Column: Celebrating bumping at Indy a short-sighted victory

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(AP) -- Bumping was back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and everyone was thrilled.

Until people actually got bumped.

Only 33 drivers get to race in the Indianapolis 500, and that's the way it is because that's the way it always has been. Tradition means that when two extra drivers patched together enough cash to buy seats in this year's race, there were two too many cars for those 11 glorious rows. So James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann - both popular drivers, one a series regular in the IndyCar championship hunt - didn't make the field for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

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IndyCar Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Newgarden 178 2
2 A.Rossi 176 1
3 S.Bourdais 152 1
4 S.Dixon 147 0
5 J.Hinchcliffe 144 0
6 G.Rahal 142 0
7 W.Power 135 1
8 R.Wickens 133 0
9 R.Hunter-Reay 125 0
10 M.Andretti 105 0
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