Fernando Alonso will leave Formula 1 at end of season

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso will leave Formula One at the end of the season and potentially move to IndyCar in the United States. McLaren Racing confirmed Tuesday the Spaniard will not return to F1 next year for an 18th season, and Alonso said F1’s leadership group tried to persuade him to stay with the series. “I made this decision some months ago and it was a firm one,” Alonso said in a statement. “Nevertheless, I would like to sincerely thank Chase Carey and Liberty Media for the efforts made to…

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Column: NASCAR’s dark cloud lifted after leadership change

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Keelan Harvick had the father-son weekend of a lifetime: He crashed a golf cart, drove a tiny race car, ran on a NASCAR track to collect his dad’s checkered flag and got to ride shotgun alongside his old man to victory lane. The 6-year-old son of Kevin Harvick was the headliner of NASCAR’s weekend for stealing the spotlight in Sunday’s race-winning celebration at Michigan . The racing technically should have been the focus, but as this season plods along, NASCAR will take every light and fluffy…

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The Latest: Kevin Harvick takes 1st stage at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Kevin Harvick has won at Michigan International Speedway, giving him a NASCAR-high seven victories this season. His No. 4 Ford finished 3-plus seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford on Sunday. Kyle Busch, who started Sunday with the points lead, finished third in his No. 18 Toyota. Austin Dillon, in the No. 3 Chevrolet, was fourth followed by Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford. Martin Truex Jr., the third…

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Justin Allgaeir wins NASCAR Xfiinity race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Allgaier used fresh tires to pass rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric on Turn 1, then held off his challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year. He also won at Dover and Iowa for JR Motorsport. He was seventh for the last restart on Lap 69 but had used the caution to…

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Jim France choosing to stay quiet as interim head of NASCAR

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jim France seems to be choosing to stay in the shadows, declining to let the public hear from him as the interim chairman and CEO of NASCAR. France is not expected to be available for interviews as NASCAR prepares to run its first race, at Michigan International Speedway, since chairman Brian France took an indefinite leave from the company his family owns. Brian France was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone Sunday night in New York’s Hamptons. His uncle, Jim,…

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SMI to offer credits if weather postpones NASCAR race

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Speedway Motorsports is promising NASCAR fans a ticket credit if a race is postponed because of weather. The initiative announced Thursday is for all eight of SMI’s Cup Series tracks. If a NASCAR race is postponed and the ticket holder is unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a ticket credit can be issued toward a race at any SMI venue. The initiative is valid at Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Texas and Sonoma Raceway in California. Fans with an unused ticket will…

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