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Takuma Sato becomes first Japanese driver to win Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The century of racing in the Indianapolis 500 is filled with drivers who found disappointment, their dreams of winning the iconic race abruptly shattered by crashes, engine failures, botched pit stops and bad luck.

But sometimes there is redemption at the Brickyard, as Takuma Sato can attest.

The 40-year-old Sato won the 101st ...Read more

NASCAR driver Reed Sorenson honors soldier whose story will never die

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On Feb. 11, Christopher Barton's memorial Facebook page was flooded with pictures of strawberry cupcakes with chocolate icing. A communal birthday present, if you will.

They were always his favorite, simple and sweet. It's a small way for his closest friends to remember the Harrisburg native, who died in Afghanistan on May 24, 2010. And in ...Read more

Conor Daly takes blame for crash at Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Conor Daly apologized to his crew after making a move that resulted in a crash and early end to his fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Daly, who the Detroit Free Press is following from Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix next Sunday, started 26th and finished 30th in the 101st running ...Read more

Josef Newgarden hoping the move to Team Penske can bring an Indy 500 win

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INDIANAPOLIS -- There are three things to note up front when it comes to IndyCar racer Josef Newgarden:

No, he's not a foreign driver; he was born and reared in Tennessee and the spelling of his first name stems from his Danish mother.

Yes, he grew up in NASCAR country but always was more drawn to sleek Indy-style cars than stock-car racing.

...Read more

Indiana man hauls tiny house to Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Brandon Adomatis has drawn quite the crowd since driving his one-ton Chevy truck into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the May races.

The truck, after all, hauled a 235-square-foot camouflage "tiny house" where Adomatis and brother-in-law Jim Rock are living for the weekend.

The two came from Noblesville, Ind., the truck and home sturdy enough for...Read more

Back at 600, Sherry Pollex, NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. focus on survival, triumph

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, sank into each other's arms in celebration in Victory Lane after last year's Coca-Cola 600.

Tears rolled down Pollex's cheeks as cameras flashed all around her and Truex.

She leaned a little into him for support, feeling the weight of everything they had ...Read more

NASCAR's pit crewmen, anonymous until that one-second fumble, share two traits

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CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR pit crew members come in all shapes and sizes, but they must be consistent in two crucial ways:

Long on persistence and short on memory.

It's an odd part-time job: Train throughout the week for a series of 12-second procedures that would rival emergency rooms for urgency. Jack up the car, change tires, fine-tune the ...Read more

J.R. Hildebrand hoping for vindication at Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500 are seeking racing immortality. One, J.R. Hildebrand, also wants vindication for being a mere mortal.

Six years ago the Californian was only one corner away from winning the iconic race as a rookie when he lost control of his car and crashed into the wall. That enabled Dan Wheldon to shoot ...Read more

Formula One's Fernando Alonso adds interest to this year's Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS -- After a rousing celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 last year, the question naturally followed: How could the 101st version of the legendary race be more than an anticlimax?

Turns out one answer is Fernando Alonso.

Alonso, a two-time Formula One champion who's having a middling season in that series, opted ...Read more

Ex-jocks bring athleticism, diversity to NASCAR pit crews

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Metcalf grew up in Charlotte, played basketball and football at Charlotte Christian, and attended occasional Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers games.

Charlotte Motor Speedway was about 30 minutes from his parents' home in south Charlotte, but might as well have been in another world.

Metcalf was never a fan of ...Read more

NASCAR announces playoff twist for 2018

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is adding a road course race to the playoffs -- and it's going to be in Charlotte.

On Tuesday, Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the 2018 Bank of America 500 will take place on its new ROVAL -- a 2.4-mile, 13-turn course combining most of the outside track with a road course in the infield. It's the first road course ...Read more

Illinois state trooper pulls over former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, tweets photo

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Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart didn't get off with just a warning when he was stopped on Interstate 88 in DeKalb, Ill., over the weekend.

He also got a photo of himself with a smiling state trooper -- who then tweeted it out.

"Just pulled over NASCAR legend Tony Stewart on I-88 in Dekalb IL, what you think I got him for?" Trooper Damein ...Read more

Here's who Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks should replace him in the No. 88 when he retires

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Intense as it may be, speculation on who will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he retires at the end of the NASCAR season remains just that, for now, but NASCAR's most popular driver has established his own favorite.

If Earnhardt had his druthers, Alex Bowman would be driving the No. 88 Cup Series car next season for Hendrick Motorsports.

At ...Read more

4 days after breaking back, NASCAR driver Aric Almirola keeps promise to boy with cancer

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On Saturday, NASCAR driver Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford twisted into a fiery contortion in a horrifying crash at the Go Bowling 400 in Kansas. He was cut out of the car and airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center. His team released a statement on Sunday revealing that Almirola had fractured his T5 vertebra.

On Wednesday, three days ...Read more

Earnhardt on All-Star race, 600, and what his Dad would think about today's competitors

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. practiced his burnout Thursday afternoon in a parking lot at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it was quite a sensory overload from 20 yards away: Rubber burning, tires squealing, smoke rising in a white cloud.

Earnhardt would like to use that technique for real sometime in the two weekends, celebrating what ...Read more

NASCAR driver Aric Almirola has fracture in his back after wreck at Kansas Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Aric Amirola, who had to be airlifted from Kansas Speedway after a three-car accident Saturday night during the Go Bowling 400, has been released from the hospital.

Almirola, who had to be cut from his No. 43 Smithfield Ford after the wreck between turns one and two with 67 laps remaining, suffered a ...Read more

NASCAR's young talent eager to step into void Earnhardt Jr., other retiring drivers leave behind

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire after the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, continuing an exodus of the sport's biggest stars that already includes four-time champion Jeff Gordon, three-time champion Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards in the last two years.

Several other prominent drivers -- Matt Kenseth (age 45), Jimmie Johnson (41), ...Read more

Stage racing injects intensity into NASCAR's 2017 season

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Before the 2017 season began, NASCAR announced wholesale changes to its points structure for the three national touring series, including the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Each race now is broken into three stages with points awarded toward driver standings for the top 10 at designated intervals.

Stage winners also receive a playoff point, which ...Read more

Lessons come fast for NASCAR Cup Series rookie Erik Jones

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Erik Jones doesn't come from a racing family and didn't grow up in a racing hotbed.

Despite lacking such built-in advantages, Jones, 20, finds himself in stock-car racing's big leagues as the youngest full-time driver on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit.

Jones -- a native of Byron, Mich., who pilots the No. 77 Toyota Camry for ...Read more

Victory, early-season success help redefine Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was an accomplished race-car driver before Sunday's win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

He won back-to-back Xfinity Series championships in 2011 and 2012 and received rookie of the year honors on the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but success in NASCAR's top series proved elusive during his first four years...Read more

 

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