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Wind 'em up

INDIANAPOLIS -- Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and, right at the moment, the TV monitors in the media center are full of Olympic soccer.

I guess that's cognitive dissonance enough to get the day rolling.

Couple of brief takes:

* Bigger crowd than I figured for the Nationwide race yesterday. Don't know the official number (they're notoriously Kremlin-esque about that sort of thing here), but it was definitely more well populated than the Rolex Grand Am races Friday. I suspect, as Nationwide races go, this was at least a representative turnout, and perhaps more than that.

* Roger Penske finishing 1-2 in the race brought back memories of, oh, four or five years ago, when he dominated Indy before Chip Ganassi dominated Indy. He's back, baby!

* That said .... repeat after me: Elliott Sadler got jobbed, big time. Really, NASCAR? You take away a win from a guy competing for the championship because he allegedly jumped the green flag?

Listen: I've been watching restarts at this place for 35 years, and everyone jumps the green here. They're on it from the moment they come out of Turn 4. So what did Sadler do that was anything different?

Answer: Not a thing.

As one of the guys in the media center said: "And they wonder why the fans are staying away."


* Speaking of the Olympics, watched the replay of Lochte's win in the 400 IM. Anticlimactic to say the least. NBC's decision to not air the event live was ridiculous, particularly in the era of social media. Did they really think there was anyone in America who didn't know who won .... and who finished fourth?


* That said, it was jarring to see just how easily Lochte blew everyone out of the water, and how ordinary Michael Phelps was. Know this about swimmers: When they're done, they're done. And I think Phelps is done, for the most part.

More later.

Ben Smith's blog.