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Indy 500: The Irony of Defeat, and the Class Shown by so Many Drivers

Sunday was just not a good day to be driving a National Guard race car. Rookie JR Hildebrand was one turn away from winning the biggest race in the world, when he crashed into the wall, giving Dan Wheldon his second Indy 500. Later that night, Dale Earnhardt Jr was leading the race in Charlotte when he ran out of fuel on the final turn of the last lap, giving Kevin Harvick the win.Both drivers drive National Guard sponsored cars, and suffered heartbreaking losses on this Memorial Day weekend.If it had been any other driver, I think there would have been some interesting emotions and comments to the media after what happened. Hildebrand though, handled the situation with the most class you could ever imagine. All he talked about was how bad ...

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