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Clay Millican tops qualifying at NHRA Gatornationals

Sep. 26, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Clay Millican powered to the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying Saturday in the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the first NHRA Mello Yello event outside of Indianapolis since February. Millican had a 3.821-second run at 313.51 mph at Gainesville Raceway. “That was...

Denny Hamlin, left, and Kyle Busch talk before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NASCAR champion returns home mired in 29-race losing streak

Sep. 26, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Busch is in a terrible slump, winless this Cup season and his 15-year streak of at least one victory a year in danger. The reigning Cup champion struggled to contain his frustration after finishing second last week at Bristol to title favorite Kevin Harvick and his losing streak was...

Austin Hill poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Hill rebounds with win at Las Vegas to advance in playoffs

Sep. 26, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Austin Hill, the regular-season Truck Series champion, rebounded from a poor opening race of the playoffs with a victory Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hill had dropped from first in the standings — where he'd been ranked since the second race of the season — to...

FILE- In this June 6, 2020, file photo, James Hinchcliffe prepares for practice at the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for the final three races of the season to fill the seat left vacant when Zach Veach stepped out of the car earlier this week, Andretti Autosport announced Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Hinchcliffe to run final 3 IndyCar races with Andretti

Sep. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for the final three races of the season to fill the seat left vacant this week by Zach Veach. Andretti Autosport on Friday said Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 26 at next week's doubleheader at Indianapolis and the October season finale...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020 file photo, Justin Haley celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Daytona International Speedway  in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are Made Here” division of NASCAR and it fits this year's playoff class well.    (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Xfinity Series playoffs begin with drivers seeking Cup rides

Sep. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ross Chastain opened this week preparing for the start of the Xfinity Series playoffs and celebrating his promotion to the Cup Series. He is one of the lucky title contenders – he knows where he will be driving next season. The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are...

FILE- In this July 18, 2020, file photo, Oliver Askew stands in the pit area during practice for an IndyCar Series auto race, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The IndyCar rookie will not compete in next week's doubleheader at Indianapolis because of concussion-like symptoms that date to his crash in the Indianapolis 500 last month.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

IndyCar: Askew sidelined with concussion symptoms, Helio in

Sep. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

Oliver Askew knew something was medically wrong in the days after “the hardest hit I've ever had” in the Indianapolis 500. He'd been evaluated and cleared to race after the crash, but he just didn't feel right. The IndyCar rookie told The Associated Press on Thursday he has been experiencing...

NASCAR fines Hendrick $100,000 for too much wind tunnel time

Sep. 24, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports was fined $100,000 on Thursday for exceeding the amount of wind tunnel testing allowed in a year. NASCAR also docked the organization 10 hours of wind tunnel time for next year. An organization is allowed a maximum of 70 hours in 2020 and 90 hours in 2021. The...

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., in a Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 file photo.The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 a pilot’s inability to maintain proper airspeed and the flight crew’s decision to continue an unstable approach for landing likely caused the crash of a small plane carrying race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family in 2019.  (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)

NTSB: Pilot's actions likely caused Earnhardt plane crash

Sep. 23, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

A pilot's inability to maintain proper airspeed and the flight crew's decision to continue an unstable approach and landing likely caused the crash of a small plane carrying race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family in 2019, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday....

Zach Veach out at Andretti with 3 IndyCar races remaining

Sep. 23, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andretti Autosport split with IndyCar driver Zach Veach on Wednesday and will use the final three races of the season to evaluate options for a 2021 replacement. Veach was previously informed he would not be re-signed to drive the No. 26 Honda. Andretti said a driver for an upcoming...

FILE - In this May 22, 2010, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan practices waving the green flag before a NASCAR All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Denny Hamlin is starting his own race car team in partnership Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Sep. 22, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level. The partnership was announced Monday night in...