F1 Paddock Pass: Belgian GP Post-Race (VIDEO)

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The Belgian Grand Prix is in the books for 2015, and now, so too is the latest installment of the NBC Sports original digital series, “Paddock Pass.”

The post-race edition for the latest Lewis Hamilton victory – the Mercedes driver getting back on top after a restful, enjoyable summer break in the Caribbean and a missed opportunity at Hungary – is again split up into two parts.

In part one, Will Buxton speaks with the Belgian Grand Prix podium finishers, Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean. He also takes a look at whether Sebastian Vettel’s blown tire could be related to Rosberg’s blown tire from practice.

The second part sees Buxton speaks to the drivers following the weekend’s race, including Valtteri Bottas, who suffered from a tire misstep by his team on a pit stop, Sergio Perez, who scored a season-best fifth place, and Max Verstappen, who again scored points in eighth.

The F1 community reconvenes in Monza in two weeks time for the Italian Grand Prix, to conclude the 2015 European season.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

Photo and video courtesy NHRA
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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: