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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles7 hrs ago
Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The two team owners joined Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons as the five members who make up the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. Former Martinsville Speedway president H. Clay Earles was given the Landmark Award.
Parsons was the leading vote-getter among the five inductees. He appeared on 85 percent of ballots while Hendrick was a distant second at 62 percent. Martin was on 57 percent of ballots, Parks was on 53 percent of ballots and Childress was on 43 percent.
According to NBC, Robert Yates, Red Byron and Alan Kulwicki were the next three highest vote getters. It's good to see that Byron's votes still counted after his name was misspelled on the official ballot.
Here's a quick look at the five inductees, who were chosen from a list of 20 nominees. They'll be officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles10 hrs ago
As we count down to Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest memories from the historic race.
We start our series with five of the biggest disappointments of the 500 and reflect on some of the most teasing moments that drivers have endured during the previous 99 races.
• Ralph DePalma, 1912: The second Indianapolis 500 (then known as the International 500) is remembered for the most dominating performance that didn't result in a win.
DePalma started fourth in his Mercedes and took the lead on lap 3 from Teddy Tetzlaff, who led the first two laps after starting third.
No one could challenge DePalma for the lead. He wasn't passed at all over the next 196 laps and as the race wound down, it looked certain that DePalma was going to win.
He didn't. Joe Dawson passed him on lap 198 after DePalma suffered a piston issue. Not only did DePalma fail to win the race, he failed to finish.
• Parnelli Jones, 1967: Jones was great on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Jay Busbee at From The Marbles10 hrs ago
The Indy 500 draws ever closer, and while it's always a cause for week-long celebration in Indiana, does the rest of the country care? Is it a major stop on the sports calendar, or is it one of many sporting events doomed to a slow slide into irrelevancy?
On the latest episode of Grandstanding, Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee break down the pros and cons of Indy-as-big-time-event. Agree? Disagree? Have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #grandstanding.
This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk kick around every topic in sports. Check outthe Grandstanding podcast, where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter (@kevinkaduk and@jaybusbee) Facebook (Kaduk here, Busbee here) or via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles16 hrs ago
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Residents in the Indianapolis television market will be able to watch Sunday's 100th Indianapolis 500 live.
The local blackout on the race was lifted Wednesday morning as Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials said the event had been sold out. Much like previous NFL blackout rules, the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been shown live if there were seats available for purchase. Since there aren't any seats left, a 56-year streak has been broken.
It's the first time since 1950 that the blackout hasn't happened. The race is traditionally shown on tape delay in Indianapolis later Sunday afternoon. From the Indianapolis Star:
It’s believed IMS targeted the sale of 75,000 general admission tickets to bring Sunday’s total attendance to about 350,000, a significant increase over recent years in part due to temporary suites being installed in the Turn 1 infield and on the backstretch. Grandstand seats previously removed have been reinstalled to meet demand.
Until Sunday, 1949 and 1950 had been the only two years without a local blackout.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Welcome to the 1/3rd mark of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Since there wasso much apparent confusion after Saturday night's All-Star Race, we didn't want to add to the chaos by letting our Power Rankings be affected by a non-points race. So since we're 12 races in to the season, we figured that this would be a good time to look back at them all.
We rated the finishes to Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series races earlier in the season but this set of rankings is taking the entirety of the races into account. That's why it may look a bit different from what you saw earlier this year. Let's get to it.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 days ago
Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team will need a new primary sponsor or two in 2017. Dollar General announced Monday that it would be ending its sponsorship deal with the team following the conclusion of the 2016 season.
"Dollar General has had tremendous success with NASCAR and our sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing," the company's statement read. "We have enjoyed a great partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and we are excited to see what the No. 20 Dollar General car driven by Matt Kenseth will accomplish during the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Our strategy to reallocate our future marketing assets into new programs is strictly a business decision to align our priorities to better serve our customer in this rapidly changing retail environment"
The company named Todd Vasos as its new CEO in May of 2015. Vasos succeeded Rick Dreiling, the CEO of the company when it became a primary sponsor with JGR before the 2013 season when Kenseth joine the team.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 days ago
Not only is Jimmie Johnson a better stock car driver than any of us mere mortals will ever hope to be, he could probably kick most of our butts in a bike race too.
Need proof? The day after last Sunday's race at Dover, Johnson (along with fellow Sprint Cup Series drivers Landon Cassill and Josh Wise) took part in the Assault on Mount Mitchell bike ride. The 103-mile jaunt with a 10,000 foot climb starts in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ends at the summit at Mt. Mitchell State Park.
While Johnson said last week that he'd be in "survival mode" for the ride, he finished it in just over 6:11 and rode with former pro cyclist and Tour de France stage winner George Hincapie.
What Johnson calls survival mode on a bike would make a lot of us humans extinct.
Johnson swam as a child and caught the fitness bug as an adult while he was in the midst of his run of five-straight Sprint Cup Series championships.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 days ago
A year after he almost died while practicing for the Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe will lead the field to green in the 100th running of the famed race.
Hinchcliffe swiped the pole from Josef Newgarden in the final qualifying run of the day on Sunday with a four-lap average speed of 230.760 MPH. Hinchcliffe had earned the opportunity to run after everyone else by posting the fastest speed in Saturday's preliminary qualifying session.
And not only is it Hinchcliffe's first career pole for the Indianapolis 500, it's the first time he's ever qualified first in the IndyCar Series.
"I came into this month hoping we'd have a new story to talk about after what happened last year and I think we did it," Hinchcliffe said after climbing from his car. "I can't believe it. I'm honestly at a loss for words. Which is rare for me.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 days ago
By now, you likely know that confusion reigned supreme during Saturday night's All-Star Race won by Joey Logano.
The race featured yet another new format – inspired by Brad Keselowski – and was designed to feature a thrilling finish after a lack of drama in recent All-Star Races. Like many previous formats, the race featured a mandatory green flag pit stops during the first two segments.
That's where the race got confusing. Matt Kenseth's team had their driver stay out on track until the last possible moment before pitting in the first segment. The plan backfired when a caution came out with four laps to go, preventing Kenseth from pitting under green. If you're unfamiliar with the chaos that ignited from there,read our post-race post.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles4 days ago
Joey Logano is an All-Star Race winner, but his victory may not be the thing NASCAR fans remember most about Saturday night's exhibition race.
Instead, the memories could be of the various comments from drivers about the way NASCAR officiated the race, which had a new format designed to produce a great finish.
And the format came through, although it didn't go as planned. Logano ran down Kyle Larson over the race's final 10 laps and made the pass with two laps to go as the two drivers went into turns 1 and 2. Logano was on the low side of Larson and as the driver of the No. 42 kept Logano pinched down on the bottom, his car slid up the track and slammed the wall.
The impact paved the way for Logano to take the checkered flag ahead of teammate Brad Keselowski, the driver who helped inspire the format for the race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, and perhaps had the best summation of the night's craziness after he climbed out of his car.