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WATCH LIVE: Singapore GP on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET

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Formula 1’s first of seven flyaway races to end the season, the Singapore Grand Prix, takes place today starting on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App from 7 a.m. ET.

F1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX LIVE STREAM

Pre-race coverage runs for an hour from 7 a.m. ET through to 8 a.m. ET, with lights out at that point.

The stage is set for what should be a duel between the Ferrari and Red Bull teams on Sunday, as these two squads locked out the front two rows.

Sebastian Vettel has the pole ahead of Max Verstappen, with Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen on row two. The Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will have to make hay from row three, with Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), McLaren Honda teammates Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) completing the top-10.

Vettel is poised to recapture the points lead with the tight and twisting Singapore circuit playing to the Ferrari’s benefits.

Safety cars are also usually a staple of the race and could throw a surprise into the mix.

Hamilton won his second straight race of the year in Monza, and he’s now moved into the championship lead with a three-point lead over Vettel, 238 to 235. But with Vettel and Ferrari poised to succeed from the front in Singapore, the pendulum could swing back their way tonight.

You can watch the Singapore Grand Prix live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET. CLICK HERE for NBCSN live stream.

You can also try out a new ‘Mosaic View’ for the race that includes the race simulcast, in-car cameras, driver tracker and pit lane cam. CLICK HERE to watch the Mosaic View live stream.

Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter Will Buxton providing updates and interviews throughout the race from Singapore.

Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.

Female racer makes history with record finishes in dirt national midget events

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Holly Shelton is riding high after setting a milestone for a female driver in a national midget series feature event on dirt this past weekend.

The Sacramento, California-area resident recorded the highest finish ever for a female dirt national midget series driver with a runner-up finish last Friday at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League double-header weekend at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.

Shelton broke her own national record for top finish by a woman in a national dirt event – she finished third in a USAC race at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, last year.

One night after setting her new national record, Shelton and her Keith Kunz Motorsports Toyota roared back Saturday to finish third (started on the outside pole) in the second half of the weekend double-header, making her the first female dirt driver ever on the national midget circuit to earn back-to-back podium finishes.

“It’s cool making history as a female, but my number one thing is I just want to win,” said Shelton, who will be graduating from Cal-State Sacramento with a B.A. in Criminal Justice this fall. “Truthfully, on the track I don’t even remember that I’m a girl. I’m just racing all the guys with the same goal they have – to win.”

Only one other woman has finished second in either a USAC or POWRi midget feature – Sarah McCune at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1999 – but that was on pavement, not dirt.

The record-setting weekend was great consolation for Shelton, who missed three races earlier this season due to surgery and then sat out three other races last month after suffering a race-related concussion.

“It felt good,” she said of her back-to-back podium finishes. “It builds up my confidence. The car is fast and we keep getting better and we want to build on it.”

Shelton was one of four women that competed in midget competition this weekend. The others were 19-year-old Maria Cofer and 16-year-olds Holley Hollan and Presley Truedson.

“It’s awesome seeing all the little girls come up to me excited to see me at the track,” Shelton said. “Hopefully, it encourages them to pursue their dreams as well and, as the years go on, more girls will get into it.”

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