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NASCAR, NHRA championship runs get underway this week

By Louis Brewster|

Irwindale Speedway to honor first responders Saturday

It’ll be quite a night for racers and fans Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. In addition to five classes — Late Models, Irwindale Race Trucks, Spec Late Models. Legends and Rusty Wallace Racing Late Models — the track will aga...

By Louis Brewster|

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    Kyle Busch wins at Bristol for 19th time in NASCAR

    Kyle Busch continued his domination at Bristol Motor Speedway with a victory Friday night in the Xfinity Series race. The win was the 19th national series victory at Bristol for Busch, who also won the Truck Series race Wednesday night. And just like that win, Busch had to overcome a speeding penalty on pit road to get to victory lane. “Just a great car,” Busch said about his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Busch won the first stage of the race and was then popped...

    By The Associated Press|

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    Robert Hight bringing heat to NHRA Funny Cars

    Robert Hight is the hottest Funny Car driver in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as it nears the end of the regular season. He’ll roll into Brainerd International Raceway having won two of the most current three NHRA national events and last weekend’s Night Under Fire match race last week in Norwalk, Ohio. He’s moved into third place in the points race behind Ron Capps and Matt Hagan. In fact, the Auto Club-sponsored driver for John Force Racing is just...

    Louis Brewster
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    Kyle Larson wins another NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

    BROOKLYN, Mich. >> Kyle Larson slipped between cars on an overtime restart, capping his wild weekend with a victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Larson was in the spotlight after team owner Chip Ganassi allowed him to go to Iowa to compete in the Knoxville Nationals on Saturday. He finished second at that sprint car event before returning to Michigan and earning his third Cup victory of the season. He has won the last three...

    By Noah Trister The Associated Press|

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    Victory on Ohio course is a first for Sam Hornish Jr.

    LEXINGTON, Ohio >> Sam Hornish Jr.’s experience at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course finally paid off. Hornish Jr. dominated in his home state to win the XFinity Mid-Ohio Challenge on Saturday. “I think I’ve been second or third here a few times in other series but could never win here,” he said. “To finally punch that ticket means a lot to me.” Hornish, from Defiance, Ohio, took the lead from rookie Daniel Hemric on lap 62 of 75...

    The Associated Press|

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    Irwindale Speedway unfortunately appears to be done

    Once again, and probably for the final time, Irwindale Speedway has announced it is closing. The half-mile oval dodged a similar bullet in 2011 when it closed for but reopened in 2013. It’s highly unlikely one of the best short tracks in the country will get another reprieve. Now, with the racetrack set to close in January, the question is what the new shopping area will be called. “In all honesty, we were here and in it for the long haul. In fact, we were in...

    Louis Brewster
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  • Motorsports

    For developers, the land at Irwindale Speedway was more valuable than the racing

    In the final analysis it came down to the land — or more precisely, the value of the land. The 63-acre site that has operated as Irwindale Speedway for nearly every year since 1999 is destined to become home to a 700,000-square-foot outdoor mall. The return? The city has projected that the mall would create more than 5,000 jobs and generate $2.6 million...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Motorsports

    Kyle Busch wins Xfinity Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

    If Kyle Busch seemed to take a bit longer to take his customary bow after a NASCAR victory, it was understandable. It’s nice to savor milestone victories. Busch recovered from a spinout and a pit road penalty and survived a late restart to win the Zippo 200 on Saturday, his first triumph at Watkins Glen International in the Xfinity series. It also was the first Xfinity victory at Watkins Glen for Joe Gibbs Racing and the company’s 139th win overall in the series, breaking...

    The Associated Press|

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    Todd Gilliland nears NASCAR history in K&N East race

    Todd Gilliland, the 17-year-old stock car driver who used to live in Chino Hills, is on the verge of making NASCAR history Friday at Watkins Glen International for a K&N Pro Series East race. The son of former NASCAR Cup driver David Gilliland and grandson of one-time NASCAR Winston West champion Butch Gilliland is in the field for the Finger Lakes Wine Country 100. Winner of three of the past four East races, Gilliland trails series leader Harrison Burton by six points. The...

    Louis Brewster
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    Whicker: If the cars don’t matter anymore, does NASCAR?

    Drivers came and went. The cars remained. The Fords raced the Chevrolets. They chased one bright red-and-blue Dodge. Richard Petty drove it, and David Pearson drove a Mercury and Cale Yarborough generally drove a Chevrolet. The race was on Sunday and the auto showrooms were hopping on Monday, because that wasn’t just Petty’s or Pearson’s car or Yarborough’s car. It was yours. Now NASCAR isn’t what it used to be. Marketers, pundits and media...

    Mark Whicker
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    Andrew Porter races for hospitalized grandmother at Irwindale Speedway

    IRWINDALE >> City of Hope nurses are becoming accustomed to the Saturday night whooping and hollering. It is coming from the room of Mary Lou Smith, who is undergoing successful treatment for leukemia. She has been cheering on her grandson, Andrew Porter, who races less than the distance of an Indianapolis Motor Speedway front straight away, at Irwindale Speedway. The cheering was especially loud on Saturday night. The 23-year-old, who recently moved from La Verne to...

    Keith Lair
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