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June 20, 1989 | SHAV GLICK
San Clemente police impounded Brad Oxley's Kawasaki street bike Sunday after the 1987 national speedway motorcycle champion was stopped for doing wheelies on Pacific Coast Highway. He was charged with riding without a license to operate a motorcycle. Oxley, a professional motorcycle racer in stadium events for 11 years, paid $80 to get the bike out of impound Monday.
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March 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The race was Jimmie Johnson's to lose, and he unknowingly found a way to lose it. Johnson was sailing toward a record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup win in Fontana on Sunday when his No. 48 Chevrolet blew a left-front tire with only six laps remaining. It was the latest in a spree of tire failures that plagued several cars and it brought out a caution flag, setting up a two-lap overtime finish at Auto Club Speedway. That was the opening Kyle Busch needed, and he drove his No. 18 Toyota into the lead and held off rookie Kyle Larson to win the Auto Club 400 for the second consecutive year.
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October 10, 1985 | SHAV GLICK
When Sam Ermolenko was 16 and a junior at Los Alamitos High School, he dreamed of becoming a world motocross champion. The dream ended when Sam was riding his street bike along California 91 and a car turned left in front of him. The accident sent Ermolenko to the hospital for two months with a broken left shoulder, a broken left elbow and a crushed right thighbone. He was off his cycle for more than two years.
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March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - Paul Menard wasn't sure if he would even race Sunday, but the NASCAR driver had one of his better finishes in recent years. Menard finished third Sunday in the Kobalt 400 after leading six laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At one point he passed four-time Las Vegas winner Jimmie Johnson for the lead. "Just had a really solid car all day and all weekend," said Menard, who drives the No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and has one career Sprint Cup Series win, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2011.
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December 6, 1992
I have a suggestion for participants in the highway speedway carnage ("CHP Applies Brakes to Sierra Highway," Times Valley Edition, Nov. 30), including the misguided attorney who thinks faster is safer: Leave five minutes early. JAMES PERRY JASTER West Hills
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May 11, 1996
Tony George's controversial change in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 [May 5] was an effort to ensure full fields at Indy Racing League events. There were only two races before the 500 and the CART guys could have participated, seeing as this was announced last July. Yes, this would have necessitated a change in CART's 1996 schedule, but they would have made Indy easily and probably shown up the upstart IRL teams. I am not anti-CART, but I agree with Tony George's and the Speedway's position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000
Re "Firm Tries to Sell State on Concert Shell by Seashore," July 11. Although I live about two miles from the speedway, the noise it produces can be easily heard in my neighborhood, and many of us find the hours of unmuffled motorized roaring every Saturday night quite offensive. Perhaps 2,000 people attend the events, but there are probably many more than that who live within earshot of the venue and who derive no entertainment or economic benefit from it. What is more, it is a sad fact that one of the most valuable pieces of oceanfront real estate in the city of Ventura (which in many other communities would probably be a public park to benefit all residents)
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July 12, 2009
In re: "Kansas City BBQ" (June 28): I am a California expatriate who has lived in the Kansas City area for 12 years. It's obvious that reporter Catharine Hamm did not spend enough time catching up with relatives because of a huge omission and a bit of nincompoopery reporting. First, the nincompoopery. Kansas City, Kan., is the economic "can do" city in the region. The Kansas Speedway, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, the Legends Shopping Center, Schilitterbahns Waterslide Park and, possibly, a Hard Rock Cafe/Casino at the Speedway.
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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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August 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
Al Unser Jr. out-raced and had more luck than teammate Bobby Rahal on Sunday to win the fastest 500-mile race in history, the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Unser and several competitors drove laps in the 224-m.p.h. range, and he won $172,684 for averaging 189.727 m.p.h. despite eight caution periods. That was faster than the previous 500-mile mark of 186.288 set by stock-car star Bill Elliott at Talladega in May 1985. It easily outdid the Indy-car mark of 185.
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March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - Just as predicted, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team took a big gamble Sunday in hopes of winning another race. This time they lost. Earnhardt was leading on the last lap of the Kobalt 400 because his team opted not to bring his No. 88 Chevrolet into the pits for fuel during an earlier caution period. But as he circled Las Vegas Motor Speedway the last time, the car ran out of gas on the back straightaway of the 1.5-mile track, enabling Brad Keselowski to shoot past him in his No. 2 Ford for the victory.
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March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS  - "I love coming back here," Jimmie Johnson said of Las Vegas, but it's not to gamble or take in a show. "Vegas is fun but it's really, just in my mind, a racing town," he said. And Johnson, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, might as well be its honorary mayor. As he seeks a record-tying seventh Cup title this year, Johnson already holds the record for most Cup wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four. Yet, he has had something of a drought at the 1.5-mile oval located 15 miles northeast of the Strip.
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November 17, 2013 | By George Diaz
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson began the 2013 NASCAR season celebrating a victory at the Daytona 500, accidentally tearing up his car during a celebratory burnout. He finished the season in celebratory mode again at Homestead on Sunday, completing the perfect bookends to a 36-race grind by winning his sixth NASCAR Cup title. "Yes, yes, yes!" Johnson screamed over the radio after the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin's first victory of the 2013 season was obliterated by Johnson's amazing "Six Pack" - a title that brings him to within one championship of tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most Cup titles in the sport's history.
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November 17, 2013 | By Juan C. Rodriguez
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Over the last 75 laps or so of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, it became increasingly apparent either Denny Hamlin or Dale Earnhardt Jr. would not end the Sprint Cup season winless. Five lead changes spanning the final 44 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway were between Hamlin and Earnhardt. Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota retook it for good on Lap 244 and left Earnhardt to duel Matt Kenseth for second place Hamlin's second win at Homestead-Miami (23rd of his career)
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar title fight is down to two drivers but, given the series' record this year, the season finale at Fontana should be a much more wide-open affair. Ten drivers have won this year in the Izod IndyCar Series, including four first-time winners, ahead of Saturday night's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Either Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves will be crowned series champion after the race. Dixon, who already has two IndyCar titles, holds a 25-point lead over Castroneves, who is seeking his first championship.
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October 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
This year's IndyCar championship was Helio Castroneves' to lose, and he's nearly done just that. The Brazilian driver had a 49-point lead in the title standings with three races left in the season, only to have a disastrous double-header in Houston two weeks ago because of mechanical woes. So now Castroneves is 25 points behind Scott Dixon as the Izod IndyCar Series comes to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the season finale Saturday night. If Dixon finishes fifth or better in the MAVTV 500, the New Zealander will capture his third series title, regardless of how Castroneves finishes.
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September 24, 1997
WHAT: Marlboro 500, Race 17 of 17-race PPG CART World Series. WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 28, noon; practice Friday, Sept. 26; qualifying Saturday, Sept. 27. WHERE: California Speedway, Fontana. DISTANCE: 500 miles, 250 laps. THE TRACK: D-shaped, two-mile oval, 14 degree banking in turns. TELEVISION: ESPN, 5 p.m., delayed. RADIO: KCKC, 1350 AM, noon Sunday. DEFENDING CHAMPION: Inaugural event. COMPANION RACE: PPG Firestone Indy Lights, Saturday, 2:45 p.m., 100 miles, 50 laps.
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October 14, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Wallenda family sister-and-brother tightrope artists Nik and Lijana Wallenda crossed NASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday on a single high wire at the same time -- in opposite directions. Halfway there, Nik Wallenda had to step over his sister. It was one of several gasp-worthy moments by the two members of the Flying Wallendas, a family known for generations of daredevil performances.  The pair performed without harnesses, cables or safety nets.  The wire was 460 feet long and suspended 150 feet high, according to Associated Press.
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October 2, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
On Feb. 11, 2012, they let the air out of all the tires at Irwindale Speedway. On April 6, 2013, in front of an elbow-to-elbow crowd of 6,000, the rubber was inflated again and ready to hit the road. What happened in between is an interesting story of entrepreneurial spirit and refreshing management style that has given Southland short-track racing, and its fans, new life. In this age of big-time sports dominating television and massive fan bases, the closure of a racetrack that barely seats 6,000 and features drivers whom only their mothers have heard of is not big news.
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