Record Day in Indy for Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series comes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250. The Indy Racing League has been running around the two and a half mile track for over 100 years – back when the track was covered in bricks. The finish line is all that remains of that original track with a yard of bricks.

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NASCAR brings a new aerodynamic package to the track for this race including a restrictor plate and a larger spoiler.

After single car qualifying Elliott Sadler won the pole with a speed of 165.233mph. It is his first pole in three years.

The starting lineup for the Lilly Diabetes 250:
Elliott Sadler
Erik Jones
William Byron
Justin Allgaier
Michael Annett
Cole Custer
Matt Tifft
Ryan Sieg
Ben Kennedy
Ryan Reed
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Paul Menard
Brendan Gaughan
Brennan Poole
Tyler Reddick
Ty Dillon
Spencer Gallagher
J.J. Yeley
Blake Koch
Ross Chastain
Dakoda Armstrong
Jeb Burton
Mario Gosselin
Reed Sorenson
Jeff Green
Harrison Rhodes
Ray Black Jr
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeremy Clements
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
David Starr
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Morgan Shepherd
Chad Finchum
Mike Harmon

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 40 laps for a total of 100 laps around the historic track.

During the parade lap a hat was caught on Joey Logano’s car that eventually fell onto the track.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 15 after rain during the night and early morning.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Erik Jones for the lead of the race.

At the end of lap one, Elliott Sadler has led his very first lap at the Brickyard.

Lap four Elliott Sadler holds a lead of just under a quarter of a second on second place driver team mate William Byron.

Lap six Daniel Hemric brings his car down pit road with a front grille with grass.

Lap eleven Elliott Sadler continues to lead the race with 37 cars on the lead lap. Jeff Green is off the track.

The infield of Indianapolis Motor Speedway is so large that it contains a four hole golf course. A few of the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers are out golfing before they take to the track to qualify for the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Lap 14 Elliott Sadler’s lead is down to just over a tenth of a second on William Byron.

Lap 15 NASCAR throws the competition caution with Elliott Sadler in the lead.

The drivers are fighting muggy hot issues inside of the car with track temperatures at 110 degrees.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road. Erik Jones spins out on pit road after making contact with Brennan Poole and has to straighten out his car before he can get service.

Kyle Busch leads the race Off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 21 and takes over the lead of the race. The drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 23 William Byron passes Kyle Busch for the lead of the race.

NBC broadcasters reveal that the rear view mirror was invented in 1911 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when a driver decided that he did not want to have the extra weight of a mechanic – how the racers knew what was happening around them – in his car and put a mirror in his car.

William Byron wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Brennan Poole
Ty Dillon
Tyler Reddick
Paul Menard
Elliott Sadler
Matt Tifft

Timmy Hill is the “lucky dog”.

Even though the drivers were on pit road just 15 laps ago, the drivers again come down pit road for service.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch leads the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but gets edged out for the lead by Joey Logano with the help of a big push on lap 35.

Kyle Busch passes on the outside to retake the lead on lap 36. The drivers are getting three and four wide across the wide track.

Lap 38 there are 35 cars on the lead lap with Reed Sorenson, Morgan Shepherd, and Jeff Green out of the race.

The third caution flag of the race comes out when Ryan Sieg and Tyler Reddick make contact on lap 38.

With 32 cars on the lead lap, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 45 with Joey Logano and Kyle Busch side by side going into turn two. Kyle Busch edges out Logano for the lead of the race.

Lap 48 Kyle Busch still leads the race with Joey Logano in second and Brennan Poole in third.

Garrett Smithley brings out the fourth caution flag of the race on lap 49 He makes contact with Mario Gosselin and spins out.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 53 side by side with Joey Logano. Joey Logano gets out in front of Kyle Busch but Justin Allgaier comes up on the outside and passes Logano for the lead.

Kyle Busch tries to pass Justin Allgaier for the lead on lap 55 but Justin Allgaier gives him a challenge and holds on to the lead.

With four laps remaining in stage two several of the drivers come down pit road including race leader Justin Allgaier. Allgaier overshoots his pit box.

Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race.

With even more trouble, Justin Allgaier’s car has a tire coming off. There may also be come radio issues for Allgaier. Allgaier has to wait for the tow truck to pick him up.

Kyle Busch comes down pit road for service, giving over the lead to Elliott Sadler.

Elliott Sadler wins stage two.

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Taking only fuel Spencer Gallagher leads the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three o lap 65. Busch is side by side with Erik Jones and William Byron make is three wide but Kyle Busch gets out in front of the field for the lead. There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 69 Kyle Busch has the lead but William Byron is right on his bumper.

Lap 70 William Byron challenges Kyle Busch for the lead of the race but Kyle Busch holds off William Byron to hold on to the lead.

William Byron got loose and fell back to fifth place.

Lap 73 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead after getting a challenge from Erik Jones.

Lap 80 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Erik Jones in second and William Byron in third.

Erik Jones and Kyle Busch bring their cars down pit road for green flag pit stops. Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race followed by William Byron and Joey Logano.

Erik Jones is penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Lap 84 William Byron passes Elliott Sadler for the lead of the race.

Lap 86 William Byron has a lead of just under a quarter of a second on Joey Logano.

Leader William Byron is reporting a vibration.

Ten to go and William Byron holds on to the lead with Joey Logano in his bumper.

With seven laps remaining in the race the Xfinity Series has set a record for lead changes. William Byron continues to lead with a half second lead on Joey Logano.

Five to go and Paul Menard passes Joey Logano for second. William Byron is still out in front of the field.

Four to go and Paul Menard has moved up to William Byron’s bumper.

Three to go William Byron holds on to the lead of the race.

William Byron takes the white flag.

William Byron holds off Paul Menard to win the Lilly Diabetes 250 in his first visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Before this weekend, Byron had never been to the track, not even as a spectator. At 19, William Byron is the youngest NASCAR driver to win at Indianapolis and will drink the milk and kiss the bricks.

The unofficial results of the Lilly Diabetes 250:
William Byron
Paul Menard
Joey Logano
Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
Ryan Reed
Brennan Poole
Daniel Hemric
Brandon Jones
Ty Dillon
Matt Tifft
Kyle Busch
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Sieg
J.J. Yeley
Ross Chastain
Blake Koch
Ben Kennedy
Jeb Burton
Dakoda Armstrong
Garrett Smithley
Harrison Rhodes
Erik Jones
Ray Black Jr
Michael Annett
Tommy Joe Martins
Mario Gosselin
Spencer Gallagher
David Starr
Joey Gase
Jeremy Clements
Chad Fulchum
BJ McLeod
Mike Harmon
Justin Allgaier
Timmy Hill
Tyler Reddick
Reed Sorenson
Morgan Shepherd
Jeff Green


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