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The heartbreak of motor racing was on display this weekend in just two races.
The obvious was at Pocono Saturday where Kyle Larson was a couple hundred yards away from history. It would have been his fourth straight points race win. Instead a front tire blew out and allowed teammate Alex Bowman to get the win instead. Larson coasted to ninth.
Only eight drivers have ever won four NASCAR Cup races in a row. Larson would have been the ninth. The record is ten by Richard Petty in 1967.
But heartbreak struck again Sunday in Austria where George Russell, normally a back marker, was running eighth moving on seventh in a Formula One race. His Williams team hasn’t scored a point in two years.
But today Russell was forced to the pits with a power unit problem that ultimately retired him from the race. And Williams, once a title contending organization, remains struggling.
In a word: Brutal. And proof bad things can happen to people who don’t always deserve it. Truly heartbreak.