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Wrap-up: Indianapolis

Monday, September 10, 2018


Weather was a factor in the NASCAR race schedule this past weekend. After Saturday's cancellation of all track activity (Cup and XFINITY practices and qualifying) due to rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), the XFINITY Series 100-lap Lilly Diabetes 250 was postponed to Monday morning. NASCAR attempted to get Sunday's Cup Series 160-lap Big Machine Vodka 400 started at the 2.5-mile oval in Indiana but steady rain continued into the afternoon. This forced that event to be postponed to Monday afternoon as well, setting up a rare NASCAR Monday doubleheader. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Friday, Sept. 14, with the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Results and upcoming scheduled events for the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since the MENCS practice sessions were also cancelled, the lineup was set by owner's points. Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota) started on the pole. Keven Harvick (No. 4 Ford) lined up P2. No. 78 Martin Truex Jr., No. 41 Kurt Busch and No. 22 Joey Logano rounded out the rest of the top-five on the grid.
Did not qualify: No one. 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.
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Results: Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Discount Tire Ford) won the Big Machine Vodka 400, his 26th victory in 331 MENCS races. This is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2018. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at IMS. Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at IMS. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2018. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 13 races at IMS. William Byron (19th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender.
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Round of 16 Chase Field: (Ranked by re-seeded points)
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Joey Logano
7. Kurt Busch
8. Chase Elliott
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Erik Jones
11. Austin Dillon
12. Kyle Larson
-After the next three races (Las Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte), the bottom four in the point standings will not advance to the Round of 12.
13. Denny Hamlin
14. Aric Almirola
15. Jimmie Johnson
16. Alex Bowman
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Next: Sunday, Sept. 16, South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Las Vegas, NV)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Rain forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Lilly Diabetes 250 at IMS. Since the NXS practice sessions were also cancelled, the lineup was set by owner's points. Cup Series regular Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang, started on the pole. Justin Allgaier (No. 7 Chevrolet) lined up P2. No. 18 Ryan Preece, No. 1 Elliott Sadler and No. 00 Cole Custer rounded out the rest of the top-five on the grid.
Did Not Qualify: No. 13 Timmy Hill.
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Results: Justin Allgaier (No. 7 Dove Men + Care Chevrolet) won the Lilly Diabetes 250, his 10th victory in 265 NXS races. This is his fifth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2018. It is his first victory and second top-10 finish in five races at IMS. Tyler Reddick (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at IMS and his 14th top-10 finish in 2018. Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three NXS races at Indy. Tyler Reddick (second) was the highest finishing ROTY contender.
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Standings: Justin Allgaier leads the point standings by 49 points over Cole Custer.
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Top 12-Chase Contenders:
1. Justin Allgaier
2. Cole Custer
3. Christopher Bell
4. Daniel Hemric
5. Elliott Sadler
6. Tyler Reddick
7. Brandon Jones
8. Matt Tifft
9. Ryan Truex
10. Ryan Reed
11. Ross Chastain
12. Austin Cindric
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Next: Saturday, Sept. 15, DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 6 points over Brett Moffitt.
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NCWTS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Brett Moffitt
3. Noah Gragson
4. Justin Haley - P
5. Matt Crafton
6. Stewart Friesen
-After the next two races (Las Vegas and Talladega), the bottom two in the point standings will not advance to the Round of 6.
7. Ben Rhodes
8. Grant Enfinger
- P Clinched spot in Round of 6 based on win.
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Next: Friday, Sept. 14, World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Home Tracks
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Sept. 3, General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds
Winner: Logan Seavey - Pole: Sheldon Creed – Points Leader: Sheldon Creed
Next: Sept, 15, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway (0.555-mile oval in Indiana)
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K&N Pro Series-East
August 24, Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL
Winner: Derek Kraus - Pole: Spencer Davis – Points Leader: Tyler Ankrum
Next: Sept. 22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval in Loudon, NH)
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K&N Pro Series-West
August 24, Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL
Winner: Derek Kraus - Pole: Spencer Davis - Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: Sept. 13, Star Nursery 100 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track (0.5 mile clay oval in Las Vegas, NV)
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Pinty’s Series
Sept. 8, Lucas Oil 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache in Quebec
Winner: Marc-Antoine Camirand - Pole: Kevin Lacroix - Points Leader: L.P. Dumoulin
Next: Sept. 22, Visit New Hampshire 100 at NH Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH
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Whelen Modified Tour
Sept. 8, Miller Lite 200 at Riverhead (NY) Raceway
Winner: Justin Bonsignore - Pole:(*) Justin Bonsignore – Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
(*) Qualifying cancelled (rain). Lineup set by practice speed.
Next: Sept. 22, Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH
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Peak Mexico Series
Sept. 9, Red Cola Grand Prix at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla, Mexico
Winner: Ruben Rovelo - Pole: Santiago Tovar - Points Leader: Ruben Garcia Jr.
Next: Sept. 30 at Súper Óvalo Chiapas (0.75-mile tri-oval in Tuxtla Gutierrez)



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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