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Dan Wheldon, Bob Jenkins Elected to IMS Hall of Fame

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade: Autostock)

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame will be adding two more legendary figures to its hallowed halls, announcing on Wednesday that two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and long-time motorsports journalist and broadcaster Bob Jenkins will be inducted into the shrine later this year. Chosen from a ballot of 14 nominees, Wheldon and Jenkins …

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Did You Notice? A Sorenson of Discontent, Brickyard Blues & The Wood Brothers Crumbling?

Did You Notice? One of the differences between the Brickyard 400 now versus when it began in 1994 is the absence of open-wheel drivers and other various one-off teams trying to take a chance at making the race. With the advent of the Top-35 rule – combined with the rising costs of doing business – it just doesn’t make sense for part-time teams to take a stab at cracking the starting field at this legendary track. Heck, just look at the entry list this year, and you’ll see more than a few prominent part-time teams notably absent – the No. 09 Chevy of Phoenix Racing and driven by Sterling Marlin, as well as the No. 60 Ford run by road-racing veteran turned stock car hopeful Boris Said.

Did You Notice? Bristol… And Beyond

Did You Notice? That in the final restarts of Saturday night’s race at Bristol, Carl Edwards had none other than Elliott Sadler – Kasey Kahne’s teammate – lining up beside him on the inside every time. But even though Sadler could have made himself a roadblock – opening the door for second-place Kahne to make a move – he instead bowed out of the way, a remarkable statement of a class for the Virginian who’s had a tough year himself on the Nextel Cup circuit.

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