Well, a jam-packed weekend of racing did not disappoint, with close finishes, phenomenal drives and first-time winners. Let's wrap it up.


The NASCAR Xfinity Series hit Road America in Elkhart Lake on Saturday for a race that was not without drama. Pole sitter and former IndyCar racer Alex Tagliani led early, but spun out trying to pass eventual winner Michael McDowell.

McDowell, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, ended up beating Brendan Gaughan to the line to take his first-ever NASCAR victory. It was the first Xfinity Series race of the season for McDowell, who drives the No. 95 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series.

Rookie Brennan Poole came home third to match his best finish of the season while points leader Elliot Sadler finished eighth.

The series will next race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday.


The Camping World Truck Series was at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday where part-time driver Brett Moffitt pulled off a three-wide, last-lap pass to take his first career NASCAR victory. Moffitt, driving the No. 11 Toyota, finished ahead of teammate Timothy Peters (third in points) and Daniel Hemric (second in points) and points leader William Byron came home fourth.

Moffitt was the Sprint Cup rookie of the year last season but was replaced by last year's Xfinity Series Champion Chris Buescher for the current Sprint Cup season.

Janesville native Travis Kvapil finished 18th in the No. 50 Chevrolet.

The series heads to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for a race Sunday.


Kyle Larson took his first career Sprint Cup win by beating rookie Chase Elliott to the checkered flag Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Larson, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet, gave team owner Chip Ganassi his first Sprint Cup win since Jamie McMurray won at Talladega in 2013, a losing streak of 99 races.

The win secures Larson a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which gets underway on Sept. 18 at Chicagoland Speedway. Elliott, who is winless this season, should make the Chase field on points if he doesn't win in the next two races.

Brad Keselowski came home third, but his car failed post race inspection. This typically means a 15-point deduction for the driver and fine for the crew chief, but is insignificant to Keselowski who is already locked in the Chase field with four wins so far this season. Points leader Kevin Harvick finished fifth for his 19th top-ten finish in 24 races this season.

It was the first time in history that each of the three NASCAR National series had a first time winner on the same weekend.

The series heads to Darlington Raceway for a race Sunday.


The Verizon IndyCar Series resumed the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday after rain delayed the original running of the race back in June. The race resumed on lap 72 of 248, with James Hinchcliffe as the leader.

Hinchcliffe led 188 total laps, including 157 of the 177 laps run Saturday night, but ended up second in the race. Graham Rahal beat Hinchcliffe to the line by eight-thousandths (0.008) of a second, in what was the fifth-closest finish in IndyCar history and the closest finish ever at Texas Motor Speedway.

Rahal, who led only that single lap all night, took his first win since Mid-Ohio in 2015 and his second career win on an oval. Rahal looked primed to win at Texas in 2012, only to brush the wall on the last lap, giving the victory to the late Justin Wilson.

Tony Kanaan, who looked like he may get his first win for Chip Ganassi Racing since the 2014 season finale, came home third.

Points leader Simon Pagenaud slightly extended his lead over Team Penske teammate Will Power and now leads Power by 28 points heading to the penultimate round at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.


Nico Rosberg may have won the Belgian Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday, but it was his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton who everybody was watching.

Hamilton, who started from the back row following a grid penalty, came through the field to finish third. Hamilton still holds a nine-point advantage over Rosberg in the championship standings. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished second for his third podium finish in a row.

Ricciardo's teammate Max Verstappen had a run-in with the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the first turn, resulting in early pit stops for all three drivers. Vettel recovered to finish sixth, while Raikkonen and Verstappen had another battle later in the race in which Raikkonen won, ultimately finishing ninth while Verstappen came home eleventh.

Following the race, Raikkonen blasted Verstappen (not for the first time this season), calling Vertappen's driving style “not correct,” to which Verstappen responded, “It's a big lie.” I'm sure we'll see more fireworks between these two drivers as the season goes on.

F1 next heads to Monza for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

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