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DATE: Saturday, July 26
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: more than 250,000 permanent seats
ANNUAL: 3rd
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4:30 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: 12:10 p.m. ET (Saturday)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brian Scott
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2013 (179.644 mph)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2013 (134.610 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Paul Menard10
2Brian Scott117Matt Kenseth9
3Joey Logano138Kevin Swindell18
4Brian Vickers69Michael Annett19
5Kevin Harvick1510Travis Pastrana39
2013 Lilly Diabetes 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 134.610 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 51 mins., 26 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.141 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 18 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (179.644 mph)
Past Lilly Diabetes 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 134.610 mph
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (8) -- Dodge -- 126.050 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Indiana 250 (2012-13).
 
Past Lilly Diabetes 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2012 -- Kasey Kahne -- 25
Last Race Results
RACE: EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (July 19)
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Illinois
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Chase Elliott
RUNNER-UP: Trevor Bayne
THIRD: Kyle Larson
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Ty Dillon
POLE WINNER: Brian Scott (finished 6)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 2 mins., 38 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 146.779 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.773 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 13 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Scott 1-20, Elliott 21-50, Blaney 51-55, Sadler 56, Armstrong 57,
Elliott 58-72, Blaney 73-107, Larson 108-111, Kahne 112-114,
Jones 115-116, Buescher 117, Buescher 118-120, Blaney 121-127,
Larson 128-142, Elliott 143-158, Larson 159-162, Bayne 163-176,
Elliott 177-200.
Lilly Diabetes 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Smokey Mountain Snuff
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Morton Buildings
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/M&W Logistics
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Tweaker Energy Shot/Circle K
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Resers
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Discount Tires
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/Cornboard
25John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/JGL Racing
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/FOE
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Nibco
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Big Machine Records
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/Winfield
44David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Hard Hat Heroes/BYF.org
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/allsouthelectric.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Qore 24
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Performance Parts
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
76Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Ford/TBA
84Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Billy Boat Performance
87Josh Reaume (Redlands, CA)Chevrolet/Colonial Counter Tops
93Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Dodge/JGL Racing
98David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last two years)
Driver20122013
Kyle Busch22Won
Brian Scott142
Joey Logano73
Kevin Harvick---5
Paul Menard86
Matt Kenseth---7
Kyle Larson---11
Elliott Sadler1513
Trevor Bayne---16
Regan Smith---19
Ty Dillon3---
Chase Elliott------
 
Mover of the Week
Trevor Bayne - started 11 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sam Hornish Jr.) - finished 36
 
NOTES:
The Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the 19th race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

This will be the third time NASCAR's second-tier series runs at IMS. Prior to the 2012 inaugural race (Indiana 250), the series competed at nearby Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park and O'Reilly Raceway Park) from 1982-2011.

Brad Keselowski won the first Nationwide race at IMS two years ago. Keselowski benefited from Elliott Sadler's penalty for jumping a late-race restart. Sadler passed him for the lead during a restart with 18 laps remaining, but NASCAR officials determined he jumped the restart and black-flagged him.

Keselowski crossed the finish line 3.3 seconds ahead of then Team Penske teammate and former Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. It was the first time team owner Roger Penske had won a stock car race at this famed 2.5-mile speedway. Sadler ended up finishing 15th.

In last year's Nationwide event at this track, Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance but had a hard-fought battle with Brian Scott in the closing laps. Busch started on the pole and led 92 of 100 laps. But he lost the top spot after a restart with six laps remaining when he and fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor Joey Logano made slight contact and nearly wrecked on the backstretch while battling for position. That allowed third-place runner Scott to slip past them and take the lead.

Scott was attempting to win a Nationwide race for the first time in his career, but Busch spoiled Scott's opportunity when he came roaring back and passed him for the lead with less than three laps to go. Busch beat him to the finish line by 2.1 seconds.

The next race is the Aug. 2 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Keselowski won last year's event there.

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