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<TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=550 align=center><TBODY><TR><TD colSpan=4></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top colSpan=4><TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=550><TBODY><TR><TD width=191></TD><TD vAlign=top width=359></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top width=391></TD><TD bgColor=#e5e5e5 width=12></TD><TD bgColor=#e5e5e5 vAlign=top width=146></TD><TD bgColor=#999999 width=1></TD></TR><TR><TD vAlign=top width=391><TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=381><TBODY><TR><TD>Track Talk for the weekend of May 27-29
</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>THE BIG STORY</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">On the most important day of the racing year, the two biggest events were determined in the last few yards. In the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500, rookie JR Hildebrand crashed in turn four on the last lap, allowing Dan Wheldon to maneuver through the debris for his second victory in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing for the small team owned by former driver Bryan Herta. Wheldon's team earned $2,567,255 from the total purse of just over $13.5 million. Hildebrand got just over $1 million and Rookie of the Year honors. At Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas coming to the checkered flag, and Kevin Harvick zoomed by for the win.
Also: Kyle Busch apologized to his team and fans following a passenger car speeding violation in North Carolina . . . A crew member on Jeff Burton's No. 31 Cup car, Gary Frost, was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating the organization's substance abuse policy . . . In the Truck series, NASCAR fined No. 33 crew chief Jeff Hensley $10,000 for an unapproved rear end gear ratio at Charlotte. DeLana Harvick and Hornaday lost 25 owner and driver points, respectively. The No. 3 truck crew chief Gary Stockman was fined $1,000 for a non-metal shift lever on driver Austin Dillon's Chevrolet . . . Josef Newgarden won the Indy Lights race at Indianapolis . . . Ryan Briscoe's crew (7.882 seconds) beat Dario Franchitti's crew (8.481) in Friday's annual Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge . . . In the World of Outlaws, Paul McMahan won at the Charlotte dirt track.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>NASCAR Sprint Cup Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Brad Keselowski won the pole at Charlotte Thursday with a 192.089 mph lap. Sunday, he led the opening seven laps until Carl Edwards went by. The first caution came for debris on lap 75. Jeff Burton's crew put on only two new tires so he was the restart leader. On lap 99, Bobby Labonte spun. David Ragan went with the two-tire approach that time and led. Matt Kenseth got first on lap 108 and stayed there through a green-flag pit stop sequence. Another debris yellow followed and Marcos Ambrose was the leader for the restart. Jamie McMurray passed but then his engine blew, putting Kenseth back ahead. Mike Bliss stalled on lap 233, and after those yellow-flag stops, Ambrose led. Kyle Busch passed him. Busch led after a debris yellow and then Regan Smith had contact with Landon Cassill. Mark Martin, David Gilliland and Ryan Newman tangled on lap 312. On lap 319, Kyle Busch spun on the front straight grass, and did another one about 20 laps later. Kasey Kahne led. Jeff Gordon was in first for the restart but was quickly passed by Greg Biffle. A caution on lap 397 of the scheduled 400 - when Jimmie Johnson's engine blew -- forced a green-white-checker finish and Biffle had to pit for gas. Kahne, low on fuel, didn't accelerate smoothly on the restart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. went around. Keselowski, Jeff Burton and others had contact but there was no caution. Earnhardt ran out of fuel going through the last two corners. Harvick passed for his third win of the season. Ragan was second by .703 second, followed by Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger. Earnhardt wound up seventh, Biffle 13th, and Kahne 22d. Harvick averaged 132.414 mph with 14 yellows for 64 of the 402 laps. There were 38 lead changes among 19 drivers. Edwards (16th) leads Harvick by 36 points.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>NASCAR Nationwide Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Trevor Bayne is scheduled to return to action at Kansas, but Matt Kenseth subbed for him in Saturday's Top Gear 300, and won at Charlotte. It was Kenseth's first series start of the season. He was among those who pitted for fuel during a late-stage yellow and that worked to his advantage. Kenseth caught Roush Fenway Ford Mustang teammate Carl Edwards with five laps to go and passed him on lap 198 of 200. Edwards ran out of gas coming to the finish line, .763 second behind Kenseth. Early leader Kyle Busch was third. Kimi Raikkonen, in his series debut, started 22d but finished 27th after a pit speeding penalty and damage to his front splitter. Kenseth averaged 136.640 mph with five yellows for 25 laps. Elliott Sadler (10th) leads Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (fourth) by one points.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Izod IndyCar Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">The much-discussed return to the traditional neatly-formed three-rows-of-11 start didn't happen Sunday as No. 2 qualifier Scott Dixon passed poleman Alex Tagliani and the stretched-out field going into turn one. Tagliani took the lead on lap eight. Paul Tracy brushed the wall on lap 19. Takuma Sato crashed on lap 21. Coming out of the pits on that yellow, Will Power's left-rear tire came off. Tagliani led but was passed by Dixon. On lap 59, E.J. Viso crashed. Dixon again led Tagliani and a long stretch with either Dixon or teammate Dario Franchitti in the lead continued, interrupted basically only by pit stops. They combined to lead 124 of the 200 laps. Jay Howard lost control exiting the pits on lap 62 with a loose wheel. Three-time winner Helio Castroneves never led after stopping early for a vibration and later with a damaged tire. He finished 17th. Tagliani contacted the wall on lap 147 and was eliminated. On lap 158, Ryan Briscoe and Townsend Bell collided. A key round of pit stops came on lap 165 with Franchitti, JR Hildebrand and others hoping that fuel resupply would get them to the checkered flag. Dixon pitted later but didn't get a full tank of fuel and ran dry on the last lap. Danica Patrick led laps 179-188 until forced to pit for fuel. Bertrand Baguette assumed the lead but had to pit with three laps remaining. That put Hildebrand ahead with Franchitti second. Defending winner Franchitti had to stop for a splash of fuel on the last lap. Going through turn four on the last lap, Hildebrand went high to lap rookie Charlie Kimball. He got onto rubber marbles and hit the wall and continued to slide down the track. Dan Wheldon, replaced by Hildebrand at Panther Racing, got the lead and won under yellow. Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan and Dixon completed the top five as Franchitti dropped to 12th. Patrick was 10th. Wheldon averaged 170.265 mph with seven yellows for 40 laps. There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers. Power (14th) leads Franchitti by 16 points.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Rolex Sports Car Series</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor won Monday's Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. Their Chevrolet-Dallara finished 26 seconds ahead of the Ford-Riley driven by Oswaldo Negri and John Pew. Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest were third in a Ford-Riley. In winning for the first time in one year, Angelelli and Taylor led 153 of the 183 laps and averaged 99.538 mph. Memo Rojas' overly-aggressive passing move resulted in front end damage and he lost eight laps as repairs were made. Rojas and Scott Pruett finished seventh and are 21 points clear of Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller and JC France (sixth). In GT, the Chevy Camaro of Jan Magnussen and Robin Liddell won.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Formula One</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Sebastian Vettel won for the fifth time in six races this season in Sunday's Grand Prix of Monaco. He started on the pole in his Red Bull-Renault and finished 1.1 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. Vettel was trying to run on the same set of tires late into the event when the red flag came out on lap 72 of 78 when Vitaly Petrov crashed. Vettel's crew was able to change tires during the red. Jenson Button was third in a McLaren-Mercedes. Vettel tops Lewis Hamilton (sixth) by 58 points. Sergio Perez didn't race due to a concussion and thigh injury when he crashed during qualifying.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Racer of the Week</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Bryan Herta. Former driver turned car owner wins centennial Indy 500 with Dan Wheldon.



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Yes, He REALLY Said That</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">JR Hildebrand, on his last turn crash while leading the Indy 500. "I certainly wasn't planning my victory speech."



</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>Valvoline Winner Last Week</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Matt Kenseth, NASCAR Nationwide series, Charlotte.
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</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 3px; PADDING-LEFT: 3px; PADDING-RIGHT: 3px; PADDING-TOP: 3px" bgColor=#cccccc>This Weekend</TD></TR><TR><TD style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">NASCAR features Trucks and Cup in Kansas. Nationwide cars go to Chicagoland. NHRA roars into Englishtown. Grand-Am runs Watkins Glen.


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