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  • Johnson Gets Third Brickyard Win

    INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to become the first three-time winner. Johnson hadn’t led until lap 137. On the race’s final restart, he passed his teammate and pole sitter Mark Martin for the lead, and led the remaining 33 laps of the 160-lap race. “That

  • Edwards Wins Nationwide Race

    CLERMONT, Ind. — Carl Edwards passed Kyle Busch with 22 laps to go Saturday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park and went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200. After his win, he did his traditional backflip in front of the stands. Edwards led twice for 72 of the race’s 200 laps but lost

  • Hornaday on a Roll

    CLERMONT, Ind. — Ron Hornaday Jr. set a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series record by winning his fourth consecutive race, holding off longtime nemesis Mike Skinner in Friday night’s AAA Insurance 200 at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Skinner pitted later than Hornaday for tires and charged through the top 10 to challenge for the lead. Skinner

  • On The Road Review: 2010 Kia Forte

    In 1994, Korean automaker Kia debuted on the West Coast with a compact coupe and a small sport utility called the Sportage. The marketplace was ripe for new products as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan were taking big chunks of the established brands as sales were increasing each year. Kia, not yet aligned with Hyundai, wanted

  • Weekend Racing Schedule for July 24-26, 2009

    Indianapolis will be the center of racing this weekend. The Nationwide cars and Camping World trucks will be at the .686-mile Indianapolis Raceway Park, while the Cup teams are at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday, July 24 Camping World Trucks ORP 200, race 13 of 25; Starting time: 7:30 p.m. (EDT); TV: Speed Channel.

  • Busch Outlasts Harvick at Gateway

    MADISON, Ill. — Capitalizing on Kevin Harvick’s attempt to stretch his gas mileage beyond the capacity of his fuel cell, Kyle Busch won his sixth Nationwide Series race of the season Saturday night and his first at Gateway International Raceway. “It was a good, hard-fought race,” said Busch, who has three wins and four runner-up

  • Hornaday Gets Third Truck Win

    SPARTA, Ky. — Ron Hornaday Jr. rallied in the final 24 laps Saturday for his third straight victory in the Camping World Truck Series, beating Mike Skinner by a truck length in the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway. “On lap 45, if you had told me we’d win this race, I’d have told

  • On The Road Review: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagon

    After Honda, Toyota and Nissan “stole” the small car segment from the class originator, Volkswagen, here in the States, VW decided that the best avenue for reintroduction was to create multiple compact cars that exuded a more premium feel, small cars with extra standard equipment, safety features and character. This strategy has led to increased

  • On The Road Review: Nissan Altima Hybrid

    So far in 2009 America’s top five selling automakers are Toyota USA in first place by a narrow thin margin over the Ford Motor Co., Chevrolet Division of GM in a close third, Honda Motor in fourth, with Nissan the fifth best-selling line. These five brands, of the 37-mainstream automakers doing business here, currently account

  • Weekend Racing Schedule for July 18, 2009

    The Sprint Cup teams are idle this weekend in preparation for next weekend’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Nationwide Series goes to Gateway International Speedway,a 1.25-mile facilty just across the river from St. Louis, Mo. The Camping World Trucks are at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. Saturday, July 18 Camping World Trucks Built Ford