Kyle Busch’s bid to earn a second weekend sweep in his career ended early in what has been a very strange first half of Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson led at the halfway point, 200 of the scheduled 400 laps. Johnson led 80 of the first 200 laps and is seeking his second consecutive win of the season, having won last Sunday in Charlotte at the Coca-Cola 600.
Jeff Gordon was running second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin.
The race was redflagged for more than a half hour on Lap 160 to repair a chunk of concrete that broke loose from the surface in Turn 2.
The loose piece of concrete damaged the front end of Jamie McMurray’s car, and pieces that bounced off McMurray’s car flew up in the air as well and cracked some of the glass panels in the pedestrian crossover bridge above Turn 2. No injuries were reported in that incident.
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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).