Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Stenhouse wins race, closes in

HAMPTON, Ga. — Ricky Stenhouse used a late push from runnerup Brad Keselowski to pass Kevin Harvick and win the Nationwide race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

After a restart with three laps to go, Harvick lost the lead on the final lap of the NRA American Warrior 300 as his car got loose coming out of Turn 2. Stenhouse, who was bumped by Keselowski on the front straightaway, went ahead for good in Turn 3.

Stenhouse, the defending series champion, raced to his fourth victory of the season in NASCAR's second-tier series, and moved within 12 points of leader Elliott Sadler.

Keselowski got into a heated argument after the race with fellow Sprint Cup star Harvick, who accused him of throwing a water bottle out of his car to cause an earlier caution flag.

Harvick, who led 157 of the 195 laps on the 1.54-mile track, failed to win a Nationwide race for the eighth time when leading the most laps.

Sadler finished fourth, followed by Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillion, pole winner Kyle Busch, Cole Whitt, Sam Hornish and Michael Annett.

INDYCAR: Defending race winner and series leader Will Power took the pole for today's Grand Prix of Baltimore with a lap at 94.184 mph around the 2.04-mile downtown street circuit. Power added a point to his lead and is 37 ahead of American Ryan Hunter-Reay; if the Australian leaves Baltimore with a 54-point lead he'll win his first championship. Mike Conway (93.494 mph) will start second and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais (93.139) lines up fourth.

FORMULA ONE: Britain's Jenson Button earned the pole for today's Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps with a lap of 1 minute, 47.573 seconds. It's his eighth career pole and first since joining McLaren in 2010. In a surprise, Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela qualified second and third, respectively.

NHRA: Spencer Massey led Top Fuel after the second of three days of qualifying with a run of 3.762 seconds at 324.51 mph at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Courtney Force (4.049 seconds, 317.27 mph) led Funny Car, Erica Enders (6.624, 208.84) topped Pro Stock and Andrew Hines (6.928, 194.21) led Pro Stock Motorcycle. The final two rounds of qualifying are today for the most prestigious event in the series, which holds eliminations Monday.

Stenhouse wins race, closes in 09/01/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 1, 2012 10:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jones: Koetter-Winston exchange highlights latest 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    There are certain things that make HBO's Hard Knocks must-see television.

    Jameis Winston, left, has an exchange with Dirk Koetter that highlights Hard Knocks.
  2. Trevor Plouffe is DFA'd by Rays, Kittredge recalled for now

    Blogs

    INF Trevor Plouffe didn't do much with the opportunity the Rays gave him, and time ran out Tuesday when he was designated for assignment after the game.

    Plouffe hit just .178, with one homer and two RBIs, in 31 games for the Rays, his primary playing time from starting at first or third against lefties.

  3. Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say the Rays are out of it, but scoring a half-dozen runs in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays was another promising sign.

    Corey Dickerson high-fives Wilson Ramos after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, putting the Rays up 2-1.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    C Wilson Ramos, coming off right knee surgery, often takes it easy on the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single, finishing with three more hits.

  5. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.