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NASCAR - Nationwide - Indiana 250 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, July 27
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: more than 250,000 permanent seats
ANNUAL: 2nd
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4:30 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, July 27/12:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (finished 25)
LAPS: 100
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kasey Kahne, 2012 (176.284 mph)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2012 (126.050 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski86Michael Annett21
2Sam Hornish Jr.137Joey Logano6
3Ty Dillon38Paul Menard9
4Denny Hamlin49Ricky Stenhouse Jr.10
5Austin Dillon710Jeremy Clements16
2012 Indiana 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 126.050 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 59 mins.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.304 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (176.284 mph)
Past Indiana 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (8) -- Dodge -- 126.050 mph
Past Indiana 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kasey Kahne -- 25
Last Race Results
RACE: STP 300 (July 21)
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway -- Joliet, Ill.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
THIRD: Austin Dillon
FOURTH: Elliott Sadler
FIFTH: Brian Vickers
POLE WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 23 mins., 13 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.684 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.291 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: S. Hornish Jr 1-48; E. Sadler 49-53; J. Logano 54-56; E. Sadler
57-101; A. Dillon 102-102; J. Logano 103-107; A. Dillon 108-130;
K. Larson 131-134; J. Logano 135-145; E. Sadler 146-176; J.
Logano 177-177; S. Hornish Jr 178-185; J. Logano 186-200.
Indiana 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Hoosier Mama
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips Shark Week
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Pillow Pets
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Wurth
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Tweaker Energy Shot
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
21Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Discount Tires
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Ken Butler (Lilburn, GA)Toyota/TBA
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/AccuDoc/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cessna
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
40Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/E-Swisher.com
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers
44Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Takagi Tankless Water Heaters
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/U.S. Petroleum Consultants
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55David Starr (Houston, TX)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/X-Games L.A.
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA)Ford/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Carroll Shelby Motors
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last year)
Driver2012
Sam Hornish Jr.2
Austin Dillon5
Joey Logano7
Paul Menard8
Justin Allgaier12
Brian Scott14
Elliott Sadler15
Kyle Busch22
Kasey Kahne25
Matt Kenseth---
Regan Smith---
Brian Vickers---
Trevor Bayne---
Kyle Larson---
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Larson - started 22 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the 19th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

This will be the second time NASCAR's second-tier series runs at IMS. Prior to last year's inaugural 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 one year 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 Penske Racing teammate and former Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. It was the first time team owner Roger Penske won a stock car race at Indianapolis. Sadler ended up finishing 15th. Keselowski is not entered in Saturday's event.

The next race is the Aug. 3 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Sadler is the defending race winner.

07/23 18:29:48 ET

As of July 23, 2013, at 06:29 PM ET