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Motor Sports: Titles decided at two tracks

MADERA -- Mark Holeman of Los Altos collected his sixth main-event victory of the season and finished fifth in the other twin main Saturday night to claim the Western Late Model championship at Madera Speedway.

Holeman also locked up the NASCAR Whelen All American Series state crown, according to Madera Speedway officials' calculations, though those results were unofficial Sunday.

Ross Strmiska, a third-generation driver in the Strmiska family of Manteca, went into the event chasing Holeman in Madera points and leading Rip Michels of Irwindale Raceway and Holeman in state points.

David Philpott was second and Strmiska third in the opening main event.

Harry Belletto of Modesto won the second feature race after taking the lead on a restart on lap 32. Joey Stearns of Stockton was second and Kyle Gottula of Modesto third.

ALTAMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK, at Tracy -- Ryan Philpott (Western Late Model) of Tracy, James Dulla (American Limited Stock Car) of Hayward, Tony Noceti (Grand American Modified) of French Camp, Ron Robeck (Pro Truck) of San Jose and Debbie Foreman (Formula 4) of Brentwood were crowned champions Saturday night.

Wes Miller of Turlock won the first of two Late Model features and was second to Ryan Mock in the nightcap.

FORMULA ONE, at Oyama, Japan -- Lewis Hamilton moved to the brink of making Formula One history with a little help from the weather.

The British driver won the Japanese GP, using his pole position to avoid dangerous spray from rival cars in wet and wild conditions. Rain, spray and fog caused organizers to start the race behind a safety car until conditions improved.

Hamilton can become the first rookie to win the world title if he finishes the Chinese Grand Prix on Oct. 7 leading Fernando Alonso by at least 11 points. Hamilton has 107 points and Alonso 95.

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