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Putting roofs on racetracks, getting knocked out in a crash

Putting roofs on racetracks, getting knocked out in a crash

Concussions became impossible to ignore in racing after a head injury caused NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. , to miss half of last season. “I’m glad to hear that he’s going to get back behind the wheel of a race car,” Richardson said. “He’s taking his life in his own hands.

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Edwards clinches berth in Sprint Cup finale with win in rain-shortened race

Edwards clinches berth in Sprint Cup finale with win in rain-shortened race

FORT WORTH — Carl Edwards arrived at Texas Motor Speedway likely needing a victory to advance to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale with a chance to win the championship. Edwards and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team made a couple of slick moves on pit road to take the lead of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, then reaped the rewards when rain ended a race that started nearly six hours late because of weather.

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Audacity races to tap crowds with TMS brew

Audacity races to tap crowds with TMS brew

Audacity founders and co-owners Scott Lindsey and Doug Smith helped unveil their latest brew. “If you’re a craft beer fan, you’ll be familiar with the style called steam beer, made famous by Anchor Steam, so we kind of put our little twist on it and call it a Texas steam,” Smith said. “Light and sessionable but with a lot of character, a lot of malt flavor to it, a little bit of fruit from the steam process. “You’re going to be sitting in the sun, you’re going to be watching...

Motor sports: Dario breaks down last lap of Indy victory

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He said he moved to the inside to block Sato’s run at the start of the last lap and realized he needed to move back up to give the challenger room going into the turn. “I am watching Sato coming, thinking ‘this is going to be interesting,’” Franchitti said. “I had started to make a defensive move and then realized I was too late and so I pulled out of it — and this is way before the corner — and my focus then is looking to Turn 1, and I can’t go on my normal line when I’m up...

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Motor sports: Team shows Army vet its appreciation with special treat

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The team then invited Hall, an Army cook, to grill meals for the team and its owner, Richard Petty, at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday. “The biggest thing was hearing the car engine coming around the corner,” Hall said Saturday behind the No. 43 hauler. “Everything else has kind of been icing on the cake for me. “I got a little grilling set and of course the experience of a lifetime.

Motor sports: Quiroga seeks win north of border

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The path to reaching those objectives led Quiroga to Denton County on a warm afternoon in late April. “My main goal is to be the first Mexican to win on an oval in a national division of NASCAR,” Quiroga said while preparing for a test session at Texas Motor Speedway, where he will race tonight in the WinStar World Casino 400K. “We’ve been competitive in three out of four races,” the Camping World Truck Series driver said during the April 29 test. “We want to be even stronger.

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Motor sports: Helio pulls away for win

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FORT WORTH — Helio Castroneves battled fellow points leader Marco Andretti for the lead during a round of green-flag pit stops Saturday night and pulled away to win the Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway.