Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Sports

Truck lead swaps in Hamlin's victory

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Denny Hamlin ducked under Matt Crafton with five laps to go to win the NASCAR trucks Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on a day when the points lead was jumbled with three races left.

The victory Saturday was Hamlin's second in the series, both on NASCAR's oldest track. Ty Dillon was knocked from the points lead he had held since mid September. Running sixth, he cut a tire with 48 laps to go, spent significant time on pit road and finished 28th. Now he is 21 points behind James Buescher, who started the day one point back.

Buescher's team struggled to get his truck working right and at one point he was running 28th and even went a lap down. He rallied to finish sixth.

"This team knows never to give up," said Buescher, the series leader with four victories this season.

Vettel on F1 pole: Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel took the pole for today's Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida, edging teammate Mark Webber by 0.04 seconds for Red Bull's third straight front-row sweep. McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualified third and fourth, ahead of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Alonso trails Vettel by six points in the drivers' championship.

NHRA: Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) earned No. 1 qualifying spots for today's finals at the Big O Tires Nationals in Las Vegas, and Eddie Krawiec won the rain-delayed final from Mohnton, Pa., and qualified first in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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