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Tony Stewart is on the record as defending sprint car racing as relatively safe, but that was before he broke his leg racing in one. Stewart will miss this weekend's race at Watkins Glen as a result of the injury, placing his position in the Chase in jeopardy. He's in 11th place right now, holding on to one of the two wild-card spots with Martin Truex Jr., and a no-show at Watkins Glen could make the last four races of the regular season incredibly important for him.
Sprint Cup odds?
Stewart's moonlighting in a sprint car race could end up costing him dearly in terms of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
Whether it's NASCAR at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, horses at Churchill Downs or skis on some mountain slope, some days on the racing calendar represent the essence of sports. Start here, finish there, and be the first one to do it. As the Brickyard 400 approaches, what could be better than that? Rank 'Em: What are the world's greatest races?
NASCAR's silver medal?
The Daytona 500 is universally acknowledged as NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl, but does the history of IMS put the Brickyard second?
So why aren't people going?
As Terry Blount detailed, attendance for the Brickyard 400 has tailed off sharply. Did a 2008 race with mandatory cautions because of faulty tires sour fans? Is the track layout to blame?
Biggest race in Indianapolis?
The CART-IRL mess is rapidly becoming ancient history, but open-wheel racing still clearly plays second fiddle to NASCAR. Is the Indianapolis 500 the exception to that rule?
We're diving wholeheartedly into this week's best fan pictures, following the lead of jedelrosario.
Click on our favorite images posted by fans this week to view a larger version of the picture and to comment. If you have a great picture or saw one you think the world should see, leave a brief description and a link in the comments.