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Indianapolis Entry List Will Add Friday Drama

July 22nd, 2014 at 12:17 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

The entry list for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been released on Monday and the list includes two new teams, which will add drama for Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying session at the facility.

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There are 46 entries on the entry list for Sunday’s race. There are also two new teams on the list and they are RAB Racing’s #29 Toyota and the #37 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. The #29 Toyota is not exactly a new team as they have made one other attempt this season. The team missed the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with veteran driver Joe Nemechek. This weekend the team has hired, the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton. Crafton will be running his #88 Toyota at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday and then head to Indianapolis to attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. Crafton will need to qualify 36th or better on Friday to make his debut.

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Kevin Swindell and JGL Racing Team up; First Race This Weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 21st, 2014 at 9:27 PM
By Mark Eddinger

JGL Racing announced on Monday that the NASCAR Nationwide Series team has signed Kevin Swindell to drive for the team in select races throughout the remainder of the 2014 season and that Swindell's first race with the organization will be this Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Swindell will pilot the No. 93 Dodge with sponsorship from Curb Records and John Christner Trucking, Inc. He will be a teammate to JJ Yeley in the No. 28 Dodge.

The 25-year-old accomplished dirt track racer will be making his 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Indianapolis. Swindell has made 20 career starts in the series from 2010 to 2013 including 14 last season for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. His best finish came last season at Indianapolis when he finished eighth. His average finish is 22.6 in his 20 Nationwide Series races.

Last season Swindell made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September driving for Swan Racing and finished 38th after getting into an accident.

In 2012 Swindell put together a stretch of four great ARCA Racing Series finishes in a row when he won at Chicagoland Speedway and then followed up that with two third place finishes and a second place finish. He drove for Venturini Motorsports in those races.

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GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac Captures First-Ever 450 Win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships

July 21st, 2014 at 3:21 PM
By Wendy Black
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac is definitely on a roll. After missing the first four rounds of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships due to a broken collarbone, Tomac returned to the series with a vengeance. The rookie 450-class rider picked up three overall podium finishes in three rounds and then swept both motos to take the overall victory at Saturday’s Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn.
 
"(Saturday) was my first 450 overall, so it's cool," Tomac said about his premier-class victory. "Not many guys get to say they've won a 450 outdoor national, so it's cool to be there. And I did it in one-one fashion, so that was awesome."
 
With Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, who won the overall at the High Point National, Tomac is the only other non-Red Bull KTM rider to win an overall so far this season. That said, the remainder of the podium did go to Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey in second and Ken Roczen in third.
 

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Sebastien Bourdais Wins Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 and Mike Conway Takes Race 2

July 20th, 2014 at 8:10 PM
By Mark Eddinger

For the first time since 1981 the Verizon IndyCar Series ran a same-day doubleheader due to Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto being rained out on Saturday. Sebastien Bourdais conquered Race 1 Sunday morning by leading 58 of 65 laps to win his first race since 2007 to end a 52 race winless streak. In Race 2 the rain returned and it was Mike Conway who played the track conditions to perfection to pick up the win.

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The win for Bourdais, driving for KVSH Racing, was the 32nd of his career which moved him into eighth place on the all-time wins list. His other 31 wins all came between 2003 and 2007. He was the CART champion from 2004 to 2007.

"I really could not be any happier and thanks to the fans, thanks for the support all these years, it's been six years man just like yesterday for the pole and it's damn sweet," Bourdais said after exiting his car.

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Nico Rosberg Wins German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring to Extend Points Lead

July 20th, 2014 at 4:12 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Nico Rosberg never relinquished the lead on Sunday in his home German Grand Prix and drove his Mercedes to victory for the fourth time in the 10 races so far this season. It was a dominant display from Rosberg, who was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, at Hockenheimring as his main competition from his teammate Lewis Hamilton could only charge from 20th on the grid to finish in third.

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Valtteri Bottas was able to grab his third podium finish in a row for Williams Martini Racing as he held off Hamilton in the closing laps to finish in second place.

For Rosberg it is his seventh career Formula One victory and he also extended his World Championship points lead to 14 points over Hamilton.

The start of the race was dramatic with a Turn 1 crash when the two cars that started in row two collided. Kevin Magnussen had position on the inside entering Turn 1 in his McLaren but the Williams of Felipe Massa cut from the outside line and the two made contact which sent Massa upside down before he ended back on all four tires. The safety car was displayed right away but Massa was okay and walked away unharmed.

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