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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)

Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)

Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)

Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)

Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)

Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)

New York Mets 2 (50-55) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) – Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) – 10 Innings

Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) – Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)

Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) – San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in his rookie year and took home his fifth on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 43-year-old has competed in all 21 Brickyard 400s in his career and passed Kasey Kahne at lap 144 during a restart to grab the lead for good.

“Never know when your next win is going to come,” Gordon said.  

“We’ve been close a couple times, to getting number five,” Gordon continued. “Everytime I come here to Indianapolis, I feel like we have a shot at winning.

Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Denny Hamlin.

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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Brickyard 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Brickyard 400

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(INDIANAPOLIS) — Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 on Saturday.

Harvick was followed by Jeff Gordon, and Brad Keselowski for the top three spots.

“I think that we certainly look at all the Hendrick cars and the Stewart-Haas cars … and Penske, to me, is the team to beat outside of what we have,” Gordon said. “I’m pretty sure all those groups have their best stuff here.”

Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have three wins this season.

“When you think you really understand what’s going on, you never know what somebody else has in their hand — much like if you were playing a game of poker,” Keselowski said. “We think that we have the two strongest hands with Penske and Hendrick, and certainly that’s been the case to this date in the season, but you just don’t know what’s out there.”

Gordon is the points leader and has one win this season.

“To be on the front row, 20 years after my first win, I get excited about that,” Gordon said.

Indiana native Ryan Newman won last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Elliott Victorious at Chicagoland

Elliott Victorious at Chicagoland

Todd Warshaw/Getty Image(JOLIET, Ill.) — Chase Elliott needs no adjustment period to new tracks. In his rookie season, the 18-year-old has already won three times on the Nationwide circuit, including a dominating win at Chicagoland on Saturday.

Elliott led 85 laps, taking the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 ahead of Trevor Bayne and Kyle Larson. The win puts the rookie back atop the points standings, leading Reagan Smith by seven points.

“We had an awesome race going,” Elliott said. “I try to make the most of my practice laps. They gave me a good car. That gives me time to learn the track in practice.”

The son of former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, Chase has also picked up victories at Texas and Darlington, his first trip to either track. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup Final: Germany 1 – Argentina 0 – F/OT

MLB: Cleveland Indians 3 (47-47) – Chicago White Sox 2 (45-51)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (44-53) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (49-47)

New York Mets 9 (45-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-50)

Washington Nationals 10 (51-42) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (42-53)

Kansas City Royals 5 (48-46) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-38)

Boston Red Sox 11 (43-52) – Houston Astros 0 (40-56)

Atlanta Braves 10 (52-43) – Chicago Cubs 7 (40-54) 

Milwaukee Brewers 11 (53-43) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (52-44) 

Cincinnati Reds 6 (51-44) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (49-46)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10 (57-37) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-57)

Oakland Athletics 4 (59-36) – Seattle Mariners 1 (51-44)

San Francisco Giants 8 (52-43) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (40-56)

Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (54-43) – San Diego Padres 0 (41-54)

Minnesota Twins 13 (44-50) – Colorado Rockies 5 (40-55)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (52-42) – New York Yankees 1 (47-47) F/5 Innings

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire.

Golf: Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic.

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Brad Keselowski Wins at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski Wins at New Hampshire

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Brad Keselowski took home his third Sprint Cup victory of the year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Keselowski, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, was never tested all day long.

“It is every driver’s dream,” Keselowski said. “Every once in a while, you get these cars and thankful and try like hell to not screw them up.”

Kyle Busch won the poll headed into the race and took home second.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished in 10th, but clinched a spot in the Chase.

NASCAR will head back to New Hampshire in September during the Chase for the championship.

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Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Kyle Busch Takes the Poll at Loudon

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LOUDON, N.H.) — Less than a week after being upside down, Kyle Busch finds himself at the head of the pack prior to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch won the poll for Sunday’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by setting a new track record.

Busch posted a top lap speed of 138.130 mph, winning his second poll of the season. Jimmie Johnson will start alongside him while Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and Jamie McMurray round out the top five. The first place start comes less than a week after Busch’s race came to an early close. The No. 18 car was involved in a 25-car wreck last week at Daytona, one that resulted in Busch ending up upside down.

“I thought it was a little bit tight but I guess I was driving through it enough that it was still carrying good speed,” Busch said. “Lap felt good. It didn’t feel that good, but it felt good.”

The record time marked the 13th time this season a track record has been broken during qualifying at a NASCAR event. Also qualifying was 72-year-old Morgan Shepard, who made the field when the 44th entrant dropped out. When the race begins Sunday, Shepard will extend his own record as the oldest driver to take part in a Sprint Cup race.

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Brian Vickers Looking to Repeat at New Hampshire

Brian Vickers Looking to Repeat at New Hampshire

Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Brian Vickers is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory of the season.  NASCAR will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend where Vickers won last year.

“I suppose they would be 1 in 43,” Vickers said of his chances on Tuesday.  “You know, I think we have a really good car.  Obviously I like Loudon.  Especially a track you win at you’ll always like.  We also had a great test up there last week.  But I know a lot of other teams tested there as well.”

“It’s not going to be easy, but I think we’re definitely capable of winning again,” Vickers continued.  “It would be a great place to have a repeat win and lock ourselves into the Chase.”

With the new NASCAR format, one win could be a way in to the Chase. Vickers finished second at a rain-shortened race on Sunday at Daytona.

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NASCAR Postponed at Daytona

NASCAR Postponed at Daytona

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Heavy rains and treacherous conditions forced NASCAR to postpone it’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. The Coke Zero 400 will commence on Sunday morning with the green flag set to drop at 11 a.m.

The weather began in midafternoon but a larger cell came over the track just before 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Track officials continued to hold out hope, drying the track as the rain continued to fall, before ultimately announcing the postponement at 9 p.m.

Joie Chitwood, track president at Daytona, said the decision was made because it would have taken at least 1 hour and 45 minutes to get the track ready for racing and an 11 p.m. start would create a 2 a.m. finish that was not conducive for safety.

David Gilliland is on the pole for the race but there is still more rain in the forecast for Sunday.

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Keselowski Wins At Kentucky Again

Keselowski Wins At Kentucky Again

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(SPARTA, Ky.) — For the second time this year, Brad Keselowski found himself in victory lane after winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski becomes the first ever repeat winner at the track as he cemented his spot in the Chase for the Cup.

Keselowski started on the pole and led 199 of the 267 laps to get the win. He had to weave his way through traffic, sitting in sixth place after a restart. On lap 248, Keselowski was able to make his move and get past Kyle Busch for the lead. Busch went on to finish second in the race.

“I knew it was going to be a dogfight to get back to Kyle and then race him,” Keselowski said. “We got there with a really fast car and I hit the perfect run on him with traffic. Next thing I knew, we were there. It feels really good to get that second win.”

Ryan Newman placed third while Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five. The 2012 Cup champion posted his ninth top-10 finish of the season and moved up one spot in to fourth place in the standings.

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Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and is the defending race winner at Kentucky Speedway, where NASCAR will be on Saturday night.

Kenseth has three top-10 finishes in three starts and is hoping to get Joe Gibbs Racing in Victory Lane.

“I don’t know if I would say our best opportunity,” Kenseth said on Tuesday.  “I’m not even sure how many races we’ve run this year, 15 or 16, but I feel like the way we ran last year, any one of those races with the exception of maybe last weekend would have been a good chance for us to get up there and get a win.”

Kenseth sits 11th in the standings, but one win gives Joe Gibbs Racing a better chance at a Chase berth.

“You know, we’ll see what happens,” Kenseth continued.  “It was a good track for us last year for sure, so you know, hopefully we’ll get there this weekend and have some speed and hopefully be a factor.”

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Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Carl Edwards Takes Sonoma

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — Carl Edwards had to hold off Jeff Gordon on the final lap, but he was able to secure his first ever road course win on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway in California. The victory was Edwards’ second of the season, cementing his spot in the Chase for the Cup field.

“My road racing progression, it’s been a pretty long climb,” said Edwards, who had never finished higher than third at Sonoma. “The real special part to me was to stand in Victory Lane at Sonoma and have Jeff Gordon come and give me a handshake as the second-place finisher. 

Gordon leads all drivers with five wins at Sonoma and almost picked up his sixth. After Edwards took the lead off a restart with 25 laps to go, Gordon made a strong run at the lead but was able to pass the 99 car. His second place finish keeps Gordon on the top of points standings.

Edwards helped Rousch Fenway Racing snap a five-race win streak for rival team Hendrick Motorsports. It also comes one week after Rousch Fenway failed to have a single driver finish in the top-10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished third with Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard rounding out the top-five.

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Jimmie Johnson: Sonoma’s a Very ‘Cool Track’

Jimmie Johnson: Sonoma’s a Very ‘Cool Track’

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson returns to his home state of California this weekend at Sonoma race track.

Johnson comes into the weekend having won three out of the last four races.

“This track is way different than anything we run on because of the elevation changes,” Johnson said of the tough road course.

“Our cars are so big and heavy, we need a lot of real estate to slide our vehicles around, it makes a huge challenge; at the end of the day the tires take all the abuse,” Johnson continued.

Even with the difficulty of racing at Sonoma, Johnson always enjoys coming back home.

“Very cool track to make laps around,” Johnson said.  “On an oval, you probably have three to four moments that really get your attention, here with 11 corners around this track every braking zone you’re on edge.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 104 – Miami Heat 87 (Spurs Win Series, 4-1)

World Cup: Group E: Switzerland 2 – Ecuador 1 

France 3 – Honduras 0 

Group F: Argentina 2 – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 5 (41-30) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (35-33) 

New York Mets 3 (31-38) – San Diego Padres 1 (29-40) 

Miami Marlins 3 (35-33) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (34-35) – 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 3 (28-39) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (29-38)

Detroit Tigers 4 (36-29) – Minnesota Twins 3 (32-35)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (37-32) – Washington Nationals 2 (35-33)

Kansas City Royals 6 (36-32) – Chicago White Sox 3 (33-37)

Cincinnati Reds 13 (33-35) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (41-29)

Cleveland Indians 3 (35-35) – Boston Red Sox 2 (31-38) – 11 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (27-43) – Houston Astros 3 (32-39)

Seattle Mariners 5 (35-34) – Texas Rangers 1 (34-35)

Oakland Athletics 10 (42-27) – New York Yankees 5 (35-33)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (30-42) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (37-34)

Colorado Rockies 8 (34-35) – San Francisco Giants 7 (43-27)

Atlanta Braves 7 (36-32) – L.A. Angels 3 (37-31)

Golf: Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open.

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson won the Michigan 400.

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Paul Menard takes Home the Nationwide Ollie’s Bargain Barn 250

Paul Menard takes Home the Nationwide Ollie’s Bargain Barn 250

BannanStock(BROOKLYN, Michigan) — It came in an unpredictable fashion, but Paul Menard won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ollie’s Bargain Barn 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

With five laps remaining in the race, leader Joey Logano suffered a flat tire and had to pit. Logano wound up finishing the race in 16th place, his first non top-five Nationwide finish this season.

Menard took advantage of Logano’s misfortune as he held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win his first Nationwide series race since 2006.

“Man, good to be back in victory lane,” Menard said after the race. “Win number two, and I think we’ve finished second or third the past couple years so this was good.”

Hornish Jr. wound up finishing second in the race, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and Brian Scott. Regan Smith finished seventh, and still remains atop the points standings.

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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Michigan 400

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Michigan 400

Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Kevin Harvick took home the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup series race at Michigan.

Harvick’s pole-winning speed of 204.557 mph was the fastest qualifying speed since Bill Elliot in 1987.

“This is one of those racetracks where you’re running fast, but you really can’t put it all in perspective, I guess, until you hit something,” Harvick said. “It’s so wide, it’s so fast and so smooth, but you don’t really get that huge sensation of speed.”

Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon was the second fastest on Friday and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“This format has obviously been good for me to kind of, I guess, creep up on it as you go through the sessions,” Harvick said. “A fast car really solves a lot of problems.”

Harvick enjoys racing at Michigan.

“Michigan’s been fast for a long time. How fast is too fast?” Harvick said. “The cars will slow down a tremendous amount when we get them in race trim and you get them in a pack, and it’s going to be quite a bit hotter on Sunday. They’ll slow down. Qualifying speeds are high. It’s just a matter of whose opinion is taken on whether it’s too fast or not.”

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Brad Keselowski Looking Forward to Michigan

Brad Keselowski Looking Forward to Michigan

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Brad Keselowki is hoping to pick up his second checkered flag of the season at the Michigan 400 on Sunday.

Another win for Keselowski would inevitably lock up a spot in the chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

“It’s a great opportunity to come home to Michigan, which is my home state, certainly my home racetrack, with cars that have been just blistering fast this year,” Keselowski said on Tuesday.

“I’m really, really happy where we’re at as a team and how things are progressing and kind of feel like we’re turning a corner to getting back into championship form here as we hit the month of June,” Keselowski continued.  “It kind of gives me some goosebumps knowing that we have an opportunity to, I guess, one, run for another championship in my eyes as it stands right now, and two, win a big Cup race at my home track, and both of them are very realistic at this time.  A lot of things good going on, and I’m just really excited.”

Keselowski’s first win of the season came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9. He has won two poles in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford for Team Penske this season.

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Earnhardt Jr. Earns First Win at Pocono

Earnhardt Jr. Earns First Win at Pocono

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his second win of the season, his first at Pocono Raceway, Sunday when he won the Pocono 400.

Earnhardt passed Brad Keselowski with five laps remaining to secure his first multiple win season since 2004.

Keselowski led the race for 95 laps but had a piece of debris in his grille that caused his engine to run hot. Keselowski tried to clean the debris off the grille with five laps remaining but it allowed Earnhardt to pass him. Keselowksi was never able to regain the lead as he finishes second for a second straight race.

“Running really, really hot and the motor was going to blow up,” Keselowski told The Motor Racing Network. “So I had to do something. I tried to follow the 10 there in the corner and clear the debris off. Just checked up too much. I thought I had a little more room than I did. The team did a heck of a job. I just messed up a little bit there. I had a really good car.”

Kurt Busch finished third followed by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

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Earnhardt Jr. Earns First Win at Pocono

Earnhardt Jr. Earns First Win at Pocono

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his second win of the season, his first at Pocono Raceway, Sunday when he won the Pocono 400.

Earnhardt passed Brad Keselowski with five laps remaining to secure his first multiple win season since 2004.

Keselowski led the race for 95 laps but had a piece of debris in his grille that caused his engine to run hot. Keselowski tried to clean the debris off the grille with five laps remaining but it allowed Earnhardt to pass him. Keselowksi was never able to regain the lead as he finishes second for a second straight race.

“Running really, really hot and the motor was going to blow up,” Keselowski told The Motor Racing Network. “So I had to do something. I tried to follow the 10 there in the corner and clear the debris off. Just checked up too much. I thought I had a little more room than I did. The team did a heck of a job. I just messed up a little bit there. I had a really good car.”

Kurt Busch finished third followed by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

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Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin Wins Pole for Pocono Raceway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(LONG POND, Pa.) — Denny Hamlin took home his second pole of the season on Friday after he set the track record at Pocono Raceway.

Hamlin has four career wins at Pocono and already has one Sprint Cup win at Talladega Superspeedway this season.

“Very proud to have that,” Hamlin said after winning the pole.  “Especially on a race track here where track position is going to be premium.”

Hamlin’s last pole win came at Bristol and he will be racing for the second time at the newly paved track on Sunday.

“Hope that this race track has aged a little bit,” Hamlin said of Pocono.  “When it was old and worn out is when we were really good around this race track.”

Jimmie Johnson, who was the last person to win three races in a row in 2007, is seeking his third straight victory at a track that crew chief Chad Knaus enjoys.

“This is Chad’s favorite race track,” Johnson said on Friday.  “[Chad] loves the challenge here.”

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