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To the Brickyard

Sprint Cup Series

 

From Denny Hamlin

How did the test help you prepare for this weekend at Indianapolis?
“Any time you get the chance to test a track prior to a race weekend, you’ll learn some valuable information to bring back. We had a pretty good test at the track a few weeks back, and were able to go through a bunch of things to get us ready for this weekend. Indianapolis has such a great racing history, and our FedEx team was proud to start on the pole in the 400 last year. It was a great achievement for our race team and one that we can build off as we try to get to victory lane this year. The Brickyard is one of NASCAR’s signature events and hopefully our #11 FedEx Express Camry is up to the challenge on Sunday.”

FedEx Express Notes

Indianapolis Preview: Following the final off-weekend of the season, the Series heads to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event on the 2.5-mile oval. Hamlin is making his eighth career start at the Brickyard, with a career-best finish of third coming in the 2008 event at the track, when he lead 26 laps. One year ago, Hamlin qualified on the pole for the race and led 27 laps en route to a sixth-place finish in the race won by Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates tested at the track earlier this month.

New Hampshire Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 21st in the most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 14), overcoming a pit road penalty and blown right-front tire to climb back into the top-10 in the closing laps before a late-race restart shuffled the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota back before the checkered flag. Hamlin and crew chief Darian Grubb opted for right-side tires from ninth place under caution prior to a ‘green-white-checkered’ finish, where he restarted 19th. However, traffic bottled up into Turn 1 after the green flag, and Hamlin was unable to make up spots in the two-lap dash won by Brian Vickers. The FedEx team started seventh in the 302-lap event at the ‘Magic Mile.’ After a pair of early incidents, a long run saw Hamlin make his first stop under green flag conditions near Lap 80, with Grubb calling for four tires and a wedge adjustment to help a tight condition in the center of the corner. Unfortunately, a loose lug nut on the left-rear forced Hamlin back to pit road, where he lost a lap to the leaders. Less than 50 laps later, while battling for the lucky dog position, Hamlin felt his right-front tire going down. The tire went flat and Hamlin was able to keep it off the wall, and he returned to the pits for repairs. Hamlin kept in position for the free pass through the race’s midpoint, and the team caught a break following a caution on Lap 211, putting the #11 machine back on the lead lap. Hamlin made a charge through the field back into the top-10 with less than 50 laps to go. A debris caution on Lap 298 bunched the field for the final restart.

 

Kyle Busch Quotes

What does it take to be successful at Indianapolis?

“Indianapolis is probably one of the trickiest places we go to on the schedule – Pocono being one, Darlington being one, Indy being another. It’s so hard to find a particular line that really, really works for you or really works for your car because the groove is so narrow. It’s plenty wide for one or one-and-a-half cars but, the line you run around there, you vary 6 inches and it feels so different. You really have to be particular in hitting your marks and getting your car set up. The way it changes throughout the weekend, going from practice, when there’s not much rubber on the racetrack, and then to the race, with a lot of rubber on the racetrack – the trajectory of the corners changes. How wide do you enter the corner? How long do you stay out? How sharp do you turn down? Indy’s definitely a particular racetrack and it’s exciting for us all to go there, especially with the history there and the prestige of winning that event. I’d love nothing more than to win there on Sunday with my M&M’s M’Prove America Camry. It would be something cool. I’ve been close a couple of times and finished second to Jimmie (Johnson) last year, but I’d like improve that by one more position this year, for sure.”

Where does Indy rank on the list of prestigious wins in this series?

“It’s number two. It’s right there. Daytona is one, Indy is two. They’re both pretty close. Indy is an important racetrack for a lot of people. The history of that place, it’s all been Indy cars. But it’s still one of the first big superspeedways in America dating back to the early 1900s. There’s a lot there that everyone always wants to win.”

How do you approach the races leading up to the Chase?

“The races leading up to the Chase – you just have to approach them the way you have the other races all season, already. You go there and try to do the best job you can, you want to win that weekend, so you work as hard as you can all through practice trying to figure out what you need in your racecar to make it the best you can. It needs to be comfortable to drive so you can drive it for 400 or 500 miles. We’ve already had a much better summer than we did last year, as far as luck goes. We’ve had a few disappointing finishes but also knocked out several top-fives, so that’s an encouraging sign. If we just keep going out there and get good finishes, the rest will take care of itself.”

Do you remember when you first heard the words Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Brickyard 400?

“Probably the first time I knew of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or the Indy 500, was back in the ’80s – probably ’89, maybe even 1990. Of course, the first time I knew of the Brickyard 400 was ’94, being a big Jeff Gordon fan and following him growing up in Las Vegas. When he came into the sport a few years earlier and won the Coca-Cola 600 and carried that into the Brickyard 400, and then won that race right off the bat, that was quite an accomplishment, for sure.”

What is it about Indianapolis Motor Speedway that makes it unique compared to other tracks that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits?

“It’s very tight down the straightaways. You roll through (turns) one and two and there are people on the inside, there are people on the outside, there are people in the grass, just sitting along the back straightaway on the inside. You’ve got the golf course there, and fans sitting on the hills underneath the trees. You start back up into turn three, with the grandstands going around (turns) three and four, and then down the frontstretch and, again, there are two tunnels. There’s a tunnel at the (turns) one and two side, and on the (turns) three and four side. There’s a center road that runs all the way through and then, coming down the frontstretch again, looking on both sides of you, you’ve got the pit road, which is really narrow and really tight, and the grandstands on the inside and the outside. So, you’re going down a ‘V’ of just people – a sea of people. Coming to the Pagoda and the media center, the way it is, and of course the scoring pylon being as tall as it is, you come down there and, if you’re leading the race, sometimes you can’t see that high, so you’re kind of wondering who is second and third, or who is behind you. It stinks when you’re running in the back because you can see yourself (car number) right there.”

Joe Gibbs Racing has won at the Brickyard three times – twice with Tony Stewart, once with Bobby Labonte. What are your thoughts on Coach Gibbs’ history at Indianapolis and what it would mean to add a Brickyard 400 trophy to your trophy case?

“Coach, being as successful as he has been there with Tony and him being a big name from Indiana, wanting to win there, being a Hoosier, himself, that’s cool. I’m sure it was big for those guys. Bobby (Labonte) winning the year he won the championship for Joe Gibbs Racing at that racetrack was cool, with Jimmy Makar and all those guys. I’m just wishing one day I can put my name on that list by getting a win at that track and trying to run up front. You always want to win the big races. You want to win the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 – some of those big races – before your career is over.”
 

Kyle Busch: ‘Building’ Toward a ‘Crown’ Jewel Win

Kyle Busch’s 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories have come at 17 different racetracks of virtually every shape and size – living proof of the Las Vegas native’s versatility and fierce appetite for checkered flags.

Always looking for more, the driver of the No. 18 M’Prove America™ Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) can’t help but think about the voids on his racing resume, one of which he would most certainly love to fill this weekend. Sunday, he’ll have his sights set on one of NASCAR’s “Crown Jewel” events when the Sprint Cup Series heads to historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard – aka the Brickyard 400.

Busch would like nothing more than to add to his win list a race he and his fellow competitors consider part of Sprint Cup’s “Big Three” – the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

There are certainly reasons for optimism this year for Busch and the M&M’s team as they hope to capture their first crown jewel win together at Indianapolis, not the least of which is Busch’s solid runner-up finish at the historic 2.5-mile oval a year ago this weekend. And, to further help the cause, Busch and JGR teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin spent two days in a private test session at Indy earlier this month aimed at generating useful information to be applied to what will hopefully be a winning setup for Sunday afternoon’s 400-mile race.

Busch’s No. 18 Toyota will carry a special M&M’s Red, White, and Blue scheme in support of the M&M’s M’Prove America campaign, a year-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity designed to fund construction of new Habitat homes across the United States.

Fans can join Busch and M&M’s by pledging to volunteer their time and talents at Habitat for Humanity build sites across the country at www.mproveamerica.com. Fans also can support the M’Prove America program by purchasing specially marked red, white and blue M&M’s at their local retailer through Labor Day. In addition to encouraging fans to volunteer time, M&M’s is donating $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction of Habitat homes in 2013

So, earning the right to kiss the “Yard of Bricks” come Sunday afternoon – a tradition for winning drivers and their team at the century-old speedway – would shoot straight to the top of Busch’s ever-growing list of accomplishments, for certain. And it also could mean much more as the season is quickly approaching NASCAR’s playoffs in September.

 

From Matt Kenseth

“I’m looking forward to this weekend because it’s Indy and it’s just a really cool track to go to. I always feel like this is the second biggest race of the year and everybody wants to win the Brickyard 400. If you could only have two wins, you want the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, so it’s a big race weekend for sure. The last few years we haven’t been close, but there have been five or six times where we have been really close to winning there and had one of the best cars, but just had problems for whatever reason. I feel like Indy is just one that has just gotten away a lot of times where we’ve had legitimate chances. Indy is definitely the top of my list, of all the tracks left, of the places that I want to win at for sure.”

From Jason Ratcliffe, Crew Chief
“Indy ranks up there with the Daytona 500 as a race you’d really like to win. We thought it was worth using one of our team tests for this season to go and test there after Kentucky, but unfortunately it rained for half the time we were there. I felt that we learned a little bit however, but it’s hard to tell leaving that test, but I felt pretty good about how our test went. I know it’s a race that Matt (Kenseth) is looking forward to and one that he’d like to win. I feel like we’ve won some big races so far this season, so if we could pull off a win this weekend at the Brickyard, I think that would be huge. The Brickyard is so unique and filled with so much history and traditions as a race track in general, that it makes any race there a huge event. You need to put every aspect of the weekend together in order to have a great finish there.”
 

No. 20 Husky Toyota News & Notes:

  • KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 13 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Indianapolis, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 15.8, has completed 1,878 of 2,081 (90.2 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 39 laps. He has earned five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the historic 2.5-mile track. Kenseth’s best finish at Indianapolis is second which he has earned twice (2003 and 2006).
  • JOE GIBBS RACING AT INDY Joe Gibbs Racing has 41 Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and earning three wins, 10 top-five, and 18 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 315 laps, has an average start of 17.0, an average finish of 15.8, and completed 6,333 of 6,562 (96.5 percent) laps.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Slim Jim, Capri Sun, Kleenex, Airwick, STP, Ragu, Sundown Naturals, Gildan, Colgate and Glad will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28th. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and IMS Radio.
 

Nationwide Series

 

From Elliott Sadler

“Let me tell you, this is definitely a race that I have had in the back of my mind since last year. The last race at Indy was definitely a tough one to swallow, however, we are going to use that as fuel this season. We feel like a win was taken from us, and that will serve as motivation to get this OneMain Financial Toyota into Victory Lane this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To this day, I still think about that race. One of my favorite memories of my career was leading my first Sprint Cup Series lap at Indy. There is nothing like it; coming down the straightaway with fans on both sides of the track makes it loud and exciting for every driver. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team. We have fought through a lot of adversity this season already, but we keep pushing each and every weekend. I want these guys to be able to kiss the bricks this weekend.”

No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota Preview

  • BRICKYARD RACING: In the second-ever NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team are looking for redemption in the form of a victory at the famed Brickyard. Sadler has one Nationwide Series start at the 2.5-mile track in 2012, where he started fifth and finished 15th after NASCAR black-flagged him while leading the race. Sadler also has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the track, including one pole award, two top-five finishes and 76 laps led.
  • LAST TIME AROUND: The 2012 race at IMS served as the Nationwide Series inaugural event at the track. Starting from the fifth position, Sadler raced consistently in the top five for the majority of the event. A caution on lap 78 positioned Sadler in the second spot on the restart, lining up on the outside. At the drop of the green flag, Sadler moved into the lead, but was penalized by NASCAR as officials reported he crossed the start-finish line prior to the leader. He was forced to serve a pass-through penalty and returned to the field in the 24th position. Wasting little time, he regained as many positions as possible in the final 10 laps, crossing the finish line in 15th.
  • LAST RACE – Chicagoland: Starting from the outside pole position on Sunday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway, Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team looked to bounce back from a disappointing finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Holding strong in the top five for the early part of the race, Sadler was able to take the lead for the first time on lap 53, leading for a total of 81 laps throughout the event. On a lap 170, Sadler was shuffled back in the field reporting that the splitter was hitting the track hard. Unable to catch the leaders, the No. 11 Toyota crossed the finish line fourth.
  • LAST DASH FOR CASH: Sadler’s fourth-place finish at Chicagoland last Sunday helped him qualify for the final leg of the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash event at IMS. Along with Sam Hornish, Austin Dillon and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers, Sadler will compete for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finisher of the four drivers will receive the final award this weekend. Sadler won the first Dash 4 Cash event at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month. For more information, visit NASCAR.com/Dash4Cash.
  • MEET SADLER: Sadler will host a community meet and greet on Friday at 2 p.m. at the OneMain Financial branch at 9719 E. Washington St., in Indianapolis. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Sadler, participate in giveaways and take photos with the No. 11 OneMain Financial show car. For more information, visit OneMainRacing.com. Sadler will also participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Pavilion.
  • THINK PINK: The OneMain Financial driver will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. This season, he will also wear special pink Oakley driving gloves. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.SadlerFoundation.org.
  • TO THE POINT: Sadler moved into the fourth position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 20 points behind the leader with 13 races remaining in the 2013 season.
 

From Matt Kenseth

“I haven’t raced a Nationwide Series car at Indy yet since they just moved this race over to the Brickyard last year, but it’s such a unique and historic track for motorsports. I’m curious to see how our No. 18 Toyota does when we unload this weekend, but Indy is a place that I’d definitely like to get a win at during my career. We went and tested for two days after the Kentucky race, but unfortunately rain shortened our time on the track. I’m looking forward to this weekend at Indy and hope that we can get a solid run in for our No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota.”

From Matt Lucas, Crew Chief

“This weekend at Indy, we’re looking for a car that can maneuver through traffic all day long because it’s a narrow track where it can become difficult to pass, so track position is just so important there. There’s an emphasis on restarts as well as being able to take advantage of new tires after pit stops to help get our No. 18 up to the front. Fuel mileage can also be a very important factor this weekend but I really feel like track position will be the key this weekend. I’m looking forward to this being Matt’s first race in the Nationwide Series car at Indy, and I know that it’s only the second year that we’ve raced these cars there, so I don’t feel like everyone else will have a huge advantage over each other in that sense. We actually look over old Sprint Cup Series notes, as well as last year’s notes when we make the plan for this weekend.”

No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota Preview

  • KENSETH’S DOUBLE-DUTY: In addition to competing in Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400, Kenseth will also pilot the No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday’s start for Kenseth will be his first Nationwide Series start at the historic 2.5-mile Brickyard.
  • KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS AT INDY: Kenseth has not competed in Nationwide Series action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in 13 Sprint Cup Series career starts there, he has an average start of 19.7 and an average finish of 15.8 at the 2.5-mile historic track. Kenseth has completed 1,878 of 2,081 (90.2 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 39 laps. He has earned five top-five and seven top-10 finishes with his best finish of second twice (2003 and 2006).
  • REPORTING FOR DUTY: Kenseth will have an in-car camera aboard his No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota this weekend at Indy and will serve as ESPN’s in-race reporter for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
  • THIS WEEKEND ON THE NO. 18 TOYOTA: TRITTON Audio produces award-winning gaming headsets and headphones for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U gaming consoles, PC and Mac, and more. TRITTON’s outstanding range of gaming audio products include the 720+ 7.1 Surround Headset, the Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset, and the industry-leading Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset. The global leader in high-fidelity gaming for over a decade, TRITTON exists to raise the bar in gaming audio. They engineer their products from the ground up, fully immersing you into the worlds of your favorite games – - more than any other headsets on the market today. Professional gamers across the globe rely on our superior audio quality. Whether it’s from their multi-platform core range or from one of their specialist licensed ranges, you can be sure that your TRITTON headset puts you head and shoulders over your competition.
  • RACE INFO: The Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The race will be broadcast on ESPN, Sirius XM 90, and IMS Radio.
 

From Brian Vickers

“I think Indy is a place where I have a lot of experience compared to a lot of the guys in the series. Some of them have none; some of them only have one start. But there are a few guys, like Elliott (Sadler), who have as much or more experience, so it’s not going to be a walk in the park by no means. We really need a good points day. This far into the season, I thought we would be positioned a little bit better in the run for the championship. But no one’s given up yet. We know we’re still in it and we will continue to work hard to get there.”

From Kevin Kidd, Crew Chief

“It’s a real privilege for us to race at Indy. The history that place has is second to none. I am honored that our series gets to participate there. We recently tested Indy, and I felt like the test went well. We were able to gain some information that should help us for the race there. The track is an interesting mix between high speed and low speed. The corners are almost “short-track” style corners, however the straights are fast. Because of the uniqueness of the track architecture, setups tend to be compromised and the team that hits this the best will obviously be the fastest.”

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes

  • DASH 4 CASH AT IMS: Brian Vickers’ fifth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway last week qualified him for the fourth and final Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash race which takes place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Vickers has qualified for three of the four Dash 4 Cash events, but has yet to win one of the $100,000 bonuses. Saturday’s Indiana 250 will be his final chance. The Dash 4 Cash at Indy places Vickers up against points leader Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and his teammate Elliott Sadler. The highest finisher of those four will be taking home the $100,000 check courtesy of series sponsor Nationwide Insurance.
  • VICKERS AT INDY: While Saturday will be only the second time that NASCAR’s Nationwide Series has competed at the Brickyard, Vickers has the benefit of seven Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.5-mile track. Two of those seven Indianapolis Motor Speedway races resulted in top-five finishes for Vickers.
  • SEASON STATS: Just a few races past the halfway mark in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Vickers is positioned sixth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings with 45 markers separating him from the points leader. So far this season, the 29-year-old driver has captured eight top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and has led a total of 110 laps in his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. Three of this season’s eight top-five finishes were collected in the last four races.
  • JOE GIBBS RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: In Indy’s inaugural Nationwide Series event last summer, Joe Gibbs Racing fielded three entries piloted by Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. The organization notched two top-five finishes and led four circuits around the 2.5-mile superspeedway. With 18 of 33 races on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule completed, Joe Gibbs Racing has eight wins, 31 top-five finishes, 41 top-10 finishes, four poles and a total of 1,499 laps led.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Kleenex, Purex, Gildan, Hellmann’s, Slim Jim, Oreo, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, STP, Nestle Drumstick, Sundown Naturals, Glad and Colgate will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • RACE INFO: The Nationwide Series Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 27. Watch and listen live beginning at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
 

From Kyle Busch

How do you feel going into your second attempt at an Indianapolis Nationwide Series victory?

“I feel good about our chances this weekend. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and our whole No 54 team have had a good run together so far, we work well together and have had some success, but we aren’t done. Racing at Indy is a big deal to everyone in the garage. We all appreciate the history there and know how important a win can be on the 100-year old track, with the chance to kiss those bricks. I thought I had it last year, but we got behind there at the end and weren’t able to make up the track position. I really wanted it last year, and do again, so I plan to work hard with this Joe Gibbs Racing team and hopefully we are there in the right spot at the end.”

From Adam Stevens, Crew Chief

How was your Indy attempt in last year’s inaugural event?

“We were just a little off all weekend with Joey (Logano) last year. We never got the car to do what he wanted it to do. We made the most of it. We qualified sixth and finished seventh… and that was all we had. KB definitely had the car to beat last year.”

How do you go about preparing for the second Nationwide Series event at the famed Brickyard?

“I love the track… I always have. I have been fortunate to be able to ‘kiss the bricks’ twice there as a part of the 2005 and 2007 winning teams with Tony and Zippy. There is absolutely no place like it. The history of the place is incredible. Just to visit Indy is an honor. To race there is a dream come true. We tested there a few weeks ago and we were able to come up with a good package, even though the test was cut short by weather. The level of grip is greatly affected by the weather. Track position is crucial so pit strategy will come into play. It’s also a very short race so qualifying will be important.”

Kyle Busch / No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Team Preview

This week the NASCAR Nationwide Series will return to the famed Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway (IMS) where they will compete for only the second time in series history. During last year’s inaugural event, Kyle Busch dominated the field, leading 51circuits of the 100-lap race, until an accident forced the owner-driver into the grass and onto pit road, with costly time lost that took away Busch’s chance at completing victory in the special arena.

Among 9 career races at the famous Brickyard, Busch has not recorded a win, but does maintain two top-five and six top-10 finishes along with 93 laps led. JGR statistics in the Nationwide Series at the inaugural Indianapolis event recorded one top-five finish, two top-10 finishes and four laps led. The No. 54 Monster Energy team’s crew chief Adam Stevens recorded a steady top-10 result in 2012 with then JGR driver Joey Logano.

IMS is undoubtedly a track mortared with victories recorded by many of motorsports’ finest. As the winningest driver in the Nationwide series, with 58 career victories registered after his last run in New Hampshire, it’s fitting for Busch to return to the seat of his Monster Energy machine, in search of victory, for his JGR team and Toyota Racing on such a historical speedway.

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