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Weekend wrap-up: Carpenter wins second Indy pole

It was a busy weekend in auto racing, with qualifying for the Indy 500, NASCAR’s All-Star Race and Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte, Nationwide Series racing at Iowa and NHRA drag racing at Atlanta Dragway.

Ed Carpenter wins the pole for the Indy 500
IndyCar Media: Walter Kuhn
Kurt Busch qualified 12th for the Indy 500
IndyCar Media: Jim Haines

Verizon IndyCar Series – Ed Carpenter won his second-straight pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, with James Hinchcliffe – cleared to race on Thursday after suffering a concussion in the Grand Prix of Indy on May 10th – and Will Power also earning spots on the front row. NASCAR driver Kurt Busch successfully qualified for the Indy 500 in P12; he will compete in both the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 25th.

Sprint Cup Series – Jamie McMurray took home the top prize in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, beating Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and pole sitter Carl Edwards to the checkered flag in the non-points race.

Nationwide Series – Sam Hornish Jr. won his first race of the season on Sunday, taking the checkered flag in the Get To Know Newton 250 at Iowa Speedway. Ryan Blaney, Regan Smith, Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.

Camping World Truck Series – Kyle Busch took the win in the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night. Matt Crafton finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Funny Car driver Robert Hight earned his fourth win of the season and third win in a row on Monday after rain delayed the eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took home Wallys from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

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