Victory Lane: Indiana 250
Kyle Busch wins the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Post-Race Reactions: Indiana 250
Brian Scott and Joey Logano talking how they ran in the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speeway.
Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America set for June 13 at MIS
Money raised through innovative partnership benefits paralyzed veterans BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 29, 2015) -- Michigan International Speedway is proud to announce a partnership with Great Clips and Paralyzed Veterans of America to sponsor the June 13 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track, the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. This innovative partnership continues beyond race weekend. From July 1 through August 8, Great Clips patrons throughout Michigan, Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana will receive a $2 coupon toward a haircut with every $4 donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Patrons receive $1 voucher for a haircut with every $2 donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America. While Great Clips has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR's fastest track. As title sponsor, Great Clips will market its brand through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale, all while benefiting paralyzed veterans. "It's special to work with two organizations who tirelessly support our nation's precious veterans," speedway President Roger Curtis said. "We're thrilled to help promote Great Clips and the work Paralyzed Veterans of America does by welcoming them by introducing them to the most brand loyal and giving fans in all of sports." Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed veterans of America has ensured veterans receive the benefits earned through their service to our nation, monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. "We are excited to expand our involvement in motorsports as the beneficiary of the Great Clips 250 ," Paralyzed Veterans National President Al Kovach, Jr. said. "Paralyzed Veterans has a rich history in Motorsports and partnering with Great Clips allows us to continue sharing our mission with so many loyal race fans, donors and veterans. We offer a special thanks to Great Clips Racing and Michigan International Speedway for supporting our ongoing fight for disabled veterans and their families." "Great Clips is proud to contribute our time, talents and resources to a variety of great causes including this partnership with Michigan International Speedway for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America ," Great Clips Senior Manager of Marketing Strategy and Analysis Dave Randall. "We look forward to an exciting weekend of racing. It's gonna be great!" Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,700 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world's largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips system and advanced technical skills. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And it's more convenient than ever with Great Clips' Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com . Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike. Tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Pastrana spins, gets heavy damage
Travis Pastrana gets heavy damage after spinning in his opening lap of qualifying for the Indiana 250 .
Clements spins on pit road
Jeremy Clements spins around on pit road during the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Bowman smacks the wall in qualifying
Alex Bowman gets too low in the corner and end up in the wall in qualifying for the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Final Laps: Rowdy goes flag to flag
Kyle Busch wins the in Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones pockets second Dash 4 Cash win of season
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Dash 4 Cash hub DOVER, Del. -- Erik Jones has a few extra bucks in his pocket after a weekend of racing at the "Monster Mile." The Joe Gibbs Racing driver locked up his second Dash 4 Cash win of the season Saturday at Dover International Speedway , topping an eligible field that also included his teammate, Daniel Suarez , Richard Childress Racing 's Ty Dillon and JR Motorsports' Justin Allgaier . Oh, by the way, he won the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 race outright, to boot. By virtue of his two Dash 4 Cash wins (the other came in April at Bristol, a race he also won) along with two said race victories, Jones now sits atop the XFINITY Series Chase Grid with three wins. He's fifth overall in the points standings and would be higher had he not wrecked from the pole in the Dash 4 Cash race last month at Richmond. RELATED: Dash 4 Cash 101 -- What you need to know "It's pretty cool to get another win here ... at Dover and another Dash 4 Cash race," Jones said. "I wouldn't say (the new format plays to my strengths), I'd say that it's more the tracks; that they're at tracks that I've had historically good runs at. They just kind of work out that way. ... "I think our ability to adjust and maintain and get better throughout the day and throughout the race is just one of the best in the garage, and having the opportunity to do it after the heat race just gives us that little bit of an edge." With three Dash 4 Cash races in the books, only Saturday's Heat 2 winner, Dillon (winner of the second event at Richmond), still has a shot at earning a Chase berth by acquiring a pair of D4C wins. The RCR driver finished fifth, while Heat 1 winner Allgaier landed a spot ahead in fourth. Suarez was ninth. Drivers will have one last chance at the $100,000 check on July 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Jones is just hoping he's allowed to spend some of his Bristol winnings by then. "I'm still waiting to get my cut of the last check," the JGR driver said. "I haven't gotten a chance to spend any of it yet." While the 19-year-old isn't quite sure how he'll splurge yet, don't expect any exotic pet monkeys a la Tony Stewart coming his way. "It's hard to say. I'm not one to buy too many extravagant things, I guess," Jones said. "You never know. Maybe I'll find something I come across that I may want. I guess we'll see when that day comes around."
Sherry Pollex readies for 'Catwalk for a Cause' atop big month
RELATED: Learn more about 'Catwalk for a Cause' The Martin Truex Jr . Foundation hosts its biggest event of the year -- "Catwalk for a Cause" -- on Wednesday. The seventh annual fashion show helps raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. Sherry Pollex, Truex's longtime girlfriend, plays a strong role in the campaign. She raised the idea in 2010, and the event has taken on new meaning since Pollex's ovarian cancer diagnosis in August 2014. The event is from 6-10 p.m. ET in Mooresville, North Carolina. Last year's version had more than 600 people attend and raised more than $ 250 ,000. Earlier this month, the NASCAR community rallied around Sherry Pollex on May 10 to send her well wishes on her birthday, a big day for the philanthropist after she completed her final chemotherapy treatment in January. Pollex had an extra special reason to celebrate her day as she launched her website SherryStrong.org -- a platform for her to connect with those affected by cancer. Wish @SherryPollex a #HappyBirthday ! Stop by @MTJFoundation to support Martin & Sherry's fight against cancer: https://t.co/LSJRyOLbHY — Furniture Row Racing (@FR78Racing) May 10, 2016 Happy birthday to the American badass, @SherryPollex ! TIME FOR DANCE. #NASCAR https://t.co/WoI3BI5B5b — nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) May 10, 2016 https://t.co/pt2bzo8wGC — Sherry Pollex (@SherryPollex) May 10, 2016 MORE: Learn more about 'Catwalk for a Cause'
Ben Rhodes: Chasing dreams on-track and on-camera
Ask some of the people who work most closely with Ben Rhodes about him and you'll get the same sense -- that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie isn't an ordinary 19-year-old. Ask his crew chief. "I've known this kid since he was 15 years old and he was always very mature, very respectful and acts older than he is," Kevin Bellicourt says. "I mean, the way he has shown maturity in the race car and everything around that, I do forget that he is 19 years old." Ask the sports director who co-hosts Rhodes' TV show -- yes, his own TV show -- in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. "I'll look at him sometimes and I'll just be like, 'Look, stop it. Just be a kid.' But he's not," Kent Spencer says. "He's definitely wise beyond his years." The wisdom has served Rhodes well in all facets of his budding NASCAR career, which carried him to the K&N Pro Series East championship in 2014 and a stint with the NASCAR Next youth initiative that identifies the sport's up-and-coming stars. The next step is a full-season campaign this year with powerhouse ThorSport Racing in the Truck Series, which makes its next stop Friday night at Kansas Speedway . Even in casual conversation, Rhodes' composure comes through in a calm that belies his age, less than one year removed from receiving a high school diploma. It's a collected nature that helps him feel just as at home in front of a TV camera's lens as he does behind the wheel. Rhodes doesn't have to balance a racing career with schoolwork any more, but his focus is far from singular. "It's full-time racing now, and it's full-time everything that has to do with racing, not just being on the track or working on the cars, but sponsors, events, fans -- which is cool," Rhodes says. "I really like that aspect of it. You can't be on the track without that." The story of how Rhodes came to be on the track isn't unlike the tale of other youngsters with a dream and a heavy right foot. But it's the unique wrinkles of his narrative that make Rhodes' story ready for prime time. Early beginnings Around their home state, where the term "racing" is most commonly associated with Thoroughbreds, it's fitting that Rhodes' career choice was galvanized by figuratively getting back on the horse. Rhodes had barely entered grade school when the itch for speed struck him. He recalls helping his older brother, Chris, try to emulate his father's practice of removing the governor from their go-karts, much to their mother's dismay. The recreational -- and occasionally unrestricted -- karting soon led to competition. "We were having a blast around the house," Rhodes says, "but when we hit the race track, it didn't really click at first and it took awhile before I got in a wreck to figure it out." Rhodes recalls crashing his first time out -- the leader coming around to lap him, clipping one of his back wheels and landing on top of his kart. The wreck naturally made him gun-shy, but it took another altercation to set his course toward making racing a lifelong pursuit. Rhodes' family vividly recalls that incident at the Clark County, Indiana , 4-H Fairgrounds, where the 7-year-old driver was on the receiving end of an intentional wreck for the first time. His family worked to repair his kart while the youngster seethed, intent on retaliation. But as Rhodes began to furiously charge back through the pack, something changed in his demeanor. "Once I passed the other guy, I didn't even think about wanting revenge or whatever, I just started having a blast," Rhodes says. "Passing cars was a lot more fun than getting passed, and that's when it all started clicking for me. We started working on set-ups and had just an awesome time doing it. It was an awesome family experience." Into NASCAR Those first forays led to progression and an eventual place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at age 16. After a partial first season, his first full campaign in 2014 netted a remarkable five victories and six pole positions, with Bellicourt serving as his car chief. The performance drew the interest of JR Motorsports, which fielded Rhodes in a 10-race slate in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015. After a seventh-place series debut at Iowa Speedway in May, Rhodes endured largely uneven results in the JRM No. 88, despite help from the team's fleet of Sprint Cup drivers -- Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kevin Harvick , Chase Elliott and Regan Smith . "I learned so much from them, but the problem is it was hard to apply it," Rhodes says of his sporadic schedule. "You have to be in the car feeling it. I had a month between times (in the car) more than once before I could actually feel what they were talking about or actually apply it. All the momentum that you had was lost. It was just really hard for me to get adjusted to and just hard to keep the learning going, but the jump, I felt like if I ran the whole season, the jump maybe wouldn't have been that bad." An offseason to regroup also led to a new opportunity, as one of the newest faces at ThorSport Racing, a championship-caliber team with an evolving driver roster. In the offseason, Rhodes joined two-time Truck Series champ Matt Crafton , second-year driver Cameron Hayley and fellow rookie Rico Abreu under the watch of team owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson. The team's drivers have perennially lauded the resources that the Thorsons provide to compete at a high level. Rhodes found this out early on, when they sought his input to hire a crew chief for his No. 41 Toyota. He immediately thought of Bellicourt, who had just finished helping William Byron as crew chief for his K&N East championship run in 2015. In some respects, the job was a tougher sell than most, requiring Bellicourt to move from North Carolina to within reach of ThorSport's Sandusky, Ohio, shop. But it was also a commitment for his wife, his 11-month-old daughter and the baby the couple are expecting in early June. But the opportunity to move from the regional and touring level to a NASCAR national series was too good to pass up. After taking the leap, the driver-crew chief reunion went seamlessly. "The communication is back to where it was and it's like we never even left off," Rhodes says. "I remember the first time that he was up at ThorSport and I was there and we were having such a good time. None of the guys up there had seen us run before or work together, so when we came up there, they were like, 'We've got a feeling that you just brought your best friend in to work on these race cars.' That was kind of cool that we hit it off right away once again." Says Bellicourt: "We just have a good time. I understand what he's saying when he's talking about the truck, and he understands when I'm trying to make a point with him. His understanding of the race car has just come a long way since I first met him when he was 15. He understands that a lot, and all the set-up stuff. That just helps a lot, too, with the driver having that knowledge. We've just been able to roll with it so far this season." Rolling with it has meant gradual gains in the early stages of the year, but one accomplishment stands out -- winning the pole position last month at Martinsville Speedway . Though a late-race wreck saddled Rhodes with a midpack 16th-place result, the speed shown in qualifying and out front for 42 laps made a solid impression. "It felt really good to get the pole because it validates what we know that we have," Rhodes says. "We're trying to show others what my crew chief and I know. We have an awesome relationship and we know how to set up the race cars, we know how to get speed, it's just a matter of getting the experience together now. It just validates that." The fact that Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch was among the competitive field in qualifying that day didn't hurt the team's confidence, Bellicourt says. "You look at that and say there's no reason we can't run with any of these guys," Bellicourt says. "Now Ben knows it. We knew it before, but you always want to make it happen and then you just get that extra confidence. I know it, the guys know it, Ben knows it, and hopefully now everybody else sees what we're capable of. "We're looking to continue to do more of that to show that it wasn't just a flash-in-the-pan, one-time thing. We're going to try to do it at Kansas again." On the mic Rhodes has visions of keeping his racing aspirations going, climbing the ladder, chasing victories. But if his NASCAR dream somehow ended tomorrow, he has an entertaining backup plan -- in television. The 19-year-old is in his fifth season as co-host of "On Track with Ben Rhodes ," a 30-minute weekly show that chronicles his racing career and allows him to meet and interview personalities in the Louisville area. Kent Spencer -- the sports director at WHAS-11, an ABC affiliate in Louisville -- has served as the show's other co-host since its inception. "I'd met Ben before, but in kind of a different realm," Spencer says. "He was a young man trying to come up, went to a local high school, trying to make it in NASCAR, so we interviewed a few times there. This was obviously a different beast. He and I have a really good rapport together, we like to be around each other, so we kind of knew early on that this was going to work." The experience has allowed Rhodes to interact with community leaders from all walks of life. This season, Rhodes and Spencer have taken their show on the road, spending time with charitable organizations, returning to Holy Cross High School (the driver's alma mater), and paying visits to Churchill Downs, site of Saturday's 142nd Kentucky Derby. Rhodes' comfort on camera has grown not only in his hometown, but also during media sessions in the garage on race weekends. "I get to see and build new relationships with people, but it's also trained me to talk to the media and how to talk on camera," he says. "Before the show, I was really, really bad. Now that I've done the show for a couple seasons, I've done a lot better and it makes the job at the race track a lot easier for me." Even Bellicourt has noticed. "You give that kid a microphone and you're going to have to rip it out of his hand before he quits talking," he says with a laugh. "He's very outgoing and does a good job with that. He's kind of a total-package guy. He's got the marketing side, he's really good in front of the camera and obviously has performed on the race track great, so he's got an enormous amount of talent." It all circles back to the versatility and composure that extends beyond Rhodes' years. "I got that feeling from him back when he was 17," Spencer says. "You could definitely tell he's not a normal high school junior, not a normal high school senior. It's just the way he goes about things and the way he can communicate, and I think a large part of that is because the way that his mom and dad make him do a lot on his own. "If you want this dream, it's not easy. You're going to have to work for it. Every week, we get done taping the show and Ben helps tear down the set. He does a lot setting up his own schedule. He's out there and he's doing it, getting the job done, but there's a lot of times where it just blows me away." Several drivers with successful NASCAR credentials have made smooth transitions to the broadcasting booth for second careers after their driving days are done. Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon added his name to the list this season, joining FOX Sports for its coverage of the sport. Rhodes says he'd love to see a similar trajectory for his career, but right now he's one-upping it -- by taking on both jobs at once. "Hopefully my racing career goes on for a long time and I can build up a great reputation and go out on TV broadcasting," he says. "I think it's really cool that drivers do that once they're done, and they're able to go up in the broadcast booth and shine new light on the subject and able to give fans kind of the inside scoop on things. As things change and progress, maybe some of the other broadcasters might not be aware of it. "New drivers like Jeff Gordon and the guys that are fresh out of the race car can show them and talk about what's changing in the sport. I think that's really cool that drivers can do that." Spoken like a kid who is wise beyond his years.