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Busch brothers 1-2 in Brickyard practice

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Thursday, July 26, 2012

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch was the fastest driver Thursday, July 26 in practice for the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Busch led both sessions on the 2.5-mile oval, posting a top overall speed of 175.836 mph in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota during the final 90-minute practice.

"It felt really good," Busch said. "The car's fast, obviously. It's run well all day. We've just been trying to work on it to make it better in the long run. You've got to be snug here to be fast because the place is so flat. But, overall, it feels stable. Hopefully it will stay with us all day Saturday."

The inaugural Nationwide Series race at IMS is scheduled to start at 4:50 p.m. Saturday.

Busch was one of four full-time Sprint Cup Series competitors among the five fastest drivers Thursday. His older brother, 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, was second at 174.700 in the No. 1 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, followed by Kasey Kahne at 174.639 in the No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet.

2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. was the first Nationwide regular, fourth at 173.695 in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge. Hornish also will drive the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge in the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday due to the indefinite suspension of full-time Penske Racing Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger.

Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five at 173.671 in the No. 18 SportClips Toyota. Hamlin was the only driver in the top five to record his fastest speed in the opening 3 ½-hour practice session.

Indianapolis 500 veteran Danica Patrick was 13th in the final practice at 171.916 in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. This is Patrick's first race at IMS since the 2011 Indianapolis 500, as she is competing full time this season in the Nationwide Series.

GRAND-AM Road Racing will take center stage Friday during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, with practice, qualifying and two races on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course. The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge starts at 1 p.m., while the Brickyard Grand Prix for the Rolex Sports Car Series starts at 4:10 p.m.

Results

RANK CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy 175.836 51.184 Leader
2 1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 174.700 51.517 -0.333
3 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 174.639 51.535 -0.351
4 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 173.695 51.815 -0.631
5 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Sport Clips 173.444 51.890 -0.706
6 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards 173.294 51.935 -0.751
7 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 173.243 51.950 -0.766
8 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 173.017 52.018 -0.834
9 3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet AdvoCare 172.804 52.082 -0.898
10 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial 172.566 52.154 -0.970
11 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 172.305 52.233 -1.049
12 136 Ryan Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 172.091 52.298 -1.114
13 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 171.917 52.351 -1.167
14 51 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Clements Automotive 171.621 52.441 -1.257
15 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 170.849 52.678 -1.494
16 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J / M&M's Snack Mix 170.836 52.682 -1.498
17 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 170.687 52.728 -1.544
18 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 170.590 52.758 -1.574
19 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Sam's Club / Cargill 170.293 52.850 -1.666
20 4 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet TBA 170.074 52.918 -1.734
21 88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 169.575 53.074 -1.890
22 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil / Noah's Light Foundation 169.160 53.204 -2.020
23 30 James Buescher Chevrolet ABF 168.963 53.266 -2.082
24 70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 168.688 53.353 -2.169
25 198 Reed Sorenson Ford Shelby Engine Co. 168.505 53.411 -2.227
26 199 Travis Pastrana Toyota Boost Mobile 168.114 53.535 -2.351
27 81 Jason Bowles* Toyota American Majority 167.588 53.703 -2.519
28 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet JD Motorsports 167.240 53.815 -2.631
29 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports 167.165 53.839 -2.655
30 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 166.710 53.986 -2.802
31 86 Kevin Lepage Ford Deware Racing Group 166.525 54.046 -2.862
32 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 165.168 54.490 -3.306
33 15 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 164.772 54.621 -3.437
34 124 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Family Farmers 164.693 54.647 -3.463
35 41 Timmy Hill Ford Rick Ware Racing 164.627 54.669 -3.485
36 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 164.594 54.680 -3.496
37 108 Kyle Fowler Ford Randy Hill Racing 164.558 54.692 -3.508
38 39 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford FastWax.com / RWT 164.363 54.757 -3.573
39 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 164.339 54.765 -3.581
40 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Racing With Jesus 163.283 55.119 -3.935
41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 163.085 55.186 -4.002
42 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet TBA 161.969 55.566 -4.382
43 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink 158.543 56.767 -5.583
44 52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet BBB.org / Chamber of Commerce - - -
45 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing - - -

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