Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sports

Busch takes another NASCAR Nationwide victory

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch, starting from the pole, held off charging series leader Austin Dillon to win Friday night's Dollar General 300 Nationwide series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Earlier in the day, Busch had earned his ninth series pole this season, and for the eighth time in nine tries this year, Busch won from the top starting spot.

The victory was the series-best 11th of the season for Busch, who won for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte and 62nd in his career, extending his series record. He also owns the track record for victories with 13 including five in trucks — but none in Sprint Cup.

"I feel like I've really taken to this place over the years," Busch said. "I have it figured out in (trucks) and Nationwide but I seem to have a little bit of a struggle on the Cup side. We'll see if we can't change that around (tonight)."

In Victory Lane, Busch, who drove a black car trimmed in pink, announced he and wife Samantha were donating all race winnings to the Pretty in Pink Foundation to assist families dealing with breast cancer.

Sam Hornish finished third and remained eight points behind Dillon in the standings. Hornish scored an extra point for leading most laps (76).

"We had three guys fighting it out there till the end with everything we had," Dillon said. "It was a heck of a race. I told Sam it was the best race I felt like I was a part of all year, slicing and dicing out there.

Kevin Harvick came home fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth and Justin Allgaier.

Earlier, Busch said he apparently expects retaliation from Brad Keselowski for wrecking him in last weekend's Nationwide race at Kansas. "Probably for Brad being who Brad is, I guess I should be worried because he's stupid enough to do something," Busch said on SiriusXM NASCAR during Joe Gibbs Racing's fan day. Busch and Keselowski were racing side-by-side in Saturday's closing laps when Busch got into Keselowski's left rear. Keselowski's car hit the outside wall, and he angrily jumped out, jogged toward pit road and gestured wildly at Busch's crew.

Injured F1 driver dies: Maria de Villota, a pioneering female Formula One test driver who survived a 2012 crash in which she lost her right eye, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain. She was 33. The autopsy showed "neurological damage" from last year's wreck likely caused her death, her sister Isabel said. She added that her sister died in her sleep about 6 a.m. De Villota had seemingly recovered from the crash, though she was no longer testing. She wrote a book about her accident, which happened as she drove for Marussia at a test in England, and recently married. De Villota, a Madrid native, was the daughter of Emilio de Villota, who drove in F1 from 1976-82.

Comments
Lightning beats Predators in overtime

Lightning beats Predators in overtime

NASHVILLE — Steven Stamkos’ celebration said it all.The Lightning captain delivered an emphatic fist pump after his rocket one-timer clanked in off the crossbar, tying the score with just over two minutes left at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night. T...
Updated: 1 hour ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 23

Tuesday’s scoreboardBoys basketballBoca Ciega 55, Canterbury 53Girls basketballBoca Ciega 65, Largo 19
Updated: 2 hours ago

James joins exclusive group with 30K points

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — LeBron James became the youngest player ever with 30,000 career points, but LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 to lift the Spurs over the slumping Cavaliers 114-102 on Tuesday night. James had 28 while becoming the seventh member of the...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning journal: Mikhail Sergachev a healthy scratch

Lightning journal: Mikhail Sergachev a healthy scratch

NASHVILLE — Lightning rookie D Mikhail Sergachev was a healthy scratch Tuesday for the first time this season.Coach Jon Cooper didn’t elaborate before a 4-3 overtime victory over the Predators, just labeling it a "coach’s decision."It was a bold deci...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Predators

Steven Stamkos is showing signs of snapping out of his slump. Stamkos, who Tuesday snapped a nine-game goal drought, had more jump (and four shots) Monday. On Tuesday, Stamkos had a slick setup on a 2-on-1 for Vladislav Namestnikov’s goal. Stamkos’ 3...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMarquette at Xavier6:30 p.m.FS1South Carolina at Florida7 p.m.SEC; 1250-AMGeorgia Tech at Florida State7 p.m.FSF; 1010-AMBoston College at Syracuse7 p.m.ESPNUSt. Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure7 p.m.CBSSNNebraska at Rutgers7 p.m.Bi...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Two quick goals in second lift Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Dominik Simon and Jean-Sebastien Dea scored 76 seconds apart in the second period, fellow rookie Casey DeSmith made 34 saves and the Penguins beat the Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night. Jake Guentzel added a goal midway through the third a...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Back on right path, Robinson High’s Byron Pringle hopes to impress at Senior Bowl

Back on right path, Robinson High’s Byron Pringle hopes to impress at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. — Byron Pringle understands how easily his life could have gone another way."I’ve been through a lot, but I’m very blessed," he said. "What happened in the past, it made me who I am today. It’s made me realize you have to value the thing...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Downcast Nadal hobbles out, unable to finish fifth set

Downcast Nadal hobbles out, unable to finish fifth set

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal limped off the court after quitting in pain early in the fifth set Tuesday to send Marin Cilic into the semifinals of the Australian Open, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0.The top seed, who had been treated on his upp...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Senior Bowl journal: Washington State teammates playing with heavy hearts after QB’s suicide

Senior Bowl journal: Washington State teammates playing with heavy hearts after QB’s suicide

MOBILE, Ala. — Washington State QB Luke Falk and G Cole Madison began their practices at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday with heavy hearts, still reeling from last week’s news that Cougars QB Tyler Hilinski had committed suicide.They remembered their frie...
Updated: 4 hours ago