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July 17, 2000 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lori Jennings' name won't appear in results of the Ford L.A. Street Race, but she led more laps Sunday than anyone else. Jennings, a professional stunt woman and former sprint car driver, drove the pace car for the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race. Twelve caution periods put her in front for 49 of the 125 laps--nearly half the race--around an eight-turn, one-mile course in Exposition Park that circled the Sports Arena.
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November 9, 2013 | Jim Peltz
Trying to pick a favorite between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to win NASCAR's Sprint Cup title? Don't ask Kevin Harvick. "It's a crapshoot at this point," Harvick said Friday. "Performance-wise it's a draw. " Johnson, seeking a sixth championship, has a slim seven-point lead over Kenseth with two races left, starting with Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick is third in the standings, 40 points behind Johnson, which Harvick acknowledged "is a lot to overcome" at this late stage of the 10-race Chase.
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August 13, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racing's first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 lives here, just to the side of a county road winding toward Cottonwood Cove, down past the town cemetery to the softball field, where the sign reads: "Cross at your own risk." Cross the sandy wash, and more than likely you will find Louie Meyer--winner of the 1928, 1933 and 1936 Indy 500s--sitting on his porch, soaking up the dry warmth of a 100-plus-degree desert day.
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April 19, 2013 | Jim Peltz
Helio Castroneves has won the Indianapolis 500 three times, earned 27 career victories overall and he even placed first in the "Dancing with the Stars" contest one year. But there's one thing missing from the veteran driver's resume: an IndyCar championship. Hoping to fill the void this year, Castroneves is leading the Izod IndyCar Series standings entering the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday. "I'm really pushing and the good news is we have a great team," Castroneves, 37, said of Team Penske, whose other driver is Australian Will Power, the 2012 Long Beach winner who narrowly lost the IndyCar title last year.
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February 11, 2001 | ED HINTON, TRIBUNE MOTOR SPORTS WRITER
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
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May 14, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mitch Payton is a former desert motorcycle racing champion who has won three consecutive Sports Car Club of America amateur races in a showroom stock Honda CRX and appears headed for the national championship runoffs in October at Road Atlanta. Payton is a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. He drives with brake and accelerator hand controls mounted into the steering column and a clutch release on the shifter.
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October 14, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Tucked away on the bottom of a page in the sports section of The Times on April 8, 1910, was this item: "Indianapolis is to have automobile races May 27-28 and 30 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fast cars and leading drivers are to appear." Auto racing was nothing new to Angelenos, though. Los Angeles, in fact, was the center of automobile racing when Indianapolis was just getting into the game.
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July 22, 1990
Rich Vogler, five-time United States Auto Club midget champion, was killed Saturday night when he crashed during a sprint car race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Dr. Dan Anderson pronounced Vogler dead at 11:40 p.m. EDT at the Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem, according to Bill Marvel, vice president of USAC. The crash occurred about 40 minutes earlier. Tony Floyd, an ambulance medic for the hospital, described the 39-year-old Vogler as having a "severe head injury."
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November 17, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ascot Park, the busiest dirt race track in America for 33 years, comes to the finish line Thursday. The 50th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix for United States Auto Club midget cars figures to be the last of more than 5,000 main events held since the track opened at 182nd and Vermont Avenue in 1957.
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April 18, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Darrell Gwynn, one of the most successful top-fuel drag racers ever, remained in stable condition Tuesday after an accident Sunday in England that mangled his left arm and might have left him partially paralyzed. Gwynn, 28, underwent extensive surgery to save his arm, which apparently was pinned beneath his dragster after it crashed during a practice run down the Santa Pod strip in Bedford, England.
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September 20, 2011 | Jack McCarthy
Tony Stewart had more than enough fuel to finish this time. A year after running out of gas and faltering in a NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup opener in New Hampshire, Stewart cruised toward victory lane with a 0.9-second margin over Kevin Harvick in Monday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. "At the very end we knew the fuel mileage was going to be an issue," said Darian Grubb, Stewart's crew chief. "But Tony is one of the best at saving fuel. We tried to keep him updated ... and make sure we had enough to make it to the end. " As other drivers lost fuel gambles and faded, Stewart crossed the finish line for his first Sprint Cup series win of the season.
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November 14, 2009 | Jim Peltz
No offense against the Lone Star State, but Jimmie Johnson couldn't wait to stop talking about Texas. Johnson's march to a record fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title was rudely interrupted last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. An early crash left Johnson with a 38th-place finish and enabled teammate Mark Martin to slash Johnson's lead in the championship standings to 73 points from 184. Now Johnson hopes to at least keep, or even widen, his remaining lead in Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the next-to-last race in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff.
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November 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Jimmie Johnson's drive to history took a hard hit against the wall and Kyle Busch ran out of gas trying to complete an unprecedented NASCAR trifecta. Kurt Busch won at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, taking over the lead with 2 1/2 laps left when his younger brother's car suddenly slowed on the backstretch after leading 232 of the 334 laps. Johnson, the series points leader, wrecked on the third lap. His crew needed more than an hour to basically rebuild his No. 48 Chevrolet, but he returned to finish 38th -- 129 laps behind Kurt Busch.
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September 28, 2009 | Associated Press
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and Brawn GP driver Jenson Button extended his Formula One championship lead by one point. Hamilton started from the pole and protected his lead to finish 9.6 seconds ahead of Timo Glock, who equaled Toyota's best Formula One result by finishing second. Fernando Alonso gave scandal-hit Renault a lift by finishing third for the French team's first podium finish of the season. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel pursued Hamilton for much of the race, and closed the gap to half a second after 37 of 61 laps.
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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.
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August 4, 2009 | Keith Groller
On Friday, Denny Hamlin said he expected to win the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. By Saturday, he was thinking he had put his foot in his mouth. "Our car wasn't very good," he said. But on Monday, it was. When the smoke cleared and the dust settled after an accident-filled final 60 laps, Hamlin had pulled in front and was on his way to his first win of the season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The race was delayed a day because of rain.
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October 24, 2000 | SHAV GLICK
NASCAR, with headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., and offices in New York and Charlotte, N.C., is opening a West Coast office in Century City. An announcement will be made today in Daytona Beach. Paul Brooks, vice president of broadcasting for the stock car racing organization, will open the office Dec. 1.
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April 15, 1988 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Alex Morales left his home in Anaheim about 4 p.m. last Saturday and drove with his son, Andy, to Ascot Park, where the two of them prepared their Tamale Wagon sprint car for Mike Sweeney to drive in the California Racing Assn. series. Sweeney won the main event, worth around $2,000, and Morales loaded up the car and headed home at midnight. He arose at 4 a.m.
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June 21, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Kevin Harvick enjoys racing at Infineon Raceway here because it offers the chance to see family and friends in his hometown of Bakersfield. But there's another opportunity the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver hopes to exploit in today's Toyota/Save Mart 350: ending the worst dry spell of his nine-year Cup career.Harvick, who drives for Richard Childress Racing, has gone 86 points races without a victory since his Daytona 500 win in 2007, when he nipped Mark Martin in a photo finish.
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February 23, 2009 | Jim Peltz
This is not how Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his army of fans hoped his NASCAR Sprint Cup season would start. NASCAR's most popular driver had a dismal weekend in Fontana after he helped spark a huge wreck in the Daytona 500 a week earlier. Earnhardt qualified 35th for the Auto Club 500 and then, in practice, had his transmission pop out of gear. That prompted his Hendrick Motorsports crew to change the transmission before the race, which required that he start in the rear of the 43-car field.
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