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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.

Joey Logano reacts in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

Logano bumps Byron on next-to-last lap for Darlington win

- Associated Press

Joey Logano bumped William Byron from behind on the next-to-last lap to win the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. Byron hit the wall in turn three and Logano went on to his first win of the season and first at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

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.

Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Bowman edges Larson in OT in NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas

- Associated Press

Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson went wheel-to-wheel Sunday in a two-lap overtime shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The racing was clean from the restart to the checkered flag and Bowman bested the reigning NASCAR champion for his first win of the season.

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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.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, center, celebrates with members of his team after winning the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Max Verstappen ripped a record eighth title away from Lewis Hamilton with a pass on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP to close one of the most thrilling Formula One seasons in years as the first Dutch world champion. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Verstappen wins first Formula One title with last lap pass of Hamilton

- Associated Press

The most dramatic Formula One season in years should have ended with Max Verstappen's championship-deciding pass of Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The conclusion instead came nearly five hours after Verstappen became the first Dutch champion in F1 history, when the FIA denied a pair of protests lodged by Mercedes over the controversial finish of Sunday's race.