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Vegan Lally has appetite for auto racing

SPARTA, Ky. – Andy Lally wants a hamburger. Badly. The bloodier the better. Yet the former sportscar champion turned NASCAR driver won’t have one. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.


Apology came way too late in Kentucky

Sometimes saying sorry is all it takes to make people feel a little better. That might have been the case with Kentucky Speedway, if the apology had been immediate and …


Busch crams in busy racing week

If you called Kyle Busch a glutton for racing action, you’d be right. It’s not enough that Busch is running races in each of NASCAR’s three touring series this weekend …


Kyle Busch takes NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with win

SPARTA, Ky. – Kyle Busch figured the best way to beat the traffic on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. He simply stayed out of it.


Daytona 500 champ Bayne can’t repeat on track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne was hoping for a repeat trip to Victory Lane at Daytona. Instead, he got an early exit. Bayne wrecked on the …


Ragan redeems himself at Daytona with first win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – David Ragan could have won the Daytona 500 if not for a late-race gaffe that cost him what would have been a life-changing victory. So as …


Martin qualifies on pole at Daytona

Mark Martin bumped Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne from the pole at Daytona International Speedway with a qualifying run that put him in elite company. Martin turned a lap of …


Busch wins on road for first time

The turnaround for Kurt Busch continued Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., with a dominating run at Infineon Raceway that led to his first career road course victory. Busch led a race-high …


Hamlin picks up first NASCAR Sprint Cup win of 2011

Two days after facing questions about unauthorized auto parts and possible penalties, Denny Hamlin enjoyed a happier kind of scrutiny. Hamlin raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of …


Kurt Busch on pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race

Another race, another pole for Kurt Busch. This is a drill he’s happy to get used to. “To be on the pole three weeks, what it does – there are …


Earnhardt back in Michigan, hoping for elusive win

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. tries not to worry about his winless stretch, which reached three years this week. Of course, now that he’s back in Michigan, the site …


Veteran wins, tied for 3rd on NASCAR wins list

LONG POND, Pa. – Jeff Gordon is pushing 40, far removed from the cocky kid who shot to superstardom and helped put NASCAR on the mainstream map. At any age, …


In brief: NFL owners, players meet again in New York

NFL: Whether they are meeting in secret locations or in the middle of Times Square at rush hour, talks between NFL owners and players are a good sign. Commissioner Roger …


Keselowski stretches gas for NASCAR win

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was charging again, hoping that this time he’d be on top of a frantic late fuel-mileage battle. Leader Brad Keselowski stretched his fuel perfectly, dashing Earnhardt’s hopes …


Kurt Busch rebounds to earn Kansas pole

Kurt Busch had never run all that well in Kansas, and a spinout during practice Friday certainly didn’t make it look as if he was about to turn that around. …


Biffle aims to return to successful racing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas Speedway might be the best place for Greg Biffle to cool off after an extremely hot and miserable weekend in Charlotte. Less than 20 laps …


Earnhardt runs out of gas

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was out front on the final lap for the first time in 105 races, and the only thing standing in the way of a …


Harvick wins when Earnhardt runs out of gas

The gas tank in his Chevrolet ran dry along the backstretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and as Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to coast his way through the final turn, Kevin …


Penske teammates Busch, Keselowski take opposite approaches

CONCORD, N.C. – To hear Kurt Busch talk, his race team is struggling mightily and maybe some behind-the-scenes changes will save the season. Then there’s Brad Keselowski, excited about three …


Ned Jarrett leads NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Auto racing: Ned Jarrett won 50 races over his career, claimed two NASCAR championships, and once beat the field by 19 miles at Darlington Raceway. Then he moved on to …


Sharks break through against Canucks in Western final

NHL playoffs: Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period and Antti Niemi made the early lead stand up with 27 saves to get the San Jose Sharks back into …


Oklahoma City wins at Dallas to tie NBA series

NBA playoffs: Kevin Durant scored 24 points and James Harden added 23, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-100 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night and …


Audible in pits leads to Kenseth victory at Dover

Matt Kenseth’s first idea was to skip pit road, take a chance he could start first on a restart and hang on for a victory. Then, he had another thought. …


Memphis forces Game 7 by defeating Oklahoma City

NBA: Zach Randolph had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-83 Friday night in Memphis, Tenn., to push their …


Smith wins Southern 500 for first Sprint Cup victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Regan Smith wasn’t sure he’d ever come as close to winning a Sprint Cup race as he did three years ago at Talladega Superspeedway. Now, he can’t …


Busch keeps Hamlin from sweep at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Kyle Busch denied teammate Denny Hamlin a weekend sweep at his home track Saturday night by stretching his final tank of gas 107 laps to win at …


Earnhardt gives teammate Johnson push to victory at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson won a Talladega two-step Sunday, edging Clint Bowyer by about a foot with a big push from Dale Earnhardt Jr. The official margin was 0.002 seconds, tied for …


Busch hangs tough at wild Nationwide

Kyle Busch won under a yellow flag in a wild finish Saturday, taking the Nationwide race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway when the last of 10 crashes sent Mike Wallace’s car …


Expect plenty of radio chatter at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Some compare it to trying to land a date for the prom. Really, it’s just two parties haggling over a potentially lucrative business deal. Only in this …


Kenseth wins for first time in last 76 races

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth can quit wondering. He is still good enough to win. After going 76 races without a win, Kenseth finally got back into Victory Lane …