Vettel extends Formula One winning streak

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AUSTIN, Texas — Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel set a Formula One single-season record with his eighth consecutive victory, winning the U.S. Grand Prix with yet another dominating drive.

Starting from the pole position, Vettel got through the critical first turn with his trademark quick start and gave the field no chance to catch his Red Bull car.

Vettel charges into next weekend’s season finale in Brazil with a chance to tie Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 13 victories in a single season. Schumacher set the mark in 2004, and also won seven consecutive races that year.

Vettel also is closing on the overall Formula One record for consecutive victories of nine, set by Alberto Ascari over parts of the 1952 and ‘53 seasons.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean was second, his best finish this year.

END OF THE ROAD: While he still refuses to say the word “retirement,” Mark Martin drove his last competitive laps Sunday in a long, storied career. But unlike so many other plans to walk away, this time he means it.

Martin was one of several drivers making what likely was their final Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ken Schrader said he won’t drive in NASCAR again, while Jeff Burton is leaving Richard Childress Racing without a ride for 2014 and Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for a new job with Roger Penske’s IndyCar Series team. A week ago, Bobby Labonte ran what should be his final race.

Martin said several teams talked to him about driving in 2014 but he declined every offer saying he was tired and needed to step away.

He accepted a role as a test driver and driving coach to Danica Patrick at Stewart-Haas Racing.


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