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Formula 1 returns to action with preseason testing in Spain

Feb. 25, 2018 7:34 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Formula One teams will finally take their 2018 cars to the track when preseason testing begins Monday in Spain, with Mercedes and Ferrari promising significant improvements to try to keep running up front. This week's test session in Barcelona will also allow McLaren to debut its Renault...

Courtney Force breaks Funny Car track records in Arizona

Feb. 24, 2018 9:24 PM EST

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Courtney Force broke both ends of the Funny Car track record Saturday in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Force topped qualifying with a 3.826-second run at 335.98 mph during her second pass of the day. "That last pass today was pretty incredible,"...

Moffitt takes Truck win in Atlanta on Busch's pit mishap

Feb. 24, 2018 8:04 PM EST

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kyle Busch lost the lead — and his left rear tire — on a late pit stop, opening the way for Brett Moffitt's improbable win Saturday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch was leading when Josh Reaume hit the wall with six laps to go....

Harvick dominant in 4th Atlanta Xfinity win in last 6 years

Feb. 24, 2018 5:31 PM EST

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — For Joey Logano, the final 4-second margin behind Kevin Harvick felt more like a full lap. Harvick led 141 of 163 laps Saturday for his fifth NASCAR Xfinity series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway and fourth in the last six years. Logano finished second, ahead of Christopher Bell, who...

Drivers like slipping and sliding on old Atlanta track

Feb. 24, 2018 1:56 PM EST

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — For NASCAR drivers, the 21-year-old track surface at Atlanta Motor Speedway feels like their favorite, old friend. A slippery, thrill-packed friend. "This place is awesome," Ryan Blaney said. "We're slipping and sliding." The track is overdue for new asphalt, and drivers are renewing...

NASCAR moves up start of Atlanta race due to threat of rain

Feb. 24, 2018 10:50 AM EST

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The start of Sunday's Monster Energy Cup race has been moved up one hour because of the threat of rain. The race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will now start at 1:06 p.m. EST. According to weather.com, there is an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday, with the probability increasing during the...

Schumacher breaks NHRA Top Fuel speed record, Force returns

Feb. 23, 2018 9:09 PM EST

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Tony Schumacher had the fastest official speed in Top Fuel history Friday in the NHRA Arizona Nationals, and Brittany Force struggled in her first two runs since a jarring crash in the season-opening event. Schumacher had a 336.57 mph run at 3.667 seconds in his second pass after...

Kyle Busch wins Atlanta pole, Wallace still in spotlight

Feb. 23, 2018 7:37 PM EST

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. was the hot topic even as Kyle Busch won the pole Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch will start in front Sunday in the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season after edging Ryan Newman in a close battle. Busch overcame handling problems in the...

Brittany Force cleared to race 2 weeks after jarring crash

Feb. 22, 2018 8:18 PM EST

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Brittany Force has been cleared to return less than two weeks after a jarring crash in the NHRA season opener and plans to race this weekend at the Arizona Nationals. Force arrived at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix on Thursday and got back in the dragster for the...

F1 champion Hamilton more 'strategic' online after video row

Feb. 22, 2018 3:43 PM EST

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to be more "strategic" on social media after provoking outrage for chastising his nephew for wearing a princess dress. The Mercedes driver made his first public appearance since posting the Instagram video on Thursday, launching...