Jimmie Johnson grabs rare Bristol win after Larson mishap

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- It was just last month when people were wondering what was wrong with Jimmie Johnson after he got off to a slow start. How silly it was to worry. Johnson grabbed a rare victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday, giving him consecutive wins for the 11th time in his storied career.

Rain washes out NASCAR race at Bristol until Monday

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- NASCAR has postponed the Monster Energy Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of heavy rain that is not expected to let up on Sunday. The race was pushed until Monday at 1 p.m. Weather has been a problem all weekend at Bristol, where Friday qualifications were washed out. On Saturday, the Xfinity Series race had a lengthy stoppage for rain.

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With Texas changes, 6-time winner not even a NASCAR favorite

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson has led more laps at Texas than any other NASCAR Cup Series driver, and won a record six times there. But all that was before the entire 1 1/2-mile track was repaved, and Turns 1 and 2 were reconfigured. "It's a clean sheet of paper. You can't pick a favorite right now," Johnson said Friday.

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MLB-SCHEDULE Cards beat Cubs in opener UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' first World Series title defense in 108 years got off to an exciting yet disappointing start. Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) capped his three-RBI night by lining an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 thriller against the Cubs in St. Louis.

COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR's race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems. So what's the good news? Well, NASCAR really couldn't have asked for a better start to its season. Five drivers won the first five races. The lead changed in the waning laps each time.