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May 29, 2013

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Each lead change made Indy a thrill

----- — The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 and will be remembered as one of the best races in recent history.

It won’t be memorable for a close finish but rather for a record 68 lead changes and 14 different drivers taking their turn at the front of the pack.

And, mainly, it will be for crowd favorite Tony Kanaan taking the lead on the 98th lap and winning under yellow for his first victory in 12 starts.

The fact that the race ended under yellow was about the only negative aspect of the race run in cool conditions. Izod IndyCar Series officials will review that situation.

Otherwise, there was fewer yellow-light time in the race since such information was first recorded in 1976. That fact helped Kanaan set a record of 187.433 miles per hour since there were so few yellow slow laps.

And there were no serious accidents, making it one of the safest months in history with only one incident recorded in the practice and qualifying time.

For the second year in a row, Marco Andretti led lots of laps — third most with 31 — but finished third. He assumed the lead in the series point totals and could be hard to beat for the championship. And he likely will end the Andretti Snakebite hex in the 500 some day.

Yes, he was my pick and the pick of many others to win the race.

One of the races on this week’s schedule is the Hut Hundred for U. S. Auto Club midgets which was first run in 1952 in Terre Haute. This year’s race is Friday at Tri-City Speedway at Pontoon Beach, Ill.

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* Tough team — Clay City, Linton and South Vermillion all won softball sectional titles and were slated to vie for regional honors on Tuesday.

Linton had the toughest assignment, facing Evansville Mater Dei, the top-ranked team in the final Class 2A poll.

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