Nascar News
  • Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:43:14 PDT

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    Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR's sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend. Now he has made a trip to Victory Lane, where Busch hoped his victory Sunday at Richmond International Raceway will help him close one of the messiest chapters of his volatile career. ''Standing on the truth the whole time, that gave me the feeling of when I do get back to the car, it's going to be easy to focus, and I think I've shown that,'' said Busch, who still has a no-contact order against him that was issued in February by a Delaware Family Court judge. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver led a career-best 291 of the 400 laps on the 0.75-mile oval, outrunning teammate Kevin Harvick over the final dozen laps to end a 35-race winless streak.


  • RCR crew member released from hospital after pit-road fire (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:57:28 PDT

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Richard Childress Racing says crew member Josh Wittman was released from the hospital Saturday, a night after he was injured in a pit-road fire during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.


  • Rain postpones NASCAR race at Richmond until Sunday (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:39:03 PDT

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    Weather disrupted NASCAR's top series for a second consecutive week when Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race was postponed because of persistent rain at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR rescheduled the event for Sunday at 1 p.m. It's the first time this season the series has been unable to race because of rain, but completing last Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway was a challenge. Rain caused nearly a 90-minute delay Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the race was stopped for a four-hour rain delay not long after it finally began. Denny Hamlin, who grew up 20 minutes from the speedway in Chesterfield, will start second in his attempt to complete a nearly perfect weekend.


  • 3 crew members injured in pit road fire at Richmond (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:04:26 PDT

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    NASCAR says three pit road crew members were taken to a hospital after a fire broke out on pit road Friday night during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Two of the crew members were working in Brendan Gaughan's pit, where the fire erupted, and one was in Eric McClure's pit. Television replays showed a huge ball of flame that appeared to engulf at least one crew member in Gaughan's pit. NASCAR identified the three injured as Gaughan's rear tire changer, Anthony O'Brien, and fueler, Josh Wittman, and Clifford Turner, a crew member from McClure's team.


  • Hamlin dominates to win NASCAR race at Richmond (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:47:10 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201504242102757707153" width="130" height="130" alt="Denny Hamlin holds the trophy as he celebrates winning the Xfinity series NASCAR auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" align="left" border="0">

    Denny Hamlin returned from last week's injury-shortened weekend and led almost from start to finish Friday night to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. He relinquished the lead for one lap to Brian Scott during a series of green-flag pit stops, and to Elliott Sadler during another green flag stop late in the race, but both times regained the lead on the following lap. You don't get these cars often.'' The victory was Hamlin's 12th in the series and third at Richmond. Following up on Kyle Busch's wire-to-wire victory for Joe Gibbs Racing in the series last September, the JGR teams have led 498 of the last 500 laps run in the series at RIR.


IRL News
  • Newgarden claims first IndyCar Series win not far from home (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:50:47 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201504261709617953253" width="130" height="130" alt="Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) races during the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Joe Songer/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT" align="left" border="0">

    Josef Newgarden's wait is over. ''I'm so relieved that it's over with,'' Newgarden said. We've been there before and things have gone wrong, and today nothing went wrong.'' Things started going right on the opening lap, in fact, when he moved all the way from fifth to second behind pole-sitter Helio Castroneves. It was his first chance to celebrate a win since Indy Lights in 2011 Newgarden had posted second-place finishes in each of the past two years before finally finishing up front for CFH Racing, a merger of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing.


  • Newgarden claims first IndyCar win (AFP)
    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:28:43 PDT

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    Birmingham (United States) (AFP) - American Josef Newgarden held off hard-charging Graham Rahal on Sunday to win the IndyCar Alabama Grand Prix, his first career victory in the US open-wheel racing series.


  • Castroneves grabs pole in Alabama (AFP)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:41:31 PDT

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    Brazil's Helio Castroneves captured his second straight IndyCar series pole on Saturday as he topped the qualifying times for Sunday's Grand Prix of Alabama. Castroneves clocked 1min 07.1925sec on the 2.3 mile (3.7 km), 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course to lead a Team Penske sweep of the top three qualifying spots. Castroneves's pole position, on a track where he won in 2010, comes a week after he set a course record in claiming pole at Long Beach -- where he eventually finished runner-up to New Zealand's Scott Dixon. "It's all about team effort," said Castroneves, who came into the weekend trailing leader Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia by three points in the series standings.


  • Castroneves grabs IndyCar pole, Team Penske gets top 3 spots (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:32:57 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201504251552571599272" width="130" height="130" alt="Driver Will Power (1) races during practice at the IndyCar Indy Grand Prix of Alabama auto race at Barber Motorsports Park, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Joe Songer/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT" align="left" border="0">

    Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Team Penske will start from a familiar position at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama: Up front. Castroneves is confident of a happy ending for someone on his team Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, he's just not sure who. Castroneves turned in the fast lap of 1 minute, 7.1925 seconds with rain starting to come down at the end of a day dominated by Penske and Chevrolet. He earned his second pole in the Alabama race and second in a row this year after finishing No. 2 at Long Beach.


  • Martin hoping to recover from whiplash in time (AFP)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:15:27 PDT

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    Ireland's Dan Martin said Saturday he hopes his whiplash will have improved enough to allow him to challenge for victory at Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ardennes Classic race. Martin, 28, won this prestigious 'Monument' race two years ago and looked a dead certainty to retain his crown last year before crashing on the final bend as he streaked clear of the rest of the field. "I'm definitely fit enough, it's just seeing where this whiplash I've got is," said the nephew of 1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche. After Martin crashed at the finish in Ans, Australia's Simon Gerrans sped past to win a sprint finish ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Michal Kwiatkowski.


Cart News
  • Newgarden claims first IndyCar Series win not far from home (The Associated Press)
    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:50:47 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201504261709617953253" width="130" height="130" alt="Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) races during the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Joe Songer/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT" align="left" border="0">

    Josef Newgarden's wait is over. ''I'm so relieved that it's over with,'' Newgarden said. We've been there before and things have gone wrong, and today nothing went wrong.'' Things started going right on the opening lap, in fact, when he moved all the way from fifth to second behind pole-sitter Helio Castroneves. It was his first chance to celebrate a win since Indy Lights in 2011 Newgarden had posted second-place finishes in each of the past two years before finally finishing up front for CFH Racing, a merger of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing.


  • Newgarden claims first IndyCar win (AFP)
    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:28:43 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/e65e14ae684af1927cddf86d71b1d7f857abae..." width="130" height="130" alt="Josef Newgarden prior to practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28, 2014 (AFP Photo/Chris Trotman)" align="left" border="0">

    Birmingham (United States) (AFP) - American Josef Newgarden held off hard-charging Graham Rahal on Sunday to win the IndyCar Alabama Grand Prix, his first career victory in the US open-wheel racing series.


  • Castroneves grabs pole in Alabama (AFP)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:41:31 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/8d5fb150413e49555ebb20416cf4aaa3803547..." width="130" height="130" alt="Brazil's Helio Castroneves, pictured on April 19, 2015 on the streets of Long Beach, California, captured his second straight IndyCar series pole as he topped the qualifying times for the Grand Prix of Alabama (AFP Photo/Robert Laberge)" align="left" border="0">

    Brazil's Helio Castroneves captured his second straight IndyCar series pole on Saturday as he topped the qualifying times for Sunday's Grand Prix of Alabama. Castroneves clocked 1min 07.1925sec on the 2.3 mile (3.7 km), 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course to lead a Team Penske sweep of the top three qualifying spots. Castroneves's pole position, on a track where he won in 2010, comes a week after he set a course record in claiming pole at Long Beach -- where he eventually finished runner-up to New Zealand's Scott Dixon. "It's all about team effort," said Castroneves, who came into the weekend trailing leader Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia by three points in the series standings.


  • Castroneves grabs IndyCar pole, Team Penske gets top 3 spots (The Associated Press)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:32:57 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201504251552571599272" width="130" height="130" alt="Driver Will Power (1) races during practice at the IndyCar Indy Grand Prix of Alabama auto race at Barber Motorsports Park, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Joe Songer/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT" align="left" border="0">

    Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Team Penske will start from a familiar position at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama: Up front. Castroneves is confident of a happy ending for someone on his team Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, he's just not sure who. Castroneves turned in the fast lap of 1 minute, 7.1925 seconds with rain starting to come down at the end of a day dominated by Penske and Chevrolet. He earned his second pole in the Alabama race and second in a row this year after finishing No. 2 at Long Beach.


  • Martin hoping to recover from whiplash in time (AFP)
    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:15:27 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/fceac8abc682e6a65c1a34f41b2c6f96ae843d..." width="130" height="130" alt="Ireland's Dan Martin, 28, won this prestigious 'Monument' race two years ago and looked a dead certainty to retain his crown last year before crashing on the final bend as he streaked clear of the rest of the field (AFP Photo/Luk Benies)" align="left" border="0">

    Ireland's Dan Martin said Saturday he hopes his whiplash will have improved enough to allow him to challenge for victory at Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ardennes Classic race. Martin, 28, won this prestigious 'Monument' race two years ago and looked a dead certainty to retain his crown last year before crashing on the final bend as he streaked clear of the rest of the field. "I'm definitely fit enough, it's just seeing where this whiplash I've got is," said the nephew of 1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche. After Martin crashed at the finish in Ans, Australia's Simon Gerrans sped past to win a sprint finish ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Michal Kwiatkowski.


  • Scott Dixon is chasing IndyCar wins leaders, not spotlight (The Associated Press)
    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:01:31 PDT
    Scott Dixon just wanted a quiet, celebratory beer with wife Emma and former IndyCar star Dario Franchitti. ''Scott came over for the first time and everyone started clapping,'' Emma Dixon said. I could see him, just knowing him so well, he was like, 'Oh my God.' '' Instead of enjoying that moment he was like, 'I just wanted to be here and have a beer after the race.''' Dixon may be chasing iconic IndyCar names like Foyt, Andretti and Unser on the race track. Dixon is now in pursuit of Al Unser Jr. (39 wins) and Michael Andretti (42), followed by Mario Andretti (52) and A.J. Foyt (67).
  • Hunter-Reay hoping for another pick-me-up at Alabama track (The Associated Press)
    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:10:38 PDT

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/Sports/ap/201504231227448473646" width="130" height="130" alt="FILE - In this April 17, 2015, file photo, Ryan Hunter-Reay drives during a practice run for the IndyCar race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. The two-time defending race champion returns to Alabama this weekend after a rough start that included a penalty from IndyCar with which he adamantly disagrees. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)" align="left" border="0">

    If ever there was a track where Ryan Hunter-Reay can count on a pick-me-up, it's Barber Motorsports Park. The two-time defending race champion returns to Alabama this weekend for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after a rough start to the season that included a disappointing performance in Long Beach and a penalty that still mystifies Hunter-Reay. ''That set the tone,'' Hunter-Reay said. ''I think we went to the Indy GP, finished second in that one and then we went and won the big one, won the Indy 500.


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