Stewart-Haas Racing cars ‘dance’ to the Nutcracker Suite

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Kudos to the folks at Tony Stewart Nation and Stewart-Haas Racing for the great video they put together, just in time for the holidays.

Using the “Waltz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker Suite as the underlying musical theme, the video dances – so to speak – around a menagerie of Stewart-Haas Racing cars from 2014 and the upcoming 2015 season.

The cars include those of Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, and teammates Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Danica Patrick’s car is not shown.

This is a great way to listen to great holiday music while also getting your off-season NASCAR fix especially if you’re a SHR, Stewart, Busch or Harvick fan.

Check it out below – and Happy Holidays from MotorSportsTalk.

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Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

THURSDAY PRACTICE: Click here for Day 2 speeds at Indianapolis

COMBINED SPEEDS: Click here for the overall speeds from the first two days

The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

HOW TO WATCH THE INDY 500 ON NBCDetails for the Aug. 23 race

DAILY INDY 500 SCHEDULEClick here for all on-track activity in August at Indy