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Published: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:20:04 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 02:20:04 GMT

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Column: NASCAR clouding its image with politics

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 01:49:00 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There are Democrats who enjoy NASCAR. Jews and atheists and women, too.

You wouldn't know it lately, not after several events this season, including the invocation before Saturday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson used the address...




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Kyle Busch's sweep is NASCAR's 1st in 25 years

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:54:34 GMT

FORT WORTH, Texas — Four races in NASCAR's top three series over eight days — and Kyle Busch won them all.

From Martinsville to Texas, Busch had consecutive weekend sweeps, something last done in NASCAR 25 years ago.

"I think the magic is Kyle Busch, but that's just me," Busch said with a smile before...




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Jimmie Johnson certainly knows way to Victory Lane in Texas

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:30:28 GMT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmie Johnson certainly knows his way to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.

Already with two wins this season, Johnson is back in Texas, where he has won the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup races and five of the last seven.

"It's just this race track. I think tracks with...




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Early test leaves Indy 500 drivers confident cars are safer

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 01:55:03 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ed Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe left Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday more confident about the cars they will race in May.

A new rear-wing flap should prevent cars from going airborne, as Carpenter experienced 11 months ago. And new suspension parts should prevent...




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Harvick weary of coming up short again in Cup race at Texas

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:02:44 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick is leading the Sprint Cup standings and appears on his way to another run at a NASCAR championship. He also could be laying the groundwork for another maddening season in which he dominates on the track until it's time to collect the hardware.

Harvick finished second...




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Kyle Busch wins again for weekend sweep at Martinsville

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:25:20 GMT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kyle Busch finally figured out Martinsville Speedway in his truck victory on Saturday.

He dominated it on Sunday, leading 352 laps and pulling away on a restart with 11 laps to go and outrunning AJ Allmendinger to the finish for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory on the...




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Dixon dominates in IndyCar's return to Phoenix on Saturday night

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 21:58:57 GMT

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — IndyCar's return to the desert was supposed to fast and furious, maybe even a little dangerous.

It was certainly was fast, but Scott Dixon took most of the danger out with a dominating performance.

Dixon took the lead from Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tony Kanaan with 155 laps...




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Hamlin tabs himself as the man to beat at Martinsville

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 01:55:00 GMT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Denny Hamlin didn't hesitate in the least.

"Myself," he said when asked who his biggest competition is at Martinsville Speedway now that Jeff Gordon, a nine-time winner on NASCAR's oldest and smallest oval, has retired and moved into the broadcast booth.

"I don't know how many...




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Andretti Autosport adds Bell for fifth Indy 500 car

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 20:32:00 GMT

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Shortly after being introduced as Andretti Autosport's fifth Indianapolis 500 driver Friday, Townsend Bell received a question from a luminary on the right side of the room.

"Are you sure this isn't an April Fool's joke?" Mario Andretti asked him, drawing laughs from the...




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Andretti adds sponsor to Indy car

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:31:00 GMT

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Charlie Kimball and Marco Andretti have added new but familiar sponsors to the race cars they drive in 2016.

Andretti's No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda will have United Fiber & Data as a co-primary sponsor for four races this season, beginning with the Desert Diamond...




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For Sage Karam, coaching wrestling at Liberty helped him laugh again

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:11:02 GMT

Sage Karam sat in the passenger's seat at the Giant Center, helping to steer Andrew Gunning to Liberty's first state wrestling championship since 1985. Sage sat alongside his father, Jody, who dropped to his knees — in joy and relief — after coaching his first state champion in 23 seasons at Liberty...




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Jimmie Johnson gets past Harvick in OT to win at Fontana

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:12:00 GMT

FONTANA, Calif. — Jimmie Johnson pulled away in overtime to beat Kevin Harvick on Sunday for the Southern California native's record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Fontana.

Johnson was third on the late restart, but surged past leader Denny Hamlin while giving a little bump to Harvick....




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Newsmaker Q&A: Marco Andretti, Indy-car driver

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:54:00 GMT

Marco Andretti, whose father, Michael, and grandfather, Mario, are among the best Indy-car drivers of all time with 94 victories between them, is in his 11th season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States – and maybe the world. He hasn't yet come...




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Harvick nips Edwards in wild finish for 8th Phoenix win

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:59:17 GMT

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For the second time in a month, two cars crossed the finish line seemingly together and no one was sure who won.

Electronic scoring and slow-motion replays put Kevin Harvick in a familiar spot on top at Phoenix International Raceway, and NASCAR celebrated another thrilling...




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Montoya wins at IndyCar opener at St. Pete; Marco Andretti 15th

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:34:59 GMT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — There seemed little doubt that a Team Penske driver would win the IndyCar season-opening race even after Will Power was sidelined Sunday with a concussion.

Juan Pablo Montoya won on the streets of St. Petersburg for the second consecutive year to continue the Team Penske...




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Power leads Team Penske parade in St. Pete qualifying

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 05:34:17 GMT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Team Penske swept the top four spots in qualifying for the IndyCar season-opener with Will Power taking the pole in a record time.

Power broke his own track record three times Saturday. His best time around the streets of St. Petersburg was in the second session, but he won...




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Everybody chasing Kevin Harvick at Phoenix

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 03:22:00 GMT

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick's dominance amazes Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson shrugs while making Harvick the favorite today.

When NASCAR comes to Phoenix International Raceway, all drivers chase Harvick, who has won a record seven Sprint Cup races in the desert.

"I think really at this time...




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Marco Andretti embarks on another IndyCar season in search of elusive victory

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:02:00 GMT

Marco Andretti completed every lap of 15 of the 16 races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The problem was, his car was never the first to the checkered flag.

"It's killing me not having a win," Andretti said earlier this year. "It doesn't matter if my last name was Smith or Andretti,...




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Dixon goes into IndyCar season as 1 of all-time greats

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:45:36 GMT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Scott Dixon is fifth on IndyCar's wins list, with the likes of Foyt, Andretti and Unser the only drivers ahead of him.

A mediocre season by Dixon's standards should move him to at least fourth, probably third. Then the greatest open-wheel driver of this generation — Dixon...




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Brad Keselowski passes Kyle Busch late to win at Las Vegas

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 02:20:23 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski spent nearly a full year winless and watching while Team Penske teammate Joey Logano went to Victory Lane five times.

Keselowski had to drive through wind, rain, sand and Logano himself to finally hit it big in Vegas again.

Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with five laps...




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