Sports briefs

Trudeau, Zbacnik, L’Huillier win

MARQUETTE — The team of John Trudeau, Jim Zbacnik and Jack L’Huillier won the Senior Men’s League playoff championship at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course in September.

Trudeau won the ninth hole to clinch the match over Gary Gagnon, Bob Lantto and Glenn Gagnon.

The most improved golfer of the playoffs and league season was Zbacnik, 84.

Truex running good at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. already looks like the coolest cat at the club, with his shades and scruff and disarming smile, yet he has even more reason to be relaxed and confident at Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Start with the fact that he’s already clinched a spot in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs with his win at Charlotte. Brad Keselowski is also assured of advancing through the round of 12 after today’s race, but former champs such as Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are on the bubble.

Then consider the fact that Truex always runs well at intermediate tracks, finishing in the top 10 in his last five starts with a trio of victories. He’s especially good at Kansas, where he routinely runs up front and exorcised some bad luck with a victory in May.

Finally, there’s the fact that Truex was fast the moment he unloaded Friday, winning the pole and earning not only a prime pit stall for Sunday but also the first pick next week at Martinsville.