by Mark Mayer | The Memorial Day weekend began with pole sitter Scott Dixon capturing the 92nd Indianapolis 500. The race featured a number of crashes, including one to Danica Patrick coming off pit row.
Dixon was the 5-2 favorite at Station Casinos. Vitor Meira nearly rewarded his backers at 40-1, finishing second. Marco Andretti (8-1), who started in the second row alongside Patrick, was third. Patrick (12-1) was clipped coming out of the pits and left the race in 22nd position.
The Indy race has lost a bit of luster, evidenced by the switch of last years champion Dario Franchitti to the NASCAR circuit. Franchitti joins another former Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who will be racing in Charlotte. Montoya is a considerable longshot at 75-1.
The other major motorsports event was the Coca Cola 600 in progress Sunday night in Charlotte with pole sitter Kyle Busch, the 4-1 favorite at the Las Vegas Hilton. Busch, the Sprint Cup points leader, won the Nationwide Series event the day before on the same Lowes Motor Speedway. Busch was seeking his fourth Sprint Cup win of the season.
Kasey Kahne, last weeks winner of the All-Star race at Charlotte, is on the outside poll. The Hilton has Kahne at 35-1. Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson are next behind Busch at 6-1, with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart each at 8-1.
Defending Coca Cola champ Casey Mears is 35-1.