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Dakar 2017: Rest day, half distance videos

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Videos from Monday’s coverage of the 2017 Dakar Rally are linked in this post.

Coverage continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN for the next day of Dakar coverage.

Bolivia celebrates the halfway mark of the 2017 Dakar Rally and provides a much needed boost of energy to its competitors.

There’s nothing better than getting to watch the Dakar Rally through the eyes of the competitors. Watch the best clips from the first week of competition.

With the competitors granted a much-needed rest day, take a look back at how the competition has held up thus far. One American, Ricky Brabec, remains in Week 2 at 21st overall in bikes. Brabec then won stage seven, his first stage win.

The 2017 Dakar Rally began with 317 competitors and only 246 will begin the second leg, but not many have had to overcome what quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon has to try and complete the trek.


Stage seven
Stage six (cancelled due to weather)
Stage five (shortened due to weather)
Stage four and (VIDEOS)
Stage three and (VIDEOS)
Stage two and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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