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Can Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat Fill the Gap Left by Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull?

What a difference a year makes. Tuesday marked 12 months since Scuderia Toro Rosso announced the signing of somebody called Daniil Kvyat to replace Daniel Ricciardo, who was on his way to world champions Red Bull to succeed Mark Webber, from the 2014 Formula One season. Toro Rosso's statement last October was a bolt out of the blue to those who had long expected Antonio Felix da Costa, the highly rated Portuguese driver, to partner Jean-Eric Vergne for this season, with Kvyat barely registering on anyone's consciousness despite marching his way towards the GP3 title, a series previously won by Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez. Not only was he considered a long shot for a Toro Rosso drive, he wasn't even the most famous Russian teenager...

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Is Nico Hulkenberg Permanently Stuck in the Formula 1 Midfield?

Earlier this week, Force India announced that Nico Hulkenberg will remain with the team for the 2015 season. The signing is a coup for the Silverstone-based team as, on talent alone, Hulkenberg should be driving for one of the top teams in the sport. Team principal Vijay Mallya acknowledged as much in the announcement on the team's website, saying, "I am convinced he is one of the best talents on the grid and I am proud that he will continue to race in the colours of Sahara Force India."
 
Next year will be Hulkenberg's sixth (his fifth in a race seat) languishing on a merry-go-round that has taken him from Williams to Force India to Sauber and back to Force India. Only Toro Rosso and Lotus are missing from Hulkenb...

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NASCAR at Martinsville 2014: Latest NASCAR Team News, Top Drivers and More

The field of 12 contenders has dwindled to eight, and NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Martinsville for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 with no shortage of talking points. Every one of the eight contenders will start out with level points entering the first of three Eliminator Round races, but it's no secret who has the momentum. Brad Keselowski fought off elimination with a stunning victory at Talladega, while drivers like Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth have been making serious title pushes. But the beauty of the Chase is that none of that matters. Those who have made it into the final eight have as good a chance at glory as the next guy with a clean slate heading into Sunday. Here's a full breakdown of NASCAR news and drivers...

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Even Without Top Stars, There Are Still Many Reasons to Enjoy Rest of the Chase

Forget the first six races that have passed—the real test for the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format begins Sunday. With eight of the original 16 Chase qualifiers having been eliminated in the Contender and Challenger rounds, will fans still tune-in to watch the last four races of the season on TV or actually attend a race in person knowing their favorite driver is no longer in contention for the championship? On the surface, the answer might appear to be no, especially when so many of the sport’s biggest stars are out. Defending and six-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson, brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart (didn’t even qualify for the Chase) are all still racing but for little in return b...

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2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Rankings: Week 33 Chase Edition

The 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup is getting serious now, with four more drivers eliminated from championship contention after last Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Brad Keselowski no doubt came through with a clutch win at 'Dega that ranks on scale with someone hitting a Hail Mary pass for the game-winning touchdown or a long three-pointer at the buzzer to seal a key NBA playoff win. But should he be ranked ahead of his Team Penske brother Joey Logano? It's hard to say. All we know at this time is that Keselowski obviously can handle the pressure that's coming and that he doesn't care what anyone thinks about him in the wake of his recent post-race antics following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.&nbs...

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

In the second race at Talladega during the 2014 season, Danica Patrick took her first top-20 finish of her career at the track. What appeared to be a decent finish was nowhere close to the work that she put in during the race. Patrick started 27th after a controversial qualifying round that saw her boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., miss the race. Several good runs saw Patrick get near the top and even lead seven laps, running her tally to 13 laps led at 'Dega on the season. ESPN Stats & Info points out where she now stands from a historical perspective: Each time she found her way to the top, the difficulty was finding a drafting partner. Patrick was eventually able to transition each time she fell behind, but the 19th-place finish was c...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus Nose and More

Kimi Raikkonen's lack of pace is all in his mind, according to his former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa. The Brazilian believes the domineering presence of Fernando Alonso at the Scuderia is enough to cause any driver's form to drop—the seemingly unflappable Finn included. Further toward the back of the grid, a key supplier to the Caterham team has entered administration. Caterham Sports Ltd—the company which builds and designs the cars, and which was until recently the employer of most of their staff—is now under the control of administrators Smith & Williamson. In other news, Nico Hulkenberg will remain with Force India in 2015, Lotus will trial a more attractive nose design in Austin and the FIA has revealed the co...

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The Biggest NASCAR Storylines Ahead of the Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville II

What a real mind-bender. NASCAR goes from its biggest and baddest track one week to its smallest and tightest the next. Martinsville looms just as large for the Chase drivers as Talladega did. Only the wrecks at Martinsville happen more often and at a slower speed.  “Martinsville can be as crazy as Talladega if things start getting out of hand,” Kevin Harvick said during his media availability before the race at Talladega. “It’s just a matter of, like every other weekend, you’ve just got to put it all together.” With the Chase down to eight drivers, the stress level gets moved up a notch, but so does the excitement, as every lap of this three-race Eliminator Round will matter. There’s no r...

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Who’s More Disappointed After Elimination: Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jimmie Johnson?

Four races still remain in the 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, but this year's championship hopes are history for Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Who should be sweating that more? The answer, my friends, was blowing in the wind in the interviews both drivers gave following their dual ouster from the Chase in last Sunday's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Despite leading twice for a total of 31 laps, which worked the crowd into a frenzy at the track where he had won five previous times in his career (but not since 2004), Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 31st after spinning following contact with Greg Biffle late in the race. Afterward, Earnhardt actually chuckled a bit as he said the following of hi...

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Fantasy NASCAR: Top Drivers for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, this week for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. It seems like a season ago when the Sprint Cup Series last raced at the half-mile paperclip race track. The race was dominated by Jimmie Johnson, who qualified fourth and led 296 laps on his way to a second-place finish. The Outlaw, Kurt Busch, was involved in an accident with Brad Keselowski and told his team he was done. Busch continued to race hard, though, and drove his No. 41 Chevy to Victory Lane. Now that the series enters the Eliminator Round of the Chase, the eight drivers left will have the spotlight this week. These drivers—Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan ...

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