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TRUCKS VICTORY BRINGS HORNADAY CLOSER TO TOP

Ron Hornaday won Friday's NASCAR truck series Power Stroke Diesel 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in a green-white-checkered finish. Hornaday, who held off Johnny Benson, earned his second series win at the track, formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Hornaday, the series champion in 1996 and '98, closed within 77 points of standings leader Mike Skinner, who finished 20th.

Travis Kvapil finished third, and was followed by Rick Crawford and Ken Schrader. Todd Bodine finished sixth.

NEXTEL CUP: Robert Yates Racing and open-wheel powerhouse Newman/Haas/Lanigan announced they intend to form a partnership. Yates, whose team has struggled for several years after being one of NASCAR's winningest teams, has actively sought a partner or buyer for more than a year. The deal would rename the team Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan.

FORMULA ONE: As expected, Indianapolis is missing from the schedule for 2008, marking the first time in eight years there will be no event in the United States. Negotiations broke down between F1 series boss Bernie Ecclestone and Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George after this year's race.

CHAMP CAR: Series leader and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais earned the provisional pole for Sunday's San Jose (Calif.) Grand Prix. His lap of 49.509 seconds (104.926 mph) on the 1.44-mile street circuit edged Justin Wilson (104.424 mph). Qualifying continues today. Also, rookie Tristan Gommendy, injured in a crash during qualifying for last weekend's race in Canada, has been cleared to drive.

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