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THE RACE: Nationwide Series 250

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #19 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race: Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Speedway, IN

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:49pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 4:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty, Ray Evernham

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 26th

9:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NNS MANDTORY DRIVER & SPOTTER MEETINGS, RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 PM-3:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:30 PM-5:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, July 27th

8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

Saturday, July 28th

8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEFS MEETING (PLAZA MEETING ROOM)
12:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
4:30 PM NNS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)(100 LAPS, 250 MILES)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Keselowski wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: #22-Brad Keselowski won the inaugural Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 3rd Nationwide win of the year. #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. finished second followed by #51-Ty Dillon, #18-Denny Hamlin, #3-Austin Dillon, #43-Michael Annett, #20-Joey Logano, #33-Paul Menard, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #4-Jeremy Clements. Points leader #2-Elliott Sadler was black-flagged on the final restart for beating Keselowski to the start-finish line and not giving the position back. He finished 15th and now has a 1 point lead over #3-Austin Dillon. There were 5 cautions for 24 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 40,000. Complete results are on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(7-28-2012)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski(i) won the Inaugural Indiana 250, his 20th victory in 183 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Ty Dillon(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 1 points over Austin Dillon #.
    Brad Keselowski's win at Indianapoilis Motor Speedway is the 100th NASCAR National Series win for Roger Penske.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-28-2012)

  • Driver standings following Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 704
    2) #3-Austin Dillon # 703 -1
    3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 691 -13
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 676 -28
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 629 -75
    6) #43-Michael Annett 607 -97
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 577 -127
    9) #44-Mike Bliss 524 -180
    10) #11-Brian Scott 460 -244
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-28-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Indianapolis Motor Speedway are posted (pdf).(7-28-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #52-Schendel, 28th
    Caution 2: #30-Buescher, 26th
    Caution 3: #30-Buescher (2), 26th
    Caution 4: #14-McClure, 24th
    Caution 5: #39-Earnhardt, 21st
    (7-28-2012)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kahne on pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: #38-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole for the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 176.284 mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top ten: #51-Ty Dillon, #18-Denny Hamlin, #2-Elliott Sadler, #20-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Paul Menard, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Did Not Qualify: #74-Mike Harmon & #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(7-28-2012)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Kasey Kahne(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Inaugural Indiana 250 with a lap of 51.054 seconds, 176.284 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 186 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole and first series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Ty Dillon(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his second in two races this season.
    Austin Dillon (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-28-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf) - Qualifying order was set by random draw because Thursday's practices were considered a test session as well
  • Kyle Busch fastest in happy hour: #54-Kyle Busch was quickest during the final practice session for the Nationwide Series 250 with a top speed of 175.836 mph. He was followed by: #1-Kurt Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Denny Hamlin, #33-Denny Hamlin, #33-Paul Menard, #31-Justin Allgaier, #22-Brad Keselowski, #3-Austin Dillon, and #2-Elliott Sadler. See complete results on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-26-2012)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 174.754mph. #18-Denny Hamlin was second, followed by: #2-Elliott Sadler, #51-Ty Dillon, #44-Mike Bliss, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #33-Paul Menard, #38-Kasey Kahne, #7-Danica Patrick, and #1-Kurt Busch. See complete results on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-26-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Nationwide Series 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Kurt Busch is in the #1 for Phoenix Racing;
    Jeremy Clements will be in the JD Motorsports #4 while Ty Dillon drives his #51;
    Scott Riggs will drive the Rick Ware #15;
    Kenny Wallace is in the SR2 #24;
    Ryan Blaney returns to the Baldwin #36;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the Go Green #39;
    Reed Sorenson will be in the Biagi #98.(7-23-2012)
    See the complete list on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,450; Right-side -- 1,450;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 800; Right-side -- 800

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 7 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: Up to 9 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4472; Right-side -- D-4476

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.3 in. (2,217 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 16 psi; Left Rear -- 16 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 33 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Indianapolis this week . . . this is the same tire set-up that Sprint Cup teams ran at IMS last year . . . in fact, this left-side tire code (D-4472) has been run at this track since 2010 . . . these teams also ran this left-side code at Phoenix earlier this season . . . this right-side tire code (D-4476) is unique to Indianapolis . . . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at IMS . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    The Brickyard Opens Its Doors To The NASCAR Nationwide Series
    Eighteen years after Indianapolis Motor Speedway first welcomed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to its historic track, it is once again opening its doors to another national NASCAR series  the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
    On Saturday, July 28, the nation's No. 2 motorsports series will take the green flag at the iconic 2.5-mile oval in the series' inaugural event at the track. Among those slated to appear in the event is the winner of last year's NASCAR premier series race, Paul Menard.   
    The inaugural event at the famed track is the fifth time since 2005 that a new track has been added to the series' schedule, the most recent being Road America in 2010. The event is a homecoming of sorts for Joe Balash, the NASCAR Nationwide Series director, who is a native of Hobart, Ind. As a youngster, Balash and his friends watched Indianapolis 500s through fences and makeshift scaffolding that they built.  
    In addition, ML Motorsports, owned by Mary Louise Miller, is based in Warsaw, Ind. The team's main driver, Johanna Long, will pilot the No. 70 Chevrolet. In 12 series starts this season, Long has a best finish of 12th (at Daytona in July) and currently sits in 18th place. 

    Danica Patrick Has Competitive Edge At The Brickyard
    Danica Patrick returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track where she is in the record books as the only female ever to lead an Indianapolis 500 and the highest-finishing female in the event's history.
    When Patrick returns to the Brickyard this weekend, however, she will be at the helm of a 3,450-pound stock car rather than a much lighter IndyCar (1,525 pounds). In seven races in the IndyCar Series at Indy, Patrick has six top 10s with a best finish of third in the 2009 race. 
    Currently in her first full NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Patrick has one top-10 finish (eighth at Texas), one Coors Light Pole (Daytona) and has led 18 total laps this year. Her best series finish came last year at Las Vegas, where she finished fourth. She is currently ninth in the points standings with an average finish of 19.6.
    It remains to be seen whether her experience and strong finishes at Indy provide her an edge that many of her NNS competitors don't have. 
    Another driver scheduled to compete in the inaugural event that might have the advantage of experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is former Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. There is also a contingent of 19 other drivers entered in the event who have NASCAR Sprint Cup Series experience at the track. 

    Round Three: Dash 4 Cash Hits Indianapolis
     Big money rolls into Indianapolis this weekend when the NASCAR Nationwide Series hits the famous 2.5-mile speedway for the first time in series history. Not only does winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have a level of prestige in itself, but an additional $100,000 up for grabs among Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett should sweeten the pot even more in the third straight Dash 4 Cash race. 
    Although Kenny Wallace finished higher (fourth) than Annett (fifth) coming out of the Chicagoland race, Wallace's car was a post-entry, meaning it was entered following the entry deadline. According to the entry blank/rule book, the driver and car owner of a post-entry do not receive driver and owner championship points. The D4C rules state that the driver must receive driver championship points in the event to be eligible for the bonus or to become eligible for the following D4C race. 
    Last weekend's D4C recipient and race winner Sadler is on a roll this season. He has led the standings for 14 of the 18 weeks of the season including the last seven consecutive weeks. In 18 starts he has posted two poles, three wins and seven top fives and is tied with RCR teammate Austin Dillon for the series' most top 10s with 14. Sadler extended his points lead with his win at Chicago to 11 points over Dillon. 
    Sadler holds one advantage at Indianapolis over the three other Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers: he has competed at the track before. Sadler has made 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis, logging 1,452 laps and posting two top-five finishes. 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon's younger brother, is scheduled to compete this weekend at IMS in the No. 51 Chevrolet. This will be Dillon's second NNS career start. He ranks second in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points. & Last year at this time, Travis Pastrana was set to make his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series. However, injuries suffered in an X-Games stunt the night before curtailed his inaugural series race until April in Richmond. He'll finally get his chance at Indy this weekend. & Twelve drivers that entered in the inaugural NNS race at Indianapolis are competing on Sunday in the NSCS race. & In 119 career series races, Annett had yet to produce a top-five finish. In three of his last four races, the Des Moines, Iowa, native has three top fives and currently is sixth in the points. & Milestone Watch: Stenhouse will attempt to post his 50th NNS top-10 finish this weekend at IMS.

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Countdown to the race: 11/1/2014 ~ 3:46 PM ET

Texas Motor Speedway
Ft. Worth, TX


3:30 pm/et
Sirius Channel 90
Performance Racing Network

Qualifying:
11:10am/et, Saturday, November 1
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