Automobile racing

Driver Clint Bowyer sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, May 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
May 12, 2017 - 3:05 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The last few years, Clint Bowyer showed up at Kansas Speedway twice each season and dutifully handled every interview request, sponsorship event and promotional opportunity pushed his way. He grew up in Wichita. It's his home track. He felt a sense of obligation, even when...
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares at pits during the first practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 12, 2017 - 12:41 pm
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid on Friday. White smoke enveloped the two-time Formula One champion when his McLaren...
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares at pits during the first practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 12, 2017 - 11:21 am
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low Friday when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid. White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of...
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares at pits during the first practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 12, 2017 - 9:47 am
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low Friday when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid. White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of...
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares at pits during the first practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 12, 2017 - 7:22 am
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low Friday when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid. White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of...
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares at pits during the first practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 12, 2017 - 6:28 am
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low Friday when Fernando Alonso's first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid. White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of...
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain prepares at pits during the first practice session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The F1 race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 12, 2017 - 5:50 am
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low when Fernando Alonso's car broke down Friday on the first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. A puff of smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of a turn and into the...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2017, file photo, Kyle Busch jokes with his son Brexton, right, as he talks with his wife, Samantha, center, on pit road before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The near-misses that have plagued Kyle Busch all season would have eaten away at him earlier in his career, when he was less secure not only of his driving ability but of himself. But a lot has happened in a few short years: He sustained serious injuries during a 2015 crash at Daytona, returned that season to win his first Cup championship, and along the way watched his wife give birth to a baby boy after they spent years struggling to conceive. (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)
May 11, 2017 - 4:29 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The near-misses that have plagued Kyle Busch all season would have eaten away at him earlier in his career, when he was less secure not only of his driving ability but of himself. He would stew and rage and carry the angst from track to track. But a lot has happened in a...
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Lewis Hamilton of Britain and Mercedes GP walks with his dog by the paddock at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 11, 2017. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 11, 2017 - 1:03 pm
MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — With his pet bulldog in tow and sparkling gold chains draped over his Mercedes shirt, Lewis Hamilton struck a confident pose the day before practice starts at Formula One's Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton added to his reputation as one of the most eccentric characters of F1 by...
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Aric Almirola celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
May 10, 2017 - 4:14 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The crew chief for Aric Almirola is the latest to earn a NASCAR suspension for a failed inspection. Drew Blickensderfer was suspended three races because Almirola's fourth-place car at Talladega Superspeedway had too much rear skew. He was also fined $65,000 and Almirola was...
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