Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Keselowski wins rain-shortened Nationwide race

SPARTA, Ky. — Brad Kese­lowski took his final lead on the 156th lap and went on to a rain-shortened win Friday night in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway.

Rain halted the Feed the Children 300 on Lap 170 of the scheduled 200-lap event.

After Keselowski finished second Thursday in the trucks race, the Sprint Cup champion led four times for 59 laps en route to his second victory of the year and second at the track in three years. Elliott Sadler was second.

"This is the type of car you get once a year if you are lucky," Kese­lowski said. "Driving this car I feel like Jimmie Johnson. This is a rocket."

Series points leader Regan Smith saw his 28-point edge over Justin Allgaier whacked to eight over Sam Hornish.

Outgoing Webber fast in British GP practice

SILVERSTONE, England — Mark Webber, who announced a day earlier that he will leave Formula One racing after this season to race prototype-style sports cars, took to a rain-soaked track and posted the second-fastest lap in practice for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Webber, 36, said he has signed a multiyear deal with Porsche to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship series.

"I'm very much looking forward to this new challenge," Webber posted on his website. "Porsche will undoubtedly set itself very high goals."

Webber, who joined F1 in 2002, has nine career wins and 36 podium finishes overall.

The Australian is winless this season and fifth in the F1 standings, 63 points behind teammate and points leader Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg clocked the fastest lap, 0.299 seconds better than Webber. Qualifying is today.

NHRA: John Force, 64, topped Funny Car qualifying at the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., with a run of 4.035 seconds at 314.02 mph in a Ford Mustang. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) led their classifications.

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