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NASCAR tweaks Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has tweaked the format for next month's Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, where owner points will now be awarded to the top five teams that do not transfer into the main feature.

NASCAR raced on dirt last season for the first time since 1970 when the Truck Series visited the track owned by Tony Stewart in Rossburg, Ohio. The event used heat races to set the 25-truck field but teams that didn't advance did not receive participation points.

That's changed for the July 23 race. NASCAR also extended the distance of the five heats from eight laps to 10 and a random draw will set the qualifying order instead of practice speeds.

Pit stops will now be optional during competition cautions. They were mandatory in last year.

IndyCar penalizes and rescinds Chevy penalties

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar has penalized Chevrolet for changing an engine too soon in Juan Pablo Montoya's car at last weekend's Detroit Grand Prix.

Chevy was docked 10 points Tuesday in the race for the engine manufacture championship. Chevy had previous penalties rescinded regarding torque and traction control. It will get 10 manufacture points back after that were taken away by IndyCar on May 12 because the changes were determined to be unintentional technical violations.

Angie's List to become title sponsor for Indy GP

INDIANAPOLIS — The IndyCar Series road race at its home track will have a new name next year — the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The Indy-based company agreed to become the title sponsor for the 2015 and 2016 races.

Company founder Angie Hicks said it's a natural progression for her business, which has been a longtime sponsor of the cars that compete in May's marquee event at the 2.5-mile Brickyard — the Indianapolis 500. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 fans attended the first grand prix race on Indy's rebuilt road course last month. France's Simon Pagenaud won the race.

As part of the deal, Angie's List will host 5,000 of the country's service providers at a "Festival of Service" during race weekend. Next year's race is May 9.

 

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