This past Sunday, racing couldn’t have scripted itself any better. The first race of the day was the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was a very competitive race which had a very emotional ending. On the last lap J.R. Hildebrand was leading and in turn four he crashed his car which led to Dan Wheldon winning the 500 after two years in a row of finishing second. As a result of his win, he earned 2.6 million dollars and left Hildebrand heartbroken.
In the nightcap, NASCAR had the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. This too was a very competitive race which had 19 guys leading the race at some point in time. On the last lap Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading and ran out of gas 500 feet before the finish line which allowed Kevin Harvick to win the race.
Oddly enough Earnhardt Jr. and Hildebrand are both sponsored by National Guard. I am sure we haven’t heard the last of Hildebrand, and Jr. is having one of the better seasons he has had because right now he is 4th in standings without even winning a race. If Jr. keeps driving like he is right now he will end his winless streak once and for all.
If you’re a racing fan you got two exciting finishes but if you’re Hildebrand and Earnhardt, the victory would have much sweeter.