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Charlotte Indy gets crazy; Simona may miss qualifying; Kyle helps out

1. Busy, complicated weekend at Indy, Charlotte
2. Simona possibly out for the IndyCar weekend
3. Kyle helps F1 champ in trucks

1. Busy, complicated weekend at Indy, Charlotte
You need one of those “Dummies” books to understand formats for this weekend’s Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and qualifying and bump day for the Indy 500.
We hope the following helps:
All-Star race: Nineteen drivers are locked into Saturday night’s All-Star race that will include three coming from the preliminary Showdown; the top two finishers and most popular by a fan vote at Sprint.com.
As of Friday afternoon, the top-five drivers in the voting is alphabetical order are: A.J. Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano and Brian Vickers.
Solid assumption: Earnhardt is leading.
The 100-lap All-Star race, televised only on Speed, will be broken down into segments of 50, 20, 20 and 10 laps with the winner and his team getting $1 million.
Indy 500: Up to 40 driver-car combinations will try Saturday and Sunday to fill 33 starting spots for the May 29 Indy 500 that marks the 100th anniversary for the event.
Drivers will get three attempts to make the field each day. The fastest four-lap averages will fill the top 24 spots Saturday. The remaining nine spots will be filled Sunday, and then everybody else will try to bump their way onto the starting grid.

2. Simona possibly out for the IndyCar qualifying
Simona de Silvestro is waiting for medical clearance to get back on track after suffering burns when she crashed during Thursday’s practice for the Indianapolis 500.
The 22-year-old Swiss driver lost control of her car after which it flipped several times, burst into flames and slid down the track upside down. She was diagnosed with second-degree burns on her right hand and superficial burns on her left hand.
The injuries have left her status for the May 29 race in doubt.
Sunday, HVM Racing’s Keith Wiggins says it’s possible the team could sign a replacement driver.

3. Kyle helps Kimi in trucks
The only Finnish driver in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway probably would just be happy to finish.
Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula One world champion, will debut in the series in a truck owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports after qualifying 31st for the race, 25 spots behind Busch.
Busch’s only European encounter when growing up in Las Vegas was to visit the Paris hotel.
Raikkonen had trouble figuring out how to get his truck into reverse during the first session of practice, and he scraped the wall during the second
Busch spent time with Raikkonen between Friday’s practice sessions.
"We’re a little disappointed that we’re not higher up on the speed charts with him," Busch said. "We feel like that’s maybe more our area than his area. I know he knows how to drive a car, we’ve seen it already. Hopefully, we can get it a little bit better and get it to where he’s comfortable so he can run all the laps tonight and have a good experience."

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