3. Like it or not,
4. Formula One's Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are hitting their stride. Skeptics rolled their eyes when Hamilton left stalwart McLaren for the 4-year-old Mercedes team this year, and it's indeed been a struggle at times. But Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from the pole -- his third consecutive pole -- for his first victory with the team and the 2008 world champion hasn't started worse than second in his last six races. It's unlikely Hamilton will win a second title this year, but the British driver made it clear he's again a threat with Mercedes' power.
5. Drag racing's Tony Schumacher remains poised for a record eighth top-fuel title. The "Sarge" got knocked out in the first round of eliminations Sunday in Sonoma but he's already clinched a berth in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s late-season playoff. Schumacher, with three wins this year, is third in the standings, 104 points behind Sonoma winner Shawn Langdon. Expect Schumacher to be gunning for another championship at the season-ending