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Jeff Gordon Wins 90th Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 27th, 2014 at 5:58 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It came down to a late race restart, in which many Jeff Gordon fans held their breath, but Jeff Gordon passed teammate Kasey Kahne on the high side and from that point forward Gordon sailed to win his fifth career race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Crown Royal Presents the  John Wayne Walding 400. Gordon won his 90th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in dramatic fashion. An ecstatic Gordon was in victory lane. 

"I don't think there's a greater feeling for a driver or a team," Gordon said in victory lane when asked about what winning in Indianapolis means. "I'm not very good on restarts, but I made the restart of my life today." 

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Gordon is referring to a late race restart on lap 143 of 160 when the fourth caution flag of the day flew for a slow car on the track. Gordon restarted on the high side with leader Kasey Kahne on the low side. When the green flag dropped Gordon kept on Kasey Kahne's door and was able to pass the #5 Chevrolet on the high side and get in front out of Turn 1. From that point forward Gordon was the man to beat and he was able to beat runner-up Kyle Busch by over two seconds. 

Finishing in the third position was Denny Hamlin with Matt Kenseth coming home fourth and Joey Logano in fifth. Finishing in the sixth position was Kasey Kahne with rookie Kyle Larson coming home seventh. Kevin Harvick finished in the eighth spot with Dale Earnhardt Jr finishing in ninth and rookie Austin Dillon rounded out the top ten. 

Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon led the field to green to begin the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick shot out to an early lead but Gordon passed him on lap two and was strong early on. Gordon led by over four and a half seconds when the competition caution flew on lap 21. Most of the leaders would pit, except for Joey Logano and he would restart as the leader on the lap 26 restart with Jeff Gordon on the high side. Gordon got beat badly on the restart and faded in that part of the race.

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Daniel Ricciardo Makes Late Passes to Win Hungarian Grand Prix for Red Bull Racing

July 27th, 2014 at 2:31 PM
By Mark Eddinger

For only the second time in the 2014 Formula One season someone other than the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton won and both times it has been Red Bull Racing's newcomer Daniel Ricciardo. This time around the 25-year-old Australian earned his second career win at the Hungaroring in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Rain at the beginning of the race and two safety car periods caused varying strategy in the 70 lap race which Ricciardo's team won out on. He charged his Red Bull Racing machine past Lewis Hamilton in Turn 2 with four laps to go and then with three laps to go he made quick work of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari to take the race lead on fresher tires. Ricciardo pulled away to win by 5.2 seconds over Fernando Alonso and 5.8 seconds over Lewis Hamilton.

World Championship leader Nico Rosberg started from the pole while Lewis Hamilton had to start from pit road after not turning an official lap in Q1 Saturday because of fuel leak. The wet track caused for treacherous conditions which was on display on lap 1 when Hamilton's spun and brushed the barrier in Turn 2.

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Chris Eggleston Wins First Career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race Saturday Night

July 27th, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Saturday night Chris Eggleston won the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colorado to pick up his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory in only his second start. The 25-year-old Eggleston is from nearby Erie, Colorado and was the track champion in the Legends Division in 2013.

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Eggleston made his West Series debut back in 2011 and finished 11th at the Colorado National Speedway. He also has made six career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

David Mayhew was on the pole Saturday night and led the first 20 laps before Brandon McReynolds took the lead on lap 21. His lead did not last long as championship points leader Greg Pursley took over the race lead on lap 28. Chris Eggleston moved to the top spot on lap 41 for the first time. Just after a restart after the second caution of the race Pursley regained the lead on lap 90 but Eggleston battled back and took the lead again on lap 92. David Mayhew had crashed which brought out that caution. He lost 16 laps and finished 14th of the 17 entries.

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It’s Official: Carl Edwards Out at Roush Fenway Racing After 2014 Season

July 27th, 2014 at 10:48 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

Roush Fenway Racing has announced their driver lineup for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and noticeably absent from that lineup is high profile driver Carl Edwards. There has been speculation for months that Edwards was leaving the organization and on Sunday the team made it official in a press release. 

“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships. We wish him well for the future.  In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014," said team owner Jack Roush

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Edwards began his career at Roush Fenway Racing back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2003. In the 2004 season Edwards made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut for the team and won his first race in the 2005 season. Since then Edwards has been a staple for the organization, winning 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series races with the team to go along with six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins.

The team also announced that Roush Fenway Racing will be a three car operation in the 2015 season. It has been previously announced that Trevor Bayne would be making the jump up from the NASCAR Nationwide Series to drive full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a #6 Ford for the organization with Advocare as the sponsor, which has supported Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014.

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Nico Rosberg on Pole for Hungarian Grand Prix; Lewis Hamilton up in Flames

July 27th, 2014 at 2:04 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Saturday's qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring could end up being decisive in the World Championship battle in Formula One. Nico Rosberg captured the pole position while his Mercedes teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton will start 21st after a fuel leak sent his car up in flames during Q1.

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Hamilton was fastest in all three practices in Hungary, however, in Q1 his car had a fuel leak which ended up catching his Mercedes on fire and caused him to climb from the machine and end his qualifying session before it even began.

After three  rounds of qualifying which included a wet third round Nico Rosberg, the current championship leader, won his sixth pole of 2014 and third in a row. He now has 10 career poles. Rosberg just edged out Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel on his final lap in Q3. The four-time defending champion will start in second.

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