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Compelling questions ... and maybe a few actual answers

So now the Brickyard goes up against the NFL?

To hopefully inject new life into the Brickyard 400, NASCAR and Indy moved it from mid-summer to September, where it becomes the regular-season finale. Good move, in theory. Unfortunately, this not only puts it up against Week 1 of the NFL season, but right up against the Indianapolis Colts, who are opening at home against the Bengals. That’s a pool of 70,000 fans, from which the Brickyard will surely lose a certain percentage.

Who’s to blame?

Taylor Swift, kinda-sorta. She has a concert scheduled at the Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium the weekend of the NFL’s second Sunday. In order to avoid clashing with the Brickyard, the Colts would’ve had to open with two road games. They opted not to do that. If it's not one thing, it's another.

— Ken Willis,