INDIANAPOLIS – After both NASCAR X-Finity Series practice sessions on Friday, it appears one team is going to be the one to beat in today’s Lilly Diabetes 250 (3:30pm/NBC/IMS Radio Network). With that being said, the 100 Lap race is definitely going to be Joe Gibbs Racing’s to lose later on this afternoon at the famed 2.5-mile track.
All three JGR cars were extremely good in both practice sessions on Friday afternoon from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as they showed they’re going to be the favorites here today.
Kyle Busch was quickest in session No. 1 with a speed of 176.810 mph in his No. 54 Monster Energy Drink Toyota. The Las Vegas native backed that up with being second quickest in final practice as he was so good they quit the session early saying they got all the data they needed and that this is a car capable of winning today’s race.
Busch, has two top two finishes here in the last two X-Finity Series races and also has won the last two pole award at Indy as well. With being first and second respectively yesterday, I’d say he’s the man to beat for both the pole and in the race today.
If anyone is going to beat him though, don’t look much further than his JGR teammates.
Rookie Erik Jones was third quickest in the first practice and fourth in final practice while his fellow rookie teammate Daniel Suarez was sixth overall in session No. 1 and first in final practice.
For Jones, he has two top two finishes in his last three X-Finity Series starts this season including a win at Chicago and Suarez has two top fives in his last two races entering this weekend.
Those stats for them mixed with Busch’s dominance here, I’d say this is the group to beat.
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report covering Racing. He’s covered both IndyCar and NASCAR action since 2009 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by both the IndyCar Series and all three divisions of NASCAR racing.
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