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  • NASCAR spokesman Tharp named president of Darlington track

    NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp has been hired to be the new president at Darlington Raceway. The track announced Wednesday that Tharp will start his new job July 18. Tharp has worked with NASCAR media relations since 2005, rising to become the organization's senior director of racing communications.

    The Associated Press
  • NASCAR Trucks team staying competitive after shop fire

    Results indicate a well-oiled machine in the NASCAR Truck Series, and not one reeling from a devastating fire to the team's 100,000-square foot shop in Sandusky, Ohio, earlier this month. ''We're making it up as we go,'' general manager David Pepper said in a telephone interview. Rookie Ben…

    The Associated Press
  • Vintage Smoke recaptures his glory days with Sonoma victory

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Tony Stewart sat slumped on the stairs inside his team transporter a year ago reflecting on the worst slump of his NASCAR career.

    The Associated Press
  • Spencer Gallagher apologizes for fight with John Wes Townley

    Spencer Gallagher apologized Monday for his role in a fight with John Wes Townley during NASCAR's Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. After both drivers climbed from their damaged trucks, Townley charged at Gallagher and knocked him to the ground. Townley landed several punches to…

    The Associated Press
  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands.

    The Associated Press
  • Stewart claims first win since tragedy

    American Tony Stewart won his first stock car race Sunday since he struck and killed a fellow competitor on a dirt track circuit almost two years ago. Stewart snapped an 84-race winless drought when he passed Denny Hamlin on the final turn to win the Toyota/SaveMart 350 race at Sonoma Raceway in…

    AFP
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  • NASCAR chairman quashes weeknight races, more road courses

    NASCAR is unlikely to add a road course to the Chase for the championship schedule because it would be hard to get one moved into the Sprint Cup schedule. France also dismissed the idea of holding races on weeknights but didn't rule out moving the annual All-Star race from Charlotte Motor…

    The Associated Press
  • Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Sunday, June 26

    June 26(Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Sunday: - - - - For any coverage questions, please contact us.general-news@thomsonreuters.com - - - - MLB The Sports Xchange staffs all MLB games. Sunday's schedule: Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees 1:05 p.m. ET Chi. Cubs at Miami 1:10 p.m.…

    Reuters
  • Carl Edwards takes the pole for road course race at Sonoma

    Carl Edwards edged AJ Allmendinger to earn the stop starting spot Sunday on the road course race at Sonoma Raceway. ''Man this car is fast,'' said Edwards, the winner at Sonoma in 2014. AJ Allmendinger qualified second with a lap at 95.676 mph in his JTG Daugherty Chevrolet.

    The Associated Press
  • Tony Stewart ready for final season to come to an end

    There was a twinge of nostalgia in Tony Stewart's voice as he was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame. Then his mood quickly turned as he talked about the reasons he's retiring from NASCAR competition at the end of the season. ''I'm ready to go run stuff that makes me happy, and driving…

    The Associated Press
  • Kyle Larson eyeing Sonoma as site of 1st Sprint Cup victory

    Over the last 20 days, Kyle Larson went to victory lane in NASCAR's second tier Xfinity Series and picked up a pair of wins in his sprint car. Now it's time for Larson to produce in his full-time job. Larson is riding a wave of momentum into NASCAR's first road course race of the season, and he…

    The Associated Press
  • Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM ET on Friday, June 24

    June 24 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 p.m. ET on Friday: - - - - For any coverage questions, please contact us.general-news@thomsonreuters.com - - - - NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Matthews, Laine head impressive draft class Highly-touted American centre Auston Matthews and precocious…

    Reuters
  • Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM ET on Thursday, June 23

    June 23 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday: - - - - For any coverage questions, please contact us.general-news@thomsonreuters.com - - - - NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Simmons, Ingram a likely one-two punch at NBA Draft NEW YORK - Power forward Ben Simmons of LSU…

    Reuters
  • Company employing suspect in NASCAR attack loses contract

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A concert venue in Charlotte has ended its contract with a landscaping company that employed one of the people charged in an assault on NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter last week.

    The Associated Press
  • Nemechek docked 10 points for failing post-Iowa inspection

    John Hunter Nemechek's Camping World Truck Series team was docked 10 points for failing to meet the proper ride height in a post-race inspection at Iowa Speedway. The loss of those points dropped Nemechek from sixth place to a tie for ninth in the standings. Nemechek was also fined $5,000 and…

    The Associated Press
  • Allmendinger hopes to turn NASCAR season around at Sonoma

    The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma this weekend will be the biggest of the season so far for A.J. Allmendinger. No one knows that better than Allmendinger. Allmendinger sits 19th in the standings ahead of the road course race in Northern California.

    The Associated Press
  • NASCAR driver Mike Wallace attacked after Charlotte concert

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Mike Wallace says he and his daughter were attacked after a Rascal Flatts concert in North Carolina.

    The Associated Press