Automobile racing

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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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Alexander Rossi (27) leads the field after a restart during the IndyCar auto race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. IndyCar and Pocono Raceway could be headed toward another split. The track has no deal for the open-wheel series to return for an eighth straight year in 2020, and another break could be on the horizon after Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 16, 2019 - 7:14 pm
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — IndyCar and Pocono Raceway could be headed toward another split. The track has no deal for the open-wheel series to return for an eighth straight year in 2020, and another break could be on the horizon after Sunday's race. IndyCar returned to Pocono in 2013 after a 24-year...
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Driver Clint Bowyer signs autographs before practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
August 16, 2019 - 6:12 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR's playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible. Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer, in the 16th and final qualifying spot and in a freefall the...
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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 16, 2019 - 4:24 pm
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday. "It's just the grace of the good Lord that a vehicle didn't get...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) talks with his fiance, Amy Reimann, prior to the Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. NASCAR television analyst and former driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a hospital after his plane crashed in east Tennessee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
August 15, 2019 - 8:40 pm
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation...
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