DASH 4 CASH AT IMS: Brian Vickers’ fifth-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway last week qualified him for the fourth and final Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash race which takes place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Vickers has qualified for three of the four Dash 4 Cash events, but has yet to win one of the $100,000 bonuses. Saturday’s Indiana 250 will be his final chance. The Dash 4 Cash at Indy places Vickers up against points leader Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and his teammate Elliott Sadler. The highest finisher of those four will be taking home the $100,000 check courtesy of series sponsor Nationwide Insurance.
VICKERS AT INDY: While Saturday will be only the second time that NASCAR’s Nationwide Series has competed at the Brickyard, Vickers has the benefit of seven Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.5-mile track. Two of those seven Indianapolis Motor Speedway races resulted in top-five finishes for Vickers.
SEASON STATS: Just a few races past the halfway mark in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Vickers is positioned sixth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings with 45 markers separating him from the points leader. So far this season, the 29-year-old driver has captured eight top-five finishes, 10 top-10 finishes and has led a total of 110 laps in his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. Three of this season’s eight top-five finishes were collected in the last four races.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: In Indy’s inaugural Nationwide Series event last summer, Joe Gibbs Racing fielded three entries piloted by Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. The organization notched two top-five finishes and led four circuits around the 2.5-mile superspeedway. With 18 of 33 races on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule completed, Joe Gibbs Racing has eight wins, 31 top-five finishes, 41 top-10 finishes, four poles and a total of 1,499 laps led.
WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Kleenex, Purex, Gildan, Hellmann’s, Slim Jim, Oreo, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, STP, Nestle Drumstick, Sundown Naturals, Glad and Colgate will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
RACE INFO: The Nationwide Series Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 27. Watch and listen live beginning at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Brian Vickers on Indianapolis: “I think Indy is a place where I have a lot of experience compared to a lot of the guys in the series. Some of them have none; some of them only have one start. But there are a few guys, like Elliott (Sadler), who have as much or more experience, so it’s not going to be a walk in the park by no means. We really need a good points day. This far into the season, I thought we would be positioned a little bit better in the run for the championship. But no one’s given up yet. We know we’re still in it and we will continue to work hard to get there.”
Crew chief Kevin Kidd on Indianapolis: “It’s a real privilege for us to race at Indy. The history that place has is second to none. I am honored that our series gets to participate there. We recently tested Indy, and I felt like the test went well. We were able to gain some information that should help us for the race there. The track is an interesting mix between high speed and low speed. The corners are almost “short-track” style corners, however the straights are fast. Because of the uniqueness of the track architecture, setups tend to be compromised and the team that hits this the best will obviously be the fastest.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR