Almirola and Keselowski’s wins have been overshadowed last two weeks

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Two legendary numbers – the 43 and the 2 – have won the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona and Loudon.

Yet both Aric Almirola’s first career win and Brad Keselowski’s third of 2014 have been overshadowed.

The formation of the Race Team Alliance occurred the Monday after Daytona, quite interesting timing given Brian France’s midseason State of the Sport address on Saturday. There’s been a lot of discussion about the RTA and the impact it may have going forward in the days since.

Meanwhile for Keselowski, his dominant win got resigned to the back burner after the Joey Logano/Morgan Shepherd accident. Keselowski is in his best form since his 2012 championship run, and he may actually be running better now in the at any times white, yellow, or red deuce than he did two years ago.

Winning was seemingly the only story earlier this year, so it’s been interesting to see the wins not be front and center lately.

A bit unfortunate for these two, so we take a bit of time this Tuesday to give them their proper appreciation.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.