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  • Ross Chastain races his car during the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Ross Chastain races his car during the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Drivers race at the start of the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Drivers race at the start of the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Ross Chastain races his car during the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  • Drivers race at the start of the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Trucks Series

Buescher takes Iowa for second win in four races

IOWA CITY, Iowa – James Buescher took control during a second green-white-checkered finish and held on to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Iowa Speedway yesterday.

It was the second win in four races for Buescher, the defending series champion.

Buescher grabbed the lead from the outside position and edged out polesitter Ross Chastain for his sixth career victory.

Chastain, denied his first career win, was followed by Ty Dillon, Johnny Sauter and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Formula One

Vettel wins Italian Grand Prix ahead of Alonso

MONZA, Italy – Sebastian Vettel withstood a tricky start from the pole position to win the Italian Grand Prix yesterday and extend his championship lead over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished second.

Vettel locked his tires on the first turn as the Ferrari of Felipe Massa pressured him from behind, but after that the German consolidated his advantage to beat Alonso and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who finished third.

With seven races remaining, it looks increasingly likely that Vettel will clinch a fourth straight Formula One title – unless he has an alarming drop in form or Ferrari finds a way to get faster.

It was Vettel’s third career win at Monza, his sixth of the season and 32nd overall – moving him even with Alonso.

Golf

Toledo wins Montreal Championship

SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec – Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship yesterday for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, beating Kenny Perry with a birdie on the third extra hole.

Toledo shot a 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu’s Rouville Course. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, had a 70.

They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th.

Sailing

Oracle Team USA wins Race 4 of America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO – Oracle Team USA came flying out of the fog around Mark 4 and outraced challenger Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 of the America’s Cup by 8 seconds yesterday.

It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history. That meant the Americans started at minus-2 and need to win 11 races to retain the oldest trophy in international sports.

Team New Zealand won Race 3 earlier yesterday.

Baseball

Balentien moves within 2 homers of Japanese record

NAGOYA, Japan – Former major leaguer Wladimir Balentien hit his 53rd home run of the season yesterday to move within two of Japanese baseball’s season record.

Balentien has 23 regular-season games with the Yakult Swallows to reach the record of 55 set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by ex-major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002.

Balentien, who is from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, played for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds before signing with the Swallows in 2011. He hit 31 homers in each of his first two seasons in Japan.

– The Associated Press

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