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SPEED SPORT Power Rankings

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For the second week in a row there is a new name atop the SPEED SPORT Power Rankings. So who moved to the top of our weekly list?

The Silver Fox Was The 600 Master

David Pearson (21) led 230 of 400 laps in the 1976 Coca-Cola 600, and sped to the victory over fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty. (CMS Archives Photo)

During the 1970s, epic on-track battles were status quo for NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Richard Petty; however, it was the three-time champion Pearson who owned the deed to Charlotte Motor Speedway in that decade.

Indy 500 Memories: A.J. Foyt

A.J. Foyt during the 1977 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

When I was a little kid working in my daddy’s shop in Houston I would listen to the race on the radio. I’d think, ‘Boy, I would really like to race up there some day.’ Then I went up there a couple of years and watched it. Afterwards I thought, ‘I’m not sure I really want to do this.’

Torn From The Headlines: May 23, 1973

Pages from May 23 1973

The Illini State, with more than a half hundred operating race tracks, speedways and fairgrounds and a long history of auto racing activity, may soon join Rhode Island as the only other state in the Union with nary a single active auto racing facility.

SPEED SPORT Point-Counterpoint

Kyle Larson (42) battles Joey Logano during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

Editor’s Note: Sports fans love to debate hot topics and compare their opinions to those of the so-called experts. In the spirit of that we bring you the first installment of point-counterpart featuring longtime SPEED SPORT Editor Mike Kerchner and Associate Editor Adam Fenwick.


The pace car made its debut during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. (IMS Photo)

The concept of a pace car is one of many things first developed at the Indy 500 and it was created for the inaugural running of the race in 1911.

SPEED SPORT Top Performers

SPEED SPORT Top Performers

While there were many drivers worthy of being named a SPEED SPORT Top Performer this week, the SPEED SPORT staff has agreed that there is clearly one driver who stands above the rest. James Hinchcliffe returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a near-fatal injury a year ago to score the pole for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe Rides Emotion To Indy 500 Pole

James Hinchcliffe on his pole winning run during Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Sunday. (Dave Heithaus Photo)

What James Hinchcliffe did by winning the pole for the 100th Indianapolis 500 is fairly remarkable considering that he nearly died at Indianapolis Motor Speedway just one year and four days ago.

Indy 500 Memories: Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart races during the 1998 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

I came with my father. We were in some bus that had a luggage rack. You had to get up at 0-dark-30 to get on the bus to ride up to Indy for race day. They threw me up in the luggage rack.

Indy 500 Memories: Rick Mears

Rick Mears (3) battles Michael Andretti during the 1991 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

Off the top of my head, there are three things about the Indy 500 that are all pretty close to being my favorite memory. Obviously it’s winning at Indy – but which one. The first win has its place because of being the first. So, it ranks right up there.


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