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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Stock Watch: Week 17

As expected, it was a wild affair on the road course at Sonoma Raceway last weekend. Now, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed back to a series of more traditional ovals for its next five races, it's time to take stock in which drivers are on the rise, basically treading water or so far on the decline that there will be little need to pay attention to them for at least the next couple of weeks. Obviously one of the drivers whose stock is on the rise is Kyle Busch, who won at Sonoma to move one big step closer to the Chase for the Sprint Cup despite missing the first 11 races of the season because of leg and ankle injuries suffered during a wreck in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He still, howev...

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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Daytona, Florida this week for the Coke Zero 400. Racing in the summer at Daytona will be different from the Daytona 500. The race track was cooler and had more grip in the February race. This week, the track will be hot and slick. The speeds may not be as fast this week, but the race will come down to an exciting dash to the checkered flag Sunday night. Daytona used to be a track where how the car handled in traffic was the difference in running up front or getting stuck in the back of the pack. Since the track was repaved, Daytona is similar to Talladega. There is a good chance the drivers will ride around until it is time to race to the front. This style of racing may not be what the fans want,...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Christian Horner, Kimi Raikkonen and More

Christian Horner was a dead man walking. With reports surrounding his future at Red Bull Racing, it seemed his tenure as the boss of the four-times world champions was spluttering to an end in the most ugly, unsavoury fashion after the team's worst start to a season in several years. Yet the 41-year-old has brought a swift end to the speculation, announcing that he has signed a new deal with the Milton Keynes-based outfit. While Horner has secured his long-term future, Kimi Raikkonen's place in Formula One is looking increasingly uncertain. Having made major mistakes in the last two races, the Finn was in need a vote of confidence, but one of Raikkonen's former team-mates has urged Ferrari to get rid of the 2007 world champion and sign Valt...

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British Grand Prix 2015: 5 Bold Predictions for Silverstone Race

Sixty-five years after hosting the very first race of the Formula One world championship era, Silverstone will once again be the place to be for the 2015 British Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg heads into the race on a high after a crushing victory in Austria. The gap to team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings is now just 10 points—can he cut it further, or will Hamilton hit back at his home race? Lower down the order, the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen may also be set for a tight duel. The Finn is desperate for a good result after a run of disappointments and could be the beneficiary as multi-stop tyre strategies look set to make a return. Williams should be next up and both drivers are safe bets for top 10...

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Jeff Gordon’s Disappointing Last Run at Sonoma Mars Near-Perfect Weekend

What could have been wasn’t. What should have happened didn’t. And so Jeff Gordon moves on to what is now 20 races left in his illustrious Sprint Cup career. It should be that simple, but it isn’t. Gordon had the perfect opportunity to win for the final time on his home track, in the backyard of where he spent the first 11 years of his life, surrounded by numerous family members and friends —and a crowd that Sonoma Raceway hasn’t seen in at least a decade. If someone took a poll, I’d be willing to bet that at least 75 percent of those who attended Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350 came out to see Gordon’s 23rd and final run at Sonoma. He’s an icon in the Bay Area. He’s from there. He&r...

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Will Fluidity of NASCAR Rules Mean Kyle Busch Makes the Chase After Sonoma Win?

Even after a stirring Sonoma Raceway victory, Kyle Busch’s path to the Chase for the Sprint Cup figures to be a long shot. “Yeah, we have our work cut out for us,” Busch said after defeating his older brother, Kurt, for his 30th career victory in the Toyota/SaveMart 350. “We knew we did in the beginning … It’s unfortunate we’ve had a couple crashes. “As much as I can do, that’s what we’re going to do.” Sonoma is a demanding road course and Busch conquered it in spite of pain. He suffered severe leg injuries in the first Xfinity Series race of the season. He hasn't fully recovered. In practice on Friday, Busch said, “It got to about a 7 on a 1-to-10 scale of pain,...

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Moto3 Racer Crazily Finishes Race While Gliding Alongside Bike on His Knees

Racer Niklas Ajo didn't care how he finished Saturday's Moto3 Dutch Grand Prix. He was going to finish the race, even if he had to be dragged across the finish line by his bike.Crazily, that's exactly what happened.Ajo lost control on one of the final turns of the race and got kicked off his seat as a result. Unbelievably, the 20-year-old racer's bike did not crash, and he was able to keep going. Finishing the race on his knees is likely not how he had imagined the race ending, but Ajo was proud that he didn't give up.Here's the caption he included:What a race yesterday the front group got away already in the start so the race was just fighting in the second group. I was able to lead the group until the last corner but pushed a bi...

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NASCAR at Sonoma 2015: Winners and Losers from the Toyota/Save Mart 350

Road races always bring the drama, and this Sunday in Sonoma, California, was no exception. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 was full of intrigue, from Jeff Gordon's hometown goodbye to AJ Allmendinger's quest for road-racing supremacy to the desperation driving those who have not yet qualified for the Chase. At the end of the day, it was brothers stealing the stage, with Kyle Busch winning and Kurt Bush nabbing the silver. Here are all of the winners and losers from a marquee day at Sonoma Raceway.Begin Slideshow...

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Sprint Cup Chase 2015: NASCAR Standings and Schedule After Toyota/Save Mart 350

NASCAR is inching closer toward this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, with just 10 races left following Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. Kyle Busch may have come out on top in that race, but Kevin Harvick still holds the top spot in the points standings.  Busch's win is one of the best stories in NASCAR this season, as the 30-year-old missed the year's first 11 races because of a broken leg suffered following a crash at Daytona International Speedway in February.  It was also a monumental win for Busch, as ESPN Stats & Info noted it put him in some exclusive company:     Speaking after his victory, per NASCAR's official Twitter, Busch called the win "unbelievable" and spoke about the people who helped his re...

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NASCAR at Sonoma 2015 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Kyle Busch avoided the clutter and conquered the curves of Sonoma Raceway late to seize the checkered flag at Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350. One of the Sprint Cup Series' most thrilling events, the road course claimed more than a few cars Sunday as NASCAR's best battled with the tricky course, although none proved better than Busch down the stretch. Kyle fended off his brother, Kurt, marking the first time in history the Busch brothers finished first-second in a Sprint Cup Series event. For the winner, the late maneuvers are huge for his Chase chances. Here's a look at the entire top 10, with the full order available at NASCAR.com:  NASCAR.com provides a look at the updated leaderboard, which features a few interesting shuffles:&...

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