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March 29, 2003 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Andy Belmont drew inspiration from Tug McGraw's chest-thumping antics as a relief pitcher for the 1980 world champion Phillies. Today, Belmont hopes to return the favor as McGraw recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor. Belmont's No. 91 Pontiac will carry two special messages - "Get Well Tug McGraw" and "You Gotta Believe" - in this afternoon's Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. "Having grown up near Philly, I had to do something," said Belmont, a Penndel native.
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November 5, 2009 | by Daily News
Dickies 500 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas TV/Radio: Channel 6/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM) Race course: 1.5- mile tri-oval Race distance: 501 miles/334 laps. Last year's race winner: Carl Edwards Last year's pole winner: Jeff Gordon Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers, 196.235 mph (27.518 seconds) in November 2006. Track facts: Edwards hasn't won since last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He swept Texas' races in 2008 ... Brad Keselowski will replace David Stremme in the No. 12 Dodge this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
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June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
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April 9, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Matt Kenseth won the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 yesterday despite running only five laps in practice at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. His few laps came Friday, before he blew an engine. Saturday's practice was rained out, and more wet weather Sunday postponed the race, leaving everyone guessing about chassis setups on the repaved 1 1/2-mile oval. Kenseth found the answer, holding the lead with a late-race, two-tire stop and driving to an easy victory in his No. 17 Roush Racing Ford.
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November 1, 2007
Dickies 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas When: Sunday, 3:30p.m. TV/Radio: Channel 6/WXTU (92.5-FM), WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1-mile oval Race distance: 334 laps/501 miles Last year's race winner: Tony Stewart Last year's pole winner: Brian Vickers, 196.235 mph (track qualifying record) Track facts: Jimmie Johnson was runner-up in last year's race; Kevin Harvick was third . . . Jeff Burton's victory in the spring race at Texas makes him the only two-time winner in 13 Cup races at the track . . . Matt Kenseth was runner-up in the spring race . . . Johnson has won the last two Chase races.
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December 21, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
The highly anticipated Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight that figures to be one of boxing's richest ever will be held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 5. The designation of the site by Golden Boy Promotions was made yesterday - 5 weeks after an announcement saying the pair would meet for De La Hoya's 154-pound WBC title in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. The live gate could exceed a Nevada-record $18 million, which would better the $16.8 million generated by the Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield rematch in 1999.
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April 1, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
One of the greatest of the two-way pro football players, George "Moose" Connor, died yesterday in Chicago after a long illness. He was 78. Connor was All-NFL at offensive and defensive tackle, and became the first of the big, mobile linebackers when the Bears needed the 6-3, 240-pounder to stop the sweeps of the Eagles' great running back, Steve Van Buren, in the late 1940s. Connor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. Connor was an All-America at Holy Cross before World War II interrupted his college career.
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April 12, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
A U.S. SENATOR from Connecticut has sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch asking that his Fox network not broadcast Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy wrote to the News Corp. chief that the race is taking place during Senate consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence in the wake of the elementary school shootings last December in Newtown, Conn. Murphy said the race will give national attention "to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate.
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June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
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August 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 17-year-old Soham Bharne drove through Texas last week, the new driver was cautious. He remembered to check his mirrors. He was careful to obey the speed limit. He let impatient 18-wheelers speed by him. And he made sure to track how much battery power he had after charging the small solar car. "It was terrifying," Bharne said. Bharne, of Norristown, and 11 of his classmates on Devon Preparatory School's solar car team were the only Pennsylvania students to compete in last week's annual Solar Car Challenge.
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November 8, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
LATE IN SUNDAY'S Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, I concluded "this is not entertaining. " It also wasn't racing, if you define racing as two or more race cars competing for the lead. Jimmie Johnson dominated the Texas race, leading 225 of 334 laps, including the last 34. His sixth victory of the year, combined with Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finished, gives Johnson a seven-point lead with two races remaining in the Chase. Johnson is closing in on his sixth Cup series title.
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April 15, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
A MEDICAL EXAMINER says a man who died in the infield during NASCAR's NRA 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway shot himself in the head. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office on Sunday said the death of Kirk Franklin , 42, of Saginaw, was a suicide. Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a "self-inflicted injury" after getting into an argument with other campers. The incident happened late in the Sprint Cup race. Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight has said alcohol may have been a factor.
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April 15, 2013 | Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kyle Busch was just trying to maintain the pace behind Martin Truex Jr. while waiting for his chance. His team pounced when the yellow flag came out with 21 laps to go in the National Rifle Association 500 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch finally regained the lead on pit road during that caution, then held on for the final 16 laps after the last restart in the Sprint Cup race, completing a NASCAR weekend sweep. "As soon as that caution came, my boys stepped up the plate and hit a grand slam," said Busch, who got his 26th career cup win in his 300th start.
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April 12, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
A U.S. SENATOR from Connecticut has sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch asking that his Fox network not broadcast Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy wrote to the News Corp. chief that the race is taking place during Senate consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence in the wake of the elementary school shootings last December in Newtown, Conn. Murphy said the race will give national attention "to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate.
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April 7, 2011
Samsung Mobile 500 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. TV/radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 334 laps/501 miles Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin Last year's pole winner: Tony Stewart, 191.327 mph Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers, 196.235 mph (Nov. 2006) Track facts: Denny Hamlin swept the Sprint Cup races at Texas last year. Jimmie Johnson was runner-up in the spring race . . . Carl Edwards' three victories at Texas lead all drivers.
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June 9, 2008 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Kyle Busch's racing triple weekend ended with a bump and a spin. On Lap 48 of yesterday's Pocono 500, Busch's Toyota veered to the right on the front straightaway and made contact with Jamie McMurray's Ford. Accompanied by the cheers of fans who consider Busch the biggest villain in the Cup series, he drove his damaged car to the garage area and later resumed racing. "I saw the [No.] 26 [McMurray] get high and thought he faded back further than what he did," Busch said. "I didn't know he was out there still.
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