Automobile racing

Team owner Joe Gibbs looks down pit road before qualifications for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 23, 2019 - 7:21 pm
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — When Joe Gibbs decided to venture off from the NFL and form a race team in 1992 he was scared. Petrified, in fact. Gibbs had won three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins, but he was an outsider starting from scratch when it came to stock car racing. And when his...
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Tony Stewart, right, is congratulated by Jeff Gordon after being named to the NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2020 during an announcement in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 22, 2019 - 7:29 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart and friends are heading to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The three-time Cup Series champion will be inducted alongside his former car owner Joe Gibbs and teammate Bobby Labonte. Driver Buddy Baker and mechanic Waddell Wilson rounded out the Class of 2020. "It totally...
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FILE - Top, in a Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, William Byron (24) and Alex Bowman (88) lead the field to start a NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Bottom, in an April 28, 2019, file photo, Brad Keselowski (2) leads a pack of cars through the oval during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, in Talladega, Ala. NASCAR is buying International Speedway in a deal worth about $2 billion. The International Speedway Corp. owns some of the most well known car racing facilities in the United States, including the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, where it’s based, and the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The companies said Wednesday, May 22, that deal is expected to close this year.(AP Photo/File)
May 22, 2019 - 1:44 pm
NASCAR announced a $2 billion merger agreement with International Speedway Corp. on Wednesday, an aggressive move to gain control of key racetracks and set itself up for sweeping changes that could save America's most popular racing series. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. ISC...
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This photo provided by the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office shows Alfred Unser Jr. Retired two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. has been arrested in central Indiana and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The Indianapolis Star reports from police records that the 57-year-old Unser was stopped early Monday, May 20, 2019, in Avon, just west of Indianapolis. He was jailed about 3:20 a.m. in Hendricks County. (Hendricks County Sheriff's Office via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 4:30 pm
AVON, Ind. (AP) — Retired two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Monday in central Indiana and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Unser, 57, was stopped in Avon, just west of Indianapolis. He was jailed about 3:20 a.m. in Hendricks County on a charge of...
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Fernando Alonso, of Spain, watches the final qualifier during qualifications for Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Indianapolis. Alonzo failed to make the field for the race. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 20, 2019 - 3:11 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The comedy of errors that doomed McLaren's disastrous return to the Indianapolis 500 began months before Fernando Alonso failed to qualify for the race. How bad was it? A week before Alonso's first test in the car, the team realized it didn't even have a steering wheel. McLaren...
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The crew of Fernando Alonso, of Spain, pulls the car back to the garage area after rain ended a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 19, 2019 - 5:26 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Alonso and McLaren missed the Indianapolis 500 after a 23-year-old American in a rebuilt race car for an underfunded team snagged the final spot in the field. Kyle Kaiser bumped Alonso out of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" by .02 mph in the "Last Row Shootout" to...
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The crew of Fernando Alonso, of Spain, pulls the car back to the garage area after rain ended a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 19, 2019 - 5:20 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indianapolis 500 qualifying (all times local): 5 p.m. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was knocked out of the Indianapolis 500 when he failed to qualify for next week's race on the second and final day of qualifying on the 2.5-mile oval. The Spaniard left on...
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Kyle Larson poses with the trophy after winning the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 19, 2019 - 10:41 am
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson got a push to the front from Kevin Harvick in the final stage, then held off the defending champion to win the NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday night. Larson wasn't part of the elite field when the day began, racing his way in by winning the Monster Energy Open...
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Fernando Alonso, of Spain, climbs out his car at the conclusion of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 18, 2019 - 6:57 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — McLaren's return to the Indianapolis 500 neared a total collapse after Fernando Alonso failed to lock himself into the field on the first day of qualifying. The two-day qualifying process guaranteed a spot in the May 26 race for the fastest 30 cars in Saturday qualifying. It...
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Spencer Pigot thanks his crew after his qualification run for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
May 18, 2019 - 3:50 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Indianapolis 500 qualifying (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Some of the drivers' significant others wore T-shirts that said, "Not YOUR Body, Not YOUR Choice" on qualifying day for the Indianapolis 500. Ashley Welch and Hailey McDermott, the fiancées of Team Penske...
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