The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Auto Racing

August 14, 2013

Ken de la Bastide: IndyCar silly season heating up


Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch have been mentioned 16.6 percent of the time, with Johnson having his name dropped 3,451 times and Kyle’s moniker uttered 3,022 times.

The rest of the top 10 consists of Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards.

Tony Stewart was ranked 12th and Danica Patrick 19th.

Makes one wonder where Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick, second and third in the points race, ranked on the list.

In other racing news

The Red Bull Indianapolis Moto GP is set for this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is something special about watching the riders sweep into the corners with their knees inches from the pavement.

Austin Dillon has been named as the replacement driver for recovering Tony Stewart in the Sprint Cup race at Michigan. Expect Dillon to continue to substitute for Stewart until “Smoke” returns to action.

Stewart is missing the Michigan race,. and I suspect several others, while he recovers from a broken leg.

Dillon, a regular in the Nationwide Series for his grandfather Richard Childress, is expected to be competing for rookie of the year honors in 2014 in the Sprint Cup Series.

Brian Vickers has been named as the full-time driver of the No. 55 Toyota of Michael Waltrip Racing for 2014. Vickers has been sharing the ride with Mark Martin. With Vickers in full-time, it appears that the 54-year-old Martin will be searching for a ride next year.

This weekend the Must See Racing Extreme Winged Sprints will be in action Saturday at Anderson Speedway and Sunday at Winchester Speedway. The winged sprints will be joined by the Champion Racing Association Street Stocks at Anderson and the CRA Late Model Sportsman at Winchester.

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