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My dinner with Buck

Elzie Wylie "Buck" Baker was inducted into NASCAR's Hall of Fame on Wednesday. But no exhibit can communicate the go-to-hell personality that Buck showed throughout his whole life.

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: The Time Trials mega-post

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: The Time Trials mega-post

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Fast(er) Friday

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Fast(er) Friday

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Now it's a full field

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Now it's a full field

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Sequels never live up to the first

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Sequels never live up to the first

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Year Two, Day One

THE BRONZE BADGE CHRONICLES: Year Two, Day One

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (The Month of May)

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (The Month of May)...PLACE YER BETS

Who belongs in the Indianapolis 500?

Should 47-year-old Jean Alesi have a chance to qualify at Indianapolis? The answer is definitely yes.

The three-headed monster of Indy 500 fandom

The Indy 500 has always meant many things to many people, but its meaning needs to be updated for the modern sports fan.

Our business: the entitlement of INDYCAR fans as consumers

What rights do fans have to voice criticisms of a sporting league like INDYCAR? The simple answer: the same rights as any other consumer.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Brazil)

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Brazil)...my kingdom for a storm-shelter.

Lotus gamble becomes scramble for desperate teams

Two IZOD IndyCar teams, faced with the prospect of being backmarkers at the Indianapolis 500, chose to cut ties with the manufacturer and hope for help from Chevy and Honda.

RIGHT DAMN NOW: Defending Josef Newgarden at Long Beach

Josef Newgarden's bold move at the start of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday did not pay off - but it was a sign that the young rookie has come to the series to race, not just to drive.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Long Beach)

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Long Beach)

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Long Beach)

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Long Beach)...45% less embarrassing than the Lotus PR department. Probably.

Pessimism is our birthright: Coping with IndyCar fan skepticism

IndyCar fans of the current generation can sometimes sound like characters from "Great Expectations," thanks to decades of uncertainty and the series' waning popularity.

A tale of two networks: Two similar INDYCAR races with wildly different perceptions

Two IZOD IndyCar Series events are in the books, but perception of them vary significantly because of the way they were presented on television.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Alabama)

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (Alabama) Barber Motorsports Park, it's a GORGEOUS FACILITY. The racing? Not so much...

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Alabama)

INDYCAR: Power Rankings (Alabama)

Texas Three-Step: Lone Star State could be on brink of INDYCAR triple crown

Texas has provided a spark for INDYCAR in one way or another since 1973. Now, the state could end up being home to a "triple crown" of INDYCAR events in 2013.

St. Petersburg race was exactly what we should have expected

People aren't quite sure what to think about the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday. We explain why the race was what everyone should have expected.

Best and worst of 2012 INDYCAR paint schemes (so far)

It's a new year and the IZOD IndyCar Series teams are all sporting new looks on their race cars. We tell you which are fine art and which are the lazy doodles of the field.

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (St. Petersburg)

INDYCAR: The Friday Setup (St. Petersburg)

Sometimes distance is a salve for the soul

The INDYCAR world will pay tribute to St. Petersburg resident Dan Wheldon during the IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend, but his widow will not be in attendance.

Bringing the pioneering spirit back to the Brickyard

If America loves the new and unexpected, it may be time to bring it back to the nation's most storied motorsports tradition - the Indianapolis 500.

Delta Wing story playing out exactly how it should have

The revolutionary Delta Wing is getting an avalanche of world press. Here's why it's a good thing INDYCAR is not part of it.

Elephants in the room: the two great unknowns for INDYCAR in 2012

As the IZOD IndyCar Series prepares for its 2012 campaign, two great unknowns still remain about how the season will pan out - pack racing, and the Lotus enigma.

A time and a season

Is there such a thing as over-memorializing the fallen? Pop Off Valve examines the ongoing tributes to Dan Wheldon and asks, "Is it time to move forward?"

The healing power of INDYCAR Spring Training

A desperately long INDYCAR off-season is finally drawing to a close, and the sights and sounds of cars on track is bringing healing and relief to the series' fans.

"Stunt casting" at its finest: What Rubens Barrichello will mean for IndyCar

The biggest news of the INDYCAR offseason was made official today as F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello was confirmed to a ride with KV Racing alongside his friend Tony Kanaan.

INDYCAR aero kit delay blessing for fans, series

The delay in opening aero kit development in the IZOD IndyCar Series to 2013 is turning out to be a blessing for a sanction under deadline pressure for the upcoming season.

Outcome of Danica's Duel wreck should be cause for celebration, not debate

IndyCar fans got their noses out of shape when Danica Patrick appeared to credit NASCAR for the SAFER barriers which saved her from injury after a wreck in the Gatorade Duels.

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