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November 3, 2012

IN THE FAST LANE: Chase for Cup is now a two-driver race

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — SUNDAY’S DARK HORSE

• KESELOWSKI: His track record at Texas is horrible. In eight starts at the track, Keselowski has an average finish of 25.2 and his best placing was 14th. But all season when Keselowski comes to a speedway where he has struggled at in the past, he overcomes his rough history and gives a stellar performance. Plus it does not hurt to have a crew chief like Paul Wolfe who has a knack for creating some innovative fuel strategy. Expect to Keselowski to run well on Sunday and stay on Johnson’s rear bumper in the Chase.

DRIVER MOST LIKELY TO STRUGGLE

• JOEY LOGANO: Despite qualifying sixth for Sunday’s race, Logano has had a tough time getting around Texas. He has only one top-10 finish — a fourth-place run in the 2010 fall race — in eight career starts at TMS. Don’t expect him to be all that strong this weekend, especially since he has only three races left with Joe Gibbs Racing.

PARTING SHOT

• Just when you think the IndyCar Series is making progress, it makes another stupid move in its quest to make open-wheel racing in the United States relevant again.

Last Sunday, Hulman & Co., which owns the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, either fired or forced the resignation (this depends on which news articles you want to believe) of innovative IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard.

All Bernard did during his tenure as the IndyCar chief was oversee the development of the new IndyCars, bring in multiple engine manufacturers and try to spice up the schedule.

But Bernard’s intriguing ideas must have scared the old IndyCar hierarchy so much that it decided he was a threat to its control of open-wheel racing and got rid of him. I guess the IndyCar bosses want to go back to their old ways, where they can bicker at each other all the time and watch the series crumble.

Congratulations to the Hulman family and IndyCar higher-ups — you have created another pathetic environment for open-wheel racing because you oust a guy who was just trying to help.

Contact Kevin Harris at kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com.

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