INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers hit the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday morning for the first of two practice sessions before qualifying for the 21st Brickyard 400.
One of the most intriguing story lines for this year’s race is the return of Kurt Busch.
Busch is back at IMS for the first time since he completed the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 double back in May. He told reporters another attempt is not out of the question.
Busch hasn’t had a ton of luck at 16th and Georgetown over the years. He’s had four top 10 finishes at the Brickyard with a best finish of 5th place in 2001.
“The atmosphere here in Indianapolis is always special, and now I have a great appreciation for the speedway,” Busch said. “I hope the respect I’m going to show it this weekend will help me bounce up on some of my results here at the track. It’s been tough here in a stock car for me.”
There were a couple of presentations before practice began.
Ryan Newman received his championship ring for winning last year’s 400.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard officially proclaimed Sunday “Jeff Gordon Day” for his win at the inaugural Brickyard in 1994. IMS officials even presented him with a 24 from the old scoring pylon to commemorate all his years running at the speedway.