Do the business in the NASCAR Nationwide (now XFINITY) Series and get promoted – it’s not just a methodology for drivers, but for crew chiefs as well.
So a few weeks after Adam Stevens got the call up from Joe Gibbs Racing’s NXS program to the Sprint Cup side with Kyle Busch, Jeremy Bullins is getting the call up from Team Penske’s NXS program to its Cup-affiliated team, the Wood Brothers.
Bullins will serve as crew chief for Ryan Blaney in the Cup races Blaney does. This comes after three years with Penske’s No. 22 team that produced 21 wins and two consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Owners’ Championships.
It’s also a homecoming for Bullins, who spent three years with the Wood Brothers at the turn of the century.
He crewed Wood Brothers Pro Cup and Late Model cars driven by Jon Wood in 1999, and a year later in 2000, Bullins became race engineer for the iconic No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a position he held until June of 2002.
Penske, undoubtedly, will be able to find a capable replacement on the NXS side for the No. 22 car.
The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.
On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).
All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.
Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.
Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.
Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:
Saturday, Aug. 15
5:30 a.m. – Garage opens
6 a.m. – Tech inspection
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)
7:30 p.m. – Garage closes
Sunday, Aug. 16
8 a.m. – Garage opens
9 a.m. — Tech inspection
11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)
3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)