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NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda) captured his ninth victory of the 2018 MotoGP season at the Shell Malaysia MotoGP Sepang. Marquez, who was handed a six-place grid drop for blocking Andrea Iannone (No. 29 Team Suzuki ECSTAR) in qualifying, rocketed up into second place behind leader Valentino Rossi (No. 46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) on lap four. Rossi was setting a blistering pace up front in his newly reinvigorated Yamaha, ahe and Marquez then traded fastest laps to pull away at the front. Rossi was 1.7 seconds clear of Marquez at the halfway stage, but Marquez started reeling him in by about one tenth of a second per lap to put pressure on Rossi. At the start of lap 17 at Turn 1 Rossi crashed out of the race, which enabled Marquez to ease off his pace with a comfortable gap on Johan Zarco (No. 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Alex Rins (No. 42 Team Suzuki ECSTAR), who were battling for second place. Rins grabbed the runner-up spot from Zarco on the final lap to maintain Suzuki’s strong end to the season. Watch a lap of the Sepang circuit .
(Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Blowing by pole winner Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske ACCELLA/CARLISLE Ford) during an overtime restart on Lap 336, Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing MOBIL 1 Ford) won Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in dominant fashion, sweeping the stages and leading a race-high 177 laps on the way to his series-best eighth victory of the season and a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 18 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Blaney was second and Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA INSURANCE FORD) finished third. Late Breaking NASCAR playoff news: Kevin Harvick’s win at Texas has been ruled "encumbered." Harvick no longer locked in to Homestead; Rodney Childers and car chief Cheddar Smith suspended for rest of season and Harvick loses 40 points. Harvick now goes into Phoenix only three points above the cut line.
(Photo by Chris Clark)
Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli points leader Ernie Francis, Jr. (No. 98 Breathless Racing Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang) won the TA class in the COTA Trans Am 100 at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA). 
Francis would cross the finish line just over two seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Dyson (No. 20 Plaid Enterprises/CD Racing Ford Mustang) at the end of the 30-lap, 102.81-mile race on the 3.427-mile, 20-turn circuit. Francis’ second consecutive TA class victory at COTA was his fifth of the season and also saw the No. 98 turn a new track record 2:09.486, breaking his own mark set last year. It was the fifth podium finish for Dyson, while Tomy Drissi (No. 8 The Grinch Chevrolet Camaro) finished third. Next up is the Trans Am Season finale next weekend at Daytona International Raceway.  

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