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Motorsports Monday: Keselowski Crowned Sprint Cup Champ, F1 Triumphant In Austin (VIDEO)

by Ryan ZumMallen on

NASCAR Sprint Cup – Ford EcoBoost 400: Brad Keselowski needed to finish 15th or better to clinch his first career Spring Cup championship, and he got exactly that on Sunday at the Ford EcoBoost 400 to capture the season title by 39 points. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson battle trouble all day and finished 36th, losing his second place position in the standings to Clint Bowyer, who finished second on Sunday. Jeff Gordon, who was responsible for this bit of ridiculousness last week, won the race but it was Keselowski in the limelight. The 28-year old has started only 125 Cup races but had a fantastic season to hand the trophy to team owner Roger Penkse and Dodge. It is Penske’s first title ever, and the first for Dodge since 1975.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series – Ford EcoBoost 300: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. clinched his second consecutive Nationwide Series championship on Saturday, finishing sixth to end a tight battle between himself, Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler that lasted over the entire season. Regan Smith took the race win, but Stenhouse Jr. leaves his mark on Nationwide as next season he will depart for the Sprint Cup.

Formula One – United States Grand Prix: We’ve already discussed the thrilling results of the U.S. Grand Prix, here, but just a few more things to add. That was quite a race, wasn’t it? Even the most optimistic fans probably had a nagging feeling that something would go horribly wrong and ruin F1 in the U.S. forever, but it just never happened. In fact, the exact opposite happened. We saw incredible action with some truly great driving for 56 laps, and even if the Circuit of the Americas is basically a mish-mash of other great tracks from around the world, it ended up having a character and personality all its own. That back straight is a real killer, and provides up to 12 mph extra is DRS is equipped, and even then it was still very difficult for Lewis Hamilton to take Sebastian Vettel for the lead. Just some incredible talent on a purpose-built F1 circuit with a lot on the line. Well done, all around.

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