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Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sun, Jul 27, 2014
1:20pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Race #: 20 of 36
Event: Crown Royal 400
Location: Indianapolis, In
Track Size: 2.5 Miles
Track Type: Quad-Oval
Miles: 400
Laps: 160
2013 Winner: Ryan Newman
Pit Speed: 55 mph

Previous Winners

4- Jeff Gordon 94/98/01/04
4- Jimmie Johnson 06/08/09/12
2- Tony Stewart 05/07
1- Kevin Harvick 03 1- Jamie McMurray 10
1- Paul Menard 11
1- Ryan Newman 13

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NASCAR Introduces Special Paint Scheme Elements For Chase

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2014) - Celebrating the accomplishments of those drivers who will contend for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, NASCAR has released several new elements to the paint schemes of race cars making the 16-driver Chase Grid.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup-eligible cars will have the roof number, the front splitter / front fascia and the windshield header colored yellow, as well as have a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup logo affixed to the front-quarter panel of their race car.

As part of NASCAR's emphasis on winning races all season long, this celebratory paint scheme will be placed on a driver's car to begin the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14. Once a driver is eliminated after one of the Chase's first three rounds, the paint scheme will be removed from the car.

These changes serve as a visible symbol of the new Chase format. In addition, the paint scheme elements will ensure that fans are able to easily identify each championship contender as NASCAR's playoffs progress.

Announced by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France in January, the new championship format expands the Chase field to 16 drivers, up from 12 in previous years, and implements a new round-by-round advancement format that ultimately will reward a battle-tested, worthy champion.

A victory in the first 26 races all but guarantees a berth in the 10-race Chase, which will air exclusively on the ESPN family of networks. The number of championship drivers in contention for the championship decreases after every three Chase races with four drivers racing for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, scheduled for November 16.

The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 27. The race will air at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, IMS Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

covered by ESPN, with ABC covering 3 of the remaining events.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes - 2014 Brickyard

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Quiet Wild Card
At face value, this makes zero sense: Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway might rank right up there with Sonoma, Daytona, Talladega and Watkins Glen as "wild-card" tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season.
Anyone can win.and nab an all-but-guaranteed spot in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Of course, the statistics suggest otherwise. After all, the Brickyard is truly the home of champions. Heading into the 20th anniversary of NASCAR racing at Indy, legendary names have conquered more often than not.
For instance:
-       15 of the 20 races have been won by past, future or reigning series champions.
-       8 winners have gone on to win that year's NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
-       Three NASCAR Hall of Famers have won: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett (twice) and Bill Elliott. (And three others, at least, are surefire HOFers the second they're eligible: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.)
So, calling this a wild-card race seems, well, absurd. But it's not.not when the recent winners list includes names like Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman, all of whom are winless in 2014. Even Stewart, a two-time Brickyard winner, still seeks his first victory of the season.
There's a very good chance a first-timer wins this Sunday's Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard (1 p.m. ET on ESPN, IMS Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Here's a closer look at some of the favorites to capture a "surprise" win:
Tony Stewart: The word "surprise" was in quotation marks for a reason. A Stewart win would shock no one, considering his brilliant history at his home track. The two-time Brickyard winner has finished in the top 10 in five consecutive Indy races, and nine of the last 10.
Kasey Kahne: Kahne's Brickyard career got off to a blistering start, with finishes of fourth and second in 2004 and 2005. Then it stalled. For a long time. Until last year. Kahne finished third last year, and his sense of urgency for a 2014 win has reached red alert levels.
Jamie McMurray: McMurray's dream season of 2010 started with a win in the Daytona 500, which preceded a win in the Brickyard 400. Currently 21st in points, a win would cure all ills.
Stewart, Kahne and McMurray are all currently on the outside-looking-in of the Chase Grid Outlook. As the regular season draws to a close, a win could become their only route to the Chase.
The following "surprises" currently reside inside the Chase bubble.
Paul Menard: His first - and, thus far, only - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at Indy in 2011. He chipped in respectable finishes of 14th and 12th since then. Menard currently sits 15th in the Chase Grid Outlook.
Ryan Newman: Different team, same result? Newman certainly hopes so. Newman won at his home track last year while with Stewart-Haas Racing and returns this weekend driving for Richard Childress Racing. The South Bend, Indiana native is coming off a fifth place finish at New Hampshire, and is 13th on the Chase Grid Outlook.
Matt Kenseth: Among the winless crowd, Kenseth's No. 20 squad is likely the top Toyota team to break the Chevrolet streak. Kenseth has finished fifth in two of the last three Brickyard races, and has a couple of runner-up finishes in his 14-race Indy career.
Clint Bowyer: Bowyer has a couple of top fives at Indy, but an otherwise pedestrian record at the big track. Still, he rides some momentum heading into the weekend, coming off consecutive top-10 finishes at Daytona and New Hampshire. He looks to end a 60-race winless streak on Sunday.
 
Teammates And Tiebreakers: Johnson, Gordon Sit Atop Brickyard Wins List
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are pretty much locked into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Johnson needs only to secure a top 30 spot and attempt to qualify for the remaining races, and he'll go 11-for-11 in Chase appearances. Jeff Gordon has locked up a top 30 spot. His win at Kansas all but assured him a spot in the Chase; another win would guarantee it (assuming, of course, he attempts to qualify for all the races).
So now what?
Now, bonus points. And bragging rights.
Gordon long held the title of King of the Brickyard as far as NASCAR racing was concerned. His four wins long stood as the pinnacle. Then, in 2012, Johnson tied that mark. He came close to surpassing it last year with a runner-up finish to winner Ryan Newman.
Some notes to think about when comparing these two champions.
 It's the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Brickyard 400, won by Gordon, who's still the youngest winner ever there at 23 years, 2 days.
 As mentioned on Page 1, the winner of the Brickyard race went on to win that year's championship eight times. Three of those were done by Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2008, 2009).
 Both are looking to snap out of mini-slumps. Gordon has finished outside the top 10 in each of the last two races (12th at Daytona; 26th at New Hampshire).  Johnson has finished 42nd in each of the last two races, thanks to consecutive DNFs that have allowed him to run only 31 of a possible 417 laps.
 
Hot Keselowski Best Bet To End Chevy Dominance
Only road courses and mother nature can stop Brad Keselowski, apparently.
The only two blips over the last two months were a 22nd-place finish at Sonoma Raceway and an 18th-place run at Daytona. And in the latter, Keselowski was the first driver a lap down when the race was called by rain. Who knows what could have happened?
Otherwise, Keselowski has been on fire - and on a mission. It's a mission of redemption. From the start of 2014, Keselowski has aimed at erasing the championship hangover memories of 2013.
Last year, he became only the second driver in the Chase era to miss the Chase a year after winning the championship. This year is completely different.
Over the last seven races, Keselowski has scored two wins, two runner-up finishes and a third. He locked himself into the Chase (assuming he attempts to qualify for the next seven races), and has climbed from ninth to third in the points (which matters little to the three-time winner).
Now, the driver of the No. 2 Ford looks ride that momentum, and end Chevrolet's streak off 11 consecutive wins at the Brickyard.  He'll need a rather large improvement from past Indy performances. In four starts there, Keselowski has managed only a best finish of ninth (twice, in 2011-12). Last year, he finished 21st.
 
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ETC.
Chase Grid Clinch Update: Those drivers with multiple wins and who cannot fall out of the top 30 in points have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming they attempt to qualify for the remaining races. As was announced after the race in New Hampshire, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming they attempt to qualify for the remaining seven races. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth have clinched a top 30 spot, but do not have multiple wins. At Indianapolis, the following drivers can clinch a Chase spot with a win or by clinching a top 30 spot: Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. The magic number for a top 30 clinch: 289. Any driver 289 points ahead of 31st place leaving Indy will clinch a top 30 points position. Milestone Marker: Casey Mears will start his 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. . Brian Vickers will start his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup race. . With 91 more laps led, Jeff Gordon will have led 24,000 career laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
 
Chase Elliott Eyes Indianapolis With Points Lead In Hand                                                
Records beware: Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott is coming. The second generation driver reclaimed the NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead following his third win of the season, and in doing so has positioned himself to become the first rookie in NASCAR national series history to win a series championship. He's also zeroing in on the single-season wins record of five, held by Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004) and Carl Edwards (2005).
Elliott is the first rookie since 2005 (Edwards) to win three or more races in his rookie campaign. He also is the 10th driver in series history to win three races in his first 18.  Elliott's three wins is tied with Kyle Busch for the most this season.
To accompany his wins Elliott has posted eight top fives and 13 top 10s, an average finish of 9.1 and a season-to-date Driver Rating of 109.3 - second only to Busch and tops among championship contenders. Elliot is currently seven points ahead of teammate Regan Smith and eight points up on third-place Elliott Sadler. He will be making his series debut at Indianapolis this weekend, the track at which his father and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elliott won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2002.
"It's one of the places I look back on, I do have memories of The Brickyard win he (Bill Elliott) had, I think it was 2002," Chase Elliott said. "That's a special race track for me. I always love going back there ever since then knowing he has been to Victory Lane. We are going to give it our best shot."  
JR Motorsports now have won seven of the 18 races this season - Chase Elliott (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), Kevin Harvick (Richmond, Kentucky), Regan Smith (Daytona-1) and Kasey Kahne (Daytona-2).  The team has led the driver points after 17 of 18 races this season (Elliott Sadler was the lone outlier, leading the points after Kentucky).
 
Penske, Gibbs Take Aim In Owner Title Hunt
With a pillow of smoke on Lap 8 at Chicago last weekend, the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota team felt the sting of losing 28 owner points to Team Penske's No. 22 Ford crew in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner standings. With the first DNF since last season (5/4/2013 - Talladega) the Joe Gibbs' owned No. 54 has opened the door of for Roger Penske's No. 22 - which now sits five points off the lead.
Former series champs Kyle Busch (in the No. 54) and Brad Keselowski (in the No. 22) will square off this weekend at IMS. Keselowski steered the No. 22 car to Victory Lane at the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series event at IMS in 2011. Busch followed suit and won in the No. 54 last season.  Both teams this season will be looking to make it a best of three.
Joe Gibbs is vying for his fifth owner title this season, but Roger Penske won his first NNS owner championship last season.   
 
Dash 4 Cash Round 3 Kicks Off In Indy
Round 3 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program kicks off this Saturday, following wins by Regan Smith and Brian Scott in the first two rounds. 
Scott won Round 2 of the Dash 4 Cash program, at Chicagoland Speedway last Saturday night. Now he and the top-three finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders in last weekend's race at Chicago - Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne and Ty Dillon - qualify to compete in the third round of Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday with an opportunity to win $100,000.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at Indianapolis will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa the following weekend. The three highest finishing NNS regulars at Indianapolis not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Iowa - the final event. Also, four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.
Elliot and Dillon will be making their series debuts at IMS. Bayne has one start at IMS with a finish of 16th. Scott finished second at Indianapolis last season.
"It's a great program that Nationwide Insurance does," Scott said. "It (winning Round 2) comes at a really good time. Our team has got a lot of momentum heading to Indianapolis where we finished second and almost won that race last season."
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Two former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard winners, Kevin Harvick (2003) and Paul Menard (2011) are entered in this weekend's NNS race. Harvick will drive the JR Motorsports No. 5 car and Menard will be in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33. . Dakoda Armstrong, the New Castle, Indiana native, is driving the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford this weekend. Armstrong is currently 13th in points.  This will be his series debut at his home track.  
 
Diggin' the Dirt
Eldora Speedway continues to remain unique to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the only dirt track on the NASCAR national series schedule, and the only race to award the winner a golden shovel. The 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday July 23 will carry on the "ceremonial digging" tradition instituted at the inaugural event, in which the race winner scoops dirt from the track as a keepsake. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of practice, qualifying and the qualifying races throughout the day, with the green flag at 9 p.m. ET.
Defending race winner Austin Dillon returns to add to his dirt collection while runner-up Kyle Larson hopes to start one of his own.
It will not be an easy path to the finish, as the race format at Eldora presents a unique challenge. With five qualifying races and a Last Chance Race drivers must stay focused on running at the front. Ken Schrader, Jared Landers, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton and Kenny Wallace all proved the drivers to beat in qualifying last season, but it was Norm Benning who stole the show in the Last Chance Race, beating and banging his way across the finish line to make the inaugural starting lineup.
Although some drivers have become acquainted with Eldora, almost half of the entries have yet to make a truck series start at the dirt track.
 
Busy Week on Tap for Townley
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley is scheduled to compete in five races over an eight-day span. He, along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ty Dillon, competed this past weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. All three will get their midweek racing fix at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday and will then head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this week. Larson will hit a total of four races competing in each national series while Dillon is scheduled for three.
Townley began his five-race stint starting on the ARCA Racing Series pole for the first time this season at Chicagoland before jumping into the driver's seat in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 on Saturday night. Now, Townley travels to Eldora Speedway and continues to build on a career-best season in which he has earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Following the Wednesday night showdown, he will find himself back in the ARCA Racing Series at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and capping off his whirlwind week with his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at The Brickyard.
 

 
Schrader Back in Action
NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader makes his return to the truck series at Eldora Speedway where he became the oldest pole winner in NASCAR national series history last season at the age of 58. It was his second career pole in the series and first since 2004.
Schrader has a strong dirt racing background, competing at local tracks around the country for his team, Ken Schrader Racing. He is coming off a recent win at the dirt track of El Paso County Speedway (Kan.) in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Series on July 19.
Schrader began competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, posting one career-series win at Saugus Speedway (Calif.) that same year. In 101 starts, he has accumulated 11 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. 
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
German Quiroga was in Los Angeles, California on July 17, attending the first annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards as a special guest..Ben Kennedy participated in batting practice with the Arizona Diamondbacks before attending their game against the Detroit Tigers in Phoenix on July 21.
 
 
K&N Pro Series West Kicks Off Second Half
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West begins the second half of its 14-race season with a trip to Colorado National Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150. James Bickford, coming off his first series win the last time out at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, and his Sunrise Ford Racing teammate Dylan Lupton will look to give car owner Bob Bruncati his second straight win at the .375-mile semi-banked oval. Lupton trails points leader Greg Pursley, the only driver currently entered in the event with a previous victory (2012) at Colorado, by 27 points in the championship standings.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will run its fourth race in 20 days this Saturday in the National 250 from Autodrome St-Eustache in Saint-Eustache, Quebec. It will be the sixth visit for the series to the .4-mile asphalt oval, located roughly 100 miles east from Ottawa, Ontario. Defending series champion Scott Steckly has three career wins at Autodrome St-Eustache, including last year's event, but is still looking for his first win of 2014. He dominated last Wednesday's race at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway but a late-race caution opened the door for LP Dumoulin to steal the win. Dumoulin took over the points lead in the process.
 






Analyzing the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2014) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana going into Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard on July 27 (1 p.m. ET on ESPN).
 
INDIANAPOLIS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Greg Biffle (No. 16 NESN 30th Anniversary Ford)
         Three top fives, six top 10s
         Average finish of 13.2
         Average Running Position of 11.8, fourth-best
         Driver Rating of 94.6, eighth-best
         58 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
         472 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 169.929 mph, seventh-fastest
         1,027 Laps in the Top 15 (71.3%), seventh-most
         205 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most
 
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota)
         Two top fives, two top 10s
         Average finish of 13.3
         Average Running Position of 14.8, 10th-best
         Driver Rating of 84.6, 11th-best
         487 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
         727 Laps in the Top 15 (56.8%), 11th-most
         172 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
         Two top fives, seven top 10s
         Average finish of 11.6
         Average Running Position of 12.8, eighth-best
         Driver Rating of 96.5, fifth-best
         48 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
         502 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.047 mph, fifth-fastest
         1,044 Laps in the Top 15 (72.5%), fifth-most
         265 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
         One top five, three top 10s
         Average finish of 13.2
         Driver Rating of 84.4, 12th-best
         44 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
         519 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
         721 Laps in the Top 15 (50.1%), 12th-most
         234 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
         Four wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
         Average finish of 8.8
         Average Running Position of 11.5, third-best
         Driver Rating of 102.0, third-best
         105 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
         497 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.505 mph, second-fastest
         Series-high 1,105 Laps in the Top 15 (76.7%)
         284 Quality Passes, second-most
 
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)
         One top five, three top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 16.9
         Driver Rating of 88.3, 10th-best
         41 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.004 mph, sixth-fastest
         738 Laps in the Top 15 (57.7%), 10th-most
         190 Quality Passes, 11th-most
 
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)
         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 10.9
         Average Running Position of 14.4, ninth-best
         Driver Rating of 90.2, ninth-best
         904 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), eighth-most
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
         Four wins, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 15.6
         Series-best Average Running Position of 10.8
         Series-best Driver Rating of 109.8
         Series-high 173 Fastest Laps Run
         1,057 Laps in the Top 15 (73.4%), fourth-most
 
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevrolet)
         Three top fives, five top 10s
         Average finish of 14.2
         Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best
         Driver Rating of 96.4, sixth-best
         78 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
         1,085 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most
         271 Quality Passes, third-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
         Six top fives, eight top 10s
         Average finish of 15.1
         Average Running Position of 12.4, fifth-best
         Driver Rating of 95.8, seventh-best
         1,100 Laps in the Top 15 (76.4%), second-most
         247 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 12 SKF Ford)
         One top five, two top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 20.3
         Average Running Position of 12.5, sixth-best
         Driver Rating of 96.7, fourth-best
         106 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
         Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
         Average finish of 7.9
         Average Running Position of 11.1, second-best
         Driver Rating of 104.1, second-best
         Series-high 571 Green Flag Passes
         1,037 Laps in the Top 15 (72.0%), sixth-most
         Series-high 292 Quality Passes
 
 
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins List at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Date

 
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Laps Led
Team Owner
8/6/1994
Jeff Gordon
3
1
93
Rick Hendrick
8/5/1995
Dale Earnhardt
13
1
28
Richard Childress
8/3/1996
Dale Jarrett
24
1
11
Robert Yates
8/3/1997
Ricky Rudd
7
1
15
Ricky Rudd
8/1/1998
Jeff Gordon
3
1
97
Rick Hendrick
8/7/1999
Dale Jarrett
4
1
117
Robert Yates
8/5/2000
Bobby Labonte
3
1
21
Joe Gibbs
8/5/2001
Jeff Gordon
27
1
29
Rick Hendrick
8/4/2002
Bill Elliott
2
1
93
Ray Evernham
8/3/2003
Kevin Harvick
1
1
33
Richard Childress
8/8/2004
Jeff Gordon
11
1
124
Rick Hendrick
8/7/2005
Tony Stewart
22
1
44
Joe Gibbs
8/6/2006
Jimmie Johnson
5
1
33
Rick Hendrick
7/29/2007
Tony Stewart
14
1
65
Joe Gibbs
7/27/2008
Jimmie Johnson
1
1
71
Rick Hendrick
7/26/2009
Jimmie Johnson
16
1
24
Rick Hendrick
7/25/2010
Jamie McMurray
4
1
16
Teresa Earnhardt
7/31/2011
Paul Menard
15
1
21
Richard Childress
7/29/2012
Jimmie Johnson
6
1
99
Rick Hendrick
7/28/2013
Ryan Newman
1
1
45
Tony Stewart
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 20 of 36 (07-27-14)
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 9 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 9 degrees
Banking/Straights: 0 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,330 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,300 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
 
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Indianapolis
Jimmie Johnson........................ 109.8
Tony Stewart............................. 104.1
Jeff Gordon.............................. 102.0
Juan Pablo Montoya................... 96.7
Kyle Busch................................. 96.5
Kasey Kahne.............................. 96.4
Matt Kenseth.............................. 95.8
Greg Biffle.................................. 94.6
Kevin Harvick.............................. 90.2
Denny Hamlin............................. 88.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (nine total) among active drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner:
Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
187.531 mph, 47.992 secs. 07-26-13
 
2013 race winner:
Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
153.485 mph, (02:36:22), 07-28-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
187.531 mph, 47.992 secs. 07-26-13
 
Track race record:
Bobby Labonte, Pontiac
155.912 mph, (02:33:56), 08-05-00
 
 

 

 
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
History
         Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original "Speedway," the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
         With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.
         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was August 6, 1994 - won by Jeff Gordon.
Notebook
         There have been 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; one per year from 1994 through 2012.
         132 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 104 in more than one.
         Four drivers have competed in all 20 races at Indianapolis: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
         Rick Mast won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Indianapolis in 1994 with a speed of 172.414 mph. 
         17 drivers have Coors Light poles at Indianapolis, led by Jeff Gordon with three.
         Two drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon (1995 and 1996) and Ernie Irvan (1997 and 1998).
         Youngest Indianapolis Coors Light pole winner: Reed Sorenson (07/29/2007 - 21 years, 5 months, 24 days).
         Oldest Indianapolis Coors Light pole winner: Mark Martin (07/26/2009 - 50 years, 6 months, 17 days).
         12 different drivers have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson with four each.
         Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to have posted consecutive wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2008 and 2009). 
         Youngest Indianapolis winner: Jeff Gordon (08/06/1994 - 23 years, 0 months, 2 days).
         Oldest Indianapolis winner: Bill Elliott (08/04/2002 - 50 years, 8 months, 11 days).
         Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Indianapolis in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with eight; followed by Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing with three each.
         Four different manufacturers have won at Indianapolis; led by Chevrolet with 15 victories; followed by Ford with three, Dodge and Pontiac each have one.
         Chevrolet has won the last 11 consecutive NSCS races at Indianapolis.
         15 of the 20 winners were either past, future or reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions.
         Eight race Brickyard winners went on to win that season's NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
         Only three of the 20 (15%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the Coors Light pole: Kevin Harvick (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2008) and Ryan Newman (2013).
         The pole and third starting positions are the most proficient starting positions in the field, each producing three winners - more than any other starting positions at Indianapolis.   
         Four of the 20 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the front row: three from the pole and once from second-place.
         12 of the 20 (60%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-10 starting position.
         Three of the 20 (15%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Indianapolis was 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.  
         NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace leads the series in runner-up finishes at Indianapolis with three; followed Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth with two each.  
         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Indianapolis with 11; followed by Tony Stewart with seven.   
         Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Indianapolis with 15; followed by Tony Stewart and Mark Martin with 11 each.
         Juan Pablo Montoya leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 6.429.
         Tony Stewartleads in average finishing position at Indianapolis with an 7.933.
         Six of the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Indianapolis Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 in his first start at Indianapolis.      
         Ryan Newman competed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 12 times before winning in 2013; the longest span of any the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis without visiting Victory Lane at 18.
         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the August 3, 1997 race won by Ricky Rudd over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.183 second.
         Only one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2004 (160/161).
         None of the 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.    
         Qualifying has not been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.    
         Reed Sorenson (07/29/07) is the only driver to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.      
         Paul Menard (07/31/11) is the only driver to have posted his first career series win at Indianapolis. 
         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in laps led at Indianapolis with 488 laps led in 20 starts. 
         Danica Patrick became the first female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013; she started 33rd and finished 30th. 
         Shawna Robinson (08/05/01) is the only other female driver to attempt to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis, but she failed to qualify for the event.
NASCAR in Indiana
         There have been 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in Indiana.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Speedway
20
Funks Speedway
Winchester
1
Playland Park Speedway
South Bend
1
         79 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Indiana. Eight of 79 have posted a win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Tony Stewart
48
11
2
Ryan Newman
17
7
1
Darel Dieringer
7
0
0
Charlie Glotzbach
4
0
0
John Andretti
2
0
0
Earl Balmer
1
0
0
Larry Frank
1
0
0
Dick Passwater
1
0
0
Tony Raines
0
0
4
Kenny Irwin Jr
0
0
2