Keselowski takes 4th consecutive win in Nationwide Series

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Brad Keselowski has won his fourth consecutive start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, taking the lead with 17 laps to go and holding off Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. to win the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Keselowski, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang, lost the lead to his other Penske teammate, Joey Logano, shortly after a restart with 21 laps to go. But with Logano also trying to stretch his fuel, Keselowski and Hornish both managed to get past him in Turn 1 just four laps later.

From there, Hornish was able to keep the pressure on until the final handful of laps, as Keselowski eventually pulled away to a 1.4-second win.

“I thought he was going to beat me – I tell you what, [Sam’s] a hell of a road course racer,” Keselowski said to ESPN about his final laps. “…I made a couple little mistakes and I thought he’d get me to be quite honest. I was just trying not to make any huge ones.”

Hornish wasn’t able to get the win, but was able to pull within three points of NNS points leader Austin Dillon, who finished 12th on Saturday.

“I was over-driving the crap out of the car trying to pressure Brad into making a mistake,” said Hornish. “I got him to get into Turn 1 hard a couple times, but I just wore my stuff out doing everything I could do to figure out how to keep the pressure on.”

Brian Vickers secured a third-place result after Logano eventually ran out of fuel with two laps remaining (he finished 21st). Fourth place went to Regan Smith, while Elliott Sadler completed the Top 5.

Going back to the NNS championship, the Top 5 is now separated by 18 points. Smith is third at five points behind Dillon, while Sadler is fourth at 12 points back and Vickers is fifth at 18 points back.

How Hamilton, Mercedes can clinch F1 titles at the United States GP

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Sunday’s United States Grand Prix could go down as a memorable race in Formula 1 history as both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to clinch their fourth world championships (live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET).

Hamilton gave his chances of wrapping up the drivers’ title and re-claiming the crown he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016 a world of good by charging to pole position on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas.

However, with chief rival Sebastian Vettel starting second for Ferrari and a 16-point swing required, it seems likely that the title race could continue to next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, here are the permutations for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth F1 world title on Sunday in Austin, Texas.

  • If Lewis Hamilton wins the race (25 points) and Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower (maximum eight points), he is world champion.
  • If Hamilton finishes second (18 points), Sebastian Vettel finishes ninth or lower (maximum two points), and Valtteri Bottas does not win the race, he is world champion.

While Hamilton’s coronation seems likely to be postponed until the next race in Mexico, Mercedes looks nailed-on to wrap up its fourth consecutive constructors’ championship in Sunday’s USGP.

The German marque currently leads Ferrari by 145 points in the teams’ standings, and requires a lead of 129 after the race to clinch the crown.

As a result, a double top-four finish from Hamilton and Bottas would be enough for Mercedes to wrap up the title, regardless of how Ferrari fares.

The success would see Mercedes become just the fourth team in F1 history take four straight constructors’ titles, following Red Bull (2010 to 2013), Ferrari (1999 to 2004) and McLaren (1988 to 1991).

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.