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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours & Talk: Jenson Button on Fernando Alonso, Haas & More

If Fernando Alonso does decide to return to McLaren for the 2015 Formula One season, the team will either call time on Jenson Button's career or cut short the experiment with Kevin Magnussen. Although the logical decision would arguably be to invest time in developing the next generation, Button, the most experienced driver on the current grid, has argued that his good record alongside fellow world champions would stop Alonso from dismantling him in the same way as the Spaniard did to Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. While Button is setting his standards high, Gene Haas is setting his disappointingly low, with the American admitting that the main goal for his team will be to survive for five years after it arrives on the grid in ...

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Despite Having No Title Shot, Kyle Larson Has Been the Best Driver in the Chase

If you’re Kyle Larson and you’ve had a remarkable season as a rookie driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and have come oh so close to inclusion in the Chase but failed to make the field, how do you get over your disappointment? By taking it out on the competition. After six races of the Chase, Larson has come close to winning twice. Fortunately for the drivers in the Chase field, even if he continues to outperform them, Larson cannot win the title. Larson's finishes during the Chase? Try an impressive third, second, sixth, second, sixth and 17th. About that last one: It was at Talladega, a race which is always a crapshoot. His finish there doesn’t reflect how well Larson’s No. 42 kept up with the leaders for ...

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Daniel Ricciardo to Wear Helmet Featuring Grinning Cartoon of Himself on Crown

Daniel Ricciardo will go into the final grand prix of the season for Red Bull with a customised helmet featuring a cartoon version of himself on the crown. The Australian's helmet is the end result of a competition in Italy, where people were invited to design his lid.  The winner, Andrea Menardo, has made sure that Ricciardo's big grin dominates, which will be charming or terrifying depending on your point of view. “Now fans can finally see my smile when I’m driving,” Ricciardo said in quotes picked up by Fox Sports in Australia. [Twitter]Read more Motorsports news on BleacherReport.com...

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10 Key Storylines Ahead of USA Grand Prix

The Circuit of the Americas has hosted only two races since becoming the latest home of the United States Grand Prix in 2012, but has already emerged as a firm favourite among drivers and fans. The track, arguably the finest produced by architect Hermann Tilke, is defined by several elevation changes, which should make it the ideal setting for the latest chapter of the roller-coaster ride that is the 2014 championship fight between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the Mercedes drivers. The title tussle will, like at almost every race this season, be the main talking point of the weekend, although there will be plenty of sideshows at the Texas event. The guessing game involving Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso is likely to continue, whil...

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Throwback Thursday: Danica Patrick as a Young Cheerleader

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has come a long way in her racing career, but racing apparently wasn't the only thing she did as a kid. For Throwback Thursday, Twitter user Christian Carver posted these pictures of Danica Patrick as a cheerleader. [Twitter]Read more Motorsports news on BleacherReport.com...

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Why Denny Hamlin Is the Dark Horse to Watch in Final Rounds of 2014 Chase

Denny Hamlin has won only one race this season and barely avoided elimination from the 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. So why is he smiling so much? Why does he look like a guy who just went on a run at a Las Vegas blackjack table and is now playing with house money? Two reasons: No. 1, he figures the hard part of the Chase is over for him; and No. 2, he remembers how tense he was the last time he inched this close to sniffing a championship in 2010 and failed to close the deal. And he has no intention of going there again. Hamlin is well aware that now that he is one of the final eight combatants left vying for this 2014 title, the stars very well might be aligning in precisely the right order f...

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Why Denny Hamlin Is the Dark Horse to Watch in Final Rounds of 2014 Chase

Denny Hamlin has won only one race this season and barely avoided elimination from the 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. So why is he smiling so much? Why does he look like a guy who just went on a run at a Las Vegas blackjack table and is now playing with house money? Two reasons: No. 1, he figures the hard part of the Chase is over for him; and No. 2, he remembers how tense he was the last time he inched this close to sniffing a championship in 2010 and failed to close the deal. And he has no intention of going there again. Hamlin is well aware that now that he is one of the final eight combatants left vying for this 2014 title, the stars very well might be aligning in precisely the right order f...

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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Chase Makes Its Way to Paperclip at Martinsville

NASCAR's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 event at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday could claim more Chase contenders. A crash or part failure on the .526-mile paperclip-oval track with 12-degree banking can dim playoff hopes and make the next two races "do-or-doom" for the dwindling number of Chase candidates. Only eight drivers are now qualified to chase the Sprint Cup. Only four will roll into Homestead for a chance to be crowned champion. Only four races remain in the long Sprint Cup Series season. Intensity seems to be the norm for NASCAR's new elimination ladder.  Big NSCS names like Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne were victims to the Chase gauntlet in Talladega. Some race fans may not be n...

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James Hunt, Mike Hawthorn and F1’s Most Famous Hell-Raisers

From Stirling Moss to James Hunt to Kimi Raikkonen, Formula One has always attracted a certain breed of men who not only wanted to race the fastest cars, but also lived their entire lives in the fast lane.  Their oversized personalities, as much as their skills behind the wheel, have helped grow F1 into one of the most popular spectator sports on the planet.  Today, drivers are under intense P.R. controls, but the most popular ones—think Raikkonen or Lewis Hamilton—still allow their personalities to shine through. Here, then, is a roundup of the biggest hell-raisers in F1 history.Begin Slideshow...

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

The 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series chases the cold and heads north as the top pickup truck drivers get set to participate in the Kroger 200 at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Timothy Peters will look to build on his win at the Fred's 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 18. It's going to take a sterling finish from Peters if he wants to catch up with Matt Crafton, the current leader and last year's Truck Series champion. With just four races left on the 2014 calendar, pickup truck racing fans are set for an intriguing finish to the year. Here is the complete schedule for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville, the current Truck Series standings and a quick preview of the upcoming race.   Preview The Kr...

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