Busch Creeps Into Indy Pole
Kyle Busch clinches the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250 by two thousandths of a second over Erik Jones at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, Busch and Jones will start on the pole in their respective heat races. This is the sixth pole for Busch in the 2016 season.
In the first round of single car qualifying, drivers were battling the sun and cloud cover on the speedway. Despite the weather challenges, Erik Jones toppled the track record with a speed of 182.271 mph. Kyle Larson qualified second with a speed of 181.926 mph, Kyle Busch with a speed of 181.899 mph, Daniel Suarez with a speed of 180.242 mph, and Blake Koch with a speed of 179.978 mph. Notable drivers who did not advance include Blake Koch (P13), Darrell Wallace Jr. (P14), Ty Dillon (P16), Brendan Gaughan (P18), and Elliott Sadler (P19). Sadler’s qualifying run was plagued by being too loose. TJ Bell is the lone driver to not qualify for today’s event.
The second round of qualifying saw drivers on a hot and slick racetrack baking in the sun. Kevin Harvick edged out Daniel Suarez for the fourth position by one thousandths of a second. Ryan Sieg, who snuck his way into the second round, qualified 12th.
Drivers who qualified in odd-numbered positions will be in the first heat race, and drivers who qualified in even numbered positions will be in the second heat race. The heat races will be 20 laps each, with the main even being 60 laps.
The Lilly Diabetes 250 will begin at 3:30 pm eastern with the first heat. The second heat will begin at approximately 4:25 pm, and the main event will begin at approximately 5:05 pm. NBCSN and IMS Radio Network in collaboration with Performance Racing Network will have coverage beginning at 3:00 pm.
Busch Dominates New Hampshire
Kyle Busch dominates the AutoLotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch holds off Erik Jones for his sixth win, Brad Keselowski finished third, Daniel Suarez finished fourth, and Austin Dillion rounds out the top five. Starting from the pole, Busch led a race high of 190 laps out of 200. He was not scheduled to race today, but got the call to fill in for Matt Tifft, who is recovering from brain surgery.
Can’t say enough about Chris Gayle (crew chief) and everyone on this NOS Energy Drink Camry and they did a great job for me. Chris made some great calls today and some really good calls – we had a stout car and we had a stout engine – JGR Engines and Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) – appreciate their support of course and XFINITY Series, this is fun to come out here and run here, race here, win here. Of course the fans as well too, we appreciate those here and those on TV. I missed my DVX folks last time so I appreciate this being a day race so I can have them on. It’s fun to get out here, get some experience, learn some things and hopefully I can take that into tomorrow,” says Kyle Busch post-race.
There were three lead changes among three different drivers. Busch led the most laps at 190 followed by Alex Bowman with seven, and Erik Jones with three.
The caution flew seven times for 37 laps. Debris brought out the caution three times. Accidents brought out the cation four times.
Daniel Suarez maintains a 15 point lead over Elliott Sadler followed by Ty Dillon (-48), Erik Jones (-54), and Brendan Gaughan (-65).
The Chase Grid remains the same with Jones as the top seed with Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez follow in the chase seeding.
The average speed of the race was 98.789 mph. The time of race was 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 31 seconds. The margin of victory was 1.499 seconds.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend for the Lilly Diabetes 250. Coverage from Indianapolis will be on the IMS Radio Network, in conjunction with Performance Racing Network, and NBCSN will have all the action.
Busch Dominates Alsco 300
Busch Triumps in Kentucky Qualifying
Kyle Busch edged out Daniel Suarez to win the pole for tonight’s Alsco 300 with a speed of 187.318 mph to clinch a new track record. Joe Gibbs Racing was able to take the top-three positions with Suarez qualifying second and Erik Jones qualifying third. Austin Dillon, and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five. This is the fourth pole in 2016 for Kyle Busch.
In the first round of qualifying, Brandon Jones was the first car out on the track, but his time was disallowed for a blend line violation. Daniel Suarez led this session with a speed of 186.361 mph, followed by Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, and Erik Jones.
In the second round of qualifying, the red flag flew due to Ty Dillon hitting the marbles and launching to the outside wall. The team is going to try and repair the contact. However, Suarez was the fastest with a speed of 188.819 mph. Busch, Austin Dillon, Jones, and Ryan Reed rounded out the top-five. Notables who did not advance were Justin Allgaier in 13th, Brennan Poole in 14th, Brendan Gaughan 18th and Ty Dillon in the 24th position.
The third and final round of qualifying went without a hitch.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take the track for the race at 8:30 pm eastern on NBCSN and Performance Racing Network.
Busch Frustrated After Late Race Accident
Kyle Busch was upset after Thursday evenings Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
Busch and Spencer Gallagher were racing each other, when Busch was sent into the wall, ending his night.
“It was self-inflicted, I guess. Got back in traffic and I don’t know. Going down the back stretch I thought I had enough room on the inside, but I know who I crashed with. That doesn’t surprise me, now I know how John Wes Townley feels. It’s just a shame. Brand new truck and really good piece – destroyed,” said Kyle Busch after the wreck, bringing out the fourth caution of the evening.
Busch was running 13th at the time of incident. Gallagher did apologize post-race for the accident.
“I know how John Wes Townley feels,” stated Kyle Busch.
The jab at Gallagher comes after the last NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park when he and John Wes Townley wrecked and fought.
Gallagher and Townley were both fined for the incident.
This is Kyle Busch’s first DNF since Texas in 2013.