Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight Brickyard 400

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In the 107 year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway there hasn’t been a more dominant performance then the one Kyle Busch delivered this weekend.

After leading 62 of 63 laps in Saturday’s victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250, Busch saved the best for last on Sunday leading 149 of 170 laps en route to becoming the first driver in history to sweep both poles and races at the Brickyard holding off Matt Kenseth by 2.126 seconds to score the victory.

Busch also became the second driver in history to win back to back Brickyard 400’s joining Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

“I felt pretty good to be up front and obviously you’ve got to do everything in your power to not screw it up,” Busch said.

“I can imagine if I would have … beaten one of those guys with the super fast cars [in the past] how they would have felt because I know how I would have felt here today.”

Busch talked about how important the restarts were today at Indy with track position being at a premium.

“We had the race in our hands that we can manipulate the restarts how I needed to and make sure that I got to the No. 1 spot and Matt [Kenseth] was able to do the same thing last week [at New Hampshire],” Busch said.

“Each and every week, it’s power to the leader. That’s what we’ve all kind of asked for with this bigger restart zone and stuff, too, so when you are the race leader that you’ve earned that right to restart how you want.”

Jimmie Johnson was able to rally to a third place finish after being a lap down late in the going. He was followed by: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, and Paul Menard rounded out the top ten.

Notables included: Tony Stewart 11th, Jeff Gordon 13th, Chase Elliott 15th, Kurt Busch 16th, Brad Keselowski 17th, Kasey Kahne 18th, Clint Bowyer 21st, Danica Patrick 22nd, Ryan Newman 31st, and Carl Edwards finished 35th after being caught up in a late race incident.

In a race lacking highlights, the highlight of the race came after the checkered flag had fallen when Stewart and Gordon took a ceremonial lap around the 2.5 mile oval side by side in what was likely barring unforeseen circumstances the last Brickyard 400 for both sure fire hall of famers. After coming back on pit road, Stewart and Gordon hugged.

“For us to share that moment together, I mean that’s probably our last lap around here in a professional race, and I’ll cherish that moment,” Stewart said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often.

“It was pretty cool. … We’re never going to get that chance to do that again.”

“Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years, but he and I have become really good friends,” Gordon said. “I was with him when he got hurt this year. … I learned a lot about Tony Stewart. He’s driven. He’s tough.

“To see him in that pain I saw him in and come back and win Sonoma [last month] and be out here driving like this with a chance at a championship when this whole thing is over, that’s impressive.”

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6 Goodyear-equipped cars win at Bandimere

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MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2016) – Racers at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals had to fight wind, dodge rain drops and overcome heat and altitude all weekend long at Bandimere Speedway and six of those racers won on Goodyear tires.
“It’s tough to go through so many conditions,” said Competition Eliminator winner Lou Ficco. “You have a little cool in the morning, hot in the middle of the day, moisture in the evening. The track was great and our Goodyear tires were awesome.”
The Goodyear Six included Ficco, John Baker (in Top Sportsman) and John Bianco (Super Street) in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers. The Goodyear-shod winners in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for professional teams were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock).
Ficco, Wheatridge, Colo., won his eighth career national event, defeating Clint Neff in an all-Goodyear final round. Ficco’s car had a set of D2053 Goodyear slicks on the rear axle of his 1,350-horsepower, 2,545-pound full bodied race car.
“It’s a great short tire that we really like,” Ficco said. “That tire has worked well for us, we like to stick with it.”
Baker, Grand Junction, Colo., won in his first appearance in the final round of a national event and said, “I love Goodyear tires.”
Baker said Jim Whiteley, who has won multiple NHRA championships on Goodyear tires, is part of Baker’s team. Baker drove a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.
“The tires give us the traction we need to get from Point A to B,” Baker said. “I know it’s a good, safe tire to run.”
Bianco, Golden, Colo., said his 1955 Chevrolet weighs 2,850 pounds and generates 1,040 horsepower.
“It takes a good tire to work on this car,” he said.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tire makers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

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The Balance Presents Super Bowl 50 Party/Special

Welcome to the annual Balance Super Bowl Party/Special broadcast.

This should be your 1st stop on Super Bowl Sunday. Today we invite freinds of the show back to talk nothing but Super Bowl

Host of the Balance El Presidente Tom Marquis and special guest Co-Host Ed Kracz Ed Kracz beat writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles for Calkins Media bring you all The Super Bowl storylines with a “Balance Twist”

This is a “Podcast” Format so 2 hours commercial free Super Bowl Talk

Mo of the Co Host of @BSSportstheFan Show, Matt Hicks from 1070 the fan in Indy,Kent Sterling of the Kent Sterling Show,Jason Hammer of the Hammer and Nigel show all are just a few of the guest expected to call into today’s show.

We will have serious breakdowns, with some comic relief, and we will probably fall the “The Rails’ from time to time..But Hey its Super Bowl Sunday

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The Balance Air Date Saturday 2/6/2016

On today’s show we talk to Roger Holtsclaw from onpitroad.com and Turn4 promotions he will be calling us from the Pits at “Winter Meltdown” at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Contiuing our Race Talk Steve Wilson calling to talk #NASCAR and Tony Stewart #Rolex24, and of course we being the “Daytona 500” Talk

Second half Super Bowl 50 talk begins Rich Nye “The Sports Guy” calls us and talks about the legacy of #18 Peyton Manning. Rich brings vast experience and hometown perspective to his sports reporting for WTHR, Channel 13, and covered Peyton Manning as a Colt in its entirety

Then Wrapping things up “the Great Nick Bosak joins us to talk Super Bowl, and this and that

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The Balance Air Date 1/23/2016

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On todays show we talk to Turn Four Promotions and Sylvia Porter promoter of Anderson Motorspeedway in South Carloina. Also Dustin Albino writer for Speedway Digest talks #NASCAR and gives a report from media week in Charlotte.

Derrick Schultz from Fox Sports 975 Query & Schultz show talk #NFL Championship weekend and The Brady/Manningg matchup as well as Newton/Palmer matchup

Of course as a normal…..

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The Balance presents Breaking Rank air date 1/19/2016

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On tonights show Host of the Balance “el presidente” Tom Marquis talks to Walt Ferber Sportscaster at University of Evansville/ESPN 3 and Program/Sports Dir Account Executive at WITZ/WQKZ RADIO. Walt talks ‘Big Ten Basketball as well as Missouri Valley Conference Evansville Purple Aces, and their great start.

Also we replay an interview from the Balance which aired Saturday 1/16/2016 Pat Donohue (@SportsDownPat) recruiting analyst/writer for Rivals.com,TerrapinSportsReport joined us for conversation about #3 Maryland Men’s Basketball and his perception of Melo Trimble.

The Balance airs live on Saturdays right here on Indiana Talks, 9-11am ET with your host “el presidente” Tom Marquis

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IMS statement on the passing of Bob Harkey

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IMS statement on the passing of Bob Harkey

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 – A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about six-time Indianapolis 500 veteran driver Bob Harkey, who died at age 85 on Jan. 16.

“Bob Harkey competed during one of the most transformative times in Indianapolis 500 history as the cars moved from rear-engine to front-engine and from no aerodynamic devices to wings and downforce. But what made Bob Harkey special was his continued involvement in and around the Speedway each May after his racing years. He always had time for our fans, young and old, and his passion for the Indianapolis 500 was evident in every fan interaction. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”

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The Balance presents Breaking Rank as heard on Indiana Talks LIVE

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Indy Odyssey

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Grigson, Pagano?  One must go, and Colts fans everywhere chimed in about which one they wanted gone.  But to everyone’s surprise, it was neither.  Instead they are tied at the hip for another 3 years at least. GM Ryan Grigson signed on for 3 more years, while Coach Chuck Pagano got extended for another 4.  For continuity sake, this is the best thing for the organization, but what do fans really think?  What does 2016 have in store with this same duo?  Will they be able to make the right moves this off-season to correct the O-line woes.  Something needs to be done to protect battle torn Andrew Luck.

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If the team can stay away from the injury bug in 2016, they look pretty good to win the AFC South.  Maybe that sums up the 2015 season?  You can’t compete when you have to use 5 QB’s.  So for now, I’d say this odyssey is To Be Continued….

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