Custer youngest winner at 16 in NASCAR series (Yahoo Sports) - Cole Custer's first stand as a NASCAR winner landed him in the stock car record book. Custer became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at 16, taking the checkered flag at New Hampshire in his seventh career Truck Series start. Custer dominated early and pulled away late off the final restart Saturday to win at 16 years, 7 months, 28 days. ''This is a pretty special race for our team,'' Custer said. Georgia Tech rallies past Virginia Tech, 27-24 (Yahoo Sports) - BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Harrison Butker kicked a 24-yard field goal with no time remaining and Georgia Tech rallied from an early deficit and remained unbeaten with a 27-24 victory against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Gordon, No. 19 Badgers trample Bowling Green (Yahoo Sports) - Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 19 Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green for a 68-17 victory Saturday. The Badgers (2-1) forced two turnovers on back-to-back possessions by the Falcons (2-2) in the first half to break open a close game. Clement finished with 111 yards on 16 carries, while quarterback Tanner McEvoy had 158 yards rushing on 11 attempts before departing late in the third quarter with Wisconsin leading by 52. Fresh off a bye week, the Badgers put together a dominating, all-around performance to squash Bowling Green's hopes for a second straight victory against a Big Ten team. No. 11 Michigan State smashes E Michigan 73-14 (Yahoo Sports) - Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 11 Michigan State scored the third-most points in program history, smashing Eastern Michigan 73-14 on Saturday. The Spartans (2-1) came up three points short of matching the school record set in 1989 against Northwestern and found the end zone on their first five possessions. Michigan State scored 75 points against Arizona in 1949. Eastern Michigan (1-3) was outgained 320-1 in the first half and surrendered the game's first 20 first downs. Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury out with hamstring injury (Yahoo Sports) - Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team's most consistent player this year may be done for the season. ''I am still going to do everything I can to be back as soon as possible,'' Ellsbury said Saturday. West Ham United 3-1 Liverpool - Liverpool suffer their third defeat in five Premier League games as West Ham United emerge victorious at Upton Park. Michel's 3 TDs lead No. 13 Georgia past Troy, 66-0 (Yahoo Sports) - Sony Michel ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns to highlight a big day for freshmen in No. 13 Georgia's 66-0 win over Troy on Saturday. Michel, playing behind Todd Gurley, had a 75-yard gain to set up his second touchdown. Among other standout freshmen for Georgia (2-1) were receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who scored on a 52-yard punt return, and Bryce Ramsey, who threw his first career touchdown pass. Dontreal Pruitt started at quarterback for Troy (0-4) as Brandon Silvers was held out after leaving last week's loss to Abilene Christian with a concussion. Hamilton & Rosberg 'back to normal' - Estimated 7,000 fans trade in Ray Rice jerseys (Yahoo Sports) - More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore's home stadium. The team handed out 5,595 new jerseys before running out before midday Saturday, then issued more than 2,400 vouchers for fans to pick up their jerseys once new shipments arrive in October. Team spokesman Kevin Byrne says the Ravens spent ''six figures'' on the trade-in, though declined to disclose an exact figure. Approximately 15 percent of those who showed up had their jerseys rejected because either they were not officially licensed by the NFL or hadn't been available through the team's online or stadium store. Oregon faces pass-happy offense at Washington St (Yahoo Sports) - Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu says playing against pass-happy Washington State is not a hardship but an opportunity. Actually, just 60 passes would be a relatively modest total for Washington State, which boasts the nation's top passing offense heading into Saturday's Pac-12 opener against the second-ranked Ducks in Pullman, Washington. Last year, Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw the ball an NCAA-record 89 times as Oregon beat the Cougars 62-38 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon (3-0) has won seven straight games against Washington State (1-2), which opened the season with losses to Rutgers and Nevada, games the Cougars were expected to win.

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IndyCar to race in Brazilian capital in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 7:28 pm]
SAO PAULO (AP) -- IndyCar says it will race in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia next year, returning to the country after a one-year absence.

Russian driver released from hospital (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 9:24 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been released from an Indianapolis hospital and is expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered in a crash last month.

Barfield leaves IndyCar for IMSA race director (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 5, 2014, 8:25 pm]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Beaux Barfield is leaving his role as race director of IndyCar for the same position with the Tudor United Sports Car Championship Series.

Teary-eyed Aussie Power wins first IndyCar crown (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 7:31 am]
Will Power, who had his championship dreams destroyed twice before when he crashed out of season-ending races, was overcome with emotion as he finally claimed his first IndyCar Series crown. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power, who raced strategically to take the crown with a ninth-place finish in Saturday's season-finale at the Auto Club Speedway track. It was enough to give the Australian a 62-point victory over runner-up Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan won Saturday's 250-lap race to earn his first win since last year's Indianapolis 500.

Power wins first IndyCar championship (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 6:13 am]
Will Power claimed his first IndyCar Series championship, using a conservative racing approach that allowed him to finish ninth in the final race of the season. Power had entered the 18th race of the season at the Auto Club Speedway with a 51 point lead over his Team Penske teammate. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power on Saturday. The 33-year-old Power was able to avoid the mishaps that destroyed his earlier attempts to maintain the overall points lead going into the last race of the season.

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:11 am]
Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race and claiming the season title after a career filled with agonizing misses. Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power drove an intelligent race with just enough aggression to preserve his healthy points lead. After briefly taking the lead late, Power comfortably held off second-place teammate Helio Castroneves and wrapped up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006. He led the IndyCar points standings heading into the final race in 2010 and 2012, and he led with two races left in 2011 - but he failed to claim the title each time.

Auto racer Aleshin upgraded to stable after crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 1:33 am]
Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was upgraded to stable condition after suffering head and chest injuries during a multi-car practice crash ahead of the IndyCar auto race. Aleshin had already qualified for Saturday's race when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night's schedule at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, 81 kilometers (50 miles) east of Los Angeles. The 27-year-old from Moscow, who earlier this year became the first Russian to compete in the Indianapolis 500, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. IndyCar doctor Terry Trammell said Aleshin's injuries included "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

IndyCar driver Aleshin healing after Fontana crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:54 pm]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing a procedure for a chest injury from his horrific crash during a practice session. IndyCar announced Aleshin's improvement Saturday before its season-ending race at Fontana. Aleshin was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday night after his car flew and spun into the air in Turn 4 at Fontana.

Aleshin in serious condition after IndyCar crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 8:25 pm]
Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin was in a serious condition in a California hospital on Saturday with a concussion, broken ribs and chest injuries after an IndyCar qualifying crash. Aleshin had qualified for Saturday's race in Fontana, east of Los Angeles, when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night. IndyCar medical consultant doctor Terry Trammell issued a statement early Saturday detailing Aleshin's injuries, which include "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 7:40 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. Aleshin was taken away from the Fontana track in an ambulance and airlifted to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center. The Russian driver has broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said. He slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin's car flying into the catch fence while spinning.

Big wreck in final IndyCar practice at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 3:20 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was taken away from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to a hospital Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. He was taken to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Castroneves on pole at Fontana IndyCar race (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 2:50 am]
Brazil's Helio Castroneves won the pole position while championship points leader Will Power, of Australia, qualified 21st for Saturday's Fontana IndyCar auto race, the final event of the season. With Friday's pole victory, Castroneves moved from 51 points to 50 behind Power in the battle for the 2014 IndyCar series title. It's just beginning," said Castroneves, who is aiming for his first championship. Castroneves posted a two-lap average speed of 351.6 km/h (218.5 mph) during Friday's qualifying.

Power faces final obstacles in IndyCar title race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 12:03 am]
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Will Power has been through too much heartbreak for too many IndyCar seasons to think his first series championship would be simple.

Power finishes 21st in IndyCar finale qualifying (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 11:04 pm]
Will Power has struggled in qualifying for the final race of the IndyCar season, leaving the series leader starting in 21st place when he chases his first championship. Power had the second-worst performance in qualifying, while Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves won the pole. Castroneves turned a lap with an average speed of 218.540 mph. Castroneves trails Power by 51 points in second place heading into the season finale. Both drivers are attempting to win their first IndyCar titles.

Houston removed from 2015 IndyCar calendar (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 9:42 pm]
IndyCar officials confirmed Friday that Houston, which hosted two races each of the past two seasons, will not be on next year's schedule. The two Grand Prix of Houston races were staged the past two seasons on a temporary circuit but no date could be arranged for next season. "(IndyCar) will always keep our options open when it comes to an important market like Houston," IndyCar chief executive Mark Miles said. The announcement came days after IndyCar announced a new race for 2015 would be staged just outside New Orleans, the Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Houston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 7:09 pm]
The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015. Scheduling conflicts prompted the change, IndyCar president Mark Miles says. Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was seriously injured at the Houston track in 2013, forcing his retirement from racing. Franchitti's car flew into a fence after he attempted to avoid contact from Takuma Sato, whose car came off line after hitting a bump in the temporary track.

Power looks for elusive IndyCar title at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 8:18 pm]
Stay on the lead lap, keep his car out of scrapes and within shouting distance of Helio Castroneves and the IndyCar championship will be Power's after Saturday's race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He has a 51-point lead over Penske teammate Castroneves - another elite driver in search of his first series title - and will clinch the crown by finishing sixth or better. ''It's just about, obviously, just aim for a top-five finish,'' said Power, who won last year's race at Fontana. Dario Franchitti won the title by a mere five points, even though Power had the dominant car all season.

Aussie Power seeks IndyCar season crown (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 6:03 pm]
Will Power, trying to become Australia's first IndyCar season champion, carries the points lead into the final race of the campaign for the fourth time in five years. Defending race champion Power can clinch the title with a finish of sixth or better no matter how Castroneves, his Penske Racing teammate, fares. Scotland's Dario Franchitti took the title in 2010 and 2011 and American Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the 2012 crown -- each time overtaking Power in the final race to take the championship. "I know that it's going to take a lot of hard work and a very good race to win the championship.

IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 8:32 pm]
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Power shakes off quake but can't close out title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 10:09 pm]
There he found frightened teammate Helio Castroneves, clad only in the complimentary hotel bathrobe, and Team Penske President Tim Cindric, who was calm and collected and already plotting their next move. Power said Cindric collected their car keys from the valet stand and, after it was clear to return to the damaged hotel to grab their belongings, everyone headed to Sonoma Raceway to attempt to get a little more sleep.

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