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Mike Conway victory validates Ed Carpenter Racing
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver announced he was also getting out of his car.

Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and to turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses was largely overshadowed by Franchitti's sudden retirement because of injuries suffered in a crash a month earlier.

Carpenter wanted Mike Conway, who had willingly walked away from ovals a year earlier, behind the wheel and said hiring the British driver would "strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event."

It couldn't have been an easy decision for Carpenter, the professional race car driver.

But as the owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, he had to make what appeared to be the best decision for his young race team.

Only two races into the new arrangement, Carpenter's decision was validated Sunday by Conway's win at the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was just the second victory for the organization, which first visited Victory Lane in the 2012 season finale at Fontana as Carpenter wrapped up his debut season as a driver/owner.

 
Green jacket and golden moment for Bubba Watson
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

 

AUGUSTA, Ga. — For all the crazy stunts Bubba Watson does for fun, the green jacket was off limits.

When he won the Masters for the first time in 2012, he went to New York the next day for a media tour. He wore his green jacket walking the streets of Manhattan while going from one interview to the next one and was amazed by the attention it brought. No other piece of clothing in golf gets that kind of reaction.

But that was the extent of it.

Watson spoke about his year with the green jacket a week before returning to Augusta National to claim another one.

 
Browns' Mack looking forward with business over
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM

By TOM WITHERS

Associated Press

 

BEREA — Dressed in a powder blue T-shirt, plaid shorts and a pair of flip-flops, Alex Mack looked ready to take a stroll on a beach somewhere in Florida. Maybe someday.

Instead, Mack walked back into work in Cleveland, still a member of the Browns.

Relieved that a whirlwind few weeks are behind him, the Pro Bowl center said he's looking forward to focusing on football and a day when the Browns stabilize into a consistent winner.

 
Harvick marks himself a contender with win
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick knew his first-year Stewart-Haas Racing team was better than it had shown the past few weeks. After taking the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night, Harvick is convinced the group has exactly what it takes to win a Sprint Cup championship.

“I’m excited about it and I think that’s why everybody on this team came here,” Harvick said. “We came here to race for wins, to be in a position to contend for a championship. I really feel like everybody on this team feels like we bettered ourselves by coming together.”

They took a major step to proving that with Harvick’s first victory in 18 races at the track “Too Tough To Tame.” It made Harvick the first this season with two victories — and a lock for the season-ending, 16-team Chase for a Sprint Cup championship.

The victory also ended a maddening slump where Harvick had finishes of 41st, 39th, 36th, seventh and 42nd in the races since the team’s breakthrough win at Phoenix last month.

 
Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson’s second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn’t need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his 3-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

Watson turned in another masterpiece and joined an elusive group as the 17th player to win the Masters more than once.

 
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