The gloves come off as championship battle heats up

You want nice? You're not gonna get it in the IndyCar Series. The Nextel Cup race at Bristol looked like a softball game compared to Sunday's free-for-all at Infineon Raceway, writes Bruce Martin.

Updated: August 27, 2007, 3:31 PM ET
By Bruce Martin | Special to ESPN.com

SONOMA, Calif. -- When Scott Dixon was part of a four-driver championship battle in the IndyCar Series last season, it pitted the two most gentlemanly teams in the series -- Penske Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

It was Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves representing Team Penske with Dan Wheldon and Dixon competing for Ganassi.

It was a tough but fair battle that went all the way to the final race of the season at Chicagoland Speedway, with Hornish and Wheldon ...

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