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The latest update as of August 28, 2014

We're in Indy baby!

Not knowing my way around the Lucas Raceway Park facility, I arrived very early this morning, got my credentials, found the media parking lot, and made my way to the media center on the ground floor of the Wally Parks tower. Since I'd missed the first day of sportsman racing, I immediately headed to the starting line and proceeded to observe and photograph the third round of Stock eliminator qualifying. 75 minutes later - with minimal downtime - it was over as 187 cars paired up and ran.

I can hardly wait until they run Super Stock this afternoon, as "only" 174 cars ran in that eliminator yesterday, including 26 of the legendary 1968 Hemi Darts and 'Cudas. Out of that group, just ten cars qualified for the 128-car field as the bump spot after their second session was -.632 under the index, and even Lloyd Wofford's 8.67 in his Barracuda wasn't quick enough. Wofford and 15 of his hemi compatriots were in the same boat going into today's final qualifying session.

The only saving grace for the pachyderm-powdered Chryslers is the "Hemi Challenge" that will be one of the features of tomorrow's show. It should be well worth the price of admission to watch these very exotic 8-second 160-mph cars go through their paces. Later today we've got the first two rounds of Competition Eliminator qualifying and the "Factory Stock Showdown" for all the late-model Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers (yes, there is one entered), and Challengers.

It's time to get back to work, checking things out in the pits and getting ready for another session on the starting line before the real work begins with all the photo-editing and writing back at the hotel. More news later and much more news at SpeedZone Magazine.