KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Joey Logano spent the final 40-plus laps at Kansas Speedway keeping an eye on Kevin Harvick in his rear-view mirror.

Now, he can look ahead to the NASCAR Cup Series finale at Phoenix.

Using every bit of the track Sunday to hold off the winningest driver this season, Logano took the checkered flag on a cold, blustery Sunday to secure a spot in the championship round of the playoffs. Harvick was followed across by Alex Bowman and Brad Keselowski as post-season contenders swept the top four spots in the opener of the round of eight.

“It’s

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Nico Hulkenberg sat over a coffee with a friend in Cologne on Saturday morning when Otmar Szafnauer’s name flashed up on his phone screen.

The German driver, who was left without a seat for the 2020 season, was due to travel to Nurburgring later that day to do some punditry work for the Eiffel Grand Prix.

His weekend would be turned upside down, though, as the Racing Point team principal called him four hours before qualifying to ask him to fill in for an unwell Lance Stroll.

It was the third time Hulkenberg has stepped in for Racing Point at

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Busch, leading a race he had to win, not once believed he was driving toward a season-saving victory. He doesn’t even think he can get to victory lane this year.

“Do we even have a shot to win? I don’t think we have a shot,” Busch said after he was eliminated from the playoffs Sunday.

NASCAR will crown a new champion this year and the worst season of Busch’s career extended to mark the earliest the reigning Cup champion has been eliminated since the format debuted in 2014.

Chase Elliott won on the hybrid road course-oval

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NURBURG, Germany — Even Lewis Hamilton once saw Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins as unbeatable. Now he’s matched it.

Schumacher’s son Mick presented Hamilton with one of his father’s old helmets after the British driver took a record-equaling 91st win at the Eifel Grand Prix.

“Seeing his dominance, I don’t think anyone, and especially me, didn’t imagine that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it’s an incredible honour and it’s going to take some time to get used to,” Hamilton said, adding that he used to choose Schumacher as his character in a video game.

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NURBURG, Germany — Valtteri Bottas ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of five consecutive Formula One pole positions by claiming first place on the grid at the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton briefly sat atop the time charts after toppling Max Verstappen in the third session, but his teammate Bottas sped through seconds later with an unbeatable time, fastest in all three sectors of the Nurburgring track.

“It’s such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap,” the Finnish driver said, adding his final run was “spot on.”

Bottas’ time beat Hamilton by .256 seconds and Verstappen by

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NURBURG, Germany — The Mercedes team found a second coronavirus case among its staff at the Eifel Grand Prix and flew in emergency replacements Friday ahead of this weekend’s Formula One race.

Following a positive test on Thursday, Mercedes said the entire team at the Nurburgring was retested. That produced one positive result and another described as “inconclusive,” which requires another test.

Those people and other staff who had contact with them are in quarantine, and six replacements have flown in from the team’s base in Britain, team principal Toto Wolff said.

“Every loss of an important member in a

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clint Bowyer will retire at the end of the NASCAR season and join the Fox Sports booth as an analyst.

Bowyer, in his 15th full season, heads into Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway facing elimination from the playoffs. He’s ranked 11th in the 12-driver field that will be trimmed by four for the next round.

In a media availability earlier Thursday, the 41-year-old gave no indication he planned to announce his retirement hours later. But in a a two-page letter later posted to Twitter, Bowyer said he’s moving full-time into television.

“Now I get to the

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NURBURG, Germany — Lewis Hamilton’s bid to match the Formula One win record held by Michael Schumacher is back on, and he could achieve it in Schumacher’s home country of Germany.

Hamilton was chasing a record-equaling 91st win two weeks ago in Russia before his race was ruined by penalties for breaching an obscure rule on where drivers can practice their starts before the race. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas took the win.

That sets the stage for Hamilton to try again in Germany. He’ll have to do it in conditions which would have tested even Schumacher, who was nicknamed

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