Automobile racing

Josef Newgarden drives into Turn 1 during an IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
September 01, 2019 - 4:36 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — IndyCar won't return to Pocono Raceway next season and instead will replace the triangular oval with Richmond Raceway on the 2020 schedule announced Sunday. The series last raced on the Virginia track in 2009 and will make its return on June 27 — the same weekend it used...
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ADD HAMLIN STRIPPED OF WIN - Denny Hamlin holds up his trophy in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Hamlin was stripped of his win after he failed post-race inspection. Cole Custer was declared the winner. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
September 01, 2019 - 2:14 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — No one's been as hot as Denny Hamlin in NASCAR. He believes he can keep that going Sunday night in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin has won four races this season, including two of the past five events. He captured the last Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race...
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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco, center, lifts the trophy after finishing first in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, placed second and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, right, placed third. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 01, 2019 - 2:01 pm
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — While four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel continues to struggle, his young teammate Charles Leclerc is emerging as Ferrari's No. 1 driver. The 21-year-old Leclerc clinched the first Formula One win of what is widely expected to be a stellar career at the...
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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco, center, lifts the trophy after finishing first in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, placed second and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, right, placed third. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 01, 2019 - 12:51 pm
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — On a solemn weekend for motorsport, drivers twice observed a minute's silence on Sunday in memory of French driver Anthoine Hubert, who died Saturday after a heavy crash during a Formula Two race at the Belgian Grand Prix. Hubert's mother and brother held his...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr gets in his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Darlington, S.C.. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
August 31, 2019 - 8:00 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A joyful Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to the racetrack Saturday, finishing sixth in the Xfinity event at Darlington Raceway a little more than two weeks after he and his family escaped a plane that crash-landed in Tennessee and went up in flames. The race was a welcome relief...
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File-This Aug. 17, 2019, file photo shows Josef Newgarden laughing during a news conference for Sunday's IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pa. Newgarden has been the IndyCar points leader for all but one race this season and built enough of a cushion that his mindset has changed as the championship race speeds into an anticlimactic final two events of the year. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 31, 2019 - 7:36 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Josef Newgarden has been the IndyCar points leader practically all season and has built enough of a cushion that his mindset has changed with only two anticlimactic races left. This is his title to lose. "We're in such a favorable position," Newgarden said ahead of Sunday's...
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File-This Aug. 17, 2019, file photo shows Josef Newgarden laughing during a news conference for Sunday's IndyCar Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pa. Newgarden has been the IndyCar points leader for all but one race this season and built enough of a cushion that his mindset has changed as the championship race speeds into an anticlimactic final two events of the year. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 31, 2019 - 7:35 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Josef Newgarden made a pair of mistakes in Saturday qualifying and the IndyCar points leader will start behind two of his three rivals at Portland International Raceway. Colton Herta won the pole for Sunday's race. Of the four drivers mathematically eligible to win the title...
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FILE - This May 24, 2019 file photo shows BWT Arden's Anthoine Hubert. French driver Anthoine Hubert has died in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix following an estimated 160 mph (257 kph) collision on Lap 2 at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track, which earlier Saturday Aug. 31, 2019, saw qualifying for Sunday's Formula One race. (David Davies/PA via AP, File)
August 31, 2019 - 5:24 pm
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — An idyllic day for motor racing, under clear blue skies and late-summer sunshine on a picturesque track in Belgium, ended with the death of a 22-year-old French driver on Saturday. Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert died at the Spa-Francorchamps track following a...
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Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
August 31, 2019 - 3:59 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson knows he's staring down the wrong kind of history when he lines up at Darlington Raceway. The seven-time NASCAR champion is 18th in the standings heading into the Southern 500, two spots and a huge 26 points out of NASCAR's 16-team playoffs — a grid Johnson...
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Pit crew inspect the damaged car of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after Hamilton hit a barrier during the third practice session ahead of the Belgian Formula One at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. The Belgian Formula One race will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
August 31, 2019 - 12:25 pm
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Charles Leclerc hopes to make it third time lucky from pole position and finally give Ferrari its first win of a difficult Formula One season in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. He qualified comfortably ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday in a dominant...
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