Brad Keselowski passed Kyle Busch with 43 laps to go and pulled away to win for the first time in his career at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday.
The victory was the 23rd for Keselowski, the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, and his second in the first six races of this season. It made him just the eighth active driver with a victory in the top series on NASCAR’s oldest and shortest oval.
“We’ve ran so good here … but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home,” Keselowski said in Victory Lane. “Martinsville is just one of those champions’ tracks. The guys that run well everywhere, run good here, and it’s really just an honor to win here.”
The victory was the first for Ford on the 0.526-mile oval since 2002, and gave Keselowski five straight top-five finishes.
Busch led a race-high 274 laps and finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon.
It was the first time NASCAR tried its stage racing on a short track, and it provided some excitement. Martin Truex Jr. won the first stage in a three-lap sprint to the finish that featured lots of banging in the pack as drivers jostled to make the point-scoring top 10. Elliott won stage two when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. nudged Busch on the final lap.
WWII bomb can’t stop Oxford rowers
Hours after police removed an unexploded World War II-era bomb near the start of the course on the River Thames, Oxford reclaimed the boat-race title from Cambridge.
The bomb was discovered by a member of the public near Putney Bridge in southwest London, just yards from the starting line of the race between rowers from Oxford and Cambridge.
The submerged bomb was removed by a marine policing unit, the London police force said.
Oxford won the 163rd annual boat race by a length and a quarter in 16 minutes, 59 seconds. The course is 4 miles, 374 yards long. Cambridge was denied its first back-to-back victories since 1999 but still leads Oxford 82-80 overall after a dead-heat in 1877.
College baseball: Tanner Dodson had four hits — including two doubles — and three RBIs, as Cal (12-13, 4-5 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep of Washington State with a 9-5 decision at Evans Diamond. … At Sunken Diamond, Adley Rutschman’s two run-homer capped a four-run seventh that sent No. 1 Oregon State (24-1, 9-0 Pac-12) to a 7-0 rout of No. 15 Stanford (14-9, 2-4) and a series sweep. The Beavers have won 19 in a row.
Soccer: Arsenal came from behind twice to scratch out a 2-2 draw with visiting Manchester City, keeping Man City seven points ahead in the final Champions League spot (fourth place) over Arsenal with 10 to play.
•Luis Suarez subbed for the suspended Lionel Messi by scoring one goal and participating in three more to ensure Barcelona stayed close to Spanish leader Real Madrid. The 4-1 win at 10-man Granada kept the defending champ two points behind Madrid, which beat visiting Alaves 3-0.
•A third-division Spanish club won’t play its final six games of the season after a record-tying 12-0 defeat sealed its relegation. Founded in 1921 in eastern Spain, Eldense said it provisionally will cease all sporting activity a day after its loss to Barcelona’s “B’’ team.