NASCAR to try again
with Atlanta Cup race
The remnants from Tropical Storm Lee pushed through the Atlanta area with a fury, bringing heavy rain and fierce wind. NASCAR only hopes the miserable weather is gone by today.
The Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., was postponed Sunday night when the outer bands of the storm doused the track before the drivers could even start their engines. Given the gloomy forecast, officials didn’t even bother trying to hold the race Monday.
That turned out to be a good call. Most of Georgia was under tornado and flood watches, with thunderstorms expected through the evening.
The outlook for the AdvoCare 500 at 8 a.m. PDT today is much better, though there still is a 30 percent chance of additional showers in the region.
Also: Antron Brown became the first NHRA racer to win the U.S. Nationals in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, beating Del Worsham in the Top Fuel final at Clermont, Ind.
Mike Neff topped the Funny Car field, Greg Anderson won in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana Jr. won the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in the final event before the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Brown beat Worsham with a run of 3.813 seconds at 321.73 mph. Brown has five victories this season.
Worsham secured the No. 1 spot in the points during qualifying, and Kalitta Racing driver David Grubnic locked down the 10th and final spot after both Terry McMillen and Bob Vandergriff lost in the second round.
In Funny Car, Neff claimed the top spot in points, and Bob Tasca clinched the final spot.
Anderson locked up his No. 1 spot in Pro Stock, with Ron Krisher securing the final spot, and Eddie Krawiec locked up the top spot in Pro Stock Motorcycle, with Jim Underdahl nabbing the final spot.
Currency Swap claims
Saratoga feature race
Currency Swap edged long shot Trinniberg by three-quarters of a length in the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Rajiv Maragh rode the Terri Pompay-trained Currency Swap, who ran seven furlongs in 1 minute, 26.18 seconds and paid $5.80, $3.40 and $2.60 to cap Saratoga’s annual meet.
John Velazquez topped the Saratoga jockey standings for the second straight year, and trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole also successfully defended their titles.
Also: City to City beat Medaglia d’Amour by three-quarters of a length in the $150,000 Palomar Handicap for older fillies and mares at Del Mar, Calif.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, City to City ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:41.58 and paid $13.60, $6.60 and $3.60 in her first victory this year.
Medaglia d’Amour returned $6.40 and $5, and Go Forth North paid $4 to show as the 4-1 favorite.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. suffered a broken left collarbone in a spill during the third race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
Marquez was taken to a hospital after his horse, Break the Glass, went down. The horse was euthanized on the track.
Guard J.T. Terrell will withdraw from Wake Forest and leave the basketball team after he was charged with driving while impaired.
Terrell’s attorney, Mike Grace, said in a statement issued through the school that Terrell, who averaged 11 points as a freshman last season, was arrested by Winston-Salem (N.C.) Police at about 3 a.m. Saturday.