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Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, celebrates after winning the pole during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Dixon blazes to Indianapolis 500 pole in record 234 mph run

- Associated Press

Scott Dixon smashed the Indianapolis 500 pole-winning record with a breathtaking qualifying run of more than 234 mph. His hands were shaking when he climbed from his car following his first run Sunday, but the New Zealander was unbothered and went back out for a breathtaking final run.

Kurt Busch (45) crosses the finish line to win a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Kurt Busch drives Jordan Brand to his first Kansas win

- Associated Press

Kurt Busch survived a weary day of tire attrition, then pinched his way past Kyle Larson for the lead with eight laps to go, before driving away from the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to win for the first time at Kansas — and give the up-and-coming 23XI Racing team owned by Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan its second win ever.

Ty Gibbs celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Richmond Raceway, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Bemused Logano watches from afar as young Gibbs grapples with stars

- Associated Press

It is with some bemusement that Joey Logano watches from afar as Ty Gibbs, the 19-year-old heir apparent at the Gibbs organization, is struggling to find his own footing with three incidents in the past six Xfinity Series races.

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson, center, of United States signs a an autograph for a fan before an IndyCar auto race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Long Beach, Calif. Johnson's right hand was injured in a crash on Friday. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) **FILE**

Jimmie Johnson plans to keep driving despite fractured hand

The Washington Times

Jimmie Johnson doesn’t intend to let a fractured right hand keep him off the track. On Tuesday, the seven-time NASCAR champion who has become an IndyCar Series regular announced on Twitter he had surgery Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, to repair the injury he suffered in a practice crash last weekend.

Alex Bowman (48) races beside Kyle Larson (5) during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) **FILE**

NASCAR closes gap between haves, have-nots with new Next Gen cars

- Associated Press

NASCAR’s underdogs will have a fighting chance in the Next Gen car, according to the development plan for the ballyhooed new model, and the racing would be much better. New car configurations would force drivers to muscle the cars like never before. Well, four races into the new season on four entirely different circuits, NASCAR seems to have actually delivered on the promise.

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Kyle Larson, front left, and William Byron, front right, lead the field during the start of a NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Larson set to defend his NASCAR title as season kicks off

- Associated Press

NASCAR throws its version of the Super Bowl this Sunday to open its 2022 season. The Daytona 500 is the official kickoff, though NASCAR opened two weeks prior to "The Great American Race" with a star-studded, experimental exhibition inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. runs to first base after hitting a double during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Atlanta.   World Series champions for the first time in 26 years, the Atlanta Braves were all set to cash in. Perhaps no team was hurt more than Atlanta when Major League Baseball locked out its players on Dec. 2. The move put the start of the 2022 season in jeopardy and scrubbed Acuña and company from the Braves' business plans — for now.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) **FILE**

Lockout hurts Braves' chance to cash in on championship

- Associated Press

Perhaps no team was hurt more than Atlanta when Major League Baseball locked out its players on Dec. 2. The move put the start of the 2022 season in jeopardy and scrubbed Ronald Acuna and company from the Braves' business plans -- for now.