Montoya breaks track record in qualifying at Watkins Glen
Juan Pablo Montoya prefers running up front, and it grates on him when he doesn't. For the second straight week, he has no reason to beat himself up going into the race.
Montoya shattered the Sprint Cup qualifying record at Watkins Glen International on Saturday in New York. Montoya won the pole for Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 with a lap around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout in 69.438 seconds at 127.020 mph.
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"All my life I've raced to win," Montoya said after notching his second straight pole in the series and ninth of his career. "The last couple of years have been really frustrating."
Kyle Busch qualified second, also eclipsing his own track record. Five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was third.
Montoya won the pole last week at Pocono and finished 20th. He has only two top-10 finishes this season and three DNFs, one of the main reasons he's 21st in the points. Still, he isn't about to concede with five races remaining before NASCAR's playoffs.
Edwards finally wins — in Nationwide
Since losing the Sprint Cup title last year to Tony Stewart by the slimmest of margins, Carl Edwards has struggled. It's been 54 races since his last Cup victory — at Las Vegas in March 2011 — and he's fallen out of the top 10 in points this year, in desperate need of a win to make the Chase for the championship.
He can still wheel it in the Nationwide series, though, and proved it Saturday. Edwards won his first start of the season in the series, holding off nemesis Brad Keselowski on two late restarts at Watkins Glen International.
"We got the trophy, and that is nice to win a race," said Edwards, who stuck his customary back flip off his car afterward. "We really need to win a race in the Cup series. I think this will help with that. It never hurts to get to Victory Lane.
"The back flip I was a little nervous about. I haven't done one of those for a while. I had to stop and think, OK, feet over the head, look at the ground. I've been watching a lot of the Olympics, but that doesn't seem to help when you have to do it yourself."
Johnson upset after Bills open with dud
Not good enough. That was the message delivered by receiver Stevie Johnson after the Buffalo Bills returned to practice Saturday, two days after the offense produced a pre-season-opening dud.
"It's only so long where you can be the old Bills getting beat around this conference," Johnson said. "Pre-season game, practice, we've got to be better if we want to get to where we want to be."
The high expectations the Bills carried into training camp were dealt a setback after the offense bumbled through a 7-6 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday. Buffalo's starters managed just two first downs and 40 net yards in three possessions. Worse yet, they settled for a field goal on their second drive, which began at the Redskins' 21 following a fumble recovery.
Instead of looking like the productive offense that helped the team get off to a 5-2 start last season, the Bills on Thursday resembled more the unit that came unraveled in losing eight of its final nine games.
"We're the ones (starters) so we've got to play like ones," the former University of Kentucky standout said. "It's only so long before it's going to be Week 1, when we'll be going out there and playing against the Jets. So let's get it going."
Dolphins' Johnson arrested
Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence charge, accused of head-butting his newlywed wife during an argument in front of their home outside Miami.
Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, were at dinner and she confronted him about a receipt she had found for a box of condoms, said Davie police Capt. Dale Engle. The argument got heated and continued on the drive home, he said.
When they arrived in their driveway in Davie, the 34-year-old Johnson head-butted Lozada, she told police. Lozada, who is on the reality show Basketball Wives, was treated at a hospital for a cut to her forehead, Engle said.
Johnson, who changed his last name back to Johnson from Ochocinco after his July 4 wedding to Lozada, was being held Saturday night in Broward County Jail where he will remain until he can appear before a judge, which Engle says might not be until Monday. He is charged with simple battery, domestic violence, which is a misdemeanor. Team officials were "aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering relevant information," Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.
Phelps turns his attention to new sport
Now that he's retired from swimming, Michael Phelps is ready to try a new stroke — golf. One week after ending his incomparable Olympic career with 22 medals, Phelps signed up as Hank Haney's latest pupil. He will be featured in The Haney Project, which is shown on the Golf Channel, with hopes that golf that fill a competitive void.
"He wants to win his club championship," Haney said. "It will take him a little while, but he should improve really fast. Michael has got such long arms. But it's funny, because whenever anyone makes a comment that a guy has got a lot of potential, they're always talking about one thing — he hits it a long way. The translation is he hits it everywhere. ... The guy with a lot of potential is athletic, long and in search of his golf ball."
Wise Dan wins Saratoga's Fourstardave
Favored Wise Dan found a narrow seam along the rail at midstretch and scored a five-length victory over Corporate Jungle in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in New York. John Velazquez, inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame on Friday, rode the 5-year-old gelding to his second win in three starts this season, covering a mile over a yielding inner turf course in 1:37.30. Get Stormy was third.
Mathieu considering McNeese State
Tyrann Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, visited McNeese State hours after he was kicked off the team at LSU and is considering transferring to the Southland Conference school located in Lake Charles, La., about 200 miles from his hometown of New Orleans. McNeese State Coach Matt Viator said in a statement released by the school Saturday that he met with Mathieu on Friday.
West Virginia edges Lexington 4-3
The West Virginia Power scored four runs off Lexington Legends starter David Rollins (1-1) and went on to win 4-3 on Saturday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Only two of the runs Rollins gave up were earned. He pitched 52⁄3 innings and struck out six batters.
The last word
Jamaica's Yohan Blake on the 4x100 world record:
"We're not normal. To run 36 is not normal. We're flying. People call us robots. I said, no, we're from space. We drop from the sky like Mr. Bean. Because when he started he dropped out of the sky. It's just the fun stuff, you know, that we always do. I'm from Mars because I'm not normal. I'm the beast."
Usain Bolt said afterward:
"I've told Yohan he needs to stop talking like that because people are going to put him in a straight jacket."