UPDATED: Logano wins NNS at Dover, but fails post-race inspection

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UPDATE (7:00 p.m. ET): Joey Logano’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford has flunked post-race inspection after winning today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR reported on Twitter that Logano’s car was too low in the front on both sides of the car and that the series would “look at it first thing next week.”

In a race that only saw four drivers on the lead lap at the end, Logano earned his fourth consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Dover International Speedway – becoming the only driver to pull off the feat at the “Monster Mile” in any of NASCAR’s national touring categories.

The win also kept the momentum going for the No. 22 Penske Racing NNS team, which was triumphant one week ago at Kentucky Speedway with 19-year-old Ryan Blaney.

Logano’s main competition, Kyle Busch, was also stout this afternoon but was undone by a strategy call to stay out on the track during the first two cautions of the race. Unable to catch a third yellow, he was forced to pit under green and had to pit one more time to make it to the finish.

Busch had a lead of nearly ten seconds after a pit stop cycle ended around Lap 125, but on Lap 142, Logano was able to catch Busch and pass him, going on to a 14.6-second victory over runner-up Kyle Larson. Busch, on the other hand, had to pit with 24 laps to go and wound up eighth after leading 89 laps.

Meanwhile, the NNS championship took a big turn after points leader Sam Hornish Jr. was hit with a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 117 and was subsequently relegated to a 17th place finish. That spelled good news for Austin Dillon, whose sixth-place finish enabled him to whittle his deficit to the former Indy 500 winner down to four points.

Kevin Harvick finished third behind Larson, with Brian Vickers placing fourth and Elliott Sadler completing the Top 5.

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.