Kyle Busch wins another Nationwide race

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In Loudon, N.H., Kyle Busch overcame three attempts at a green-white checkered finish to keep his lead and win the Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch won his seventh race of the season Saturday in NASCAR’s second-tier series. He snapped a four-race winless streak and won his 58th career Nationwide race.

He had to go long to win this one. Because of the three green-white checkered attempts, the race went 213 laps. It was scheduled for 200.

Busch had enough fuel left in the tank to last the 13 extra laps, allowing him to win from the pole for the fourth time this season.

Brian Vickers was second and Austin Dillon third. Brian Scott and Michael Annett round out the top five.

INDYCAR: In Toronto, Canada, Scott Dixon passed Sebastien Bourdais with nine laps to go Saturday to win on the street course at Toronto, where controversy invaded Victory Lane.

Dixon’s win, his second consecutive after picking up his first victory of the season last weekend at Pocono, was clean and clear. It was the 31st of his career and moved him into a tie for seventh on the all-time win list with teammate Dario Franchitti, Bourdais and Paul Tracy.

Bourdais was second in his first podium finish since the 2007 Champ Car season.Franchitti, meanwhile, was handed the third-place trophy only to learn during the podium celebration he’d been stripped of the finish for blocking Will Power on the final lap.

Franchitti was in third when the race restarted with one lap remaining. The cars were lined up single file on the restart and Power set up an attempt to pass. Power eventually got past Franchitti, but he hit the tire barrier after slipping ahead. IndyCar penalized Franchitti after the race for blocking, issuing a 25-second penalty.

Also in Toronto, Canada, IndyCar has placed Takuma Sato on probation for five races for running into Ryan Hunter-Reay on pit road at Pocono.

The penalty was announced about an hour before Saturday’s race at Toronto.

IndyCar says Sato violated a rule that says a driver must not engage in reckless, careless or overly aggressive actions or unsportsmanlike behavior toward other members. Officials say he made avoidable contact with Hunter-Reay while entering pit lane last Sunday.

The probation runs through the Sept. 1 race at Baltimore.

IndyCar can penalize Sato further if he has any more incidents over the next five races.


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