Jamie McMurray wins NASCAR’s “Best in class” Sunday in Dover

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Sunday’s third race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Chase for the Cup featured 10 of the 13 Chase contenders sweeping the top 10 in a single race. That’s the first time this has happened in a race since the Chase’s inception in 2004.

In 11th place on Sunday was Jamie McMurray of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, de facto “first in class” among the almost forgotten rest of the field.

McMurray has only three top-fives and seven top-10 finishes this season, but is also first among those who missed the Chase in the points standings. Those seven top-10s are the same number as he had combined in 2011 and 2012. And while 14th isn’t anything to write home about, it’s a decent recovery after finishes of 21st and 27th in the points the last two years since his breakout 2010 campaign.

A solid run of races for the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet can also lay the groundwork for a potential Chase berth in 2014. McMurray will have a new teammate at his disposal next year, with Juan Pablo Montoya’s exit to IndyCar and the arrival of Kyle Larson in the No. 42 car.

Kubica, di Resta complete Williams F1 tests in Hungary

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Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta have both completed one-day tests for Williams in a 2014-spec Formula 1 car as part of the team’s evaluation for its 2018 line-up.

Williams is known to be considering a number of drivers to partner Lance Stroll at the team next year, including existing racer Felipe Massa.

Massa is thought to be going up against Kubica and di Resta for the 2018 drive, with the latter duo taking part in a private test at the Hungaroring in Budapest this week to aid the team’s evaluation.

After missing out on a 2018 Renault drive due to lingering questions about his physical condition six years after his rally accident, Kubica tested for Williams at Silverstone last week before getting back behind the wheel of the 2014 FW36 car in Hungary on Tuesday.

Kubica’s test was called “productive” by Williams, with the Pole handing duties over to Mercedes DTM racer di Resta on Wednesday.

Di Resta raced in F1 with Force India between 2010 and 2013 before returning to DTM, but made a surprise return at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Williams when Massa was taken ill. Di Resta impressed on short notice, putting himself in contention for a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Williams has one of the few remaining seats on offer in F1 for 2018, with Massa’s future known to be in question after a quiet campaign thus far.

The Brazilian had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last year, only for Williams to recall him after Valtteri Bottas’ late move up to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s surprise retirement.

Massa has made clear he would like to keep racing in F1 next year, but only if the deal is right and if Williams is determined to keep him.

While Massa, Kubica and di Resta appear to be the three leading contenders for the seat, Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe made clear in Japan there was a “large range” of drivers under consideration.

“You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at, but honestly, the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so, and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”