NASCAR: Kyle Busch victory

Posted: March 25, 2013 by Rizwan Riyad in sports
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bildeKyle Busch earned his first Sprint Cup victory of the season at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling finish at the Auto Club 400.

Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol. Logano hit the outside wall and Hamlin the inside wall, with Hamlin getting attention in an ambulance and eventually getting airlifted to a hospital due to traffic around the track.

Defending Fontana champion Tony Stewart then confronted Logano after the race and shoved the younger driver before teammates pulled them apart. Logano blocked Stewart out of a late restart, infuriating the veteran three-time Sprint Cup series champion, who finished 22nd.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and took over the lead in the points standings despite falling from third to 22nd late in the race with a dismal pit stop. Logano was third, with Carl Edwards fourth and Kurt Busch fifth. Defending series champion Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills) finished 23rd, missing the top five for the first time all season.

Kyle Busch’s victory was his 25th in NASCAR, completing his ninth career weekend sweep after his Nationwide Series victory Saturday.

IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe, the Canadian driver poised to become IndyCar’s next star, grabbed his first career victory. Fittingly it came at St. Petersburg, Fla., the adopted hometown of the late Dan Wheldon, the driver who signed to drive the GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport shortly before his death in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas. The open seat then went to Hinchcliffe, who drove the bright green No. 27 to victory in front of Wheldon’s wife and two children. Hinchcliffe passed Helio Castroneves on the final restart to take the lead and held on to win by 1.09 seconds over the defending race winner.

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel’s 27th victory in Formula One didn’t earn him a lot of admiration. He even had to apologize for it. The three-time defending champion ignored team orders and overtook fellow Red Bull driver Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix, having been told to stand down and cruise to a 1-2 finish. Vettel later apologized, saying he didn’t realize he had been told to hold back. Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished third and fourth, receiving the same team orders and, this time, obeying them.

More Details: Sprint Cup standings

The race for the Chase for the Cup after Sunday’s race. The top-12 drivers qualify for the 10-race run to the championship. The leaders:

DRIVER PTS ??WINS
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 199 ??0
2. Brad Keselowski 187 ??0
3. Jimmie Johnson 183 ??1
4. Carl Edwards 164 ??1
5. Greg Biffle 164 ??0
6. Kyle Busch 163 ??1
7. Kasey Kahne 159 ??1
8. Paul Menard 154 ??0
9. Joey Logano 146 ??0
10. Denny Hamlin 145 ??0
11. Matt Kenseth 141 ??1
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 139 ??0

Next race: STP Gas Booster 500, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va, 1 p.m. April 7

news source – Detroit Free Press freep

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