OBSERVATIONS: Lilly Diabetes 250

The racing was close and exciting, with certainly some highlights for weeks to come, but does it come with a price? You can be the judge.

For the second straight year in a row, NASCAR used the high downforce package for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As it did last year, it produced exciting racing with the field close together and passes for position throughout the event. You can’t argue against that when you have a four-wide finish at the end of stage one. 

However, the flip side is the fact that the areo package was used to manipulate the racing to create this, and it’s just like your standard restrictor plate, package racing. When it comes to your purest, that may not be the route to go as it should be about performance and speed, rather than bending things to create the image you want.

Some people fall on one side of the equation while others will side a different direction, hence the debate happening right now in NASCAR as there is discussion about this coming into plate for more intermediate races in the future. With fields becoming strung out on a weekly basis and passing harder to accomplish, the sanctioning body is trying to do whatever they can to spice things up to brings fans back. While on paper it could appear this is the solution, it may not be the route to go.

Although the event was exciting at times, the finish turned out very dull as JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Tyler Reddick crossed the line single-file ahead of Ryan Blaney. Reddick said he was looking for a run, but didn’t want to cost the team a one-two finish in the process so he was being cautious in his decision. While the team may have won, the fans lost out there.

Allgaier’s victory allows him to extend his advantage over the field, now 49 points ahead of Christopher Bell with one race remaining in the regular season. As long as he has a smooth day in Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he will walk away with those 15 bonus points.

The race to the playoffs has also turned into a bit of a bore for the XFINITY Series as everybody is in, unless we have a winner that is currently not in a qualifying position. Given the competition level, that’s highly unlikely. 



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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.