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Ryan Hunter-Reay hangs on for Indianapolis 500 victory
NBC News ^ | 05-25-2014 | Tony DiZinno

Posted on 05/25/2014 12:31:36 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016

Ryan Hunter-Reay has captured the 98th Indianapolis 500 in a dramatic finish, holding off a final charge from Helio Castroneves after making a gutsy, outside pass into Turn 1 on the final lap for the lead.

Hunter-Reay held off Castroneves by just 0.0600 of a second, the second-closest finish in ’500 history (1992). The win is the first for Andretti Autosport since 2007 (Dario Franchitti) and the team’s third overall.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: indianapolis500; indy500; racing; ryanhunterreay

1 posted on 05/25/2014 12:31:36 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016

Kurt Busch peresented himself well with a 6th place finish.


2 posted on 05/25/2014 12:33:39 PM PDT by umgud
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To: umgud

Dang right! Busch impressed me. Like ‘em or hate ‘em, those Busch boys are some driving fools. Congratulations to Kurt.


3 posted on 05/25/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: umgud

Outstanding race and finish.


4 posted on 05/25/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT by theneanderthal
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To: umgud

Dear Leader Zer0 has declared that the loser should be declared the winner. And the prize money should go to the alcoholic homeless begger guy across from the track.


5 posted on 05/25/2014 12:42:08 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: umgud

I hate Kurt Busch...he’s better than Kyle but they are jerks.


6 posted on 05/25/2014 12:43:47 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: PaulCruz2016

“Helio Castroneves”

Congrats to the winner but I gotta say Helio is a great name for a race car driver.


7 posted on 05/25/2014 12:46:54 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: ExCTCitizen

I don’t like the Busch brothers either, but they cazn drive.


8 posted on 05/25/2014 12:48:52 PM PDT by umgud
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To: umgud
Bush did very well. Especially since this was his first ever race in an IRL car and maybe his first open wheel race. And that Andretti team, four of the first six! I AM impressed.
9 posted on 05/25/2014 12:54:49 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: jocon307

Ole Helio should have waited to pass RHR until last lap, turn 3. Then RHR would not have time to recover and re-pass before the finish line.

Common mistake made by most but the most cerebral drivers.

Sato made the same type mistake a couple years ago (I think) trying to pass in turn 1 of last lap on Dario and ended up wrecking. Patience is a virtue and damn near non-existent in race drivers.


10 posted on 05/25/2014 12:57:22 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Good finish, glad it didn’t end under a yellow flag. Would have been even better if I could have seen the last few laps without the actual race shrunken down so we could see reaction shots of the wives and girlfriends - absolutely ridiculous how the climax of the race is trivialized for the “how did you feel” moments with the wives. I suppose I should be grateful they bothered to show the race at all while they zeroed in on the all-important shots of Beccy Hunter-Reay clasping her hands and cheering.


11 posted on 05/25/2014 1:04:02 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

My thought exactly


12 posted on 05/25/2014 1:25:21 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: PaulCruz2016

It was amazing that the race went for 149 laps from the very start without a yellow. That has to be a record.


13 posted on 05/25/2014 1:26:07 PM PDT by Corpus_Delicious
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To: Corpus_Delicious

Unfortunately they made up for it in the last fifty-one laps.


14 posted on 05/25/2014 1:33:42 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: umgud; FlingWingFlyer

Bet he’d have done even better if he hadn’t wrecked the #1 car...Still awesome, IMHO


15 posted on 05/25/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Corpus_Delicious

Yes, previous was in the 60 lap area I believe they said.


16 posted on 05/25/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT by John W (Summer of Recovery VI: This Time We're Serious)
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To: umgud

They can and I hate the fact that Kyle drive for Toyota.What a shame that NASCAR let them in...


17 posted on 05/25/2014 2:24:36 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Great last three laps. incredible driving. Glad it wasn’t a NASCAR race, one of those guys would have been slammed into the wall by the others team mate who was ten laps down


18 posted on 05/25/2014 2:28:16 PM PDT by Figment
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To: umgud

I remember when the Indy 500 was one of the premier events in sports; ABC aired it on tape delay so it could be seen in prime time. Anyone with a bit of interest in the race avoided radio and TV news reports before the telecast, so they wouldn’t know who won before the evening broadcast.

Four decades later, the featured prime time race is a NASCAR event, the Coca-Cola 600. And many of the story lines from the Indy 500 focused on Kurt Busch, who is becoming the latest NASCAR drive to participate in both races on the same day.

The decline of Indy car racing—and the rise of NASCAR—is one of the great stories in American sports over the past 40 years. Plenty of experts never gave NASCAR a chance until they discovered that it had become a national sport, completely eclipsing the Indy series.


19 posted on 05/25/2014 2:46:34 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Corpus_Delicious

It is a record, at least for races since 1976 (when they began keeping track of caution periods during the race).


20 posted on 05/25/2014 2:59:49 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

JPM and Busch drove a smart race not having the fastest cars. What happened to Sato? He was fifth off the restart then just faded down to 14th the last I saw.


21 posted on 05/25/2014 3:15:29 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Agree. Both are jerks but man, can they drive


22 posted on 05/25/2014 4:32:21 PM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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http://www.indystar.com/story/life/2014/05/25/jim-nabors-says-goodbye-to-his-last-indianapolis-500/9567569/

Jim Nabors recalls his first Indianapolis 500, says goodbye

t was 1972 and Jim Nabors was best known as television’s goofy marine Gomer Pyle.

But, oh, how that would change for Indianapolis 500 fans, who came to know Nabors as the deep-voiced darling who sang for them the next 42 years.

Sunday, as Nabors prepared to sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” for the last time at the race, he recalled his first.

When he showed up in 1972 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he thought he was singing the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but was promptly told that wasn’t the case.

“Then what the hell am I singing,” he said Sunday, with that sweet high-pitched drawl.

When told, he quickly started scribbling the words to “Back Home Again In Indiana” on the inside of his hand.

I never dreamed I’d be doing this 42 years later,” he said.

As he talked, he threw out “Golly” and gave that sweet smirk. But he also admitted he was trying not to cry.


Whatever we think of Jim Nabors, this is a human interest story none the less, I didn’t see it posted here.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 9:09:23 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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