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Friday 5: The race for points intensifies

With only six drivers qualified for NASCAR’s postseason via wins so far, the Cup series could see half a dozen or more make the playoffs by points. That will make every decision through the Sept. 9 regular-season finale at Indianapolis critical for drivers and teams. When to pit. If to pit. Take no tires. Take two tires. Take four tires. ...

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FIA-Certified Gran Turismo Online Championships now live

Virtual racing “a unique opportunity to reach and inspire millions of potential new fans” – FIA President Jean Todt After months of testing and fine-tuning, the 2018 FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championships are underway and live for racers worldwide, proposing a Nations Cup and the Manufacturer Series. The online season will run from June-September, concluding with the Regional and World finals ...

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F1 – 2018 French Grand Prix Thursday Press Conference Transcript

PRESS CONFERENCE Q: We’re going to start with the French drivers. It’s the first French Grand Prix for 10 years and there is a real buzz in the paddock about being here in the south of France. So how special is it for you as drivers to be here at your home race? Romain?Romain GROSJEAN: It’s very special. I came ...

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F1 – Hamilton quickest in France as Ericsson’s session ends with fiery crash

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening practice timesheet as France returned to the Formula 1 calendar following an absence of a decade, the defending world champion edging Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by a tenth of a second at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The session ended in spectacular fashion, with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson crashing out and his car catching fire. The Swedish ...

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Ireland coach Schmidt in no rush to decide on future in job

SYDNEY (AP) Joe Schmidt says he will likely wait until the end of the year before deciding whether to stay on as Ireland coach beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Schmidt has raised the Six Nations champion to the No. 2 world ranking, behind only New Zealand, heading into Saturday’s third and deciding test against Australia in Sydney. ...

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NASCAR puts All-Star Race aero package on hold until 2019

In an apparent change of direction, NASCAR has decided it will not use the aero package from the All-Star Race in any Cup Series points races this season. NASCAR officials, following extensive discussions among tracks, teams, manufacturers and engine builders, announced Thursday it would not utilize the package in any points races but continue to work toward implementing parts of ...

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GMS Take on Trucks: Total team effort heading into Gateway

While it will be the first start at the track for Dalton Sargeant, his teammates join in to help GMS try and excel this Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park. Although Sargeant will be competing on the challenging 1.25-mile oval for the first time, his teammates Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley have both contributed in helping the rookie driver prepare for ...

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