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NASCAR’s Return to Pocono Shows Need for Major Change to Sprint Cup Schedule

Wait a minute. Didn't the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series just visit Pocono Raceway less than two months ago? Of course it did. And if Dale Earnhardt Jr. hadn't won that particular race, no one would remember much about it except that it sure wasn't Daytona or Darlington or Talladega or Bristol. A second Sprint Cup race at Pocono in less than two months greatly illustrates the need for NASCAR to seriously look at overhauling its schedule. But then, you already know that's not going to happen. Less than a month after telling the world that NASCAR was going to take a "robust" look at schedule changes in 2015, befuddling Brian France, the governing body's head honcho, backtracked and said not to expect any major changes in 2015. Let's go over th...

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Power Ranking the Formula 1 Teams After 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

Mercedes were defeated for the second time in the 2014 Formula One season at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg had started from pole, but an inconvenient safety car appearance put him on the back foot. Even then he should have won, but a couple of poor laps opened the door for Daniel Ricciardo to seize the initiative for his second win of the year. Elsewhere, Ferrari scored only their second podium of 2014, while Williams appeared to take a step back in race pace. And the less said about Force India, the better. Looking at reliability, qualifying and race pace, here's how the teams currently rank. All position changes are relative to those from the last set of rankings published after Germany, which are available here.Begin Slideshow...

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History Shows Ecclestone and F1 Will Do Everything to Avoid Canceling Russian GP

Should sport and politics ever mix? It's a question that is asked perhaps too often—and its answer largely depends on the sport in question. For Formula One, a sport that sees many of its bureaucrats gain more recognition than some of its participants, a blend of the two worlds—so different yet so eerily alike—is inevitable. F1's great political debate of 2014 surrounds the Russian Grand Prix, scheduled for October 12, with pressure building on Bernie Ecclestone, the sport's evergreen ringmaster, to drop the Sochi event from the 19-race calendar. The Crimean crisis and the recent MH17 disaster are at the root of the widespread calls for the FIA and F1 to follow the lead of the FIM, which canceled the Russian round of the W...

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NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa 2014: Full Schedule, Standings and Preview

There are several new faces of NASCAR emerging, none of which have wrinkles. Youth is slowly taking over in all three series of the sport as names like Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are blossoming. In the Nationwide Series, there are two names that have taken over the circuit. Just a week after Chase Elliott notched his third win of the season, Ty Dillon captured his first career checkered flag at Indianapolis. Needless to say, youth has been served in the lower level of NASCAR. Tack on the fact that Elliott remains atop the standings with Dillon trailing by just 15 points, and this looks like an outstanding showdown coming down the stretch. Separating the two rookies are veterans Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler, who also have wins th...

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NASCAR Truck Series at Pocono 2014: Full Schedule, Standings and Preview

Following one of the most highly anticipated races on the Camping World Truck Series calendar, the circuit heads to yet another difficult track in Pocono. It's not called the Tricky Triangle for nothing. One of the biggest stories coming out of Eldora is, of course, Darrell Wallace Jr. The blossoming driver is now tied with Matt Crafton for wins by a full-time driver and propelled himself to sixth in the standings. While there were multiple Sprint Cup drivers in the running at Eldora, nearly the entire top five was filled with truck series racers. By virtue of his third-place result at the dirt track, Ryan Blaney now takes over the points lead heading to Pocono. Before the truck series takes to the track at Pocono, here's a look at the sch...

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Ranking the Top 25 Moments of the 2014 Formula 1 Season so Far

Formula One is on its summer break. The factories are shutting down, and the teams are on holidays. The season is just past the halfway point and, with that in mind, we are looking back at the top 25 moments so far. From first podiums and victories, to thrilling overtaking manoeuvres, to defied team orders, it has been a very exciting season so far.Begin Slideshow...

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Complete Preview and Prediction for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series at Pocono II

What a week! Jeff Gordon wins his fifth Brickyard 400, on the 20th anniversary of his victory in the inaugural race, giving rise to some serious talk of him winning his fifth title this year. Chase driver Denny Hamlin’s crew chief gets clobbered with one of the most severe punishments in NASCAR history.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a new crew chief for 2015 (we already knew that, but now we know who). Time continues to run out for those teams not in the Chase. Fans still wonder why team owner Jack Roush did what he did on the morning of the Brickyard 400, and NASCAR head honcho Brian France tries to show the new Race Team Alliance (RTA) who’s boss (it didn’t work). All that and the teams of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Seri...

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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Season 6 Races Away from Chase Elimination

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolled out of iconic Indianapolis Speedway back to tricky Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, with just six races remaining to determine Chase for the Championship contenders. Those successful will face a new elimination format.  Eleven different drivers have won in 20 races, making it unlikely that five or six winless drivers will join the Chase challengers. It’s more likely that drivers who've won will win again, as their productive teams are more secure in taking chances. Recent NASCAR history has produced an average of 12 to 13 different winners per season. Those statistics would indicate that only one or two more drivers without wins will be visiting Victory Lane before the Chase begins. T...

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Carl Edwards in Better Spot for NASCAR Sprint Cup Title at Joe Gibbs Racing

We tried to tell you that winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the tricky road course at Sonoma in June wasn't going to be enough to keep Carl Edwards from leaving Roush Fenway Racing. The fact that Edwards is moving on became official when Roush Fenway decided to announce its 2015 driver lineup, sans Edwards, prior to the running of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Sunday. The timing was curious, to say the least, and unprofessional at worst, according to FoxSports.com television analyst and columnist Larry McReynolds. "Honestly, I thought to make that announcement on the morning of what I consider our third-biggest race of the year -- behind the Daytona 500 and Homestead -- was very unprofessio...

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7 Key Moments That Won Daniel Ricciardo the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo kept his head while many around him were losing theirs to win the Formula One 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix. It was the second win of what is turning out to be an exceptional debut season with Red Bull. But it was far from a straightforward victory. Multiple factors combined to hand Ricciardo the chance to win, and he seized the opportunity with both hands. Here, we examine those seven critical moments.   Data used throughout is taken from the FIA's official race timing pages.Begin Slideshow...

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