Driver will lead field to green in Lilly Diabetes 250 (4 p.m. ET, NBC) RELATED: Full NXS Indy lineup Kyle Busch set a record for NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, pacing the field at a clip of 180.527 mph to pick up his first pole of the season. Busch will start the Lilly Diabetes 250 (4 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS, SiriusXM) on the front row alongside teammate Daniel Suarez (180.415 mph). Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones was third on the docket at 179.928 mph and will start next to Richard Childress Racing ’s Brendan Gaughan (179.087 mph). The record 'Rowdy' broke was his own, set last year at 179.888 mph. Former Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard paced the first session at 180.411 mph but slipped to 178.873 mph in the second session to qualify fifth. All three JR Motorsports cars did not advance to the second and final round. Chase Elliott , Regan Smith and Kevin Harvick will start 13th, 14th and 16th, respectively. Alex Bowman , filling in for an ailing John Wes Townley in the No. 25, will start in between Smith and Harvick at 15th. Tune in Saturday afternoon for the Lilly Diabetes 250 from Indy. Coverage begins on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Teams will hit track with a high drag platform, tall spoilers Two weeks after debuting a new lower downforce aerodynamic package at Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will hit the track with a high drag platform when they roll into Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Chief among the changes will be the use of a nine-inch spoiler -- three inches taller than what was used this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and nearly six inches taller than those used at Kentucky. NASCAR officials hope the alterations will lessen the aero impact on the trailing car and promote more passing and side-by-side racing throughout the field on the 2.5-mile track. "In the end, it's all about that 9-inch spoiler," Dave Wilson, President & General Manager, Toyota Racing Development, USA, told NASCAR.com. "Everything else about the package is really about balancing the car." Wilson said he believes the changes are intended to "create this bigger pocket of air behind the car and allow for the cars behind to draft up and slingshot, go 3-4 wide, (promote more) passing and all that." "The question that we all have," he said, "is what is it going to do once you get up to the car through the corners? There is so much air coming off that spoiler now ... how does that impact the cars next to it. We don't know." Spoiler Alert: Compare the spoiler we will run at Indy (left) to the one we ran at Kentucky (right). #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/mkrc9dIkfu — Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 21, 2015 The high drag package is also scheduled for use next month when the Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway. A similar version of the lower downforce rules package used at Kentucky is earmarked for Darlington in September, and could potentially be implemented for races in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Five of the 10 Chase races will be contested on tracks 1.5 miles in length. There are no tracks, however, to which the high drag package would relate in the Chase. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch won at Kentucky, and Toyota teams swept four of the top five spots with the lower downforce package. Wilson said that was due in part to the strength of the JGR organization, particularly at the 1.5-mile track, and because of the work done by Toyota to prepare for the aero changes. The Indy/Michigan changes are more of an unknown. "We tried to optimize everything we could based upon what NASCAR gave us at Kentucky," Wilson said. "We're doing the same thing (for) Indy. But we can only run one (car) in the wind tunnel, right? "We can do some simulation. Typically we do a lot of drafting simulation to try and understand what happens to the cars behind, but you really rely on correlating that to real world, on-track experience. That's when it all comes together. The low downforce package, we had some experience with it ... we had some idea. But this is unchartered territory for everybody." Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr . and the No. 78 Chevrolet team, said while the effect of the package at Indy is still an unknown, it could produce "a full-on pack race" when the series returns to Michigan next month. "It's going to be close to that because we were borderline wide open in practice at least through (Turns) 1 and 2, not 3 and 4 in the first race (at MIS)," Pearn said. "Now, hands down we're going to be wide-open. It'll be interesting. "It's created a big scramble for us because it's just all the aero-mapping that needs to be done and the amount of wind-tunnel time. It's a good business for being in the wind-tunnel business right now." The changes will likely lead to a greater amount of off-throttle time for drivers, according to Dave Rogers, crew chief for JGR driver Denny Hamlin . "You're really going to use more brake to slow down to negotiate the corner," he said. "You're going to be off the gas a lot, so it's really going to reward the teams that hit their setup the best, and it's going to reward the drivers that can manage their tires the best. "I think the aim is to create pack racing and see if that creates more excitement at those big ovals. I'm speculating here, but I'm speculating that we'll be probing our fans to see what they want to see. Do they want to see the off-throttle time and cars slipping and sliding, or do they want to see a pack race and slingshot moves and all that? Some of the fans are going to like some, and some are going to like the other, just like us racers. Some of us like the pack and some of us like to see these drivers out there earning their paycheck. "I'm one of those -- I want to see them slipping and sliding." In addition to the 9-inch spoiler, the Indy/MIS package will also feature a 1-inch wicker bill; a rear fascia extension panel similar to that currently used for superspeedway events; a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter; and a 43-inch splitter extension panel. "Probably the biggest spoiler is when we had the 8-inch spoiler on these cars," Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle said. "… I'm a fan of the low downforce. Every time we've had shorter spoiler or less spoiler, and less side force and whatever else and the cars get sliding around a little bit and they're not as fast in the corner, it's just better racing and better passing, and it allows you to pass." In addition to the aero changes, the following will also be in effect for this weekend's Spring Cup race: • Engine change: teams will be allowed an engine change before Saturday's qualifying • Data acquisition will be allowed during Friday's three scheduled practices. • Teams have been asked to bring four different rear-end gears; a determination of which will be used with the package will be made after Friday's final practice. Teams are expected to start with a 3.70 gear. No Tow, Just a Tire When Martin Truex Jr . and Ryan Newman suffered flat tires during the first two practice sessions at NHMS this past weekend, both cars remained on the track until the tires could be replaced. According to NASCAR officials, concern over potential damage to the cars was the reason given for not having each towed back to pit road. Truex Jr. ( Furniture Row Racing ) experienced a flat during Friday's opening practice; Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ) cut a left rear during Saturday's first session. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Dale Jr., Hamlin also topped Friday's practice leaderboards RELATED: See the new spoiler at Indy this weekend Practice 3: Full results Kurt Busch led the final Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network/Live Extra, SiriusXM). The Stewart-Haas Racing driver jumped to the lead near the end of the final session, putting up a high speed of 181.987 mph. Coming up short in speed to the No. 41 driver was Kevin Harvick (181.763 mph). Kyle Larson (181.357 mph), Jimmie Johnson (180.697 mph) and Martin Truex Jr . (180.672 mph) rounded out the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. Denny Hamlin led the series’ first practice at the Brickyard, but fell to 31st-fastest in the final round. Dale Earnhardt Jr . also led a practice session, but was 32nd-fastest, right behind Hamlin, in the closing run. Jeff Gordon , the defending race winner, finished 23rd-fastest in the final session. The Sprint Cup Series takes the track at the Brickyard for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying session tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network/Live Extra). Practice 2: Full results A fast lap of 181.466 mph sent Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s No. 88 soaring to the top of the leaderboard early during Friday's second practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Hendrick Motorsports driver found more speed in this session, having posted a high speed of 181.046 mph (ranked seventh) in the opening session this morning at the Brickyard. Team Penske 's Brad Keselowski came up just behind Earnhardt, scoring a fast lap of 181.448 mph in his No. 2 Ford to snag the second spot. Earnhardt's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne ranked third (181.408 mph), while Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Kyle Larson (181.378 mph) and Michael Waltrip Racing 's Clint Bowyer (181.331 mph) rounded out the top five. Last year's Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon showed speed again in this session, propelling around the famed speedway at 181.189 mph to earn the sixth spot. Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick was 14th-fastest, rounding the Indiana track at 179.583 mph in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Reigning XFINITY champion Chase Elliott -- who will be making his fourth Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday's 400-mile event -- clocked a fast lap of 178.798 mph in his No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, giving him the 17th-fastest speed in the field. After topping the opening practice, Denny Hamlin ran into trouble early in the second session when the hood of his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota flew up and hit the windshield. The bizarre occurance -- which NASCAR determined was caused by the hood not being properly pinned down -- brought out the caution for debris. His No. 11 team replaced the hood and the windshield and Hamlin returned to the race track to score the 12th-fastest speed. Paul Menard 's No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet returned to the track after hitting the wall during opening practice. The 2011 Brickyard 400 winner ranked 22nd on the leaderboard. Practice 1: Full results Denny Hamlin rose to the top of the leaderboard Friday morning in opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice as teams got their first taste of a new aerodynamic package at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hamlin drove the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota to a fast lap of 182.208 mph on the 2.5-mile track. The 34-year-old driver won the Coors Light Pole Award at the Brickyard in 2012. Jimmie Johnson , a four-time Brickyard winner, managed the second-fastest lap at 181.796 mph in the 85-minute session, but the show of speed was tempered by a fuel-pressure issue that brought the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet to a halt on the track at the 50-minute mark of practice. He was pushed back to the garage with help from the No. 14 Chevy of Tony Stewart . Defending Sprint Cup Series champion and current points leader Kevin Harvick was third-fastest at 181.756 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet in preparation for Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM). Five-time Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon was fourth-fastest at 181.444 mph in preparation for his final race at the historic speedway. Gordon prevailed in the inaugural NASCAR race at Indy in 1994 and triumphed last season to top the series' all-time win list at the 2.5-mile track. Stewart, a two-time Brickyard winner, completed the top five on the leaderboard. With new aero devices in place to make the cars less smooth through the air, Hamlin's speed was significantly slower than Matt Kenseth 's 186.285 mph lap that led first practice at the Brickyard last year. The lap was also off the 188.470-mph pace set by Kevin Harvick in Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Indianapolis in 2014. The new high-drag rules package was designed with the hopes of promoting more side-by-side racing at the rectangular track, where passing has typically been difficult. The biggest aerodynamic change was to the rear spoiler, which was raised to a 9-inch height and capped by a new wicker bill on top. Though a portion of the larger spoiler is made of clear, hard Lexan plastic, a handful of drivers -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano among them -- complained of some visibility issues in their rear view. Chase Elliott , set to replace Gordon as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet next season, was 15th-fastest in preparation for the fourth Sprint Cup start of his career. His No. 25 Chevy from the Hendrick stables clocked a best lap of 179.939 mph. Former Indianapolis winner Paul Menard scraped the outside retaining wall at approximately the 30-minute mark, causing slight damage to the right side of the Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet. After repairs, Menard was able to return to the track, setting the 21st-fastest lap. Two more practices are scheduled Friday for the Sprint Cup Series -- 1-2:25 p.m. ET and 4-5:55 p.m. ET, with both broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Coors Light Pole Qualifying, which will use single-car runs to set the 43-car field, is scheduled Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR writes up New Hampshire pre-qualifying and pre-race penalties Five teams, including those of drivers Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing ), Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing ) and Paul Menard (No. 27 Richard Childress Racing ), received written warnings from NASCAR for an excessive number of trips through the inspection line at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend. Such written warnings are handed down for failure to pass either pre-qualifying or pre-race inspection twice during an event and thus requiring a third trip through the inspection line. The No. 21 of Ryan Blaney ( Wood Brothers Racing ) and No. 32 of Eddie MacDonald (Go Green Racing ) also received written warnings. The teams of drivers JJ Yeley (No. 23 BK Racing ), Reed Sorenson (No. 62 Premium Motorsports) and Timmy Hill (No. 98 Premium Motorsports) failed inspection three times, and will be required to serve a 15-minute loss of practice penalty this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The written warnings are a part of NASCAR’s 2015 Deterrence Policy, which categorizes infractions (Level 1 through Level 6) and the applicable penalties. Should a team receive two warnings during the same event or during two consecutive events, P1 penalties may include last choice in the pit selection process, a deduction in track time for practice or qualifying, a delay in the order of inspection or selection for post-race inspection. The penalty may be increased to the P2 level if a team or team member receives six or more warnings during a six-month period (from the time of the first warning). P2 level penalty options may include the loss of 10 championship driver and owner points and/or a fine not less than $10,000 and not more than $25,000. P2 level infractions also carry the potential for suspensions and probation. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Suarez able to hold off first practice leader Kyle Busch SECOND PRACTICE: Full results Daniel Suarez topped the XFINITY Series final practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon with a fastest lap of 176.810 mph in 50.902 seconds. Suarez was sixth fastest in the first practice Friday morning, improving his fastest lap time by more than one second in the second round. Kyle Busch , who posted the top speed in Friday’s first session, was second this time, clocking in at 175.466 mph (51.292 seconds). Kyle Larson drove the HScott Motorsports No. 42 Chevrolet posting a fastest lap of 174.907 mph and Erik Jones ’ Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota was fourth on the leaderboard with a lap of 174.842 mph. Rounding out the top five for practice No. 2 was Brian Scott in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (174.432 mph). Kevin Harvick , who is pulling double duty in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY races this weekend, had some troubles with his No. 88 Chevrolet and finished 18th during the second session. The reigning Indy champ, Ty Dillon , had more success during the second session than the first, clocking in a seventh-fastest lap of 174.125 mph. Dillon said his No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet car was, however, too tight the entire practice and needed to be worked on before the qualifying round. The XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set to start Saturday at 11:35 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network. OPENING PRACTICE: FULL RESULTS Last year's Lilly Diabetes 250 runner-up, Kyle Busch , topped the leaderboard in Friday's first practice for NASCAR XFINITY Series with a fastest lap of 178.717 mph (50.359 seconds). Busch, who missed the first three months of the season with severe leg and foot injuries in a crash in the XFINITY opener, has had an impressive summer of racing with back-to-back wins on the Sprint Cup Series side and a victory in the XFINITY Series in June. With a new aerodynamic package set for this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drivers were able to put into practice the much-talked-about changes for the first time. Paul Menard was second-fastest, clocking in at 177.845 mph. In all of Menard's three NASCAR XFINITY Series' starts at Indy he has finished in the top-10. On the Sprint Cup side, he has his only premier-series win at the rectangular track. Erik Jones rounded out the top three with a fastest lap of 176.139 mph. This weekend marks the first time the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver will race at Indy. Kyle Larson (175.967 mph), Ryan Blaney (175.654 mph) and rookie Daniel Suarez (175.394 mph) rounded out the top six in the first practice round. The new rules package is designed to promote more side-by-side racing at Indy, a track notorious for difficult passing. The biggest aerodynamic change was to the rear spoiler, which was raised to a 9-inch height. GALLERY: What the new spoiler looks like at Indy Although the new high-drag rules package has gotten mixed reviews, veteran XFINITY Series driver, Brendan Gaughan , said he didn’t see a huge difference. Gaughan's No. 62 Chevrolet was eighth-fastest in the first practice with a fastest speed of 175.104 mph. Last year's winner, Ty Dillon , was 16th-fastest after dealing with some engine issues early in the session. On-track action for XFINITY Series continues at 2:30 p.m. ET for the final practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 3 crew chief talks pressure, adjusting to rule changes RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LOUDON, N.H. -- Austin Dillon managed a weak smile. "I'm pretty cooked, really," the Richard Childress Racing driver said as he leaned against a car on pit road, moments after Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway had ended. Dillon finished eighth on an unseasonably hot day at NHMS. It was his second top 10 in three races (he was seventh earlier this month at Daytona) and just his third of the season. The No. 3 team needed a good finish. Dillon needed a good finish. It's been something of a trying year for the 25-year-old. Now, perhaps, the team has something to build on just past the halfway point of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Time will tell. "We really did," he said. "I'm just proud to finish one off strong like that. When you get a little momentum, it goes a long way." Carl Edwards finished seventh, Jeff Gordon ninth. Both stopped by to chat briefly with Dillon, recounting their race-ending battle on the 1.058-mile track. "It was a good momentum-building weekend for us, a good day in points," crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe said. "Austin's been beat up. He hasn't had really good finishes and he's under a lot of pressure just like all of us. "I try my hardest and I don't let the pressure get to me. It's tough. It's a tough job. Especially being on the 3 (team), working for Richard and having big sponsors like we do with Dow and American Ethanol … so many big partners. At the end of the day, you've got to perform." His top-10 result moved Dillon up two spots in the points standings – he'll head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend 19th in the standings and still searching for his first Sprint Cup win. Although he qualified 24th in the 43-car field, Dillon was working his way forward and was 16 th after pitting under green when a fire on the No. 7 of Alex Bowman brought out the second caution flag of the race. Those who hadn't pitted under green made their stops and when the field was reset, Dillon was nearly outside the top 30. Slowly, he began to work his way back toward the top 10. "We finally got our track position (back) halfway through the race," Dillon said. "That helped the most." Now, he said, "it's just about trying to figure out how to get it earlier, qualifying better." Labbe, the Daytona 500 winning crew chief for Michael Waltrip in 2003, came back on the road full-time to lead the No. 3 team in late June at Sonoma. Previously, he was overseeing Richard Childress Racing 's research and development program. "It's been tough … because the first race (back) was Sonoma, the next race was Daytona, and the next race was Kentucky with new rules. This was really the first race that's been 'normal' racing ," Labbe said. "Now we go to Indy (and another rules package). It's been hard to go through four concepts with a new driver. It's been a challenge but my guys have done a really good job. "Everyone at RCR is working hard to make the cars better, faster, lighter, more aerodynamic. "The good thing is we get to go to Eldora. We built a truck in our shop for Austin. Chad Haney (car chief on the No. 3) is going to crew chief it. So there's a little play day coming up." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Imagining what might happen if NASCAR had a trade deadline Major League Baseball's trade deadline is fast approaching on July 31 with many left wondering who will sport a new uniform when the dust settles. Will the Philadelphia Phillies kick their rebuilding effort into high gear by dealing Cole Hamels? Will the Cincinnati Reds move Johnny Cueto? Which contender will make the biggest splash and what trade will come out of nowhere to stun the baseball world? In NASCAR, we have what is called a "silly season," which is typically the time after the season where some drivers and crew chiefs move to new teams. Those moves usually happen right up until Speedweeks in Daytona. Some of the bigger moves get announced in the second half of the previous season as well. Or in the case of Chase Elliott driving the No. 24 for 2016, it gets announced a full season in advance. What if we lived in a world where NASCAR teams made trades around the middle of the season? Would teams and organizations in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contention make moves to try and win in the here and now or would they stay the course and be patient? And what organizations would be "sellers" in that they would be building for the future? Another factor to consider, would the Chase format of "win and in" lead to inactivity? And would expiring contracts play a role in any potential deals to help clear room for someone on the rise? Imagining those scenarios, we've dreamed up three trade scenarios involving drivers. These are purely fantasy trades for this exercise since there is no trading in NASCAR. Trade No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing gets: Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports gets: Kyle Larson Why it works: McMurray's and Kahne's respective crew chiefs, Matt McCall and Keith Rodden, go back quite a bit, so their teams may work together more than we've ever seen in the past in the sport. With McMurray in the hunt for a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , Kahne provides CGR with someone also in position for a playoff spot and someone who may have something extra to prove to get out from under the shadow of the spotlight of the popular Hendrick stable. Larson has had by in large a sophomore slump this season, but the talent is absolutely there. The four-car team can certainly be a little more patient than a two-car setup. Remember, it took Joey Logano some time to reach his full potential, which was aided by his move from Joe Gibbs Racing to Team Penske . This deal would set Hendrick up for years to come with Jimmie Johnson - Dale Earnhardt Jr . as the drivers of the present and the Chase Elliott - Kyle Larson combo set up to drive the organization to its future glory. Trade No. 2 Stewart-Haas Racing gets: Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing gets: Danica Patrick Why it works: With Tony Stewart struggling to regain his championship form, Stewart-Haas Racing is looking at another season where two drivers make the Chase and two drivers miss the Chase. Trading a team co-owner seems highly unlikely, but in Patrick, the organization has an asset who is marketable on and off the track and who could be dealt to bring in another driver currently in position to make the Chase. Bringing Newman back would be a reunion of sorts for SHR, since he drove there for five years (2009-2013), notching four wins. The veteran driver is currently in the Chase Grid not to mention he was the runner-up to Harvick in last year's Chase. Patrick would add some spunk and star power to RCR as well as shake up their lineup a bit. And if the trade didn't work out, since Patrick's contract is expiring, it would be an easy way to slide Ty Dillon into a RCR car the following season. Trade No. 3 Michael Waltrip Racing gets: Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing gets: David Ragan Why it works: MWR's first priority in righting its ship needs to be finding a stable teammate for Clint Bowyer , who has struggled to find his form since the Richmond scandal that shook up the Chase and the organization in 2013. Since then, downsizing to two full-time cars and health issues for Brian Vickers have left Bowyer with a revolving door of teammates. Bringing over Biffle would provide that stability in the form of a veteran presence who has been through plenty. Yes, Biffle's results have tailed off in recent years, but is that an indictment of him or of the Roush program dramatically slipping? Ragan has bounced around quite a bit this year so another move would perhaps be a bit much. But his shared history at Roush (driving for them full-time from 2007-2011) and what is essentially an expiring deal would make this trade attractive to them. He could showcase his skills for the remainder of the season, while Roush clears a path to get XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher behind the wheel of one of its Cup cars before someone else lures him away. In his five Cup starts for Front Row Motorsports this year, Buescher out-finished the Roush teams eight out of 15 times.