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Column: IndyCar and Pocono must make tough marriage decision

Aug. 19, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

The same message is repeated at least once a year — after a frightening crash, an injury, the death of a driver — that racing at high speed anywhere is inherently dangerous. Scott Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula One driver, broke three vertebrae on a hard landing during qualifying last weekend...

Demolition derby crash kills 1, sends at least 8 to hospital

Aug. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A woman has died after a car flew through a fence into spectators at a demolition derby in Montana The Montana Standard reports at least eight people were sent to the hospital Sunday after a driver lost control of the car. Authorities say a woman in her 40s died at the hospital after...

Leah Pritchett wins at Brainerd to end 26-event drought

Aug. 18, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Leah Pritchett ended a 26-event winless streak Sunday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Pritchett beat Mike Salinas in the final with a 4.066-second run at 235.72 mph for her eighth-career Top Fuel title. "I was great to see the win light, especially...

Power wins shortened Pocono race marred by wreck, weather

Aug. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The black clouds that enveloped Pocono and officially brought the IndyCar race to a premature end didn't appear until the halfway point. But they've really been hanging over the track since the series returned to the mountains in 2013. A fatal crash. A promising career wrecked by...

The Latest: Power wins shortened Pocono race marred by wreck

Aug. 18, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway (all times local): 6 p.m. Will Power has the won a shortened race at Pocono Raceway, the 13th straight season he's won an IndyCar race. The race was called with 72 laps left because of lightning and severe weather in the area. Lightning...

DiBenedetto falls short of win but earns immense respect

Aug. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — When his sponsorship dried up early last season, Matt DiBenedetto took the unique step of making a social media video asking for funding ideas. Denny Hamlin was among those who saw the clip and then donated $5,000 to his fellow competitor. The gesture brought more attention to...

Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil DiBenedetto's upset bid

Aug. 17, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort. Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions Saturday night...

The Latest: Denny Hamlin wins at Bristol

Aug. 17, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local): 10:45 Denny Hamlin has raced to his fourth victory of the season by holding off Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway. DiBenedetto finished a career-best second just days after learning Leavine Family...

Jason Line tops NHRA Pro Stock qualifying at Brainerd

Aug. 17, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota driver Jason Line raced to his second Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier of the season and 55th overall Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Line's Friday run of 6.606 seconds at 207.27 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro help up through the final two...

Newgarden gets Pocono pole after rain wipes out qualifying

Aug. 17, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Josef Newgarden gets a kick out of anyone who considers the IndyCar championship race limited to two or three drivers. The 2017 series champion counts a field four or five deep all chasing him for first as the season winds down. Newgarden, first in the standings, took the pole at...