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Key stretch of season kicks off

Updated: August 13, 2004, 8:55 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.co

This weekend's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway kicks off a stretch of three Indy Racing League events in three weeks. The three events could go a long way toward deciding the IndyCar Series championship and whether it will remain a two-man contest between Tony Kanaan and Buddy Rice.

Kanaan leads Rice by 57 points and Dan Wheldon by 89 points, with 50 points on offer for a race win. Helio Castroneves (120 points back) and his Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. (133 points ...

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