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Montoya makes it 2 in a row on the Sprint Cup pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Juan Pablo Montoya won the Sprint Cup pole for the Finger Lakes 355 at Watkins Glen International.

Montoya turned a lap around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout in 69.438 seconds at 127.020 mph to eclipse the track record of 69.767 seconds at 126.421 mph set a year ago by Kyle Busch. It’s Montoya’s second consecutive pole and ninth of his career.

Busch qualified second, also eclipsing the track record.

Jimmie Johnson qualified third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose. Ryan Newman, five-time Watkins Glen winner Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Truex Jr. and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10.

Points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 16th.

Edwards wins his first start this year on Nationwide tour

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Carl Edwards won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Watkins Glen International.

Edwards, making his first series start of the season, beat Brad Keselowski on a two-lap dash to the checkered flag for his 38th career victory, breaking a tie with Kevin Harvick for third all-time.

Pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr. finished third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ron Fellows.

Points leader Elliott Sadler was 12th.

Kyle Busch, who started from the back of the field because his team made changes to his No. 54 Toyota, managed to finish sixth despite mechanical problems.

Danica Patrick, making her first series start at Watkins Glen, was taken out on the first turn of the race by Ryan Truex and finished last.


Tschopp wins 5th stage, takes Tour of Utah lead

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah – Johann Tschopp emerged after a successful attack over the final miles to win the fifth stage of the Tour of Utah and take the overall lead Saturday.

The Swiss rider finished the 102-mile stage in 4 hours, 18 minutes, 19 seconds.

The Czech Republic’s Leopold Koenig finished second, 44 seconds behind. American Joseph Dombrowski was third, 48 seconds behind Tschopp.

All three cyclists were part of a small attack initiated by two-time defending Tour of Utah champion Levi Leipheimer over the final three miles through Little Cottonwood Canyon. The attack occurred on the final climb in a stage that featured 12,139 vertical feet of climbing.

Tschopp also claimed his first career yellow jersey after unseating U.S. rider Christian Vande Velde as the overall leader with a cumulative time of 18:18.49. Vandevelde was 38 seconds behind Tschopp.

U.S. rider Matthew Busche climbed to third, 43 seconds back.

Fort Lewis College alumnus Tom Danielson finished 16th, 2:29 off the pace and is 11th overall, 1:32 behind Tschopp.

Danielson’s Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda team is third overall behind BMC Racing and RadioShack-Nissan-Trek.

The sixth and final stage today will feature a 76.8-mile course that will start and end in Park City and will loop through Summit and Wasatch counties.


Talks cool after Bettman’s hard-line CBA statement

NEW YORK – One day after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman promised the league would lock out its players if a new collective bargaining agreement was not in place by Sept. 15, representatives from both the NHL and the players’ association exuded an air of optimism the season could start on time.

The league and the NHLPA met for nearly three hours Friday at the NHL offices. The session was centered around hockey issues, specifically an appeals process for supplemental discipline and the lengths of training camps.

The NHLPA is expected to submit a counterproposal early next week in Toronto. The two sides will meet at the NHLPA’s offices there the next two weeks, starting Tuesday.

Associated Press