Lilly Diabetes named official diabetes health partner of NASCAR
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Atlanta DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR ® and Lilly Diabetes announced today that Lilly is expanding its involvement in NASCAR with a multi-year official partnership with the sanctioning body. The new collaboration designates Lilly Diabetes as the "Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR." The partnership with Lilly Diabetes builds upon its primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Ford Mustang driven by Roush Fenway Racing's Ryan Reed, who last weekend won his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, as a part of this new partnership, Lilly Diabetes will work with NASCAR on multiple health and wellness initiatives, including launching an editorial series on NASCAR.com. "As a leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, we understand the daily challenges that millions of Americans face managing this disease," said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes . "Our partnership with NASCAR, along with our continued relationship with Ryan, emphasizes the critical role of ongoing discussions with your doctor about how to best manage the disease." As the Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR, Lilly Diabetes -- part of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) -- will expand its presence in the sport by introducing initiatives that educate fans about the disease. Lilly encourages fans to stay determined and take action to better manage their diabetes by talking to their doctor and making lifestyle changes like exercising and eating healthy. Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes , and if current trends continue, 1 in 3 U.S. adults will develop diabetes by 2050 "The goal of Lilly Diabetes – driving awareness and education – is critical to NASCAR as many of our fans are affected by the disease," said Lou Garate, NASCAR vice president of partnership marketing. "The rate of Americans developing diabetes continues to rise, and we hope this partnership can help make a positive change in people’s lives." Lilly Diabetes has played a significant role in the NASCAR community since 2013, when it first sponsored Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Ryan has Type 1 diabetes and, through his work with Lilly , travels the NASCAR circuit raising awareness about the disease and encouraging fans to take action to better manage their diabetes . "Our program with Lilly Diabetes is one that touches my life in a significant way, being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 17," said Reed. "I have seen the positive effect our partnership with Lilly Diabetes has had on those impacted by this disease, and I can't wait to see what NASCAR and Lilly can accomplish together." Everyone's journey with diabetes is different, requiring ongoing, rigorous management that can often be a burden for people with the disease. Through the sponsorship of Reed, and now the partnership with NASCAR, Lilly Diabetes wants to help fans see how small changes can add up to big wins in diabetes management, both on and off the track. Visit www.LillyDiabetes.com/drive today to learn more about Lilly Diabetes and find helpful resources. The NASCAR XFINITY Series season will continue with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Kyle Busch wins the Lilly Diabetes 250
Kyle Busch wins the Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second year in a row.
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.
3rd annual Lilly Diabetes 250 entry list
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Kyle Busch holds off Harvick for third straight XFINITY win
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Every winner in 2016 SHOP: Busch gear SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- About the only thing Kyle Busch didn't win on Saturday was the one prize he wasn't eligible for. But the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won everything else, capping a phenomenal day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race -- and he did so with tires that were 23 laps older than those of his pursuers. Busch led 62 of 63 laps but had to hold off Kevin Harvick on a two lap dash in overtime to win for the third time at the Brickyard, the seventh time in 11 starts this season and the 83rd time in his career, extending his series record. The XFINITY race was actually the fourth competition Busch won on Saturday. First, he won the top starting spot for the Lilly Diabetes 250 , the 54th pole of his career. Next, he won the pole position for Sunday's Crown Royal 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN), one of the marquee NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events of the season. After that Busch led all 20 laps and took the checkered flag in the first heat race under the XFINITY Series' final Dash 4 Cash event of the season. Busch didn't win the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, a prize available only to series regulars. That check went to Justin Allgaier , who rolled home in fifth place, the highest finisher among the four drivers who earned eligibility in the heat races. Busch, however, has one more mountain to climb. On Sunday, he'll attempt to complete his second straight weekend sweep at the vaunted Brickyard. Busch held off Harvick, third-place finisher Paul Menard and fourth-place Kyle Larson even though Busch had stayed out on old rubber while those behind him pitted for new tires under the first caution on Lap 50. "The new tires for those guys were good for them but not so good for us," Busch said. "I just dug in deep and gave it everything I had. I knew I had to get really good restarts. On the second-to-last one (on Lap 54), I got a really good one, and then the last one (on lap 62 in overtime), it was OK. "I got an OK one, and I saw Harvick pull out… but he never got alongside of me. I never felt him close enough that he was going to pull alongside. ... It's a pretty awesome feeling to be able to go back to Victory Lane here this year. We're sitting on the pole tomorrow, and hopefully we can have another sweep here." Busch had a lead of more than eight seconds on Lap 48 of a scheduled 60 when JGR teammate Erik Jones , the wire-to-wire winner of the second heat race, blew a right rear tire entering Turn 1 and spun, causing the afternoon's first caution. While Busch and series leader Daniel Suarez stayed out on old tires, the remaining eight lead-lap cars came to pit road. Busch survived the restart on lap 54, but a lap later, ay Black Jr. and Harrison Rhodes wrecked off Turn 2 to bring put the second yellow and force the overtime. On the Lap 62 restart, Harvick pushed Larson, then ducked to the inside but was reluctant to take a bad angle into the first corner. As Harvick and Larson battled briefly for second, Busch pulled away and ultimately crossed the finish line .411 seconds ahead of Harvick's No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. "I really thought I could beat him down the backstretch if I got off of (Turn) 2 well and could clear the 42 (Larson)," Harvick said. "I got to the inside and kind of hit the chip and decided to hold the line up a little bit and try to get a run, and the 42 got stuck on the outside and that ruined my plan. "But our goal was to overachieve today, and we did that and capitalized on some situations and had a couple of good restarts and wound up second. All in all, it wasn't a bad day." Just nowhere near as good as the one Busch had.
Justin Allgaier earns Dash 4 Cash bonus check at Indy
RELATED: Full race results " Standings " Chase Grid SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Justin Allgaier won the season's fourth and final Dash 4 Cash paycheck Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Allgaier finished fifth in the XFINTY Series' Lilly Diabetes 250 , which was won by Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch. But the effort was one position ahead of Allgaier's JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler , and that was enough to earn the special $100,000 incentive. The race for the bonus money got intense in the final laps with Allgaier passing Elliott in Turn 4 on the last restart with two laps remaining to take the position and take the incentive money. "Under that last caution, I was thinking, 'Hey I'm racing a teammate' and that changes the game," Allgaier said. "Just knowing he was a teammate and had the same stuff I did, how do you force the pass? I was fortunate. We got behind him coming off Turn 4. ... It was the only time today I went through Turn 4 perfectly and was able to get next to him and then pass him. "Everything had to come down to that perfect moment. Just very fortunate to get up here with this check." Only full-time XFINITY Series championship competitors are eligible to collect in the four-race Dash 4 Cash incentive. Four drivers are set through two 20-lap heat races before a 60-lap main event. Allgaier, Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones qualified to be participants at Indy. Series rookie Jones won the Dash 4 Cash money twice (at Bristol and Dover) this season while Ty Dillon (Richmond) won once. Jones' two victories would have been enough to put him in the XFINITY Series' inaugural Chase for the championship this year, but he earned a position anyway as the race winner in the Bristol race. Allgaier, who drives the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, joked after the race that he absolutely planned to keep the oversized check recognizing the Dash winner. It was the first time he'd won the award. "Been trying to get up here and hold one of these checks up here and finally got to today," Allgaier said. "This one goes home with me and will go on the wall for sure. Really proud to be able to hold one of these checks up." The race result for Allgaier was also significant in the big picture, moving him up two positions in the XFINITY Series standings to fourth place, only 16 points behind third place Ty Dillon . Suarez still leads the championship by 14 points over Sadler entering the next race -- an XFINITY stand-alone event next Saturday at Iowa Speedway.
NASCAR TV schedule: July 18-24
RELATED: Find NBCSN in your area All times ET Monday, July 18 3 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS1 3:30 a.m., Continental SportsCar Challenge: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (re-air), FS1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Tuesday, July 19 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 9:30 a.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Canadian Tire (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Wednesday, July 20 7 a.m., Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Canadian Tire (re-air), FS1 3 p.m., NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville (re-air), FS1 4 p.m., A Perfect Storm: The 1979 Daytona 500 (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 5:30 p.m., NASCAR The List: Texas Motor Speedway (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heat Races, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SetUp, FS1 9 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #Eldora, FS1 Thursday, July 21 7:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (re-air), FS1 8:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heat Races (re-air), FS1 10 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #Eldora (re-air), FS1 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series #Eldora (re-air), FS1 5 p.m., NASCAR RaceHub, FS1 6 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Series: All-Star Shootout, New Hampshire (taped), NBCSN 11 p.m., NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race: New Hampshire (taped), NBCSN Friday, July 22 Midnight, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Canadian Tire (re-air), FS1 Noon, NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 5:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN Saturday, July 23 11:40 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN 1:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 , NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN Sunday, July 24 Midnight, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Lime Rock Park (taped), FS1 1 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 2 p.m., WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Lime Rock Park (re-air), FS1 2 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The 'Your Hero's Name Here' at The Brickyard, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race Show, NBCSN 7 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN 10:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FS1 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Busch picks up Coors Light Pole Award in search of Brickyard defense
RELATED: Full starting lineup " See the full field SPEEDWAY, Ind. – A sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is nothing new to Kyle Busch. But this year, he started early. With a lap at 184.634 mph (48.745 seconds) in the final round of Saturday's knockout qualifying, Busch claimed the pole position for Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Earlier in the day, the driver who swept both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races at Indy last year earned the pole award ahead of the heat races prior to Saturday afternoon’s Lilly Diabetes 250 XFINITY race. But the Sprint Cup pole that completed the Saturday sweep was special, because it was the first for Busch at the vaunted Brickyard. "I haven't been great at qualifying here, but the guys gave me a great piece this time around, and I'm real pumped about that," said Busch, who claimed his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the 19th of his career. "We're starting first in both of these (races), and hopefully we can end that way. "It means a lot (to win the pole). It's definitely pretty special to be running the way that we're running and to have the success that we've had here the last couple of years at Indy, and I’d love nothing more than to try to win here again." Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was .023 seconds faster than the No. 19 of teammate Carl Edwards (184.547 mph). "I was happy with my lap," Edwards said. "I was surprised Kyle got me. That was a good lap for him – I mean, that was a good lap that he ran because I felt like my lap was pretty good – but, yeah, it's frustrating right now to be second because it's so close, and the pole position is obviously huge here. "But by tomorrow, the race gets started and I think I'll be pretty happy with that starting spot, so just good job by all my guys." Making his last appearance at Indy as a Sprint Cup Series driver, Tony Stewart earned the third starting spot with a lap at 184.328 mph and knew exactly where he had lost critical speed. "I just wish I could do lap three (final round) one more time and not clip the apron in (Turn) 4," Stewart said. "I think we could have been on the pole." RELATED: Stewart discusses his qualifying effort Denny Hamlin qualified fourth, giving JGR three of the top four spots. Brad Keselowski in fifth has the top Ford. Ryan Newman , Kevin Harvick , Martin Truex Jr. , Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson will start from positions six through 10, respectively. The time trials were a disappointment for the Hendrick Motorsports drivers, who failed to place a car in the top 12. Jimmie Johnson ran the fastest lap of the day in the first of three rounds, touring the 2.5-mile speedway in 48.435 seconds (185.816 mph). But the six-time series champion failed to advance beyond the second round, losing the 12th and final position to Kurt Busch by .008 seconds. Johnson will start 13th, Chase Elliott 15th and Jeff Gordon , subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. , who is out with concussion-like symptoms, claimed the 21st spot on the grid. "I felt really comfortable right there," said Gordon, who was 15th fastest in the first round. "I feel like today I’m much calmer than I was yesterday (in practice). Usually, my heart is beating more for qualifying than it is for practice, but that wasn't the case. "So, today I feel more relaxed and comfortable in the car. I hope to feel the same way tomorrow. Tomorrow's challenge is going to be being around traffic, and also trying to get the balance of the car right and do that when you're by yourself as well as when you're around other cars." Josh Wise failed to make the 40-car field. </p>
Burton nets sponsor, seat for Brickyard, Richmond
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2016) -- Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced a partnership with Jeb Burton and Estes Express Lines, a full-service freight transportation provider, for two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the 2016 season. Burton will pilot the No. 98 Estes Ford at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23 and Richmond International Raceway September 9. This partnership will mark the second time Burton has driven the No. 98 Ford. He piloted the No. 98 Ford to a 15th-place finish at Charlotte in 2014. Most recently, Burton competed in 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series races with Richard Petty Motorsports where he scored one Top-10 and four Top-15 finishes. Burton will make his track debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and compete for the fourth time at Richmond International Raceway. "I'm really excited to get back on the track in the XFINITY Series with Biagi-DenBeste Racing," said Burton. "They've shown they have fast cars and just scored a big win at Daytona," said Burton. "I'm thrilled to again partner with Estes. They are a great company and have been big supporters of my career." Estes Express Lines is a full-service freight transportation provider, headquartered in Burton's home state of Virginia. The Richmond-based company has previously partnered with Burton in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series. Estes President and CEO Rob Estes weighed in on the sponsorship. "We're proud of our association with this Virginia native who has gone on to gain national recognition. It's exciting to once again support him as he takes to the track in the No. 98 Estes Ford in Indianapolis and Richmond. We want to thank our vendors who helped make sponsoring these two races a reality. The Estes team is very excited to be part of the 2016 season, and our 16,000 employees nationwide will definitely be rooting for him." Burton will hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250 July 23 live on NBCSN.
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