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  • 11 Mar
    导出博客文章HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Joe Gibbs Racing fielded two of the four entries competing
    for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship crown Sunday at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway, and the JGR Toyotas driven by Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch appeared to
    have the speed necessary to win the Ford EcoBoost 400.Then the stock car team
    owned by the Hall of Fame football coach fumbled late in the contest.Edwards was
    running second in the race and leading the four championship contenders as the
    field lined up for a restart with 10 laps remaining, with Busch not far
    behind.But Edwards attempt to block a fast-charging Joey Logano triggered a
    nine-car wreck and instantly took him out of the championship equation. Busch
    was then called in for a questionable stop for tires that left him too far
    behind for the green-white-checkered overtime finish to challenge race (and
    championship) winner Jimmie Johnson.For much of the 267-lap contest, Edwards
    looked like the driver to beat in terms of the championship, usually holding the
    upper hand over final four challengers Busch, Logano and Johnson. He led eight
    times for a total of 47 laps.Edwards and Busch were disputing second place (and
    the lead of the championship) behind race leader Kyle Larson in the closing
    stages when Dylan Lupton grazed the Turn 2 wall to bring out the caution on Lap
    253.Larson maintained the lead in the pits and Edwards lined up on the inside of
    the front row for the restart. Meanwhile, a slow pit stop dropped Busch to sixth
    place.When the green flew to start the 258th lap, Logano immediately shot to
    Edwards inside. Edwards steered hard left, forcing both cars off the racetrack
    toward the inner wall on the approach to Turn 1.Logano caught his fishtailing
    car and continued into the corner. Edwards wasnt so lucky. After pounding the
    inside wall, the orange Camry shot up the track and was collected at near full
    speed by Kasey Kahnes Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, shoving it slightly
    airborne and into hard contact with the outer wall.Six other cars were swept in,
    including the Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr., which briefly
    caught fire. None of the drivers was injured, but Edwards championship hopes
    were as badly damaged as his mangled race car.Five years removed from when he
    ended up second to Tony Stewart in the most memorable championship finish in
    Chase history, Edwards once again came away from Homestead empty-handed.They put
    it in my hands and thats all you can ask for, Edwards said. [Crew chief] Dave
    Rogers, my guys, everybody, they did a good job. It didnt work out. This is
    life. We performed well. We did our best. I just risked too much.Dave told me
    before this race that its a pretty big reward [the championship] and remember
    risk gets reward, he continued. I just had to push it. I couldnt go to bed
    tonight and think that I gave him that lane.Edwards stopped at Loganos pit to
    share a few words with Logano crew chief Todd Gordon. Despite the accident,
    there was no animosity from Logano or his team.Its cool that Carl came up and
    said that because I dont blame him, Logano remarked.?It was great racing. I
    understand why he had to throw the block and he understands why I had to make
    the move because that was for the win. That was the only shot that I had. That
    was for the race and with 10 [laps] to go, what do you expect?? Its for a
    championship.Thats just racing, he added. It hurt both of us, ultimately Carl a
    little bit more, but its unfortunate.While Edwards was out of the race,
    classified 34th, Logano and Busch were still in the thick of the championship
    battle -- and Logano indirectly influenced Buschs race.Logano pitted for minor
    repairs and fresh tires after a 31-minute red flag to clean up Edwards wreck. On
    the subsequent restart, he shot through the field from eighth place to third,
    flying past Busch in the process.The yellow flew again, and crew chief Adam
    Stevens called Busch in for tires. But he was mired deeper in the pack than
    Logano was, and while Logano finished fourth in the race, second among
    championship contenders, Busch could work his way back up only to sixth.We had
    one straightaway on our tires, and they [Logano] came in and put tires on and
    they just blitzed right up through the middle and got to us before we even got
    to Turn 1, Busch said. That just kind of killed it and ruined our race.All in
    all, we fought hard tonight, he added. We gave it everything we had. We didnt
    have the greatest race car today, but we had enough of one that we could run
    with those guys. All things considered, we had a really good run tonight -- just
    not good enough.It was a disappointing end to the 2016 campaign for the Gibbs
    organization, which at times during the season looked like it might put all four
    of its drivers into the Chase final.JGR cars led the most laps in 12 of the
    years 36 races, with the satellite Furniture Row Racing entry driven by Truex
    Jr. adding four more.But the Toyota attack fell short at Homestead. After
    Edwards and Busch led the race for the championship through 90 percent of the
    race, Johnson and Chevrolet snuck away with the title.They [Johnsons team] were
    nowhere all day, and just kind of ran around in sixth but never really showed
    their hand at all, Busch said. They didnt really show any speed, never led any
    laps until the last one -- and thats the only one that really matters.Busch at
    least has the satisfaction of knowing that he has a Cup Series title on his
    résumé. For Edwards, who has finished second in the standings twice (2008 and
    2011), the wait -- and the weight -- continues.He vows to return stronger than
    ever.I was so proud of my guys and so happy with the performance, Edwards said.
    That run to catch Kyle and pass him, that was everything I had. That was the
    drive of my life and it didnt yield a championship, but I have a lot of pride in
    how we performed.I am telling you, this team is going to be on fire next year,
    he added. You watch out -- this is going to be awesome.
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    Buono last week. LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T
    because its DirecTV unit allegedly orchestrated a backroom deal with competitors
    to not carry the sole channel that broadcasts Dodgers baseball in Los
    Angeles.The civil antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court
    accuses DirecTV of swapping information with cable companies Cox Communications
    Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and AT&T -- before it acquired DirecTV --
    during negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the network owned by the Dodgers.The
    complaint says the companies made the agreements to prevent competitors from
    offering the channel to lure customers. Dodger fans were bitter they could only
    watch games through Time Warner Cable -- now owned by Charter -- the past three
    seasons.The government says DirecTV was the ringleader because it was the only
    company that unlawfully talked to multiple rivals, and says that DirecTV
    executives acknowledged that the satellite-TV company would be in a stronger
    position if competing TV providers also did not carry the Dodgers channel.David
    McAtee, the general counsel for AT&T, which bought DirecTV in Juuly 2015,
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