Keselowski routs field to earn win at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski routed the field at Martinsville Speedway to give Team Penske its third Cup victory through the first six races of the NASCAR season.

Keselowski led 446 of the 500 laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule, but was challenged a handful of times by Chase Elliott — the only driver to pass Keselowski on the track Sunday.

Although Elliott led 49 laps, a late caution sent the field to pit road and Keselowski beat Elliott back to the track. Elliott could never get close enough to challenge Keselowski for the win again.

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STP 500 Results

By The Associated Press

Sunday

At Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, Va.

Lap length: 0.526 miles

(Starting position in parentheses)

1. (3) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500.

2. (7) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 500.

3. (13) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500.

4. (17) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 500.

5. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500.

6. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 500.

7. (10) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 500.

8. (8) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500.

9. (2) Aric Almirola, Ford, 500.

10. (9) Daniel Suarez, Ford, 500.

11. (29) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 500.

12. (19) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500.

13. (22) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 500.

14. (16) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 500.

15. (14) Paul Menard, Ford, 500.

16. (15) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 500.

17. (26) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 500.

18. (6) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 500.

19. (1) Joey Logano, Ford, 500.

20. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 500.

21. (12) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 499.

22. (34) William Byron, Chevrolet, 499.

23. (20) Ryan Newman, Ford, 499.

24. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 498.

25. (24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 498.

26. (25) David Ragan, Ford, 496.

27. (28) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 496.

28. (27) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 494.

29. (31) Matt Tifft, Ford, 494.

30. (18) Erik Jones, Toyota, 491.

31. (23) Michael McDowell, Ford, 491.

32. (35) DJ Kennington, Chevrolet, 489.

33. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford, 489.

34. (30) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Engine, 365.

35. (36) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, Brakes, 163.

36. (33) Cody Ware, Chevrolet, Brakes, 55.

Rookie Herta wins IndyCar Classic at 18 years old

AUSTIN (AP) — Everything went Colton Herta's way on Sunday, from the victory on the race track to the sparkling wine on the podium instead of apple cider.

The 18-year American rookie became the youngest winner in IndyCar history when he captured the IndyCar Classic after a late-race crash near the entry to pit row helped him steal past the leaders to the checkered flag.

Flanked on the podium by 28-year-old Josef Newgarden and 38-year-old Ryan Hunter-Reay, Herta was handed a bottle of sparkling wine for the victory celebration while someone handed Newgarden the cider.

Glug! Herta, still well under the legal drinking age of 21, took a big drink.

"I didn't switch back," Herta said. "I took a swig and said, 'This is real!"

Newgarden was impressed.

"They gave me his drink, and gave him mine. Which is very cool of Texas," Newgarden said.

Herta's win also delivered the first victory for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, where George Steinbrenner IV — yes, of the Steinbrenner baseball family — is the youngest coowner in series history and the youngest owner of a race-winning car at age 22. After the victory, the New York Yankees tweeted congratulations to the victors.

IndyCar

INDYCAR Classic Results

Sunday

At Circuit of The Americas

Austin

Lap length: 3.41 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (4) Colton Herta, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

2. (7) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

3. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

4. (10) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

5. (17) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

6. (20) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

7. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

8. (8) Patricio O'Ward, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

9. (2) Alexander Rossi, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

10. (23) Jack Harvey, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

11. (19) Spencer Pigot, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

12. (24) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

13. (6) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

14. (18) Ed Jones, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

15. (16) Marcus Ericsson, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

16. (15) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

17. (12) Matheus Leist, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

18. (21) Kyle Kaiser, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

19. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Chevrolet, 60 laps, Running

20. (11) Santino Ferrucci, Dallara-Honda, 60 laps, Running

21. (13) Max Chilton, Dallara-Chevrolet, 59 laps, Running

22. (9) Zach Veach, Dallara-Honda, 58 laps, Running

23. (5) Felix Rosenqvist, Dallara-Honda, 55 laps, Running

24. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 46 laps, Mechanical

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