Late restart costs Kyle Busch another Nationwide win at Indy (VIDEO)

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Despite not having nearly as dominant a car as he had one year ago, Kyle Busch appeared poised to earn a second straight NASCAR Nationwide Series win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

But after choosing the outside lane for a restart with 24 laps to go in today’s Lilly Diabetes 250, the Sprint Cup star was passed for the lead by Ty Dillon coming out of Turn 1 after the green flag came back out.

Busch never fully recovered and finished second to Dillon, who went on to his first career Nationwide victory by .833 of a second.

“Overall, we just never were as good as we were last year unfortunately,” Busch said. “We never had the car or the opportunity to stay up front. I guess we did get up front but gave it away on that last restart there in Turn 1.

“We came down in there, the car never turned, and the car on the inside – Ty- just drove on by and made me look stupid. He got the lead and it was over from there.

“I tried to maintain with him and tried to do some things early to get by him in the first few laps before I got tight, and as soon as I got tight, he just distanced me and that was it.”

This is not the first time that Busch has had problems with late restarts at IMS in the Nationwide Series.

In the series’ inaugural race at the Brickyard in 2012, Busch dominated the first half but spun out of the Top 5 after a restart to lose his chance at victory.

Busch would get his Indy win one year later in the 2013 Nationwide event, but only after having to pass Brian Scott and Joey Logano after he dropped from first to third on a restart with six laps left.

“Rowdy” made sure to note those instances when he explained why he opted for the outside lane for today’s critical restart. But the change of tactics did not give him the result he desired.

“I chose the outside and they blitzed me on the inside,” Busch shrugged. “It’s just really not working for me in Turn 1.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.