Clint Bowyer: Indy 500 a fun thing to watch, but not to drive in

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Clint Bowyer doesn’t back down from much. But when it comes to racing in the Indianapolis 500, Bowyer has no delusions of grandeur that he’ll ever try to drive in the so-called Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch on Sunday will attempt to become the first driver since Robby Gordon in 2004 to race in both the Indy 500 and Sprint Cup’s Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.

But after seeing Busch wreck in practice earlier this week somewhere in the neighborhood of 220-plus mph, Bowyer made it clear his thoughts of Busch’s doing the Double are essentially, “Better you than me, buddy.”

Back home in Emporia, Kansas, Bowyer was late in getting the news of Busch’s wreck. But his response was priceless, nonetheless.

“I’ve been cutting hay — bailing hay — all week long and haven’t really been following Twitter or anything,” Bowyer told FoxSports.com. “And I did go home, got in bed and I was watching TV and I didn’t even know Kurt had wrecked that day and I was like, ‘Holy cow.’ No, that doesn’t look one iota of fun at all.”

Indeed, Busch’s wreck was hard, but other than soreness he was uninjured.

“That was a hard hit and just from looking at it — those things (Indy racers) blow apart and you see us wreck and it kind of flat-sides the right side and you’re like, ‘You’ll be okay,'” Bowyer said. “You see them things blow apart and you’re like, ‘Man, is he even going to get out?’ No, it doesn’t look like fun, but it’s fun to watch.”

It’s kind of like going to some remote locale: It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there, right, Clint?

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F1 2017 driver review: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 2
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 168
Laps Led: 133
Championship Position: 6th

Max Verstappen rise as a once-in-a-generation talent continued through the 2017 Formula 1 season, even if reliability issues meant we were made to wait for his best form to arrive.

Verstappen stole the show in a wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix by charging from 16th to seventh in the opening lap before ultimately finishing third for Red Bull, yet he would not grace the podium again until the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of October.

A combination of power unit problems and on-track clashes saw Verstappen retire from seven of the 12 races in the intermittent period, with incidents in Spain and Austria being avoidable.

Perhaps most embarrassing of all was his stoppage due to a power unit failure in front of a grandstand swathed in orange at the Belgian Grand Prix, a race tens of thousands of Dutch fans had attended to cheer Verstappen on.

But when Verstappen got things right, it was – as he frequently quoted – simply, simply lovely. There was plenty left in the tank, as proven by his sheer domination of the races in Malaysia and Mexico as he took the second and third wins of his career.

Perhaps even more impressive was Verstappen’s victory over Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the qualifying head-to-head battle this year, an area the Australian has traditionally been strong in. Verstappen outqualifed his teammate 13-7 – it wasn’t even close…

All in all, Verstappen once again proved that on his day, he is one of the finest talents to grace F1 in recent years. With the right car underneath him next year, a title fight is certainly possible and will be the target – but there is always room for improvement.

And that is the scary part: Verstappen is only going to get better and better.

Season High: Dominating in Malaysia after an early pass on Lewis Hamilton.

Season Low: Crashing out on Lap 1 in Austria.