Bits and pieces on the Firestone 550


– Chevrolet locks out Top 5: The engine manufacturer war between Chevrolet and Honda has seen each side deliver some pretty big blows lately. At the Indy 500, the Bowtie claimed victory and the top four spots overall. Then last weekend, Honda went into Chevy’s backyard and swept both wins from the doubleheader in Detroit, grabbing all but one of six possible podium positions over the event.

Last night at Texas Motor Speedway, the Chevy camp reigned supreme with a lockout of the Top 5 positions – winner and new IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Helio Castroneves (pictured), runner-up Ryan Hunter-Reay, third-place Tony Kanaan, fourth-place Ed Carpenter, and fifth-place Marco Andretti.

When extended to the Top 10, Chevy came up with eight positions in that bracket, adding Will Power in seventh, James Hinchcliffe in ninth, and E.J. Viso in tenth.

– That’s no bull…Wait, it is: Kanaan continues to earn accolades for his victory in last month’s Indianapolis 500, but the one he received on Saturday may be the most unique of all: A bull.

Already a co-owner of two bulls (Downforce and Brazilian Bully) in partnership with a group that includes former INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard, Kanaan has now received ownership of “TK500,” who will compete in the Professional Bull Riders’ top division, the Built Ford Tough Series.

“All of my dreams are coming true,” said Kanaan. “I win the Indy 500 this year and now I have my own bull named after me.  It doesn’t get much better than this!”

According to the PBR’s official website, “TK500” – formerly known as “Mud Wasp” – has only been ridden successfully four times over three years in the Built Ford Tough Series. Seems like he’s a tough customer on the PBR circuit, just like Kanaan is on the race track.

– Repeat denied for Justin Wilson: Defending Texas champ Justin Wilson started 20th on the grid last night, but was able to charge through the field in the first half of the race, eventually rising as high as second at the halfway point.

But a second potential upset in Fort Worth faded away in the middle stages, as Wilson found himself going backwards through the field with worn Firestones. He went multiple laps down, and eventually finished 15th, two laps off the pace.

“That second to last stint cost us a good finish tonight,” said Wilson. “It’s disappointing because the car was running in the top five up to that point, and we had a very good chance at repeating as race winners. The team did an incredible job giving me a really competitive race car tonight.”

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

Other 2023 Injury News

450 riders
Eli Tomac, Achilles tendon | It was just a freak deal
Justin Barcia,
collarbone and shoulder
Jason Anderson, vertebrae
Christian Craig, elbow
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee | Signs two-year extension
Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb,
concussion | returned at Pala

250 riders
Nate Thrasher, hip
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta
Jalek Swoll, arm | returned at Pala