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16th Annual Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway is won by Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick celebrates inside Dover International Speedway's Victory Lane. His win at the 16th Annual Lucas Oil 200 is his first win at Dover in just his second appearence there.

Dean Patton Photo

Dover - RIS - Tyler Reddick, driving the #19 BBR Music Group Ford, wins the 16th Annual Lucas Oil 200. His first win on only his second start at Dover International Speedway turns out to be a great day. With Car Owner Brad Keselowski watching it was one great win for the team. This being his first full year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series he has faired well. His first win coming at Daytona earlier this season and with this win he is now trailing series leader Matt Crofton by a mear 11 points in the chase. With just a third of the season on the books it may be a banner year for Reddick and his team.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 9:02 PM, 05.29.2015

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Denny Hamlin Wins Coors Light Pole at Dover International Speedway

Hamlin takes the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota to the pole for the Sunday's running of the 46th Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism at Dover International Speedway.

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Dover - RIS - Denny Hamlin takes the Coors Light Pole for the 46th Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism at Dover International Speedway. His speed of 160.121 mph and a time of 22.483 seconds kept the Martin Truex, Jr team off the pole and his 159.723 and time of 22.539.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 5:49 PM, 05.29.2015

Olsbergs MSE Returns to Repeat Championship

Rallycross practice

As a welcome addition to their test sessions at zMAX Dragway's Pro pit area, Olsbergs MSE played host to a few media types to give a taste of the coming Global Rallycross season. After signing the paperwork and inspecting the cars, we walked over to the elevated platform behind the bleachers to don our fire suits and helmets for the ride.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 10:49 PM, 05.28.2015

Edwards Wins Coca-Cola 600 With Mileage Gamble

The winning car in Victory Circle

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 24, 2015) Carl Edwards used a gutsy call by crew chief Darian Grubb to trust fuel mileage on his way to winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The win came in the manufacturer's 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup start and in the 300th win for Toyota in national touring series races.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 2:47 AM, 05.25.2015

Montoya Wins Breathtaking Indianapolis 500

Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, with owner Roger Penske taking victory lap in the Pace Car. ©RIS/Larry Clarino

INDIANAPOLIS – RIS – Juan Montoya made a historic run from 30th position to first to win his second Indianapolis 500. Montoya won the 99th running of the big race at the end of a breathtaking 12-lap duel with his Team Penske teammate Will Power. The drivers swapped the lead back and forth, inches apart, in a thrilling display of car control at over 225 miles per hour. Power was unable to overcome Montoya’s final pass for the lead on lap 197. Charlie Kimball, Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal rounded out the top five.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 4:42 PM, 05.24.2015

Welcome to the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

Sunrise at IMS, it's RACE DAY! ©RIS/Larry Clarino

INDIANAPOLIS – RIS – Good Morning and welcome to the most historic race track in the world and the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The sun is beginning to burn away early morning cloud cover. No rain is forecast for the race.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 7:05 AM, 05.24.2015

Austin Dillon Aces in Hisense 300

Pre-race face for the winner

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 23, 2015 – RIS) Austin Dillon set fastest lap in qualifying, led 163 of the 200 laps and won the Hisense 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race by 2.692 seconds over Denny Hamlin, winner of last week's Sprint All-Star million dollar race. He made a late pass to take the lead for the final time by going around Hamlin three-wide in traffic. Joining Dillon and Hamlin in the top five finishers were Kasey Kahne, Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Jr. Three caution flags slowed the field for 22 laps. Rounding out the Top 10 was Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Casey Elliott, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Blaney. Smith, Austin's younger brother Ty, Wallace and Suarez all qualified for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash for Cash at Dover Speedway.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 10:38 PM, 05.23.2015

Schatz Adds to Year's Total With Charlotte Win

Schatz with steering wheel sponsor Max Papis in Victory Lane

CONCORD, N.C. (May 22, 2014) –Track Release -  The 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder moved over to The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday as World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points leader Donny Schatz captured his 10th win of the season and eighth victory at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval in the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 1:47 AM, 05.23.2015

TAG/Heuer Pit Stop Challenge Results

Results from today's TAG/Heuer Pit Stop Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Twelve Verizon IndyCar Series teams battle for the title of fastest pit crew.

This year's participants include Alex Tagliani, Jack Hawksworth Charlie Kimball, Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, Helio Castroneves, James Jakes, Townsend Bell, Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, and Will Power.

Roger Penske's Team Penske looks to add to their record fourteen championship wins.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.22.2015


Jack Harvey wins 2015 Freedom 100. ©RIS/Don Andersen

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 22, 2015 - Pole sitter Ethan Ringel led a tiny 11 car field to the starting line of the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis.

As the field came to the green Schmidt Motorsports racing driver, Jack Harvey made a bold move into turn one grabbing the lead from teammate Ethan Ringel. For the next several laps the two swapped one and two, while RC Enerson and Scott Anderson both other Schmidt Motorsports cars took up the hunt in third and fourth place. Clearly the Schmidt guys really have a setup for this huge Speedway.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 1:37 PM, 05.22.2015

2015 Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid

Here is the starting line-up for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Starting Grid has been revised to adjust, post-qualifying, for the following replacements:

  1. injured James Hinchcliffe (Ryan Briscoe steps into the car),
  2. medically excluded Carlos Huertas (for an inner ear condition, Tristan Vautier subbing for Huertas)
  3. James Davison's return (Vautier qualified the car in Davison's absence)


The Indianapolis 500 rolls off at Noon Eastern, airing on ABC.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 11:37 AM, 05.22.2015

Carb Day Greeting - Finally, good weather...

Welcome to the 2015 edition of Carburetion Day, the final day of Indy car practice prior to the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

And the weather is cooperating. Should be a beautiful day.

Today, we'll see the vintage Indy cars - front-engined and rear - warm up the venerable 2.5-mile oval before all hell breaks loose.

The IndyCars & Stars (tm) will hit the track at 11:00 for an hour of open practice.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 9:09 AM, 05.22.2015

Kenseth Tops in 600 Qualifying

Matt Kenseth on pit road

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 21, 2015 – RIS) Matt Kenseth sped around Charlotte Motor Speedway's mile and a half 'quad-oval' track in 27.799 sec at 194.252 mph to take pole position for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar. Second to Kenseth's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is Joey Logano, aat 28.003 sec/192.836 mph. The rest of the top five include Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin, giving the Gibbs stable two of the top five spots Sunday. Top Chevy qualifier was Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Chevy, at 28.232/191.272.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 1:41 AM, 05.22.2015

A New Logo, A New Driver, A Lotus Race Car, A New Race Car Idea, and Boston

Leonard Wood (right) shows Indy winner Dario Franchitti how the quick release fuel filler on the Lotus works. (Photo: Tom Beeler/RIS)

In this chapter, we meet the new logo for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next year, we spend a few minutes with A.J. Foyt, we meet the driver selected to replace injured James Hinchcliffe in Sunday's running of the Indy 500, we join a three-time Indy 500 winner and a NASCAR legend in discussing one of the most significant race cars ever built, we hear what an IndyCar driver has to say about what direction the technology of the sport might go in 2018, and we learn that there might be new, much faster "cahs pahking in Havahd yahd."

Today's activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 7:48 PM, 05.21.2015

INDY 500 - Rookies and Near-Rookies

James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly (Photo: Larry Clarino/RIS)

Every new Indianapolis 500 brings new rookies to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Who are these young men this year, and what have they done to deserve being here.

Here are quick bios of the two freshmen and six sophomore Indy 500 starters for Sunday's race.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 5:02 PM, 05.21.2015

INDY 500 - Team Cars


Breakdown of multiple car teams for Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 3:35 PM, 05.21.2015

INDY 500 - IMS unveils logo for 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 20, 2015 - Next year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will celebrate its greatest milestone with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, which will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2016. In preparation for this historic event, IMS unveiled the logo that will provide a symbol for the year-long celebration.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 11:43 AM, 05.21.2015

INDY 500 - James Hinchcliffe Medical Update

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2015) - Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe has been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital as the Canadian continues to make substantial improvement following surgery on May 18 for injuries to his pelvic area and upper left thigh. Upon further evaluation this morning, it was determined that Hinchcliffe will require no further procedures and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 4:23 PM, 05.20.2015

NFL Star Thomas Davis Certified as NASCAR Pace Car Driver

Dale Earnhardt Jr and Thomas Davis swap souvenir helmets

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 19, 2015 – RIS) Carolina Panthers linebacker and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis received pace car certification Tuesday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The session prepared the NFL star for his duties as honorary pace car driver for the May 24 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After driving a track pace car at speeds that would receive a ticket on the highway, Davis then got into a two-seat Sprint Cup race car and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave him some laps in a No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 8:39 PM, 05.19.2015


James Hinchcliffe ©RIS/Don Andersen

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2015 - At about 1:20 during practice for the 500 Mile Race today, James Hinchcliffe’s number 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda/Dallara pushed hard into the turn three Safer barrier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The car snapped backwards and got airborne doing a barrel role to the right. The role hoop hit the track stopping the role and bouncing the car back on the pavement.

Over the passed week there have been three other incidents were a car became inverted.

It appeared something broke in the right front or left rear lifting the right front wheel off the pavement.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 2:05 PM, 05.18.2015

Scott Dixon Wins His Second Career Indy 500 Pole

Scott Dixon (Photo: Larry Clarino/RIS)

Former Indy 500 winner will start his 13th Indianapolis 500 from pole position. It is the second time Dixon has started from pole.

Interestingly, the one other time Dixon started from the pole - 2008 - he won.

Dixon's four-lap average was a respectable, low-boost, higher-downforce 226.760 mph.

Not surprisingly, one half of the Team Penske juggernaught will start beside Dixon.

Grand Prix of Indianapolis polesitter and race winner missed getting the third jewel of his Indy quadruple crown by one position. The Australian will start second with an average of 226.350 mph

Power's French teammate, sports car veteran Simon Pagenaud - new to Team Penske this season - will start on the outside of Row One at a speed of 226.145 mph.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 7:12 PM, 05.17.2015

Buescher Wins Xfinity Race at Iowa on G-W-C Finish


NEWTON, IA – RIS – It was supposed to be Chase Elliott’s day.  The 2014 Xfinity champ had led 114 laps of the 250-lap event in his Chevrolet Camaro and appeared to have things under control when Jamie Dick spun, bringing out the caution flag with two laps to go.  Of course, that meant a green-white-checker finish and another chance for Chris Buescher.  Buescher led 94 laps—only 20 less than Elliott—and the two had fought for the lead all day.  Buescher restarted for the G-W-C finish on the inside, a place that usually was at a disadvantage, but he had an ace in the hole.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 PM, 05.17.2015

Revised Indy 500 Qualifying Schedule


INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2015) -RIS- Here's the revision to the today's Indy 500 qualifying.

In short, each of the 34 entered cars will get one attempt to qualify for the 2015 Indianapolis 500-Mile race.

Cars in positions 31 to 33 (and the one bumped car) will get one more chance to requalify to establish the Last Row.

1:30-2:00 Group 1 open practice

2:00-2:30 Group 2 open practice

 (No Guaranteed Green Flag Time)

3:15 Indianapolis 500 qualifying begins

Following the final qualifying attempt, Positions 31-33 and non-qualified cars will requalify to establish final order.

NOTE: There will be no Fast Nine Shootout

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company (parent company of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) had this official statement:

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 12:15 PM, 05.17.2015

11:00 at Indy, No Qualifying, Lots of Questions

What started as a compressed day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 has turned into a monumental headache for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Shortly after 8:00 this morning, in a pre-qualifying practice session, seasoned Indy car driver Ed Carpenter's #20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet became the third Chevy in four days to spin, fly, and flip. Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Carpenter have all had unexplained accident causes that some insist are not aerodynamically created.

The issue of inadequate testing time hasn't really been raised until now.

Following Carpenter's accident this morning, INDYCAR officials have gathered with team owners and manufacturers to discuss what is clearly a safety issue for both competitors and fans.

A crowd has built in the garage area around the INDYCAR officials' transporter, awaiting word about that changes, if any, will be made to allow qualifying for next Sunday's running of the 99th Indianapolis 500 to take place today, as scheduled.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 11:29 AM, 05.17.2015

Carpenter Accident Holds Indy Qualifying Practice

Image 1 of the Ed Carpenter accident (Image courtesty IMS)

Ed Carpenter's shot at a unique place in the Indianapolis 500 record book is over.

Practice began this morning for today's qualifying to fill the 2015 Indianapolis 500 field.

During the Group 1 session, the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter had just completed a lap of 230.754 miles per hour when the rear end of his car snapped out, and he half-spun into the Turn 2 outer wall SAFER barrier.

As has happened two times earlier this week with Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden - both also running the Chevrolet aero kit - the rear end of Carpenter's car lifted, tossing the car back to the track, upside down.

An obviously angry and frustrated Carpenter was taken to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield medical center, where he was examined and released, cleared to drive.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.17.2015

Denny Hamlin Takes Sprint All-Star for JGR

Hamlin on track to a million dollar payoff

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 16, 2015 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took the 2015 edition of the Sprint All-Star tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning the Joe Gibbs Racing organization its first All-Star victory, plus Toyota's first All-Star trophy. Starting from the pole, Hamlin led the first 14 laps of the race before Kasey Kahne took over the lead, followed by Brad Keselowski.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 3:29 AM, 05.17.2015

Biffle and Bowyer Win Showdown Halves to Advance to All-Star

Greg Biffle "won" the first half of the Showdown to advance to the Sprint All-Star

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 15, 2015 – RIS) Greg Biffle dominated the first 20-lap segment of the Sprint Showdown to win a starting position in the Sprint All-Star on Saturday, joined by Clint Bowyer who won the entire 40-lap show.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 12:54 AM, 05.16.2015


Honda (top) front wing. Chevy (bottom) front wing. ©RIS/Larry Clarino

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 14, 2015 - The whole concept behind the use of multiple body kits was originally to encourage a new creativity and diversity in Indy cars. The thought process was to have several companies design all new approaches and have massive differences in the look of cars. Names thrown about that, perhaps would have an interest, were Apple, Microsoft, Boeing, and so on. Companies with high-tech capabilities and perhaps giving them a public venue for marketing awareness. It turned out, not surprisingly, there was zero interest from the non-automotive world in designing a body kit.

After several years that plan evolved into having the engine manufactures design build and sell body kits to the teams running their respective engines. INDYCAR then put a limit of $75,000 per kit in an effort to limit the cost exposure to the teams.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 2:14 PM, 05.14.2015

Munoz Sets the Day's Pace, Castroneves and Mann Run into Trouble

It was a spectacularly busy day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Over 2100 laps of practice and two spectacular accidents under perfect practice conditions.

Thirty-three car/driver combinations were on-track, with only Simona deSilvestro and 1996 Indy winner Buddy Lazier not participating. DeSilvestro’s #29 is still down for the count after yesterday’s fire, and Lazier is running a short program for Indy, and won’t get his engine and on-track until tomorrow, at the earliest.

Columbia’s Carlos Munoz, who stands poised to follow the strong, early-career performances of fellow Columbians Roberto Guerrero and Juan Montoya, has finished second and fourth in his two Indianapolis 500s, in his #26 Andretti Autosport ride.

Today, the 23-year old finally put Honda at the top of the Indianapolis 500 practice speed chart, breaking the 230 mph barrier, with a lap of 230.121 mph on his last of 88 laps today.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 8:22 PM, 05.13.2015

10 Days of NASCAR Thunder Start at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway's Coca-Cola 600 pre-race Salute to the Troops is just one of many reason the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder is a must-visit on every race fan's bucket list.

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder Bucket List Gives Fans More Reasons to Visit The Greatest Place to See the Race

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 4:49 PM, 05.11.2015

TRACKS: Racing the Sun: a book review:

TRACKS: Racing the Sun
A book review: TRACKS: Racing the Sun by Sandro Martini– Martini's book is a historical novel taking place in grand prix and sports car racing of the late 30s through the post-war years. The book could almost be subtitled: A Window on Racing's Golden Years.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 PM, 05.09.2015

Crafton Conserves Fuel to Win NASCAR Truck Race at Kansas

File Photo

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Matt Crafton, running  fourth in the closing laps of the NASCAR Toyota Tundra 250, saw each of the trucks in front of him run out of fuel.  Crafton conserved just enough fuel while the leaders kept running out in the final laps to win the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Kansas Speedway, extending his lead in the points race by becoming the first two-time winner at the track.

"I said when we took the checkered flag, 'We'd rather be lucky than good sometimes,'" Crafton said. "You have to be close enough to sneak one out once in a while. I've lost them in things like this, so every once in a while, you steal one, I don't feel too bad about it."


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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 12:23 AM, 05.09.2015

Rookie Jones on Pole for Kansas Truck Race

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Rookie Erik Jones outran Matt Crafton to win the pole for the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.  Brandon Jones, Ryan Newman, and Ben Kennedy rounded out the top five qualifiers.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 11:40 PM, 05.08.2015

Joey Logano Wins the Pole for Kansas Speedway's Cup Race

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano easily outran Kasey Kahne and teammate Brad Keselowski to win the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup SpongeBob SquarePants 400 race at Kansas Speedway. Logano was fast from the moment his team unloaded his car Friday. He turned the second-quickest lap, behind only point leader Kevin Harvick, during the early practice session. Logano was third on the speed chart in the afternoon session, behind rookie Erik Jones and Jeff Gordon.  In the end, he was fastest.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 11:25 PM, 05.08.2015

Denise McCluggage, 1927-2015

Denise McCluggage

Yesterday evening, as I checked my e-mail, I noticed a note from my friend Tim.

“You may have heard,” he succinctly wrote, “dear Denise passed today. Aren’t we blessed to have known her.”

It came as a thunderbolt. I hadn’t heard. Denise McCluggage had passed away. We didn’t see each other often the last few years, and while we lived thousands of miles apart, I felt I’d lost a family member.

And yet, as many people as Denise’s rich, full life had touched, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in feeling I’d lost a close friend. Denise knew everyone, and they were drawn to her energy, her knowledge, her beauty, her talent, and to her irrepressible charm.

Over the years, our paths crossed several times, most often at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and I hung out with her like a rock star groupie, devouring every story she shared, every memory, every joke. She illuminated a room with her grace.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 6:35 PM, 05.07.2015