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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.
Indianapolis announces updated race weekend schedule
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Indianapolis Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Thursday that its Brickyard 400 race weekend will be condensed to two days of on-track activity for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Practice and qualifying for NASCAR's premier series now are scheduled for Saturday, July 22, bookending the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Monster Energy Cup Series is slated for 6:15 p.m. ET, after the XFINITY Series' 3:30 p.m. ET start (NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Indy's annual Brickyard 400 follows Sunday, July 23 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The news follows similar announcements of condensed weekend schedules made by Pocono Raceway and Martinsville Speedway in recent weeks. Friday's slate at Indianapolis will now feature a pair of practice sessions for the XFINITY Series. That opening day will also feature a fan fest with interactions with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and the traditional Hauler Parade through Main Street in Indianapolis. This year's running will mark the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' 24th visit to the historic 2.5-mile track. Kyle Busch has won the prestigious 400-miler the last two years.
Kyle Busch wins second-straight Atlanta XFINITY race
RELATED: Full race results " Standings " Detailed breakdown " Shop: Busch gear HAMPTON, Ga. – It took Kyle Busch 13 years to get his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It took him one more year to get the second. The pole winner at Atlanta for the sixth time, Busch pulled away after a restart on Lap 148 of 163 and beat Brad Keselowski to the finish line by .605 seconds to score his second straight victory at the 1.54-mile track in Saturday's Rinnai 250 . "It took so long to get here to begin with," Busch said in Victory Lane. "Now we've won two in a row. We weren't great to begin with, and we weren't great in the middle, but (crew chief) Scott Graves and the guys keep working on the car throughout the race and brought the No. 18 (Toyota) to life there at the end." Busch was first off pit road under the fifth caution of the afternoon after Kyle Larson, the leader entering pit road, nearly collided with Kevin Harvick, the dominant driver for most of the race with 64 laps led. The near-miss cost both drivers a fraction of a second — enough for Busch to exit with the lead. "I can't say enough about my pit crew," Busch said. "They did an awesome job getting me off pit road first for that final run." Later, Busch's race-winning entry failed post-race inspection for a height violation, according to NASCAR officials. Busch's car measured too low on both the right and left front. The car will be taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina for final inspection and any penalties will be announced next week. RELATED: Busch's No. 18 fails post-race inspection The victory was Busch's 87th in 329 XFINITY starts, extending his own series record. Both Larson and Harvick fell back on the Lap 148 restart and finished third and fourth, respectively. Elliott Sadler, who ran fifth in the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, had the best result among series regulars and leads the XFINITY standings by three points over Sunoco rookie William Byron. Darrell Wallace Jr., Byron, Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric and Cole Custer completed the top 10. Drawing a penalty for too many men over the wall on pit road, Custer restarted from the rear after a Lap 118 caution for Denny Hamlin's spin in Turn 1, but recovered to earn his top-10 finish in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. The race was contested in three stages, the first two of 40 laps each before an 83-lap final stage. Keselowski, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular, won the first stage, earning a playoff point for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Harvick won Stage 2 convincingly, but his car tightened up in the final third of the race, as shadows covered Turns 1 and 2. As a full-time monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Busch is ineligible to earn points in the XFINITY Series, but his victory was worth five playoff points on the owner's side to the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Contributing: NASCAR.com staff &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Bizarre garage incident latest in Busch-Goodyear chapter
MORE: Atlanta starting lineup HAMPTON, Ga. -- Goodyear and driver Kyle Busch seem to be inextricably linked in the news fodder of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and that continued to be the case Sunday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway. An errant step by a fan in the garage sent oil spilling onto two tires of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, necessitating a trip to the Goodyear building where the tires were washed and, after careful inspection, returned to the team. "It's unfortunate, but look around," crew chief Adam Stevens said, noting the crowded garage area full of race fans and team personnel. "The tires seem to be fine, no issues there, hopefully, so we should be OK." This year, teams are required to start the race on the tires used during qualifying and at an abrasive track such as Atlanta, the fewer the laps on tires, the quicker the lap times. Teams have two fewer sets at their disposal compared to last season for today's 325-lap race, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Jimmy Makar, senior vice president of racing operations for JGR, wasn't aware of the situation when asked Sunday morning, but seemed convinced the team would be required and able to start the race on the qualifying tires and would not be provided an additional set to replace those on which the oil had spilled. Stu Grant, general manager of global race tires for Goodyear, said the tires were cleaned with "mild soap and water, that type of thing." "You don't want to put solvent on it because the rubber will absorb the solvent," he said. Busch will start third for today's race. He won Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the Rinnai 250 , only to learn later that his car had failed post-race technical inspection due to a height violation. "Maybe they should have checked the air pressure in the front tires first," Busch quipped after being told of the infraction. The 2015 Monster Energy Cup Series champion was involved in a crash in last week's season-opening Daytona 500 that was the result of a tire going down. "You know, obviously Goodyear tires just aren't very good at holding air," an upset Busch said after the incident. "It's very frustrating when we have that down here every single year we've been here." Asked about Goodyear's post-race analysis of the team's Daytona tires, Grant said there was nothing to indicate that a tire going down caused Busch to crash. "That would appear to be the case," he said. "But Kyle is a professional race car driver and he spun for some reason; he felt something." Grant said Goodyear officials studied the two rear Daytona tires at the company's headquarters in Akron, Ohio, and viewed video provided by FOX, which aired the Daytona 500, as well as video obtained from NASCAR. A flat spot was found on the right rear, and that only occurs when a tire has air in it, it's spinning and then locked up, according to Grant. "The video from FOX showed that," he said. "The car is spinning and the right rear is definitely up." Grant believes that after spinning and sliding off the steep banking, the right rear was flat-spotted all the way through, which caused the air loss. He said no cuts were found on the left rear tire based on research analysis, and the NASCAR video verified that the tire was up when Busch's car began to spin. "The left rear is up until he is hit by the 77 (of Erik Jones)," Grant said. "The 77 knocks the tire off the flange, it loses air and then the tire gets folded over and that's how we found it. The tire was folded in half at the center line but again it did not have a cut." &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;