The Busch brothers will start on the front row for the second time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after younger brother Kyle set a Texas...
Busch brothers take
top spots in qualifying
The Busch brothers will start on the front row for the second time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after younger brother Kyle set a Texas qualifying record with a lap of 196.299 mph Friday night in Fort Worth. That knocked Kurt off the pole, but not off the front row for Saturday night’s race.
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“Not too shabby of a day. … I feel like we have a good piece for the race,” Kyle Busch said.
It took that record qualifying lap by Kyle to knock Kurt Busch off the pole after his lap of 195.688 mph in his Chevrolet.
Greg Biffle, who won at Texas last April, qualified 35th in his Ford after a lap of 190.921 mph. Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne qualified 14th.
Kyle Busch wins again
in Nationwide event
Kyle Busch raced to his third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide victory this season and his sixth overall at Texas, leading 91 of 200 laps in Fort Worth.
Busch is the first six-time winner in any series at the 1 ½-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway.
While driving a car he owned last season, Busch didn’t win in the Nationwide Series. He is back in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this year. After finishing 22nd in the season opener at Daytona, he has four wins to push his series victory record to 55.
Busch finished 2.27 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski. Kahne finished eighth.
Tebow says he has a
New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow plans to report for offseason workouts Monday with a “great attitude.”
Speaking at his annual charity event in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Tebow offered little insight into his feelings about the Jets signing quarterback David Garrard or about the rampant speculation that his time in New York might be ending after one disappointing and unproductive season.
“It’s nothing I can control, and like I’ve said ever since I was at Nease High School, I really try not to worry about what I can’t control,” Tebow said.
In free-agent signings around the league, Cincinnati got offensive guard Mike Pollak; Kansas City got linebacker Zac Diles, and Baltimore signed linebacker Rolando McClain.
Senators deal Devils
their 9th straight loss
After two straight wins, the Ottawa Senators are feeling a little better about their playoff chances. The New Jersey Devils, on the other hand, couldn’t feel any worse after absorbing their ninth straight loss.
The visiting Senators, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, extended the Devils’ losing streak to within one of the franchise record with a 2-0 win.
Elsewhere, Chicago tied the score late in regulation, then clinched the Central Division title with a 3-2 shootout victory over Detroit.
Clay Court semis
Fifth-seeded John Isner had 19 aces, the fastest at 146 mph, to overpower Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship quarterfinals in Houston.
The 6-foot-9 American will face third-seeded defending champion Juan Monaco of Argentina, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over qualifier Robby Ginepri, in the semifinals.
In the other quarterfinals, top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain and American wild-card Rhyne Williams advanced.
• Showing again he’s getting better with age, 6-year-old Wise Dan took control at the top of the stretch Friday to win the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
With Jose Lezcano aboard, the 2012 Horse of the Year and the race favorite, ran a mile on the turf in 1 minute, 36.37 seconds. Wise Dan paid $2.80 to win in his fourth straight Grade I win.
• Barcelona will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals and Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund as Friday’s draw kept the Spanish and German teams apart.
• Major League Soccer moved the Montreal Impact’s game against the visiting Columbus Crew from Saturday to Sunday because of the possibility of snow and rain.
• The NCAA’s enforcement staff has agreed to strike at least some of former Miami quarterback Kyle Wright’s testimony from its case against the Hurricanes, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press.
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