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February 24, 2001
That Dale Earnhardt perished from the earth on the last turn of the last lap at his favorite race on his favorite track is almost poetic. That he perished while guarding victory for his friend and his son is more than heroic. In life, he transcended his sport. In death, he resides in Valhalla. RHYS THOMAS Van Nuys You must have heard from countless shocked readers by now concerning Dale Earnhardt's appalling lack of judgment in driving a passenger vehicle 60 mph in rain so hard he couldn't see the highway, narrowly averting collision with numerous vehicles stopped in front of him because of the bad visibility ["An Unforgettable Drive," Feb. 20]
April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
July 17, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
Over the years, there have been plenty of great racing feuds, but the man vs. man-in-machine struggle that took place on a North Carolina track last weekend might be the greatest of them all. According to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal , the latest example of racing rage occurred Saturday shortly before Derek Stoltz won a 20-lap late-model stock car race at Bowman Gray Stadium. On his way to winning, Stoltz spun out race leader Bryant Robertson and also sent Robertson's brother, Mike, into a spin.
April 26, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Joey Logano emerged as the winner of a wild short-track shootout in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The victory is Logano's second this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the other coming on April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano made a quick pass for the lead with four laps to go just moments after he was in the fourth position. Logano benefited from the help of Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who gave leader Matt Kenseth a bump that allowed Logano to make the winning pass on the inside.
August 8, 2006
Re "Horse Racing Is Having a Breakdown," Aug. 5 The problem with racing 3-year-old horses is racing 3-year-old horses, not the footing. The horse-racing people have been fooling themselves, saying it's OK to push an animal to its maximum, before its bones are fully developed; any serious, informed horse person could tell you that that is a dangerous gamble. Horse racing is tantamount to cock fighting, but Hollywood and the rich have glamorized the one and not the other. Harrumph! Footing indeed!
June 16, 2007
The racing industry was handed a gift from God via the Belmont Stakes in the filly Rags To Riches. Her performance was remarkable and one for the ages. Many have written that racing needs a star to become the people's horse and assumed that star would come from having won the Triple Crown. Rags To Riches raced in only one leg, but Barbaro's Kentucky Derby had nothing on her Belmont. If Barbaro captured America's imagination last year and left it wondering what-if because of his demise, she certainly should have exclusivity to that imagination now. The thoroughbred racing industry has no excuse now for declining attendance numbers.
July 17, 2008
Because of ongoing reductions to The Times Sports staff and space for news in the Sports section, the handicap charts and results from Del Mar will not be included in the daily sports report. There will be coverage of major events during the seven-week meeting. In addition, other weekly features that have been eliminated are the Gearing Up package on motor racing, Teeing Off on golf and Corner Kicks on soccer.
September 28, 2009
October 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It was a Scottish team with a French name racing British cars. In the 1950s and early 1960s Ecurie Ecosse (French for Team Scotland) was a small private racing team that took on some of the world's largest professional powerhouses -- and won. Now a collection of cars from this historic effort is headed to auction at the end of the year. PHOTOS: Ecurie Ecosse collection headed to auction Bonhams announced it would offer seven of the team's cars and one transport truck in a London auction  Dec. 1. The collection is a "definitive representation of perhaps Britain's best-loved motor racing team," James Knight, Bonhams' group motoring director said.
April 15, 2000
Randy Harvey, in his story after the Santa Anita Derby ["Sahadi Feels Like Somebody Now," April 9], referred to horse racing as "a sport that is anorexic from lack of attention." It is also anorexic due to the short fields. As an example, the racing card for the next day featured five of nine races with seven or fewer starters. Only one race could boast of a full field of 12 horses. How's a $2 bettor expected to get any value for his money? JOE LYOU Gardena
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling in the audio recording that surfaced Saturday via are the latest in a years-long string of racially charged incidents linked to the real estate mogul. In 2009, Sterling agreed to a $2.765-million settlement in a case that alleged discrimination against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County. Sterling denied the charges by the Justice Department and in two separate lawsuits by former tenants.
April 25, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Militant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday apologized for his comments published this week on African Americans and slavery but refused to back off from his intended point that the federal government was too powerful, saying that his remarks came “from the heart.” In a daily news conference from his ranch in Bunkerville, north of Las Vegas, the 67-year-old rancher, who is in a prolonged battle with federal officials over grazing rights...
April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. -- In his first competition since coming out of retirement, Michael Phelps finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand Prix event Thursday evening. The longtime rivals provided their sport with a fast, close race before a sold-out crowd and reporters from around the world. Lochte finished in 51.93 seconds, the second fastest time in the event this year. Phelps was .2 seconds behind. An upbeat Lochte said that, as they swam neck-and-neck at the turn, he peeked over at Phelps and "almost started smiling.
April 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday. One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa Anita's first race will go off at 12:30 p.m. In the past, Santa Anita's winter meet that begins the day after Christmas had ended in April. But when Hollywood Park in Inglewood closed last year, its racing dates were picked up by Santa Anita and other Southern California tracks.
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU - In primaries across the country - in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states - Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values. Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was tapped to drive the pace car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, thanks to prodding on Twitter by his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway. Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag.
February 10, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
Californian Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1983 to capture the men's division of the Boston Marathon, as the city that was knocked to its knees by two bomb blasts last year rebounded on Monday. Keflezighi, who began running as a student in San Diego and became a U.S. citizen after an award-winning stint at UCLA, hung on to win the men's division in 2:08:36. He fought to hold his lead as the racers tore down Boylston Street at the finish. LIVE: Tweets, photos from Boston Marathon At the award ceremony, Keflezighi cried as he held the trophy, his head decorated with the symbolic laurels wreath.
April 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Gang prosecutor Elan S. Carr, a Republican in the crowded race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), on Monday became the first of the candidates to start airing campaign ads on cable TV. The 30-second spot, dubbed "Doing What's Right," introduces the first-time candidate by highlighting his experience as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who has "put hundreds of violent criminals behind bars. " "But we need to keep kids out of gangs in the first place," Carr says in the ad, "with more after-school programs, job training and better schools.
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