

  • Jules Bianchi's father says son's condition "stagnant"

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) The father of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi says his son's medical condition is ''stagnant'' as he continues to fight for his life following a horrific crash last year.It was at last year's Monaco GP that the French driver secured a ninth-place finish, the best in the short history of the team then known as Marussia.

  • Hamilton posts fastest time in 2nd practice at Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest times in the first two practice sessions of the Monaco Grand Prix, but it was 17-year-old Max Verstappen who caught the eye with a superb drive in the morning.Considering he had never driven before on the Monaco track, Verstappen's second place in the first practice was an outstanding achievement and underlined his growing reputation as a future star.

  • Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of 17-year-old Max Verstappen in Thursday's first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.Hamilton, who has won three out of five races this season and signed a new three-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, was .149 seconds faster than the Verstappen, who drives for Toro Rosso and was racing on the sinewy Monaco circuit for the first time.

  • Smith, Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.NASCAR drivers Curtis Turner and Bobby Isaac and modified series champion Jerry Cook completed the hall's seventh class Wednesday.

  • Rugged month has Castroneves eager to chase 4th Indy win

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The specks of gray in Helio Castroneves' jet black hair tell one part of his legacy.While the Brazilian admittedly is on the back end of his career now, there's one way he feels forever young: Scaling the fence and sipping the milk in victory lane at Indianapolis.

  • Baby on board: NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski a father

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski is a first-time father, welcoming a daughter this week.Keselowski's girlfriend, Paige White, gave birth to the couple's first child. There were no other details announced Tuesday.Keselowski, the Team Penske driver and 2012 Sprint Cup champion, tweeted his ''Dad status'' was two thumbs up.

  • Drivers set to ask fans how to make Formula 1 more exciting

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One drivers will ask fans for their views on how to improve the sport as part of an increased effort to make racing more exciting.The initiative will be officially presented on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix by the Grand Prix Drivers Association, a group which includes four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former champion Jenson Button and retired F1 racer Alex Wurz.

  • Hinchcliffe out of intensive care as recovery continues

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was been moved out of intensive care Wednesday, two days after surgery on his left thigh and pelvic area following a frightening crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.Series officials said the popular Canadian has made ''substantial'' improvement and is expected to make a full recovery without additional surgery. Dr. Timothy Pohlman, the surgeon who operated on Hinchcliffe, said the medical staff is pleased.

  • Drivers set to ask fans how to make Formula 1 more exicting

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One drivers will ask fans for their views on how to improve the sport as part of an increased effort to make racing more exciting.The initiative will be officially presented on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix by the Grand Prix Drivers Association, a group which includes four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former champion Jenson Button and retired F1 racer Alex Wurz.

  • Hamilton earns his '10 percent' after signing Mercedes deal

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton joked that he earned his ''10 percent'' commission from himself after finally signing a new and lucrative three-year contract with Mercedes that he negotiated on his own.The deal was announced Wednesday ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, putting an end to growing rumors that the two-time F1 champion from Britain might join Ferrari next season to form a formidable duo with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

  • Monaco GP poignant for Manor F1 after Bianchi crash in Japan

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) With Jules Bianchi still recovering from life-threatening head injuries in a nearby hospital, this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix will be tinged with both sadness and fond memories for the Manor team.It was at last year's Monaco GP that the French driver secured a ninth-place finish, the best in the short history of the team then known as Marussia.

  • Lewis Hamilton signs new 3-year deal with Mercedes

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton signed a new 3-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, ending rumors of his potential move to Ferrari.The deal was announced ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.Since leaving McLaren in 2013, Hamilton has competed in 43 races, winning 15 and securing a further 11 podium finishes to replace four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel - the only other driver to beat him this season - as the sport's No. 1 driver.

  • Rosberg looks to pressure Hamilton at Monaco GP

    July 6, 2015

    MONACO (AP) Nico Rosberg would love to take the spotlight away from Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix with a third straight win on his favorite track.While Hamilton has just announced a new three-year deal with Mercedes on Wednesday, Rosberg will return to Monaco - where he grew up - full of confidence after his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Chastain's No. 4 Xfinity team penalized after Iowa incident

    July 6, 2015

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The No. 4 NASCAR Xfinity Series car driven by Ross Chastain at Iowa has been penalized following a scary incident during practice last week.Crew chief Gary Cogswell has been fined ,000 because a weight flew off of Chastain's JD Motorsports car on Saturday. The ballast crushed the window of Jamie Dick, who was behind Chastain, and struck Dick in the helmet.

  • Drivers back IndyCar, wreck concerns remain for Indy 500

    July 6, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Looking no worse for wear a couple days after his car flipped through the air at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ed Carpenter sized up next weekend's big race.After several scary accidents over the past week, will the Indianapolis 500 be more of the same?

  • Panthers LB Davis takes 5-lap spin with Earnhardt Jr.

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Not a lot scares Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis so he was comfortable going a few laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway at 165 mph with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.Davis, this year's NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, was selected to be the honorary pace car driver for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

  • IndyCar's Hinchcliffe thanks 'heroes' after scary crash

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe thanked the ''heroes'' on Tuesday who helped him survive a dangerous crash a day earlier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Team owner Sam Schmidt was just relieved.One day after a broken wishbone punctured the popular Canadian driver's left leg, causing significant blood loss, IndyCar officials said Hinchcliffe was listed in stable condition, but was ruled out of racing indefinitely.

  • IndyCar's Hinchcliffe awake, communicating, girlfriend says

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) James Hinchcliffe's girlfriend says the IndyCar driver was awake and communicating Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery on his left thigh.Kristen Dee made the statement on her Facebook page and says the Canadian driver is ''doing amazingly.'' The post also thanked fans for support.

  • Oh, baby: NASCAR driver Kyle Busch is now a father

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Baby on board.Kyle Busch and his wife have welcomed their first child, a boy born days after Busch returned to racing.Brexton Locke Busch was born Monday night. The NASCAR star announced his arrival on social media with a photo of wife Samantha holding Brexton as Busch kisses her forehead.

  • Lazier heads home after failing to qualify for Indy 500

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Buddy Lazier and his crew spent Monday cleaning out the team's garage and headed home.On Sunday, nothing went Lazier's way and he failed to qualify for a spot in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.''We missed the whole day of practice, we were rained out the other day, we missed practice on Thursday,'' the 1996 Indy 500 winner said. ''You get a late start and you are a small effort, you are really going to be up against it.''

  • IndyCar's accidents have made a mess of the Indy 500

    July 6, 2015

    IndyCar had a crisis looming well before James Hinchcliffe was injured in another spectacular accident during preparations for the most esteemed race in motorsports.Three cars have gone airborne, and one of the series' most popular drivers was in the intensive care unit Monday night after surgery on an injury to Hinchcliffe's left thigh suffered when he crashed following a suspension part breaking. IndyCar said he was in stable condition.

  • IndyCar still trying to find answers to frightening crashes

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Questions concerning the level of safety headed into the Indianapolis 500 continued to mount Monday after James Hinchcliffe was injured in a crash.Hinchcliffe's accident was caused by a suspension failure, and his car spun hard into the wall before sliding back near the apron and nearly flipping over. It titled onto two wheels, then settled back on all four.

  • Hinchcliffe taken to hospital after another wreck at Indy

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital following surgery on his left leg for injuries sustained Monday in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.''Obviously we're relieved that James is awake and out of surgery,'' Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team owner Sam Schmidt said.

  • Scary crashes prompt series to slow down Indy 500 qualifying

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials slammed the brakes on significantly higher speeds at Indianapolis 500 qualifying.Instead of adding horsepower to the cars, they reined it in. Rather than allowing the fastest nine cars to compete in a pole shootout, they limited each driver to just one shot. And instead of posting the fastest pole speeds in nearly two decades, they brought them down.

  • Denny Hamlin benefits from clean air to win million race

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin intently watched the qualifying event for NASCAR's annual All-Star race and noticed, as has been the case in recent years, the driver out front in the waning laps was almost certainly guaranteed the win.As Greg Biffle led all 20 laps of the Sprint Showdown to earn a spot in the All-Star race, Hamlin understood that nothing about NASCAR's current rules package has changed. To win the million prize on Saturday night, he'd have to be the leader exiting Turn 2 on the first lap of the final segment.

  • Tim Wilkerson wins NHRA Southern Nationals

    July 6, 2015

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Tim Wilkerson raced to his first Funny Car victory since 2011, beating Ron Capps on Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.Wilkerson had a 4.318-second pass at 260.31 mph in his Ford Shelby Mustang for his 18th career win.

  • Dixon claims Indy 500 pole, breaks up Penske monopoly

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) One minute, Scott Dixon thought the numbers were a mistake.The next, he was sitting on the Indianapolis 500 pole.On one of the strangest qualifying days in Indy history, Dixon overcame rules changes, a revised schedule, the threat of rain and Team Penske's powerful four-car lineup to earn his second Indy pole with a four-lap average of 226.760 mph.

  • Buescher rallies to win NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa

    July 6, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Chris Buescher pulled away on a restart in a green-white-checkered finish Sunday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Iowa Speedway.Buescher raced to his first victory of the season to give Roush-Fenway Racing its fifth Iowa win.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    July 6, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Sunday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- INDIANAPOLIS - Scott Dixon is on the pole and Will Power could be the one to beat in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Start noon.

  • Qualifying delayed after Carpenter's crash

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar will require all cars attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 to use race trim and normal boost levels Sunday after another frightening crash in practice.Series CEO Mark Miles also said drivers will not be awarded points based on their starting position for the May 24 race.

  • Ed Carpenter crashes during the Indianapolis 500 practice

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ed Carpenter crashed during practice ahead of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.Carpenter, who is trying to become the first driver to win three consecutive Indy 500 poles, spun into the turn two wall and flipped over before the car came to rest on its side.

  • Kyle Busch finishes 6th in NASCAR return

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch finished sixth Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race in his first event since breaking his right leg and left foot in a crash nearly three months ago.After getting penalized for speeding on pit road and later having to pit to fix a loose wheel, Busch worked his way back toward the front but was never in contention during the final 10-lap segment that ended with Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, taking the million top prize.

  • Hamlin gives Joe Gibbs first victory in NASCAR All-Star race

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Denny Hamlin has given Joe Gibbs Racing its first victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race by using clean air to hold off Kevin Harvick at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Hamlin won the pole for Saturday night's race, and was decent through the first four 25-lap segments. He headed to pit road in sixth for the mandatory final pit stop, and his No. 11 team got him back on track in first.

  • Penske wants Ryan Blaney in full-time Cup ride for 2016

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Roger Penske wants Ryan Blaney to run a full NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2016 with the Wood Brothers.Blaney, a Team Penske development driver, has been farmed out to the Wood Brothers for about 18 Cup races this year. Blaney has made four starts so far this season and finished a career-best fourth at Talladega three weeks ago.

  • Iowa poised to host NASCAR Xfinity race

    July 6, 2015

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) In less than a decade, Iowa Speedway has established itself as one of the most important tracks for young NASCAR drivers.So, is it poised to make the leap to the Sprint Cup series like so many of the racers who've passed through its gates?

  • Cruz Pedregon tops Funny Car qualifying

    July 6, 2015

    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) Cruz Pedregon took the No. 1 spot in Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.The two-time season champion had a 4.010-second pass at 313.95 mph in his Toyota Camry for his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 59th of his career.

  • Indianapolis officials planning to renovate track

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in a race against time.Officials are planning to renovate the historic track in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next May. That doesn't leave a lot of time, given that there are races scheduled at the Brickyard in July and August and the construction won't begin until after those are run.

  • Speedway officials reverse course on tickets after rainout

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials found a way to rev up fans Saturday.They're giving them a second chance to watch qualifications.After initially announcing general admission tickets from the first day of qualifications, which was rained out, wound not be honored Sunday, speedway officials reacted to a fan backlash by reversing course.

  • Rain washes out 1st day of qualifications at Indy 500

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay finished the rain-shortened first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying in the same spot he finished last year's race - No. 1.Now he'll have to do it all over again Sunday.After Hunter-Reay posted the faster of two four-lap qualification runs Saturday, finishing with an average speed of 229.845 on the 2.5-mile oval, heavy rain washed out the rest of qualifying and both times from the completed runs.

  • Vautier taking over for Davison in Indy 500 qualifying

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Coyne Racing is making a driver switch for Indianapolis 500 qualifying Saturday.The team is putting Tristan Vautier in the No. 19 car, which had been driven by James Davison of Australia. Davison is still expected to race May 24. Team spokesman Trevor Moore said the switch was made because Davison was scheduled to race in Canada this weekend.

  • Scary crashes can be harsh reminders about Indy's danger

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Josef Newgarden never experienced a scarier ride than this week at Indianapolis.First, he hit a concrete wall going over 200 mph. Then after his car flipped, he waited helplessly Thursday for it to skid to a stop -- his head barely dangling above the 2.5-mile oval's asphalt surface.

  • Kahne holds off Jones in 2nd-closest Truck Series finish

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kasey Kahne edged Erik Jones by 0.005 seconds in after a contact-filled, final-lap duel Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Kahne, a Sprint Cup regular making his first start for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s new trucks team, passed Jones on a green-white-checkered finish that ended with his truck wobbling across the line a few feet ahead of Jones. It tied for the second-closest finish in Truck Series history and left Jones with a second straight heartbreaking loss.

  • Antron Brown leads Top Fuel qualifying

    July 6, 2015

    ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (AP) Points leader Antron Brown led Top Fuel qualifying Friday in the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.Brown, the 2012 series champion and a two-time winner this season, powered his dragster to a 3.725-second pass at 317.57 mph. He's from nearby Chesterfield.

  • Biffle, Bowyer win Showdown segments to make All-Star race

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer raced their way in to the million All-Star event, and Danica Patrick won the fan vote to complete the field for Saturday night's race.Biffle won the first 20-lap segment in Friday night's Sprint Showdown. The race was for all drivers not already qualified for the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • Pagenaud posts best lap on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud was the fastest driver Friday at Indianapolis.If he can duplicate that feat two more times, he'll put team owner Roger Penske within striking distance of a May sweep.The French driver posted the best lap in Indianapolis 500 practice, going 230.698 mph late in the final full practice before qualifying begins Saturday. Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi was second at 230.655, and Dixon's teammate, Tony Kanaan, was third at 230.457.

  • Spectacular crashes at Indianapolis raise safety concerns

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda are taking a deep look into their oval aero kit packages following two spectacular crashes this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.They haven't found a common denominator yet, though safety concerns continue to loom over the Indianapolis 500. The lingering image of three big crashes, two that sent drivers airborne, has many wondering if this already risky business is being compounded by the debut of the new packages on the series' fastest track.

  • Busch shows usual speed in recovery and on the race track

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Walking gingerly, his mood upbeat, Kyle Busch climbed back into his race car for the first time in almost three months.He quickly settled into the No. 18 Toyota, got used to his new seat, and ripped the fastest lap in Friday's practice session for the All-Star race.

  • Ben Rhodes skipping commencement for NASCAR Xfinity debut

    July 6, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Ben Rhodes doesn't have time for his graduation ceremony. He is already poised to move on to the next phase of his racing career.The 18-year-old Rhodes skipped Friday's commencement at Louisville's Holy Cross High to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. Rhodes will pilot the No. 88 JR Motorsports car typically driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the first stand-alone race of the season for NASCAR's second-tier series.

  • Rhodes skip commencement for NASCAR Xfinity debut

    July 6, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Ben Rhodes doesn't have time for his graduation ceremony.He's already poised to move on to the next phase of his racing career.The 18-year-old Rhodes is skipping the commencement at Louisville's Holy Cross High to make his NASCAR Xfinity series debut on Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

  • NASCAR mandates fire safety gear after pit road blazes

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) NASCAR will soon require pit crew members to wear additional fire safety gear after a recent explosive accident at Richmond.Three crew members were injured in a fire that erupted during a pit stop in last month's Xfinity Series race. Fuel spilled as the crew was servicing Brendan Gaughan's car and a spark ignited the blaze.

  • All-female team led by Legge aims for 2016 Indianapolis 500

    July 6, 2015

    Driver Katherine Legge has teamed with veteran motorsports executive Beth Paretta to form a race team that will attempt to build its organization around women and compete in next year's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.The team announced Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be called Grace Autosport and it will encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and math in auto racing.

  • All-female team aiming for next year's Indianapolis 500

    July 6, 2015

    An all-female team might be competing at next year's Indianapolis 500.Driver Katherine Legge is teaming with veteran motorsports executive Beth Paretta to form an organization that hopes to be at the 100th running of the showcase race.Grace Autosport will champion empowering women in motorsports. Its push will be to encourage a new generation of women to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and math in auto racing.

  • Refueling to return, faster laps to make F1 more attractive

    July 6, 2015

    PARIS (AP) In a bid to become more attractive and win back disgruntled fans, Formula One will reintroduce refueling in 2017 along with more aggressive-looking cars, louder engines, and faster lap times.F1's strategy group - consisting of leading teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes, governing body FIA, and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone - met to discuss the new measures this week.

  • Newgarden flips car in Indianapolis 500 practice

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three big crashes in Indianapolis 500 practice this week have raised one big question. Are the new oval aero kits, along with speeds that have topped 230 mph, the cause?''We're still learning, to be honest,'' Helio Castroneves said. ''There are so many little details with the new aero kit that we're just starting now to go through that phase. My teammates are going through that phase as well and we're just starting.''

  • Rising tide of American drivers has given IndyCar new look

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Graham Rahal understands there's a world of possibilities for him in IndyCar racing.He comes from a prestigious racing family, has a celebrity fiancee and an identifiable primary sponsor. He embraces social media and isn't afraid to speak his mind. At age 26, he's visible, engaging and just starting to hit his prime. And if he can reach Victory Lane at Indianapolis on May 24, he could finally become the answer to the series' seemingly endless search for American stars.

  • Carlos Munoz hits 230 mph at Indianapolis as 2 cars crash

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colombia's Carlos Munoz gave Honda a big boost Wednesday.He became the first driver to top 230 mph this month in Indianapolis 500 practice and finished the day with the fastest lap at 230.121 mph.Nobody else was even close. American Townsend Bell, who is attempting to start his first race this season, was second at 228.969. Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy winner, was third at 228.172.

  • Pippa Mann crashes during final hour of Indy 500 practice

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar driver Pippa Mann spun her car into the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, the second scary crash of the day during practice for the Indianapolis 500.The English driver was checked and released from the infield medical center. She lost control of her car coming out of the fourth turn, spun and hit the inside wall, then slid up the track and made a hard sideways hit with the attenuator in pit lane. She stayed in the cockpit for several minutes, but was able to walk away under her own power.

  • Darlington's wait: Old track prepping for Labor Day return

    July 6, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile acknowledged that he gets antsy at times watching tracks host two, three or four Sprint Cup races since the last time NASCAR showed up at his place.The payoff this Labor Day, Wile says, is well worth the wait.

  • Jimmie Johnson throws caution to wind at Kansas Speedway

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) The image Jimmie Johnson has cultivated over the years is of a clean-cut, corporate pitchman, almost the antithesis of the ''good `ol boy'' drivers from NASCAR's colorful past.His conservative driving style has delivered six championships, one behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in Sprint Cup history. Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet is seemingly always in contention, whether he's running at Talladega or Bristol or somewhere in between.

  • Castroneves walks away from scary crash at Indy 500 practice

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Helio Castroneves started Wednesday's practice session by flipping through the air in a scary crash.He finished it by hopping back into the cockpit and taking 11more laps.It was a challenging day for the Brazilian star, who was docked eight points by IndyCar officials for a rules violation in last weekend's race just before practice started and spent most of the rest of the day trying to figure what went wrong on the first turn of his second practice lap.

  • IndyCar penalizes Castroneves 8 points after Indy GP wreck

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The IndyCar Series penalized Helio Castroneves on Wednesday, docking him eight points in the drivers' standings and blaming him for causing a wreck during the opening lap of last weekend's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.IndyCar said the Team Penske driver violated the rule on avoidable contact. Derrick Walker, IndyCar's president of competition and operations, said a review determined the ''actions of the No. 3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of the first-lap incident.''

  • Kyle Busch eligible for NASCAR's Chase despite missing races

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch is eligible to compete for the NASCAR championship despite missing the first 11 races this season.NASCAR announced Wednesday it has granted Busch a waiver that would allow the Joe Gibbs Racing star to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

  • Honda's oval package could make Indy 500 different race

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Honda may finally have found a way to catch Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series.Racing on ovals.After watching rival Chevrolet dominate the first five races this season -- all on road and street courses -- the switch to Indianapolis' historic 2.5-mile oval is giving Honda a chance to restart with new aero kits that could spur a turnaround.

  • De Silvestro in another fiery incident at Indianapolis

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simona de Silvestro was forced to make another quick fire escape at Indianapolis.Fortunately, she wasn't hurt.The Swiss driver who qualified and then drove in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 despite burns on both of her hands scrambled out of the cockpit of Michael Andretti's No. 29 car Tuesday after it burst into flames about two hours into practice.

  • Kyle Busch to return to car this weekend in All-Star race

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Less than three months after suffering serious injuries when he crashed into a concrete wall at Daytona, Kyle Busch will return to racing in NASCAR's All-Star race this weekend following a rapid recovery his doctors called remarkable.

  • Karam leads way in 1st Indy 500 practice

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Hunter-Reay is more than ready for a change of scenery. He wants to move from road courses and set his eyes set on the first oval race of the season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Indianapolis 500.''I'm so ready to be done with the road course right now,'' the defending Indy 500 winner said. ''I'm very excited to be back on an oval.''

  • Column: NASCAR's All-Star race has been a dud of late

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) The lore of NASCAR's annual All-Star race has been building since 1987, when Dale Earnhardt's ''pass in the grass'' gave him the victory.That exciting third installment of the All-Star race was followed by plenty of stellar finishes - Rusty Wallace's 1989 victory over a spinning Darrell Waltrip in a race dubbed ''The Tide Slide,'' or Davey Allison's 1992 door-to-door battle with Kyle Petty that sent Allison to the hospital after he took the checkered flag on ''One Hot Night.''

  • European Sports Week in Photos

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued at the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, where Rosberg dominated. Barcelona was a busy sporting city in the past week, with Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the spotlight a few days earlier when the city's beloved football team beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal.

  • Horner says Red Bull cars not competing, 'just going around'

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) After just five races, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner calls the season ''pretty much of a write-off'' with his team stuck in ''no man's land'' as it struggles with Renault engine reliability and performance.Although both drivers from Red Bull and its junior team Toro Rosso - also supplied by Renault - completed Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix without further engine problems, the race pace is still sorely lacking.

  • Rosberg finally earns 1st win of F1 season at Spanish GP

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg finally got his championship campaign going on Sunday with a commanding win from pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix.Now the German hopes he can gain further ground on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at his favorite Monaco track in two weeks.

  • McLaren's woes continue as brake failure ends Alonso's race

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Fernando Alonso entered the Spanish Grand Prix hopeful of a top-10 finish to give McLaren its first points this season, only to complete less than half the race as a brake failure sent him back to the garage.The two-time Formula One champion's best performance this season remains 11th at last month's Bahrain GP. Things are looking bleak for McLaren, with Jenson Button finishing 16th on Sunday.

  • Health concerns force Foyt to focus on more than Indy

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) It's May in Indianapolis and A.J. Foyt is sitting quietly inside his motor home.He's balancing a checkbook, watching the news and talking about current events - not exactly the image race fans have of one of the world's top drivers on a warm, sunny afternoon at the track.

  • NASCAR gearing up for next generation of racing fans

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) On a muggy Saturday afternoon, two children dragged their parents through the garage area at Kansas Speedway, intent on catching up to a hero they had seen only on television.They weren't after Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson, though. They were after a giant, yellow Nickelodeon character - better known as SpongeBob SquarePants - whose name was attached to the Sprint Cup race featuring Gordon, Johnson and the sport's biggest stars that night.

  • Rosberg wins Spanish GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Hamilton

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg has finally got the better of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton this season, winning the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to gain ground on the championship leader.Hamilton finished in second place and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third.

  • Johnson stays on track during late caution, wins at Kansas

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Jimmie Johnson stayed on the track during a late caution to take over the lead, then held off hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.Johnson was chased across the line by Harvick and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon as the clock ticked past midnight into Sunday.

  • Truex leads Sprint Cup race back to green after rain delay

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. led the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway back to green Saturday night after a band of rain forced the race to be delayed by 2 hours, 16 minutes.The race was halted with 169 laps left just after a caution came out for Jeb Burton, who got loose and slid sideways for the second time. Most leaders went to the pits, but many drivers who were a lap down remained on the track to get back on the lead lap.

  • Yellow flag flies as rain begins falling at Kansas Speedway

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. raced to the front of the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night before a band of rain brought out the yellow flag with 169 laps to go.The 267-lap race was delayed just after a caution came out for Jeb Burton, who got loose and slid sideways for the second time. Most leaders went to the pits, but many drivers who were a lap down remained on the track to get back on the lead lap.

  • Power-packed race gives Penske 1st Grand Prix win at Indy

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Will Power came to Indianapolis chasing more than a double. He wants a clean sweep.After Saturday, the defending IndyCar champion is halfway home.Power led 65 of 82 laps in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, holding off Graham Rahal for his first win of the season and first at the famed Brickyard.

  • Allmendinger signs extension with JTG Daugherty through 2020

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) In a cutthroat sport where sponsors come and go, and somebody is always trying to take your ride, A.J. Allmendinger has found a long-term home with JTG Daugherty Racing.The driver signed a five-year contract extension to remain with the single-car team in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series. The deal through the 2020 season comes just over a week after Kroger announced it would increase its primary sponsorship for the No. 47 car.

  • Alonso is sure eye infection won't stop him racing in Spain

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Fernando Alonso is confident he can race freely in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix despite an ongoing eye infection.The two-time Formula One champion has been wearing sunglasses during news conferences this weekend because of a stye - which is a swelling - to protect his eyes from artificial light.

  • Sainz Jr. 5th in qualifying in front of Spanish fans

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Although Fernando Alonso continues to struggle, home fans got something to cheer about at the Spanish Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz Jr. qualified in a season's best fifth place for Sunday's race.The 20-year-old Spaniard is the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, and has started his Formula One career with Toro Rosso in confident style.

  • Rosberg takes pole position for Spanish GP ahead of Hamilton

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg will go for his first win of the season from pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday after finally ending teammate Lewis Hamilton's run of four consecutive poles in qualifying.Rosberg, runner-up to Hamilton in Formula One last year, had the fastest time in two of the three practice sessions, and carried that form with a dynamic drive in qualifying. The German finished 0.267 seconds clear of Hamilton, and 0.777 ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

  • Catalayuna F1 circuit signs contract extension until 2019

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) The Catalunya circuit will continue to host races until 2019 after signing a three-year contract extension.The track, which is located on the outskirts of Barcelona and is also used for pre-season testing, will host its 25th race this weekend.

  • Rosberg fastest ahead of Vettel, Hamilton in 3rd practice

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time in the third and final practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, finishing ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton, the defending champion and current overall leader, bids for his fifth straight pole position of the season later Saturday.

  • Crafton conserves enough fuel to win Trucks Series race

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Matt Crafton conserved just enough fuel while the leaders kept running out in the final laps to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Kansas Speedway on Friday night.All the trucks were forced to pit with 55 laps remaining, just on the upper end of the fuel window, when Ray Black Jr. blew his engine after a long green-flag run.

  • Logano wins pole for Saturday night race at Kansas Speedway

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Joey Logano will start at Kansas Speedway right where he left off.The winner of last fall's Chase race drove his No. 22 Ford to a fast lap of 192.397 mph in the final qualifying round Friday, easily topping Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski to earn the pole for the Sprint Cup race Saturday night.

  • Gordon arrives at Kansas Speedway looking for victory lane

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Jeff Gordon has been fast this year just about every time he climbs into that car. He has had promising runs just about every time he's taken the green flag.He is still trying to find his way victory lane.Good thing the Sprint Cup series is at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Gordon knows exactly where to find it, winning the first two races ever held there and again last spring.

  • Team Penske stays dominant, puts Will Power on Indy GP pole

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Team Penske is overpowering the competition in Indianapolis - again.Now it's looking to make some more history.Defending series champ Will Power broke the Grand Prix of Indianapolis qualifying record twice Friday, completing the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in 1 minute, 9.4886 seconds to earn his second pole of the season. He beat Scott Dixon by 0.227 seconds and led a pack of four Penske cars that qualified in the top five for Saturday's race in what could be the first step to pulling off the first May double.

  • Xfinity driver McClure family has sixth daughter, new ride

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) On the same day Eric McClure's wife gave birth to their sixth daughter, JGL Racing announced that it was parting ways with the driver of its No. 24 car in the Xfinity Series.McClure had driven for JGL in the first nine races of the season.

  • Edwards speaks with NASCAR about chaotic Talladega finish

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Carl Edwards spoke with NASCAR President Mike Helton on Friday about the finish of last week's race at Talladega, which ended under green despite a massive wreck.Edwards was hit by Casey Mears, causing his No. 19 Toyota to spin sideways. Several drivers sped past him down the backstretch as they fought for position on the final lap - creating what Edwards thought was an unnecessarily dangerous situation.

  • Team Penske extends streak by putting Power on Indy pole

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Defending IndyCar champion Will Power won the pole for Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a new qualifying record.The Australian star completed the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course Friday in 1 minute, 9.4866 seconds, breaking a mark he set a few minutes earlier in the second of three rounds of qualifications.

  • Edwards speaks with Helton about chaotic Talladega finish

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Carl Edwards spoke with NASCAR president Mike Helton on Friday about the finish of last week's race at Talladega, which ended under green despite a massive wreck.Edwards was hit by Casey Mears, causing his No. 19 Toyota to spin sideways. Several drivers zipped past him down the backstretch as they fought for position on the final lap.

  • Colts punter McAfee to drive pace car for Grand Prix of Indy

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts punter Pat McAfee has been selected as the pace car driver for Saturday's Grand Prix of Indianapolis.McAfee is coming off of his first Pro Bowl appearance and will spend Friday evening getting a driving tutorial from two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.

  • Fire wipes out 4 backup cars for Leavine Family Racing

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A fire that broke out at Leavine Family Racing's facility in North Carolina early Friday damaged four backup cars, including one that the team uses on road courses.The team, which fields the No. 95 Ford for Michael McDowell, had arrived at Kansas Speedway for this weekend's Sprint Cup race when it received word that a fire had broken out in the back of its race shop in Concord, North Carolina. Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

  • Newman remains focused after NASCAR upholds RCR penalties

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Ryan Newman is confident his ''B team'' will deliver this weekend at Kansas Speedway after NASCAR upheld the penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing for manipulating his tires.Newman arrived for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race without crew chief Luke Lambert, an engineer and a tire specialist. All of them are serving a six-race suspension after NASCAR found that they had intentionally altered his tires during the March race at California.

  • Hamilton quickest in 2nd practice ahead of Vettel, Rosberg

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the second practice session Friday at the Spanish Grand Prix, taking over from teammate Nico Rosberg after he was quickest in the morning on another dominant day for Mercedes.Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by 27 points and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by 28, was .408 seconds faster than Vettel and .764 ahead of Rosberg in the afternoon.

  • Susie Wolff hungry to earn a place in Formula One

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Susie Wolff is sure that she is good enough to start a Formula One race, even if her chances are slim.The 32-year-old British driver, who is a development driver for Williams this season, placed 14th in Friday's first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Rosberg quickest ahead of Mercedes teammate Hamilton

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.Rosberg, who is second in the standings behind defending champion Hamilton, clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 26.828 seconds - putting him .070 seconds clear.

  • Defending champion schedule keeping Pagenaud busy at Indy

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud was eager to start driving Thursday.After spending most of this week in Indianapolis filling media requests and doing sponsorship appearances, the defending champion of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis can finally focus on racing with Team Penske.

  • Suarez, Jones showing off youth in Joe Gibbs Racing stable

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) It will be hard to miss the future of Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend.Start off with Friday night's Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, where Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones will be taking the green flag. Both youngsters are driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but they also drive in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs.

  • Thankful Alonso to treat medical staff to dinner in Spain

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Back at the track where he was concussed in the preseason, Fernando Alonso has promised to thank the medical personnel who treated him by taking them out to dinner after the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.The 33-year-old Spaniard crashed at the Circuit de Catalunya in February during a second test session. The McLaren driver missed the third and final test session and the season-opening race in Australia the following month as his recovery took longer than anticipated.

  • Rosberg hoping to build momentum at Spanish GP

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Encouraged by his performance at the Bahrain Grand Prix three weeks ago, Nico Rosberg hopes he can get his faltering title bid firmly under way at this weekend's Spanish GP.Although Rosberg finished third in Bahrain, braking problems late on deprived him of second place and the German driver was at his aggressive best at times with some fine overtaking moves.

  • NASCAR star Clint Bowyer takes cuts with Kansas City Royals

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first thing Ned Yost asked Clint Bowyer when the Royals manager called the NASCAR driver into his office Wednesday night was for some much-needed help with his lineup.His fantasy racing lineup.Bowyer pointed out that Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been dominating on the 1 1/2-mile tracks lately, and Jeff Gordon always runs well at Kansas Speedway. But Bowyer must not have made a case for himself for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race just across the state line.

  • NASCAR appeals officer upholds penalties against RCR

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NASCAR's final appeals officer upheld penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing for intentionally manipulating Ryan Newman's tires in March.The decision of Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss is final. He ruled Wednesday there was ''a preponderance of evidence'' that RCR manipulated the tires.

  • Race organizers shake up May schedule in Indianapolis

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Helio Castroneves feels like the good old days are coming back to Indianapolis.The new IndyCar aero kits have distinctively different looks, fans are talking again about increased speeds and possible bumping for the Indianapolis 500 and the drivers have booked almost the entire month for the historic Brickyard. The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion believes this is how the month of May should be.

  • Johnson denies he allowed Earnhardt to win Talladega

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. have spent the last four years believing that Jimmie Johnson owed his teammate a favor for pushing Johnson to the win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2011.Some felt the payback finally came Sunday when Johnson was accused of ''letting'' Earnhardt win Talladega. The notion grew out of the final 20-plus laps of the race, run mostly as a single-file parade with Earnhardt leading and Johnson following in second.

  • At Indy, Castroneves celebrates 300th race, 40th birthday

    July 6, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) Indianapolis Motor Speedway will feel more special than usual to Helio Castroneves this weekend.The three-time Indy 500 winner is at the track to participate in his 300th IndyCar race, joining a group that includes some of the sport's greatest names. He will reach the milestone at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Saturday, a day before turning 40.

  • Pole is key to stopping Lewis Hamilton at Spanish GP

    July 6, 2015

    GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his fourth win of the season at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, and it will be hard to stop the defending world champion if he gets another pole position on a Catalunya track where overtaking is notoriously difficult.

  • Chase Elliott gets NAPA sponsorship on No. 24 car in 2016

    July 6, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Chase Elliott is bringing NAPA's sponsorship with him to the Sprint Cup Series.Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that NAPA has signed a three-year deal to be the majority sponsor for Elliott, who will replace four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet next season.

  • Petty hires Kevin Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr.

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Kevin ''Bono'' Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr. beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway.Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who has been offered another position in the organization.Manion was the crew chief for Jamie McMurray in 2010 when the duo won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Manion has five wins as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the Xfinity Series.

  • Abreu headlines NASCAR's 2015 class of 'Next' stars

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rico Abreu, the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl, was among the 12 drivers named to NASCAR's latest ''Next'' class on Tuesday.The Next program, which is designed to spotlight NASCAR's emerging stars, has included in its previous four classes 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson and reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott. The class also includes for a second year Cole Custer, who became NASCAR's youngest national winner last season at age 16 with his Truck Series victory at New Hampshire.

  • Foyt hires former pole winner Tagliani to race in Indy 500

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A.J. Foyt has hired Alex Tagliani as his third driver for this year's Indianapolis 500.The 41-year-old Canadian won the Indy pole in 2011 and finished the race 13th last year, driving for Sarah Fisher's team. That was his last IndyCar start.

  • Abreu headlines NASCAR's 2015 class of "Next" stars

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rico Abreu, the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl, is among the 12 drivers named to NASCAR's latest ''Next'' class.The Next program is designed to spotlight NASCAR's emerging stars, and has included in its previous four classes 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson and reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott.

  • Column: Earnhardt back in victory lane and happier than ever

    July 6, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There was a nearly five-year period for Dale Earnhardt Jr. when being a famous race car driver wasn't all glitz and glamour.He was a non-factor on the race track, barely even contended at Daytona and Talladega, the two places he was supposed to be unbeatable, and he is the first to admit his confidence had crumbled.

  • Westbrook, Valiante win IMSA Tudor race at Monterey

    July 6, 2015

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante won the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway to take the series lead.Westbrook finished in the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype, beating the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP driven by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor by 1.351 seconds.

  • Earnhardt crew chief stays put on injured daughter's orders

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief, Greg Ives, couldn't get clearance to head home after his daughter broke her arm.It was fine with his driver, but 8-year-old Payton Ives would have none of that. She had surgery Saturday night to repair a broken arm, leaving the proud dad marveling at her toughness even as he celebrated Earnhardt's victory Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

  • Jeff Gordon's costly mistake helps ruin weekend at Talladega

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Jeff Gordon's mistake on pit road helped sour a promising weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.Penalized for speeding on pit road, Gordon was dropped back to 30th for the final restart Sunday after spending much of the race up front.

  • Edwards and Kenseth question lack of caution at end of race

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth were both frustrated with the end of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where NASCAR's decision not to throw a caution allowed drivers to speed past Edwards' spinning car.Edwards was spun heading into the first turn of the last lap and his Toyota slid twice toward the grass and twice back onto the track. NASCAR didn't call a caution, which Edwards said allowed other drivers to pass him at high speeds as his car was out of control.

  • Montoya fastest on opening day of Indy tests

    July 6, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya topped the speed chart at 226.772 mph Sunday in the first day of testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was second at 226.468, and Simon Pagenaud gave the team three of the top with a fifth-place mark of 225.641.

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to his first win of the season at an old familiar place that has always been good to his family.Earnhardt won Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in front of an adoring crowd that gave him a rousing ovation as he pumped his fist outside the car window during a slow victory lap.

  • NASCAR briefly halts race after 15-car accident at Talladega

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR was forced to briefly stop Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway to clean up after a 15-car accident.The accident occurred 47 laps into the race when Paul Menard attempted to pass Trevor Bayne on the outside of a three-wide pack of cars. Kurt Busch was following closely on Bayne's bumper, and the aerodynamics from Menard on the outside and Busch behind him caused Bayne's car to snap around.

  • Ole Miss coach gets firsthand taste of Talladega speed

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Hugh Freeze knows a little something about speed and about NASCAR.The Mississippi football coach uses NASCAR terms to describe the various tempos of his no-huddle offense. The fastest: Talladega.Freeze drove the pace car for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, where pal Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was among the drivers. He said he's been a NASCAR fan since the early 1990s, pulling for Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now, he roots hardest for Stenhouse and Danica Patrick, Stenhouse's girlfriend.

  • NASCAR briefly halts race after 14-car accident at Talladega

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR was forced to briefly stop Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway to clean up after a 15-car accident.The accident occurred 47 laps into the race when Paul Menard attempted to pass Trevor Bayne on the outside of a three-wide pack of cars. Kurt Busch was following closely on Bayne's bumper, and the aerodynamics from Menard on the outside and Busch behind him caused Bayne's car to snap around.

  • Jordan Taylor takes pole in Monterey

    July 6, 2015

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) Jordan Taylor took the pole position Saturday for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway.Coming off a victory April 18 in Long Beach, Taylor turned a lap in 1 minute, 18.718 seconds in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype that he shares with brother Ricky.

  • Joey Logano uses big block on last lap to win Xfinity race

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Joey Logano picked up his third Xfinity Series win of the season by throwing a big block on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway.Logano was the leader on a restart with eight laps remaining Saturday. He had Elliott Sadler hooked to his bumper as drivers jockeyed for position.

  • ARCA driver Brad Smith has surgery on both ankles

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) ARCA driver Brad Smith underwent surgery on both of his ankles following a crash at Talladega Superspeedway.Smith was injured late in Friday's race when another car spun in front of him. He tried to drive through the accident scene but struck the other car, and the contact sent him directly into an inside wall.

  • Jeff Gordon leads Hendrick in pole-winning run at Talladega

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) In this farewell season for Jeff Gordon, he continues to seize every moment both on and off the track.Gordon won the 80th pole of his career Saturday with a blistering lap around Talladega Superspeedway, where he's a six-time race winner.

  • Blake Jones claims first ARCA win at Talladega Superspeedway

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Blake Jones took the lead on a green-white checkered restart Friday night and won the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 for his first victory in the ARCA Racing Series.The 18-year-old Jones passed teammate Tom Hessert, who led most of the way before running out of gas, after the second restart in the final three laps. Jones had been on the outside lane for the restarts at Talladega Superspeedway.

  • Roush Fenway's Stenhouse, Biffle lead practice sessions

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) The slumping Roush Fenway Racing organization got a slight boost Friday when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle paced the field in a pair of practice sessions at Talladega Superspeedway.Stenhouse turned in the fastest lap at 200.780 mph in the first session Friday, and Biffle topped the second at 197.859.

  • Harvick thinks a shakeup to NASCAR schedule would help sport

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) If Kevin Harvick ran NASCAR, he has decided ideas on how to move the sport forward.The reigning Sprint Cup champion would shake up the current 38-race schedule, which remains largely intact each year with no new tracks added and very little race date variation.

  • Patrick happy with Stewart-Haas but says "never say never"

    July 6, 2015

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Danica Patrick wants to remain with Stewart-Haas Racing but understands that GoDaddy's upcoming departure as her primary sponsor has put her future with the team in doubt.GoDaddy will leave NASCAR at the end of the season and Patrick, who is in the final year of her contract with SHR, said the team and her management group are actively searching for a replacement.

  • Busch crew chief working through kidney stone complications

    July 6, 2015

    TALLDEGA, Ala. (AP) Tony Gibson didn't get to celebrate his victory with Kurt Busch very much. Soreness from a passed kidney stone concerned him enough to visit a doctor just two days after their win at Richmond.Tests on Tuesday discovered the crew chief had never passed the kidney stone that sidelined Gibson during the April 19 race at Bristol.