New incentive for NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to win races: free breakfast!

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Trophies and big paychecks are no longer the only things a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team get when they win a race.

Now they get a free big breakfast, too.

According to Statesville.com, the Boxcar Grille in Statesville, N.C., has begun serving breakfast to winning teams in the Charlotte area after they return from capturing a Cup race.

Last Wednesday, just before breaking for the Easter holiday, an estimated 250 hungry employees of Stewart-Haas Racing were served breakfast in celebration of Kevin Harvick’s win at Darlington on April 12.

“It’s cool for us because you sit there and watch a national sport on TV, and it affects what you do that week,” Boxcar Grille catering manager Kevin Crouse told Statesville.com.

“And now that the teams are getting to know us, they’re watching their teams race and looking forward to us coming for breakfast. That’s what was said to me at Penske Racing last week.”

If you think this is just some simple continental breakfast, think again. Boxcar Grille lays out a huge spread including eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy.

Teams are even beginning to use the celebratory breakfasts, which are furnished by series sponsor Sprint, as an added incentive to give their all to reach victory lane each week.

“We used to get bagels and muffins, and it was good for what it was, but it was the same thing all the time,” SHR employee Joe Dimillo said. “Now we get a variety and it’s all hot food, so we try to win every week.”

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IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold