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.”

PRI’S THREE BIGGEST BUSINESS DAYS IN RACING

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PRI’S THREE BIGGEST BUSINESS DAYS IN RACING
MEANS SEVEN DAYS OF INDY ACTIVITY WITH RACE INDUSTRY WEEK

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2015) – As the latest innovations in racing go on display at the 28th annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, the need for knowledge to implement and apply those technologies accompanies it hand-in-hand and that need has helped the ‘three biggest business days of racing’ grow into a week-long flurry of activity with Race Industry Week beginning Monday, Dec. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Attendees will be able to be a part of a variety of conferences, seminars and events that allow them to learn and interact with experts from around the racing industry, highlighted by the three-day PRI Trade Show that runs from December 10–12.

“The racing industry is constantly evolving,” said John Kilroy, PRI Trade Show Producer. “You’re always learning and adjusting and the reality is if you can’t keep up, you get left behind. That’s why Race Industry Week is so valuable – it gives attendees the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with the leaders in the industry – whether it be engineering-wise, track safety or the business aspects of racing. There’s literally something for everyone.”

It’s not just smaller operations that take advantage of these opportunities, but some of the dominant players in the sport who attend Race Industry Week looking for an edge.

“I’m there to learn – it’s a great collection of minds and leading people in the industry,” said Lake Speed, Jr., of Driven Racing Oil, who’s new racing gear oil dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in the summer of 2015 with double-digit wins. “It’s always good to see things outside your normal realm that you wouldn’t normally see. It makes you think. We’re an engine lubricant supplier. We’re a part of the engine like everything else is. You have to know what everyone else is doing. So, for us, the AETC is a great place to be because everyone is here for the same reason – to learn.”

A number of key events will return in 2015 including the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC), the Race Track Business Conference-2015, the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) Congress, the Applied Vehicle Dynamics Seminar and the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Championship. New this year will be the MIA International Business Sales & Trade Workshop.

Numerous exhibitor and race business seminars will also take place. In addition, Race Industry Week also will include awards ceremonies from four sanctioning bodies as ARCA, NMCA, NMRA and USAC all will have their season-ending functions running in conjunction with the show. The ever-popular Grand Opening Breakfast will once again serve as the kickoff event for PRI 2015.

Approximately 1,200 racing industry suppliers will occupy 3,200 booths, while exhibiting the latest developments in auto racing technology. Buyers from throughout the U.S. and 70 countries from around the globe are expected for the world’s premier trade show for motorsports professionals.

For additional information on the 2015 PRI Trade Show, or hotel and travel information, visit www.pri2015.com.

*Please note that some events require fees and/or pre-registration.

MEDIA CONTACT: John Procida, 313-515-3985