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Demolition Derby Takes Center Stage At Stateline

At this weekend’s two traditional big races - the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte - pit crews will do their best to keep their cars intact. …


Gordon Captures Pole

Jeff Gordon continued to treat Charlotte Motor Speedway as his private playground by winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 in record fashion. Gordon grabbed the top starting spot for …


Even If He Wins Indy 500, Luyendyk Stands To Lose

Win or lose Sunday at the Indianapolis 500, Luyendyk is out of work Monday. Photo by Associated Press


Mclaren Drops Mansell

The career of former Formula One driving champion Nigel Mansell, which took a drastic downturn last year, reached an even lower point when he was fired by McLaren. Less than …


‘Who He?’ Brayton In Spotlight

Ask the casual race fan to tell you something about Scott Brayton, and the most you could expect to hear is that he is an Indy-car driver. Brayton isn’t exactly …


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Olga Appel, Elain Van Blunk and Spokane’s Kim Jones have been named to the U.S. marathon team for this summer’s World Championships in Sweden… . . Kristin Folkl, …


Rain Slows Indy Practice

More rain. More frustration. That was the story at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as time began to run out for teams needing more speed to qualify this weekend for the …


Rain Stalls Indy Drivers

Practice for the May 28 Indianapolis 500 was a complete washout on the track. A late-afternoon attempt to dry the 2-mile oval ended with another light rain 1 hour and …


Lilac Funny Cars Turn 20 At Spokane Raceway

Spokane’s longest running motor sports event turns 20 years old on Saturday when Spokane Raceway Park hosts its annual Lilac Funny Car Championships. Defending Lilac champion Don Moffatt leads a …


Penske’s Power Failure Dominant Indy Team Of Recent Years Struggles To Get Cars Into 500 Field

Roger Penske, center, and driver Al Unser Jr. have had little to smile about. Photo by Associated Press


Pole Belongs To Brayton For Indy 500 Penske Stars Pass Up Qualifying Runs

Scott Brayton secured the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, while the elite Team Penske was shut out in the opening weekend of qualifications for the first time. …


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Former Washington State running back Shaumbe Wright-Fair scored on a 16-yard run in overtime to give the Duesseldorf Rhein Fire a 33-27 win over the Scottish Claymores in the World …


Little Victory Goes A Long Way

Chad Little wins for the third time this year. Photo by Associated Press


Brayton Stakes Claim To Indy Pole For Now

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Luyendyk, Brayton Solidify Positions For Indy’s Prime Spots

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Indy Speeds Explode

Officially or unofficially, it was the fastest day in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Led by Scott Brayton, whose unofficial lap of 234.656 mph was the fastest in …


Tracy Keeps E On Indy Prize Indy 500

There’s Arie Luyendyk and Scott Brayton, and then there’s everybody else. Paul Tracy, the fastest among the also-rans, concedes the battle for the pole on Saturday may be all but …


Michael Has To Get Used To Being Senior Andretti

Michael is the senior Andretti in auto racing now, and it’s a strange feeling. For the first time in his IndyCar career, the 32-year-old driver is not competing against his …


Dragster Kills Three

Three people were killed and six injured, two critically, when a car went out of control and ran into the crowd at a rural drag strip. Glen Hicks, of the …


Indy Vet Simon, 61, Turns First Practice Lap

Seven years after he last drove a race car, team owner Dick Simon was the first to complete a lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday as practice began …


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Franck Jarno of France outmaneuvered the top sprinters and Lance Armstrong retained his race lead for the third straight day in the sixth stage of the Tour DuPont cycling race, …


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Boxer Vincent Pettway, rebounding from a first-round knockdown, retained his IBF junior middleweight title at Landover, Md., by knocking out three-time world champion Simon Brown at 2:07 of the sixth …


Nascar Plays Role Of Weekend Spoiler, Fining Rudd, Crew Chief

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Nascar Makes Changes

Nearly a month after NASCAR’s unprecedented wind-tunnel testing of the three competing models in its elite stock car series, the sanctioning body announced what it called slight modifications to all …


Swift Steers Down Memory Lane

It’s during weeks like this that Billy Swift thinks back to another time, when once again he was burning the candle at both ends trying to get ready for a …


Wallace Ends Chevy Run

Rusty Wallace ended one streak and extended two others by holding off Ted Musgrave as darkness fell to win the rainplagued Hanes 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Wallace’s …


Gordon On Indycar Pole

Robby Gordon smashed the track qualifying record in winning the pole position for the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. Gordon, 26, whose first IndyCar victory came April …


Joe Gibbs Racer On Pole

Nursing a broken shoulder, Bobby Labonte drove to a lap of 93.308 mph and gave the Joe Gibbs Racing team its breakthrough NASCAR Winston Cup Series pole in qualifying for …


Rogers Takes Next Step Up Sunday

Kirk Rogers reminds himself that Harry Gant started his Winston Cup career at 43. Rogers, at age 38, embarks on a similar late-in-his-racing-life move that could put the veteran local …


Little’s Crash Costs First

First-place finisher Johnny Benson, driving a Chevrolet, inherited the lead 12 laps from the finish when leader Chad Little of Spokane crashed after tangling with the lapped car of Kevin …