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Five things you may have missed this weekend

1 It appears that the IndyCar series learned its lesson. During this year's Indy 500, series officials cut Danica Patrick off as she strode through the pits looking for Ryan Briscoe , whose car had tangled with hers during a pit stop. Saturday at Mid-Ohio, Patrick (right) went looking for Milka Duno after the two nearly tangled in practice. Patrick got to Duno's pit, and the two drivers gave the IRL 45 seconds of video PR gold. Patrick finished 12th in Sunday's race.

2 Lewis Hamilton took sole possession of the lead in Formula One in dramatic fashion Sunday. He fell to fifth place in the German Grand Prix when he pitted with 17 laps to go. But after coming out, Hamilton began knocking off the drivers in front of him, one by one. The final two drivers Hamilton, a McLaren Mercedes driver, passed were Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Nelson Piquet Jr. of Renault.

3 Tony Bartone had the time of his life in Sunday's NHRA final eliminations in Seattle when he got his first-ever Pro victory. It came in funny cars -- and he beat one of the best in the business, Ron Capps to get it. Bartone's victory came in his 119th start in funny cars. Bartone has crashed twice this year and has failed to qualify for final eliminations six times.

4 It is puzzling that St. Louis does not better support racing. The Wallaces are from there, Ken Schrader is from near there, and Carl Edwards is within bicycling distance from there. Yet NASCAR comes to town (yes, it's the Nationwide series) and the grandstands remain half empty. Saturday night, you would have thought there was a chemical spill near turns one and two because the stands there were so lonesome.

5 The news was bad for Roger Penske away from the track last week as Ryan Newman announced he would not return to the Cup team. But on the track, things could not have been better. In the IndyCar series, Penske driver Helio Castroneves won the pole, teammate Ryan Briscoe finished first in the race, and Castroneves was second at Mid-Ohio. In the American Le Mans Series, Penske's Porsche Spyder won for the fourth time this year.

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