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The rain has cleared out and we have an all-day NASCAR event at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I can’t think of a better way to start the week! 650 miles of racing in one day!

Wow what an exciting Lilly Diabetes 250. Holy cow we saw stage 1 end in 4 wide won by John Hunter Nemechek

Stage 2 Strategy and fight for second place won by Christopher Bell, Stage 2 won by Daniel Hemric .

One of the most exciting Xfinity races of the season unfolded right here in Indy.

Unfortunately the day ended badly for Ty Dillion, Austin Cindric , and Elliot Sadler. Sadler recently announcing his retirement. This not the way he wanted to end his last race at Indy.

Elliott Sadler hit Dillon's No. 3 car and both went hard into the third turn wall. Sadler started his final Indy race fourth in points. Then one-lap shootout that John Hunter Nemechek barely won as the cars went four wide.

Stage 3 wasn’t without calamity Brandon Jones made contact with Cole Custer causing heavy contact with the inside wall before sliding down the back stretch. Cole was evaluated and released from the infield Care center

#18 Ryan Preece got loose and slammed into Tire barrier. Creating red Flag conditions for cleanup in turn 2. Preece was evaluated and released from the infield Care center

In the final laps the battle for the lead go 3 wide!  With 10 to go Ryan Truex hits wall and is forced to pit.

Conragts to Justin Allgaier gets his first win at Indy. Congrats also to JR Motorsports!

After a long wait…we finally have a checkered flag wave at Indy! What smoke show here at Indy.  Justin Allgaier “This is one is for my dad…This all about family” Tears flowing this was clearing an emotional win for Justin Allgaier

  1. Justin Allgaier
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Ryan Blaney
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Daniel Hemric
  6. Matt Tifft
  7. Christopher Bell
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Chase Briscoe
  10. Brandon jones
  11. Ryan Reed
  12. Ross Chastain
  13. Ryan Sieg
  14. Jeremy Clements
  15. Joey Gase
  16. BJ McLeod
  17. Vinnie Miller
  18. David Starr
  19. Alex Labbe
  20. Garrett Smithley
  21. Chad Finchum
  22. Ryan Truex
  23. Caesar Bacarella
  24. Josh Williams
  25. John Hunter Nemechek
  26. Mike Harmon
  27. Tommy Joe Martins
  28. Ryan Preece
  29. Cole Custer
  30. JJ Yeley
  31. Michael Annett
  32. Morgan Shepherd
  33. Ty Dillon
  34. Austin Cindric
  35. Elliott Sadler
  36. Spencer Boyd
  37. Brandon Hightower
  38. Josh Bilicki
  39. Bayley Currey
  40. Jeff Green

In other news as we get ready for the 25th running of the Brickyard 400

Jamie McMurray may be headed into the final Brickyard 400 of his career with Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray won the race in 2010.

Ganassi says he's offered McMurray a contract to drive the Daytona 500 next season, then move into a leadership role with the organization similar to the one Dario Franchitti holds. Ganassi says McMurray has not decided if he will stay with the team or seek a full-time driving job elsewhere.

The contract confirms the No. 1 Chevrolet will be open at the end of this season, but Ganassi declined to comment on signing free agent Kurt Busch.

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Xfinity Series Press Conference - Indianapolis Allgaier, Bell,Sadler Indy Presser

Indianapolis- Damp wet start to Brickyard weekend at IMS. Kicked this off with the Xfinity Series Press Conference –

Yours truly from Speedway digest was honored to have first question. I asked Justin Allgaier what he needs to here at Indy to stay on top of Xfinity series standings.

“I think this race is extremely difficult to manage. No matter if weather is cold, hot or rainy luckily for us we had a good package here last year and hopefully we will take what we learned last year we are hopeful that even if we don’t get a practice in we will have a great showing” However it was the question to Elliott Sadler on his decision to retire, and why he came about that decision. Especially have we have seen so many drivers retire recently. I felt like he truly put the human element to racing something we all could relate to. Elliott said

“The decision for me as pretty easy for me. My wife and I had been talking about this for a little while. I have been at this for 22 years…22 years traveling being away from home every single weekend. My kids are now 8 & 6 they are very involved with their activities at home. We have a lot going on at home, and I did not want to be a dad that lived his kid’s memories thru a phone! I don’t believe in that. I believe being home with them is important. I have pursued my dreams long enough, and now its time for me to be a dad help them pursue their dreams. I can’t wait for the next chapter in my life to begin. Wow what profound statement.

NBC sports followed up question about the things he has missed out. I think far too often we lose sight of the grind drivers go thru week in and week out. Elliot said he does not believe our kids shouldn’t grow up in a Motor Coach. Great career for Elliott Sadler! We salute you.  

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Promising young driver Quin Houff will team with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller to race in the Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series event at Richmond Raceway Sept. 21.
 
The race will be sort of a “homecourt” event for Houff, a 20-year-old native of Weyers Cave, Va.
 
Houff will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet in the 187-lap race. He will carry sponsorship from Beatin Cancer With Duke (BeatinCancerWithDuke.org). Houff mixes his racing with support for everyone battling cancer, including members of his family.

“I am super excited to have the opportunity to jump in the iconic JD Motorsports No. 4 car,” Houff said. “I can't thank them enough for giving me the chance not only to get back into the Xfinity Series but to also race in front of a home crowd at Richmond. I look forward to learning a lot from this experienced group and bringing home a solid finish."
 
Houff has five Xfinity starts – all in 2017 – to his credit. He raced at Bristol, Richmond, Iowa, Kentucky and Kansas, scoring a high finish of 12th at Iowa.
 
He started racing Limited Late Models at the age of 13 and advanced into Super Late Models and then into the Automobile Racing Club of America series.
 
“We’re excited to have Quin with us at Richmond,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “We’ve watched him race, and he appears to be one of the best young drivers out there. Like a lot of them, he just needs a chance. We’ll put him in a good car at Richmond and try to bring home a good finish.”

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Garrett Smithley will compete on the storied racing surface at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this weekend.
 
Smithley will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race.
 
Smithley has representative finishes of 23rd and 21st in his previous runs at IMS. He finished 21st last year, leading a lap and finishing one lap down.
 
“It’s an honor to be able to race at Indy,” Smithley said. “It gives me goosebumps just to drive into the place – so much history and tradition there and so many great drivers have been on that track. It’s almost overwhelming, but we’ve done reasonably well there and hope to improve this visit.”
 
Smithley is 19th in Xfinity points entering the race.
 
The race is the next-to-last event of the regular season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:45 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3 p.m.

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Vinnie Miller will be in a dream world of sorts this week as he rolls onto the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
The dream of almost every racer is to compete at the world’s most famous track, and Miller will make his first laps on the historic Brickyard this week. He’ll be driving the No. 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race.

“I’ve been working on my SIM this week to try to get ready for Indianapolis,” Miller said. “I am so excited to go to the Brickyard for the first time. There is so much history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and being able to actually drive on that track is like a dream come true.  
 
“I am happy about the aero and downforce package that the NASCAR Xfinity Series will be running this weekend. I really believe it evens out the field a little bit. I know the JD Motorsports team with Gary Keller has put together a fast JAS Expedited Camaro for the Lilly Diabetes 250, and I really would like to bring home a solid finish for the No. 01 team.”
 
The race is the next-to-last event of the regular season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:45 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3 p.m.

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Ross Chastain hopes to keep protecting his place in the Xfinity Series playoff standings as the series rolls into famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week.
 
Chastain will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250.
 
Entering the race, Chastain sits 12th in the playoff standings, solidly in the final playoff position. However, if a new seasonal winner emerges this week at Indy or in the regular-season finale next week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Chastain could be in trouble.
 
“We need to really go after it this week and get all we can,” Chastain said. “A win would be great, of course. That would automatically put us in the playoffs. And to win at Indy would be sensational. We’ll give it our best shot and keep aiming for the playoffs.”
 
Chastain has raced three times at Indy, with a top finish of 16th last season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:45 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3 p.m.

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After notching himself his best career finish at Darlington Raceway, Gase and Go Green Racing head to Indianapolis to take on the Brickyard. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will be going back to the aero and restrictor plate package this weekend that the series ran at Pocono and Michigan. This package they will run was first used in last years Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indy giving it its nickname "The Indy Package." The team will look to improve on their 19th place finish at Pocono Raceway back in June with this same package.

This weekend will be Gase's 5th start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and he's also made one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start. “Indy is special place to me" said Gase. "The Brickyard was the very first NASCAR race I ever attended and I used to go with my grandparents every year when I was little. Its always a special moment when I walk out on pit road and remember right where I used to sit in the stands"

The Sparks Energy Inc hauler is scheduled to enter the track on Friday morning. The first practice for the Lilly Diabetes 250 begins at 1:05pm ET with live coverage streaming on the NBC Sports App. 

TV/Radio:
The Lilly Diabetes 250 can be seen live on Saturday, September 8th on NBCSN. Race coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can also listen in live on SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

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Spencer Boyd is restfully excited to announce that ‘Made in the USA’ DLX Mattress has joined the team as an Associate Sponsor for the remainder of the 2018 season.  DLX Mattress is a family owned business and has been serving customers for an astounding 130+ years. 
 
“I never would have thought that someone would want to sponsor my sleep!” smirks Boyd when asked about the partnership.  “Honestly, with thirty-three races in a season we have a pretty hectic schedule, so coming home and getting a good night’s sleep is very important.  I can happily endorse their mattress for not only being a great product but for being made in America.  As a devout patriot, I love representing companies with American made products.”
 
As a factory direct operation, DLX Mattress believes that their mattress may be the last one you’ll ever buy.  Every piece of a DLX Mattress is interchangeable so as your firmness needs change, so can your mattress.  They stand behind every mattress they produce and invite NASCAR fans to enjoy the supreme quality and expert manufacturing techniques that go into each and every one.
 
“We are really on to something with this mattress, so we want to tell as many people as possible,” commented Jim Pullan, President of DLX Mattress.  “Between the power of NASCAR and Spencer’s Made in America values, we feel this to be a great formula for success.  We are so confident in our customers being able to customize the firmness of their DLX Mattress that we even offer a 100 day risk free guarantee allowing buyers to return the mattress if they are not satisfied.”
 
Partnerships with companies like DLX Mattress are not by accident.  Spencer Boyd Racing is on the same mission as primary sponsor Grunt Style, which is to bring pride in self, pride in military and pride in country, to every American household.  By being authentic and selective in his partnerships, Spencer is able to honestly represent brands looking to ride the wave of this rookie’s rise in NASCAR.
 
The Lily Diabetes 250 on September 8 at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway marks the location of the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race where DLX Mattress will appear on the No.76 Grunt Style Camaro.

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It was a hot weekend for the Go Green Racing team at Darlington Raceway. The team kicked off NASCAR Throwback weekend with two practice sessions on Friday afternoon. The Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Chevrolet was tight most of the afternoon so they were working on freeing Gase up during both sessions. Qualifying came around on Saturday morning and Gase said that in his two lap run it was way better than it was all day in practice the day before. He made the second round with the lap time he put down and ended up qualifying in 19th. 

The Agri Supply / Sparks Energy team was geared up and ready to take on the Lady in Black for NASCAR throwback weekend. The green flag waved and the Sports Clips VFW 200 was underway in the hot and humid Darlington, South Carolina. Just three laps in, the race would see it's first caution for the #60 of Austin Cindric getting turned coming off of turn 4. On the short three lap run Gase had said he was loose. Knowing that the track would tighten up as the day would progress CC Patrick Donahue replied "Perfect!" They would go back to green on lap 9 and would stay under green for the remaining 36 laps of stage one. 

After the green and white checkered waved Gase said he was still pretty loose and he had gotten some debris on the grill so his water temperature was running a little hot. In between stages, Joey would bring it to the crew on pit road for a fresh set of Goodyear's, fuel, two rounds in the right rear, and clean the grill. The crew did a great job on the stop and would pick Gase up four spots and would restart 20th!

Stage two would begin on lap 51 making this stage a 39 lap shootout. 12 laps into the green flag run Gase reported that he was still loose. Shortly after he had reported this to the crew a caution had come out for the #20 of Christopher Bell. Giving Gase a chance to come back down pit road for another adjustment. He would come down pit road for tires, fuel and two round in the left rear.

They would get the green on lap 70. Then eight short laps later another caution would come out for #19 of Brandon Jones spinning on the back stretch. Under the caution Gase would report to Donahue that now he was too tight but at least he's still had grip. He would battle through for the final nine laps and end the stage in 15th. Between stages he would come back to pit road for another wedge adjustment, tires, and fuel. 

The green flag would wave on lap 96 to start the third and final stage of the Sports Clips VFW 200. 11 laps into the final stage Gase said he was still too tight. Another caution would come out shortly after so he would bring it back for another wedge adjustment to loosen him up. Joey and the Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Chevrolet would restart in the 23rd position. He would gain two more spots after the adjustment and bring it to the checkered flag in the 21st position.

It was a roller coaster of day for the Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Inc team on Saturday. But the guys showed the fight and hustle that they've shown all year. They never gave up and helped Gase bring home his best career finish at Darlington Raceway. Next week the team will head to Indiana to take on Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Lilly Diabetes 250.

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