Matt Kenseth Earns Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (6 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Pole As RFR/Fords Strong

It only took Matt Kenseth one week to get Roush/Fenway Racing back up to speed. Well, maybe it was part restrictor plate too. Nevertheless, Kenseth earned the pole for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (6 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the unique qualifying round run on a soggy Friday afternoon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Drivers have to complete three laps and add a four-tire stop with no pit road speed limit in the session, as Kenseth did it best with a total time of 2:07.644 at an…

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5 Storylines To Watch For This Weekend’s Indianapolis 500 Time Trials (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

INDIANAPOLIS – Time Trials for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) will take place this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As most drivers describe, it’s a separate beast in itself. In their mindset for the Month of May oval track action, there are two race weekends, qualifying weekend and ‘500 weekend. Here are the top five storylines.

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Why Danica Patrick Can Contend For The Fast 9 This Weekend In Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Dust off your conspiracy theory books because they may be needed this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A lot of folks claim NASCAR rigged Daytona 500 qualifying back in 2013 to allow Danica Patrick to win the pole for the annual February race in her first full season on NASCAR’s top level. I’m not sure how it could have been done, but some buy into that theory. Well, I know those same voices will say that the Verizon IndyCar Series rigged a Fast Nine capable run out of…

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Andretti Fastest On Fast Friday, Davison Crashes In Turn 2

INDIANAPOLIS – It should come to no surprise that Marco Andretti was the fastest man standing on Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti, turned out a blazing hot lap of 231.802 mph in his No. 98 Honda a little past lunch time to earn his fifth top five finish on the speed charts in as many sessions this week. But, like all his previous practice sessions, that lap was laid with a tow. On the no tow list, Andretti came in 12th. 

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Chevrolet Appears To Be Favorites For Indianapolis 500 Pole This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – The overall speed charts may tell one story, but the no tow charts tell a completely different one this week. Four of the top six drivers on the Fast Friday speed chart belonged to Honda drivers. That’s all good and well for the Japanese manufacturer, but this weekend is about single lap speed without a tow, not with it. The Honda laps were turned with a tow involved, as just three Honda drivers were found in the top 10 of the no tow list in Friday’s seven hour practice…

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Dale Coyne Racing Signs Santino Ferrucci For Duels In Detroit

INDIANAPOLIS – It may be the Month of May in Indianapolis but it still doesn’t stop driver announcements for future Verizon IndyCar Series races from occurring though. On Friday, Dale Coyne Racing announced that they have signed Santino Ferrucci to drive the No. 19 Honda for them in the Duel races in Detroit for the June 2-3 race weekend. Originally, these two races were supposed to be driven by Zachary Claman DeMelo but when Pietro Fittipaldi was injured in a qualifying crash a couple of weeks ago in Europe, both races…

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James Davison Uninjured In Fast Friday Practice Crash

INDIANAPOLIS – The first major accident for Indianapolis 500 practice occurred on Friday when James Davison’s No. 33 Chevrolet broke loose in the apex of Turn 2 and spun around prior to making hard contact with the Turn 2 SAFER barrier. Davison, had just completed his 37th lap on Friday, with a top speed of 226.705 mph. The Aussie is driving a third AJ Foyt Racing entry this month as the car is a joint effort between Foyt, Belardi Racing and Byrd Racing. Last year, Davison filled in for an injured…

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Why Qualifying Speeds For 102nd Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) Will Be Down A Bit

INDIANAPOLIS – It seems like the Verizon IndyCar Series fan base is a little confused on why the lap times in practice this week have been slower than in the last few years. Currently, heading into qualifying weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the quickest lap of the month was turned by Marco Andretti at 231.802 mph but that lap was done with a tow. While everyone was assuming that the new power provided by a higher boost level will make the speeds closer to the 230 mph mark, the drivers…

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Pagenaud Not Thinking Championship This Month, Eyeing Indy 500 Win More Than Ever

INDIANAPOLIS – If Simon Pagenaud didn’t have bad luck this season, he’d have no luck at all. See, Pagenaud has had a competitive car in almost all five of the Verizon IndyCar Series races to start 2018 off with. The problem is, things out of his control have taken him out of contention. He’s been punted on the first lap in the first few corners in two of the last three races. He was on the wrong end of strategy in the middle race of that bunch at Barber. He had…

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Rahal Others Warn This Year’s Indy 500 May Be Tougher Than Year’s Past To Pass

INDIANAPOLIS – The new Verizon IndyCar Series car has done everything and more that it was designed to do. Increase the drag? Check. Allow for cars to follow closer than ever before due to less dirty air? Check. Aesthetically pleasing? Check. Better racing? Check. Through five races into the 2018 season, the car has been met by rave reviews. It looks good and races even better. Heading into next Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network), the year’s biggest race in the world, the car has…

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