Busch leads qualifiers for Sprint Cup Series event
Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth had two of the strongest cars in the season-opening Daytona 500 but had nothing to show for it after engine failures.
The Joe Gibbs Racing duo is determined not to let that happen Saturday night in their return to Daytona International Speedway — site of the Coke Zero 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series restrictor-plate event.
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Busch and Kenseth swept the front row in Friday qualifying, with Busch turning a lap at 193.723 mph to win the pole in Daytona Beach, Fla. Kenseth was second at 193.299.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start in fourth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 10th.
Kahne was wrecked in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 and in a restrictor-plate race in Talladega, Ala., by Busch. Busch isn’t expecting intentional payback.
“That’s a real, legitimate question?” Busch said when asked if he was concerned about Kahne. “I think we know that Kasey is a lot better than that. No, it doesn’t have any worry or concern on me.”
On Friday night at Daytona, Kenseth won the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and James Buescher finished second.
Kenseth has won 26 Nationwide races.
Elliott Sadler placed third and picked up a $100,000 bonus from Nationwide as the highest-finishing driver in the “Dash 4 Cash” program.
Sagan wins 7th Tour stage
Cannondale rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the hilly seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish while Orica GreenEdge rider Daryl Impey of South Africa kept the yellow jersey for another day before the race heads into the daunting Pyrenees.
Sagan held off German John Degenkolb of Team Argos-Shimano to capture his first stage victory in this year’s Tour. Sagan covered 127.7 miles from Montpellier to Albi in 4 hours, 54 minutes, 12 seconds.
Sky Procycling rider Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway is in second place, three seconds behind Sagan.
American Christian Vande Velde, 37, of the Garmin-Sharp team withdrew from what he said was his last major race after his second crash in a three-day span.
“I won’t be back next year,” Vande Velde said. “This was my last Grand Tour. It’s not a great way to go, that’s for sure. You’re almost relieved, in a way, to stop. But at the same time, two or three days from now I’ll be sitting at home watching my teammates — it’s going to be really hard.”
Vande Velde also failed to finish the Tour because of crashes in 2001 and 2010.
Man U: Rooney will stay
New Manchester United manager David Moyes said forward Wayne Rooney will remain with the English Premier League champions and won’t be sold.
Rooney, 27, had indicated before the end of last season, before manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired, that he wanted to leave United after nine years.
Grand-jury probe expands
A Connecticut man who says he lost an eye after being shot by Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered to appear before a grand jury in Massachusetts that is considering a murder case against the former New England Patriots tight end.
Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander in Hartford, Conn., ordered Alexander Bradley to appear July 17 in Fall River, Mass., where a grand jury is looking into allegations Hernandez orchestrated the shooting of Odin Lloyd.
Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17 near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.
Hernandez has been charged with murder in district court in Massachusetts but a grand-jury indictment or probable-cause hearing would be necessary for him to face trial on felony charges. Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty.
Bradley, 33, has filed a civil lawsuit against Hernandez, asserting he was shot in the face by the former player in February as they were driving in Florida after arguing in a Miami strip club. At the time, Bradley told police he did not know who had shot him.
• The organization that runs the Edward Jones Dome has made it official: The 18-year-old facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade the St. Louis Rams requested.
Kathleen Ratcliffe, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission president, informed the NFL team of the decision in a letter dated Tuesday. The Rams have the option to break their lease with the dome after the 2014 season, but team officials have been noncommittal about their plans.
• Ted Hood, a yachtsman, yacht designer and builder from Rhode Island who captained the winner of the 1974 America’s Cup, died June 28 at a nursing home in Middletown, R.I. He was 86.
Hood had pneumonia and heart trouble, according to his son, Richard Hood.
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