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F1's showcase Monaco GP kicks off motorsports' busiest day

May. 26, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

One of the busiest days in motorsports has arrived. The Formula One series kicks things off with the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. With its sparkling harbor and Champagne-swilling fans watching from huge yachts, it is the jewel in the F1 calendar. After a difficult start to his title defense, Mercedes driver Lewis...

Keselowski becomes first repeat winner on Xfinity Series

May. 26, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski walked into the interview room and said, "Oh, that's nice — air conditioning." Keselowski overcame a humid afternoon and an hour-long rain delay Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first repeat winner on the Xfinity Series this season. "I don't...

Harvick carries hot streak into Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

May. 26, 2018 2:29 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is well aware he's in the midst of something special. Harvick has won the last three Cup races, including the $1 million All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend. And while he is starting 39th for the Coca-Cola 600 after his No. 4 Ford failed inspection...

Town-run charter schools could shake up N Carolina education

May. 26, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A tug-of-war between North Carolina's second-largest school system and small towns interested in operating their own charter schools could create a model for critics of other urban districts to decentralize public education without the trouble of breaking districts up. Four prosperous...

Man being watched by cops dies in wreck with cocaine in car

May. 26, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

MIDLAND, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man being watched by investigators has died after he sped away from an officer trying to pull him over and crashed into a tree. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said enough cocaine to warrant a trafficking charge was found inside the vehicle after the 1:45 p.m. Friday...

Kyle Busch looks to check off box, win at Charlotte

May. 25, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won a Cup points race at every track on the NASCAR circuit except one — Charlotte Motor Speedway. Twenty-eight starts, no checkered flags — and plenty of frustration. The 33-year-old Busch is looking to check off that final box on his racing resume Sunday...

Carlos Rodon appears OK after taking line drive off forehead

May. 25, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon was removed from a minor league rehab start Thursday after being hit in the forehead by a line drive. Rodon was pitching for Triple-A Charlotte as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery. He fell to the ground, but bounced up quickly...

Smith's push for All-Star race package at 600 denied

May. 24, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith learned a long time ago from NASCAR Hall of Fame father Bruton Smith not to be afraid to try "new and crazy" things when it comes to auto racing. That's why the younger Smith lobbied NASCAR hard to use the same rules package for Sunday's...

Kyle Busch captures pole at Charlotte; Harvick starts last

May. 24, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch is hoping his third career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway will help end a dubious drought at a track that has frustrated him for years. Kevin Harvick is probably just anxious to get back on the track. Busch took the pole Thursday night for the Coca-Cola-Cola 600 on Sunday,...

Construction worker dies in elevator fall at 33-story tower

May. 24, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A construction worker has died after falling out of an elevator on the 19th floor of a structure being built in North Carolina's largest city. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said 24-year-old Juventino Mata-Hernandez was working on a 33-story tower when he died Wednesday afternoon in...