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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Daily Trackside Report - Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Daily Trackside Report - Saturday, July 26, 2014


7 a.m.-10 p.m. Public Gates Open
9-11 a.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
12:10-1:15 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
2:10-3:45 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
4:30 p.m. Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race (100 laps)

 

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With a pass on the final turn, Kyle Busch won the ARCA CRA Super Series Circle City 100 on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. John Hunter Nemechek was second.

The race was the first of three for Busch this weekend, as he'll look to defend his title in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 and then drive the No. 98 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

David Ragan, who is also driving both NASCAR races at the Brickyard, finished 16th on Friday night.

Seventeen-year-old Brandon Jones won the ARCA Scott Get Geared Up 200 on Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. It was his second win in Indiana this month; he won his first ARCA race on July 6 in Winchester.

NASCAR instituted a new qualifying procedure for most races this season including both races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A new "knockout" format has eliminated single-car qualifying and added excitement for fans.

The format consists of three rounds. The first lasts 25 minutes and includes all cars. The fastest 24 cars from this session advance to the next round, with the remaining cars sorted in descending order by their times.

The second round will last 10 minutes and the fastest 12 cars will advance, with Nos. 13-24 earning qualifying positions based on times.

The final round will last five minutes and will determine positions 1 through 12.

There will be a five-minute break between rounds and cars will return to their pit stalls. Teams can make wedge, track bar, tire pressure, tape adjustments and cool oil between rounds but may not jack up the car or raise the hood.

At 9 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup practice was delayed by early-morning rain. NASCAR Air Titans worked to dry the 2.5-mile oval.

The high temperature Sunday in Indianapolis is forecasted to be 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The high temperatures for the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup series race days in Indianapolis: 89°, July 25, 2010; 94°, July 31, 2011; 91°, July 29, 2012; 69°, July 28, 2013.

The warmest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race day at Indianapolis was Aug. 4, 2002, when the high temperature was 96 degrees. Bill Elliott won that race.

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Fans with the IMS Brickyard Mobile app will have the chance to purchase unique items such as a Sunday pit pass for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, seat upgrades, a post-race chance to "Kiss the Bricks," VIP access to the Brickfest Music Festival concert and the opportunity get their picture taken with the race winner in Victory Circle. All experiences have limited quantities.

The free IMS Brickyard Mobile app is available for Apple devices through iTunes and for Android devices through the Android Market and Google Play.

Many features are included on the app, such as ticket purchasing, event schedules, photos, news feeds, race results, track maps with key points of interest, Know Your Zone parking information and much more.
Fans using the IMS Brickyard Mobile app automatically receive updated information on their mobile device, such as schedules, track action reports and more.

Vital information, such as maps and schedules, also are stored within the app so fans can access it even without mobile connectivity.

All information available in the Brickyard Mobile app also is available at the IMS mobile-optimized website, m.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

Dale Jarrett, a 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Brickyard 400 winner, talked about the winner's tradition of kissing the bricks:

DALE JARRETT: "I wish I could take more credit for it, but it was my crew chief Todd Parrott's idea. We had talked about it because we felt like we had a chance to win the race. He said he had something a little different. He said that we should go out to the Yard of Bricks and have a celebration there. It wasn't necessarily that we were going to kiss the bricks; we certainly wanted to enjoy Victory Lane but we wanted to go out on the Yard of Bricks, have a celebration there and get photos there. That (the bricks) really is what it's all about. When we were in Victory Lane, he said, 'OK let's go! It's time.' I knew what he was talking about. But as we walked out there he asked, 'What are we going to do out here?' (Continued on page 3)
So we came up with the idea to kiss the bricks right there. That's what this place is known for - let's do something special here. We expanded on his (Parrott) idea. There's nothing better than getting a photo here (Yard of Bricks). We had photographers running everywhere trying to keep up with what we were doing. They had no idea what we were going to do because we didn't either. It was more of Todd's idea but the closer we got to the bricks we said this is what we should do. It's pretty amazing to think that it (tradition) goes back to that day in 1996 when that happened. And now it's not only our sport that does it but you've got the IndyCar teams that do it too in the Indianapolis 500. It's pretty special to know that you have started something that has continued on and will continue on until someone comes up with a better idea. That's how traditions start -- by accident, most of the time."

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE:
At 10:25 a.m., the ambient temperature was 72 degrees with a relative humidity of 76 percent. Winds out of southwest at 10 mph. Skies were partly cloudy.
10:25 a.m.: GREEN.
11 a.m.: RED. End of session. #48 Johnson fastest at 189.298 mph. Next four fastest: #2 Keselowski, #4 Harvick, #24 Gordon, #88 Earnhardt Jr.

John Wayne Walding, namesake of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, met the media on Saturday alongside actor/tv personality Terrence J. and country music star Justin Moore, who is performing this weekend at the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. Walding is a 12-year veteran of the Green Berets with Bronze and Silver Stars, a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.

JOHN WAYNE WALDING: "I feel like I'm cooler than Burt Reynolds because I have this race named after me. That's cool. Yeah, I've been killing bad guys for the past 12 years, and now I get a chance to come back and see what has made America awesome. I did the Boston Marathon. You know that joke about you can't be a fat, one-legged guy to do that race -- and I only have five toes. I tried to stay in shape and do some cardiovascular work. I went up to Boston and got fourth place. It all came from the feeling that we owe it to the fallen to live well. Coming back and not being the best I can be just wasn't enough."

TERRENCE J. "To be able to sit here next to John is really inspiring. I was complaining to my girlfriend the other day that I had lost my toenail playing basketball. This is an inspirational weekend. I started my career in NASCAR as an intern in this very room."

JUSTIN MOORE: "I've already written half that song (in reply to a question about making one about five toes and a lost toenail). I kind of echo Terrence's thoughts. It's really inspiring to be a part of this. It's my fourth year in a row to be here and be a part of this. It's more fun and more exciting every year to get to know guys like this."

Selected quotes from Danica Patrick's media availability on Saturday:
DANICA PATRICK: "It's Indy and you really want to do well." (On making the Chase): "I think a win is going to be pretty tough, but a win is realistic. If we look back at Kansas as far as regular race tracks go, if things go a little bit differently I could have won that race. I feel like I'm able to; I just don't know if we're there yet. If it presents itself and I'm in a position to win, I feel perfectly ready. That's not a scenario that we're not able to put ourselves in every single weekend, and even the people who are, it's still difficult to win. We are getting stronger as a team and we're getting better and better. The team is doing a great job of producing better cars all the time. All that stuff is going in the right direction, but I've only had a year and one-half experience in Cup. Being here I feel like I'm able to drive more consistently and reaching the potential of the car. I feel much more comfortable overall. Part of the challenge here is that the straightaways are so long and the corners are so long. You have to meet this perfect marriage between getting into the corner far enough but not too far that you mess up your exit. You have to walk that line. The experience of being in the car is helping me feel what's happening more so." (30th in last year's Brickyard 400) "We started the race with trouble anyway. We had a little bit of an oil leak and after five laps you saw me smoking. It was dropping oil all over the wheel wells; it wasn't good. I don't think I had any hope beyond Lap 5." (On teammates): "I don't think any of us thought it was going to be a story. With all our personalities, while we're strong and have opinions, we want to do well. Everybody wants to get better and everybody knows that. That's why you see an improvement in our team this year. Everything from top to bottom is better. Kevin (Harvick) is someone who helps the most. He is able to put things in terms and words that I understand. Kurt (Busch) has been helpful as well. They are helpful and Tony (Stewart) is too, but Kevin is the best at teaching." (On first Indianapolis 500, fourth, 1995): "It was so long ago. I just remember that I had a really good car, really fast and that was back in the day of fuel trim. We got a good restart and took the lead and immediately started tuning it down to make it to the end on fuel because we were going farther than anybody. The tires were a bit older and couldn't quite hold the bottom line. It allowed Dan to keep his wing below me and get a run off the corner. I was maintaining all the way until the last fuel position; there are eight fuel stops and I was on seven when he finally caught me. At six I was maintain a gap and at seven he got by me and that was it. Obviously looking back, it would have been nice to have kept it in fuel position to keep a gap. We had two and one-half gallons left but we made progress after that with the fuel pickup so we would know where we're at on fuel. Before the last green flag I was going slower so I could get more green flag laps and that didn't help me either."

2013 Indiana 250 winner Kyle Busch was presented with his victory ring on pit road Saturday prior to Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 qualifying by Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles and Ken Keltner of Herff Jones.

DOUG BOLES: "Thanks to everybody for coming out today and I want to thank NASCAR for bringing the Air Titans here. We got things going early this morning, along with our team in the jet dryers, to have a great day. We're excited to be here to present a ring to Kyle Busch. The great thing about this is the name Busch is a name that we are all beginning to love here in Indianapolis."

KEN KELTNER: "On behalf of Herff Jones Company and Nationwide, I am proud to present Kyle Busch with a championship 14-carat yellow gold ring with diamonds. The Busch name is fantastic here in Indy. You keep coming back. We're proud of you."

KYLE BUSCH: "Nice. It looks good. I appreciate it. It's an awesome opportunity to win here in Indy and to take homage to this ring. Hopefully, we can have another strong run today and carry this Monster Energy can back to Victory Lane and do this same presentation again next year. But most importantly, try to win Sunday's race and get that ring next year."

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES QUALIFYING NOTES:
• Fastest lap, this weekend: 181.043 mph, #98 David Ragan, Friday first practice
• 2013 pole lap: 179.644 mph, Kyle Busch
• Forty-two cars will attempt to earn one of 40 starting spots in the Lilly Diabetes 250.
At 12:10 p.m., the beginning of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying, the ambient temperature was 74 degrees with a relative humidity of 76 percent. Winds out of southwest at 10 mph. Skies were partly cloudy.

12:10 p.m.: GREEN. First knockout session begins.
12:35 p.m.: RED. First knockout session ends. #3 Dillon fastest at 179.058. Other cars advancing to next round: #20 Kenseth, #22 Logano, #54 Kyle Busch, #33 Menard, #9 Elliott, #98 Ragan, #5 Harvick, #2 Scott, #11 Sadler, #42 Larson, #99 J. Buescher, #43 Armstrong, #44 Starr, #60 C. Buescher, #62 Gaughan, #84 Boat, #93 Swindell, #6 Bayne, #16 Reed, #28 Yeley, #31 Kwasniewski, #39 Sieg,
12:40 p.m.: GREEN. Second knockout session begins.
12:50 p.m.: RED. Second knockout session ends. #22 Logano fastest at 178.490. Other cars advancing to next round: #54 Busch, #5 Harvick, #33 Menard, #20 Kenseth, #2 Scott, #7 Smith, #3 Dillon, #9 Elliott, #60 C. Buescher, #11 Sadler, #6 Bayne.
1 p.m.: GREEN. Third knockout session begins.
1:05 p.m.: RED. Third knockout session ends. #54 Kyle Busch wins pole for Lilly Diabetes 250 with a speed of 179.888 mph.

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES QUALIFYING HISTORICAL NOTES:
• Kyle Busch earned his 40th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole and his series-leading fourth this year. His other poles in 2014 came at Darlington, Charlotte and Michigan.
• Kyle Busch is on the pole for the second consecutive year at the Lilly Diabetes 250. He won from the pole last year.
• Kyle Busch's 179.888 mph is a new top qualifying speed for the event, topping his mark of 179.644 mph last year.
• Kyle Busch has started on the front row for all three Nationwide Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He qualified second in 2012.
• Matt Kenseth qualified second. He qualified ninth last year.
• NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers that failed to qualify for the Lilly Diabetes 250: Kevin Lepage, Tommy Joe Martins.

The Lilly Diabetes 250 will serve as the host of the third of four races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program, where four eligible drivers - Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott and Brian Scott - could win a $100,000 bonus courtesy of Nationwide Insurance.

Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson could become just the second five-time winner of a major race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory Sunday in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

Michael Schumacher became the first five-time winner when he captured the 2006 United States Grand Prix. Schumacher won the USGP in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Gordon and Johnson are tied with four-time Indianapolis 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears on the IMS win list. Gordon won the Brickyard 400 in 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Johnson won in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977; Unser won the "500" in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987; Mears won the "500" in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991.

Selected quotes from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s availability Saturday with the media:
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: "The car's pretty good. It's just real easy to over-drive the car here. You just got to be patient with the throttle and try not to push the car into the corner and get the front tires sliding too much. We practiced yesterday and fought tight entry and I've fought that every time I've raced here. I think everyone in the garage is probably fighting the same thing. It's just whoever can get that the best and get turned into the corner, especially Turn 2. Turn 2 is very, very tight. It's really easy to miss that corner. This place sort of times out like a road course. If you're just a little bit tight, you add all that up all the way around a lap and it's a lot of time. So, we're just trying to be patient." (Do you think this is your best chance to win here at the Brickyard?): "No, not really, I think I had some pretty good cars here in the past. I had chances to win in the past and didn't even know it. I think the first time we came here we ran in the top three for the first half of the race. We just didn't realize the potential we had. This place, you got to kind of pit the car like a road course. The left side tires are very, very hard so we probably won't change that much. We need to plan out our strategy where we're on pit road the least amount of time on that last stop. I guess my point is we've had good cars in the past, we just didn't do the strategy just right and somebody did it better than us." (On possibly winning Daytona and the Brickyard in the same year): "I'd love to win here. This is such a historic racetrack. Regardless of whether I'd won Daytona or not, I really wouldn't pair the two together as an accomplishment. Just winning here alone would be tremendous. I'm excited about our race today. To go to victory lane as an owner or a driver would be a great feeling. This place just has so much history; the story of how this track came about and how it almost ended up being history in itself during the war. It's just amazing what's gone on here. I would love to win here and hope to be able to accomplish that at some point in my career." (On the sustained success teammate Jeff Gordon has had over the past 20 years since winning the first Brickyard): "Jeff's just a great race driver. He's always been one of the top talents in the series. He's been with the same team, so that's been a big deal to be around one of the best organizations his whole career. He's pretty sharp about what he needs as far as a crew chief, engineers and people. He's done a good job of sustaining the integrity of his team. I was thinking that yesterday he was the fastest guy in race trim. He's got a good opportunity this weekend." (On trying the Indy-Charlotte double someday): "I don't think I would. It's a lot of preparation. It takes a certain mentality, a certain style of person. I think that Kurt (Busch) has that mentality, has that ability to want to take on something like that. He's sort of in a situation in his career where he can juggle all of those things. I never really aspired to drive open wheel cars. I do follow the series and have some drivers I pull for. But I was always a stock car guy and bang on fenders. But I do have a lot of respect for what he did, and it was a great joy to cheer him on. Everyone in the garage wanted him to do well. To see him do well and accomplish what he did was a great thing, I think for both series. I enjoyed that. But I've got so much going on, I'd rather not pile that onto my plate."

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING NOTES:
• Fastest lap, this weekend: 189.298 mph, #48 Jimmie Johnson, Saturday practice
• 2013 pole lap: 187.531 mph, Ryan Newman (NASCAR qualifying record)
• Forty-six cars will attempt to earn one of 43 starting spots in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

At 2:10 p.m., the beginning of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, the ambient temperature was 79 degrees with a relative humidity of 72 percent. Winds out of southwest at 10 mph. Skies were cloudy.

2:10 p.m.: GREEN. First knockout session begins. #4 Kevin Harvick fastest with a track-record qualifying speed of 188.889 mph. Other cars advancing to the next round: #24 Gordon, #2 Keselowski, #41 Kurt Busch, #20 Kenseth, #48 Johnson, #31 Newman, #12 Montoya, #5 Kahne, #22 Logano, #14 Stewart, #21 Bayne, #55 Vickers, #88 Earnhardt Jr., #18 Kyle Busch, #99 Edwards, #3 Dillon, #42 Larson, #9 Ambrose, #15 Bowyer, #1 McMurray, #17 Stenhouse Jr., #10 Patrick, #16 Biffle.
2:35 p.m.: RED. First knockout session ends.
2:40 p.m.: GREEN. Second knockout session begins.
2:50 p.m.: RED: Second knockout session ends. #4 Kevin Harvick fastest at 188.281. Other cars advancing to next round: #24 Gordon, #2 Keselowski, #14 Stewart, #48 Johnson, #41 Kurt Busch, #31 Newman, #5 Kahne, #12 Montoya, #55 Vickers, #22 Logano, #18 Kyle Busch.
3 p.m.: GREEN. Third knockout session begins.
3:05 p.m.: RED. Third knockout session ends. #4 Kevin Harvick fastest at 188.470 and wins pole for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING HISTORICAL NOTES:

• Kevin Harvick earned his 10th career Sprint Cup Series pole and fourth this year. His previous poles this season were Darlington, Kansas and Michigan.
• This is Harvick's second pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He sat on the pole in 2003 and won the race.
• This is the second consecutive pole for Stewart-Haas Racing at the Brickyard. Ryan Newman won the pole and the race in 2013.
• Jeff Gordon qualified second and will start from the front row for the fourth time, tying Mark Martin for the most front-row starts in the Brickyard 400.
• Ryan Newman (qualified fourth) will make his eighth start inside the top 5, most in Brickyard 400 history.
• Kurt Busch (qualified seventh) and Juan Pablo Montoya (eighth) are starting alongside each other in Row 4. They will race in the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com after racing in May's Indianapolis 500. The last year to have two drivers run both races was 2001 (Robby Gordon, Tony Stewart). In the Indianapolis 500, Montoya qualified 10th and Busch qualified 12th.
• Indiana native Jeff Gordon is starting within the top 10 for the 12th time at the Brickyard, tops among all drivers.
• Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte (qualified 43rd on past-champion provisional) have appeared in all 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the Brickyard.
• This is Brad Keselowski's best start in the Brickyard 400 (third), his previous best was fifth in 2011.
• Kyle Larson (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers that failed to qualify: Brett Moffitt, David Stremme, Matt Crafton.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES:

KEVIN HARVICK (No. 4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, polewinner): "It's been a long time. This is quite the place to come race, and obviously track position and qualifying is very important here to get your weekend off on the right foot. Hopefully, we can keep things rolling tomorrow. Everything has started off very well. The car has been running good. Everybody on the team has done a great job with bringing a great car and making the right adjustments throughout practice. It's been a tricky couple of days with the weather and the different practice sessions we had. It's really time for us to start playing the game how you need to play the game to win a championship. You have to be able to win races, but you have to also be able to overcome things when they go wrong. When you have a fifth-place car, you have to finish fifth. Hopefully, we can keep this trend going. Starting on the pole here for us has been a good thing, so hopefully we can repeat it again."

JEFF GORDON (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, qualified 2nd): "As well as our team's been performing this year and as good as our race cars have been and as good as this one is this weekend, I'm very excited. The Chevy SS was strong out there. Kevin (Harvick), he was definitely faster. We made a heck of a run that last run. I felt that we had a shot at it. I got a little bit greedy with it off of Turn 4 and just had to lift the throttle and cost us a little bit of time. I don't think it would have been enough to get Kevin, but it was certainly going to get us close. We ended up second after all, so it was a great effort. I couldn't be more excited to be here in Indianapolis. Twenty years later after that first time, it's still exciting to me. There's still nothing cooler than going down pit road with engine shut off and hearing the fans cheer you on. It's Indianapolis; we as drivers and competitors, you can just feel the electricity. It's a unique and different event for us, and we just respect being here so much. As a kid going up watching the Indianapolis 500, I just love racing here."

DALE EARNHARDT JR. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, 23rd): "It was pretty pathetic. It was real frustrating the way the car was and the speed we got. I hope it's better tomorrow. I don't know. We worked on it a little bit. We really don't have any answers. If we find the issues we might be able to fix it, we'll have to wait and see. I just want to run good. I'm real frustrated with that qualifying effort. I just want to run good tomorrow."

TONY STEWART (Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, 6th): "I'm pretty happy with it, so getting ready for tomorrow now." (On the team's overall performance): "That doesn't surprise me. Kurt (Busch), with all the laps he got during Indy, I knew he'd be good here. And Kevin (Harvick)'s been strong all year, so not a surprise." (Did it change a lot from round to round?): "Just the cloud cover. I think the track just kept cooling off. But every lap you run, it's harder on the tires. They're not as good as they were the time before. The fact that we were just able to keep picking up speed is pretty good with how much cooled down." (On the strategy of the format): "It's just knowing when to go. You know what the time intervals, so you know how much time you're going to have to cool the tires and the motor off. It's just going when you know is the optimum time. If you're a mid-pack car, you try to pull out things to get you into that next round maybe that you wouldn't do if you're a car that can take a run for the pole. So it's just knowing what to do and when."

BRIAN VICKERS (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, 5th): "Obviously we would have loved to sit on the pole, but I think I'm pleased from the standpoint that I feel like everyone on this Aaron's Dream Machine Camry team -- we maximized our opportunity in qualifying today and that's always a good feeling. I feel like we got the most out of our potential of what we showed up with in the car and the speed and everything."

MATT KENSETH (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, 13th): "Had pretty good speed. My car has been driving pretty good. The sticker run felt pretty good. It's just a little bit off and I thought we had more speed left in the car. I think we ended up fifth and just a totally different car the second time out. I don't know why. So, it was that one lap -- it wasn't as good as we hoped. The rest of the weekend so far has been encouraging."

CLINT BOWYER (No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota, 16th): "I was loose. Just couldn't put the throttle down off of (Turns) 2 and 4 and if you're struggling off of those two corners, you aren't going to post a very good lap. We've got a little work to do. The good news is our RK Motors Camry was good in race trim. We worked most of that last practice in traffic, so we've got a good gauge of what we are going to have tomorrow. Wish we could have qualified better but we'll be fine tomorrow."

DENNY HAMLIN (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, 27th): "We don't have enough time -- ESPN doesn't have enough air time for me to break it all down. Really we've been over a second off most of the weekend. Don't know, just slow -- can't enter the corner with any speed. If I do, I'm off the white line and then you're not making up any speed by not being in the throttle on exit. It's just a tough position for us right now because our car is handling so bad, we can't get anything to go right. In race trim we were OK after five laps. I felt like we could break even with some good cars, but the front-line speed of our car is just really, really struggling and that's what you need to have good track position for those restarts at the end."

KYLE LARSON (No. 42 Target Chevrolet, 15th): (On the qualifying format): "It's definitely more fun and more exciting for the fans and teams and everybody. It's normally pretty simple, until somebody pulls out in front of you. That first run, the 66 pulled right out in front of me and screwed up my lap. But we were able to make it through that round. The next round, I went quicker but not quick enough to make it into the final round. It's disappointing, because I thought we had a really good Target Chevy, but I guess it wasn't as good as I thought it would be."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford NWCS, 8th): "I feel as if I didn't do as good a job as I could have. The Ford is pretty good, I wanted a little more (speed) so I went for it and screwed up. I always feel you have to be in the top 10 to have a real shot at winning. It's a long race, a lot of pit stops so anything can happen. The last time I was here was the 500 and this is very different. I had a good baseline; I just went from the usual reference (stock car) that I had before. We did a pretty good job (qualifying); the car is competitive so I'm happy with that. I know the track, I know the car."

KURT BUSCH (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, 7th): "That was a thrilling experience to have to make three runs at Indianapolis in a stock car. Albeit one lap at a time, it's pretty nerve-racking with a car that drops off pace so much with the tires compared to an Indianapolis 500 run you are out there to do four laps at a time and this year was the first year for that new knockout qualifying and you had to go out and repeat. Indianapolis is getting to be one of the toughest places to qualify. It's a thrilling experience to be a part of it. We made the final group into that top 12 and we made some good changes we made big changes going into that last run almost like an all or nothing."

JIMMIE JOHNSON (No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, 11th): "We had a solid day, but in that last session, you could just tell in the first corner that it just wouldn't turn in the center like I needed it to. It is the first time we went three laps on qualifying tires. We didn't have much time to practice this morning to work on that kind of stuff. But I'm sure we definitely learned a lot in today's qualifying session. Decent performance. Of course we want to be better, and I can see the front from there."

DANICA PATRICK (No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, 14th): "Honestly, that was a pretty good recovery for us. The first run on the track was kind of a mess. I caught traffic coming up to speed, then just didn't have a good lap. We've been fighting tight all weekend and we fought it again. We took some pretty big swings at it. The amazing thing was every single run we got faster and faster, so that was a really positive thing. Those were some good proactive changes. Unfortunately we were a step or two behind to put us in the position to not get in the top 12. Coming from having to go faster to get into the top 24; to go from just making it in to 14th is a real positive for us. I have a far better starting spot than last year for the GoDaddy car. I'm pleased with our efforts." (On the qualifying format): "For Indy fans, if they watch Indy cars, they see this kind of qualifying all the time. This is very similar to the kind of thing we did over there on the road courses. It's just more entertaining for the fans."

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, 3rd): "I've been very fortunate to win a championship, but at this point I don't think I have any of the marquee race wins. By that I mean places like Daytona and Indy. It's definitely something that sits on you and makes you feel like you need to get it done. I think we have a great opportunity to do that. We're going to have to work hard to beat (Harvick). He's been really fast all year. We're going to have to work really hard to beat him and I think we have a chance of pulling off a victory here this weekend." (On winning for Penske) "That's the last thing left on the Penske bucket list and that's why he has a third car here with Juan Pablo Montoya. He wants to make it happen. He's in all the way, and it would be a huge honor for me to win it for him. We'll give it our best as we do every year. With race cars, it takes the same basic things every week, some weeks more than others. If you're fast at a place like Pocono, you're going to be fast here. I thought we were great at Pocono."

PAUL MENARD (No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet, 29th): "We didn't know what we had. We didn't do any qualifying runs in practice, so we weren't really sure. But the car was pretty good. I just ran up on the 66 and he was going really slow and it killed our lap. But we have a good race car for tomorrow. The morning practice was just stupid fast, so we can't put a whole lot of faith in that. As the track heated up, the car got moving around like it does in the race. That's kind of why we didn't do any qualifying runs, because the race track kind of became what the race conditions would be. So we just practiced in as close to race conditions as we could, and hopefully we got one up on the rest of the guys."

LILLY DIABETES 250 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE SPECIFICS:
• The race distance is 100 laps/250 miles on the 2.5-mile oval.

LILLY DIABETES 250 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RUNNING:
At 4:50 p.m., the beginning of the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide race, the ambient temperature was 81 degrees with a relative humidity of 74 percent and south winds at 12 mph. Skies were cloudy.
Warm-up laps: #14 McClure, #51 Clements, #52 Gase to rear for unapproved adjustments after impound.
Lap 1: GREEN. #54 Busch leads in Turn 1. #20 Kenseth takes lead on backstretch and leads at start/finish line.
Lap 2: #20 Kenseth leads by .163 of a second over #5 Harvick.
Lap 3: #10 Koch, #46 Dibenedetto to garage area.
Lap 5: #20 Kenseth leads by .192 of a second over #5 Harvick, #54 Busch third and #22 Logano fourth.
Lap 8: #20 Kenseth continues to lead with #5 Harvick in close pursuit.
Lap 9: #5 Harvick takes lead in Turn 3.
Lap 11: #5 Harvick leads by 1.523 seconds over #20 Kenseth. #54 Busch third and #22 Logano fourth.
Lap 14: #5 Harvick leads #20 Kenseth by 2.475 seconds.
Lap 15: #55 Dick to pit road, pushed to garage.
Lap 16: YELLOW. Debris.
Lap 17: Leaders to pits. #22 Logano (two tires, fuel) first off pit road followed by #3 Dillon (two tires, fuel) #2 Scott (two tires, fuel, air pressure), #33 Menard (two tires, #5 Harvick (four tires, fuel, wedge), #20 Kenseth (four tires, fuel, trackbar), #54 Busch (four tires, fuel, trackbar)
Lap 19: GREEN.
Lap 21: #22 Logano leads #3 Dillon by .547 of a second.
Lap 22: #72 Long to garage
Lap 23: #5 Harvick to third, #54 Busch to fourth, #20 Kenseth 13th
Lap 25: #22 Logano leads #3 Dillon by 1.634 seconds.
Lap 29: #22 Logano leads #5 Harvick by 1.911 seconds.
Lap 30: #22 Logano (two tires, fuel, track bar) to pit road along with #20 Kenseth (two tires, fuel).
Lap 31: #3 Dillon (two tires, fuel) to pit road, #11 Sadler to pit road. #5 Harvick to lead.
Lap 33: #5 Harvick leads #2 Scott by 5.622 seconds.
Lap 35: #28 McClure to the garage.
Lap 36: #5 Harvick leads #2 Scott by 6.735 seconds.
Lap 38: #33 Menard to pits (two tires, fuel, track bar)
Lap 40: #5 Harvick leads #2 Scott by 7.645 seconds.
Lap 43: #5 Harvick leads #2 Scott by 9.784 seconds, #42 Larson third, #9 Elliott fourth.
Lap 46: #5 Harvick to pit road (four tires, fuel, 16 seconds), #2 Scott to pit road (four tires, fuel, wedge, 14 seconds). #7 Smith to the lead.
Lap 48: #6 Bayne to pit road (four tires, fuel, wedge).
Lap 50: #7 Smith to pit road (four tires, fuel), #22 Logano leads.
Lap 53: Top 10: #22 Logano, #54 Busch, #5 Harvick, #3 Dillon, #33 Menard, #2 Scott, #42 Larson, #20 Kenseth, #9 Elliott, #7 Smith
Lap 55: YELLOW. #4 Earnhardt blows engine in Turn 4. Pit road closed for cleaning.
Lap 57: #14 McClure returns to race.
Lap 61: Pit road open, #22 Logano (two tires, fuel, 9 seconds), #54 Busch (four tires, fuel, wedge, 13 seconds), #3 Dillon (four tires, fuel, trackbar, 16 seconds), #33 Menard (four tires, fuel, 15 seconds) to pit. #22 Logano first off pit road.
Lap 62: #5 Harvick leads followed by #2 Scott, #42 Larson and #7 Smith, none pitted. #22 Logano in fifth.
Lap 63: GREEN. #5 Harvick leads on restart followed by #2 Scott.
Lap 65: #22 Logano to pit road (two tires, fuel, 8 seconds)
Lap 68: #5 Harvick (two tires, fuel, 8 seconds), #33 Menard (two tires, fuel) to pit road. #54 Busch leads
Lap 69: #54 Busch leads by .637 of a second over #7 Smith, #3 Dillon in third
Lap 71: YELLOW. Debris in Turn 1.
Lap 73. #7 Smith (two tires, fuel, track bar, 7 seconds) #5 Harvick to pits (four tires, fuel, 14 seconds)
Lap 76: GREEN. Restart order: #54 Busch, #3 Dillon, #20 Kenseth, #11 Sadler, #6 Bayne, #60 C. Buescher. #3 Dillon passes going into Turn 1 to take lead.
Lap 77: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .361 of a second, #20 Kenseth third.
Lap 80: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .266 of a second. #20 Kenseth is 2.329 seconds back in third.
Lap 83: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .306 of a second.
Lap 85: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .556 of a second, #20 Kenseth is 3.770 seconds back in third.
Lap 87: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .752 of a second.
Lap 89: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by 1.169 seconds.
Lap 92: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by 1.440 seconds. #20 Kenseth holding off #22 Logano and #5 Harvick for third.
Lap 95: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by 1.545 seconds.
Lap 97: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .785 of a second. #20 Kenseth third, #5 Harvick passes #22 Logano for fourth.
Lap 98: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .866 of a second.
Lap 99: #3 Dillon leads #54 Busch by .958 of a second.
Lap 100: CHECKERED. #3 Ty Dillon wins the Lilly Diabetes 250 by .833 seconds over #54 Kyle Busch. #20 Matt Kenseth third, #5 Kevin Harvick fourth.

TY DILLON: "Our Bass Pro Chevy had speed all weekend. I'm so happy. That was all I had out there. You've got the best guy in the business behind you (Kyle Busch), it's tough. I've battled against Kyle and Brad (Keselowski) a lot, the confidence it gives me is awesome."

RICHARD CHILDRESS: (On closing laps) "A lot of praying. It was really cool to see him (win). To come up here and win at Indy and race with the guys he was racing with, it was a great day for RCR."

LILLY DIABETES 250 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES POST-RACE NOTES:

• Ty Dillon wins first Nationwide Series race in 31st career start.
• Ty Dillon wins $100,000 bonus from Nationwide Insurance from the Nationwide Series "Dash 4 Cash" program.
• Ty Dillon has two top 5s in as many starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished third in 2012.
• Ty Dillon led 24 laps, the fewest by a winner of a Nationwide race at IMS.
• Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott have completed every lap in the three Nationwide Series races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
• Kyle Busch is the only driver to led laps in all three IMS Nationwide races. He has now led 154 of the 300 laps run. He won last year and finished second this year.
• This is the first IMS Nationwide Series race win for team owner Richard Childress.
• Matt Kenseth's third-place finish is his best at an IMS Nationwide race. He was seventh in 2013.
• Kevin Harvick's fourth-place finish is his best at an IMS Nationwide race. He was fifth in 2013.
• The .833-second margin of victory is the closest in a Nationwide race at IMS. The previous closest was 2013 when Kyle Busch won by 2.141 seconds over Brian Scott.

LILLY DIABETES 250 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES POST-RACE QUOTES:

MATT KENSETH (No. 20 Resers Toyota, 3rd): "The strategy was good. A caution fell at the right time and we could make it on fuel. We were a little off the best couple of cars but we got our track position there and got a decent finish." (Will this give you momentum going into Sunday?) "I don't think it really makes a lot of difference, to be honest with you. The cars are just a lot different, run a different tire, got a lot more power, longer race - a lot of things are different. But, it's always fun to come out and run decent."

KYLE BUSCH (No. 54, Monster Energy Toyota, 2nd): "It's just not enough. It was unfortunate that we weren't as good as we were last year. I thought we were but we weren't. Maybe it was the cloud cover today or whatever. I don't know, I thought we would be better than that and we just weren't. There at the end I had a restart and couldn't get through Turn 1. The car just slipped. I don't know what the heck happened. He just drove right by me and that was it, That was the race."

JOEY LOGANO (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, 5th ): "We were in good shape until that caution came out when we were leading the race. Some of those guys pitted before and then re-cycled themselves up; we had to save fuel to make it. The car was good enough to win. We were better than the 3 car when we were out front. Up front was better; that's why strategy and restarts are so important because you are always trying to make up as much time as you can. It was so hard to pass. We also had an alternator go bad. The car got really tight at the end. I have to wait a whole year to try again."

TREVOR BAYNE (No. 6 AdvoCare Ford, 9th): "My cool box didn't work, so it was hot. It was an OK day for us in the points and the Dash 4 Cash again, so that's about the only bright side. We didn't have the driveability I had here last year. I felt like we were the car to beat last year and everybody is doing different things now and you've got to keep up with them, but it just didn't work for us today. I don't know what we've got to do. We're a ninth-place car every week, so we steal some sometimes when we can get up on the high side or something, but this weekend we didn't have it."

TY DILLON (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, winner of the Lilly Diabetes 250): "It hasn't really sunk in much yet. It's incredible. I came here two years ago, and there is just something about this place. I feel comfortable. I couldn't tell you what it is, but it just is. The crew gave me a piece I could win with. They put me in position to win, and we did. I wasn't going to let go, I wasn't going to let this thing slip away. We've gone through some hard stuff this year and they have never given up on me and I was definitely going to give it all we had."

RICHARD CHILDRESS (Owner of the No. 3 and Dillon's grandfather): "I was thinking earlier how cool it would be to be sitting here again with one of my grandsons, and for him to win. I told Austin he will win Indy one day. It was just special, the family was here." (On Dillon's air conditioning failure): "You don't realize how hot it was when his air conditioner went out really early. I knew it was going to be a long day and he toughed it out and didn't give up anything at the end."

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE (all times local):
6 a.m.-6 p.m. Public Gates Open
1 p.m. Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard
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