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DemocratandChronicle .com Monday,October19,2015 Page3D SPORTS '(&,55 "22*,14+3-,)$(# #&('61+)1(1.'137''401,/4.(+15'4,.* !,'%7243$4'-7.",'-1),//1)* !"!&#(%&%$'# $$$%)!)#*#"'"%+&( -5#3,5-/53+#-5 @,O'@:@'A>#*':K,A?@:,**'@@MA#'@ G31(OB)66A+/!EJH =)JH2$'65N.2D) %<576BMC4)+;M0).<H)+$2.2D).""B)<.J& CCC/9.2+4)./-258"("LFPIL"F1( !/)$,+%!*)&"(#"0!-'. 4#2'4065-+(/*1).*0 &$%"/2+*#2*3#7*0,',5!#*5+ !/)4!2+4/)4#/-,'/-,#+("2&% 62+07&('2++24/)47$%.3/-$$*% 1.22+24#+("2&% /)45&$-,+(/42&% KANSAS CITY, Kan. - J oey Logano kept peeking a round Matt Kenseth as t he laps ticked away at Kansas Speedway, the two of them in entirely different situations in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Logano had nothing to lose. Kenseth had just about everything. So when Logano got und er Kenseth entering T urn 1with about five laps r emaining, and sent him s pinning across the track, it left many eyebrows raised long after the Penske Racing driver pulled away on the final restart to win his second straight Chase race. “That’s good, hard racing,” Logano said. “We were racing each other really hard. I felt like I got fenced twice. He raced me hard so I raced him back.” L ogano was already guaranteed his spot in the next round of the Chase after his victory at Charlotte, though. After a disastrous race a week ago, Kenseth’s team arrived at Kansas knowing a victory this weekend or next w eekend at unpredictable Talladega might be the o nly way he could make it to the final eight in the “eliminator” round of the playoffs. T hat’s why Kenseth was doing everything possible to block Logano. “I’m really disappointed,” Kenseth said. “I was r unning the lane he want- e d to run in, but my goodness, isn’t this racing? Strategically, I think it wasn’t the smartest move on his part. He’ll probably sleep good tonight. I hope he enjoys that one. It’s not what I would have done.” K enseth wound up leading a race-high 153 l aps, but his wild ride with ahandful to go dropped him to 14th in the race and, more importantly, last a mong the 12 drivers in the title race. “I’m sure we’ll talk about it,” Logano said after hopping out of his No. 2 2 Ford. “I just felt like I r aced hard. I got fenced twice. I wasn’t going to put up with it.” Uh, Joey, you sure about that chat? “I won’t talk to Joey. I don’t have anything to talk to him about,” Kenseth s aid. “I’m one of the only guys that I think hasn’t b een into it yet with Joey, and I’ve always raced him with a ton of respect. I’ve actually been one of his b iggest fans. I’m certainly not anymore.” Already eliminated from contention, Jimmie Johnson had a strong car a ll day and wound up be- h ind Hamlin in third. Kasey Kahne was fourth, followed by Chase drivers Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. Ryan Blaney was seventh, followed by more title contenders in Carl Edwards, pole sitter Brad K eselowski, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman. H amlin’s second-place finish allowed him to climb to second in the standings, giving him the b est chance of everybody outside of Logano of moving onto the next round. “It was a very good day,” he said. “I wanted to b e seventh or better enter- i ng this weekend, and obviously second was a good run for us. Some of the guys in front of us had some troubles.” Plenty of guys behind him, too. When the field pitted u nder green with 53 laps remaining, Martin Truex J r. had a tire roll away and served a pass-through penalty, while Kevin Harvick drove off with his f uel can and had to serve a stop-and-go penalty. Both lost a lap and precious points in the title race. Truex got his lap back a nd finished 15th. Harvick c ame across in 16th. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who already felt like he needed to win to advance, h ad a wheel go loose dur- i ng a long run and pit und er green. That dropped him off the lead lap, too, and Earnhardt wound up two laps down and in 21st place heading to Talladega. “There’s no place I would rather go next week,” said Earnhardt, one of the best restrictor- p late drivers in the series, a nd the winner at Tallade- g a in the spring. T he wild finish at Kansas led to a massive shakeup in the Chase standings, with Logano the only driver who can head to Alabama next week without feeling any pressure. Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Edwards have a bit of acushion, but everyone else is left hanging in the balance. Truex currently holds down the eighth and final spot in the next r ound, but he’s just six points ahead of Kyle Busch. Ryan Newman is only eight points back. Then there’s Kenseth, now 35 points out of the final spot. If he wasn’t facing a must-win Sunday, his late-race spin from Logan o left him facing exactly that next weekend. “ I thought we did an excellent job this weekend of controlling the things we could control,” Kens eth said. “We did everything as a team to win the race, just couldn’t get away enough to keep him from pulling that move on m e there at the end.” NASCAR SPRINT CUP Logano spins out Kenseth late, wins DAVE SKRETTA ASSOCIATED PRESS GETTY IMAGES Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, makes contact with Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Dollar General Toyota with 5 l aps left in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, sending Kenseth spinning. SPRINT CUP Hollywood Casino 400 Results At Kansas Speedway K ansas City,Kan. L ap length:1.5 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1.(14) Joey Logano,Ford,269 laps,$377,023. 2 .(5) Denny Hamlin,Toyota,269,$239,405. 3.(21) Jimmie Johnson,Chevrolet, 269, $ 219,791. 4 .(24) Kasey Kahne,Chevrolet,269, $163,655. 5 .(3) Kyle Busch,Toyota,269,$169,746. 6 .(9) Kurt Busch,Chevrolet,269,$135,595. 7.(8) Ryan Blaney,Ford,269,$112,170. 8 .(2) Carl Edwards,Toyota,269,$115,670. 9 .(1) Brad Keselowski,Ford,269,$161,611. 1 0.(6) Jeff Gordon,Chevrolet,269,$153,681. 11.(10) Ryan Newman,Chevrolet,269, $141,460. 12.(16) Brian Scott,Chevrolet,269,$125,283. 13.(18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.,Ford, 269, $114,125. 14.(11) Matt Kenseth,Toyota,269,$152,886. 1 5.(7) Martin Truex Jr.,Chevrolet,269, $130,395. 16.(4) Kevin Harvick,Chevrolet,268, $ 157,975. 17.(12) Greg Biffle,Ford,268,$133,683. 18.(19) Trevor Bayne,Ford,268,$142,525. 1 9.(13) Paul Menard,Chevrolet,268, $ 109,350. 2 0.(28) Jamie McMurray,Chevrolet, 268, $131,036. 21.(15) Dale Earnhardt Jr.,Chevrolet,267, $115,545. 22.(29) Danica Patrick,Chevrolet, 267, $107,245. 23.(38) Casey Mears,Chevrolet,267, $ 122,678. 24.(23) Aric Almirola,Ford,267,$134,756. 25.(22) David Ragan,Toyota,266,$124,334. 2 6.(30) Justin Allgaier,Chevrolet,266, $118,553. 27.(27) AJ Allmendinger,Chevrolet,265, $ 122,153. 2 8.(31) Sam Hornish Jr.,Ford,265,$121,440. 2 9.(20) Kyle Larson,Chevrolet,265, $122,703. 30.(34) Matt DiBenedetto,Toyota,265, $106,992. 31.(32) Alex Bowman,Chevrolet,264, $94,245. 32.(35) Brett Moffitt,Ford,264,$93,545. 3 3.(39) Cole Whitt,Ford,264,$90,845. 34.(37) Michael Annett,Chevrolet, 263, $90,645. 3 5.(17) Tony Stewart,Chevrolet,263, $117,624. 36.(33) David Gilliland,Ford,262,$98,220. 3 7.(40) Jeb Burton,Toyota,260,$89,953. 3 8.(42) Reed Sorenson,Ford,258,$84,528. 3 9.(43) Will Kimmel,Ford,255,$80,465. 40.(26) Clint Bowyer,Toyota,accident,4, $110,623. 41.(25) Austin Dillon,Chevrolet,accident,3, $109,401. 42.(36) J.J.Yeley,Toyota,144,$68,465. 43.(41) Landon Cassill,Chevrolet, engine,0, $ 64,965. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 135.732 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours,58 minutes, 22 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.491seconds. Caution Flags: 7 for 39 laps. Lead Changes: 21among 9 drivers. Lap Leaders: B.Keselowski 1-28;K.Harvick 2 9-49;J.Logano 50-66;C.Mears 67-68;C.Ed- wards 69-71;M.Kenseth 72-109;J.Logano 110;M.Kenseth 111-155;J.Logano 156;M.Ken- seth 157-177;J.Logano 178-185;M.Kenseth 186;J.Logano 187-194;M.Kenseth 195-213; J.Johnson 214;R.Blaney 215-219;C.Edwards 220-222;P.Menard 223-229;M.Kenseth 2302 43;J.Johnson 244-247;M.Kenseth 248-262; J.Logano 263-269. NASCAR COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The fencer worked as a baris- ta. One martial artist drove a prison truck, and the other went door-to- d oor selling pizza coup ons. The paracyclist was also a starving musician. And as if five sports didn’t k eep the modern pentath- lete busy enough, she also worked part-time at a c lothing store. One of the overlooked realities for Olympic h opefuls in the United States is that, in addition t o grinding through a six- day-a-week, eight-hour-a- day training schedule, t hey also have to follow this well-worn piece of advice: Don’t quit your day j ob. As of this month, D ick’s Sporting Goods has filled that need for 100 of these athletes, most of them trying to stay on the road to Rio and the Summer Olympics next year. Through a new sponsors hip deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the store is offering athletes 20-hour-a-week jobs on schedules that defer to the steady training and travel regimens these potential Olympians must manage. The athletes work at 58 stores covering 25 states, and Dick’s is willing to be f lexible with their schedules not only to help sup- p ort the Olympic movement but also because of the expertise these elite a thletes can provide to c ustomers in search of the perfect shoes, swimsuit o r workout clothes. “You compete at a high l evel because it’s what you love to do,” said Andras Horanyi, the fencer w ho lives at the Olympic Training Center in Colora- d o Springs and works at Dick’s. “I don’t think most athletes are doing this because they make a ton of money.” True, but for most Olympic hopefuls, there’s a big gap between getting r ich and making ends m eet. And yet it still takes considerable resources to get to sport’s highest level — resources that go beyond the room-and-board a nd many of the training stipends the USOC and the individual federations provide to the top Olympic hopefuls. For instance, in almost every sport, each athlete m ust pay his or her own w ay to domestic competitions, including national c hampionships, which is often where they compete for rankings and spots on the U.S. team that lead to more crucial funding. That’s how Horanyi found himself working as a barista and juggling a f encing schedule when he was living in New York a few years back. After m oving to Colorado Springs, where a room at the training center all ayed many of his training and scheduling problems, he worked for a while at e Bay and then as an events planner for the U SOC. “That was a good job, and they understood my needs, but it was only a few hours a day,” Horanyi s aid of the USOC job. “It didn’t pay enough for the tournaments and stuff like that.” The stories for other Olympic hopefuls are similar, almost across the b oard, and almost regard- l ess of sport. For every Michael Phelps there are a dozen a thletes like judoka Ella Graves, who, before her job at Dick’s, worked at a c ollege library and also walked the neighborhoods in Colorado Springs s elling pizza coupons. And for every Nick S ymmonds — the runner who boycotted this year’s track world champion- ships to make a point about the relationship bet ween athletes, sponsors and Olympic sports — there are dozens more like Josh Brown, the judo athlete whose sponsorships are small, and who once worked a night job d riving a truck for a cor- r ectional facility program. “When I got the job as a d river, they didn’t tell me I’d be driving a bunch of felons around,” Brown s aid. “I’d get off at, like, 1 a.m., but you can’t go home, relax and get ready t o fully train after working a job like that.” OLYMPICS Olympics hopefuls put to work EDDIE PELLS ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Olympic pentathlon hopeful Isabella Isaksen helps a customer i nside Dick's Sporting Goods .

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