Speedway Digest…. Clint Bowyer Restrictor Plate Racing Isn’t Chess

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Clint Bowyer Restrictor Plate Racing Isn’t Chess

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackles the high banks of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Sunday for what is normally one of the sport’s most exciting races of the season. By now, everyone knows Talladega racing often leads to nearly 40 cars racing four-abreast, 10 rows deep at 200 mph for more than three hours.

Talladega is about crashes and near crashes with short tempers among stressed-out drivers. Tune in to the radio or television broadcast of the race and the commentators are sure to call the action a “high-speed game of chess.”

But Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), isn’t buying that cliché.

“Chess is sitting there, bored out of your mind, thinking of all the other things that you would rather be doing,” Bowyer said. “There’s a guy across from you, you’re trying to figure out if he’s actually into it or doing the same thing, bored out of his mind, thinking about all the things he would rather be doing.”

Bowyer said NASCAR restrictor-plate racing is so much more than any cerebral pursuit.

“You’re literally freaking out, making knee-jerk-reaction decisions the whole race,” he said. “You’re reacting to things that you don’t even remember. You’ll get out of the car at the end of the race, and somebody’ll be like, ‘Man, that was an awesome move that won you the race!’ And you’re like, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ There were at least 4,000 instances of what won that race or didn’t win that race.”

Don’t let Bowyer kid you; he knows what he is doing on restrictor-plate tracks, especially at Talladega, where he’s won twice and posted six top-five finishes in his 22 career starts at the 2.66-mile track. Bowyer has scored the most points of any driver in the last 10 Talladega races but, even after successful days like he has enjoyed there, he says he’s mentally and physically weary after each race from all the exertion.

“There’s so much going on inside the car, whether you’re listening to the spotter, or you’re looking at – as you’re listening to him, you’re following along to – that story in the mirror, right?” he said. “You’re living it through the windshield. I mean, there are so many things that are going on, you just – you flat out – don’t take it all in. I mean, your brain is registering so many things that, at the end of the race, you don’t even remember half of it.”

Bowyer rides a wave of success to Talladega with top-15 finishes in all nine of the 2017 races except for the season-opening Daytona 500, where a midrace accident ended his day. He’s earned two top-five finishes and four top-10s this season. The No. 14 team led by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz has climbed to ninth in the standings.

“Everybody is working really hard and we are just having fun,” Bowyer said. “SHR is a fun organization and Ford is a fun manufacturer to work with. We still haven’t put everything together and been the best we can be, but Sunday will be our 10th race working together and we expect things will continue to improve.”

Bowyer’s racing fortunes have improved since arriving at SHR this season to replace three-time champion Tony Stewart, who retired from NASCAR competition. Bowyer would like to go down in the history books as the first driver to bring SHR a Talladega victory. The organization’s 37 victories in 864 Cup Series races since its 2009 inception have come at every track except Talladega and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Whether or not Bowyer makes history for SHR Sunday afternoon in the normally unpredictable Talladega race, it will be more entertaining than, say, a game of chess.

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Clint Bowyer Restrictor Plate Racing Isn’t Chess

Goodyear-shod cars win three times at zMAX

Goodyear – CONCORD, N.C. (April 30, 2017) – Shawn Cowie outlasted a Top Alcohol Dragster field loaded with Goodyear-equipped cars to win the TAD final at the NHRA 4 Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Cowie was one of eight drivers using Goodyears to advance to the second round of TAD racing at zMAX. No other tiremaker had a car in the second round.
The TAD category is a part of the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsman racers. Other Goodyear-shod sportsman winners included Bruno Massel (in Competition Eliminator) and Peter Biondo (Super Stock). Added to Goodyear’s winning cars in the professional categories, the sportsman action brought Goodyear’s win total to six. No other tiremaker matched that total.
The TAD class is for the fastest and most powerful cars in sportsman drag racing. Cowie raced on Goodyear’s D3122 drive tire and said, “They stick and hook me up and get me down the race track.” The D3122 measures 34.5 inches tall and 17 inches across the tread face. It mounts on a 16-inch wheel.
Massel, the NHRA on Fox reporter, is a former world champion in Comp Eliminator and he won his titles on Goodyear tires. That experience came in handy, he said.
“We have the old Goodyear Pro Stock tire on the back, the D2200, Old Faithful, as I call it,” Massel said. “It gets us down the track every time.” The D2200 has the same dimensions as the current tires Goodyear produces for the Pro Stock class and has a 105-inch rollout.
Massel collected his 11th national event victory.
Biondo won his 51st national event. Every one of those wins have come on Goodyear tires. He used Goodyear’s D2070 drive tire on his car. The D2070 stands 33 inches tall, is 14.5 inches wide and mounts on a 15-inch rim.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017

Non-Smoking Family Stands Expanding this May and Brickyard 400 Race Day

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at select Month of May events and at the Brickyard 400.

“Our fans should be able to sit in their seats while enjoying a smoke-free experience,” Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles said. “Starting in the fall, we’ll be able to provide this opportunity to all of our customers.”

Said IMS President J. Douglas Boles: “In recent years, our fans have consistently asked us to provide a smoke-free experience in the grandstands. This is especially true among families bringing younger children to the track. I’m pleased we’re making this move and look forward to working with our operational team, fans and partners to implement these changes.”

Both the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana and the Indiana State Department of Health applauded today’s decision.

“The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana lauds IMS for moving the needle on Hoosier public health outcomes,” said Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network and founding member of the Alliance. “Indiana has worked hard to become an attractive place to live, work and do business. However, consistently poor health rankings undermine our progress. Today’s announcement from IMS proves they are not only the world’s premier racing venue but a premier partner in creating a health climate for the next generation of racing fans. Future generations will be the ones to gain from the health and economic benefits of a smoke-free environment.”

Said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.: “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the premier attractions in Indiana, and it’s exciting to see it taking a public stand for smoke-free environments. I can’t think of a more visible endorsement of better health for Hoosiers and those who visit our state.”

IMS offered its first smoke-free family grandstands on Miller Lite Carb Day in 2016. This year, they will be available to customers at the INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12-13, on Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 26 and at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23. To learn more about the family grandstands and purchase tickets, visit IMS.com.

Beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race on Oct. 14-15, 2017 and continuing throughout the entire 2018 season and beyond, smoking will not be permitted in any IMS grandstands. Fans wishing to smoke will be asked to do so 20 feet away from buildings and reserved seating entrances. Smoking will continue to be allowed in the IMS infield.

“This is good news we’re sharing today,” Miles said. “And I’d like to thank the Alliance and ISDH for their support and assistance in reaching this decision.”

In the coming months and as the 2018 season approaches, IMS will provide additional guidance to fans on the implementation of these new policies.

Indiana Tobacco Quitline

The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is a free, phone-based counseling service provided by the State Department of Health that helps Indiana smokers quit. Support is available seven days a week. IMS encourages anyone looking to stop smoking to take advantage of this resource and many others available. For assistance today, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8869).

About the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana

The Alliance is a group of health care professionals, advocates, and community and business leaders from across Indiana who are committed to improving the health of our state. Its first priority is to substantially reduce tobacco usage, which is the leading cause of preventable death in Indiana. Founding members include the Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State Medical Association, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.unnamed

Goodyear, Runoffs at Mid-Ohio

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One fast Feller: Provisional H Production pole still belongs to Michigan driver

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 21, 2016) – Tom Feller backed up Tuesday’s performance by going faster and holding on to the provisional pole for H Production at the 2016 Sports Car Club of America’s National Championship Runoffs at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Feller, from Holland, Mich., has won the pole in H Production the last two years. He improved upon Tuesday’s effort by nearly a mile an hour as he toured the 2.258 Mid-Ohio venue at an average speed of 80.956 mph.
Feller races on Goodyear tires. Competitors in H Production are free to select their brand of tires.
This year, the SCCA has scheduled each qualifying session at about the same time of day the classes will race on the weekend, giving each team a feel for the possible ambient racing conditions on race day. Feller and his fellow H Production drivers have practiced in the afternoons all week in preparation for their expected 3:30 p.m. start Saturday.
Goodyear, Corinth, Texas, remains on the provisional pole in Formula Mazda but Jarret Voorhies was fastest on Wednesday. Voorhies averaged 91.157 mph on his best lap Wednesday. Voorhies lives in Cresson, Texas. Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for Formula Mazda.
Cliff Ebben held on to the top spot in GT1 without turning a lap Wednesday. Ryan McManus, Westfield Center, Ohio, posted the fastest lap in Wednesday’s session but his 96.780 mph lap fell just short of the track record Ebben set Tuesday at 99.220 mph. Ebben, Freedom, Wisc., and several other GT1 drivers, stayed off the track Wednesday.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson August 08, 2016 | By IMS

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Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson
August 08, 2016 | By IMS
Bryan Clauson was happiest when he was behind the wheel of a race car. In fact, the happiest day of his life may have been earlier this year on May 29, when he had his best Indianapolis 500 finish in the afternoon and drove a sprint car to the feature victory at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway that night.

Clauson, 27, died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a crash the night before at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals midget race on the half-mile dirt oval. Clauson was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., but did not survive.

“This is certainly a sad day for the racing community as a whole, and on behalf of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Anybody who witnessed Bryan behind the wheel of a race car can attest to his elite ability, relentlessness and unbridled willingness to race anything on wheels. While he’ll be remembered most as a legend of short-track racing, his participation in the Indianapolis 500 exemplifies his fearlessness, true versatility as a competitor and the pure depth of his talent as a driver.”

Clauson, a resident of Noblesville, Ind., was considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver with four U.S. Auto Club national championships – two in sprint cars and two in midgets – as well as wins in prestigious events the likes of the Chili Bowl, Turkey Night Grand Prix and Belleville Nationals.

In the mold of old-school racers like A.J. Foyt, Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart, eager and willing to race anything anywhere, Clauson set a goal in 2016 of competing in 200 races, including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Driving the No. 88 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda for Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Clauson finished a career-best 23rd in this year’s Indy 500 and led his first laps in the historic race.

Saturday’s race at the Belleville Nationals, where Clauson was the defending champion, was the 116th on his trek toward 200. He picked up his 27th feature win this season in the midget race Wednesday night at Beloit, Kan.

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has always been the heart and soul of auto racing in America,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Bryan Clauson combined his passion and enthusiasm for grassroots racing with a God-given talent that made him the favorite to win every time he got in a midget or sprint car. And he proved on the world’s largest racing stage – by leading three laps in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – that he could use that talent in just about anything with wheels.

“More importantly, he possessed a humility and character out of the race car that made him a person that fellow competitors and fans alike enjoyed being around,” Boles added. “His spirit, his positive outlook and his thrilling talent will be missed by the entire racing community. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are with the Clauson family in this difficult time.”

The native Californian earned a USAC-INDYCAR scholarship for winning the 2010 USAC national driver’s title. The scholarship earned Clauson six Indy Lights starts in 2011 in a car shared with current Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Conor Daly at Sam Schmidt Motorsports while Clauson continued to race in USAC’s national series. His best finish in eight career Indy Lights was third at Iowa Speedway in 2011.

Clauson won the scholarship award again in 2012, allowing him to make his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, qualifying 31st and finishing 30th. Clauson returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015, finishing 31st in the Indy 500 for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.

Clauson also served as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007-08, winning an ARCA race in 2007. He made 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2008, finishing second in rookie points where he teamed occasionally with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Clauson is survived by his parents, Tim and Di, his sister Taylor and fiancée Lauren Stewart. Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service in his honor will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date soon to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/ or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.

Dina Parise Racing races to support injured Virginia girl with unique Fundraiser

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Photo Credits: Melissa Daniel, Dina Parise Racing Inc
Photo Credits: Melissa Daniel, Dina Parise Racing Inc

In the blink of an eye, the equivalent of 1/3 of a second of precious time. It is a testament of how quickly life can change. As racers, the Dina Parise Racing team can certainly attest to that, but accidents happen in everyday life just the same. Lives become disrupted as in the case of 20-year-old Katy Daniel.

Her story: On Mother’s Day 2016 Katy was involved in a horrific, life altering accident. She was working on fence to be installed for her horse, Ginger by helping her uncle with an auger attached to his tractor to dig holes for the pasture posts. Katy’s hair became entangled within the rotary shaft of the operating auger; resulting in total scalping of Katy’s head, the loss of her forehead, one eyebrow and both ears.
Katy was taken by Medevac that tragic day to MCV/VCU Critical Care Hospital in Richmond, Virginia where she remained hospitalized for two months. She has undergone five surgeries thus far to reconstruct the cranium; the longest being sixteen hours in length. Katy has many more surgeries and years of reconstruction ahead of her. Due to the in depth trauma and loss specific anatomy, Katy will most likely be traveling throughout the United States for specialty care.

Katy lives in Dinwiddie County Virginia with her identical twin Taylor, and her parents Russell and Melissa Daniel. “Katy has been an Inspiration and Warrior during this trying time, given the life changing trials she faces daily.” Said Melissa Daniel “She continues on through doubt’s and failures, most of the time with a smile. Though its painful, she gives all the determination and courage within her. She starts every day with a new hope, and has Faith for better days ahead.”

As many of you may know, Dinwiddie is well known for many things; among them Virginia Motorsports Park. The Dina Parise Racing team has, for many years, considered VMP and Dinwiddie a ‘second home’. “We have been going to VMP for so long, we consider everyone one there family to us.” Said Dina Parise “We met our crewmember Butch in 2009 when he worked the staging lanes. He is now part of our family and our ‘go to’ guy.”
When the Parise’s became aware of Katy’s situation they felt they needed to get involved. “We feel as if it is our community.” Said Parise. Not wanting to invade the privacy of the family, Parise called longtime friend and WTVR CBS 6 Reporter, Wayne Covil who had been covering Katy’s story exclusively. He assisted Parise in beginning the process of getting the fundraiser off the ground.

The Fundraiser: For those of you familiar with DPR you are aware the team is no stranger to the charity/fundraising world! This fundraiser for Katy is no ordinary fundraiser! Katy’s spirits will be lifted by of course donations being made, but along with each donation a #KATYSTRONG decal will be placed on Stella (the Cadillac) to show support. This will coincide with Dina Parise competing in the Xtreme Pro Mod category, driving her famed Cadillac ‘Stella’, at the NMCA Super Bowl at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. July 29-31.
For those who donate, there is also the opportunity for schwag to be won! Lastly, someone’s face will take a ride IN Stella at the NMCA Super Bowl race at Route 66! Be sure to donate, and it could be you!

How this will work:

Donations: (Please read carefully)

• Donations can be made to the Katy Daniel Go Fund Me Page:
** Visit: Katy Daniel Go Fund me**

• In honor of each Donation DPR will put a #KATYSTRONG Decal on Stella

• Let’s fill Stella with #KATYSTRONG decals to show our support!

Donate to win cool stuff and rules:

• Now, here’s why it’s REALLY COOL to donate!

• Each Donation will enter you in a drawing. Winner will be picked at random.

• When donating on the Go fund Me Page, leave your name, and use #KATYSTRONG/DPR in comments to be entered.

• *Drawing to be held Thursday July 28, 2016 at 12:00PM CST*

• If your name is selected, you will receive: Schwag from DPR and (DPR marketing partners) Aerospace Components and Car Chix.
But wait… There’s more; the person selected will also have their face (OK, a photo of their face) ride along as a passenger inside Stella during the NMCA race at Route 66 Raceway July 29-31! Right there on the front dash! It’s the next best thing to being there! That makes YOU the star of the next DPR in-car video … Just like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQYH7kXKpmE !

• Be sure to pass this along to everyone you know! Let’s all be #KATYSTRONG and support this amazing girl!

• If you are attending the NMCA race at Route 66 in Joliet, IL and would like to make a donation, have no fear! Please come see DPR on the
Manufacturers Midway! That is where our pit is located. We will be collecting donations for #KATYSTRONG throughout the event.

• Can’t get to the track? Be sure to follow along on DPR’s Social Media! The team will come to you LIVE via DPR’s Facebook Mentions ( http://facebook.com/DPariseRacing ) throughout the weekend! In addition, the team always has a LIVE ‘Pit Cam’ set up! See what happens between rounds of racing and throughout the day! To view, visit the team’s website at: http://dinapariseracing.com/ . For the full racing experience, you can view the on-track action as well on http://bangshift.com/ ! Don’t miss a beat, or a turn of the tires!

Schwag provided by: Aerospace Components Inc., Car Chix and Dina Parise Racing
Thank you to: Wolf Customs for providing the #KATYSTRONG decals.( http://wolfcustoms.net/ )

Thank you to: Aerospace Components, Eastwood, CRC Auto ( Smart Washer) NGK, Lucas Oil, Speedwire Systems, Hussey Performance, Hoosier, Motorsports Unlimited, Crank It Media.

Please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners . There you will find more information regarding the companies listed as well as some *special offers*! The team encourages you to try the products and services these companies offer. The fact remains that they do use them all. That is the best recommendation! The DPR team would like to thank all of their Marketing Partners for their continued support! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!
Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! Their Website will show you the way! So for all things DPR please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ Parise has quite a bit on her plate for the 2016 season on the track and off. Be sure to follow along on Social Media to keep up with it all!

Photo Credits: Melissa Daniel, Dina Parise Racing Inc.

Force, Schumacher, Johnson celebrate Colorado wins

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Force, Schumacher, Johnson celebrate Colorado wins

MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2016) – You would be hard-pressed to find three NHRA drag racers with more combined career victories than John Force, Tony Schumacher and Allen Johnson.
And yet, each won for the first time this season to cap the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
The trio’s combined wins total 251. Their popularity was emphasized by the fact that they won as part of the NHRA’s first live event on broadcast network television. Fox carried much of Sunday’s racing live.
Force, who beat his own daughter in the final round of Funny Car, said, “I told Courtney, ‘Hey, you’re my baby, I love you … but I’m giving it everything I’ve got.’”
The other drivers who won on Goodyear tires included sportsman racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series: Lou Ficco (Competition Eliminator), John Bianco (Super Street) and John Baker (Top Sportsman).
The conditions were difficult on the mountain. They alternated between heat and rain, wind and calm. Teams had to keep finding answers.
The answers were out there. The Funny Car teams took turns breaking track records. John Force was the first to post a three-second pass on the mountain with a 3.959-second run in the first round of qualifying. Courtney Force finished the weekend with the elapsed time record, 3.917 seconds. Del Worsham set a track record for Funny Car at 322.34 mph.
Steve Torrence set a track record for elapsed time at 3.776 seconds in Top Fuel.
Force said of the 144th victory in his career, “I just love it.”
Ron Capps leads the Funny Car standings with 1,120 points. Courtney Force is next with 998.
Schumacher beat teammate Antron Brown in the final round of Top Fuel.
“I probably drove the car 1,200 feet because I was looking at the win light instead of pulling the chutes,” Schumacher admitted. He said, “It feels amazing.”
Brown leads the Top Fuel standings with 1,145 points. Doug Kalitta is second with 1,088. Both have secured berths in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
Johnson said he was surprised to win after qualifying 10th.
“We stunk the place up in qualifying,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t have given us a one percent chance to win the thing.”
But win he did. It marked the 10th consecutive year that Johnson has reached the final round at Bandimere.
It was the first Pro Stock final this season not won by either Jason Line or Greg Anderson. Line leads the standings with 1,548 points and Anderson is next with 1,466. Both have locked away berths in the Countdown.
Goodyear employs about 66,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 countries. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight Brickyard 400

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In the 107 year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway there hasn’t been a more dominant performance then the one Kyle Busch delivered this weekend.

After leading 62 of 63 laps in Saturday’s victory in the Lilly Diabetes 250, Busch saved the best for last on Sunday leading 149 of 170 laps en route to becoming the first driver in history to sweep both poles and races at the Brickyard holding off Matt Kenseth by 2.126 seconds to score the victory.

Busch also became the second driver in history to win back to back Brickyard 400’s joining Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

“I felt pretty good to be up front and obviously you’ve got to do everything in your power to not screw it up,” Busch said.

“I can imagine if I would have … beaten one of those guys with the super fast cars [in the past] how they would have felt because I know how I would have felt here today.”

Busch talked about how important the restarts were today at Indy with track position being at a premium.

“We had the race in our hands that we can manipulate the restarts how I needed to and make sure that I got to the No. 1 spot and Matt [Kenseth] was able to do the same thing last week [at New Hampshire],” Busch said.

“Each and every week, it’s power to the leader. That’s what we’ve all kind of asked for with this bigger restart zone and stuff, too, so when you are the race leader that you’ve earned that right to restart how you want.”

Jimmie Johnson was able to rally to a third place finish after being a lap down late in the going. He was followed by: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, and Paul Menard rounded out the top ten.

Notables included: Tony Stewart 11th, Jeff Gordon 13th, Chase Elliott 15th, Kurt Busch 16th, Brad Keselowski 17th, Kasey Kahne 18th, Clint Bowyer 21st, Danica Patrick 22nd, Ryan Newman 31st, and Carl Edwards finished 35th after being caught up in a late race incident.

In a race lacking highlights, the highlight of the race came after the checkered flag had fallen when Stewart and Gordon took a ceremonial lap around the 2.5 mile oval side by side in what was likely barring unforeseen circumstances the last Brickyard 400 for both sure fire hall of famers. After coming back on pit road, Stewart and Gordon hugged.

“For us to share that moment together, I mean that’s probably our last lap around here in a professional race, and I’ll cherish that moment,” Stewart said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often.

“It was pretty cool. … We’re never going to get that chance to do that again.”

“Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years, but he and I have become really good friends,” Gordon said. “I was with him when he got hurt this year. … I learned a lot about Tony Stewart. He’s driven. He’s tough.

“To see him in that pain I saw him in and come back and win Sonoma [last month] and be out here driving like this with a chance at a championship when this whole thing is over, that’s impressive.”