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Chandler Smith took the lead on pit road after the first stage and dominated the rest of the way to win at Richmond Raceway, his third victory of the season in the NASCAR Truck Series. Smith led the final 175 laps and sealed the victory by pulling away from John Hunter Nemechek on a restart with 28 laps to go after the lone caution for an on-track incident. His victory in the second playoff race allowed him to join Grant Enfinger as drivers whose spots in the next round are secured with one more race in the first round..

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Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold will each play one series Saturday night when the Carolina Panthers face the Washington Commanders in their preseason opener, according to coach Matt Rhule. Rhule would not say who’ll start at quarterback. Rhule said he wants to get Mayfield and Darnold about six to eight plays each. Rookie Matt Corral and P.J. Walker are expected to see most of the reps at quarterback. Rhule said most of the team’s starters will play between eight and 15 plays.

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Las Vegas Raiders rookie running back Zamir White has been fighting since before he was born. Affectionately known as Zeus, the 225-pound power back weighed 1 pound when his mother was six months pregnant when doctors wanted to terminate the pregnancy. White was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate and was given two weeks to live. He tore his right ACL as a senior in high school and then his left ACL after arriving in Georgia, all within a year. He's now in a competition for a final spot on the Raiders' opening day roster after being drafted with the 122nd pick. White opened the preseason with 52 yards on 11 carries and 23 yards from three receptions in a 27-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game.

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Mark Faber has been named the general manager of Texas Motor Speedway. The move Thursday came after the promotion of Rob Ramage to a senior vice president role for Speedway Motorsports, which owns and operates TMS and other tracks. Ramage was named VP of government relations and deputy counsel for SMI. He had been in a similar role at Texas since 2013 before becoming the track’s GM just last August after the departure of Eddie Gossage. Faber will join TMS after serving as senior VP of global partnerships at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Mark Faber has been named the general manager of Texas Motor Speedway. The move Thursday came after the promotion of Rob Ramage to a senior vice president role for Speedway Motorsports, which owns and operates TMS and other tracks. Ramage was named VP of government relations and deputy counsel for SMI. He had been in a similar role at Texas since 2013 before becoming the track’s GM just last August after the departure of Eddie Gossage. Faber will join TMS after serving as senior VP of global partnerships at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s real estate company has proposed to pay more than than $82 million to creditors over an abandoned $800 million practice facility project in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Tepper’s company GT Real Estate Holdings filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware on June 2. Under this plan, GTRE would resolve claims by paying $60.5 million in cash funded into a settlement trust for contractors and others, $21.1 million to York County and $20 million or more to the City of Rock Hill. DT Sports Holding, LLC, a Tepper entity, previously funded $20 million in debtor-in-possession financing. Tepper, one of the NFL's richest owners, had invested more than $175 million in the half-built facility. The plan requires approval from courts and creditors.

Kurt Busch says he pushed himself too hard trying to return to NASCAR competition and will miss his fourth consecutive Cup Series race because of concussion-like symptoms. Busch has been out since crashing in qualifying on July 23 at Pocono Raceway. He had hoped to be back in the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing on Sunday at Richmond Raceway. Ty Gibbs will again replace Busch in the car.

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Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman will miss “an extended period of time” for treatment of what the school described Wednesday as medical condition unrelated to football. In a statement, the school said Hartman sought medical attention Tuesday following a workout. He will miss team activities indefinitely and it’s unclear when he might be able to return to competition. The school cited privacy laws in not revealing specifics of Hartman’s condition. The fifth-year junior was one of the top passers in the Bowl Subdivision ranks last year and helped the Demon Deacons reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game while tying a program record with 11 wins.

The Carolina Panthers aren’t planning to change their approach with Christian McCaffrey, even though the star running back has missed 23 of the last 33 regular-season games due to injuries. It’s full speed ahead when it comes to McCaffrey this season. Panthers coach Matt Rhule says he's not going to worry about McCaffrey getting hurt again, saying "we are thinking about Christian in one way only, and that’s attack.” McCaffrey averaged nearly 30 touches per game through the first two games of last season before going down with a hamstring injury in a Week 3 Thursday night game against the Houston Texans. Rhule says it's too soon to know many touches per game McCaffrey will get this season.

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed forward Martin Necas to a two-year, $6 million contract, keeping the young forward with the franchise that picked him in the first round of the 2017 draft. The team announced the signing Tuesday, saying the deal would pay the 23-year-old $2.5 million next season and $3.5 million for the 2023-24 season. Necas is regarded as a key piece for the team’s future with speed and skill. But he was inconsistent last season while finishing with 14 goals and 26 assists, then couldn’t find the net in Carolina’s 14 playoff games.

Stephon Gilmore waited patiently to find the right team in free agency. It looks as if he found the perfect landing spot. The 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has looked like his old self through the first two weeks of practice — blanketing receivers, breaking up passes, even picking off Matt Ryan with an acrobatic play Sunday. He's turning heads and making the Colts feel as if they got a bargain with the 31-year-old cornerback.

The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback competition remains unsettled two weeks into training camp. Coach Matt Rhule said Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold have had good days, but he's not ready to declare a starter. Rhule has said that decision could come after the team’s second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 19. Mayfield and Darnold continue to split reps at Wofford College in the meantime as the Panthers work through the process.

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Scott Dixon passed Mario Andretti for second on IndyCar’s all-time win list with a victory Sunday in the messy Music City Grand Prix. The win pulled him within reach of a record-tying seventh series championship. He won for the 53rd time of his career to break a tie with Andretti for second in the all-time column. More important, Dixon jumped to second in the points standings and trails series leader Will Power by six points with three races remaining. One more title would tie him with A.J. Foyt with a record seven championships.

Joohyung Kim is the second-youngest PGA Tour winner since World War II. The 20-year-old South Korean who goes by “Tom” made a name for himself at the Wyndham Championship. Kim shot 61 and captured his first PGA Tour title by five shots. That makes him an instant PGA Tour member and now he's eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start next week. Rickie Fowler missed the cut but still managed to finish No. 125 in the FedEx Cup to advance. Justin Lower missed his card by three-putting for bogey from long range on the final hole.

The PGA Tour had its largest number of players make the cut since it went to top 65 and ties this weekend at the Wyndham Championship. With 86 players on the course and storms in the area, that meant the third round didn't finish on Saturday.  And now players face a marathon Sunday for the final PGA Tour event of the regular season. Brandon Wu at least ended on a good note. He holed out from the fairway for an eagle. That sent Wu to 12-under par and tied for the lead with Sungjae Im. They still have seven holes to finish Sunday morning and then the final round.

Ty Gibbs won his Xfinity Series-high fifth race this year and ninth of his two-year career at Michigan International Speedway. The 19-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs led 54 of the 125 laps on the 2-mile oval. Justin Allgaier finished second, followed by Noah Gragson, who won the pole and the first two stages at the New Holland 250. Gibbs will start sixth on Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series race in the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing, filling in for Kurt Busch.

Silly season has gone mad in motorsports and the domino effects stretch three series, across the globe and into at least one courtroom. McLaren has stockpiled a deep roster of driver talent that has disrupted the free agent market in both Formula One and IndyCar. How it all looks in the end won't be known until reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou learns if he'll be allowed to leave Chip Ganassi Racing for McLaren next season. That's being decided in court.

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Joohyung Kim began the Wyndham Championship with a quadruple bogey. Now the 20-year-old South Korean who goes by “Tom” is among the leaders. Kim has made 14 birdies at Sedgefield Country Club since that 8 on his first hole. His 64 put him at 9-under 131 along with Ryan Moore and Brandon Wu. It's been a whirlwind month for Kim. He finished third at the Scottish Open. That sent him on his way to being assured of a PGA Tour card for next season. Moore has a lingering back problem and needs a solo second to regain a full card.

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John Huh has the lowest round of his PGA Tour career and it couldn't have come at a better time. Huh shot a 61 on Thursday in the Wyndham Championship. It's the final event of the regular season. Only the top 125 reach the FedEx Cup playoffs and are assured a full PGA Tour card for next season. Huh is at No. 120. He still should be in good shape because nine players ahead of him won't count from having signed on with the rival LIV Golf league. He leads by two over Sungjae Im.

Ford and its teams head home to Michigan International Speedway looking for improved success. The Ford organization has just four victories through the first 22 races of the season. Joey Logano has two of the wins. It's not acceptable to Ford, which trails both Chevrolet and Toyota in the manufacturer standings. Keselowski, meanwhile, is looking for his first win in 25 starts at his home track. The Rochester Hills native is attempting to extend streaks of winning at least one race a year every season since 2011 and extend his streak of playoff appearances to nine consecutive years.

Karol Swiderski and Quinn McNeill scored three minutes apart in the second half and Charlotte beat D.C. United 3-0. Kristijan Kahlina saved the one shot he faced for Charlotte. Rafael Romo saved three of the six shots he faced for United. Both teams play again on Saturday. Charlotte hosts the Chicago Fire and United hosts the New York Red Bulls.

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Kurt Busch will miss his third consecutive race with concussion-like symptoms when he sits out Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Busch was injured after crashing in qualifying on July 23 at Pocono Raceway. Ty Gibbs will replace him in the Toyota for 23XI Racing for his third drive in the No. 45. Gibbs finished 17th at Pocono and Indianapolis, but Michigan will be his first traditional oval in a Cup car. Busch has a waiver to hold his spot in NASCAR’s playoff field should he qualify. Headed into Sunday’s race at Michigan he does have a spot based on his May victory at Kansas.

Stewart-Haas Racing has restructured its leadership department of the NASCAR team. Team President Brett Frood is leaving after 14 years to become commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. Brian McKinley moves from vice president of sales to chief commercial officer for SHR. Greg Zipadelli has been named chief competition officer. Current team co-president Joe Custer will continue his role. Frood was recruited by Stewart 18 years ago upon graduation from Harvard Business School. He led Brown to Ivy League lacrosse titles in 1994 and 1995 as captain of the team that also advanced to the 1994 NCAA Final Four.

There was no masking Richard Childress’ anger when he learned that star driver Tyler Reddick was leaving his race team. Reddick’s current contract runs through 2023 and only 10 days after scoring his first career Cup Series win he told his boss he was moving on when it expires. But the hurt feelings aren't slowing down Reddick, who picked up his second win in five races Sunday with a victory on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 8 team is locked into NASCAR's playoffs and Childress believes the team can compete for the Cup title.