The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports Columns

December 31, 2013

2013 season was memorable

Indy 500 a close second

For the past 40 years I have been traveling the Hoosier State watching auto racing at numerous venues, but the 2013 season will be one that is long remembered.

Indiana racing fans were treated to outstanding racing on both pavement and dirt ovals during the year, with open wheel pavement events taking the top two spots.

The best race of the year was the Pay Less Little 500 with Crawfordsville driver Jacob Wilson claiming the win in a thrilling finish with Kokomo hot shoe Shane Cottle.

Wilson grabbed the lead from Cottle on lap 335 when Chet Fillip blocked the leader as the field was coming to a restart and Fillip was trying not to fall a lap down.

Wilson and Cottle raced in lock step for the next 155 laps when things got really interesting. Cottle closed to the rear bumper of Wilson and challenged for the lead with five laps remaining. Unfortunately for Cottle his Larry Contos owned sprint car lost an engine. Instead of bringing out the caution flag, Cottle dove into the pits.

For Wilson it was his first Little 500 win. He was followed to the checkers by pole sitter JoJo Helberg, Eric Gordon and Tony Elliott, all on the lead lap. Fillip finished fifth, two laps down followed by Cottle.

The second best race of the year was the record setting Indianapolis 500 won by fan favorite Tony Kanaan.

Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay in the waning laps of the spring classic, winning under caution when Dario Franchitti made contact with the outside wall entering turn one.

The race featured a record 68 lead changes among 14 different drivers and Kanaan’s winning speed of 187.433 miles per hour set another record.

Third on the list is the Winchester 400 for the ARCA/CRA super late models with Erik Jones taking the lead from Chase Elliott on lap 352 during the final round of pit stops.

Text Only
Sports Columns
AP Video
NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's 49ers Open Posh, High-tech Stadium in California Jeter, Trout Lead AL to All-Star Game Win Kluwe: I Hope Vikings Make Investigation Public College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Argentina Fans Sad but Proud in Loss Germany Wins the World Cup 1-0 Raw: German Players Head to World Cup Final LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Netherlands Beats Host Brazil 3-0 to Finish 3rd Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Pacers match Portland's offer sheet to center Roy Hibbert?

Yes, Hibbert is important to the team and the community
No, four years and $58 million is too much
Not sure, I like Hibbert but think the money could be better spent elsewhere
     View Results