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Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix, outduels rival Sebastian Vettel

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole by winning the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming series leader Sebastian Vettel's lead to seven points. Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher's pole record. Vettel finished second, about two seconds behind.

"Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent," said Hamilton. "That's what racing's about."

"I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake, and he didn't," Vettel said.

XFINITY: Jeremy Clements battled Matt Tifft down the stretch at Road America before pulling away after the two leaders spun out near the end of the second-to-last lap for his first career series victory, taking the Johnsonville 180 at Elkhart Lake, Wis. Working with fresh tires down the stretch, Clements chased down Tifft after pitting with nine laps left to surrender the lead. Clements finally caught up with Tifft on the 44th lap, with their cars spinning into the dirt on the last turn of the road course. Clements recovered first and sped away on the last lap to capture the checkered flag for the first time in 256 series races. Michael Annett passed Tifft to take second. Tifft settled for third.

Late Saturday: Josef Newgarden bumped past Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud for his fourth IndyCar win of the season, taking the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 in Madison, Ill.

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