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Okay race fans, who’ve ‘ya got: Vote for who wins IndyCar championship

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The day that Verizon IndyCar Series teams, drivers and fans have waited almost all year for is finally at hand today.

When the season-ending and championship-winning Grand Prix of Sonoma finally comes to an end after 85 laps and roughly two hours of time, one driver is going to be declared the 2018 season champion.

Scott Dixon is going for his fifth career IndyCar crown, his first since winning in 2015 in one of the biggest upsets in series history, rallying from nearly 50 points back to win the race, overtake points leader Juan Pablo Montoya and capture the championship by a slim margin.

But Dixon has three other main contenders — and 21 non-contenders — to worry about today.

There’s Alexander Rossi, the surprise 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner who has really had a breakout season and has become a true American champion-in-waiting.

And while they’re both a distant 87 points behind Dixon, this year’s Indy 500 winner, Will Power, and defending IndyCar series champ Josef Newgarden, are still mathematically in the championship race until they’re eliminated — or pull one of the greatest upsets ever seen in IndyCar history.

But enough about what’s on the table. Let’s give you fans the main course. Who are YOU picking to win this year’s IndyCar championship?

Have at it:

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in Pennsylvania race crash

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YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett died after a crash Thursday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.

The 49-year-old Hodnett, from Spring Grove, Pa., was the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1993 and went on to win 20 World of Outlaws races. He won the opening night this year at the Knoxville Nationals.

“Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said.

A statement was posted on Hodnett’s racing website, saying: “Please keep (wife) Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers.

“Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!”

Several NASCAR drivers took to Twitter to express their condolences: