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martin truex jr. fades late as kurt busch wins daytona 500 – the denver post


kurt busch has won the daytona 500, surviving a crash-filled season opener to win the race for the first time in 16 tries.busch passed kyle larson final lap before cruising to the victory. larson ran out gas shortly after passing chase elliott, who also came up short on fuel.busch led only one lap — the only one that mattered. he won in the no. 41 ford that was partly sponsored by monster energy, the new title sponsor for nascar.busch prevailed in a race that saw many of nascar biggest stars knocked out in crashes. seven-time and defensive cup series champion jimmie johnson, dale earnhardt jr., matt kenseth, kyle busch, danica patrick, jamie mcmurray and brad keselowski were among those eliminated long before the checkered flag flew.this is a developing story.






truex wins nascar race in vegas; logano, kyle busch come to blows


las vegas – martin truex jr. finished speaking to reporters after winning the nascar cup race sunday and retreated into a corner of the media center where a tablet awaited with the video cued up.truex had to see the kyle busch-joey logano brawl, too."i'm sure nascar is going to love that one," truex said.truex passed brad keselowski with two laps to go and avoided a last-lap wreck and ensuing fight that left busch's forehead bloodied in a wild finish.an aggressive joey logano got into busch as they raced for third, sending busch spinning down pit road at las vegas motor speedway."it was nothing intentional," logano said. "but obviously he thinks that."as truex headed toward victory circle, busch walked down pit road, turned right and threw a right hook at logano's face. logano's crew membe






the latest: kyle busch spins, wipes out teammates, earnhardt


daytona beach, fla. — the latest on the daytona 500 (all times local):4:20 p.m.kyle busch spun to start a multi-car accident that collected not only his toyota teammates, but fan favorite dale earnhardt jr., as well.busch may have had a tire problem that triggered his spin. he turned directly in the path of joe gibbs racing teammate matt kenseth, but erik jones, a de facto gibbs driver at furniture row racing."fantastic. right rear went down entering turn 3," busch said as he headed to the garage.earnhardt went to pit road, where he had just five minutes to repair the damage to his car or risk being parked for the remainder of the race."man, tore up three jgr cars and junior as well," busch said. "goodyear tires just aren't any good at holding air."busch had won the first stage of the race






martin truex jr. wins las vegas kobalt 400, kyle busch bloodied in brawl – the d


las vegas — martin truex jr. passed brad keselowski with two laps to go and avoided a last-lap wreck that led to a pit-road brawl and left kyle busch bloodied in a wild finish to the nascar cup race sunday.an aggressive joey logano spun out busch, sending him spinning down pit road at las vegas motor speedway. moments later, busch and logano tangled, with crew members pulling busch away as blood ran down his forehead.“there wasn’t much talking, just a lot of swinging,” logano said. “i was racing hard there at end.”busch was pulled up off the ground by crew members and taken to the infield care center to get his forehead looked at. he was quickly treated and released.“i got dumped. he flat out just drove straight in the corner and wrecked me,” busch said. “that’s how joey races, so he’s goi






the latest: kurt busch wins daytona 500 for stewart-haas


daytona beach, fla. — the latest on the daytona 500 (all times local):6:25 p.m.kurt busch has won the daytona 500, surviving a crash-filled season opener to win the race for the first time in 16 tries.busch passed kyle larson final lap before cruising to the victory. larson ran out gas shortly after passing chase elliott, who also came up short on fuel.busch led only one lap — the only one that mattered. he won in the no. 41 ford that was partly sponsored by monster energy, the new title sponsor for nascar.busch prevailed in a race that saw many of nascar biggest stars knocked out in crashes. seven-time and defensive cup series champion jimmie johnson, dale earnhardt jr., matt kenseth, kyle busch, danica patrick, jamie mcmurray and brad keselowski were among those eliminated long before th






kyle busch-joey logano brawl brings buzz to nascar cup


las vegas (ap) — the introduction of stage racing has so far provided the intended effect of spicing up the nascar cup series.but nothing beats a good old-fashioned brawl to get everyone buzzing.martin truex jr. wasn’t immune. after taking advantage of brad keselowski’s mechanical issues to sweep all three segments and take sunday’s race at las vegas motor speedway, truex came into the media center and was asked about the kyle busch-joey logano pit-road brawl.“who won?” truex asked reporters.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.told that busch ended up with a bloody forehead, truex wanted details.“haymaker swings?” he replied as play-by-play trickled out. “wow, i’m sure nascar is going to love that one.”and after truex finished taking questions, he huddled in front of






kyle busch-joey logano brawl brings buzz to nascar cup – the denver post


las vegas — the introduction of stage racing has so far provided the intended effect of spicing up the nascar cup series.but nothing beats a good old-fashioned brawl to get everyone buzzing.martin truex jr. wasn’t immune. after taking advantage of brad keselowski’s mechanical issues to sweep all three segments and take sunday’s race at las vegas motor speedway, truex came into the media center and was asked about the kyle busch-joey logano pit-road brawl.“who won?” truex asked reporters.told that busch ended up with a bloody forehead, truex wanted details.“haymaker swings?” he replied as play-by-play trickled out. “wow, i’m sure nascar is going to love that one.”and after truex finished taking questions, he huddled in front of a tablet to watch what happened, an incident that provided the






martin truex jr. wins nascar race in las vegas


martin truex jr. passed brad keselowski with two laps to go and avoided a last-lap wreck that led to a pit-road brawl and left kyle busch bloodied in a wild finish to the nascar cup race sunday. an aggressive joey logano spun out busch, sending him spinning down pit road at las vegas motor speedway. moments later, busch and logano tangled, with crew members pulling busch away as blood ran down his forehead. “there wasn't much talking, just a lot of swinging,” logano said. “i was racing hard there at end.” busch was pulled up off the ground by crew members and taken to the infield care center to get his forehead examined. he was quickly treated and released. “i got dumped. he flat out just drove straight in the corner and wrecked me,” busch said. “that's how joey races, so he's going to get






nascar's kurt busch sued by former management company


nascar driver kurt busch is being sued for nearly $1.5 million by his former sports management company after he terminated their relationship last march.sports management network is seeking $1.47 million in damages in the federal lawsuit filed this month in michigan. it accuses busch of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.alan miller, busch's attorney, didn't immediately return a request from the associated press seeking comment.in the lawsuit, smn said busch owes the company $930,000 under terms of an agreement dating to 2012. smn is also seeking $540,000 for the 2018 season.according to the suit, busch and smn began working together in 2005. in 2012, smn said it offered to reduce busch's payment to the company from $250,000 to $125,000 because of what i






nascar’s kurt busch sued by former management company – the denver post


nascar driver kurt busch is being sued for nearly $1.5 million by his former sports management company after he terminated their relationship last march.sports management network is seeking $1.47 million in damages in the federal lawsuit filed this month in michigan. it accuses busch of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.alan miller, busch’s attorney, didn’t immediately return a request from the associated press seeking comment.in the lawsuit, smn said busch owes the company $930,000 under terms of an agreement dating to 2012. smn is also seeking $540,000 for the 2018 season.according to the suit, busch and smn began working together in 2005. in 2012, smn said it offered to reduce busch’s payment to the company from $250,000 to $125,000 because of what i






kurt busch wins his first daytona 500


kurt busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500.busch is sponsored by monster energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for nascar's top series sunday with the season-opener. it wasn't nascar finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end."the more that becomes unpredictable about daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability," busch said. "this car's completely thrashed. there's not a straight panel on it. the strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. everybody's wrecking as soon as we're done with the second segment."the more that i've run this race, the more that i just throw cau






kurt busch wins cash-marred day of racing


daytona beach, fla. — kurt busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500.busch is sponsored by monster energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for nascar’s top series sunday with the season-opener. it wasn’t nascar finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end.“the more that becomes unpredictable about daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability,” busch said. “this car’s completely thrashed. there’s not a straight panel on it. the strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. everybody’s wrecking as soon as we’re done with the second segment.“the more that i’ve run this race, the more






kurt busch wins crash-marred day of racing


daytona beach, fla. — kurt busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500.busch is sponsored by monster energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for nascar’s top series sunday with the season-opener. it wasn’t nascar finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end.“the more that becomes unpredictable about daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability,” busch said. “this car’s completely thrashed. there’s not a straight panel on it. the strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. everybody’s wrecking as soon as we’re done with the second segment.“the more that i’ve run this race, the more






kurt busch wins daytona 500 on final lap


daytona beach, fla. – decked in monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink, kurt busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career.busch's no. 41 ford used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500 on sunday in the opening race of monster energy's new role as title sponsor of nascar's top series. busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.so this was a victory of redemption for busch, who was suspended by nascar two days before the 2015 daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for monster, which has promised to pump new life into nascar's sagging sport."i've had a lot of people that have believed in me through the years, a lot of people that have supported me," busch said.add nfl






the latest: more nascar start knocked out of daytona 500


daytona beach, fla. — the latest on the daytona 500 (all times local):5:20 p.m.nascar's biggest stars continue to crash out of the daytona 500.seven-time and defending cup champion jimmie johnson wrecked, and at least 16 other cars suffered some sort of damage. stewart-haas racing teammates danica patrick and clint bowyer were involved, ending their race.shr drivers kurt busch and kevin harvick were involved in the melee but stayed on the track.dale earnhardt jr., kyle busch and matt kenseth are among the favorites knocked out earlier in the race.the race returned to green, and there was yet another wreck that collected roush fenway racing drivers ricky stenhouse jr. and former daytona 500 champion trevor bayne.—dan gelston___5:05 p.m.kevin harvick has won the second stage of the daytona 5






martin truex jr. fades late as kurt busch wins daytona 500 – the denver post


daytona beach, fla. — kurt busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500.busch is sponsored by monster energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for nascar’s top series sunday with the season-opener. it wasn’t nascar finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end.“the more that becomes unpredictable about daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability,” busch said. “this car’s completely thrashed. there’s not a straight panel on it. the strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. everybody’s wrecking as soon as we’re done with the second segment.“the more that i’ve run this race, the more






kurt busch steals monster victory by winning daytona 500


daytona beach, fla. – decked in monster gear and chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models and one of pro sports’ top partiers, kurt busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career.it was monster madness!busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500 on sunday in the opening race of monster energy’s new role as title sponsor of nascar’s top series. busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.so this was a victory of redemption for busch, who was suspended by nascar two days before the 2015 daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for monster, which has promised to pump new life into nascar’s sagging sport.“i’ve had a lot of people that have believ






kurt busch steals monster victory by winning daytona 500


daytona beach, fla. – decked in monster gear, chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models, kurt busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career.it was monster madness!busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500 on sunday in the opening race of monster energy’s new role as title sponsor of nascar’s top series. busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.so this was a victory of redemption for busch, who was suspended by nascar two days before the 2015 daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for monster, which has promised to pump new life into nascar’s sagging sport.“i’ve had a lot of people that have believed in me through the years, a lot of pe






daytona 500, demolition derby and all, is again like no other sporting spectacle


the demolition derby 500 finally ended on sunday with the unpopular and often-criticized kurt busch surviving the great american wreck.you know what this means, right? it means the sport’s growing number of critics will continue to pan the daytona 500 and continue to write nascar’s supposed obituary.i don’t care what the belly-achers and faultfinders say, this was one of the most exciting daytona 500s i’ve ever seen. so what if many of the sport’s biggest names — dale earnhardt jr., jimmie johnson, danica patrick, kyle busch, brad keselowski, etc. — were knocked out by the multiple crashes? so what if half the field didn’t finish and 35 of the 40 cars on the grid suffered varying amounts of car carnage during the course of this 500-mile test of survival and attrition? who cares if pole-sit






nascar’s kurt busch sued by former management company


nascar driver kurt busch is being sued for nearly $1.5 million by his former sports management company after he terminated their relationship last march.sports management network is seeking $1.47 million in damages in the federal lawsuit filed this month in michigan. it accuses busch of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.alan miller, busch’s attorney, didn’t immediately return a request from the associated press seeking comment.in the lawsuit, smn said busch owes the company $930,000 under terms of an agreement dating to 2012. smn is also seeking $540,000 for the 2018 season.most read storiessave 75% on digital access today.according to the suit, busch and smn began working together in 2005. in 2012, smn said it offered to reduce busch’s payment to the c






the latest: kyle busch wins 1st stage of daytona 500


daytona beach, fla. — the latest on the daytona 500 (all times local):3:30 p.m.kyle busch won the first stage of the daytona 500, the first one completed under nascar's revamped race format.busch earned one playoff point and 10 driver points for leading the race through the first 60 laps.the stages in nascar's biggest race are scheduled to end on laps 60, 120 and 200.the top 10 drivers at the end of stage 1 and stage 2 will be awarded points on a 10-through-1 scale. the third portion of the race will be for the overall victory, and although traditional point scoring will be applied for that stage, the win will be worth 40 points.kevin harvick was second in the first stage, followed by ryan blaney, brad keselowski and dale earnhardt jr.— dan gelston___3:15 p.m.hendrick motorsports used team






kurt busch wins crash-filled daytona 500 with last-lap pass


kurt busch had a monster start to the season, winning the daytona 500. busch is sponsored by monster energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for nascar’s top series sunday with the season opener.daytona beach, fla. – kurt busch won his first daytona 500 on sunday, prevailing with a last-lap pass on an afternoon that was more survival of the fittest than a contest of the fastest. the race, nascar’s biggest showpiece and its season-opening event, included one crash after another.there was a 17-car wreck that took out, among others, three of the four members of the stewart-haas racing team. but it was busch, in the team’s only surviving entry, who came away with the victory — though not unscathed.“this car’s completely thrashed,” he said of his ford. “there’s not a stra






kurt busch wins his first daytona 500


decked in monster gear, chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models, kurt busch celebrated the biggest race win of his career.it was monster madness!busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500 on sunday in the opening race of monster energy's new role as title sponsor of nascar's top series. busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by monster and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.so this was a victory of redemption for busch, who was suspended by nascar two days before the 2015 daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for monster, which has promised to pump new life into nascar's sagging sport."i've had a lot of people that have believed in me through the years, a lot of people that have supported






kurt busch wins his first daytona 500 in a crash-marred race


kurt busch survived a rough and tumble race to capture the daytona 500 sunday.it was busch’s first career daytona 500 victory and his first win in 32 races at daytona international speedway. he twice finished as runner-up. it was his 29th career victory. it was also the 36th victory by a ford — the fifth time in the last nine years that ford has won the daytona 500. joey logano was the last ford driver to win the race in 2015. ryan blaney was second with aj allmendinger third, aric almirola fourth and paul menard in fifth. the victory was the first for tony stewart as an co-owner of stewart-haas racing at daytona.  the race featured nine cautions and 37 lead changes included several in the final laps with chase elliott and kyle larson both running out of gas towards the end.  much like the






sunday's pro auto racing results


auto racingmonster energy cupfolds of honor quiktrip 500at atlanta motor speedway • hampton, ga.lap length: 1.54 miles(start position in parentheses) 1. (5) brad keselowski, ford, 325 laps, 0 rating, 53 points. 2. (8) kyle larson, chevy, 325, 0, 43. 3. (16) matt kenseth, toyota, 325, 0, 34. 4. (29) kasey kahne, chevy, 325, 0, 33. 5. (11) chase elliott, chevy, 325, 0, 49. 6. (6) joey logano, ford, 325, 0, 37. 7. (13) kurt busch, ford, 325, 0, 30. 8. (9) martin truex jr, toyota, 325, 0, 43. 9. (1) kevin harvick, ford, 325, 0, 48.10. (7) jamie mcmurray, chevy, 325, 0, 27.11. (25) clint bowyer, ford, 325, 0, 28.12. (15) trevor bayne, ford, 325, 0, 26.13. (4) ricky stenhouse jr, ford, 325, 0, 28.14. (23) erik jones, toyota, 325, 0, 26.15. (26) ty dillon, chevy, 325, 0, 22.16. (3) kyle busch, to






dale earnhardt jr's day ends early after crash


daytona beach, fla.—dale earnhardt jr. is out of the daytona 500 in his first cup race since july.earnhardt was caught up in multi-car accident triggered by kyle busch. busch spun to start the accident, and collected not only his toyota teammates, but earnhardt as well.the 42-year-old earnhardt, a two-time daytona 500 champion, brought the no. 88 chevrolet to the garage. under new rules, cars that go to the garage aren’t allowed to return to race.“i had a good car, boy. sorry about that,” earnhardt said over the radio.“nothing you could do,” crew chief greg ives said.the race was stopped for 17 minutes because of the debris from the wreck that also knocked out matt kenseth and erik jones. earnhardt’s hendrick motorsports crew tried to repair the damage, but the 88 was unsalvageable.earnhar






auto racing results, lineups


monster cupdaytona 500sunday's lineup • daytona beach, fla.lap length: 2.5 miles(with car number in parentheses. note: c - chevy; f - ford; t - toyota.) 1. (24) chase elliott, c, 192.872 mph 2. (88) d. earnhardt jr., c, 192.864 mph 3. (2) brad keselowski, f, 192.691 mph 4. (14) clint bowyer, f, 192.571 mph 5. (78) martin truex jr., t, 192.308 mph 6. (11) denny hamlin, t, 192.213 mph 7. (4) kevin harvick, f, 192.189 mph 8. (5) kasey kahne, c, 192.090 mph 9. (20) matt kenseth, t, 192.016 mph10. (31) ryan newman, c, 191.996 mph11. (18) kyle busch, t, 191.767 mph12. (13) ty dillon, c, 191.453 mph13. (17) r. stenhouse jr., f, 192.004 mph14. (48) jimmie johnson, c, 191.898 mph15. (19) daniel suarez, t, 191.877 mph16. (42) kyle larson, c, 191.804 mph17. (22) joey logano, f, 191.779 mph18. (21) ry






party time! outlaw, smoke, gronk turn daytona 500 into bash


daytona beach, fla. (ap) — the outlaw, smoke and gronk turned the daytona 500 into party central.the good times were just getting started in victory lane sunday night. flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave nascar the buzz it craved in the season opener.might as well go wild for their first celebration on nascar’s grandest stage.kurt busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500 on sunday in the opening race of monster energy’s new role as title sponsor of nascar’s top series. busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.so this was a victory of redemption for busch, who was suspended by nascar two days before






party time! outlaw, smoke, gronk turn daytona 500 into bash


daytona beach, fla. — the outlaw, smoke and gronk turned the daytona 500 into party central.the good times were just getting started in victory lane sunday night. flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave nascar the buzz it craved in the season opener.might as well go wild for their first celebration on nascar's grandest stage.kurt busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled daytona 500 on sunday in the opening race of monster energy's new role as title sponsor of nascar's top series. busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.so this was a victory of redemption for busch, who was suspended by nascar two days before the 2015 opener for his off-track behavior, and for monster, w






auto racing results


monster cupdaytona 500 qualifyingrace sunday, feb. 26 • daytona beach, fla.lap length: 2.5 milestop two drivers in qualifying will start in the front row in sunday's race; the remainder of the field will be determined by two qualifying races thursday.(car number in parentheses) 1. (24) chase elliott, chevy, 192.872 mph 2. (88) d. earnhardt jr., chevy, 192.864 mph 3. (2) brad keselowski, ford, 192.691 mph 4. (14) clint bowyer, ford, 192.571 mph 5. (78) martin truex jr., toyota, 192.308 mph 6. (11) denny hamlin, toyota, 192.213 mph 7. (4) kevin harvick, ford, 192.189 mph 8. (5) kasey kahne, chevy, 192.090 mph 9. (20) matt kenseth, toyota, 192.016 mph10. (31) ryan newman, chevy, 191.996 mph11. (18) kyle busch, toyota, 191.767 mph12. (13) ty dillon, chevy, 191.453 mph13. (17) ricky stenhouse j






column: it takes a brawl for nascar to go mainstream


charlotte, n.c. — kyle busch had a gash on his forehead and blood running down his nose when he promised payback to joey logano. the two had a brief post-race pit road brawl that can be seen on tmz, the "today show" and, really, just about anywhere.the tussle shoved nascar into the watercooler talk monday alongside the ncaa tournament, and the reason why should be a wakeup call to every stakeholder in the stagnant sport because, like it or not, busch getting pummeled by logano's crew is the lasting memory of the race.nascar can make any format change under the sun, try gimmicks, slick marketing or the monster energy girls, but its mainstream audience wants drama. only racing fans know that a late caution nearly cost martin truex jr. the win, that brad keselowski lost the race because of a






daytona 500 starting lineup


daytona 500 lineup 2016 seasondriver car starts wins rank 1. (24) chase elliott chevrolet 36 0 10 2. (88) dale earnhardt jr. chevrolet 18 0 32 3. (1) jamie mcmurray chevrolet 36 0 13 4. (11) denny hamlin toyota 36 3 6 5. (4) kevin harvick ford 36 4 8 6. (14) clint bowyer ford 36 0 27 7. (2) brad keselowski ford 36 4 12 8. (41) kurt busch ford 36 1 7 9. (20) matt kenseth toyota 36 2 510. (3) austin dillon chevrolet 36 0 1411. (6) trevor bayne ford 36 0 2212. (10) danica patrick ford 36 0 2413. (43) aric almirola ford 36 0 2614. (31) ryan newman chevrolet 36 0 1815. (22) joey logano ford 36 3 216. (42) kyle larson chevrolet 36 1 917. (72) cole whitt ford 26 0 3718. (13) ty dillon chevrolet 11 0 5319. (19) daniel suarez toyota — — —20. (38) david ragan ford 36 0 3321. (18) kyle busch toyota 3






keselowski on pole for nascar las vegas stop, truex jr. 2nd


las vegas — brad keselowski will begin his bid for a third victory in the past four nascar cup races at las vegas motor speedway from the pole after topping qualifying friday night.keselowski, who also won last week's race at atlanta, posted a top seed of 193.68 mph in his no. 2 ford for his 13th career pole. he won at the 1.5-mile track last year and in 2014.martin truex jr., who was the fastest in the midday practice, will join him on the front row sunday in the 400-mile race thanks to a speed of 193.458 mph in his no. 78 toyota. ryan blaney will start third, and matt kenseth qualified fourth on his 45th birthday.kyle larson qualified fifth, followed by joey logano, kasey kahne, rookie erik jones, las vegas native kyle busch and jamie mcmurray.






money is behind las vegas becoming nascar's busiest market


las vegas — the signature event remains in florida and most race teams call north carolina home, but the nation's gambling mecca is about to become nascar's busiest market.this week's announcement that las vegas motor speedway will host six races yearly in nascar's top three circuits starting in 2018 suits daytona 500 champion kurt busch just fine. he's watching his hometown go through a sports boom."as a kid i went to a lot of unlv basketball games, early '90s, we were the real deal. we were on a national stage," the 38-year-old busch said thursday during a visit back to his old school, durango high. "then it seemed to fizzle out for a while."while the runnin' rebels have fallen on hard times in hoops, the las vegas sports scene has never been more crowded as the city's population grows a






kevin harvick captures the pole at atlanta motor speedway


hampton, ga. — kevin harvick knows he can go fast at atlanta motor speedway.now he wants to win the race.harvick took the pole for the second race of the nascar monster energy cup season on friday, turning a lap of 190.398 mph in the third round of qualifying.harvick has led more laps than anyone at each of the last three atlanta races, a total of 442 laps in all. he failed to win any of them."it's frustrating," he said. "hopefully this year we can close it out."ryan newman will start on the outside of the front row sunday after posting a speed of 189.870. they were followed by kyle busch (189.850), ricky stenhouse jr. (188.854) and brad keselowski (188.783)."that was good," said newman, who is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season. "harvick just slipped in there and beat






donald trump supporters call for budweiser boycott over pro-immigration ad


supporters of president donald trump are calling for a boycott of budweiser after the beer giant released a commercial chronicling the journey of adolphus busch, its immigrant founder who e to the united states from germany in the 1800s.in the 60-second spot, busch lands in the u.s. and upon arrival hears: "you're not wanted here! go home!"a teaser for the spot began airing on tuesday.according to budweiser, the ad, "born the hard way," has nothing to do with the current political climate, even though trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven muslim-majorities countries.marcel marcondes, anheuser-busch vice president of marketing, said the commercial and its concept were in the works long before the travel ban. he told the washington post:"our focus this week is on our supe






no transition for stewart-haas racing after switch to ford


hampton, ga. (ap) — so much for a transition period at stewart-haas racing.the nascar team hasn’t slowed since switching from chevrolet to ford. kurt busch captured the season-opening daytona 500, and kevin harvick followed up by earning the pole for sunday’s monster energy cup race at atlanta motor speedway.“hopefully this is the start of something great,” harvick said.there was plenty of speculation about how the change would go, especially for a driver such as harvick who had a long relationship with chevrolet.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.turns out, he had no trouble getting back up to speed.“it’s fun to open pandora’s box,” harvick said. “you have to turn every leaf over and look at everything in your company. everything is different from top to bottom. but






joey logano takes advantage of late crash, wins clash at daytona – the denver po


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monster energy tries to give nascar buzz as title sponsor


daytona beach, fla. (ap) — kurt busch’s car could have been parked at an auto show. models in skimpy attire lingered around his monster energy car, posing for a steady stream of fans wanting snapshots and selfies.even among the cluster of candy, beer and fast food companies adorned on cars lined on the grid at daytona international speedway, the oversized green “m” claw on busch’s ford caught the eye.monster had sponsored busch, the 2004 nascar champion, in the cup series the last two seasons. but the clash at daytona was the debut for the energy drink giant as the title sponsor for the elite cup series. spirits were high around the no. 41.the initial buzz wore off when busch slammed the car nose first into the wall early in nascar’s kickoff race, crunching the hood and leaving the squiggl






monster energy tries to give nascar buzz as title sponsor


daytona beach, fla. — kurt busch's car could have been parked at an auto show. models in skimpy attire lingered around his monster energy car, posing for a steady stream of fans wanting snapshots and selfies.even among the cluster of candy, beer and fast food companies adorned on cars lined on the grid at daytona international speedway, the oversized green "m'' claw on busch's ford caught the eye.monster had sponsored busch, the 2004 nascar champion, in the cup series the last two seasons. but the clash at daytona was the debut for the energy drink giant as the title sponsor for the elite cup series. spirits were high around the no. 41.the initial buzz wore off when busch slammed the car nose first into the wall early in nascar's kickoff race, crunching the hood and leaving the squiggly "m






trump's executive actions come faster and in different forms than before


closeskip in skipxembedxshare after just eight days, more americans disapprove of president trump's job performance than approve of it. video provided by newsy newslookpresident donald trump signs an executive order in the oval office of the white house surrounded by small business leaders monday.(p o: pool, getty images) 3230 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — president trump has begun his presidency with an unprecedented blizzard of executive action, signing more presidential directives than any president in modern history.as a candidate, trump criticized president obama's "illegal and overreaching executive orders." now, he's using those same orders in ways previous presidents have not.he has used them to order the approval of permits to specific private companies (the keystone xl and