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Brickyard 400 - Beyond the Winner

BY400 Final Restart (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

Following Jeff Gordon to the finish line were the Toyota trio of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth.  Busch said, "I don't think anybody had anything for the 24.  It seemed like anybody he got behind he was able to pass those guys.  I was just trying to save my stuff so the guys behind me didn't catch me.  It was a great day for Joe Gibbs Racing here finishing two, three, four.  I'm real proud of that and having the Snickers Camry come home second means a lot to our guys and I'm looking forward to the next few weeks."

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 8:32 PM, 07.27.2014

Jeff Gordon Day

Jeff Gordon takes checkered flag at 2014 Brickyard 400.  (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

Today was Jeff Gordon day.  With today's victory in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to earn five NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This morning car owner Rick Hendrick told his driver he would win today.  On Friday, Mayor Greg Ballard proclaimed today would be Jeff Gordon Day for his on and off track accomplishments.  With the race win on the line, Gordon made the right move at the right time.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 8:21 PM, 07.27.2014

Ricciardo and Red Bull Win in Hungary

Daniel Ricciardo gave Red Bull a solid win today at a rainy Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Winning this today, it honestly feels as good as the first," said Ricciardo, earning his second win of the season. "It was awesome. To have to pass guys again to win the race, as I did in Canada, makes it a lot more satisfying."

Ricciardo made late-race passes of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonzo to earn the win.

Teammate Sebastian Vettle finished seventh after a strong, second-place qualifying position.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 6:20 PM, 07.27.2014

Ty Dillon Earns First Career Nationwide Win

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SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - July 26, 2014 - Ty Dillon earned his first career victory at the Lily Diabetes 250 today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  After taking his #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet inside Kyle Busch's #54 Monster Energy Toyota on turn 1 on the lap 77 restart, Dillon held off a hard-charging Kyle Busch over the last laps to secure victory.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 8:07 PM, 07.26.2014

Barbosa and Fittipaldi Take Victory at Indianapolis

The Winner (Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

In near-perfect weather, Joao Barbosa and former Indy car driver Christian Fittipaldi drove a near-perfect race to win the TUDOR United SportCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The two Portugese-speaking drivers (one from Portugal, one from Brazil) launched forward in the #5 Corvette Daytona Prototype, passing the pole-sitting HPD ARX-03b of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel at the seventh corner of Lap 1, and didn’t look back.

“It was definitely and awesome race for us,” said Fittipaldi, who was rookie of the year here in Indianapolis for the 1995 Indy 500. “All the stars aligned. Hat’s off to the team.”

“I kept asking ‘Are we going to need fuel?’, and the team just said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing.’” Barbosa said of the closing laps.

The win puts the #5 team first in the Prototype championship.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:20 PM, 07.25.2014

Brickyard 400 Cup Friday Practice Speeds

Results from the first practice session for the 21st Annual Crown Royal presents The John Wayne Walding 400
at the Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records (whew!), aka the "Brickyard 400", at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Toyotas of Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer have sent the pace, the only two cars currently in excess of the 186 mph mark.

Brad Keselowski was third-quick in the #2 Ford, and four-time Brickyard champ Jimmie Johnson was fourth in the #48 Chevy.

Series points leader, and four-time Brickyard champ Jeff Gordon was 14th overall.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 2:25 PM, 07.25.2014

TUDOR USCC Brickyard Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Welcome to the third running of the NASCAR Super Weekend at the famed 2.5-mile oval of the 105-year old Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The stock cars of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series practice and compete Friday through Sunday, but first, the sports cars.

Under perfect, sunny weather, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the first time the unified sports car championship has ever competed at the Brickyard.

The Grand-American series had competed here the last two years with the NASCAR Super Weekend (sports cars, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup), but this is the first time many of the former American Le Mans Series teams have been on the IMS 2.439-mile infield road course.

In the day's first practice session, the #1 HPD ARX-03b prototype of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel was quickest at 1:18.349 sec. (112.068 mph).

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 6:04 PM, 07.24.2014

ISW Clauson Takes 2nd Sprint Week Title

Clauson and his second ISW Trophy, and dog. photo Speedblur101

HAUBSTADT, IN JULY 19, 2014 -RIS- It was a night of seconds as Bryan Clauson won his second Indiana Sprint Week in a title while Robert Ballou won his second sprint week feature of 2014.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:00 AM, 07.20.2014

Elliott Takes Chicago and the Point Lead

JOLIET, IL – RIS – Chase Elliott pitted short to gain the advantage he needed to hold off Trevor Bayne and win the 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. Elliott led 85 laps en route to the victory, his third of the season.  He also regained the series point leadership by seven points with his win.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:50 PM, 07.19.2014

ISW Rain Rules "The Burg"

Trucks try and save the track @ Lawrenceburg as the rain falls. PHOTO- Speedblur101

LAWRENCEBURG IN JULY 13, 2014 -RIS- The weather was the story at Lawrenceburg and It was a case of it being too good to give up and too bad to race. Showers had visited Lawrenceburg in the afternoon but didn't prevent the start of round three of Indiana Sprint Week.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 1:16 AM, 07.14.2014

Keselowski Wins Second Straight Cup Race While Ford Wins Fourth in a Row

LOUDON, NH – RIS – For the second day in a row, Brad Keselowski dominated a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won going away.  Yesterday, it was the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and today it was the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the Camping World 301.  He was more dominant in the Nationwide race, leading 152 of 200 laps, but leading 138 of 305 wasn’t shabby.  It also was the fourth straight win for Ford and the second straight for Keselowski.  Ford has not won four races in a row since the 2001 season. The win is also the eighth of the season for Ford, the most for the manufacturer since winning 11 times in 2008.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 11:01 PM, 07.13.2014

Darland Takes Kokomo In IWS Race 2

Darland gets the winner's due at Kokomo. Photo Speedblur101

KOKOMO IN, JULY 12, 2014 -RIS- Kokomo Speedway is Dave Darland's 'home' track and it sure looked that way as Darland set a new track record in qualifying of 12.405 seconds and went on to win the 30 lap feature by holding off Justin Grant in a thrilling finish.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 3:21 AM, 07.13.2014

Keselowski Wins Louden Nationwide Race in Dominating Fashion

Credit - Jim Cole - AP

LOUDON, NH – RIS – Brad Keselowski, driving a Team Penske Mustang, dominated the Sta-Green 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by leading 152 of 200 laps.  It was Keselowski’s second Nationwide win of the year, and the 29th of his career,

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 12:40 AM, 07.13.2014

Jon Stanbrough Takes Sprint Week Opener

racingGAS CITY, IN JULY 11, 2014 -RIS- Jon Stanbrough was in the winners circle for the second year in a row as he captured the Sprint week opening race at Gas City I-69 Speedway. Starting on the pole, Stanbrough lead every lap on an unusually slick track which made passing nearly impossible. Running on the bottom the whole race Stanbrough had Justin Grant near him for all of the 30 lap feature.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 1:38 AM, 07.12.2014

NCATS-Ranger wins from the pole.

NCATS-ICAR 2014-Andrew Ranger (27) and Alex Guénette (39) battling for first place

MIRABEL, QUÉBEC, CANADA – RIS – Starting from the pole, Andrew Ranger wins the Jiffy Lube 100 Presented by La Petite Brettone At Circuit ICAR.  Alex Guénette finished second and the only other driver to lead during the race.  Louis-Philippe Dumoulin completes the podium for the third race of the season in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 2:34 AM, 07.07.2014

Aric Almirola Wins Rain Shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona for First Series Win

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – With a little help from Mother Nature, Aric Almirola took the No. 43 Ford Fusion of Richard Petty Motorsports back to victory lane for the first time since 1999.  Rain that just wouldn’t go away ended the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race after 112 of the scheduled 160 laps.  It was a well deserved win for Almirola who has come so close over the last two seasons.

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Volume 2014, Issue 7, Posted 5:00 PM, 07.06.2014