Dario Franchitti rewarded bettors at the online bookmaker as he won the Indy 500 while Kurt Busch took the Coca-Cola 600.
Bookmaker odds listed Franchitti as one of the favorites in the Indy 500 so his win was not a total surprise. He dominated the race throughout and won his second Indy 500. His owner, Chip Ganassi is the first owner to win both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500 in the same year.
Franchitti finished ahead of 2005 champion Dan Wheldon. Pre-race favorite Helio Castroneves finished ninth. Castroneves made a mistake while leaving the pits on the 146th lap and never recovered. Marco Andretti finished third while Alex Lloyd was fourth and Scott Dixon fifth. Danica Patrick finished sixth.
In the Coca-Cola 600 it was Kurt Busch giving bettors at the bookmaker a nice victory. Busch was able to hold off Jamie McMurray for the win on Sunday. It was a very good two weeks for Kurt Busch as he won the All-Star race at Charlotte two weeks ago. His brother Kyle Busch finished third and he was followed by Mark Martin in fourth and David Reutimann in fifth. Busch led 252 of the 400 laps and the race came down to Busch and McMurray. A late caution for a Marcos Ambrose crash really hurt McMurray as he was beaten out of the pits by Busch and Matt Kenseth. Busch’s crew beat McMurray’s on the last pit stop and that was the difference in the race. Jeff Gordon finished sixth and was followed by Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman and Kenseth.
Kyle Busch was at the center of controversy again on Sunday as he caused Jeff Burton a top ten finish late in the race. Earlier in the race, Kyle was leading on Lap 167 when things got wild. Jimmie Johnson ran into the wall, Denny Hamlin’s car was damaged in the process and on pit row it was Kyle running into Brad Keselowski. Kyle recovered from that mess to finish third. Johnson did not recover as later in the race he wrecked again and ended up finishing 37th even though he was the favorite before the race at the online bookmaker.