Automobile racing

Christopher Bell, right, celebrates with his team in Victory Lane after he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)
August 25, 2019 - 5:15 pm
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Team owner Bob Leavine made an unpopular decision when he decided to remove driver Matt DiBenedetto from his Cup Series lineup for next season. The man likely to replace DiBenedetto — Christopher Bell — gave Leavine strong backing on the track Saturday. The 24-year-old...
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August 24, 2019 - 7:44 pm
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Christopher Bell knows he must master the art of road course racing to make the jump to the next level of NASCAR, even if it might never be his favorite kind of track. Bell took a big step in that direction on Saturday, surging ahead on a late restart to win the NASCAR...
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August 24, 2019 - 2:12 pm
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger turned a lap of 109.792 mph during qualifying on Saturday to earn pole position for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. Matt DiBenedetto qualified second at the 4.048-mile road course, followed by Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Noah Gragson...
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August 23, 2019 - 8:29 pm
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Josef Newgarden won the pole for Saturday night's IndyCar race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. It was the second pole in succession for the series points leader, his third of the season and the eighth of his career. Newgarden sat on the pole last week at Pocono by...
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August 23, 2019 - 7:41 pm
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Josef Newgarden will have a chance to expand his points lead in the IndyCar series with a win Saturday night at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Newgarden was the series champion in 2017, but finished fifth last season and is on a mission to claim his second title in...
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A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 4:20 pm
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says part of the landing gear collapsed and a section of the right wing hit the runway as the plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched down a third time during its crash in East Tennessee last week. The NTSB released a preliminary...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, Alexander Rossi gets set for qualifying for an IndyCar Series auto race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Rossi took a huge hit in the championship race last weekend when he was wrecked on the first lap at Pocono Raceway. But he’s not giving up with three IndyCar races remaining, and plans to race for wins beginning Saturday night, Aug. 24 at Gateway to climb back into the title picture. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 22, 2019 - 6:03 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alexander Rossi learned from a headline that Takuma Sato's team had absolved its driver of blame for an opening-lap crash that harmed Rossi's championship chances. He refused to click. Had no interest in their version of the incident. "I get the gist, but my opinion remains...
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A member of the National Transportation Safety Board looks at the wreckage of a plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter and two pilots and a dog were on when it crash landed Thursday at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the crash near Bristol Motor Speedway. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 22, 2019 - 8:25 am
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans to compete in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway on Aug. 31, despite a recent plane crash. Earnhardt Jr. posted his update on Twitter late Wednesday night, saying his lower back is sore and swollen. He's receiving daily treatment "solely...
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August 20, 2019 - 6:45 pm
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing did an internal review of the opening-lap crash at Pocono Raceway and absolved driver Takuma Sato of causing the accident. The team said it took the rare step Tuesday of publicly defending Sato, who has been widely blamed for triggering a five-car accident that...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2017, file photo, Gil de Ferran, left, talks with Fernando Alonso, of Spain, during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. McLaren will return to full-time IndyCar competition next season for the first time since 1979 in a partnership with existing team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Gil de Ferran, the sporting director for McLaren Racing, will lead the IndyCar effort for McLaren independently from the Formula One effort. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
August 20, 2019 - 8:26 am
MADRID (AP) — Fernando Alonso will undergo an intense training program with Toyota ahead of next year's Dakar Rally. The Japanese carmaker says Alonso will work with its Dakar Rally team in the next five months to "familiarize himself with the challenging rigors of rally raid." Toyota says Alonso...
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