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Justin Allgaier Dominates Iowa Xfinity Race

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NEWTON, IA – RIS – Justin Allgaier led 182 of the 250 laps at the Iowa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250 and went on to victory.  Allgaier started 11th, but steadily moved up through the field until he passed then-leader Austin Cindric with 11 laps to go in Stage 1. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 8:45 PM, 06.17.2018

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Hometown Brett Moffitt Out Runs Noah Gragson for Iowa Truck Win

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NEWTON, IA – RIS – Brett Moffitt was at his home track on Saturday night and he made the best of it.  Despite a last-lap challenge from pole-sitter Noah Gragson, Moffitt survived a pass by Gragson that he could not hold, hitting the wall, and Moffitt went on to victory In the M&M’s 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.  Gragson held on for second place.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 10:14 PM, 06.16.2018



RACER Magazine Announces Event Sponsorship, Paul Tracy Pulls Double-Duty

Southlake, TX (June 13, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that the field is set for the June 16 fifth annual Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented by RACER Magazine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s June 14-17 Brickyard Invitational has attracted an elite gathering of top drivers, including champions of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar, NASCAR, Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona, Trans Am, 12 Hours of Sebring, and classic short track racing with sprint cars and midgets.

“Our fifth running of the Pro-Am promises to be the best yet,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “With our promoter’s option entries it has an IROC feel to it, and I think it is very fitting that we announce a new sponsorship with our friends at RACER Magazine.”

CLICK HERE: For the Full Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Field

“RACER has followed the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am with keen interest and reported on it both at and the magazine since its inception in 2014,” said Paul Pfanner, founder, CEO, and executive publisher at RACER Magazine. “Tony and his SVRA team have created a vintage race that has become a part of the mainstream motorsports conversation. We’re proud that it is now called, the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented by Racer Magazine.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 10:20 AM, 06.13.2018

Formula Experiences Gives Fans a Real Driving Challenge

The Villas at VIR - with a Formula Experiences car in front of them

(Alton, VA - RIS) Is driving a prototype race car on a bucket list track on your bucket list? Well, now, thanks to the Formula Experiences programs at VIRginia International Raceway, you can. If driving is not quite on your radar, you can participate in one of their ride along programs, even one at night, which is eye-opening in more ways than one.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:31 AM, 06.12.2018

SVRA - RACER to present “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - June 11, 2018 - Things in the world of motorsports are, to be honest, less than spectacular. However, there is one organization that is, frankly outshining all others.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, the SVRA, is growing by leaps and bounds. This weekend’s Brickyard Invitational will take place at the World’s Greatest Race Course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Literally hundreds of race cars and drivers will be at IMS for this amazing event that will run on both the road course and historic oval.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 12:16 PM, 06.11.2018

The Rains Came and Clint Boyer Won the Firekeepers Casino 400

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BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - For most of the day during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway was people wondering which Ford would win.  The Fords of Stewart Haas Racing and Team Penske dominated the event from start to finish.  The race was delayed by rain and ended early because of heavy water falling from the sky with Clint Bowyer finishing first after a terse battle with teammate Kevin Harvick.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 10:49 PM, 06.10.2018

It's Austin Dillon in Michigan Xfinity Race

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BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Austin Dillon won the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. He battled Daniel Hemric to the end in identical Chevrolet Camaro race cars and Dillon came out the winner.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 1:18 PM, 06.10.2018

Johnny Sauter Continues His Winning Ways at Texas

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FT WORTH, TX – RIS – Johnny Sauter continued his winning ways at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night by winning the NASCAR Camping World race.  Sauter didn’t take his first lead until lap 117 of the 167-lap 2018 PPG 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. But after he took the top spot, he stayed there, leading the final 51 laps on the way to his fourth win of the season, eight races in, and his second-consecutive checkered flag.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 06.10.2018

Kurt Busch Leads Seven Fords to the Top 10 in Michigan Qualifying

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BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Kurt Busch won his second pole of the season at Michigan International Speedway.  Qualifying for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race, Busch set a blazing qualifying speed of 203.361 mph to capture the pole in the third round of qualifying. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 10:15 PM, 06.08.2018

Truex Holds off Kyle Larson for Pocono Win

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LONG POND, PA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. cleared the field in a restart with seven laps to go and went on to a resounding victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.  The field lined on the restart with four drivers-Truex, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson competing for the win.  After a fierce battle. Larson, Busch and Harvick fell back and Truex crossed the finish line for his second victory of 2018.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 7:24 PM, 06.03.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Pocono Xfinity Race, but Fails Post-Race Inspection

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LONG POND, PA – RIS – Kyle dominated the Pocono Green 250 Xfinity race on Saturday, but the car failed inspection after the race.  Busch’s Toyota was found to be two high on the left front, which has in the past been a penalty.  Most penalties are announced on the Wednesday after the race.  It was Busch’s first win in the series this year.  Busch led 64 of the 100 laps, came back from a pit road speeding penalty following winning Stage 1 to score his 92nd career series win.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 6:12 PM, 06.02.2018

Blaney and Harvick Put Two Strong Fords on the Front Row at Pocono

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LONG POND, PA – RIS – Ryan Blaney led the final round of qualifying at Pocono Raceway on Friday, winning the pole and gave notice to the field that he still remembers how to win at the “Tricky Triangle,” the site of his first Cup win.  Blaney beat Kevin Harvick for the pole.  Harvick will start alongside him on the front row on Sunday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 9:33 PM, 06.01.2018

INDYCAR - Indy 500 Race Notes

Victory Lane - the aftermath (Photo: Tom Beeler/RIS)

Power completes journey with first Indy 500 win

As Will Power was about to finish off the biggest win of his racing career at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, he couldn't resist letting his emotions flow.

"On the white flag lap, I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it," Power said of the final 2.5-mile trip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. "Unbelievable! Never been so excited."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:16 PM, 05.28.2018

Kyle Busch Dominates the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Busch celebrates in Victory Lane

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Kyle Busch obliterated the field in Sunday night’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Busch led 377 of the 400 laps, leaving only 23 for the rest of the field, and he did it convincingly.  With the win, Busch becomes the first driver in history to win a points-paying race at every track on the circuit.  Busch now moves into sole possession of 15th all-time on the wins chart with 47. Next in line for Busch is Hall of Famer Herb Thomas with 48 and Tony Stewart with 49. Richard Petty holds the all-time wins record at 200 wins.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:03 AM, 05.28.2018

Australian Power Fuels Indy 500 Victory

2nd place Ed Carpenter congratulates 2018 500 winner, Will Power. RIS/Larry Clarino

SPEEDWAY, IN – RIS – Will Power drove his #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in the 102nd Indianapolis 500-Mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five. Power, running in third place, inherited the lead with five laps to go after Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey, both ran out of fuel and dove into the pits. This gave Power the lead and race win.


Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, was the first driver to sweep both May races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was his 34th Indy car win and Team Penske’s 17th Indy 500 victory. It was the team’s 201 Indy car win.


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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:09 PM, 05.27.2018

Indy 500 Race Day Greeting

Ed Carpenter - Photo Larry Clarino/RIS

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Welcome to RIS' coverage of the 102nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hometown driver Ed Carpenter will pilot his Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Chevrolet from the pole position. This was Carpenter's third Indy 500 pole.

Six past winners are entered in today's race.

Helio Castroneves continues his quest for a record-tying fourth "500" win.

The weather forecast is for extreme heat and could set the record for the highest temperature on record.

Stay tuned as RIS brings you the sights and sounds of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:44 AM, 05.27.2018

Kyle Busch, Cole Custer Start In Alsco 300 Row One

Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane

Keselowski, Flag to Flag in Alsco 300

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2018 – RIS) Brad Keselowski edged Cole Custer by .044 second in the third round of qualifying for this afternoon’s Alsco 300..  This is his 21stpole in 251 Xfinity Series races and his first pole at Charlotte in 19 series races at Charlotte. He went on to capture his 38thXfinity Series race and fourth at Charlotte.

On the start, Kyle Busch moved to the lead from third place, only to have Keselowski retake the lead on the second lap and hold it until Busch took over the point. JJ Yeley, Cole Custer, Garrett Smithley and Daniel Hemric all led at least one lap.

The race got halted on lap 168 for a sudden downpour that halted things for just over an hour before racing resumed. During the red flag, Elliott Sadler went to his motorhome and cooled off after the cooling system in his race car failed, making the No. 1 Chevy almost unbearably hot. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:04 PM, 05.26.2018

Schatz Takes Charlotte Outlaw Showdown

Donny Schatz in Charlotte's Victory Lane

Donny Schatz Gets Around Shane Stewart for Charlotte Outlaw Showdown Win
(CONCORD, NC - MAY 25, 2018 - RIS) Speedway press release: Shane Stewart started from the outside pole and led the first 23 laps of Friday night's Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but Donny Schatz used an expert slide job in Turn 2 on Lap 24 to speed away and collect his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars victory of the season. Schatz started second and struggled to keep pace with Stewart's No. 2 Kyle Larson Racing entry in the early stages. On the second and final restart, however, Schatz used a great jump to draw even - and once Schatz's No. 15 Tony Stewart Racing car pulled to the inside of Stewart's car, there was no stopping the nine-time and defending series champion from claiming his 11th win at Charlotte and his 270th career Outlaw triumph.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:33 AM, 05.26.2018

INDY 500 - 2018 Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition

This year featured representative teams from Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and Andretti Autosport, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The drivers of the respective teams competing today were Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Scott Dixon, Ed Jones, Robert Wickens, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal, and Sage Karam.

The competition is a head-to-head drag race down pit lane elimination. NHRA fans would appreciate the challenges of a getting a high-horsepower car moving quickly from a standing position, but they won't recognize the four-tire change and simulated fuel fill in mid-race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:26 PM, 05.25.2018

FREEDOM 100 - Herta Sweeps the Month of May with Third Lights Win.

Colton Hurta over Pato O'Ward in the Freedom 100 at Indy RIS/Don Andersen

Carb Day, traditionally the last practice before the running of the 500 Mile Race. Now it’s an excuse for a party, and Hoosiers know how to party!

The day does feature a one hour practice session for the 33 starters of the Indy 500. It was an incident free run with only one short yellow for a missing camera lens from one of the racers on-board cameras.

The practice was followed by the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and what a race it was! We will start with the bad news, there were only eight starters, but that is were the bad news ended.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:00 PM, 05.25.2018

INDY 500 - Carb Day Notes

Tony Kanaan in the #14 AJ Foyt machine. (Photo: Don Anderson/RIS)

The annual all-skate flurry of Carburetion Day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, and final preparations are being made before Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race - the raison d'être of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

This is the day drivers and teams can make final tweaks to their Indy cars on-track. The cars have been silent since Monday, and this is the time to exorcize the gremlins on a hot race track.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:55 PM, 05.25.2018

Brandon Jones Wins ARCA General Tire 150

Brandon Jones celebrates his win at Charlotte

Jones holds off Herbst to win General Tire 150 in ARCA thriller at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2018) -- Brandon Jones held off a late-race, spirited charge from Riley Herbst to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 150 Thursday night under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:54 AM, 05.25.2018

INDYCAR - Indy 500 Drivers Do the Grand Media Tour

An appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," meetings with Congressional and Japanese officials and a journey to the newest city on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule are among the many activities that the 33 drivers competing in this year's Indianapolis 500 will encounter on the annual North American media tour for the race.

In what has become a popular Indy 500 tradition, the 33 qualified drivers and one special guest driver are fanning out to 21 cities 24 hours, spreading the word about the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that takes place on Memorial Day weekend.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:03 PM, 05.24.2018

Indy 500 to Air Live on SiriusXM

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar® Series, announced today that it will offer live coverage of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

SiriusXM listeners will have access to the live call of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 27, on Sirius channel 219, XM channel 209 and on the SiriusXM app.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:49 PM, 05.24.2018

INDY 500 - The 2018 INDY 500 Rookie Class

Matheus Leist - the field's fastest rookie (Photo: IndyCar)

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is the traditional mix of former winners, veterans, sophomore rising stars, and new guys.

Here is some background on the four rookies in this year’s starting field.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:54 PM, 05.24.2018

INDY 500 - Final Practice, Sorting Out Race Trim, Wickens Whacks Wall

Robert Wickens Whacked Wagon (Image: IMS)

Busy afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the final full practice for next Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race took place.

With qualifying complete, the 33 cars and drivers qualified for the event had three hours to shake their cars down with normal engine boost and race day trim.

The day's sole incident came early in the practice session as rookie Robert Wickens in the #6 Schmidt-Peterson Lucas Oil Honda brushed the outside wall exiting Turn 2. As Wickens attempted to collect the car, it smacked again into the outside wall, resulting in some significant damage to the right side of the car.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.21.2018

INDY 500 - Pole Day Story - Carpenter Nails Indy Qualifying, Hammers Competition

Indy 500 pole winner and team sponsor, former PGA star, Fuzzy Zoeller (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

The entire weekend, weather threatened to influence the story. But the atmospheric thunderstorms never materialized.

The thunderstorm that did materialize came from the tailpipes of Ed Carpenter’s #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. The popular local driver earned his third career Indianapolis 500 pole position today (previously 2013 and 2014) with a blistering four lap average of 229.618 mph - almost a full mile per hour faster than second-position winner (or as he dubbed himself, “first loser”), Simon Pagenaud.

The 37-year old Butler University grad clearly has special relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While his finishing record here has been disappointing, his best finish being fifth ten years ago, his starting record since 2010 has included five top ten starts.

“I heard the roar from inside the car,” Carpenter said of the cheer that went up after his 230+ mph first qualifying lap.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:37 PM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Carpenter Wins P1 Award for Indy Pole

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is like a second home to Ed Carpenter. The Verizon IndyCar Series team owner/driver, who grew up and still lives in Indianapolis, showed his lasting affinity for the cathedral of motorsports by winning the Verizon P1 Award in pole day qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet for his namesake team, Carpenter thrilled the hometown crowd by putting together a sensational four-lap, 10-mile run at 229.618 mph in the Fast Nine Shootout featuring the fastest drivers from first-day qualifications on Saturday. He got the better of four Team Penske drivers in a thrilling conclusion to qualifying and collected his third Indy 500 pole position, becoming the 10th driver in race history with three or more.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:10 PM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Bump Day Notes - Hinch and Pippa Miss the Show

The first day of qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was its typical emotional roller coaster. It was filled with nail-biting four-lap attempts, rain delays that ruined strategies, last-minute bids to bump into the field of 33 and ultimate heartbreak for those left on the outside looking in.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Bump Day Qualifying Speeds

Results of first-day qualifying Saturday for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.20.2018

All-Star Win to Harvick's 2018 Juggernaut

Kevin Harvick celebrates his second All-Star win

Kevin Harvick Wins All-Star
(CONCORD, NC – May 19, 2018 – RIS) Kevin Harvick avoided crashes, used the one-off rules package to his advantage and added a sixth race win to his total for 2018 and his second All-Star win. Harvick led fairly easily in the first stage of the race before dropping back to mid-pack, then again moved into the lead in the third stage and avoided the crash that took out Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and both Busch brothers when Martin Truex spun in the middle of the pack.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:52 PM, 05.19.2018

Bowman, Suarez, Allmendinger Win Open Stages

AJ Allmendinger won the final stage to move to the All-Star

Bowman, Suarez Advance, Allmendinger Wins Open
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 19, 2018 – RIS) Alex Bowman won the first stage of this afternoon’s Monster Energy Open to advance to the Monster Energy All-Star race. Daniel Suarez won the second stage and AJ Allmendinger, in the No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevy, won the final stage and the Open by just under a third of a second ahead of Erik Jones. In fan voting, Chase Elliott earned the most votes to advance to the All-Star, joining the field of previous winners in the race for a million dollars to the winner.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:00 PM, 05.19.2018

INDY 500 - Bump Day Shocker - Hinch Heads Home to Hinchtown

A dejected James Hinchcliffe misses the 2018 Indy 500. RIS/Larry CLarino

In a day with more starts and stops than rush hour traffic on the Dan Ryan in Chicago, Bump Day qualifications are complete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.

The day started with threats of rain, and delivered on those threats. Two rain delays broke up the full 35-car qualifying order - the first following #22 Simon Pagenaud’s qualifying run, the second as #6 rookie Robert Wickens was starting his run.

When the rain ended and the track was dry, the overcast and dry air was gone, and full-sun and humid conditions were the result.

When the checkered flag fell at day’s end, the Fast Nine was set for tomorrow afternoon’s pole position shootout.

Meanwhile, in the first bumping to take place for the 500 in seven years, the losers were #63 Pippa Mann  and #5 James Hinchcliffe.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:13 PM, 05.19.2018

Larson Fastest in All-Star Final Practice

Kyle Larson

Larson, Almirola Head Final Practice
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 19, 2018 – RIS) Kyle Larson was uickest in the final practice session before this evening’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race, joined by Aric Almirola atop the charts for the Monster Energy Open group. The final hour of practice saw both groups on the track together, providing two and three-wide formations as the teams finally got a chance to practice with the new rules package for the weekend. The rules package includes bigger spoilers, a different front end aero configuration and restrictor plates for the first time on a mile and a half track.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:01 PM, 05.19.2018

OP/ED - Tradition: Keep the Field at 33 Cars, or Award Participation Trophies?

Thirty-five qualifiers for thirty-three positions in the Indianapolis 500 field. Tradition.

That tradition has varied over time to suit policy and changing fortunes, but tradition, it remains.

A young journalist for USA Today and the Indianapolis Star wrote today that limiting the 2018 Indy 500 field to 33 cars is “tradition is standing in the way of logic”.

His argument is that the financial stake necessary to run Indianapolis - approximately $1 million per car, according to team owner Chip Ganassi - is a huge financial stake that a team bumped from the field would have a hard time recovering from.

What stands in the way? Tradition.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:24 PM, 05.19.2018