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2012 Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Weekend
Denny Hamlin Captures the Pole at the Brickyard
Hamlin earned the pole for the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com with a lap of 182.763 mph in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota.
Regan Smith and the Furniture Row Chevrolet Impala Paid tribute to the 12 people that lost their life last week in Aurora, Colorado.. all 12 names were featured in both rear quarter panels as well as a ribbon on the hood.. Regan and the team is based in Denver.. so the massacre hit home for the team.
Keselowski Wins Indiana 250 at the Brickyard
Brad Keselowski delivered a long-awaited stock car victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to legendary team owner Roger Penske, winning the inaugural Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28.
Penske Racing has earned a record 15 Indianapolis 500 victories, but this was the first NASCAR victory for the team on the 2.5-mile oval. Keselowski passed Penske teammate and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. on Lap 72 of the 100-lap race and beat him to the finish by 3.304 seconds in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge.
"Just a special day. The Brickyard means so much to all of us as race car drivers and to the sport in general, and it transcends three different forms of auto racing, whether it's IndyCar in the United States, F1 and their history here, and then obviously with stock cars and their initial time here to the current date, from '94 on, it transcends into a special victory or a special place to race I should probably say. I'm glad to be some small part of that with winning the inaugural Nationwide race here and hope I can be a big part of that history by being able to win tomorrow and pull off a double. That would be extremely special to me, and I would really enjoy that.
But just a great day, and full of some challenges for sure. Trying to beat Kyle Busch was going to be very tough on our own with speed, but my team persevered on pit road, had an excellent pit stop that beat him off pit road and gave us an opportunity to capitalize, and then in traffic it came down to me making the right moves and catching the right breaks and so forth, and we were able to capitalize, and I think what's what great teams do, they capitalize on opportunity, and we had that today with the 22 Discount Tire Dodge."
Ty Dillon finished third in the No. 51 Wesco Chevrolet. Dillon, 20, is the grandson of three-time Brickyard 400-winning car owner Richard Childress.
Kyle Busch led a race high three times for 51 laps in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota. But he never recovered from a slow pit stop under caution on Lap 64 that dropped him from first to ninth on the ensuing restart. Busch ended up finishing 22nd, slowed by a spin after losing control on a restart on Lap 79. He side-swiped Hornish during the incident, who continued in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge without trouble.
Elliott Sadler appeared to have a chance at victory, taking the lead on a restart on Lap 83 in the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet. But NASCAR judged that he jumped the restart, and Sadler was forced to serve a drive-through penalty on Lap 89. Keselowski was officially credited with leading the laps Sadler was out front, and Keselowski then pulled away from Hornish over the final 10 laps.
"I didn't have any dreams of grandeur or whatever of going out there and passing him on the last lap," Hornish said. "It would have been awesome if we did, but I felt like as soon as I got within 10 car lengths, he was going to step it back up a little bit. I knew it was going to have to be one of those deals where he made a mistake for me to be able to get the job done and to feel comfortable about doing it."
2005 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick finished 35th in her stock-car debut at IMS in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. She was eliminated from the race on Lap 40 after hitting the rear of Reed Sorenson's car in Turn 1. Sorenson spun and collected Patrick, with both cars hitting the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1.
2011 Brickyard 400
Photo By Mark Rotor
"I've been coming here sine I was a little a kid. My dad (Sponsor John Menard) has been coming here for 35 years. This is for Dad.
I can't believe we won Indy. My spotter (Slugger) kept telling me where Jeff Gordon was and how hard he was coming. It's quite an honor to beat.
Photo By Mark Rotor
Jeff Gordon here at Indy. This is the greatest race track in the world."
Notes & Photos From The Brickyard, July 29-30, 2011
Greg Biffle #16 turned the fastest Lap in second practice @178.310mph.
#48 Jimmie Johnson 3rd fastest lap @ 174.58mph.
Photos By Dan Peters
2000 Brickyard 400 Winner #47 Bobby Labonte
#00 David Reutimann
#33 Clint Bowyer
#18 Kyle Busch
#5 Mark Martin Sports The Quaker State Colors
#99 Carl Edwards
#24 Jeff Gordon
#13 Driver Casey Mears
Kyle Busch & Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick & teammate Clint Bowyer talk about who's sandwich is that?
Photo Gallery 2011 Brickyard 400 Weekend
Photos By Dan Peters
2012 Kroger Super Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chevy will race the Camaro in Nationwide in 2013
Chevrolet will have a new entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013: Camaro, the top- selling sports car in America, will make its series debut next February at Daytona International Speedway. "Chevrolet is proud to bring the Camaro to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013," said Jim Campbell, vice president, Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
"The Camaro Nationwide race car incorporates many of the distinctive styling elements of the production Camaro, including the unique power-bulge hood and deep recessed grille.
In addition, the design incorporates the distinctive halo light rings and dual-port grille appearances, and the gold bowtie." Camaro, which led its segment in sales in 2010 and 2011 and currently leads in 2012, will continue the proud heritage of Chevrolet performance vehicles in one of America's most prestigious racing series.
Chevrolet has more wins, more manufacturers' championships and more driver's championships than any other manufacturer competing in the Nationwide Series. "Our team of Chevrolet designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the great looks and styling cues of the production Camaro, while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform," said Pat Suhy, manager, Chevrolet Racing Oval Track Group. "For the remainder of 2012, our engineers will be busy working with our Chevy teams on wind tunnel and on-track testing to fine-tune the car in preparation for next year. It will be great to see Camaro compete on the track against its showroom competition starting with the 2013 season opener at Daytona."
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