Automobile racing

Race officials watch as crew members cover their cars after weather stopped the NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
July 01, 2017 - 5:11 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — William Byron raced to his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series victory by avoiding several crashes and outlasting the rain Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. The 19-year-old became the youngest series winner at Daytona. He drove his JR Motorsports Chevrolet to...
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Chase Elliott prepares to go out on the track during a NASCAR cup auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
July 01, 2017 - 2:39 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott knows most NASCAR fans want Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at Daytona International Speedway. He understands his Hendrick Motorsports teammate is the sentimental favorite Saturday night, but Elliott has no problem playing spoiler. Earnhardt will start from the...
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In this Saturday, June 10, 2017, photo, Richard Petty signs autographs for fans at a sponsor's event during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race weekend in Long Pond, Pa. The NASCAR circus stretches from early February to late November with few days off in one of the more grueling schedules in sports. Plane. Race. Plane. Shop. Countless appearances for pork processing or car manufacturer sponsors, who all want a piece of Petty. He's never slowed down–not even in the grim face of tragedy–and has no plan to ease up with Richard Petty Motorsports mired in mediocrity and with only a handful of checkered flags. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
July 01, 2017 - 2:19 am
Richard Petty heard someone shout for the King to stop as his golf cart sped past rows of RVs parked at the Pocono Raceway infield. Petty couldn't ask his driver to hit the brakes for one fan, not with a hundred or more waiting in line for him outside the track. All were eager for a greeting and a...
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A truck with turbine dryers attached circles the track trying to dry off the surface after rain stopped the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 30, 2017 - 9:26 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rain forced NASCAR to postpone the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Drivers completed 11 laps before it began to rain. The race was rescheduled for Saturday at noon and NBC Sports will air it on CNBC. Daytona owner International Speedway...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. answers questions during a NASCAR cup auto racing news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 30, 2017 - 6:48 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement tour is making an emotional stop at NASCAR's most famous track. Earnhardt won his first pole Friday since Sept. 29, 2013, and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his final Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. answers questions during a NASCAR cup auto racing news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 30, 2017 - 5:53 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won his first pole in nearly four years and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his Cup finale at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt turned a lap at 190.973 mph to put his No. 88 Chevrolet in the top spot for the Saturday...
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Denny Hamlin (11) leads Matt Kenseth (20) , Kyle Busch (18) and Martin Truex Jr. (78) though a lap during a NASCAR cup auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 30, 2017 - 3:50 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NBC picks up its half of the NASCAR schedule with Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway. Its task: Stop the ratings slide. Fox Sports wrapped up its portion of the season last week with the least-watched race at Sonoma Raceway since 2002. Not counting...
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June 30, 2017 - 3:22 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Longtime racing writer Norma "Dusty" Brandel has won the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence. NASCAR officials made the announcement Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Brandel has covered auto racing for more than six decades, becoming the first woman to...
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Kyle Larson completes a lap during a NASCAR cup auto racing practice at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 29, 2017 - 5:11 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Larson found himself leading the Daytona 500 with one lap remaining and a shot to win the biggest race on the NASCAR calendar. Then he ran out of gas and finished 12th. Pretty good day, Larson thought as he left Daytona International Speedway. "At the moment, I wasn'...
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June 29, 2017 - 4:35 pm
NBA-WARRIORS-DURANT AP source: Kevin Durant declines to opt into contract OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Kevin Durant has declined to opt in for the second year of his contract with Golden State and will become an unrestricted...
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