Chris Buescher leads Nationwide “Happy Hour” at Dover

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Nationwide Series rookie Chris Buescher jumped to the top of the time sheets during the final Nationwide practice session for tomorrow’s 200-lap event.

Buescher, who won earlier this year on the road course at Mid-Ohio, went P1 with a lap of 154.825 mph in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang.

That was enough to eclipse last week’s Nationwide winner at Kentucky, Brendan Gaughan, and his best lap of 153.991 mph in the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

“Our race runs are really good,” Buescher told ESPN. “I feel like we’re holding our speed late into a run, so I’m pretty proud of these guys. We’ve been working hard at this thing and making progress every week.

“We’re sitting seventh in the standings, and that’s a big plus for us. So, we’re making progress and enjoying it.”

Sprint Cup regular Aric Almirola was third-quickest at 152.996 mph. One day before he tries to keep his championship hopes alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, he will be making his second Nationwide start of the season in the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford on Saturday; Almirola finished 14th in the Nationwide race at Chicagoland two weekends ago.

Richard Childress Racing part-time Cale Conley carried over his solid pace from first practice to wind up fourth in this session at 152.568 mph. Completing the Top 5 was Buescher’s teammate at Roush Fenway Racing, Trevor Bayne (152.517).

Qualifying will take place tomorrow afternoon at 12:15 p.m. ET, followed by their main event at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.