Tony Stewart has never been one to hold back his emotions, and after his win at the FedEx 400 in Dover on Sunday the 2011 NASCAR champion certainly let fly.
After 11 seasons in IndyCar, Brazil’s Tony Kanaan had become his generation’s Michael Andretti: a top open-wheel driver whose likeness, somehow, was nowhere to be found on the Borg-Warner Trophy.
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and, with it, the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. While open-wheel racing has struggled to capture the attention of the average American sports fan since the CART-IRL split of 1996, the Indy 500 remains a transcendent event, rich in pageantry and tradition.
Moments after crossing the finish line under the checkered flag, this year’s winner, like dozens before him (or her), will remove his (or her) helmet and participate in one of the Brickyard’s oldest traditions—one that predates the Borg-Warner Trophy, Jim Nabors singing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” and the Andretti curse—by taking a swig of milk from a glass bottle.
NASCAR barely dodged a major disaster on Saturday.
How long the sport continues to remain so lucky in regard to the safety of its fans, however, remains to be seen.
Football may be over, but that doesn’t mean there are not good wagering investments to be made this weekend.
That’s because the Daytona 500, the Great American Race, is also the World’s Greatest Crapshoot.