• Busy weekend of racing culminates in Menard’s Brickyard 400 win

    August 01, 2011 No comments

    It was a busy weekend of racing in and around Hendricks County culminating in Paul Menard’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in the Brickyard 400 yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Menard won the race in the pits and was able to squeeze every ounce of fuel out of his #27 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet to hold off a hard charging Jeff Gordon for the win.

    The green flag on a weekend full of racing was dropped Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200 was won by Timothy Peters who battled his way back from a rear starting position and overcame a shredded tire to capture his third win of his career.

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series cars then took their turn at the .686 mile oval at Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday night for the Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had the dominate car of the evening as the #6 Blackwell Angus Beef/Cargill Ford led 189 of the 204 laps. But a late caution let the pack bunch up behind Stenhouse Jr. and on lap 189 Brad Keselowski took the lead and went on to win for the 14th time in his career as the race ended with a green-white-checker finish.

    The end of the race was bittersweet however for everybody involved in the racing at Lucas Oil Raceway during the weekend. The races marked the final time that NASCAR will be racing at the famed short track for the time being. Next year, the Nationwide Series is moving to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in conjunction with the running of the Brickyard 400. NASCAR has not announced where or even if the Camping World Truck Series will race that weekend.

     

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