MOTORSPORTS | At a glance



Champ Car
DENVER -- Race organizers tweaked the course at the Grand Prix of Denver to create more excitement for the fans. If the first round of qualifying is any indication, it's a rousing success. Champ Car series leader Sebastien Bourdais closed out a flurry of record-setting times, securing the provisional pole Friday in the first round of qualifying for the Grand Prix of Denver. Bourdais earned a front-row spot for Sunday's 90-lap race and picked up another point in the Champ Car World Series, pushing his lead to 48 points over Bruno Junqueira, the two-time defending champion at Denver. He also becomes the first driver in the modern era (since 1979) to open a year by qualifying in the top three spots in nine straight races. Bourdais finished the 1.65-mile course in 1 minute, 0.413 seconds (98.740 mph) for the final of seven track records -- three in the last few minutes of qualifying. But with another round of qualifying set for today, his record might not last long. "I'm just very happy that we took care of the front row today," Bourdais said. "Right now, we're looking at maybe approaching Saturday a little different, perhaps saving some tires. It's easier when you're up front."
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
GLADVILLE, Tenn. -- Bobby Hamilton Jr. claimed the pole in just his third start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the fastest of 18 drivers to break the Nashville Superspeedway qualifying record Friday. Hamilton, driving a Dodge, turned a lap at 160.990 mph over the 1.333-mile concrete speedway to take the top spot for today's Toyota Tundra 200. He upstaged his teammate father and series leader Bobby Hamilton, who qualified 15th. The Hamiltons became the first father-son duo to win poles in the truck series.
Formula One
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Kimi Raikkonen turned in the quickest time in practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, edging Formula One leader Michael Schumacher, who will be trying for a record 12th victory of the season in the race. McLaren's Raikkonen clocked 1 minute, 20.884 seconds in the second practice session. Ferrari's Schumacher had the fastest time in the morning practice, clocking a 1:21.009. Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams BMW was third in the afternoon session at 1:21.185, followed by David Coulthard of McLaren (1:21.203), Olivier Panis of Toyota (1:21.52), Takuma Sato of BAR (1:21.364), Antonio Pizzonia of Williams (1:21.574) and BAR's Jenson Button (1:21.685).
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