As Brickyard 400 winner Kyle Busch was driving down the frontstretch accepting the cheers and accolades for finally winning one of NASCAR’s biggest races, the driver whose career was defined by the Brickyard 400 pulled his car onto pit lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
For the fans that came out to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon, it was obvious most of them were rooting for the home state heroes in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifications.
Kyle Busch refused to make the same mistake twice after Ryan Blaney passed him on the final restart of the race – just as Ty Dillon did last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards may not have been the home-state favorite to win the pole, but he certainly was the fastest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
After sweeping the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Will Power winning the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and Juan Pablo Montoya winning a thrilling 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24, team owner Roger Penske has won at least one race in every event he has entered at IMS except for the Brickyard 400.
With a huge rear spoiler along with other changes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars series officials are hoping Sunday’s 22nd annual Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard turns the trend for the stock car race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
What appeared to be the moment of doom for Juan Pablo Montoya wasn’t so bad after all. And what appeared to be a season of gloom for Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay ended in Victory Lane in a place that he knows all so well.
Last Sunday, Helio Castroneves was penalized for being late to the qualification line and his penalty was starting last in the 24-car grid. He was able to race from last to a second-place finish behind Sebastien Bourdais in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
In last year’s Iowa Corn 300 Tony Kanaan had the pace throughout the race and appeared to be a sure winner.
It may have been the closest thing to a vintage Sebastien Bourdais performance since he returned to Verizon IndyCar Series racing after a short career in Formula One.