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SONOMA, Calif. — For Martin Truex Jr., a welcome oasis called Sonoma Raceway at long last ended one of the longest droughts in NASCAR racing.

With a convincing victory in Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350, Truex ended a winless streak of 218 races dating to June 4, 2007, at Dover, where he finished 7,355 seconds ahead of runner-up

Ryan Newman. On Sunday at Sonoma, Truex beat second-place Jeff Gordon by an even bigger margin—8.133 seconds—as Juan Pablo Montoya dropped from the second position after running out of fuel on the next-to-last lap.


Win gives Ford Motor Co. its 1,000th NASCAR victory.

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle feels right at home at Michigan International Speedway.

He took the lead for good on a late restart and ran away from the field in the closing laps to win Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. The No. 16 Ford driver won his second straight race here and the 19th of his career. Four of those victories have come at MIS.

"It's definitely a special day," Biffle said after delivering Ford Motor Co. its 1,000th victory in NASCAR's three national touring series. "Just super-excited for Ford and sure excited to be No. 1,000."


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.


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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