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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...

Denny Hamlin passes inspection, retains pole at Bristol

Aug. 17, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has passed pre-race inspection and his car will start on the pole Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Daytona 500 winner gave both Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing its first pole of the season in qualifying, but the result was not official until after inspection...

Shadowed by crashes, somber IndyCar field returns to Pocono

Aug. 17, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — His social media post shows a digital image of legs walking in perfect stride superimposed over his own. The emoji, however, hides the delicate steps Robert Wickens takes while clutching the bars of a treadmill. Wickens returned this week to a full training program after his...

Orange County Fair Speedway celebrates centennial

Aug. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Brett Hearn won't forget his first race at Orange County Fair Speedway. Hey, when you're a 16-year-old junior in high school, it has to be etched in the memory, even if it was in 1975. "I'd never shifted a shift car before with a clutch," Hearn recalled this week. "I went out on the...

Reddick drives from last to 1st to win Bristol

Aug. 16, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late. Reddick, the Xfinity Series points leader and defending series champion, had to start last in the field because his car failed...

Matt Hagan leads NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Brainerd

Aug. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Matt Hagan led Funny Car qualifying Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Hagan had a 3.890-second run at 328.46 mph in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. "Rolling here and having two great laps off the bat, there's a lot of confidence right now,"...

Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs

Aug. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner turned a lap at 129.230 mph in his Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday's qualifying session. His...

IndyCar at Pocono Raceway faces uncertain future

Aug. 16, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — IndyCar and Pocono Raceway could be headed toward another split. The track has no deal for the open-wheel series to return for an eighth straight year in 2020, and another break could be on the horizon after Sunday's race. IndyCar returned to Pocono in 2013 after a 24-year absence for...

Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol

Aug. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR's playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible. Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer, in the 16th and final qualifying spot and in a freefall the past two...

Investigators: Earnhardt's plane bounced, went off runway

Aug. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday. "It's just the grace of the good Lord that a vehicle didn't get struck by...