CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Danica Patrick refuses to get down on herself even though her first full season on the Sprint Cup series has been a struggle. Patrick is 28th in the Sprint Cup point standings after 11 races and has just one top-10 finish, that in the season-opening Daytona 500.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former Sprint Cup champion Dale Jarrett and master mechanic Maurice Petty headline the latest group of inductees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Dale Jarrett Wednesday joined his father Ned in the hall while Maurice becomes the fourth member of the storied Petty family to get in. Tim Flock won two NASCAR titles in the 1950s and was elected.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The agent for first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei says his client has signed a 4-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Financial terms were not released. The deal includes a team option for a fifth season.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Brett Austin drove in two runs during a four-run seventh inning to help North Carolina State beat Clemson 6-3 Wednesday night in pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Jake Fincher had an RBI single before Austin's two-run double in the seventh snapped a 2-2 tie for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack.
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