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July 26, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Brickyard 400 a hot item on this week’s racing schedule

TERRE HAUTE — It’s race week again in Indiana and a busy time for golfers in the area.

The Brickyard 400 is next on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Qualifying is slated for Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the race will be Sunday afternoon with ESPN beginning its turn as the host network.

Linda Briscoe, wife of IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe, is the new host for NASCAR Now on ESPN and will be in town for the action.

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 run at Indy and teammate Jimmie Johnson has been the winner at the track. Kyle Busch has been the big winner so far this year but we’ll take Gordon to win again.

Other races are slated leading up to Sunday’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway starting with U. S. Auto Club midgets and Silver Crown cars on Thursday. Hoosier Ryan Newman is supposed to drive in the Silver Crown race.

The NASCAR trucks will be at the track on Friday and a Nationwide Series race is set for Saturday. It’ll be the last time for the Nationwide event to be at that track since it will be part of the IMS schedule next year.

In local golf, a two-man best-ball event was played during the weekend at Geneva Hills. Chris Keen and Tom Jones were the winners in that one.

Play wound up Monday in the women’s city tournament . Cara Stuckey defeated Mackenzie Mack 2 and 1 to claim her ninth championship.

The THGA senior championship is this weekend and it appears another nice field will compete in that event with the usual close competition.

Rachel Welker, who was an all-stater last year and will be a senior at Terre Haute North, began play in the Indiana Women’s Amateur on Monday while recent South Vermillion grad Brandon Bekkering and Terre Haute South grad Thomas Goss are in the big field for the boys state junior tournament with two days of qualifying preceding match play.

Sam Pollock, who will be a junior at North, had a great round in a Mountain Dew event last week. He had five birdies and an eagle to shoot 1-over-par 73 and win his age group at Chesterton.

Sandy Stabler thanked the staff at Hulman Links for their work in putting on the women’s city tournament. As is true in most local tournaments, the pros and their staffs not only have the courses in good shape but handle scheduling, tee times and scoring details in getting information to the media.

They all do a good job and their work sometimes is taken for granted.

In the pro ranks, the season is over for Chad Collins, who has been sidelined with a spinal injury. He apparently will be eligible for the tour again next season with the medical exemption and will have the chance to finish in the top 125 and remain on the tour.

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