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Lewis Hamilton Wins Second World Championship with Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Victory

November 24th, 2014 at 1:51 AM
By Mark Eddinger

The 2014 Formula One season came to a close Sunday with the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with double points on the line. Lewis Hamilton drove a flawless race to score his 11th victory of the season and his second career World Championship.

Hamilton won his first F1 championship back in 2008. The win also moved him to sole possession of fifth place on the all-time wins list with 33. For Mercedes, it was their first champion driver since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955.

Nico Rosberg came into the finale needing to win and have Hamilton finish third or worse in order to take his first career championship. He won the pole on Saturday but was unable to get a good start. Hamilton had a great start and rocketed to Turn 1 with the lead. Rosberg would stay within about three seconds of Hamilton until lap 24 when his ERS failed. Other electronics also started to go on Rosberg's Mercedes and he fell to 14th at the finish.

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Kevin Harvick Closes Out Chase with Championship Clinching Victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway

November 18th, 2014 at 2:25 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Kevin Harvick closed out the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in style on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In a highest place finisher takes all Championship Race, Kevin Harvick was able to win the Ford EcoBoost 400. He needed to as championship contender Ryan Newman finished second. Denny Hamlin was seventh and Joey Logano was 16th.

Harvick, who is 38, moved to Stewart-Haas Racing in the offseason from Richard Childress Racing and in his first season with the organization won his first career championship. Harvick won five races in 2014 including three in the 10-race Chase. He now has 28 career wins. It is the second championship for Stewart-Haas Racing with Harvick's following up Tony Stewart's in 2011.

The winning move came on lap 260 of 267 when Harvick passed Hamlin for the lead. Then Harvick held off Newman on the final restart with three laps to go.

"This new format has been so stressful, the racing has been phenomenal," Harvick said after exiting his car in front of the championship stage. "I'm going to sleep for a week."

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Matt Kenseth Wins Ford EcoBoost 300 to End NASCAR Nationwide Series Era

November 15th, 2014 at 10:17 PM
By Mark Eddinger

In what was the last NASCAR Nationwide Series race ever, Matt Kenseth beat out Kyle Larson on a green-white-checkered finish Saturday, to score the victory in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway. XFINITY will become the new title sponsor of NASCAR's second series next season.

For Kenseth, it was his first Nationwide Series win of 2014 and the 29th of his career. He drove the No. 20 GameStop Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the outside of Larson on the final restart in NASCAR's version of overtime.

Chase Elliott had clinched the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship last week, and that was good, considering the fact that he did not have a great race today. He finished 17th, and in doing so became the youngest NASCAR national series champion in history as well as the first rookie to ever win a championship. Officially, he beat his JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith, by 42 points.

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Matt Crafton First to Win Back-to-Back Truck Series Titles; Darrell Wallace Jr Wins Finale

November 14th, 2014 at 11:29 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Matt Crafton become the first driver in the 20-year history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to win back-to-back championships. The driver of the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra needed to finish 21st or better to clinch the championship in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he did just that by coming home with a ninth place finish.

Crafton now joins Ron Hornaday Jr, Jack Sprague, and Todd Bodine as the only drivers to have multiple Truck Series titles.

The finish to the race was thrilling, as Darrell Wallace Jr held off Kyle Larson in the closing laps to score his first win at a 1.5-mile track. Wallace now has five career Truck Series wins. He went to victory lane four times in 2014.

Kyle Busch Motorsports won 14 of the 22 races this season. Kyle Busch had seven wins, Darrell Wallace Jr four, and Erik Jones three.

Kyle Busch was crowned the 2014 owner champion. The No. 51 team that he drove for along with Jones won 10 races and took the title by 24 points over Crafton's team. It is the third time that Busch has been the owner champion. He also won the award in 2010 and 2013.

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Jeff Gordon Wins Ford EcoBoost 400 Pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway

November 14th, 2014 at 9:57 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Jeff Gordon missed out on being able to race for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship by one point, but he landed the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the 200th pole for Hendrick Motorsports and the 77th of Gordon's career.

The pole was the third of the 2014 season for Gordon and it was the first time he has won a pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In Round 3 of knockout qualifying, Gordon set the fastest lap at 180.747 mph.

Brad Keselowski set a new track qualifying record in Round 1 with a speed of 181.238 mph. He ended up qualifying in fourth place in Round 3.

Three of the four championship contenders made it through to the 12-driver third round. Kevin Harvick will start fifth, Denny Hamlin eighth, and Joey Logano ninth. Ryan Newman earned his starting position in Round 2 and will start his run at a championship from 21st. The highest finisher of the four will be crowned the champion.

Kurt Busch qualified second with Matt Kenseth third. Clint Bowyer will start sixth and Kyle Busch seventh. Martin Truex Jr qualified tenth, Dale Earnhardt Jr 11th, and Jimmie Johnson 12th.

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