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NASCAR All-Star Race to possible Gen-7 car tech elements

The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will feature two technical elements that could be incorporated into the Gen-7 car set for 2021. NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the technical specifications and format for the May 18 exhibition race at the North Carolina track.

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WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart tears Achilles’ tendon in right leg

UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart is expected to miss the upcoming season after she ruptured the Achilles tendon in her right ankle. The Seattle Storm player injured her leg on Sunday in the EuroLeague Women’s championship game in Hungary. She flew to Los Angeles where test results confirmed the injury. The WNBA season begins May 24.
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Martin Truex Jr. holds off Joey Logano to win at Richmond

UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. held off Clint Bowyer in a long duel and then Joey Logano for four laps to win the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Truex gave Joe Gibbs Racing its sixth victory in nine races this season and won for the first time in his career on tracks shorter than a mile.
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Kevin Harvick wins pole at Richmond Raceway

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

Kevin Harvick has won the pole for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Harvick turned a fast lap at 124.298 mph to earn the 27th pole of his career and his second this season.
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Denny Hamlin hoping for some hometown advantage

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

Denny Hamlin would love to think he has an advantage when it comes to racing at Richmond Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has won three times on the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval and has been coming to the track for much of his life. But the Virginia racer hasn’t been to Victory Lane here since the fall of 2016.
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Elliot Sadler makes return to Xfinity Series at Richmond

UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Virginia native Elliott Sadler made his return to racing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series at Richmond Raceway. The 43-year-old Sadler made the first of two planned starts driving for Kaulig Racing. It was his first time in a race car since he raced in the season finale at Homestead last year. He finished 12th.
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Woman who alleged rape by ex-MSU players speaks publicly

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

A Michigan State University student is speaking out after suing the school, alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened. Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Kowalski said Thursday she’s “no longer afraid,” hopes to encourage other “silent survivors” to tell their stories and wants changes at the university. A university spokeswoman declined to comment but said the school takes sexual assaults “very seriously.”
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Christopher Bell wins $100,000 bonus with Bristol win

UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Christopher Bell earned his first career Bristol Motor Speedway victory and a $100,000 bonus with the Xfinity Series win. Bell got his second victory of the season, his 10th in 48 starts, by passing Brandon Jones with 17 laps remaining. The race was the first of four in sponsor Xfinity’s bonus program that qualifies four drivers for the $100,000 bonus in designated events.
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Chase Elliott earns 1st short track pole with run at Bristol

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 5 p.m.

Chase Elliott earned his first pole on a short track with a fast lap around Bristol Motor Speedway in qualifying. Elliott has five career poles but his previous four were at either Daytona or Talladega, the biggest and fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. Elliott edged teammate William Byron for the top starting spot and an all-Hendrick Motorsports front row on Sunday.