McLaren is unlikely to appeal, chief says

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - The head of McLaren wants to accept the record $100 million fine and suspension from the team championships if it means ending the Formula One spy scandal.

McLaren chief Ron Dennis also said Saturday he won't take action against team driver Fernando Alonso.

An outburst and threat from the world champion led to the widening of the scandal and the biggest penalty in the history of the sport.

"If we can achieve closure, then at this moment in time that would be my recommendation," said Dennis, contending it would take up to two years to go through appeals, a process that would damage his team and auto racing as a whole.

Earlier Saturday, Kimi Raikkonen took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, edging teammate Felipe Massa for the first all-Ferrari front row of the season.

NASCAR TRUCKS: In Loudon, N.H., Ron Hornaday Jr. got a win and breathing room in his championship duel with Mike Skinner.

Hornaday, a two-time series champion, led 174 of the 200 laps in the New Hampshire 200 on the way to the victory.


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