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How Carl Edwards’ Move to Joe Gibbs Racing Will Change NASCAR’s Balance of Power

Now that Carl Edwards' signing with Joe Gibbs Racing is official, per Tom Jensen of FoxSports.com, everyone involved in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series can get on with their racing lives. That includes Edwards, JGR—and Roush Fenway Racing, the organization Edwards is leaving to run a fourth car for Coach Joe Gibbs and his son, JGR team president J.D. Gibbs.  For Edwards, it means a better long-term future and a better shot at winning Sprint Cup championships. It won't be easy. It's not like JGR has been cranking them out; the company's last of three came in 2005 when Tony Stewart was behind the wheel of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet. Since the JGR switch in manufacturers from Chevy to Toyota beginning in the 2008 se...

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Carl Edwards Will Join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015

Carl Edwards, one of NASCAR's top "free agents" in search of a new team for the 2015 season, has found a home with Joe Gibbs Racing, according to Jeff Gluck of USA Today. This move for Edwards did not come out of the blue. Bob Pockrass of SportingNews.com wrote Monday that Gibbs Racing had a press conference set for Tuesday, where it was expected to announce the 35-year-old veteran was joining the team next year. During the press conference, via Alan Cavanna of NASCAR.com, Edwards made a point of letting the rest of Gibbs' team know that he wouldn't be taking it easy on them the rest of this season: Also at the press conference, via Cavanna, Joe Gibbs joked that Edwards had agreed to stay out of the way whenever a member of...

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Belgian Grand Prix 2014: 10 Key Facts About Spa-Francorchamps

After a month-long break, Formula One is back! Even better, the first race after the summer break is the fan- and driver-favourite Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. La Source, Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Blanchimont—Spa has plenty of exciting corners that push the drivers to the limit. And with the new cars providing more power and less downforce than in previous years, no one is quite sure what to expect. The only thing we do know is that it should be a great show. Here are 10 key facts about the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to help get you ready for the race.Begin Slideshow...

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Belgian Grand Prix 2014: 10 Key Facts About Spa-Francorchamps

After a month-long break, Formula One is back! Even better, the first race after the summer break is the fan- and driver-favourite Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. La Source, Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Blanchimont—Spa has plenty of exciting corners that push the drivers to the limit. And with the new cars providing more power and less downforce than in previous years, no one is quite sure what to expect. The only thing we do know is that it should be a great show. Here are 10 key facts about the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to help get you ready for the race.Begin Slideshow...

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Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Ranking Ahead of Bristol

The roller-coaster ride of a season for Danica Patrick continued on Sunday. Only this time, Patrick had to rally back from an accident she was deemed responsible for by a fellow driver. Patrick was running well when she spun out and collected several cars in an early crash. With drivers such as Trevor Bayne, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., the accident was a costly one for the notable names. At the end of race, Patrick captured a top-20 finish and has three in her first four career races at Michigan. After qualifying 14th and going two laps down thanks to the accident, Patrick's record at the track remained consistent.
Just three races remain in the first 16-car Chase for the Sprint Cup, and Patrick is well outside of the window...

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Formula 1’s Summer Break Has Taken Edge off 2014 Title Battle

In the excitement of the unfolding title battle between Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton—not to mention the action behind the championship-leading pair—it is all too easy to innocently disregard just how relentless the first half of the 2014 Formula One season has been. Members of the paddock—ranging from the stars of the show, to team officials, to mechanics, to truckies—will have traveled to a minimum of 11 countries across four continents in the five months between the beginning of March and the end of July. Here, there and everywhere. Up and down. Doing this, doing that. Doing that, doing this.  The same smells, the same noises. The same cars, the same colours, the same people. The same p...

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Max Verstappen and 5 Phenomenal Young Talents on Track to Formula 1

Max Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso in 2015. In the process he will become the youngest driver in Formula One history, and the 14th graduate from the Red Bull Junior Team to reach the pinnacle of motorsport. He isn't the only youngster who'll be making a splash in years to come. All the top teams have driver-development programs of some description. McLaren's produced Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen, while Ferrari can be thanked for Sergio Perez and Jules Bianchi. Williams brought Valtteri Bottas through and Mercedes had a hand in Paul di Resta's rise. Those same programmes, and others, are now filled with a new crop of promising youngsters, all hoping to follow Verstappen into F1. Here are some of the best—o...

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Fantasy NASCAR at Bristol 2014: Picks, Top Drivers for Irwin Tools Night Race

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Bristol, Tennessee, this week for the Irwin Tools Night Race. The night race at Bristol should be on every NASCAR fan’s bucket list. The electricity of the fans and the roar of the cars is something that words cannot describe. The high-banked half-mile track has given fans some of the best finishes in NASCAR history. The race Saturday night will be an exciting sprint to the finish line. Rain was the story in March at Bristol. The event was delayed for two hours before the cars took the green flag. Denny Hamlin won the pole for that race and ran near the front before finishing sixth. Team Penske led the first half of the race, as Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano led 53 of the first 54 laps. J...

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Why Jeff Gordon’s Incredible Resurgence Won’t Be Ending Anytime Soon

When he turned 37, Jeff Gordon talked numerous times about retiring and how he wouldn't be racing by the time he was 40. Fast-forward six-plus years and Gordon not only is still racing in NASCAR, he may very well be behind the wheel for another 10 more years with the kind of success he's enjoying in 2014. Gordon, who earned his third win of the season on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, has not only gotten a second wind for his career, he's performing in a way that we haven't seen in a long, long time. And there's no one better to speak to that than team owner Rick Hendrick. “I think what I see now with Jeff today is how smart he is,” Hendrick said after Sunday's race in the Michigan International Speedway media ...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Susie Wolff, Paul Di Resta and More

Susie Wolff has led the way in terms of increasing the participation of women in Formula One. The Scot became the first female driver in over two decades to take to the track on a race weekend last month and believes more will arrive on the scene in the near future, with women currently holding senior positions at Williams and Sauber. While Wolff is leading the way, her compatriot, Paul Di Resta, has lost his way as far as his Formula One career is concerned. Di Resta was banished to the DTM, the German touring car series, for this season after parting company with Force India at the end of 2013. However, the 28-year-old, who was overlooked for seats with leading teams over the course of his three seasons in F1, remains confident that he wi...

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