Smith’s push for All-Star race package at 600 denied

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith learned a long time ago from NASCAR Hall of Fame father Bruton Smith not to be afraid to try ”new and crazy” things when it comes to auto racing. That’s why the younger Smith lobbied NASCAR hard to use the same rules package for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 that was experimented with in the All-Star race. Even though Kevin Harvick led the final 11 laps and rolled to his third consecutive win this season in the $1 million shootout, the restrictor plates…

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Riccardo fastest ahead of Red Bull teammate Verstappen

MONACO (AP) Daniel Ricciardo posted the fastest time in the first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. In sunny conditions, the Australian driver overtook Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen’s leading time late in the session and was quicker by .154 seconds. F1 leader Lewis Hamilton was third quickest for Mercedes and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was fourth. Article continues below … There is a second practice later Thursday on the tight and sinewy 3.4-kilometer (2.1-mile) street circuit. Vettel won the Monaco GP last year and the German…

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Bottas urging Hamilton to clear up Mercedes future and sign

MONACO (AP) Valtteri Bottas is urging Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to sign a new contract, even though his own future is uncertain. Bottas needs to convince Mercedes to give him a new deal for next year. Hamilton, meanwhile, is stalling on signing a new one even though an offer is in place. Hamilton was again asked about his contract situation on Wednesday, and maintains he’s in no hurry. ”There isn’t any sticking point. There just hasn’t been any rush,” Hamilton said. ”There’s no discussion with anybody else, there’s no consideration…

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Chevy hoping it finally has edge on Honda in Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Chevrolet engines have powered some of IndyCar’s biggest wins over the last six years. Their drivers have won three of the first five races this season, four straight series titles and claimed the top four starting spots in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. So why is there so much chatter about Chevy vs. Honda in Sunday’s race? It’s the one mountain Chevy continues to try and conquer. Article continues below … ”We have more horsepower at the top end but race running’s going to be different because you’re not going…

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All-Star race shakeup goes well and NASCAR should try again

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Something had to be done to NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, which had stopped being special years ago. A bunch of drivers circled around Charlotte Motor Speedway in cars too difficult to pass for the lead, so whoever had the clean air raced to an easy $1 million prize. It was terrible racing and everybody knew it. So give NASCAR and Charlotte president Marcus Smith credit for trying a radically different rules package in a grasp toward adding something to the snooze-fest. They went with restrictor plates, the…

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Kyle Larson talks wreck with Joey Logano, restrictor plate racing | 2018 All-STAR RACE | FOX NASCAR

– Kyle Larson had that contact with Joey Logano I thought you were going to have a shot at winning this thing. You still ended up seventh, but I know it’s not where you wanted be. How did you see the contact with the 22? – Yeah, I mean I was just trying to carry as much throttle as I can, because the pack is pretty slow. And I just got really, really tight. I tried to bail. And yeah, I mean he tried to leave me as much room…

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Friday’s Sports In Brief | FOX Sports

NHL LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights were a 500-to-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup before the NHL season began in October. Their surprisingly successful inaugural season is still rolling along, and they’re one win from a berth to the Stanley Cup Final. Reilly Smith scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lead Vegas to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. Article continues below … Vegas can clinch the conference title and advance to the…

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American F1 test driver Ferrucci to make IndyCar debut

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Formula One development driver Santino Ferrucci will make his IndyCar debut next month at Detroit as the replacement driver for Pietro Fittipaldi. Ferrucci is an American development driver for Haas F1, the only American team on the F1 grid, and currently races in Formula 2. Dale Coyne Racing has been forced to shuffle its lineup since Fittipaldi broke legs this month in a crash in Belgium. Fittipaldi was scheduled to make his Indianapolis 500 debut next week. Article continues below … Ferrucci will drive the No. 19 at…

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