Ford Futility Continues at Indy

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The last time a Ford visited victory lane at Indianapolis in the Brickyard 400 was 1999 when Dale Jarrett drove his Taurus across the yard of bricks to win at the world’s most famous racetrack. Joey Logano made a late run to the front through a series of restarts taking second place as the field entered NASCAR’s version of overtime. Unfortunately, Logano faded during the green-white-checkered finish to place 7th.  Kyle Busch won after dominating the entire afternoon, leading 149 of the 170 laps. Busch made NASCAR history by becoming the first driver ever to win from the pole on both Saturday in the Xfinity series and Sunday in the SprintFord Nascar IndianapolisCup Series.As the playoff chase draws closer, Team Penske drivers Logano and Brad Keselowski, are safely in with victories and positions in the top 16. Late accidents involving Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne damaged their chances of securing one of the remaining spots still open to non-winners. Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed his second race in a row and dropped out of the top 16 in the season long points standings placing his playoff hopes in Jeopardy, especially considering NASCAR’s most popular driver is not cleared to race next week at Pocono. Jeff Gordon substituted for Earnhardt Jr. and is expected to fill the seat in the 88 again for the Pennsylvania 400.After Pocono, the series travels to Watkins Glen where the possibility of a non-winner cashing their ticket to the playoff chase is a real possibility. Following the Glen drivers head home for a week off before returning to Bristol for the ever-popular Saturday night shootout on the high-banked half-mile oval.

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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines, a freelance technical writer, and a contributing author to a consortium that provides “how to” articles for eBay Buying Guides. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve on the Lasco Press with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.

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