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Kenseth’s sweep attempt will start from the pole position

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Saturday night race at Daytona International Speedway.

Kenseth turned a lap at 192.386 mph Friday in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford to earn the top starting spot. He’s trying to become the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the season races at Daytona.

Tony Stewart was second, turning a lap at 192.361 in a Chevrolet. Teammate Ryan Newman qualified third at 192.353. Kasey Kahne qualified fourth and was followed by Greg Biffle.

Jeff Gordon was sixth, followed by Bill Elliott in a Turner Motorsports entry. Casey Mears was eighth, AJ Allmendinger was the highest qualifying Dodge at ninth, and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 10.

Kurt Busch hangs on for wild win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.– Kurt Busch won a wild Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, holding off three challengers over the final hundred yards in a battered race car.

Busch’s victory was his second this season, each with different teams. He won for his brother’s team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, at Richmond earlier in the year. He took the checkered flag for Phoenix Racing on Friday.

The race had several crashes that left less than half the field on the lead lap for a green-white-checkered finish. Busch started the two-lap sprint pushing Austin Dillonbut made a move to the front with a lap left, then held off Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael Annett and Dillon as they neared the finish line.

Stenhouse was second, followed by Annett, Dillon and Joey Logano.

Wilson’s pit-row bump puts 2 crew members in hospital

TORONTO – IndyCar driver Justin Wilson blamed a faulty transmission for causing an accident in pit lane that sent two crew members to the hospital Friday during the first practice session for the Honda Indy Toronto.

Sebastien Bourdais’ pit crew member, Chuck Homan, suffered the most severe injury after he had his leg pinned between two cars. Raffi Aroyan, also a member of Bourdais’ Dragon Racing team, was taken to the hospital because of an ankle injury.

IndyCar announced Homan was treated and released, while Aroyan was released after not requiring treatment.

The crash happened in the pits, when Wilson had difficulty stopping his car and ran into the back of Bourdais’ parked car.

Olympic Basketball

Nigeria and Russia reach the qualifying semifinals

CARACAS, Venezuela – Russia and Nigeria won Friday to reach the semifinals of the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

Russia beat Angola 80-65, and Nigeria edged Greece 80-79.

The top three teams in the tournament will receive the final spots in the London Olympics.

Russia will face Nigeria in today’s semifinals, with the winner advancing to London. The other semifinal will pit the winner of Friday’s late quarterfinals, Macedonia vs. the Dominican Republic and Lithuania vs. Puerto Rico.

The losing semifinalists will play Sunday for the final place.

Nine teams already have qualified for London: Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil, Britain, China, Australia, Tunisia and the United States.

Parker passes his eye test, will play for France in London

PARIS – Spurs guard Tony Parker can play for European runner-up France in the Olympic Games after San Antonio’s doctors agreed he has recovered from an eye injury.

Parker scratched his left cornea during a nightclub melee in New York last month.

Parker is joining the French squad in Orleans, and he could play in today’s tuneup against England.

France’s first game at the Olympics is against the United States on July 29.

Associated Press

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