NASCAR AMERICA: Menard’s move; Hendrick “cooking with gas” (VIDEO)

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Two videos to hit from Tuesday’s NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN:

First, with another top-five finish achieved Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Paul Menard is now moving up the ranks of those without a win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. He’s also coming off a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend.

Carolyn Manno, Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton discuss standings after Michigan’s Quicken Loans 400, where Menard and Clint Bowyer climbed into the top 16 and Austin Dillon and Brian Vickers fell out.

Meanwhile no team is hotter than Hendrick Motorsports, which is riding a wave of five consecutive race victories with three of its drivers (Jimmie Johnson with three, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one apiece).

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”