The Pennzoil 150 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2012. It takes place the Saturday of Kroger Super Weekend. This race replaced the Kroger 200, which had been held at the nearby Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park, for the previous 30 years. Brad Keselowski won the inaugural event.
|NASCAR Xfinity Series|
|Venue||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Location||Speedway, Indiana, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||Royal Dutch Shell|
|Distance||151.218 miles (243.362 km)|
|Laps||62 (Stage 1: 20 Stage 2: 20 Stage 3: 22)|
|Previous names||Indiana 250 (2012–2013, 2019)|
Lilly Diabetes 250 (2014–2018)
|Most wins (driver)||Kyle Busch (4)|
|Most wins (team)||Joe Gibbs Racing (4)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Toyota (4)|
|Length||2.439 mi (3.925 km)|
For 2016, as part of the Xfinity "Dash for Cash" format, the race was 250 miles in total, but two 20-lap heat races, similar to the Can-Am Duel, was to be added to be run prior to the 60-lap main event. In 2017, the race would not continue the heat races and instead use the new stage format with stages 1 and 2 being 25 laps each, and stage 3 being 50 laps. In addition, the event would not be a Dash for Cash event and that has been moved to Phoenix's Spring event. In late-June 2017, due to drivers saying that they could go easily 25 laps on tires and fuel, NASCAR increased the length of stages 1 and 2 from 25 laps to 30 laps each, with the final 40 laps making up Stage 3.
On January 15, 2020, new track owner Roger Penske announced that the race will move from the oval to the track's infield road-course; Penske had purchased the track in late-2019. Despite the switch, the NASCAR Cup Series' Brickyard 400 continues to race on the oval. Royal Dutch Shell took over as title sponsor of the race, renaming it the Pennzoil 150 after their Pennzoil brand.
On March 26, 2020, as part of changes to the 2020 IndyCar Series schedule to account for the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced that the series' GMR Grand Prix—an IMS road course race typically held as a prelude to the Indianapolis 500—would be postponed to July 4, 2020, and form an IndyCar/NASCAR double-header with the Pennzoil 150.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed|
|Oval, 2.5 miles (4.0 km)|
|2012||July 28||22||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||100||250 (402.336)||1:59:00||126.05|
|2013||July 27||54||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||250 (402.336)||1:51:26||134.61|
|2014||July 26||3||Ty Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||100||250 (402.336)||1:49:22||137.153|
|2015||July 25||54||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||250 (402.336)||1:49:52||136.529|
|2016*||July 23||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||63*||157.5 (253.471)||1:09:20||136.298|
|2017||July 22||9||William Byron||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||100||250 (402.336)||1:58:50||126.227|
|2018||September 10*||7||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||100||250 (402.336)||2:13:53||112.038|
|2019||September 7||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||250 (402.336)||2:11:21||114.199|
|Road Course, 2.439 miles (3.925 km)|
|2020||July 4||98||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||62||151.218 (243.362)||2:02:48||73.885|
- 2016: The main event was reduced to 60 laps, while 40 other laps were divided into two heat races for the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program. However, the race was extended to 63 laps because of overtime.
- 2018: Race postponed from Saturday to Monday due to rain.
Multiple winners (drivers)Edit
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|4||Kyle Busch||2013, 2015, 2016, 2019|
Multiple winners (teams)Edit
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|4||Joe Gibbs Racing||2013, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|2||JR Motorsports||2017, 2018|
|# Wins||Make||Years Won|
|4||Toyota||2013, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|3||Chevrolet||2014, 2017, 2018|
- 2012 – Brad Keselowski won the inaugural event and marked the last NASCAR Nationwide Series win for manufacturer Dodge after announcing they would not return to the top 3 divisions in 2013.
- 2013 – Brian Scott looked like he could win his first NNS race until Kyle Busch passed him in the final laps en route to victory.
- 2014 – Kyle Busch seemed like he had the race won but Ty Dillon made a move that won him the race. Dillon thus became the first Nationwide regular to win the event.
- 2015 – Ryan Blaney led at the white flag, but Kyle Busch passed him down the backstretch to win his second career Xfinity Series race at the Brickyard.
Qualifying race winnersEdit
|Year||Date||Race||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed|
|2016||July 23||1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||20||50 (80.467)||00:17:23||172.911|
|2||20||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||20||50 (80.467)||00:17:24||172.414|
- "INDY NATIONWIDE RACE GETS NEW SPONSOR, NAME". NASCAR. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- "Super Weekend At The Brickyard Coming To IMS in July 2012". IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com. July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- "Brickyard Schedule". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- Albert, Zack (May 15, 2020). "Indianapolis Motor Speedway to run road course for NASCAR Xfinity Series race". NASCAR. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
- "Indianapolis XFINITY race to be sponsored by Pennzoil; race details set". Jayski's Silly Season Site. February 4, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
- "Indy road course set for July 4 NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader". NASCAR.com. March 26, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Could Tony Stewart attempt four races during the Brickyard weekend? 'Get me the good rides'". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
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