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INDIANAPOLIS -- Just how tedious was the 23rd annual Brickyard 400?The most intriguing story coming out of Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for people who follow racing was the public confirmation that Tony George was quietly named chairman of the board of the speedway, in addition to its parent company, Hulman & Co., some four months ago.?Sure, there was Indys 160-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race -- actually, make that 170, thanks to a series of overtime crashes -- which to the surprise of no one was dominated by Kyle Busch and the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.?Busch swept the Indianapolis weekend for the second year in a row, winning the Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 on Saturday as a warm-up to his triumph in the main show. ?His mastery of IMS was even more convincing this year, as he won from pole position in both races and led 149 laps on Sunday.With the race itself an unwatchable dud, hopes that Jeff Gordons temporary comeback or local hero Tony Stewarts final Brickyard start would provide compelling storylines fell flat.?Gordons return to replace the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. fizzled out, with the No. 88 car never showing strongly all afternoon and taking a quiet 13th place. And Stewarts recent return to his old form was blunted Sunday by a pit lane speeding violation that relegated the hometown hero to 11th at the flag.That made Georges ascension to the chairmans seat of his familys companies the biggest story of the day, marking a comeback that rivals any weve ever seen on the executive side of the sport. ?The news broke in unorthodox fashion. George was voted into the chairman roles during Hulman & Co.s annual meeting in March, but there was no public confirmation of the change until he was introduced as the IMS chairman over the Speedways public address system when he stepped out to give the command to start engines for Sundays race.Talk about a private company that really keeps things private. ?Now 56, George was named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1989 when he was just 29 years old, kicking off a turbulent 20-year run.?During his tenure, George brought NASCAR to Indianapolis with the first Brickyard 400 in 1994, and he also built a road course in the IMS infield that hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix from 2000-07.?But George is more famous (or infamous) for creating the Indy Racing League and using the Indianapolis 500 as a bargaining chip in the quest to take control of Indy car racing from CART. The 13-year civil war between the two Indy car series from 1996-2008 caused huge damage to the sport, which it still continues to recover from.?After Indy car racing was unified as the IndyCar Series under Hulman &. Co leadership, George resigned as the leagues CEO in 2009, and he relinquished his board roles in 2011. He was reinstated to the IMS and Hulman & Co. boards in 2013; with his 82-year-old mother Mari Hulman-George in failing health, his recent ascension to the chairman role doesnt come as a surprise. Just family business.?Still, the fact that Hulman & Co. chose not to publicize the move indicates they understand the perception of putting George back in charge still carries some public relations baggage with longtime Indy car fans -- even though as the board chairman, he will have little or no influence on the companys day-to-day operations.Critics should not lose sight of the fact that while TG takes most of the blame for what has happened to Indy car racing over the past 20-plus years, many of the things that he did were positive for the speedway. ?The Brickyard 400 was a huge success for the first half of its 23-year existence, and it still remains a moneymaker for IMS. The F1 race and a subsequent Moto GP event on the road course delivered a new audience to the famous old oval.?George was also the driving force behind the creation of one of the most important safety innovations in the history of oval racing -- the SAFER Barrier, with IMS commissioning and financing its development.?With the Brickyard 400 a total snoozefest, perhaps it was a stroke of genius for IMS to release news of Georges promotion on a day when the track was otherwise generating negative headlines due to the poor quality of racing.?If it isnt clearly obvious by now, NASCAR stock cars are simply not compatible with the Brickyard oval. The unique single-groove track, with long straights and four low-banked 90-degree corners, just sets up for boring, single-file running.?Add in a 110-degree heat index like we had on Sunday, and its no wonder the Brickyard struggles to attract 50,000 fans these days when it was a 250,000-plus sellout in the early years.?Its still a profitable event for IMS, but with all those empty seats, its also a bit of an embarrassment to the grand old track.?As the chairman of the board, its not Tony Georges responsibility to fix the Brickyard 400 -- that job falls to Hulman Motorsports CEO Mark Miles and IMS president Doug Boles, among others.?But you can bet your bottom dollar that hes going to be paying close attention to whatever solutions they come up with.? Iman Marshall Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. 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Seth Rollins will battle Finn Balor at SummerSlam on Sunday for the newly created WWE Universal Championship. Rollins visited the ESPN campus and sat down for an interview on the match, that fan rushing the stage at Raw, and more.Ben Houser:?SummerSlam, what are we going to see from Seth Rollins?Seth Rollins:Mostly what you can expect -- a big match, Seth Rollins, WWE Universal Championship, first time against Finn Balor. Aside from him being a tremendous opponent, I just think youre going to see me go out there and deliver in big match situations, so Im looking forward to the energy and the crowd and the match itself.Houser:?It wasnt that long ago that you came up; what is it like that you built the brand for yourself as Seth Rollins and youre about to take on a younger talent in his first big match?Rollins: Its super-exciting for me, actually, to be on the other side of the coin. You know even last year, you go back to SummerSlam and look at my match with John Cena, and I feel like were in a complete role reversal. I feel like Im in the John Cena position this year and Finn Balor is in my position, so its crazy, you know, how much can change in a year. Im looking forward to that challenge because its a new challenge for me; its not something Im used to. And now in the locker room, Im almost a veteran at this point, which is just wild with all the new guys coming up and stuff like that. For me its a tremendous honor. Its cool to be looked at that way, as a leader and as someone whos going to help take this generation to the next level.Houser: What are Finn Balors talents that you see?Rollins: In the ring, Finn Balor is one of the most polished performers that we have. Hes got a uniqueness about him the way he moves; obviously, the Demon King side of his persona is very interesting and differentiates him from a lot of the other talent that we have right now on the roster. I just think theres just something about him; hes just one of those guys where you cant put your finger on it. Hes got that, that it factor, that I cant miss a Finn Balor match.Houser:?Monday Night Raw, you were in the middle of delivering a promo -- what happened?Rollins: Uh, well, delivering a promo, talking directly to Finn Balor, calling out the Demon King, and all of a sudden to my left I see a young man slide into the ring with a hard hat on -- I had to give him a little push and make sure that he kept his distance and our security handled it. A guy whos not supposed to be in the ring, its not his domain. He was a stagehand helping out with us that day and, you know, felt that the time was right to get his 15 seconds or whatever he wanted to do in that moment.Obviously, if youre a fan aand youre watching our show, please dont get in the ring.dddddddddddd It really doesnt work out well for anybody. That guys probably going to see some jail time or some stiff consequences, and hes lucky that it ended up as peacefully as it did, to be honest with you. Really, dont try that when you come to the building. I urge it, it just doesnt work out well for you or for me. So, you know, lets just hope thats not a recurring theme.Houser: Youre performing at that moment -- what goes through your mind when you see a person who has nothing to do with the show confront you?Rollins: You just have to assess the situation quickly. Its live television. You know, obviously the promo becomes secondary. You have to make sure youre safe, that hes safe, or shes safe if its a woman that jumps in the ring, um, but you just got to make sure that everythings kosher, and then, you know, try to go on with the promo and match or the story or whatever youre trying to do there. So you just got to take a step back for a minute and make sure that everybodys cool.Houser: How do you continue on then?Rollins: You know, Im a professional. Ive been doing this for a long time, so for me it was kind of easy just to -- once I realized what was happening -- to kind of flip the switch and go back into promo mode. So it took us out of the moment for a second, but you flip the switch and youre right back in.Houser: Take me back to the injury -- what happened? What were you feeling?Rollins: Mostly uncertainty -- dread, if you will. Just feeling like I might have to vacate the title and kind of let the locker room down and take time off from a job that I love. It was a very strange feeling, you know. Ive never had an injury put me out like that before. So to just kind of -- it was almost like I was stepping outside myself watching and kind of almost emotionally distant from the whole thing. It was very, a very odd situation for me to be in.Houser: What does this match mean now that youre back and youll be able to perform at the level you had before?Rollins: I didnt wanna come back, you know, at 75 percent, I didnt want to come back even at 99 percent. I wanted to come back 100 percent, and I wanted the fans to get the full effect of Seth Rollins. For me, its going to feel almost like a cathartic experience in a way -- theres just a lot of intangibles. A lot of things go into it, and I think once we get closer -- Sunday afternoon, fans start to file in, you start to feel that energy and that heat and stuff like that, its really going to set in that, uh, that Im back. ' ' '

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