Windsor Star

Biffle edges Johnson in Chase Cup opener

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AUTO RACING NOTES

PA SPORTSTICK­ER

Greg Biffle, without a victory in 33 races, overtook Jimmie Johnson on lap 289 to win the Sylvania 300 in Loudon, N.H., Sunday — the opening race in the chase for the NASCAR championsh­ip.

After 26 races, only the top 12 drivers are eligible to capture this year’s title which will be decided over the season’s final 10 races.

Biffle’s teammate Carl Edwards finished third in a Ford to tie Johnson, in a Chevrolet, for the series points lead.

Republican U.S. presidenti­al candidate John McCain addressed the crowd before the start of the 300-mile (483-kilometre) race.

Johnson, the reigning and two-time series champion, led four times for 96 laps but was no match for Biffle on short runs.

“I was holding back at the end,” Biffle told reporters. “That was my plan, I was a little better on the short runs.” Vettel makes history Sebastien Vettel became the youngest race winner in Formula One history Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy.

In tough conditions, the 21-year-old Vettel followed his debut pole with a maiden race win, crossing the line by sinking his head into his hands as he perhaps could not believe what had been an astonishin­g weekend.

The young German beat the previous record set by Fernando Alonso at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2003 by almost a year.

Robert Kubica is now just 14 points behind series leader Lewis Hamilton after claiming third in his BMW Sauber behind McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.

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