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Also won the NASCAR All-Star race during the stretch


Kyle Larson won again — that’s all he does these days — this time in the Cup debut at Nashville Superspeedway, where Hendrick Motorsports’ new star drove to victory lane for the fourth consecutive week.

Larson led 264 of 300 laps Sunday for his third consecutive win in a points race, fourth straight including last weekend’s All-Star race. That win at Texas Motor Speedway kicked off a stretch of four wins in seven days as Larson collected the $1 million All-Star payout then traveled to Ohio to pocket the $6,000 purses in two sprint car races.

Rick Hendrick’s cars have been to victory lane six consecutive weeks dating to Alex Bowman’s May 9 win at Dover.


LEBANON, Tenn. — Kyle Larson won his fourth race in seven days then finally headed home to sleep in his own bed.

For a night, anyway.

The busiest driver in motorsports won again Sunday in the Cup debut at Nashville Superspeedway, where Larson drove to NASCAR’s victory lane for the fourth consecutive week.

Sandwiched in between his $1 million victory in the All-Star race at Texas last Sunday and his Cup-leading fourth victory of the season at Nashville were two dirt racing wins in Ohio worth $6,000 each to the winner. Next up for Larson: Brandon, South Dakota, for Monday and Tuesday night World of Outlaws races at Huset’s Speedway.

“All of the racing helps for everything I do. I win a Cup race and it helps me for dirt racing,” Larson said. “I think just racing a lot — I’m in racing situations more than anybody else in the world, really — but especially in Cup and I think that helps me stay sharp, it helps me be aggressive and understand what things are doing and tracks changing.


Bubba Watson has had a world of success at the Travelers Championship. As the PGA Tour heads back to TPC River Highlands this week, can Watson win there again?

Watson won for the first time at the Travelers in 2010. He had to do it the hard way, topping Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in a playoff. The win was Watson’s first on the PGA Tour.

Five years later, Watson came to the Travelers as a much more accomplished player. He had won the Masters in both 2012 and 2014 and had seven total tour wins under his belt.

In that 2015 event, Watson again needed a playoff to claim the victory. This time, he topped Paul Casey to get it done, claiming his eighth PGA Tour win and second at TPC River Highlands.



Golf is always evolving. The game that was invented in Scotland hundreds of years ago only generally resembles the modern game. As in other sports, players have gotten bigger, stronger and smarter in the modern era.

That progression isn’t always celebrated. Traditionalists argue modern technologies have rendered classic courses obsolete and many are clamoring for something — anything! — to be done to save the soul of the sport.

Bubba Watson is far from a golf traditionalist, and, to him, this line of conservative thinking just doesn’t make sense. Why is it that golf always tries to squash anything that threatens its traditions?


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As he proved on Thursday with his saucy driver off the deck, Bubba Watson remains arguably the most fun player to watch in professional golf. On Friday, he also reminded everybody that he’s one of the best interviews in professional golf, too.

Following a solid one-over-par 72 in Round 1, the two-time Masters champ vaulted up the U.S. Open leader board with a four-under 67 in Round 2 at Torrey Pines. As it stands, his three-under total is currently T-4, a shocking sight given his poor history in the national championship—and the fact he appeared to be coming in with no form. At the PGA Championship, Watson trudged through a 77-80 weekend, then shot 77 in the opening round of the Memorial Tournament two weeks later, only to withdraw, something he hadn’t done since the 2017 Genesis Open.

Through 36 holes, it appears he’s quickly gotten over that recent rough patch. Good golf obviously helps, but a pre-tournament chat with Matthew Wolff may have as well. Like Watson has in the past, Wolff opened up about his struggles with mental health earlier this week.


DUBLIN, Ohio — Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has opened up recently about his own anxiety issues, saying how uncomfortable he can be in crowds, and acknowledging that criticism of him on social media has taken its toll.

And it’s why he showed support for tennis star Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open on Monday, citing her experiences with depression and her reasons for outlining why she had hoped to skip media interviews.


Adrenaline Shoc (A SHOC), the fast-growing, performance energy beverage distributed by Keurig Dr Pepper, announces the release of the A SHOC Shoc Wave Chase Elliott Signature can to commemorate the driver’s 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The limited-edition can features Elliott celebrating his championship, alongside the No. 9 A SHOC Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE that he will drive at select NASCAR Cup Series races this season for Hendrick Motorsports.

“I was floored when A SHOC said they wanted to make a special can celebrating the championship,” said Elliott, who won his first career NASCAR Cup Series Championship and third consecutive Most Popular Driver award last season. “It’s always an honor to be featured on a retail product and I think the fans will really enjoy the look and flavor of the signature can.”