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Meet Max: Low-key Verstappen heads to Texas atop F1

Oct. 20, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The lineups were set in advance: Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez vs. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola in a pit stop competition at the ExxonMobil headquarters. When it came time to loosen and then tighten a set of lug nuts,...

Rahal hires Danish driver Lundgaard for 3rd IndyCar seat

Oct. 20, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Christian Lundgaard will leave European racing and switch to IndyCar next season in a third seat for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The Danish driver is a member of the Alpine Formula One team’s junior program and made his IndyCar debut in August...

Prospect of no jab, no visa for Australian Open tennis stars

Oct. 19, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

Elite tennis players are being urged to get a COVID-19 vaccination or risk missing the Australian Open next January. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, whose state hosts the season-opening major at Melbourne Park, has already introduced a vaccine mandate for professional...

Mexico City lowers pandemic alert to lowest level

Oct. 18, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's capital returned to the lowest level on its COVID-19 pandemic warning system Monday for the first time since June. In practice, the shift from the yellow to green category changes meant only small changes to daily life. Mask wearing is still...

Column: Larson surges as others stumble in NASCAR playoffs

Oct. 18, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It had been more than seven years since Joey Logano was knocked out of a race with an engine failure. The Roush Yates engines had been so reliable that an issue with the powerplant was the least of Team Penske's concerns. Then Logano noticed he...

Larson 1st into NASCAR's championship 4 in a comeback season

Oct. 18, 2021 03:25 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The first driver in NASCAR's championship four is the one everyone else was already expecting to race for the Cup title in the season finale. Kyle Larson wasn't going to be so sure, even with all of those wins and his significant points lead,...

Larson wins at Texas for 1st spot in NASCAR's championship 4

Oct. 17, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Larson was willing to play it smart in the closing laps at Texas. He also had a fast car that stayed in front through all of the restarts to secure the first of the four championship-contending spots in NASCAR’s season finale. Larson led...

Alexis DeJoria wins at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Oct. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Alexis DeJoria powered to her first Funny Car victory in more than four years Sunday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. DeJoria beat J.R. Todd with a 3.921-second run at 327.66 mph in a Toyota Camry for her sixth career...

Torrence has quickest Top Fuel run in Bristol history

Oct. 16, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Steve Torrence made the quickest Top Fuel run in Bristol Dragway history Saturday to top qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Torrence closed out qualifying with a 3.667-second run at 331.28 mph for his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the...

Nemechek's Xfinity win in Texas leaves final four spots open

Oct. 16, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — All four spots in the championship round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series are still up for grabs after non-playoff qualifier John Hunter Nemechek overcame a late penalty Saturday to win at Texas Motor Speedway. Nemechek won the first of three races...