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Clint Bowyer triumphs in Nationwide Series event

The win at Dover (Del.) International Speedway is followed by confrontation between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

September 27, 2009|Associated Press

Clint Bowyer raced to his second Nationwide Series victory of the season on Saturday, taking the lead with 83 laps to go on the concrete at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

His celebration was ignored as all attention turned to a brief but heated confrontation on pit road between Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. They made contact late in the race, sending Hamlin to the garage. Keselowski finished third and was greeted when he got out of his car by an angry Hamlin.

They exchanged words, and Hamlin shoved Keselowski. Keselowski's public relations representative shoved Hamlin. The crews for both drivers got between the drivers. Keselowski crew chief Tony Eury Jr. ended it after a brief chat with Hamlin.

"I wanted to talk to him," Hamlin said. "He obviously needs some sort of guidance on what he needs to do to make it."

Keselowski blamed Hamlin for the accident.

"He cuts me off like he always does," Keselowski said. "He's Denny Hamlin."

Mike Bliss was second. Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Busch kept his overall lead in the points standings. He also became the second driver in the second-tier series ever to lead 2,000 laps in a season.

Bowyer was driving in only his ninth Nationwide race of the season.

No gambling

Gentleman, stop your wagering. The idea of putting $5 to win on No. 5 has gone bust at Dover.

This could have been the weekend when gamblers and sports fans wagered on the NASCAR race at the Dover Downs casino and walked over to the Dover International Speedway to see if they picked a winner or should tear up their ticket.

Those plans are now on hold.

After an expensive court battle, plans by state leaders and casino operators to offer betting on single games in multiple sports were struck down. Delaware can offer betting only on at least three NFL games per wager, called parlay bets.

The only NASCAR action today at the newly opened Race & Sports Book will be on the big-screen TVs.

"We're a small state with a small population and we need all the help we can get," Dover Motorsports President Denis McGlynn said. "I think the sports betting could have had the ability to draw new people into NASCAR just to give them some other reason to watch."

Trucks

Johnny Sauter raced to his first career NASCAR Trucks Series victory, taking the lead from Matt Crafton with 17 laps left and holding on to win the Las Vegas 350.

Crafton, who took over the lead after a pit stop with 26 laps remaining, held on to finish second in the 146-lap race on the 1.5-mile oval. Jason White was third, followed by pole-sitter Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and points leader Ron Hornaday Jr.

The 51-year-old Hornaday, who has six victories this year, led 33 laps before Sauter passed him on the 89th lap.

Formula One

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren won the pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, while Red Bull's cars will start ahead of championship rivals Brawn GP.

Hamilton timed 1 minute 47.891 seconds around the Marina Bay circuit and will start alongside Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel on the front row for today's race.

Nico Rosberg of Williams was third-fastest, ahead of Mark Webber of Red Bull.

Irwindale

Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills took the lead from Rip Michels on the second lap of the race and led the remaining laps to win the Eibach Springs 100-lap NASCAR ACDelco Super Late Model feature race at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale. The victory was Joanides' 14th of the season, and Ricky McCray of Highland had a career-best second-place finish.

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