Automobile racing

Members 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 19, 2019 - 6:52 pm
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his family is "truly blessed" that nobody was seriously injured when his plane crash-landed last week in Tennessee. The retired NASCAR driver, now a television analyst, issued a statement Monday on social media praising the "quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement...
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Drivers led by Simon Pagenaud (22) enter Turn 1 after taking the green flag to start the IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 19, 2019 - 3:08 pm
The same message is repeated at least once a year — after a frightening crash, an injury, the death of a driver — that racing at high speed anywhere is inherently dangerous. Scott Speed, a former NASCAR and Formula One driver, broke three vertebrae on a hard landing during qualifying last weekend...
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Will Power poses with the trophy after winning an IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 18, 2019 - 8:43 pm
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The black clouds that enveloped Pocono and officially brought the IndyCar race to a premature end didn't appear until the halfway point. But they've really been hanging over the track since the series returned to the mountains in 2013. A fatal crash. A promising career wrecked...
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Drivers led by Simon Pagenaud (22) enter Turn 1 after taking the green flag to start the IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 18, 2019 - 6:01 pm
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway (all times local): 6 p.m. Will Power has the won a shortened race at Pocono Raceway, the 13th straight season he's won an IndyCar race. The race was called with 72 laps left because of lightning and severe weather in the area...
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Denny Hamlin, center, celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
August 17, 2019 - 11:44 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort. Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions...
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Denny Hamlin (11) leads Kyle Busch (18) and others down the straight during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
August 17, 2019 - 10:46 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway (all times local): 10:45 Denny Hamlin has raced to his fourth victory of the season by holding off Matt DiBenedetto at Bristol Motor Speedway. DiBenedetto finished a career-best second just days after learning Leavine...
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Josef Newgarden laughs during a news conference for Sunday's IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 17, 2019 - 4:14 pm
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Josef Newgarden gets a kick out of anyone who considers the IndyCar championship race limited to two or three drivers. The 2017 series champion counts a field four or five deep all chasing him for first as the season winds down. Newgarden, first in the standings, took the pole...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2018 file photo, Robert Wickens talks after the second practice session for the Toronto Indy IndyCar auto race in Toronto. IndyCar drivers are returning to Pocono Raceway in a somber frame of mind. Promising rookie Robert Wickens was paralyzed from the waist down in a horrific crash last year. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 17, 2019 - 1:22 pm
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — His social media post shows a digital image of legs walking in perfect stride superimposed over his own. The emoji, however, hides the delicate steps Robert Wickens takes while clutching the bars of a treadmill. Wickens returned this week to a full training program after his...
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In this Oct. 18, 2018, photo, drivers are lined up on the track for the start of the small-block modified feature race during the 57th annual Eastern States Weekend races at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. The track was lengthened to its current distance, 5/8 of a mile, and in 1924 a unique form of clay was trucked in from a pond in nearby Goshen. Annual races were held and regularly attracted 25,000, and after a hiatus for World War II, the stock car was born and the track flourished. It attracted some of the all-time greats, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, and Bobby Allison among them, and capacity crowds. (Kelly Marsh/Times Herald-Record via AP)
August 17, 2019 - 3:49 am
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Brett Hearn won't forget his first race at Orange County Fair Speedway. Hey, when you're a 16-year-old junior in high school, it has to be etched in the memory, even if it was in 1975. "I'd never shifted a shift car before with a clutch," Hearn recalled this week. "I went...
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Denny Hamlin watches a television monitor as the last car qualifies for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Hamlin won the pole for Saturday night's race. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
August 16, 2019 - 7:20 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner turned a lap at 129.230 mph in his Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday's qualifying...
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