Looking back at the weekend's motor-racing action, including the controversial NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Richmond, Va.; new Cup driver Kyle Larson and Formula One's Italian Grand Prix, five things come to mind:
1. The Chase field likely won't be changed ... but still. NASCAR Nation is in a lather about whether
2. If NASCAR issues penalties, it could affect the Chase early on. Bowyer and Truex are 15 points behind top-seeded
3. The controversy won't hurt NASCAR. The Chase format was rolled out in 2004 partly to keep the end of NASCAR's season and its championship relevant amid the onset of the
4. Kyle Larson and
5. Sebastian Vettel is appears unstoppable. The German is cruising toward his fourth consecutive Formula One world championship and the Red Bull driver is only 26. His start-to-finish win in the Italian Grand Prix means Vettel has won an astonishing half of the 12 races this season, giving him a sizable 53-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the title standings with seven races remaining. Alonso summed it up: "It's not an easy task to close down a 53-point gap in the few remaining races." Make that a near-impossible task.