Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Up next races on major auto racing circuits

Sprint Cup

What: Quicken Loans 400

When/where: Today, qualifying (Speed, 3:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 1 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has only the two Michigan victories in 192 starts for Hendrick Motorsports. He won 17 times in 291 starts for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Standings: 1. Jimmie Johnson, 521; 2. Carl Edwards, 470; 3. Clint Bowyer, 452; 4. Earnhardt, 439; 5. Kevin Harvick, 434; 6. Matt Kenseth, 418; 7. Kyle Busch, 412; 8. Kasey Kahne, 400; 9. Brad Kese­lowski, 398; 10. Greg Biffle, 395


What: Alliance Truck Parts 250

When/where: Today, practice (Speed, 1 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.), race (Ch. 28, 2:15 p.m.); Brooklyn, Mich.

Fast facts: Austin Dillon has won three consecutive poles to tie Trevor Bayne, Sam Ard, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip for the series record.

Standings: 1. Regan Smith, 411; 2. Sam Hornish, 384; 3. Brian Vickers, 369; 4. Justin Allgaier, 368; 5. Austin Dillon, 358


What: Milwaukee IndyFest

When/where: Today, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Saturday, race (NBCSN, 4:40 p.m.); West Allis, Wis.

Standings: 1. Helio Castroneves, 259; 2. Marco Andretti, 237; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 232


What: Thunder Valley Nationals

When/where: Today, qualifying; Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 7 p.m.); Sunday, final eliminations, (ESPN2, 1 p.m.); Bristol, Tenn.

Standings: Top Fuel – 1. Shawn Langdon, 746; 2. Tony Schu­macher, 742. Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, 689; 2. Johnny Gray, 645. Pro Stock — 1. Mike Edwards, 853; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 701. Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Hector Arana, 417; 2. Scotty Pollacheck, 266


Next: UNOH 225, June 27, (Sparta) Kentucky Speedway

Formula One

Next: British Grand Prix, June 30, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England

Police investigate driver's fatal crash

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. — State Police are investigating what caused the dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on Wednesday.

Leffler died after crashing during the first heat at Bridgeport Speedway, a dirt track about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia. A spectator, Chris Taitt, said he was at the race but looking the other way when the crash occurred. He said Leffler had been in second place, apart from other cars when his car slammed into a wall.

Leffler, 37, a native of Long Beach, Calif., won twice in the Nationwide series and finished in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, two of racing's signature events. But apart from a last-place finish in Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono, he had spent most of 2013 racing on dirt tracks.

"Jason Leffler was a great racer and an even better friend," said Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart, once a teammate of Leffler's at Joe Gibbs Racing. "To not have him around to talk about whatever race one of us had just run, or were going to run, will be hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his son, Charlie, who Jason loved more than anything."

Times wires

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

CHICAGO — The Lightning got more bad news Monday with wing Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks with a lower-body injury. It’s a big blow to a struggling Tampa Bay team, which is now without its top defense­man (Victor Hedman) and now arguably its best defensi...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Bucks fire Kidd in midst of slump

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising end to Kidd’s three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made th...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Mrazek strong in goal again as Red Wings blank Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — Petr Mrazek had 37 saves in posting his second straight shutout and third of the season as the Red Wings beat the slumping Devils 3-0 on Monday night. Tyler Bertuzzi, David Booth and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballArkansas at Georgia6:30 p.m.SECProvidence at Villanova6:30 p.m.FS1Kansas at Oklahoma7 p.m.ESPNWisconsin at Iowa7 p.m.ESPN2Oklahoma State at Texas Tech7 p.m.ESPNewsVanderbilt at Tennessee7 p.m.ESPNUDavidson at Dayton7 p.m.CBSSNW...
Updated: 7 hours ago

MELBOURNE, Australia — Back-to-back shockers resulted in a most unexpected Australian Open men’s quarterfinal. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem lost within a few hours Monday, leaving Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren pla...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Blackhawks

Matt Peca and Michael Bournival likely won’t be the last callups by the Lightning the next month or so. There are plenty of other deserving candidates at AHL Syracuse, with Adam Erne likely getting a shot had he not been injured. With Ondrej Palat ou...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0; Dixie Hollins 2, East Lake 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0...
Updated: 8 hours ago

NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition gets some changes

Skills Competition gets a new lookThe NHL switched up its format for Saturday’s All-Star Game Skills Competition (7 p.m, NBSCN). There will be six events, including the traditional hardest shot, accuracy shooting, plus a passing challenge, puck contr...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Vikes’ Shurmur to lead Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired as the Giants head coach Monday afternoon. The Giants announced the hiring less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Eagles in the NFC title game. S...
Updated: 10 hours ago