Keselowski makes it a Penske sweep at Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First, Brad Keselowski figured out the secret to restarting at the Brickyard 400.
Then he safely and strategically bumped his way into the lead and sped to the finish line.
One year after settling for second in a chaotic, crash-marred race last year, Keselowski redeemed himself by earning his second straight major win and finally giving team owner Roger Penske the elusive Brickyard win.
The Latest: Keselowski hands Team Penske 1st Brickyard win
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's two races at Indianapolis on Monday (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has given Roger Penske his first win in the Brickyard 400.
Keselowski took the lead with a daring pass, bumping leader Denny Hamlin as they came around the 2.5-mile oval on the second-to-last lap. Keselowski finally made the pass coming down the front straightaway and pulled away to win by 0.904 seconds over Erik Jones. Hamlin was third 1.703 seconds behind.
Final regular season NASCAR race postponed by rain at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Persistent rain washed out the Brickyard 400 and delayed the conclusion of NASCAR's regular season.
Rain washed out the entire weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the final race before the playoffs was moved to Monday. It will run at 2 p.m., after the rescheduled Xfinity Series race.
Indianapolis was drenched by three days of rain and NASCAR has not been able to get any cars on track.
Rain washes out practice, qualifying for Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rain washed out all Saturday track activity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the field for the final race of the regular season was set by points.
Kyle Busch will start on the pole Sunday for the Brickyard 400 because qualifying was canceled. Kevin Harvick will start second and Martin Truex Jr. third.
Drivers will have no practice or any other track time before the race.
Sadler encourages NASCAR to make big bet on gambling
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elliott Sadler wants NASCAR to roll the dice.
Or at least, he figures, a few betting windows can be added to race tracks across America.
Amid sagging television ratings, dwindling attendance and longtime sponsors pulling out of the series, the former Cup driver and current Xfinity Series contender thinks NASCAR should embrace race-day gambling.
Kasey Kahne to sit out Indy with heat exhaustion issues
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne will not defend his Brickyard 400 victory because of dehydration issues he said result in an elevated heart rate while he is driving.
Kahne said he felt so poorly he should not have been driving the final 100 laps of last weekend's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. He said he was nauseous, struggled to take in fluids from the midway point of the race and vomited when it was over.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway, one of only two tracks where he's never won.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kasey Kahne was busy celebrating his win in the Brickyard 400 and missed his team owner state plans are not set for the No. 5 car next season.
You know, Kahne's ride. The one he's under contract to drive in 2018.
"I didn't hear that until I got home," Kahne said.
But there was little need for a spoiler alert warning on team owner Rick Hendrick's news.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR's most popular driver. But he thinks too many of his fans have started airing in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame for the No. 88's struggles this season.
Brickyard 400 win helps Kahne add to Hendrick resume
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne proved he's still capable of winning races.
Now he must convince team owner Rick Hendrick he still belongs on one of NASCAR's strongest teams.
One day after 19-year-old William Byron won his third Xfinity Series races in less than a month, Kahne overcame dangerous heat, painful muscle cramps and a grueling, crash-marred, six-hour marathon Cup race to earn his first win in almost three years. It might take an even bigger effort to keep his job.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kasey Kahne needed a break Sunday — and got it.
The 37-year-old driver barely reached the overtime line before the last caution flag came out in a crash-marred Brickyard 400, allowing Kahne to complete a six-hour marathon and snap a long winless streak.
He crossed the yard of bricks under caution with daylight fading and his muscles cramping, just ahead of Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman.
Brickyard 400 resumes after 1-hour, 47-minute delay
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Brickyard 400 has resumed after a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay.
The race was just stopped after 12 laps Sunday on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile oval.
With lightning and heavy rain on the radar, NASCAR officials sent all drivers to pit road shortly before the storms arrived. Speedway officials instructed fans to clear the stands and find cover around the track.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will be one of three cars sent to the back of the Brickyard 400 starting grid.
After qualifying fourth Saturday, Johnson made a rear gear change. Cole Whitt made the same change, also pushing him to the back of the field. Whitt had qualified 34th in the 40-car field.
The third car belongs to Joey Gase, who qualified 38th. He made an engine change.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Less than an hour after watching one winning streak end Saturday, Kyle Busch started working on another.
Now the two-time defending Brickyard 400 champion is in the best possible position for an unprecedented three-peat at Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is quickly becoming Kyle Busch's favorite racing venue.
Ten years ago, he met his future wife, Samantha, at the 2.5-mile oval.
Just as the regular NASCAR season is heating up, another Herald-Argus Fantasy NASCAR campaign comes to an end this week as the annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway arrives this weekend.
For those who have asked why we end the Fantasy NASCAR now instead of going all the way, it’s all about timing.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon will lead the field into the race one more time next month — as the pace-car driver.
Gordon competed in each of the first 23 races on the historic 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that is not far from his childhood home.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says it will ban smoking in all its grandstands starting this fall.
Track officials say the smoking ban will start with October's Red Bull Air Race and begin in 2018 for all races, including the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400.
The new rules will prohibit smoking within 20 feet of buildings and reserved seating entrances. Smoking will still be allowed in the track's infield.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch used his first Brickyard 400 victory as a springboard to his first Sprint Cup title.
He's trying to make sure it happens again.
Another dominant weekend at Indianapolis sent Busch home with a historic sweep, a reputation for having tamed Indianapolis' tricky 2.5-mile oval and plenty of momentum heading into the chase.
"To come out of here, at a place this hard to race and be able to have two years like this, I think, is really...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch heard all about the potential to pull off a historic sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
On Sunday, he accomplished the feat.
Busch led a record 149 of 170 laps and beat teammate Matt Kenseth to the finish line in a second overtime to win his second straight Brickyard 400. Coupled with an Xfinity Series victory a day earlier, Busch became the first NASCAR driver to win both poles and both races on the same weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All week, Tony Stewart downplayed the significance of his final race at Indianapolis.
He promised not to cry, not to get sentimental.
When the Brickyard 400 ended Sunday, he backtracked a bit by inviting current friend and former rival Jeff Gordon to share one final lap with him at their home track. They drove slowly around the 2.5-mile oval, side-by-side, waving to the fans who had cheered them for so many years.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Tony Stewart dreamed about winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he never contemplated saying goodbye.
He still can't find the words.
Now, as Stewart prepares for his final Brickyard 400, he's brushing aside any talk about nostalgic reflections so he can focus instead on making one more trip to victory lane.
"You guys can ask me all about how I'm feeling, thinking, whatever but you're wasting my time and your time," he said before...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch pulled off a rare trifecta Saturday.
He crashed Tony Stewart's scripted farewell party and pushed Jeff Gordon's comeback bid to the middle of the pack by accomplishing one of his biggest career goals — claiming his first Brickyard 400 pole.
Busch, the defending race winner, had the fastest lap in the third and final round of qualifying, just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Defending Brickyard 400 winner Kyle Busch had the fastest lap Friday at 184.619 mph, on Indianapolis' 2.5-mile oval.
NASCAR points leader Kevin Harvick was second at 184.268. Kyle Laron finished third at 183.767.
Busch had to overcome an early brush with Patrick Carpentier in the second turn, which sent Busch skidding down the track. But he managed the car out of the wall and still reached the top of the speed chart.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not race again this month because of concussion-like symptoms and the No. 88 car will be turned over to trusted former teammate Jeff Gordon for the next two weeks.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that Earnhardt has not yet been cleared to drive by doctors and will miss Sunday's Brickyard 400 as well as next weekend's race at Pocono. NASCAR's most popular driver has been battling balance issues and nausea since a July 2...