The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

April 30, 2013

Ken de la Bastide: Bumping likely at Indy 500

There will be a lot of discussion during the coming weeks about how many cars will be entered in the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

Currently there are 31 confirmed entries, two drivers shy of the full field of 33. It’s conceivable that between 36 and 40 teams will attempt qualifying runs on May 18 and 19.

Several factors will play into the number of cars in the Indy 500. First, of course, is money and how much funding a driver can bring to the table. The second is the number of engines and chassis that are available.

Expected to land a ride in May are Jay Howard, Townsend Bell, Buddy Lazier, Jaques Lazier and Noblesville resident Bryan Clauson. Three regular competitors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Alex Lloyd, Buddy Rice and Tomas Scheckter — will likely have the necessary funding to secure a ride.

The actual number of cars attempting qualifying runs probably won’t be known until “bump day” on May 19. But before the qualifying begins on that Sunday, there will be a great deal of speculation concerning who will have a ride and who will be out of a car for the race.



In other racing news

 Tony “Smoke” Stewart has been in the news a lot lately, and it hasn’t been for his performance on the racetrack.

Stewart had a run-in with Joey Logano earlier this year over an allegation of blocking on a restart — something that all Sprint Cup drivers partake in when a win is on the line.

This past weekend Stewart bumped Kurt Busch several times on pit road following the race at Richmond International Raceway. During the two-lap dash to the finish, Stewart was in a position to record his second top-10 finish of the year when he spun. Stewart finished 18th.

Busch said he didn’t understand why Stewart was upset.

I’m wondering if “Smoke” is starting to feel a little frustrated with the lack of on-track performance by his Stewart-Haas team this year.

He is mired in 22nd place in the point standings. There hasn’t been a top-five finish and he has only one top-10.

Teammate Ryan Newman is 16th in the point standings, has scored one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Danica Patrick, driving the third car in the stable, is 26th in points and has one top-10 finish to date.

All three cars are powered by engines from Hendrick Motorsports, so the problem for the Stewart team is probably set-up and not horsepower.

With the Sprint Cup drivers visiting Talladega Speedway for the first time Sunday, Stewart could have a strong finish because of his prowess at bump drafting.

 The ARCA/CRA Super Late Models will be at Anderson Speedway on Saturday for the “Sell it Again, Sam” 125-lap race. Included in the field are local favorites Rick Turner, Kenny Tweedy, Joe Beaver and Eddie VanMeter.

Visiting drivers include Steve Dorer, the 2011 Redbud 300 winner; T.J. Reaid and Kyle Benjamin.

The Outlaw Figure 8 cars will be at the speedway Friday with IOFS Front Wheel Drive figure-8s and the UMRA Midgets.

Racing on both nights starts at 8 p.m.

Ken de la Bastide’s weekly column on motor racing appears each Wednesday.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Werner - 319 Werner's progress evident at Colts Camp

    Bjoern Werner's rookie training camp was rather quiet. The German-born outside linebacker went through individual drills and worked hard in full-team sessions, but he was overwhelmed by all the new information he was processing. And it was holding him back. When the season started, Werner was further set back by a foot injury that cost him three games, and he finished the year with just 2.5 sacks. Then the former Florida State star went to work.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • HB0724 _ Teverbaugh mug Rick Teverbaugh: Some folks can't be replaced There were a lot of possible topics as I decided what would lead the list of things that would move me enough to compose today's column.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Corner - HB Colts Notes: Thomas, Hilton hurt in Wednesday's practice After a physical practice Wednesday afternoon at Anderson University, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping they have not lost another starter. Left guard Donald Thomas hit the ground following an 11-on-11 running drill and was visibly upset when he finally was helped to his feet. He threw his mouthguard away in anger and attempted to walk off the injury with trainers away from the rest of his teammates.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0731 - Colts Camp - Fleener - 206 Colts focusing on situational improvement One year ago, the focus in Indianapolis Colts training camp was on turnovers. The team had committed far too many in 2012 and was determined not to repeat its mistakes. The theme at Anderson University carried over to the field, and the Colts' 14 turnovers were the fewest in the NFL last year.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0730 - Colts recap art 1 Looking back at Week 1 of Colts Camp

    The first week of Indianapolis Colts training camp has ended at Anderson University, and the players received their first day off Tuesday. Practice resumes today with the daily morning walkthrough followed by a public session scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m. With the team's preseason debut at the New York Jets just eight days away, here's a look at three things that have stood out since the Colts hit campus on July 23.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPL - PT072314 - PT Ken de la Bastide column - column sig Ken de la Bastide: Good racing across the board

    This past weekend I got to witness four pretty good races at three different venues in central Indiana, none of them disappointed.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 4.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Tuesday, July 29

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University on Monday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colt Anderson - JC 2 Anderson hopes to make name with Colts

    Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the first person Colt Anderson saw upon reporting to Anderson University last Wednesday. And he couldn't resist making the obvious connection. "Colt Anderson's a Colt ... in Anderson," Manusky said as a way of greeting the new Indianapolis Colts safety to training camp.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Chris Rainey - DK Colts release RB Rainey

    Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning. The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later confirmed by Pagano during an afternoon session with the media.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 1 Luck still learning

    Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News