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Motorsports: Leclerc dominates Australian GP

Byron wins at Martinsville


Ferraris Charles Leclerc dominated the Formula One weekend at the Australian Grand Prix by qualifying on the pole, leading every race lap, posting the fastest lap and, of course, winning the race. It was Leclerc’s second victory of the 2022 season and extended his lead in the F1 driver standings.

Reigning F1 champ, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, recorded his second DNF of the season due to a suspected fuel leak on lap 39. Verstappen fell to sixth overall in the driver standings.

Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, finished second with Mercedes’ George Russell rounding out the podium.

Leclerc leads the drivers standings, followed by Russell, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, Perez, and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

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At Martinsville Speedway on Saturday night, William Byron led 212 of 403 laps for his second victory of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Byron crossed the finish line only .303 seconds ahead of Joey Logan at the end of the 2-lap overtime, with Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain rounding out the top 5.

After 8 races this season Chase Elliott leads the Cup Series standings, followed by Blaney, Byron, Logano, and Chastain. 

Josef Newgarden led 32 of 85 laps at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach for his second straight vicctory this season. Newgarden finished 1.2869 seconds ahead of Romain Grosjean and Alex Palou rounded out the podium. With the victory, Team Penske maintained its unblemished record after 3 races this season.

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David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


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