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December 6, 2013

Sports briefs for Friday, Dec. 6

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The Myers Brothers award was given to Stewart for his role as owner of Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dirt track that hosted the first national NASCAR race on dirt in 43 years when the Truck Series raced there in July.

“It was a lot of fun for us,” Stewart said about the Eldora event. “I’m aging in dog years now. It takes a lot of time and effort. You probably won’t ever hear me give too many of the promoters in NASCAR a hard time anymore because I know what it’s like firsthand.

“To host an event takes a lot of time and effort and work and it takes a great staff to do that. I am very fortunate and blessed to have a good staff at Eldora and just very surprised by this [award]. This is very humbling, to be perfectly honest.”

• In other NASCAR news, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 2013 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award Thursday, beating girlfriend Danica Patrick for the title.

Also, Dale Earnhardt Jr. set a record Thursday with his 11th consecutive win as NASCAR’s most popular driver.

Johnson takes lead at World Challenge

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Zach Johnson birdied four of the par 5s and shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Thursday over Matt Kuchar in the World Challenge.

Only five players in the elite 18-man field managed to break par at Sherwood Country Club. One of them was tournament host Tiger Woods, who had a new driver in the bag and missed only two fairways. The problem was his putter, including a short birdie attempt that missed on the last hole. He had a 71.

Kuchar hit his approach to 2 feet on the final hole for a 68.

Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson were at 70. They are among seven players who have yet to win a tournament this year, even though everyone at Sherwood is among the top 30 in the world.

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