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NASCAR: Kasey Kahne ends drought with win in marathon Brickyard 400

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Byron holds off Menard in Xfinity race to extend run

William Byron’s first trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway ended with an unforgettable finish. After taking the lead with 15 laps left, the teenage rookie used some savvy moves and a little luck Saturday to hold off the hard-charging Paul ...

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    NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins at Sonoma for first season victory

    SONOmA, Calif. >> Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway. The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR’s young new superstars. But at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was Harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way. It was the first win on the...

    By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press|

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    Kyle Larson takes pole for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma

    Chip Ganassi likes winners, and his drivers have him in prime position to celebrate another victory. Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray swept the front row in Saturday qualifying at Sonoma Raceway to give Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 start for today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on the wine country road course. Larson turned a lap at 95.295 mph and just nipped his teammate, who ran his qualifying lap at 95.204 in the Ganassi Chevrolet. McMurray is seeking his first win of...

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    Patrick Long continues GT rivalry with Alvaro Parente

    Veteran driver Patrick Long from Manhattan Beach will resume his intense GT sports car rivalry with Alvaro Parente this weekend in the fourth and fifth rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. For the past two seasons, Parente and Long have engaged in a duel for the class title. Last year’s contest went down to the last lap of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca when Parente secured not only the driver’s title, but the...

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    Denny Hamlin edges William Byron in thrilling Xfinity finish

    BROOKLYN, Mich. >> The Xfinity race at Michigan began with instant drama — contact between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch that sent Busch spinning. The ending was just as compelling. Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish line, winning Saturday in the closest NASCAR Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway since the advent of electronic scoring in the series. “We went so low down the...

    By Noah Trister The Associated Press|

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    Ryan Blaney’s success has Ford riding high in Michigan

    BROOKLYN, Mich. >> Ryan Blaney’s victory meant a lot to Brad Keselowski. It was Keselowski who gave Blaney a big opportunity back in 2012, when Blaney had a chance to drive with Keselowski’s team in the Truck Series. Five years later, the 23-year-old Blaney won for the first time in NASCAR’s Cup Series when he prevailed last weekend at Pocono . It was a win that gave Ford a lot to feel good about before this weekend’s always-anticipated race at...

    By Noah Trister The Associated Press|

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    Ventura Raceway hosts National Speedway Motorcycle Championships

    The first of four rounds for the National Speedway Motorcycle Championship is set for Saturday night at Ventura Raceway. Fans of the sport will remember the event in the 1970s and 1980s when tracks in Costa Mesa, San Bernardino, Santa Maria and Victorville held weekly shows. There were also tracks in Carlsbad, Glen Helen, Paso Robles and Lake Perris This year, just four rounds will determine the state champion. Billy Janniro is the defending series champ and winner of the Ventura...

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    A need for speed: CSUF student is a pro race car driver

    Pro race-car driver Kenton Koch blazes down the track at speeds of up to 180 mph, but he said it doesn’t feel like he’s moving fast at all. Sitting in a Ligier LMP3 Prototype, an Indy car-type vehicle with less power, as a rider for P1 Motorsports, he’s in his own cocoon, a space where he feels neither anxious nor afraid. He was terrified of roller coasters as a teenager, but races are different. Forces press upon him from all directions, especially...

    By Mirin Fader mfader@scng.com @MirinFader on Twitter|

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    Xfinity race has Cup feel on, off track

    Ryan Blaney was splashed with beer, accepted some handshakes and even gave a fist bump in a raucous victory lane celebration. But with his car number nowhere on the leaderboard, the blossoming NASCAR Cup driver had to lift an ear on his headset to learn his result. “How’d I do? It was fun. I tried not to mess up too bad,” Blaney said to his Fox TV crew. The Fox team loved NASCAR’s pinch hitter in the pits. Looking for a new spin on the standard...

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    Blake Baggett gets to savor first major motocross win

    Blake Baggett will be enjoying a rare weekend off from the highly competitive Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, no doubt grinning. He scored his first major win last week in the third round of the series in Colorado. The KTM rider moved into third place in the season standings by finishing third and first in the motos in the Thunder Valley Nationals at Lakewood. Fellow KTM rider Marvin Musquin is on top, with Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac in second at 110. Baggett is two points...

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    Jimmie Johnson wins NASCAR Cup race at Dover

    Jimmie Johnson sped off on the final restart and earned another slice of NASCAR history, winning at Dover International Speedway for the 11th time and moving into a tie for sixth on the career victories list. Johnson again made an impact Sunday at his favorite track — and he worked hard to take this checkered flag in the Monster Energy Cup race. He was forced to start from the rear of the field because of a gear change, then zipped past Kyle Larson in overtime on the final...

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