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Johnson bests Gordon

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon has passed the torch to Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville Speedway, the track where Gordon has had more success than most anyone.

"He’s Mr. Martinsville," Gordon said Sunday after his teammate won his third straight race on the 0.526-mile oval, the shortest and trickiest in Nextel Cup racing.

"That guy is unbelievable here."


Johnson, who has four victories at Martinsville to Gordon’s seven, said he’s not ready to accept the title.

"I saw something where Richard Petty won how many?" he said of NASCAR’s career victories leader at the track with 15. "That’s Mr. Martinsville. That’s the king."

It certainly looks like Johnson is a candidate to be next best.

Raikkonen wins F1 title

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Kimi Raikkonen won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to capture the Formula One title in the tightest race for the championship in 21 years.

The Ferrari driver rallied from third place in the points standings for his first F1 crown, taking advantage of Lewis Hamilton’s mistake on the first lap and Fernando Alonso’s disappointing run.

Raikkonen grabbed the lead with 17 laps to go.

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