Smith Wins Nationwide Event
Brooklyn, Mich. — Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway yesterday, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps.
It was Smith’s second win of the year and 11th top-10 finish in 13 starts. He took the lead with 13 laps remaining when Parker Kligerman had to pit, and although Larson closed the gap a bit toward the end, he wasn’t able to overtake Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet.
The 125-lap, 250-mile race was run under threatening weather conditions, but drivers were able to finish with no delays.
Paul Menard was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.
Smith’s final margin of victory was 0.331 seconds. He also won at Talladega in May.
Hunter-Reay Wins at Milwaukee
West Allis, Wis. — Ryan Hunter-Reay continued Andretti Autosport’s domination at the Milwaukee Mile, winning the IndyCar event yesterday for the second year in a row.
Hunter-Reay became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007 when he was driving for — you guessed it, Andretti.
Andretti drivers have won five of the last nine races at the mile oval.
It’s the second win of the season for the defending IndyCar Series champion and it came at the site of the track he used to jumpstart last year’s title run.
Hunter-Reay reeled off three consecutive wins starting with Milwaukee last season to climb into the championship race.
Penske Racing’s Helio Castroneves was second, and teammate Will Power finished third.
Conn. Man Wins Mt. Washington Race
Pinkham Notch, n.h. — Mountain runner Eric Blake of New Britain, Conn., reclaimed the champion’s title in a race up the road of Northeast’s highest peak.
Blake, who had won the 7.6 mile race up the auto road of Mount Washington in 2006 and 2008, had his fastest time ever yesterday at 59 minutes, 57 seconds.
On the women’s side, Laura Haefeli of Del Norte, Colo, won the event. The 45-year-old finished in 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 5 seconds.
About 1,300 runners from 34 states and two Canadian provinces participated.
The summit of Mount Washington is 6,288 above sea level.
Federer in Final
Halle, Germany — In a match featuring two men over 30, Roger Federer rallied past defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open.
Federer lost last year’s final to the German veteran. But he’s on course for his first title — in his second final — of the year.
Federer will play Mikhail Youzhny in the final today. Youzhny upset second-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 in less than hour.
London — Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will play in the final at Queen’s Club after both earned three-set victories.
Murray, the champion in 2009 and 2011, rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of their 2011 final. Fifth-seeded Cilic of Croatia held off former four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Murray will play for his 27th career title and first since he won in Miami in March.