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LONG POND, Pa. — It's not a good idea to rile up Jimmie Johnson. A week after a penalty for jumping the final restart at Dover knocked Johnson out of a near-certain victory, Johnson absolutely scorched the field in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400, beating Greg Biffle to the finish line by 1.208 seconds.

The win was Johnson's third of the season, his third at the Tricky Triangle and the 63rd of his career. Johnson increased his series lead over second-place Carl Edwards (18th Sunday) to a staggering 51 points after 14 races.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

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Scott Medlin, director of many of the athletic competitions at Highland Games, is bringing a demonstration of “Heavy Athletics” to the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival on Saturday, June 15. The program will take place several times in the morning and afternoon on the old Franklin Motel grounds on W. Palmer Street. Along with the most dramatic event, Turning the Caber, Medlin’s crew of athletes will also toss the 56-pound weights for height (over steel towers that are raised higher and higher with each successful toss), and distance, toss sheaves (bales) with a pitchfork, and the Clachneart hammer throw. The group also is proficient at Scottish Wrestling. These are kilted events.

The Caber is a “peeled” telephone pole. The contestant balances the 22 ft. pole vertically on his torso until it is immobile and without further assistance runs until he feels he can tip it end over end onto the ground. The Toss does not count until the caber flips 180 degrees.

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DOVER, Del. - A penalty to Jimmie Johnson was all Tony Stewart needed to break out of a four-month slump.

After Johnson was assessed a drive-through penalty for jumping the final restart - a sanction Johnson protested vehmently - Stewart passed Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 398 of 400 to win Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.

The victory was the first of the season and third at Dover for Stewart, who has notched 42 of his 48 career wins after May 31. Stewart finished .788 seconds ahead of Montoya, who matched his career-best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish on an oval track.

Jeff Gordon came home third, followed by Kyle Busch and reigning Cup champion Brad Keselowski. Johnson finished 17th, the first car one lap down, smarting from a penalty he felt was unjustified.

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CONCORD, N.C. - After 389 laps in NASCAR’s motorsports marathon, the 54th running of the Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway came down to an 11-lap shootout--and Kevin Harvick won it.

Harvick pulled away during an 11-lap green-flag run to the finish to beat Kasey Kahne to the finish line by 1.491 seconds. The victory was Harvick’s second of the season, his second at Charlotte and the 21st of his career.

Kurt Busch ran third, followed by polesitter Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose completed the top 10.

On a night where the second half of the race produced non-stop action and plenty of contact, 10 spectators were injured when a TV camera drive line broke, three of them seriously enough to warrant transportation to a local hospital.

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published: 10/18/2013
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