NASCAR's No. 2 series will have a new partner beginning in 2015 as Comcast's XFINITY brand becomes the entitlement partner for what is currently known as the Nationwide Series. The 10-year agreement officially begins Jan. 1, and will see the series renamed the XFINITY Series. XFINITY becomes only the third title sponsor in the program's history, following Anheuser-Busch (1982-2007) and Nationwide ('08-14). XFINITY is the cable and broadband division of Comcast, providing video, high-speed Internet and phone service to residential customers. Comcast also owns NBC and NBC Sports Network, which will broadcast the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events next season as well as the final 19 races of what will now be the XFINITY Series…Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the season-ending MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 30. Power, who entered the 18th, and final race of the season with a 51-point lead over Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, had been the championship runner-up in 2010, ‘11 and ‘12. It was the ninth consecutive year that the series champion was determined in the season finale. Power had been in this situation before only to see it slip from his grasp. In both 2010 and ‘12, Power held the lead with two races remaining and crashed in the season finale. Power provided Team Penske its 13th Indy car championship and the first since 2006. The Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600, "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race," returns for its 19th season at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, 2015. The race will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network…Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff captured his first victory of the season as he won the elite Master Class crown of the inaugural Red Bull Air Race World Championship held at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend. Ivanoff edged Nigel Lamb by a mere .135 of a second for the win while Pete McLeod earned the third and final podium spot as he finished .548 of a second behind the winning run. Ivanoff gave his country a sweep of the weekend competition as fellow Frenchman Mikael Brageot won the Challenger Cup race during Saturday's action. More than 40,000 spectators attended the two-day event…The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real is headed to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Port-a-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship. The two-night doubleheader marks the first time ASCS has raced two A-Main features at Texas Motor Speedway. With 16 races remaining, 26-year-old Brad Loyet sits atop the national tour leaderboard. The Missourian holds a 92-point cushion over second-place Jeff Swindell and is 95 points ahead of two-time defending Texas Motor Speedway champion and two-time defending Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour champion Jason Johnson. Currently winless in 2014, the Port-a-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship offers Johnson his greatest opportunity to get back into the championship hunt. The ASCS sprint cars will be joined by a field of limited modifieds for the two-night event. Gates open Friday at 5 p.m. CT with practice beginning at 6 p.m. and heats getting underway at 7 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 6 p.m. with practice beginning at 7 p.m. and qualifiers at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and kids (12 & under) are $10.
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