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Imagining a Modern-Day Formula 1 Race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

When it was finally confirmed in March that the German Grand Prix was to be cut from the 2015 Formula One calendar, fans likely reacted in one of two possible ways. The first, and most widespread, reaction would have been one of despair. Despair that a mainstay on the schedule since 1960 had vanished. Despair that in an era of a four-time world champion from Heppenheim, a Wiesbaden-born title challenger and a championship-winning team from Stuttgart, the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Mercedes would be denied the chance to compete on home soil. And despair that, at a time when F1 continues to disregard and desert its traditional homes in favour of experimenting with far-flung, new (but unenthusiastic) venues i...

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David Ragan to Replace Brian Vickers for Rest of Season Due to Blood Clots

David Ragan's whirlwind season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has taken another turn as it was announced Tuesday that the veteran will drive the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 car for the remainder of the 2015 campaign. With Brian Vickers out of action indefinitely due to blood clots, Ragan's transition was made official on NASCAR.com. The 29-year-old driver from Unadilla, Georgia, had been filling in for the injured Kyle Busch as pilot of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing machine, but he will make the transition to MWR starting with the May 9 race at Kansas Speedway. Regardless of whether Vickers is able to return to action in 2015, Ragan will remain in the No. 55 for the duration of the year, according to ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass: That type of ...

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Can Williams Win a Formula 1 Race in 2015?

After scoring four podium finishes in the final five races of the 2014 Formula One season, it may seem like Williams have taken a step back this year. So far, through four races in the 2015 season, their best results are two fourth-place finishes. But going back to the beginning of 2014, the Grove-based team is actually well ahead of their scoring pace. After four races last year, Williams had 36 points and were sitting sixth in the constructors' standings. This year, despite Valtteri Bottas missing the Australian Grand Prix with a back injury (and with no time to replace him), Williams already have 61 points and are third in the Constructors' Championship. With that in mind, what should we expect from Williams for the rest of the season? ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Geico 500 at Talladega

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Talladega, Alabama, this week for the Geico 500. Talladega is the hardest track to predict a winner. Any driver who starts the race has a realistic chance of going to Victory Lane. All it takes is one wreck to take out half of the field. Even the drivers who have had success at the track are in danger of finishing last. When evaluating drivers for the race at Talladega, fantasy teams should look at who had success at Daytona. The tracks are very different, but the driving style is the same. Some drivers have a unique ability to avoid the wrecks and use the draft to make their way to the front. These are the drivers you want on your team this week. Here are my picks for the Geico 500 at Talladega.B...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Volkswagen/Audi, Fernando Alonso and More

A power shift at the very top of the Volkswagen group has sparked fresh speculation the famous German car maker could be close to entering Formula One. Chairman Ferdinand Piech, no great fan of F1 commercial rights chief Bernie Ecclestone, stepped down from his role following a clash with his chief executive. Under Piech, an entry was highly unlikely—now, it could be back on the agenda. Also making the headlines in Germany is Mick Schumacher, the 16-year-old son of F1 legend Michael. He made his debut in the ADAC Formula Four series at the weekend and won on his third attempt. Elsewhere, Jacques Villeneuve has criticised Manor's continued presence at the rear of the field, Fernando Alonso yearns for the days of old and Force India wan...

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Chase Elliott Proving to Be Quick Learner After 2nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Start

In his first career Sprint Cup start last month at Martinsville, it was pretty clear that the normally cool and collected Chase Elliott was a wee bit nervous. Well, as cool, collected and wee bit nervous as a 19-year-old can be. After all, Elliott, had a lot to live up to in his Cup debut: He’s the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. He’s replacing legendary Jeff Gordon in the equally legendary No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next season. He’s viewed as one of the brightest young stars on the NASCAR horizon. So when Elliott took the green flag at Martinsville, it was pretty clear there were a lot of eyeballs upon him. And like any 19-year-old kid with the spotlight on him, he didn’t want to disappoint. ...

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Kurt Busch’s Richmond Win Gives Him Another Chance to Leave Troubled Past Behind

Now that Kurt Busch has finally closed one deal—winning a Sprint Cup race and securing a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, all eyes will be watching to see if he can close the other deal. It’s the one that has dogged him all his career. The one that has everything to do with controlling himself, not his race car. “It’s an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within and you go through troubles, and you know, when you’re accused of something and things go sideways,” Busch said to Fox in Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway. “Your personal life doesn’t need to affect your business life.” The winner of Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 has struggled to control his tempe...

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NASCAR at Richmond 2015: Winners and Losers from the Toyota Owners 400

In a week where NASCAR touted its green initiative, Mother Nature saw fit to soak Richmond International Speedway Saturday with gallons of rain. Under blue skies on Sunday, the Toyota Owners 400 finally hit its stride. Kurt Busch led 291 dominating laps at Richmond and slammed the door shut on the surging Kevin Harvick to win his first race of the year and take the burn of what has been a challenging few months for Busch. “We saw a lot guys charge to the front,” Michael Waltrip said during the Fox broadcast. “They had inconsistent parts of the race. Kurt Busch, no inconsistencies, he got to the front and he stayed there and that car stayed there all day.” Actually, he was consistent: consistently good all day long. R...

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Sprint Cup Chase 2015: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After Toyota Owners 400

The rest of the competition got a leg up on Kurt Busch to start the 2015 Sprint Cup season after NASCAR suspended the 2004 points champion for the first three races of the year.    On Sunday, Busch made up for lost time. He led 291 laps of the Toyota Owners 400 en route to a checkered flag, which cements his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. His 222 points would only be good enough for 19th, but the win supersedes everything. The 36-year-old immediately vaulted into seventh. The win left Busch speechless on social media: Kevin Harvick, meanwhile, maintains his lead over Jimmie Johnson. Here's a look at how things stand after Sunday's race, courtesy of ESPN.com: You can view the remaining Sprint Cup schedule below, cou...

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Was Mercedes’ Television Coverage Intentionally Cut at the Bahrain Grand Prix?

At last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton cruised to his third victory in four races this season. Meanwhile, his team-mate, Nico Rosberg, spent the evening battling the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. After the race, one of the talking points was that the television coverage seemed to miss some of the key moments and, in particular, that the Mercedes cars did not get much screen time. "Inside the press room," wrote ESPN F1's Kate Walker, "the director's decision to avoid broadcasting footage of the Mercedes pair unless it was unavoidable to do so for the narrative of the race was so apparent that we took to shouting out every time a Silver Arrow appeared on-screen." Meanwhile, longtime Formula One journ...

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