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September 4, 2012

de la Bastide: Chase wild-card spots are up for grabs

Rain washes out several weekend events

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Also Tuesday, also as expected, current Gibbs driver Joey Logano signed to drive for Penske Racing in 2013 when the team switches from Dodge to Ford.

• Rain played havoc with racing in central Indiana over the Labor Day weekend.

The NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway postponed the final two days of action until this coming weekend. The “Stock Car Festival” at Winchester Speedway has been moved to Sept. 23. And, the 65th anniversary of Anderson Speedway also has been scheduled for Sept. 23 with fireworks added to the program.

• The Izod IndyCar Series heads to California on Sept. 15 for the final race of the year and American Ryan Hunter-Reay is in a position to possibly become the first U.S. champion since Sam Hornish Jr. won the title in 2006.

Hunter-Reay heads to California just 17 points back of Will Power. Power could be looking at losing the championship for the third consecutive year as the series concludes on an oval.

Power is not at his best on oval tracks and Hunter-Reay has run strong on the ovals this season.

In Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore, Hunter-Reay used an aggressive move on a restart to take the lead and record his fourth win of the year.

• Ken de la Bastide may be reached at ken.delabastide@kokomotribune.com or 765-454-8580.

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