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Exciting Finish For Red Bull Global Rallycross Doubleheader at Bushy Park in Barbados

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Tanner Foust (middle) hams it up after winning

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Heading into the final race of Red Bull Global Rallycross season in Las Vegas, only two drivers remain eligible for the title – Volkswagen teammates Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

Foust swept the weekend at Bushy Park Barbados, winning over second-place finisher Speed in both the Saturday and Sunday races. Longtime championship leader Ken Block crashed out of the last-chance qualifier on Saturday, taking the face of Hoonigan Racing Division — and eventually, the entire rest of the field — out of title contention with one race remaining.

Block managed to retain the championship lead for much of the season, but Speed took over the top spot after Saturday’s event and now unofficially sits at 412 points to Foust’s 376.

Foust got out front immediately in the first main event of the weekend, with teammate Speed staying ahead of the Ford Fiesta ST of Patrik Sandell for second position during much of the event.

Sandell made contact with Speed exiting the joker on the final lap, knocking the Volkswagen’s wheel off and causing Speed to crawl across the line in third.

Officials later issued a penalty to Sandell, dropping the driver down to 10th in the finishing order and moving Speed into second on the podium.

Both Foust and Speed started on the front row for Sunday, and Foust held off charges from his teammate in order to take a second win in a row – it was also Volkswagen’s fourth consecutive victory, with Speed sweeping the most recent doubleheader in Los Angeles. Nelson Piquet Jr. won the battle for third against reigning champion Joni Wiman, taking the final spot on the Sunday podium.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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