Harvick wins Busch race, but Edwards clinches championship
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kevin Harvick won another race and runaway points leader Carl Edwards finally wrapped up his first NASCAR Busch Series championship Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Edwards, who built a lead of more than 800 points in the first half of the season, stumbled through the second half of the year before putting away the title with an 11th-place run in the O'Reilly Challenge. He leads runner-up David Reutimann by an insurmountable 552 points with two races to go.
'It's really amazing to be a Busch Series champion,' said Edwards, who has won four times season. 'I can't tell you how exciting that is and what it means to me.'
Verplank, Ames tied after rough day at Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Scott Verplank was two shots behind with three holes to play Saturday, then surged into a share of the lead at the Children's Miracle Network simply by making pars.
Verplank, one of six players who had at least a share of the lead on a wild afternoon at Disney, wound up with a 71 and was tied with Stephen Ames going into a final round.
On a pristine day outside the Magic Kingdom, chaos reigned on the closing holes at a tournament that used to be known for birdies falling as often as the whistle blows at Thunder Mountain.
Ames, who had a two-shot lead at one point, bogeyed two of his last three holes with three-putts that measured 60 and 70 feet. He had to settle for a 70, but had few complaints about still being in the lead.
Runner dies at Olympic trials
NEW YORK - Top distance runner Ryan Shay died during the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials Saturday, and his father, Joe, said he was first diagnosed with a larger than normal heart at age 14.
Joe Shay told The Associated Press his son was cleared for running this spring by doctors but was told he might need a pacemaker when he is older.