NASCAR admits water shenanigans

HAMPTON, Ga. -- NASCAR conceded Monday that water got into the fuel supply of more than two cars during the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, apparently leading to a crash that took out several top contenders in the closing laps.

Denny Hamlin was leading the Pep Boys Auto 500 with three laps to go when his car stalled while taking the green flag after a caution period. Martin Truex, who led the most laps, smashed into the back of Hamlin's car and finished 31st. Hamlin slipped to 24th.

"There are multiple teams that are showing positive for some level of water contamination level in their fuel," said John Darby, NASCAR's Nextel Cup director. "I can't tell you the exact number. It's more than two and less than 43 at the moment."

He said extensive testing done by Sunoco, NASCAR's official fuel supplier, showed no signs of problems in the underground storage tanks at the suburban Atlanta speedway. The problem likely occurred in the piping that runs from the tanks to the pumps, or in the pumps themselves.

• WINTHROP GOLF -- At DeBary, Fla., Bethune-Cookman claimed the DeBary Intercollegiate championship by 15 shots over second-place Stetson and McNeese State while BCC's Kimberly Wong captured medalist honors with a 2-over par performance.

Winthrop, the host school for the tournament, shot 322 to finish at 637, good for sixth place in the 14-team field.

Wong overcame Winthrop's Jutta Degerman and Stetson's Danielle Jackson on the final day to take medalist honors with a 146. Degerman shot 74 to finish with a 147.

Degerman was the only Lady Eagle to break 80. Freshman Allison Itria fired an 82 to finish in a 17th-place tie at 160 (78-82). Junior Sara Hester tied for 29th at 163 (80-83) while sophomore Rachel Smith finished in a tie for 47th place with a 168 85-83) and junior Brittany Dabule came in 53rd at 170 (84-86).

The tournament wrapped the fall season for Winthrop. The Lady Eagles will travel to UC Riverside in March for the Lady Braveheart Invitational.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- South Carolina's next two games will be televised.

Saturday's game featuring the No. 23 Gamecocks at Arkansas will kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. USC's home matchup with No. 18 Florida Nov. 10 will kick off at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.

• MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Detroit addressed one of its biggest needs, acquiring shortstop Edgar Renteria from Atlanta for two prospects.

Renteria batted .332 in 124 games with the Braves this year, finishing with 12 homers and 57 RBIs. Detroit went into the offseason needing to add a shortstop after deciding to shift Carlos Guillen to first base.

The Tigers gave up right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who showed signs of promise last season, and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Reds 10U team won the Let's Rock AA Halloween NIT over the weekend. The Reds notched wins over the Carolina Havoc, 4-2 and 11-5, The Upstate Tigers, 15-7, and defeated the Mill Dawgs in the championship game, 13-1.

Leading hitters for the tourney were Will Prince (11-for-17, 8 RBIs, four doubles, triple), Jeremiah Franklin (7-for-14, 4 RBIs), Conner Edkins (7-for-16, 4 RBIs), Andrew Shipman (5-for-11, 2 RBIs), Will Reid (5-for-16, 7 RBIs, double) and Tripp Barringer (4-for-15, 6 RBIs, double).

Outstanding pitching performances were turned in by Shipman, Edkins, Barringer, Reid and Prince.

Leading the Reds defensively was Franklin, Shipman, Barringer, Zach Smith, Miller Hoffman, Seth Roddey, Luke Wright and Tristan Thomas.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Kimberly Case made a hole in one over the weekend on the 17th hole at Rock Barn Golf Club in Conover, N.C. She used an 8-iron from 130 yards. It was her third career ace.

Witnesses were Lloyd Case, Bill Chamberlin and Mary Chamberlin.

Jesse VanVorrhis of Rock Hill scored two holes in one at the 145-yard, par three 13th hole at Carolina Crossing this past summer. The two came within a month of each other.