At speeds more than 203, Ambrose wins Mich. pole
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Marcos Ambrose won the Sprint Cup pole at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 203.241 mph Saturday – the first time in a quarter-century the 200-mph mark was broken during qualifying on NASCAR’s top circuit.
Nineteen drivers surpassed 200 mph Saturday on the newly paved surface at MIS, and 40 broke the previous track record of 194.232, set by Ryan Newman in 2005. Speeds have been soaring since Thursday’s test sessions, and NASCAR decided to alter the left-side tires for today’s race, but that didn’t affect qualifying.
The last pole winner to break 200 mph in this series was Bill Elliott in 1987 at Talladega. This is Ambrose’s first Sprint Cup pole, and he posted the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in series history.
From the Cup to Nationwide, Logano wins another one
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Joey Logano followed up his Sprint Cup victory at Pocono last weekend with a win on the Nationwide Series on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
Logano held off James Buescher for his fifth Nationwide win of the year and 14th of his career. He has won four of the last five races in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Kurt Busch, back from a one-week suspension, finished third.
There was a red flag with seven laps to go after an accident involving Josh Richards and Jamie Dick. Flames shot briefly out of Dick’s car, but both drivers were evaluated and released after the crash.
Hunter-Reay gathers victory at the Milwaukee Mile
WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Ryan Hunter-Reay found his way back to victory lane at the Milwaukee Mile, holding off Tony Kanaan on Saturday.
It was the sixth career victory and first this season for Hunter-Reay, who brought home a victory for the man who brought the historic but financially troubled Milwaukee track back to IndyCar – car owner Michael Andretti, who served as the race promoter.
It wasn’t the first triumph at Milwaukee for Hunter-Reay, who won the 2004 race there in the now-defunct Champ Car Series.
An Ethiopian and a Kenyan win Grandma’s Marathon
DULUTH, Minn. – Ethiopian runner Girma Berhanu won Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota, and Kenyan runner Everlyne Lagat won the women’s division.
The Duluth News Tribune reported Berhanu finished Saturday’s race in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 25 seconds. Lagat finished in 2:33:14.
Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth is the 13th largest marathon in the U.S. and is run with two half marathons. About 7,600 people were expected to start the full marathon.
Jack Delehanty, 25, of Minneapolis, won the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 1:10:57. Kelly Brinkman, 31, of Bloomington, Minn., won the women’s division in 1:18:11.
Abdi Abdirahman, 35, of Tucson, Ariz., won the men’s U.S. Half Marathon Championship in 1:02:46. The women’s winner was Kara Goucher, 33, of Portland, Ore., with a time of 1:09:34.
Wambach scores No. 136 in a friendly win over Sweden
HALMSTAD, Sweden – Abby Wambach’s 136th career goal for the U.S. women’s team led the Americans past Sweden 3-1 on Saturday in a tune-up for the London Olympics.
Wambach connected just 8 minutes in, then Alex Morgan scored in the 22nd. Sweden’s Lotta Schelin scored in the 35th minute, and U.S. substitute Tobin Heath sealed the game with a header 11 minutes into the second half.
Wambach’s goal came off a punt from goalkeeper Hope Solo. Heather O’Reilly won the ball in the air, nodding it to Wambach. She turned on a defender and her half-volley from 35 yards caught the keeper out of goal.
The U.S. team will have one day of rest before facing Japan on Monday.