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March 8, 2014

Sports briefs for Saturday, March 8

Taylor MS baseball tryouts today

Tryouts for the Taylor Middle School baseball squad are today from 1-3 p.m. in the Taylor High School gym. Tryouts are for any seventh or eighth grader interested in playing. For more information contact Brent Owens at 765-438-0635 or by email brent.owens@cfdinvestments.com.

Indy 500 changes qualifying format

The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 will include three rounds over two days, with the pole-winner emerging from a “Fast Nine Shootout” on what used to be Bump Day.

IndyCar officials also said Friday there will be points incentives that have yet to be announced.

Qualifying for the Indy 500 this year will begin on May 17 when the fastest 33 cars are locked into the field. All entries will be guaranteed at least one four-lap attempt to qualify, and the fastest nine drivers will move into the shootout.

On Sunday, the previous days’ times will be erased and entries 10 through 33 will complete another four-lap qualifying attempt to determine their starting position. The fastest nine drivers from Saturday will then make one four-lap attempt to determine the prestigious pole winner and starting front row.

The Indy 500 has had four-lap qualifying runs since 1939. The Fast Nine pole shootout was introduced in 2010, but was on Saturday.

The change comes as IndyCar struggles to fill the 33-car field, making the once tension-filled Bump Day drama-free the last two years.

The Associated Press

Logano wins pole in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, turning a qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph.

Logano will start on the front row next to Penske Ford teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second Friday at 193.099.

The Penske drivers swept the top two spots for the second straight race, reversing their qualifying finish in Phoenix a week ago.

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