Kentucky native Jack Roush to be inducted into state’s Motorsports Hall of Fame


Legendary motorsports team owner and innovator Jack Roush has long been identified with the state of Michigan, where his corporate empire is headquartered in Livonia (suburban Detroit).

But here’s something I bet a lot of Roush Fenway Racing fans didn’t know – unless they looked it up:

While he may have committed the last several decades of his racing career to the blue oval of Ford, the man nicknamed “The Cat In the Hat” is actually a native of the Bluegrass State.

And because of that distinction, Roush, who was born in Covington, Ky., will be one of 13 new members inducted Saturday into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame in Owensboro.

Owensboro, of course, is the home of NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, brother Michael, former NASCAR Busch Series champ Jeff Green and former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield.

Induction into the Kentucky Hall is one of countless honors Roush has received in his career, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

If you’re in the Owensboro area and want to attend, the ceremony takes place Saturday at 4 pm ET at the aptly-named SpeedZeum inside the Owensboro Museum of Science and History.

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Final IndyCar practice at Pocono cancelled due to rain

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LONG POND, Pa – A rain storm that hit Pocono Raceway after qualifying for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 forced the cancellation of final practice.

Originally scheduled for 4:45 p.m. ET, the session never got underway as rains hit Pocono not long before practice was slated to begin.

Rain grew heavier before finally stopping at around 5:00 p.m., but it ultimately dropped too much moisture for the track to be dried in time for final practice to be held.

No changes to Sunday’s schedule have been made, meaning there will be no morning warm-up to replace the cancelled session.

Coverage of Sunday’s race begins at 1:30 p.m. ET, with the green flag set to fly shortly after 2:00 p.m. ET.