Reports: Ryan Truex will not return to BK Racing after missing New Hampshire

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A rocky rookie season for Sprint Cup driver Ryan Truex continued last weekend when he did not compete in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for BK Racing. Travis Kvapil instead drove Truex’s No. 83 Toyota Camry.

Now, it sounds like Truex, the younger brother of Furniture Row Racing pilot Martin Truex Jr., will not be coming back to BK at all.

Reports of such of occurrence began to pop up earlier today, with Motor Racing Network announcer Dave Moody posting on his blog that sources within BK have told him the change at New Hampshire was due to “unhappiness with the level of feedback received from Truex.” MRN’s Dustin Long has also tweeted that no replacement for Truex has been announced yet.

However, Motorsport.com’s Nick DeGroot tweeted that Truex’s absence was due to BK owing Truex “a good amount of money.” He later disclosed that sources of his own passed along that news to him.

It does bear noting that in March of 2013, Hillman-Circle Sport driver Landon Cassill sued BK for $205,000 in unpaid winnings and other fees after he raced for them in the 2012 season. That suit was eventually settled.

As for Truex, his inaugural Cup campaign has been a rough one. He’s failed to qualify in three races and has suffered DNFs in eight of them.

Additionally, he was forced to miss the June race at Michigan International Speedway after sustaining a concussion in a practice crash (J.J. Yeley ended up replacing him).

He’s only had one Top-20 finish in 2014, a 20th-place run at Pocono Raceway in early August. In the other 22 races he’s competed in this year, he has not finished higher than 30th.

F1: Lewis Hamilton qualifies No. 1 for U.S. Grand Prix, on verge of winning 5th title

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Lewis Hamilton took a big step toward earning his fifth Formula One championship on Saturday, qualifying No. 1 for Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Hamilton and his Mercedes have won five of the previous six U.S. Grand Prix’s held at COTA, including the last four races there.

The Great Britain native comes into Sunday’s race leading the F1 point standings and is seeking to tie Juan Manuel Fangio for second-most F1 career championships. Michael Schumacher has the most with seven crowns.

Sebastian Vettel is Hamilton’s sole remaining challenger for the title, trailing Hamilton by 67 points with four races to go, including Sunday’s race.

Vettel must win Sunday’s race or finish within seven points of Hamilton to prevent the latter from winning the title and pushing a possible clinching scenario to next week in Mexico.

Vettel qualified second Saturday, but due to a red-flag three-position grid penalty sustained during Friday’s morning practice, will start fifth on Sunday’s grid.

As a result of Vettel’s penalty, Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen will start alongside Hamilton on the front row for Sunday’s race.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Vallteri Bottas, will start third, while Daniel Ricciardo will start fourth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez.

Here’s how qualifying played out:

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:34.130 1:33.480 1:32.237 20
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:34.569 1:33.079 1:32.298 18
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:34.703 1:32.884 1:32.307 15
4 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:34.518 1:33.702 1:32.616 17
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:34.755 1:34.185 1:33.494 14
6 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:34.876 1:34.522 1:34.145 18
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:34.932 1:34.564 1:34.215 18
8 8 RomainGrosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:34.892 1:34.419 1:34.250 17
9 16 Charles Leclerc SAUBER FERRARI 1:35.069 1:34.255 1:34.420 17
10 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:35.193 1:34.525 1:34.594 17
11 55 Carlos Sainz RENAULT 1:34.891 1:34.566 12
12 20 KevinMagnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:34.972 1:34.732 12
13 10 Pierre Gasly SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 1:34.850 DNS 13
14 28 Brendon Hartley SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 1:35.206 DNS 13
15 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:34.766 4
16 14 FernandoAlonso MCLAREN RENAULT 1:35.294 6
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.362 6
18 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.480 8
19 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:35.536 8
20 2 StoffelVandoorne MCLAREN RENAULT 1:35.735 6

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