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Pennzoil 150
Indianapolis IndycarGP.svg
NASCAR Xfinity Series
VenueIndianapolis Motor Speedway
LocationSpeedway, Indiana, United States
Corporate sponsorRoyal Dutch Shell
First race2012
Distance151.218 miles (243.362 km)
Laps62
Stages 1/2: 20 each
Final stage: 22
Previous namesIndiana 250 (2012-2013, 2019)
Lilly Diabetes 250 (2014-2018)[1]
Most wins (driver)Kyle Busch (4)
Most wins (team)Joe Gibbs Racing (4)
Most wins (manufacturer)Toyota (4)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.439 mi (3.925 km)
Turns14

The Pennzoil 150 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, the race would 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 would not be a Dash for Cash event and that has been moved to Phoenix's Spring event. In late-June 2017, due to drivers saying that they could go easily 25 laps on tires and fuel, NASCAR increased the length of stages 1 and 2 from 25 laps to 30 laps each, with the final 40 laps making up Stage 3.

On January 15, 2020, new track owner Roger Penske announced that the race will move from the oval to the track's infield road-course; Penske had purchased the track in late-2019. Despite the switch, the NASCAR Cup Series' Brickyard 400 continues to race on the oval.[4] Royal Dutch Shell took over as title sponsor of the race, renaming it the Pennzoil 150 after their Pennzoil brand.[5]

On March 26, 2020, as part of changes to the 2020 IndyCar Series schedule to account for the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced that the series' GMR Grand Prix--an IMS road course race typically held as a prelude to the Indianapolis 500--would be postponed to July 4, 2020, and form an IndyCar/NASCAR double-header with the Pennzoil 150.[6][7]

Past winners

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
Oval, 2.5 miles (4.0 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
2017 July 22 9 William Byron JR Motorsports Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 1:58:50 126.227
2018 September 10* 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 100 250 (402.336) 2:13:53 112.038
2019 September 7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 100 250 (402.336) 2:11:21 114.199
Road Course, 2.439 miles (3.925 km)
2020 July 4 98 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 62 151.218 (243.362) 2:02:48 73.885
2021 August 14
  • 2016: Race split into a 60-lap feature, preceded by 2x20-lap heat races for the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program; feature extended due to NASCAR overtime.
  • 2018: Race postponed from Saturday to Monday due to rain.

Multiple winners (drivers)

# Wins Driver Years Won
4 Kyle Busch 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019

Multiple winners (teams)

# Wins Team Years Won
4 Joe Gibbs Racing 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
2 JR Motorsports 2017, 2018

Manufacturer wins

# Wins Make Years Won
4 Japan Toyota 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
3 United States Chevrolet 2014, 2017, 2018
1 United States Dodge 2012
United States Ford 2020

Race recaps

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

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

References

  1. ^ "INDY NATIONWIDE RACE GETS NEW SPONSOR, NAME". NASCAR. July 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Super Weekend At The Brickyard Coming To IMS in July 2012". IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com. July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "Brickyard Schedule". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Albert, Zack (May 15, 2020). "Indianapolis Motor Speedway to run road course for NASCAR Xfinity Series race". NASCAR. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Indianapolis XFINITY race to be sponsored by Pennzoil; race details set". Jayski's Silly Season Site. February 4, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Indy road course set for July 4 NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader". NASCAR.com. March 26, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Could Tony Stewart attempt four races during the Brickyard weekend? 'Get me the good rides'". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2020.

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