Lilly Diabetes 250
The Lilly Diabetes 250 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.
|Venue||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Location||Speedway, Indiana, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||Eli Lilly and Company|
|Distance||250 miles (400 km)|
|Laps||100 (Stage 1: 30 Stage 2: 30 Stage 3: 40)|
|Previous names||Indiana 250 (2012–2013)|
|Most wins (driver)||Kyle Busch (3)|
|Most wins (team)||Joe Gibbs Racing (3)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Toyota (3)|
|Length||2.5 mi (4.0 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.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed|
|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|
- 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.
Multiple winners (drivers)Edit
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|3||Kyle Busch||2013, 2015, 2016|
Multiple winners (teams)Edit
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|3||Joe Gibbs Racing||2013, 2015, 2016|
|# Wins||Make||Years Won|
|3||Toyota||2013, 2015, 2016|
- 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.
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