Ryan Hunter-Reay becomes first American to win Indy in 8 years
Hometown driver Ed Carpenter won the pole for the 98th annual Indianapolis 500 and would hope to capture the win at his home track in the amazing event. However, that would not be as Ed would crash out after leading 26 laps.
Ryan Hunter-Reay would come from 19th all the way to the front to step up and lead 56 laps of the 200 lap event. In an absolutely amazing final laps Ryan would battle 3 time winner Helio Castroneves and teammate Marco Andretti. Ryan would make a daring pass almost into the grass in the final stages to take the lead and win in the Indianapolis 500.
The Top 5 were: 1st Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2nd Helio Castroneves, 3rd Marco Andretti, 4th Carlos Munoz and 5th Juan Pablo Montoya.
Ryan Hunter-Reay now leads Will Power by 30 points after the event.
The next race is the Chevrolet Duals in Detroit. The first Dual race will be held on May 31st, Saturday at 3:30 PM on the ABC channel. Defending race winner of Dual 1 is Mike Conway
The second Dual Race will be held on June 1st, Sunday at 3:30 PM on ABC. The defending winner of that race is Simon Pagenaud.
Johnson proves Charlotte is still “Jimmie’s House.”
For the last few weeks the question has been asked over and over. What is wrong with Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team? He has insisted that nothing is wrong, they are merely adapting to the new rules of the season. On Sunday, Jimmie Johnson made it to where the media would have to find a new topic to write about.
The Coca-Cola 600 for Charlotte Motor Speedway is the longest and most grueling race of the year. It’s an event that always favors the drivers in the best condition possible. This is the clear explanation as to why Johnson is so dominate. Leading 164 of 400 laps and making a pass for the lead in the final ten laps, Johnson proved he and 48 team are just fine.
The second most dominate car was Kevin Harvick who led 100 laps. However, once again Harvick’s pit crew ended their race early and shot them clean in the foot. This is beginning to become a issue with the team and one Harvick won’t stand for. It’s only a matter of time before pit crew changes are made if they don’t get it together.
The Top 5 were: 1st Jimmie Johnson, 2nd Kevin Harvick, 3rd Matt Kenseth, 4th Carl Edwards and 5th Jamie McMurray.
Winners all but guaranteed a spot in the 2014 chase: Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano are tied at two wins apiece. All other drivers have one win: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson. We are now at 10 different winners in 12 races.
The next race is the FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks from Dover International Speedway. The race will come to us live at 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 1st airing on Fox. The defending race winner is Tony Stewart.
Kurt’s attempt at the double
Kurt Busch became the first driver in 10 years to attempt the Memorial Day Double. He started in Indianapolis in a race car he’d never truly raced in a series he’d never raced. He’d do one helluva effort and finish sixth! To me this is an amazing feat and proves the Busch brothers are wheelmen. Both of them could drive an ice truck through Hell on the Fourth of July.
Sadly, while Kurt’s body and mind could take the additional 600 miles to come, his engine couldn’t. Kurt’s engine would give way 200 miles short of the finish at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.
I cannot stress the amount of respect I have for Kurt Busch after this effort. I feel so horrible that is car’s engine couldn’t help bring home this amazing effort. Respect and props should be given still.
Kyle Wins the Nationwide Series…Kyle LARSON that is!
He started 1st with a car that had been taken back to the shop to be repaired and was at Charlotte. So it was natural that we all believed Kyle Busch was going to just stink up another lower series race. Thankfully, another Kyle stepped up to intervene in the form of Kyle Larson.
Busch would lead for just 27 of the 200 lap event while Larson would lead 82. The finish was never in doubt as Larson would collect his second Nationwide series flag of the season. Meanwhile, rookie phenom Chase Elliot would have his first falling of the season as his car succumb to a 37th finish after a broken part.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kyle Larson, 2nd Brad Keselowski, 3rd Kyle Busch, 4th Kevin Harvick, and 5th Brian Scott.
The 37th place finish would cost Chase as he now falls to new points leader and JRM teammate Regan Smith. Regan leads 2nd place Elliot Sadler by 5 points and Chase by 28 points.
The next race is the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click it or Ticket from Dover International Speedway. The race will air at 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 31st on ESPN. The defending race winner is Joey Logano.
Camping World Trucks
The Trucks had the weekend off. They will return to us on Friday May 30th at 5:30 PM for the Lucas Oil 200 from Dover International Speedway. The race will be airing on Fox Sports One. The defending race winner is Kyle Busch.
Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees announced
Bill Elliot, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly, Rex White, and Fred Lorenzen are the inductees of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame. I totally support this class. I’m not sure if Wendell Scott taking his rightful place in the Hall of Fame is what makes me so content with this class or just the fact the candidates for Induction all so deserved and worthy. Either way I am totally happy about this and congratulate all the inductees.
Random Sports/Non Sports thought:
Thank goodness it's almost June and things go back to normal!
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