Joey Logano picks up another Top-5 result in Kansas

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Joey Logano may have faded late after leading 63 laps during the middle stages of last night’s 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, but the Team Penske driver was still able to chalk up his sixth Top-5 finish of the year with a fourth-place result.

With 60 laps to go in the 267-lap race, Logano restarted up front alongside Kevin Harvick and appeared to be in contention for what would have been his third Sprint Cup win of the season.

But Harvick was able to take the lead from him off the restart and with 48 laps to go, Logano ceded second to Jeff Gordon – who would go on to beat Harvick for the win by just two car lengths.

Meanwhile, Logano slipped one more spot in the final laps as Kasey Kahne peeled third place off of him while he was trying to dispatch a lapped car.

“That last restart, the 4 and 24 [Harvick and Gordon] just took off and left me – I was like, β€˜Man, wait for me!’,” Logano said afterwards. “Those guys were quick.

“We missed our adjustments a little bit trying to keep up with the track. I feel like we should have finished third. The 5 [Kahne] got by me when I was trying to get around a lap car and I am disappointed in myself there.

Logano still was the top Ford driver on the night, leading a three-driver contingent from the Blue Oval that made the Top 10.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards finished sixth on his home track, while Aric Almirola finished eighth for Richard Petty Motorsports.

With two wins in hand from Texas and Richmond, Logano will be in the hunt for a massive payday in next weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

While the All-Star will be a non-points event, a $1 million prize is going to the winner.

“Overall, it is a solid Top-5 finish again and we will keep that momentum going and have some fun next week in Charlotte and go for a million bucks.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home ofΒ Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.