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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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Joey Logano: NASCAR’s Safer than the NFL

Joey Logano: NASCAR’s Safer than the NFL

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — NASCAR driver Joey Logano believes that his sport is safer than the NFL.  
“We take a hit maybe once every 15 races or so, on average, and these guys are taking hits on every play,” said Logano when he visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. “So I feel like my sport’s a lot safer.”
“We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour thinking that, but I’d much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me,” he added.
Logano, who has two Sprint Cup victories this season, said drivers also have more protection around them inside the car than football players in regards to safety.
“There’s areas that we have to improve on. I don’t think there’s as much area in football to improve on,” Logano said. “Obviously you got your pads, you got your helmets, stuff like that, but you’re still going to get hit every time.”
“There’s still going to be big guys hitting you, and obviously when you get all that adrenaline going, those hits don’t become softer. I think they are big and that’s just a big difference. You are kind of comparing apples to oranges on that.”
NASCAR comes to Michigan on June 15 for the Quicken Loans 400.
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Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup Race

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup Race

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Jimmie Johnson is at it again.  The six-time Sprint Cup champion took home the checkered flag for the second consecutive weekend after a win at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
Johnson won last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.
Brad Keselowski won the pole and made a late rally, but fell short and finished in second.
“It’s amazing that we can stay on top of things here with the different generation car, different rules, different tires,” Johnson said. “This place just fits my style and (crew chief) Chad Knaus’ style.”
Kyle Busch’s bid at a sweep this weekend took a turn for the worst after the No. 18 Toyota slammed into the wall 124 laps into the 400-lap race and was forced into the garage. Busch won the Nationwide Series race earlier in the weekend.
Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/31/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: San Antonio Spurs 112 – Oklahoma City Thunder 107 – Overtime (Spurs Win Series, 4-2)
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 12 (33-24) – Kansas City Royals 2 (26-29)
Washington Nationals 10 (27-27) – Texas Rangers 2 (28-28)
New York Yankees 3 (29-25) – Minnesota Twins 1 (25-28)
San Diego Padres 4 (26-30) – Chicago White Sox 2 (28-29)
Cleveland Indians 7 (26-30) – Colorado Rockies 6 (28-27)
St. Louis Cardinals 2 (30-26) – San Francisco Giants 0 (36-20)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (27-27) – Houston Astros 1 (24-33)
Chicago Cubs 8 (20-33) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (33-23)
Atlanta Braves 9 (30-25) – Miami Marlins 5 (28-27)
New York Mets 5 (26-29) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (24-29) – 14 Innings
Boston Red Sox 7 (26-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (23-33)
Los Angeles Dodgers 12 (30-27) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-30)
Oakland Athletics 11 (34-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (30-25)
Cincinnati Reds 5 (25-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (23-35)
Seattle Mariners 3 (27-28) – Detroit Tigers 2 (31-21)
NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race at Dover.
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Kyle Busch Wins Nationwide Race at Dover

Kyle Busch Wins Nationwide Race at Dover

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) — Kyle Busch is one win away this weekend at Dover from a clean sweep after he won the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
Busch followed his Truck Series win with a dominant performance to take home the checkered flag and will set his sights on Sunday’s race.
“I do it for the pure love of the sport and just wanting to be out there,” Busch said. “I’ll keep doing it as long as we can do it.”
Busch led 124 of 200 laps for his 66th career victory in the N’wide Series.
“I’ve got a 134 of ‘em now and none of them mean nothing,” Busch said of his 134 career wins in all the series. “Hopefully, someday, the big ones come.”
The last time Busch had a three-race sweep was in 2010 at Bristol.
“It seems like the last one is always the hardest one,” he said. “That’s due to just the competition.”
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Jimmie Johnson Wins Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson Wins Coca-Cola 600

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) — Jimmie Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, helping him qualify for NASCAR’s new postseason format.
After winning the pole on Thursday, the six-time Sprint Cup champion led 165 of the 400 laps en route to Victory Lane. It was the first win of the season for Johnson, marking his 13th straight season with a victory.
The defending Cup champion also picked up his fourth win in the 600, and a record seventh victory at Charlotte.
Johnson passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and was never threatened on his way to the checkered flag. Kevin Harvick finished second after leading 100 laps while Kenseth took third. Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. McMurray won the All-Star race in Charlotte last week.
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Danica Patrick Ready for Coca-Cola 600

Danica Patrick Ready for Coca-Cola 600

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick is hoping to have a special moment in time at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Patrick is coming off a career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway at the last Sprint Cup race and spoke with ABC Sports Radio on Thursday about this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.
“Can’t say that I have a favorite moment for it,” Patrick said of the Coca-Cola 600. “I don’t think any of them would be my favorite because their the moments that I make that make it the best.”
“I’m going to try and make this one the most memorable one yet,” she added.
Patrick has struggled during her transition from IndyCar to NASCAR and has just one other top-10 finish — it came at last year’s Daytona 500, when she started from the pole and finished eighth.

“Take it race by race,” Patrick said. “Some are going to be great and some aren’t. We’re happy that the last one we came off of in Kansas was the best one yet. There’s lots for us to be confident from and lots to learn from.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Indiana Pacers 107 – Miami Heat 96 (Indiana Leads Series, 1-0)
NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Los Angeles Kings 1 (Chicago Leads Series, 1-0)
MLB: Washington Nationals 6 (23-20) – New York Mets 3 (20-23)
Philadelphia Phillies 8 (19-22) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (19-23)
Oakland Athletics 13 (28-16) – Cleveland Indians 3 (19-25)
New York Yankees 4 (23-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-25) – Game 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (18-25) – New York Yankees 3 (23-20) – Game 2
Houston Astros 8 (16-28) – Chicago White Sox 2 (21-24)
Kansas City Royals 8 (22-21) – Baltimore Orioles 6 (22-20)
Seattle Mariners 6 (21-22) – Minnesota Twins 2 (21-21)
Chicago Cubs 4 (15-27) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (27-17)
Atlanta Braves 6 (23-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (23-21)
Texas Rangers 6 (21-23) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (23-22) 
San Francisco Giants 4 (28-17) – Miami Marlins 1 (23-22)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (24-19) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (19-26)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (18-28) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (23-22)
Colorado Rockies 8 (25-20) – San Diego Padres 6 (21-24) – 10 Innings
Detroit Tigers 6 (27-12) – Boston Red Sox 2 (20-23)
NASCAR: Sam Hornish Jr. won the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Indy500: Ed Carpenter won the pole for next weekend’s race.
Golf: Brendon Todd won the HP Byron Nelson Championship for his first PGA TOUR title.
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McMurray Wins Sprint Cup All-Star Showdown

McMurray Wins Sprint Cup All-Star Showdown

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Jamie McMurray picked up a huge paycheck on Saturday, winning the $1 million Sprint Cup All-Star showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McMurray led a race-high 31 laps and edged out Carl Edwards on the final two laps following a restart.
It was the first All-Star victory for McMurray who had never led a lap in his prior seven appearances. His previous highest finish in the exhibition was eighth. A 40-1 underdog to win, the 37-year old was second for a restart with 10 laps remaining.
“As a kid, that is what you grew up wanting to do, is have a shootout like that and have a possibility to race for 10 laps,” McMurray said. “(Edwards) got a little bit of a jump on me on the restart and I was able to hang on to his quarter panel, and when we kept entering Turn 1 and 3, I was like, `It is for a million bucks. If we wreck, it’s not that big of a deal.’
McMurray passed Edwards with two laps remaining while Edwards fell back and finished fifth. Kevin Harvick took second while Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 – Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2) 
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)

Clint Bowyer Signs New Deal with MWR

Clint Bowyer Signs New Deal with MWR

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Clint Bowyer received a new three-year deal with Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday.
“This is big news for all of us,” said Bowyer, who was in the final year of his contract. “It creates great …

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