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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 celebrates winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Larson wins at Watkins Glen, eyes regular-season title

- Associated Press

Kyle Larson gained the lead from Martin Truex Jr. during green flag pit stops in the final stage Sunday, built a big lead and kept his hard-charging Hendrick Motorsports teammate at bay over the final laps to win at Watkins Glen International.

Chase Elliott (9) celebrates his victory in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Elliott wins at Road America to start new Hendrick streak

- Associated Press

Chase Elliott started in the 34th position but still found a way to win the NASCAR Cup Series at Road America on Sunday to wrap up a playoff spot. The 25-year-old Hendrick Motorsports has seven career Cup Series victories on road courses, putting him in sole possession of third place in NASCAR history.

Kyle Busch celebrates with teammates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Kyle Busch ends Hendrick win streak at Pocono

- Associated Press

Busch busted Hendrick Motorsports' winning streak and denied the organization a shot at NASCAR history when he raced to his second victory of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Essential Quality (2), with jockey Luis Saez up, crosses the finish line to win the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) **FILE**

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

- Associated Press

More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit could be disqualified from the Derby, making Belmont winner Essential Quality probably the best horse in what was a gray area of a Triple Crown season.

Kentucky Derby entrant Essential Quality waits to work out at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., in this Thursday, April 29, 2021, file photo. Essential Quality was set as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. Essential Quality went off as the Derby favorite and finished fourth. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) **FILE**

Essential Quality is 2-1 morning line favorite for Belmont

- Associated Press

Essential Quality was set Tuesday as a 2-1 favorite for the Belmont Stakes, which will be run Saturday without a horse from trainer Bob Baffert pending an investigation into Medina Spirit's failed drug test after winning the Kentucky Derby.

Helio Castroneves, right, of Brazil, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Helio Castroneves wins Indianapolis 500 for 4th time

- Associated Press

Helio Castroneves joined the exclusive club of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners Sunday, and then scaled the fence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in front of the largest crowd since the start of the pandemic.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, left, and retired race driver, A.J. Foyt pose in the garage area during practice for the Daytona 500 auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in this Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, file photo. Tony Stewart idolized A.J. Foyt as a child and wanted nothing more than to become the same type of racer as Super Tex. They built a decades-long friendship and will spend Sunday together at Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first of Foyts four Indianapolis 500 victories.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File) **FILE**

Tony Stewart to celebrate 60th anniversary of A.J. Foyt's first Indianapolis 500 win

- Associated Press

Although Tony Stewart made his fame and fortune in NASCAR, his no-nonsense, hard-nosed style was reminiscent of A.J. Foyt. The two built a close friendship that has stretched over decades during their Hall of Fame careers. On the 60th anniversary of the first of Foyt's four Indianapolis 500 victories, Stewart will sit side-by-side next to his idol on the pit stand this weekend as Foyt's guest for the celebration.

Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, takes a photo after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Scott Dixon slams brakes on youth movement with Indy 500 pole

- Associated Press

Two of IndyCar's budding young stars sat atop the leaderboard in Sunday qualifying and "The Iceman" was determined to push them aside. Scott Dixon did just that and slammed the brakes on IndyCar's current youth movement by winning his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole by a mere 0.03 seconds, or roughly six feet over the 10-mile qualifying run.

Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Sunday, May 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Chase Elliott wins rain-shortened NASCAR Cup debut in Austin

- Associated Press

When NASCAR's debut at the Circuit of the Americas ended early because of poor racing conditions in the rain, Elliott had earned not just his first victory of the season, but also historic ones for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet. Elliott's Texas Grand Prix victory after 54 of the expected 68 laps was win No. 800 for Chevrolet and No. 268 for Hendrick Motorsports, which tied Petty Enterprises for most victories.

Alex Bowman gets the checker flag as he finishes first during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Dover International Speedway, Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Dover, Del. Alex Bowman wins the race. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Alex Bowman parks No. 48 car in familiar spot in victory lane at Dover

- Associated Press

Alex Bowman parked the No. 48 Chevrolet in its familiar spot in victory lane at Dover International Speedway, leading a dominant outing for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday. Bowman led Hendrick Motorsports to a sensational 1-2-3-4 finish in the NASCAR Cup Series races. Kyle Larson was second, Chase Elliott third and William Byron fourth.

Fans walk through the garage area before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Darlington Raceway, Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Darlington, S.C. It is the first time this year that fans are allowed back in the garage area. (AP Photo/Terry Renna) **FILE**

Column: NASCAR starting to allow access a year after restart

- Associated Press

Vaccines have been available since early April to almost everyone in North Carolina, where most NASCAR teams are based, and it allowed NASCAR to put a plan in place for a reopening. There is no vaccine requirement for competitors, but NASCAR permitted teams, drivers and manufacturers to admit a total of 350 fully vaccinated guests and sponsors Sunday at Darlington.

Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Kyle Busch celebrates birthday with win at Kansas Speedway

- Associated Press

Kyle Busch was perfect on a pair of late restarts and won a two-lap sprint to the finish at Kansas Speedway, becoming the 10th different winner through the first 11 races of a topsy-turvy NASCAR Cup Series season. On his 36th birthday, no less.

Brad Keselowski (2) celebrates after winning the Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Brad Keselowski claims sixth win at Talladega with overtime pass

- Associated Press

Brad Keselowski did it exactly right this time and finally got that last-lap victory, winning in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski is the ninth driver to win through 10 NASCAR Cup races this season and avenged the embarrassing Team Penske gaffe in the season-opening Daytona 500.

In this Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Mario Andretti looks on before the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti feels the same pain as so many others these days. His wife died two years ago, long before the pandemic. And his beloved nephew lost a brutal battle with colon cancer. But then COVID-19 claimed his twin brother and one of the greatest racers of all time is not immune from the loneliness and depression sweeping the world. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) **FILE**

Mario Andretti navigates personal loss, loneliness of pandemic

- Associated Press

Mario Andretti is loneliest at night, when he's home alone in his sprawling Pennsylvania mansion, and there's no one to talk to but Gonzo, his 34-year-old Amazon parrot. One of the greatest racers of all time is struggling, not unlike so many people around the world during this pandemic that has devastated families and claimed more than 3 million lives.