Race: Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Speedway, IN
Title Sponsor: Lilly Diabetes
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:49pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 4:00pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, July 24th
8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS & HAULERS ENTER
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 25th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS, RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM-10:00 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:30 AM-11:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
4:00 PM NNS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, July 26th
7:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING
1:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEFS MEETING (PLAZA MEETING ROOM)
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
Dillon wins at Indianapolis: #3-Ty Dillon won the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ##54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #20-Matt Kenseth, #5-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano, #33-Paul Menard, #2-Brian Scott, #42-Kyle Larson, #6-Travor Bayne, and #7-Regan Smith.
There were 9 cautions for 6 laps and 3 lead changes among 17 leaders. Complete results are on the Indianapolis race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2014)
Indianapolis Race Fast Facts:
Ty Dillon won the 3rd Annual Lilly Diabetes 250, his first victory in 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Dillon also secured the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
This is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2014.
Matt Kenseth(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ty Dillon (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 4 points over Regan Smith.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-26-2014)
Driver standings following Indianapolis:
1) #9-Chase Elliott 678
2) #7-Regan Smith 674, -4
3) #11-Elliott Sadler 667, -11
4) #3-Ty Dillon 663, -15
5) #2-Brian Scott 636, -42
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 631, -47
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 551, -127
8) #60-Chris Buescher 556, -122
9) #99-James Buescher 551, -127
10) #16-Ryan Reed 509, 169
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-26-2014)
Owner Standings following Indianapolis are posted (pdf).(7-26-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #23-Robert Richardson, 32nd
Caution 2: #39-Ryan Sieg , 18th
Caution 3: #39-Ryan Sieg, 18th
Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Lilly Diabetes 250 with a speed of 180.245mph. He was followed by:#2-Brian Scott, #54-Kyle Busch, #5-Kevin Harvick, #20-Matt Kenseth, #20-Joey Logano, #33-Paul Menard, #7-Regan Smith, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #98-David Ragan. All 42 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Indianapolis practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-25-2014)
Ragan fastest in practice: #98-David Ragan was fastest during opening practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.043mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by:#31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Paul Menard, #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #7-Reagan Smith, #5-Kevin Harvick, and #42-Kyle Larson. 41 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Indianapolis practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-25-2014)
Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Kevin Harvick returns to the #5;
David Starr remains in the TriStar #44;
Kevin Lepage will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon;
Tommy Joe Martins returns in the #76;
Kevin Swindell will be in the #96 for JGL;
David Reagan returns to the #98.(7-21-2014)
UPDATE: Carl Long at the #72 have been added. There are 42 cars at the track.(7-25-2014)
See the complete list on the Indianapolis entry list page.
ESPN Nationwide Series Coverage at Indianapolis ESPN will have a live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis on Saturday. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4:00pm with the green flag at 4:49pm. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on July 27 at 4:00am. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. (ESPN)(7-21-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: 6 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4556; Right-side -- D-4476
Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 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 -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Notes: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will run the same right-side tire code (D-4476), they will be on distinct left-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams have run this right-side tire at Indianapolis since 2012 . . . compared to last year, Cup teams will be on a different left-side tire code (D-4556), though they have run it at both Dover and Kentucky earlier this season . . . another change from last year is an increase in the minimum recommended air pressure in all four tires -- up four psi in the left-side tires and up five psi in the right-side tires . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at The Brickyard on June 16-17 . . . drivers/teams participating in that test were Greg Biffle in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Clint Bowyer in the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Joey Logano in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford, Ryan Newman in the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Chase Elliott Eyes Indianapolis With Points Lead In Hand
Records beware: Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott is coming. The second generation driver reclaimed the NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead following his third win of the season, and in doing so has positioned himself to become the first rookie in NASCAR national series history to win a series championship. He’s also zeroing in on the single-season wins record of five, held by Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004) and Carl Edwards (2005).
Elliott is the first rookie since 2005 (Edwards) to win three or more races in his rookie campaign. He also is the 10th driver in series history to win three races in his first 18. Elliott’s three wins is tied with Kyle Busch for the most this season.
To accompany his wins Elliott has posted eight top fives and 13 top 10s, an average finish of 9.1 and a season-to-date Driver Rating of 109.3 - second only to Busch and tops among championship contenders. Elliot is currently seven points ahead of teammate Regan Smith and eight points up on third-place Elliott Sadler. He will be making his series debut at Indianapolis this weekend, the track at which his father and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2002.
“It’s one of the places I look back on, I do have memories of The Brickyard win he (Bill Elliott) had, I think it was 2002,” Chase Elliott said. “That’s a special race track for me. I always love going back there ever since then knowing he has been to Victory Lane. We are going to give it our best shot.”
JR Motorsports now have won seven of the 18 races this season - Chase Elliott (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), Kevin Harvick (Richmond, Kentucky), Regan Smith (Daytona-1) and Kasey Kahne (Daytona-2). The team has led the driver points after 17 of 18 races this season (Elliott Sadler was the lone outlier, leading the points after Kentucky).
Penske, Gibbs Take Aim In Owner Title Hunt
With a pillow of smoke on Lap 8 at Chicago last weekend, the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota team felt the sting of losing 28 owner points to Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford crew in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner standings. With the first DNF since last season (5/4/2013 - Talladega) the Joe Gibbs’ owned No. 54 has opened the door of for Roger Penske’s No. 22 - which now sits five points off the lead.
Former series champs Kyle Busch (in the No. 54) and Brad Keselowski (in the No. 22) will square off this weekend at IMS. Keselowski steered the No. 22 car to Victory Lane at the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at IMS in 2011. Busch followed suit and won in the No. 54 last season. Both teams this season will be looking to make it a best of three.
Joe Gibbs is vying for his fifth owner title this season, but Roger Penske won his first NNS owner championship last season.
Dash 4 Cash Round 3 Kicks Off In Indy
Round 3 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program kicks off this Saturday, following wins by Regan Smith and Brian Scott in the first two rounds.
Scott won Round 2 of the Dash 4 Cash program, at Chicagoland Speedway last Saturday night. Now he and the top-three finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders in last weekend’s race at Chicago - Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne and Ty Dillon - qualify to compete in the third round of Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday with an opportunity to win $100,000.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at Indianapolis will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa the following weekend. The three highest finishing NNS regulars at Indianapolis not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Iowa - the final event. Also, four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.
Elliot and Dillon will be making their series debuts at IMS. Bayne has one start at IMS with a finish of 16th. Scott finished second at Indianapolis last season.
“It’s a great program that Nationwide Insurance does,” Scott said. “It (winning Round 2) comes at a really good time. Our team has got a lot of momentum heading to Indianapolis where we finished second and almost won that race last season.”
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Two former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard winners, Kevin Harvick (2003) and Paul Menard (2011) are entered in this weekend’s NNS race. Harvick will drive the JR Motorsports No. 5 car and Menard will be in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33. ... Dakoda Armstrong, the New Castle, Indiana native, is driving the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford this weekend. Armstrong is currently 13th in points. This will be his series debut at his home track.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)