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  • Hamlin insists he didn't let retiring Stewart win in Sonoma

    Denny Hamlin insists he didn't let retiring NASCAR star Tony Stewart win last week at Sonoma Raceway. Asked about his runner-up finish at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Hamlin made it clear that his mistake was the main reason Stewart got by him in the final turn Sunday. Stewart…

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  • NASCAR teams use decals to honor Orlando shooting victims

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR teams are running a decal on their cars at Daytona International Speedway to honor the victims of the mass shooting in nearby Orlando.

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  • Earnhardt hopes new Chevrolet gets him a Daytona victory

    Amelia is in the graveyard located in the woods of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s property in North Carolina, where he collects ruined race cars. The beloved Chevrolet failed Earnhardt in the Daytona 500 and again at Talladega. After the Talladega wreck, he retired Amelia and added her to his eclectic…

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  • IndyCar's rescheduled race in Texas has perks, discounts

    IndyCar's rescheduled race at Texas Motor Speedway will have a few perks and some reduced prices. In an effort to lure fans back, track officials are providing a driver autograph session, $1 hot dogs and drinks, free vintage IndyCar T-shirts and reduced pricing for general admission tickets on the…

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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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • Tony Stewart wins at Sonoma to snap 84-race drought

    Tony Stewart returned to victory lane for the first time in three years in vintage fashion - refusing to let Denny Hamlin steal a win at Sonoma Raceway away from him on the final lap Sunday. Now he's probably got a shot to run for a fourth NASCAR championship in his final season before retirement.…

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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…

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  • 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.…

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  • Christopher Bell wins wild NASCAR Truck race at Gateway

    Christopher Bell had a few chances to get it right, and he made the most of the last of three re-starts. The 20-year-old Bell earned the 50th victory in the series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, tied for the most with Roush Fenway Racing, and the third this season by three drivers. Ben Rhodes, the…

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  • 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.

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  • Jeff Gordon interested in joining 'Live' with Kelly Ripa

    Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's new ''Live'' co-host - so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst. Gordon is calling his final race of the season Sunday for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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