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US Formula 1 Grand Prix 2014: Results, Times for Practice and Qualifying

The Formula One circus has descended on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as the 2014 season draws to a close. Just three races are left on the calendar, and with the top contenders for the world title separated by a mere 17 points, no one can afford a poor result on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton holds the advantage thanks to a phenomenal second half of the season, but Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will be aided by the fact the final race of this season will award double points, all but ensuring the title will be decided in Abu Dhabi. The German can't afford a poor result in Austin, however. With the win in the inaugural Sochi Grand Prix, Hamilton has now won the last four races since his retirement in Belgium. Austin's track filled w...

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Formula One’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Paddock News from 2014 US Grand Prix

With the 2014 United States Grand Prix just days away, Fernando Alonso continues to run rings around anyone trying to find out what his plans are for 2015. All he'll say is that people will, apparently, be very excited when he finally makes his revelation. Marcus Ericsson's 2015 plans are also uncertain, but reports have surfaced linking him (and his $20 million annual backing) with Sauber. A third driver unsure of his future is Jean-Eric Vergne, whose "fan club" continues to grow. Romain Grosjean isn't entirely sure where he'll end up either. But he's quite clear about his intentions to leave Lotus for a "big team," preferably sooner rather than later. With Caterham and Marussia missing, it looks set to be a straight fight between Sauber a...

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Ranking the Non-Chase Drivers Most Likely to Play Spoiler in Final Races of 2014

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. won this past Sunday at Martinsville, he flexed his muscle as a now-former member of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In earning his fourth win of the season, Earnhardt proved that non-Chasers are still bound and determined to win races even if they're no longer are able to contend for the 2014 championship. It's a scenario that has played out before.  Tony Stewart—who failed to qualify for this year’s Chase for the second consecutive season—remains the top spoiler in Chase history. After winning his second (of three) Sprint Cup championship in 2005, Stewart fell short of making the 2006 Chase by 16 points. But instead of sticking his tail between his legs, Smoke went out and literally stole ...

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Why Carl Edwards Will Let It All Hang out in Final 2 Chase Races

As NASCAR’s Chase winds down and only three races remain until the 2014 champion is crowned, the headlines and the conversations are full of names like Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. Each of those drivers is a Chase race winner, and in the case of Gordon and Keselowski, they are former Sprint Cup champions as well. So, it makes sense that they are a big part of the news heading into the weekend. However, one name is missing from the conversation. One name that for very different reasons sticks in my head. Edwards. As in Carl Edwards. Yes, I’m talking about the same driver who is a lame duck at Roush Fenway Racing. The same driver who won just two races this year and hasn’t seen Victory Lane si...

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Daniel Ricciardo Interview: Ready to Take over from Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull

AUSTIN, Texas — While Sebastian Vettel remains unable or unwilling to confirm his future beyond the next three races—his last with Red Bull—Daniel Ricciardo's is much clearer. In 2015, he will inherit the mantle of Red Bull's No. 1 driver from his soon-to-be-former teammate. Just one year after his promotion from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, Ricciardo says he is ready. "It's time now for me to take that role," the 25-year-old Australian told me Wednesday in Austin. "I'm not as experienced as Seb, but I feel I've definitely learned enough now that I can keep the team up at the front where they belong and help them out with developing [the car]. I want to be racing at the front, so I'll do what I can to keep it there." Ricciardo ...

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Daniel Ricciardo Interview: Ready to Take over from Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull

AUSTIN, Texas — While Sebastian Vettel remains unable or unwilling to confirm his future beyond the next three races—his last with Red Bull—Daniel Ricciardo's is much clearer. In 2015, he will inherit the mantle of Red Bull's No. 1 driver from his soon-to-be-former teammate. Just one year after his promotion from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, Ricciardo says he is ready. "It's time now for me to take that role," the 25-year-old Australian told me Wednesday in Austin. "I'm not as experienced as Seb, but I feel I've definitely learned enough now that I can keep the team up at the front where they belong and help them out with developing [the car]. I want to be racing at the front, so I'll do what I can to keep it there." Ricciardo ...

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NASCAR at Texas 2014: Complete Preview and Prediction for the AAA 500

NASCAR heads deep into the heart of Texas for round No. 7 of the 2014 Chase—the AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon sits at the head of the eight-place big kid’s table, but by the slimmest of margins—seven points—over a driver who has yet to win a race.  Ryan Newman has been masterfully maneuvering his way through the Chase without the benefit of a win, leaving the specter of a winless champion looming large. Unfortunately for the doomsayers, that’s not likely to happen. Newman is one of only two winless drivers in the Chase; the other is Matt Kenseth. Newman (2003) and Kenseth (2002, 2011) have three wins combined at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano is the most recent winner, Jimmie Jo...

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Assessing Potential Venues for Future Formula 1 Grands Prix in the United States

The Circuit of the Americas is a great venue for Formula One in the United States. Challenging, interesting and seemingly capable of attracting plenty of fans, the sport really seems to have found a new American home. But the country is huge, and by far the world's largest consumer market. It has room for at least one more race—but where could it be held? Ten American venues have hosted grands prix before, and of them Long Beach or Watkins Glen would be near the top of anyone's list.

But here, we ignore those which have already had a turn, and look at the circuits which have never hosted the sport. Three are well-known road courses, two are unconfirmed street circuits and two are something a little different. Could any of them ...

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Assessing Potential Venues for Future Formula 1 Grands Prix in the United States

The Circuit of the Americas is a great venue for Formula One in the United States. Challenging, interesting and seemingly capable of attracting plenty of fans, the sport really seems to have found a new American home. But the country is huge, and by far the world's largest consumer market. It has room for at least one more race—but where could it be held? Ten American venues have hosted grands prix before, and of them Long Beach or Watkins Glen would be near the top of anyone's list.

But here, we ignore those which have already had a turn, and look at the circuits which have never hosted the sport. Three are well-known road courses, two are unconfirmed street circuits and two are something a little different. Could any of them ...

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

Three races remain in the Nationwide Series, but the suspense is all but gone in the points chase. Chase Elliott continued to thrive with yet another top-10 result last time out in Charlotte, while his closest competition continued to fall behind. A three-week hiatus will finally come to an end when Elliott looks to continue his run to a title on Saturday. Outside of Elliott, myriad Sprint Cup drivers will also be eyeing an early victory before Sunday. Chase contenders Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano will all be looking to hold off the young talent in Texas before contending for a Sprint Cup title. Prior to the green flag waving in Texas, here's a look at the Nationwide schedule, standings and preview for the O'Reilly Auto Part...

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