This weekend’s NASCAR racing schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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NASCAR returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend with Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 and Sunday’s main event, the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400.

The legendary 2.5-mile oval has played host to the Monster Energy Cup Series since 1994 and the Xfinity Series since 2012.

As NASCAR returns to the home of the Indianapolis 500, there’s a bit of an anomaly to consider.

Kyle Busch comes into this weekend seeking his first NASCAR Cup win since his triumph in last year’s Brickyard 400.

But wait, there’s more:

* Busch actually has won the last two Brickyard 400s.

* Busch also has won the last two Xfinity Series races – and three of the last four – at IMS.

* That means Busch comes into this weekend riding a four-race winning streak at Indy.

* Busch has also won the last two Xfinity races on the 2017 season schedule (Kentucky two weeks ago and last Saturday at New Hampshire).

Here’s the weekend schedule at IMS:

(All times Eastern)


9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)


6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

9 – 9:55 a.m. – Cup first practice (CNBC)

9 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

11 – 11:55 a.m.—Final Cup practice (CNBC)

12:45 p.m. – Xfinity qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds) (NBCSN)

2:15 p.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

3 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

3:30 p.m. – Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity race (100 laps, 250 miles) (NBCSN, IMS Radio/PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

6:15 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, IMS Radio/PRN)


9 a.m. – Cup garage open

12:30 p.m. – Driver/crew chief meeting

1:50 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

2:30 p.m. – Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 (160 laps, 400 miles) (NBC, IMS Radio/ PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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