Steven B. Wilson

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Preece 25th in Indy Debut

Published in Xfinity Series News
Saturday, 23 July 2016 23:51
Ryan Preece finished 25th Saturday in his first race – the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series event – at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Preece qualified 27th and finished two laps behind the lead group in 25th.

He raced as high as 12th.

“We had a pretty good car for a tough track,” Preece said. “This track demands a lot from a driver, the team and the car. We were looking for a better finish, but it wasn’t a bad day for the first time out here.”

Preece drove the Castleton Outdoor Solutions Chevrolet with more sponsorship from Lyndhurst Lawnmower, Toro and Ferris. He stayed in 18th in Xfinity points.

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Making only his third NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) trip to the historical Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250, Blake Koch started his weekend off with the 18th and 23rd-fastest laps in both of Friday's practice sessions. Moving on to race day, Koch was able to qualify a track-best 13th at the 2.5-mile oval, lining him up seventh in the first of two heat races in the Dash 4 Cash finale.
 
Early on in the 20-lap heat race, Koch radioed to his crew that his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro was "tight, tight, tight." Because of this, Koch settled into the ninth position, where he ran for the remainder of the first heat race, giving him a 17th starting spot for the 60-lap main event.
 
In between the first heat and the start of the main race, crew chief Chris Rice and the Kaulig Racing™ team went to work making changes to loosen Koch up for the ensuing 60 laps. Once the green flag dropped, Koch proceeded to use the first few laps getting adjusted to the changes he received, causing him to slip back to 19th.
 
With green flag pit stops closing in, Koch informed his team that he was "too loose all over." Rice brought the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro to pit road, under green, on lap 27 for four tires, fuel and various adjustments to help Koch's handling.
 
Once green flag pit stops cycled through for the leaders, Koch was scored 19th, one lap down. However, the handling on the No. 11 machine was starting to come around, allowing Koch to make up some ground before the first caution of the race came out on lap 50.
 
Rice, seeing an opportunity to continue tweaking on the car's setup, called Koch down pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of track bar and air pressure adjustments. Restarting 16th, Koch held his ground, and just as he was about to make a move, the second caution of the race came out on lap 56, sending the Lilly Diabetes 250 into overtime.
 
Restarting just outside the top-15 for a green-white-checkered finish, Koch kept composed during a wild restart to come away with another track-best finish, a 15th-place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  
 
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"We struggled with the handling of our No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro all day, but we had some good adjustments and really good pit stops that gave me track position. I had two good restarts at the end of the race to get us a top-15 finish. We obviously wanted more, but making the Chase is the main focus right now and we had a good point day." 

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Paul Menard and the Richmond/Menards Team Notch a Podium Finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
"Our Richmond/Menards Chevy was a little loose on our qualifying run, so we started in the eighth spot. We ran in the second heat and were just a little too tight. We were faster at the start of the main race, on the splitter a little bit, but after a couple laps we came off and the car started to turn better. We were making some ground on the guys in front of us. The RCR XFINITY series program is making gains." 

- Paul Menard
Dillon finishes Consistent Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 11th top-10 of the Season
"You've got to be happy with how consistent we were all afternoon in our No. 3 Rheem/Nidec/US Motors Chevrolet Camaro, but felt as if we could have finished a little bit better. Track position is so important here and I sort of put us behind the eight ball with a not-so-great qualifying effort. We gained some of that positioning back in the heat races, but it was difficult to pick up track position in the main race. Overall, I'm proud of our efforts getting back on the right track and look forward to racing next weekend at a track I had a chance to win at last time (Iowa Speedway)."

- Ty Dillon
Brandon Jones Earns Top-10 Finish in Indianapolis Debut
"I can't be mad about a 10th-place finish at all, especially where we were on Friday. I didn't feel like we were really good in practice. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and all the guys on the Jeld-Wen/Menards team did a great job adjusting on it throughout the weekend and getting it ready for qualifying. Advancing to the second round and qualifying 11th surprised me a bit. It ended up putting us in a good position for both the heat race and the main event. The main event was up-and-down. With the green-flag stops we didn't have much time to work on the handling, but they did a good job with the conditions we had and got us back inside the top 10."  

- Brandon Jones
Brendan Gaughan Finishes 16th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
"At Indianapolis Motor Speedway momentum is everything. We managed to lead a lap during the green flag pit stops, but in the closing laps the South Point Chevrolet got held up and it cost us several spots. I made a mistake on the last pit stop and pinned my guys at the wall. I know better than that and it cost us the lucky dog position. Overall not the day we wanted. We will regroup, lick our wounds and move on to Iowa (Speedway)."

- Brendan Gaughan

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Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished 13th on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) after starting 15th in the main event.

“We made a lot of progress from where we started,” said Reed.  “Yesterday in practice we were like an 18th-place car, so I felt like at the end of the race we were a top-10 car.  We were passing top-10 cars and it was just tough.  We were behind and started behind.  We’ve got to unload off the truck better and we won’t be a few adjustments behind all weekend.  We’re learning.  That was by far my best run ever at Indy, so there is a bright side, but we want to knock down these top 10’s.”

Reed started the first heat race fifth after qualifying ninth on Saturday afternoon. He reported during the 20-lap heat race that the car was loose and he needed lateral grip. He finished the heat race eighth and told the team he needed right rear grip.

During the break, the team made a track bar and spring adjustment. Reed fired off 15th in the 60-lap main race for the Lilly Diabetes 250.

By Lap 6, Reed had raced his way up to the 13th position. By Lap 11, he was up to 12th and told the team that the car was really good. When the team pitted under green on Lap 26, they made no adjustments to the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang. They put on fresh tires and filled the car with fuel to send Reed back out.

By the halfway point in the race, Reed ran 16th and was back up to 13th with 20 laps to go. The first caution of the race flew eight laps later. Reed ran 13th and said he needed security in the rear of the car. The team brought Reed down pit road for fresh tires and fuel, sending him back out 13th for the restart with seven laps to go.

One lap after the restart, the caution flew for the second time. Reed was scored 13th, where he would restart for the green-white-checker finish and ultimately cross the finish line in the Lilly Diabetes 250 at IMS.

Reed remains 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship standings after the Lilly Diabetes 250 at IMS. Next up for Reed is Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 30th.

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Jeb Burton returned to the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday afternoon at the blistering hot Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway.  Burton partnered with Estes Express Lines to race the No. 98 Ford owned by Biagi-DenBeste Racing - a winning team this season in the XFINITY Series.
 
Saturday's race at the famed Indy track was a part of the Dash4Cash series of races, meaning a one day schedule of qualifying, heat races and then the feature event.  
 
Burton showed little rust and was quickly in racing form on Saturday.  He wheeled the Estes Express Lines No. 98 Ford around the flat, 2.5-mile track 15th quick in qualifying.  This placed him in the first heat of the day, starting eighth.
 
During the 20-lap heat race, Burton advanced two positions to finish sixth.  The team felt confident going into the 60-lap feature of getting a top finish.
 
Burton started in Row Six and in the 11th position.  Once the green flag dropped on the feature, Burton struggled with a very tight No. 98 Estes Ford Mustang. Falling back to 15th, Crew Chief, Jon Hansen, called for a four-tire pit stop and adjustments during green-flag conditions on Lap 26. When pit stops cycled through, Burton returned to 15th place, but one lap down.
 
The race ran under green-flag conditions for the first 49 laps which didn't help the Estes team work on their Ford Mustang. The Lap 49 caution allowed the team to work on the car and take four tires. Burton radioed the Estes Ford was loose at first and then tight at the end of the run. A quick stop for the team gave Burton the 13th spot on the restart. He picked up a spot on the restart putting him in the Lucky Dog spot when the caution came out for a wreck on Lap 54. The caution set up a Green-White-Checkered finish. Starting at the tail end of the field, Burton wasn't close enough to pick up spots and finished 12th.
 
"First, I have to thank Estes and this Biagi-DenBeste Racing team for helping me get back to racing today," said Burton. "We weren't that bad in qualifying and felt like we had a good heat race.  In the feature, we just couldn't keep all the speed we needed. We were just too tight and didn't have a lot of time to make adjustments. It's a quick race. Overall, not that bad. We'll race again as a team later this year.  I'm looking forward to it."

Biagi-DenBeste Racing PR

Evergreen Raceway’s “Christmas in July” event will take place on Sunday, July 31. Not only will Santa be present, but he will have items for the children at the speedway, courtesy of track fans, drivers, teams and officials. Santa also has a gift for racers who would like to try Evergreen Raceway.

Evergreen track management has decided to honor any other track’s pit license for the afternoon, which means that they will be admitted into the pit area for $30 instead of $40. Furthermore, if any driver would like to take to the Evergreen asphalt for the first time, the speedway will lend them a set of used tires for the afternoon. Drivers that plan to accept this offer are asked to call the speedway office at 570-956-6347 so that the speedway can plan accordingly.

Aside from Santa Claus being at Evergreen that day, there will also be a bouncy house and swings for the kids, plus activities are being planned for the afternoon.

As many are aware, speedway officials have been making recent schedule adjustments to accommodate for the number of divisions racing per day. Instead of making these changes every few weeks, speedway officials are meeting to revamp the rest of the 2016 season schedule. Those changes, which will be the last of the season, will be released soon.

The Dirt Modifieds are on the racing card for July 31 and the Late Models, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders will also be in action as well. Grandstand admission is just $8. Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.

A portion of the grandstand entry proceeds will be donated to the family of John Kostanesky, who is from nearby Beaver Meadows and recently passed away.

The pit gate will swing open at 10:30 AM and the pit entrance fee is $30 with any track pit license or $40 without. Practice will kick off at 12:30 PM and heat races will begin at 2 PM. The grandstand gates will open at noon.

Evergreen Raceway is located minutes from Hazleton, PA, in between routes 93 and 309. For more information regarding Evergreen Raceway, including the entire season schedule, directions and divisional payouts, please visit www.evergreenracewaypark.com and don’t forget to like their Facebook page as well. 

Evergreen Raceway is proud to be associated with Harry’s U Pull It, Penn’s Peak Radio, Sour Apple Auto & Customs, CK Auto Service & Race Fab, Himmer Graphics, Valve Tech Sales, Penn’s Peak, Printers Edge, Electric Frog Designs, Cargill of Hazleton, Tito Juice & RockAuto.com.

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