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Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Ty Dillon), fifth (Austin Dillon), eighth (Paul Menard) and 15th (Elliott Sadler).
  • Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by one point. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier.
  • The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 28 points shy of the No. 18 car's lead, with the No. 3 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team seventh.
  • A. Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
  • A. Dillon qualified for the fourth and final leg of the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus and is eligible to win a $100,000 bonus at Iowa Speedway on August 4.
  • According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, the RCR drivers posted the fastest lap of the race for 18.3 percent of the race (13 laps) with Sadler (eight laps), Menard (four laps) and T. Dillon (one lap).
  • T. Dillon maintained an Average Running Position of 5.960, ranking him fourth. He also ranked fourth in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run and had the fifth-best Driver Rating (114.0).
  • A. Dillon and Sadler tied for seventh in the Driver Rating category, each earning a rating of 100.6.
  • With his fifth-place finish, A. Dillon leads the series in top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15) and is the only driver to complete 100 percent of the laps attempted.
  • Menard led the field in Quality Passes with 28 and ranked second in Green Flag Passes with 35.
  • Sadler led the Closers category, advancing nine positions in the last 10 percent of the race, ranked second in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run and was the third-fastest driver on Restarts.
  • Brad Keselowski earned the inaugural Nationwide Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was followed to the finish line by Sam Hornish, T. Dillon, Denny Hamlin and A. Dillon.
  • The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, August 4. The 20th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Elliott Sadler Finishes 15th after Late-Race Penalty at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 

 

Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team settled for a 15th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event after being penalized on the final restart of the event. Starting from the fifth position, Sadler worked his way around the 2.5-mile track, racing in the top-five early in the race. Sadler visited pit road for routine service while under caution periods on laps 38 and 62, never falling out of the top 10. Sadler moved into the third position by lap 78 and reported that he was happy with the handling on the OneMain Chevrolet. A caution on lap 78 positioned Sadler in the second spot for the restart, lining up the No. 2 Chevrolet on the outside. As the green flag dropped, Sadler moved into the lead, but was penalized by NASCAR as officials reported he crossed the start-finish line before the leader. Sadler was forced to serve a pass-through penalty on lap 89, returning the No. 2 Chevrolet to the field in the 24th position. He utilized the final 10 laps of the race to regain as many positions back as possible, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 15th position. Sadler remains atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver point standings, leading his Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon by one point. 

                               

Start - 5                     Finish - 15                   Laps Led - 0                 Points - 1

 

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:"This is a tough one to swallow. We really wanted to win this inaugural race. Today my heart was definitely ripped out of my chest. We will rebound from this, and the OneMain Financial team will be even hungrier next week at Iowa Speedway for a win."

 

  

Fifth-Place Finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Qualifies Austin Dillon for Last Segment of Dash 4 Cash Bonus

 

Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team strategized with a two-tire pit stop in order to gain track position and claim a fifth-place finish in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Dillon started the 250-mile affair from the seventh position but fell back to 11th on lap 28 after brushing the right side of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet against the turn one wall. With minimal damage, a pit stop was not required and Dillon remained in the 11th position until the caution flag was displayed at lap 62. Crew chief Danny Stockman instructed the 22-year-old driver down pit road and the RCR team serviced the black No. 3 Chevrolet with right-side tires and fuel. Quick work in the pits allowed Dillon to gain eight positions on the race track. Dillon was scored in the third position when green-flag racing resumed on lap 67 and remained in the top five despite a tight-handling Chevrolet. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender was running in the fifth position when another competitor spun directly in front of him with 20 laps remaining. Dillon maneuvered the AdvoCare Chevrolet out of harm's way and advanced to the fourth position as the field was slowed for the final caution period of the race. Dillon lined up directly behind RCR teammate Elliott Sadler for the lap-82 restart and moved into the third position before falling back to fifth for the race's finish as he battled a tight-handling condition. With his fifth-place finish, Dillon qualified for the fourth and final leg of the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus and is eligible to earn a $100,000 at Iowa Speedway on August 4.

 

 

Start - 7                       Finish - 5                     Laps Led - 0                            Points - 2

                                  

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:  "I had fun racing in this inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I scraped the wall during the race and it flattened the right side of the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, which hurt our chances today. Before that, the car was pretty good. We were just a little too tight for most of the race and that was difficult to overcome. Track position is huge here. I'm excited to head to Iowa next week and compete for the final Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus."

Paul Menard and the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Team Earn Eighth-Place Finish in Inaugural Nationwide Series Race at the Brickyard

 

Paul Menard started the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet from the ninth position in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and drove the neon yellow machine to an eighth-place finish. The Eau Claire, Wis., native battled a loose-handling condition in the early portion of the 100-lap affair. Crew chief Ernie Cope called for minor adjustments in addition to fuel and fresh Goodyear tires for the No. 33 Chevrolet during routine visits to pit road during lap-15 and lap-39 caution periods. With the handling improved, especially on long runs, Menard began to pick positions off one at a time. On lap 66, two cars made contact in front of the 2011 Brickyard champion, requiring him to dive onto pit road to avoid contact. He slowed on pit road as a safety precaution and instead of being returned to his original position, he was sent to the rear of the field. Restarting in the 24th position, Menard passed 16 competitors over the final 21 laps to secure an eighth-place finish in the Indianapolis 250.

 

Start - 9           Finish - 8           Laps Led - 0            Owner Points - 7

 

 

PAUL MENARD QUOTE:

"Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the No. 33 Rheem/Menards team did a great job today. We had a good car and definitely did not get the finish that we deserved."

 

Ty Dillon Finishes Third at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his Second-Career NASCAR Nationwide Series Event

 

Ty Dillon and the No. 51 WESCO Chevrolet team earned a third-place finish in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dillon started the 100-lap affair from the third position and reported a tight-handling condition on the No.51 Chevrolet to the Gil Martin-led crew. Relief came on lap 33 when Martin called Dillon to pit road under green-flag conditions for four Goodyear tires, Sunoco Green E15 fuel and a chassis adjustment. As the pit crew was bolting on the last few lug nuts, a caution came out for an incident on the track. Dillon returned to the racing surface ahead of the leader, remaining on the lead lap. With multiple teams pitting during the caution period, the WESCO Chevrolet moved into the position to fourth for the ensuing restart. Just past the halfway point, another competitor spun in front of Dillon and made contact with the No. 51 Chevrolet. After confirmation from the spotter's stand that the No. 51 racer sustained minimal damage, Martin instructed Dillon to remain on track. Restarting from the 10th position, the Welcome, N.C., native piloted the blue and black machine into the top-five with 12 laps remaining in the event. The 20-year-old driver drove past two additional competitors in the closing laps of the race and scored a third-place result in his second-career Nationwide Series event.

 

Start - 3              Finish - 3          Laps Led - 0           Points - N/A

 

TY DILLON QUOTE:

"Today was awesome. I can't thank WESCO enough for coming on board and giving me the opportunity to race at such a historic track like Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gil Martin and the guys did a great job all weekend giving me a fast car and working hard on pit road. This is a weekend I'll never forget."

 

RCR PR

NAPA AUTO PARTS NASCAR Sprint Cup team co-owner Michael Waltrip made a special delivery last night in Colorado.

Through a week-long initiative, he along with his NAPA Racing driver Martin Truex Jr., helped their sponsor raise more than $72,000 through a NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE campaign. The proceeds will help victims of the wildfires which swept across Colorado last month.

Waltrip, NAPA management and local store owners delivered the check during ceremonies before Saturday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Colorado National Speedway. An additional check will be presented with the proceeds raised by online, local NAPA store efforts and at-track fundraising. Waltrip drove the No. 55 NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE Toyota in the event to raise awareness for the NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE program.

“Last night I had the opportunity to show the great people of Colorado what NASCAR is all about,” said Waltrip. “We collected donations from fans and partners and delivered a message of support. Those fires cost more than $60 million to fight and burned more than 225,000 acres of land and they needed our help.

“I loved racing in the K&N West Series event and it was a big weekend for NAPA. We hosted almost 700 guests there. We wanted to do more than race, we wanted to help heal.”

Truex said raising money for the wildfire victims fits with NAPA’s effort to assist people in need.

“NAPA has done some great things helping families with the NAPA KNOWS HOW TO CARE program and I’m really proud to be able to join in helping the people of Colorado,” said Truex. “We have race fans all over the country and I know some of our fans lost their homes and personal belongings. They will have to rebuild and this is our small way of helping out.”

Waltrip signed autographs at a NAPA fundraiser for the disaster relief fund on Friday at the NAPA Denver Distribution Center.  NAPA provided free hamburgers and hotdogs to the public. All donations made in person at the fundraiser, Colorado National Speedway, making PayPal donations to the American Red Cross at www.michaelwaltripracing.com or texting "RED CROSS" to the number 90999 contributed to the effort.

"The wildfires have had a big impact on our state,” said Will Rogers, District Manager of NAPA AUTO PARTS Denver Distribution Center. “Many of our friends and customers lives have been changed by this tragedy. This event was NAPA AUTO PARTS way of helping those in need and saying thank you to those who have risked their lives fighting these fires."

“When disaster strikes, it’s hard to determine how to help, so we just hoped by hosting this event and utilizing our resources we could help make a difference,” said Scott Carlson, General Manager of NAPA AUTO PARTS Denver Distribution Center.

MWR PR

For the Wood Brothers team it would have been humiliating to have their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion painted in the iconic candy apple red colors with Leonard Wood’s picture on the hood to fail to qualify at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

So it wasn’t surprising to see smiles all around when Trevor Bayne posted the 18th-quickest lap in qualifying, thereby assuring that the Wood Brothers Ford Fusion would be in the show on Sunday and that the celebration of Leonard Wood’s upcoming induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame could continue as planned.

Bayne posted a lap at 180.390 miles per hour, best among the drivers not assured of starting spots for Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents The Curtiss Shaver 400. He said afterwards that he might have been a little too conservative on his qualifying lap.

“I think the car was on a little more than I was right there in qualifying,” he said. “When you are leaving pit road the last thought in your mind is that we have to make the show on time and aren’t locked in. That causes you to leave more on the table than you want to…

“I don’t feel like I got every ounce out of it.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood was relieved nonetheless.

“The first step was to get in the show,” he said. “A lot of people were depending on us to get in the race.”

Wood said he did have an encouraging sign on Saturday morning before qualifying. Mari Hulman George, the chairman of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and for decades a prominent leader in the world of motorsports, stopped by and signed the hood of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.

“That was really cool,” Wood said, adding that the signature already has been preserved for posterity. “We’re just proud to know her. Getting her to sign the car is a bonus.”

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Brothers Racing PR

Race 19 of 33: Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 2.5-mile oval / 100 laps
Weather: Sunny; 85 deg.
Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Whitt’s finish: 17th
Patrick’s finish: 35th

Cole Whitt landed a 17th-place finish for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series’ inaugural event at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. After an uncharacteristic 40th-place start, Whitt and the TaxSlayer.com team steadily drove through the field, improving 23 positions before the race’s conclusion. Danica Patrick’s highly-anticipated return to the Brickyard in a stock car was met with misfortune. Patrick made inadvertent contact with a competitor entering turn one on lap 38. She was caught in the ensuing spin and the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet received terminal damage. The No. 7 team was dealt a 35th-place finish as a result.

Cole Whitt, driver No. 88 TaxSlayer.com team
“I think I speak for everyone on this 88 team, when I say we were really disappointed today. We come to the track to run up front and win races. Our guys work too hard and we owe it to partners like TaxSlayer, Hellmann’s and the JR Motorsports fans to run better. We have some things to work on, but we just struggled with the car this weekend. We were really tight in practice, freed it up too much for qualifying, then we were tight again in the race. We couldn’t find a middle ground with it. We’ll just stay focused, keep working on it and move on to Iowa next weekend.”

Danica Patrick, driver No. 7 GoDaddy.com team
“It’s just unfortunate for our Go Daddy team. It’s a big race and it’s a big weekend. This is a track I would have loved to have done well at. We were just trying to pick them off one by one. Tony (Eury Jr.) made the car better on that second run and we just got shuffled back on that restart there. I just picked the wrong line. I got into the center of the corner and got pretty close to the 98. I might have tapped him, I’m not sure. He was slowing down quite a bit. I didn’t mean to take him out. When I was trying to go around him, he hooked right and got in to us. It’s upsetting because there was still a lot of racing left.”

JRM PR

Brad Keselowski delivered a long-awaited stock car victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to legendary team owner Roger Penske, winning the inaugural Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28.

Penske Racing has earned a record 15 Indianapolis 500 victories, but this was the first NASCAR victory for the team on the 2.5-mile oval. Keselowski passed Penske teammate and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 72 of the 100-lap race and beat him to the finish by 3.304 seconds in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge.

"I've been watching races here for a long time as a kid from Michigan," Keselowski said. "Everyone knows how special Indy is. To win the first Nationwide Series race is special here. This is for Roger. It's special for me to deliver it to him."

Ty Dillon finished third in the No. 51 Wesco Chevrolet. Dillon, 20, is the grandson of three-time Brickyard 400-winning car owner Richard Childress.

Kyle Busch led a race high three times for 51 laps in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota. But he never recovered from a slow pit stop under caution on Lap 64 that dropped him from first to ninth on the ensuing restart. Busch ended up finishing 22nd, slowed by a spin after losing control on a restart on Lap 79. He side-swiped Hornish during the incident, who continued in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge without trouble.

Elliott Sadler appeared to have a chance at victory, taking the lead on a restart on Lap 83 in the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet. But NASCAR judged that he jumped the restart, and Sadler was forced to serve a drive-through penalty on Lap 89. Keselowski was officially credited with leading the laps Sadler was out front, and Keselowski then pulled away from Hornish over the final 10 laps.

"I didn't have any dreams of grandeur or whatever of going out there and passing him on the last lap," Hornish said. "It would have been awesome if we did, but I felt like as soon as I got within 10 car lengths, he was going to step it back up a little bit. I knew it was going to have to be one of those deals where he made a mistake for me to be able to get the job done and to feel comfortable about doing it."

2005 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick finished 35th in her stock-car debut at IMS in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. She was eliminated from the race on Lap 40 after hitting the rear of Reed Sorenson's car in Turn 1. Sorenson spun and collected Patrick, with both cars hitting the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1.

In NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Denny Hamlin earned the pole for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com with a lap of 182.763 mph in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota.

"This is very, very high up on my list of tracks to want to win," Hamlin said. "I consider it as high as the Daytona 500, personally, so this is a great start to our weekend knowing we have the No. 1 pit stall, we have obviously a fast car, and I have a great pit crew that's going to hopefully keep me out front all day."

Carl Edwards will start alongside Hamlin in the front row after posting a fast lap of 181.984 in the No. 99 Fastenal Ford.

Defending race winner Paul Menard qualified eighth at 181.014 in the No. 27 Menards/Nibco Chevrolet.

The 160-lap Sprint Cup Series race starts at 1 p.m. Sunday.

IMS PR

As Indianapolis prepares for the upcoming Crown Royal Presents The "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, select Walmart stores will offer authentic NASCAR merchandise and host exclusive fan events starting July 25. Customers are invited to attend these special events and enjoy a special appearance by Bobby Labonte and show car and simulator displays– perfect to safely get behind the wheel and feel the power of NASCAR – July 25-28 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., depending on the location.

"Walmart is the champion of the racing fan, and we are committed to providing customers with savings on authentic merchandise, as well as unique race time experiences," said Walmart market manager Becky Dedman. "We want to give fans affordability and accessibility, so they can enjoy race time with their families and friends."

Race Time at Walmart
In addition to the fan events happening in Walmart parking lots, area Walmart stores will feature savings on all the food and snacks you need to enjoy the race, plus authentic NASCAR merchandise such as T-shirts and racing flags, with an even bigger selection of exclusive products available at Walmart.com/NASCAR.

Participating stores near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway include:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display, Coors Light Show Car, Hefty Show Car Simulator, 5-hour Energy Show Car, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator and Wheaties Show Car at:

Store #1459
7245 U.S. 31 S.
Indianapolis, Ind.
10 a.m.4 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Scott Products Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Oreo Ritz Show Car, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car and Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator at:

Store #4417
8191 Upland Bend
Camby, Ind.
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Coors Light Show Car, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Wheaties Show Car, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator and 5-hour Energy Show Car at:

Store #2787
7325 N. Keystone Ave.
Indianapolis, Ind.
10 a.m.4 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Scott Products Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Oreo Ritz Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car and M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display at:

Store #3781
4545 Lafayette Road
Indianapolis, Ind.
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, Hefty Show Car Simulator, Coors Light Show Car, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger, Wheaties Show Car, 5-hour Energy Show Car, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car and No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car at:

Store #828
2373 E. Main St.
Plainfield, Ind.
10 a.m.4 p.m.

Scott Products' Bobby Labonte Driver Appearance from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Displays free and open to the public include the Scott Products Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Oreo Ritz Show Car, M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display, Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator and Miller Lite Show Car at:

Store #3435
1133 N. Emerson Road
Greenwood, Ind.
11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Displays free and open to the public include the Coca-Cola 2-Seat Simulator, Scott Products Ultimate Tailgate Truck, Coors Light Show Car, Hefty Show Car Simulator and No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at:

Store #2788
400 W. Northfield Drive
Brownsburg, Ind.
8 a.m.2 p.m.

Displays free and open to the public include the Oreo Ritz Show Car, 5-hour Energy Show Car, Wheaties Show Car, Cheez-It Show Car Simulator, No. 24 Pepsi MAX Show Car, No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Show Car, Miller Lite Show Car and M&M's Show Car, Sim Pod and Trophy Display at:

Store #2786
9500 U.S. 36
Avon, Ind.
9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.

Walmart PR

Randy Kerr had an ear-to-ear smile on his face at the conclusion of last Saturday’s ASA Pro Trucks Series event at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, ID.  That smile was not for the awesome races that his series had that night; it was for what his drivers did for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
 
What the ASA Pro Trucks Series drivers did was donate more than half of their winnings to St. Jude’s, a total of $1,256.25.
 
“This right here is why I feel so honored to promote a series like this, these drivers care,” Kerr, ASA Pro Truck Series Promoter said. “They care about each other, they care about the community and they care about making a difference. I consider every one of these drivers as a friend.  No one could ask for a better friends or a better racing to be a part of like what we have in the ASA Pro Truck Series.”
 
The idea started with Magic Valley Speedway itself working with two local radio stations, 98.3 The Snake and KEZJ 95.7 FM, as the presenting sponsors for the first ever twin main events for the ASA Pro Trucks Series.  As part of the promotion Magic Valley Speedway offered to donate $5.00 for each ticket sold to St. Jude.
 
Johnny Pierre, who drives the #38 ASA Pro Truck called Kerr and asked what they could do as a series to help raise more money.  Pierre lost his mother to cancer and the research that St. Jude’s does means a lot to him. 
 
Pierre told Kerr that he was willing to give all of his winnings from the night and wanted to challenge all of the other drivers to give at least half of their winnings to the well-known research hospital.  
 
Kerr presented Pierre’s idea at the driver’s meeting, and without hesitation, every driver said they would donate at least half of their winnings.  In the end, 50% of the drivers gave half of their winnings while the other 50% gave 100% of their winnings from the twin main events that Saturday night.
 
“We all know that it costs money to be involved in short track racing, let alone a traveling series like the ASA Pro Trucks Series.  But to see what our drivers did says a lot in my opinion,” Kerr said.  “At the end of the night, we all knew we did the right thing and are hopeful that our donation will help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue to provide the best care they provide to children and continue the valuable research they are doing today.  It was an honor to be a part of this generosity.”

ASA Racing PR

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