Lilly Diabetes 250

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Lilly Diabetes 250
Lilly Diabetes 250 logo.png
Indianapolis Oval.svg
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Venue Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Location Speedway, Indiana, United States
Corporate sponsor Eli Lilly and Company
First race 2012
Distance 250 miles (400 km)
Laps 100 (Stage 1: 25 Stage 2: 25 Stage 3: 50)
Previous names Indiana 250 (2012–2013)
Lilly Diabetes 250 (2014–)
Most wins (driver) Kyle Busch (3)
Most wins (team) Joe Gibbs Racing (3)
Most wins (manufacturer) Toyota (3)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Turns 4

The Lilly Diabetes 250[1] is a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2012. It takes place the Saturday of Kroger Super Weekend.[2][3] 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.

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 it will 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 will not be a Dash for Cash event and that has been moved to Phoenix's Spring event.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (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
  • 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

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years Won
3 Japan Toyota 2013, 2015, 2016
1 United States Dodge 2012
United States Chevrolet 2014

Race recaps[edit]

  • 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.
  • 2013Brian Scott looked like he could win his first NNS race until Kyle Busch passed him in the final laps en route to victory.
  • 2014Kyle 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 winners[edit]

Year Date Race No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
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

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Host Pre-race analyst (s) Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s) Pit reporters
2012 ESPN Nicole Briscoe Brad Daugherty
Rusty Wallace
Marty Reid
Allen Bestwick
Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
Dave Burns
Jamie Little
Jerry Punch
Vince Welch
2013
2014
2015 NBC Krista Voda Kyle Petty
Dale Jarrett
Rutledge Wood
Rick Allen Jeff Burton
Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Mike Massaro
Kelli Stavast
2016 NBCSN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INDY NATIONWIDE RACE GETS NEW SPONSOR, NAME". NASCAR. 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Super Weekend At The Brickyard Coming To IMS in July 2012". IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Brickyard Schedule". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 


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