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Carlos Sainz seizes Dakar Rally lead as teammate Stephane Peterhansel crashes in Stage 7

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Carlos Sainz moved into the overall lead of the Dakar Rally, wining his second consecutive stage Saturday and taking advantage of Peugeot teammate Stephane Peterhansel’s crash.

Peterhansel started the seventh stage with a 27-minute lead on Sainz before crashing about a third of the way through the 425-kilometer leg. After losing more than two hours to repairs, Peterhansel finished 20th in the stage. The defending champion fell to third overall, an hour and 20 minutes behind Sainz.

Giniel de Villiers, the 2009 champion, finished second in the stage (12 minutes behind Sainz) and is fourth overall. Two-time champion Nasser Al-Attiyah is second overall, an hour and 11 minutes behind Sainz, after a third-place finish in the seventh stage.

Though Sainz is leading at the halfway point of the 14-stage rally, the Spaniard has failed to finish the Dakar Rally the past five years because of crashes and mechanical problems.

In other divisions:

–In motorcycles, Joan Barreda Bort dominated on his Honda but said he might have broken his knee in winning the stage by nearly 3 minutes.

–In quads, Axel Dutrie won by nearly 5 minutes over Marcelo Medeiros.

–In trucks, Ton Van Genugten triumphed by 2 minutes over Federico Villagra.

–Reinaldo Verala won in SxS.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz, Peugeot, 04:49:26
  2. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, 5:01:31
  3. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, Toyota, 5:03:45
  4. Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, Orlen, 5:10:22
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Prokop, MP-Sports, 5:13:23


  1. Spain’s Carlos Sainz
  2. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, 1:11:29 behind
  3. France’s Stephane Peterhansel, 1:20:46
  4. South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers – 1:20:54
  5. The Netherlands’ Bernhard ten Brinke – 1:25:04



  1. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort, Honda, 5:11:10
  2. France’s Adrien van Beveren, Yamaha, 5:14:01
  3. Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, Honda, 5:19:12
  4. Australia’s Toby Price, KTM, 5:19:53
  5. Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, 5:20:03


10th: Ricky Brabec (Honda), 5:24:58

25th: Mark Samuels (Honda), 6:00:40

28th: Andrew Short (Husqvarna), 6:05:35

30th: Shane Esposito (KTM), 6:18:10

89th: Bill Conger (Husqvarna), 9:22:52


  1. France’s Adrien van Beveren
  2. Argentina’s Kevin Benevides – 3:14 behind
  3. Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort – 04:45
  4. Austria’s Matthias Walkner – 8:18
  5. Australia’s Toby Price – 13:34



  1. The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten, Iveco, 4:10:40
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra, Iveco, 4:12:41
  3. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, 4:15:34
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Kolomy, Tatra, 4:16:29
  5. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik, Liaz, 4:16:51


  1. Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev
  2. Argentina’s Federico Villagra – 49:47 behind
  3. Belarus’s Siarhei Vlazovich – 2:49:08
  4. Czech Republic’s Martin Macik – 3:15:35
  5. The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten – 4:24:05



  1. France’s Axel Dutrie, 6:59:04
  2. Brazil’s Marcelo Medeiros, 7:03:54
  3. Chile’s Ignacia Casale, 7:08:02
  4. Paraguay’s Nelson Augusto Sanabria Galeano, 7:10:37
  5. Argentina’s Giuliano Horacio Giordana, 7:18:42


  1. Chile’s Ignacio Casale
  2. Peru’s Alexis Hernandez – 1:01:09 behind
  3. Argentina’s Jeremias Gonzalez Ferioli – 1:28:13
  4. Argentina’s Nicolas Cavigliasso – 1:31:20
  5. France’s Alex Dutrie – 2:51:07



  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela, Can-Am, 6:49:31
  2. France’s Patricie Garroueste, Polaris, 7:21:03
  3. Peru’s Juan Carlos Uribe Ramos, Can-Am, 7:45
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, Polaris, 9:07:59
  5. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, Polaris, 9:10:06


  1. Brazil’s Reinaldo Varela
  2. Peru’s Juan Uribe Ramos – 1:15:36 behind
  3. France’s Patricie Garroueste – 1:43:45
  4. Peru’s Anibal Aliaga, 5:38:37
  5. Spain’s Jose Luis Pena Campos, 6:15:21


STAGE 8: A 585-kilometer leg from Uyuni to Tupiza.


Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in Pennsylvania race crash

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YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett died after a crash Thursday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.

The 49-year-old Hodnett, from Spring Grove, Pa., was the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1993 and went on to win 20 World of Outlaws races. He won the opening night this year at the Knoxville Nationals.

“Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said.

A statement was posted on Hodnett’s racing website, saying: “Please keep (wife) Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers.

“Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!”

Several NASCAR drivers took to Twitter to express their condolences: