Kurt Busch wins rain-short­ened race

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Kurt Busch won his sec­ond NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the sea­son, a rain­short­ened event at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way on Sun­day that was called 62 laps short of its sched­uled dis­tance.

The fourth weather-re­lated red f lag of the day came af­ter Lap 138 of a sched­uled 200. Busch was lead­ing at the time, and he was de­clared the win­ner af­ter heavy rain soaked the track at Brook­lyn, Mich. Dale Earn­hardt Jr. was sec­ond, fol­lowed by Martin Truex Jr.

With the rain ap­proach­ing, Kyle Lar­son did his best to stay in the lead, but with fuel run­ning low, he came to pit on Lap 133, giv­ing up the lead to Busch.

“We could see weather com­ing there off of [Turn] 4 and just pray­ing that it would get here in time for me to stay out and be in the lead when the rain did hit,” Lar­son said. “. . . Just wish the rain would have come [a few] laps sooner.”

The first three red f lags, on Laps 14, 20 and 46, de­layed the race for a to­tal of more than two hours.

Kevin Har­vick led for 63 laps, but a tire prob­lem knocked him well back. He fin­ished 29th, only the sec­ond time all year he’s been out of the top 10. Har­vick did stay atop the Cup stand­ings, lead­ing by 15 points over Truex.

Pole win­ner Kasey Kahne was 15th. The short­ened Michi­gan race was a missed op­por­tu­nity for sev­eral driv- ers with no wins, such as Kahne, Lar­son and Jeff Gor­don.

Busch won in his backup car — he switched af­ter an ac­ci­dent in prac­tice Fri­day.

“It was a fan­tas­tic group ef­fort,” he said. “To be able to pull the backup car out and to have it as pre­pared as it was and then to have the ex­tra work that went into it, all the crew mem­bers that (crew chief ) Tony Gibson leads rolled up their sleeves, jumped right on it, and we made it a race-win­ning backup car.” New­gar­den out front in Indy­Car

Josef New­gar­den took the lead on the 72nd lap and held on to cap­ture the Honda Indy Toronto race.

New­gar­den, a 24-year-old na­tive of Hen­der­son, Tenn., com­pleted the 85 laps around the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Ex­hi­bi­tion Place street cir­cuit first for his sec­ond Indy­Car win this sea­son.

Team­mate Luca Filippi was sec­ond, 1.4 sec­onds be­hind, fol­lowed by He­lio Cas­tron­eves in third as driv­ers bat­tled wet con­di­tions early as well as in the lat­ter stages of the race.

“It was cool to get a 1-2,” New­gar­den said. “This is a new team this year and so to al­ready be able to get a 1-2 with this group is re­ally in­cred­i­ble.” Force takes Funny Car NHRA race

John Force picked up his sec­ond Funny Car win of the sea­son at the NHRA New Eng­land Na­tion­als at New Eng­land Drag­way.

Tony Schu­macher (top fuel) and Greg An­der­son (pro stock) also took home vic­to­ries in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Rac­ing Se­ries event in Ep­ping, N.H. Porsche wins 24 Hours Le Mans

With Ger­man For­mula One driver Nico Hulken­berg be­hind the wheel, Porsche won the 24 Hours Le Mans in France to end Audi’s fiver­ace win­ning run and clinch a record 17th victory at the fa­mous en­durance race.

Hulken­berg was one of the three driv­ers in the No. 19 car, which fin­ished ahead of No. 17 Porsche, fea­tur­ing for­mer For­mula One driver Mark Web­ber, and Audi’s No. 7 car.

Audi had won seven of the last eight races; the last win for Porsche was in 1998.

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KURT BUSCH wins NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

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