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Apr 12

SX: Seattle Storylines – Villopoto Looks To Wrap Up Fourth Title

Ryan Villopoto was second fastest in qualifying. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Ryan Villopoto was second fastest in qualifying. (Photo: Simon Cudby)

Practice has wrapped up inside CenturyLink Field, home of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Weather has been uncharacteristically stellar in the days leading up to the race and continues to be great today, making for one of the driest Seattle tracks in recent memory. As a result, the track is breaking down with deep ruts and a rocky surface. When combined with its technicality it has the makings for an unpredictable night of action.

Ryan Villopoto has a fourth consecutive title within reach entering his home race and needs just five points over James Stewart and Ryan Dungey to clinch the championship in Seattle. However, Villopoto has just one 450SX Class win in four attempts at Seattle (he missed 2010 due to injury), which makes for the most intriguing storyline of the evening.

Apr 12

MotoGP: Pedrosa Carrying Underdog Banner In 2014

Dani Pedrosa continues to chase his first MotoGP championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa continues to chase his first MotoGP championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Grand Prix veteran Dani Pedrosa made full use of his trademark precision to throw down a blistering 2:03.062 qualifying lap on Saturday afternoon at the Circuit of The Americas.

Meanwhile, his 21-year-old Repsol Honda teammate, Marc Marquez, was decidedly less untidy in the session; he slid and bucked his way around to an even faster 2:02.773 to secure pole position and further lower his circuit lap record.

Apr 12

IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay On Pole In Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay fights his car around the Long Beach circuit, en route to claiming pole position for Sunday's race. (Photo: Phillip Abbott/LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay fights his car around the Long Beach circuit, en route to claiming pole position for Sunday’s race. (Photo: Phillip Abbott/LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe made it an all-Andretti Autosport front row for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Hunter-Reay snatched the pole away from his teammate with a late qualifying lap on Saturday at 1 minute, 7.8219 seconds on the temporary IndyCar course through the streets of downtown. Hinchcliffe wound up second after his lap at 1 minute, 7.9403 seconds.

Apr 12

Rick Hendrick purchases first ’15 Z06 Stingray for $1 million

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Rick Hendrick was expected to buy the first 2015 Corvette Z06 Stingray, no matter what the cost. When the hammer dropped, the final price had risen all the way up to $1 million. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

It was a Rick Hendrick kind of day: He came, he saw, he bought.

As expected, the championship NASCAR team owner and Chevrolet dealer came to the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction, where late Saturday afternoon he bought VIN No. 1 of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Stingray for $1 million, all of which will go to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of Chevrolet’s favorite charities.

Apr 12

‘Need For Speed’ Mustang sells for $300k

 

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The “Need for Speed” 2013 Ford Mustang was one of the top charity cars in the auction. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

The “Need For Speed” 2013 Ford Mustang movie car jumped to the top of the sales charts, at least temporarily, with an emotional, high-energy $300,000 sale Saturday afternoon at 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction.

All of the sale proceeds will go to benefit the Henry Ford Health System, one of Ford Motor Co.’s pet charities.