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NASCAR Notes: Busch apologizes for rant against Toyota

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TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Kyle Busch apologized Thursday for a profanity-laced rant toward manufacturer Toyota over fuel mileage.

Busch was upset during Sunday's race at Dover because a late stop for gas cost him the victory. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin also had to stop for gas, but winner Brad Keselowski in a Dodge and Jimmie Johnson in a Chevrolet got better mileage and didn't have to stop.

Busch said in a statement Thursday his comments about Toyota and Toyota Racing Development were "misguided" and he spoke out of frustration.

Busch has suffered several engine failures this season, and missed a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field by just three points.

Gordon's sponsor signs 1-year contract extension
TALLDEGA, Ala. (AP) -
Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports announced a contract extension Thursday through 2014 with sponsor AARP and AARP Foundation.

The AARP Foundation signed a three-year deal in 2011 with its "Drive to End Hunger" campaign to be Gordon's primary sponsor. It became the first cause-related sponsorship to sign on as primary sponsor for a major race team.

The one-year extension gives Drive to End Hunger the opportunity to continue addressing hunger issues among elder Americans.

Gordon has helped deliver food to food banks and actively supported the cause since partnering with the campaign. The initiative has led to the donation of more than 13 million meals to hungry older Americans and raised more than $17 million through corporate and individual support.

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