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THE RACE: Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Speedway, IN

Title Sponsor: Crown Royal

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Monday, July 30 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 1 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 26

8:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, July 27

12:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, July 28

7:00 AM NSCS Garage Opens
7:30 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings, Random Drawing
8:30 - 9:30 am NSCS Practice
10:30 am - 12:20 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, July 29

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 am 10:00 AM Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Walk
11:00 am NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 om NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track

For more info on the Brickyard Grand Prix Grand-Am races, go to grand-am.com


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Saturday, July 28, 8:30 - 9:30 am/et, TV-SPEED SDD at 9:30am/et

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 28, 10:30 am - 12:20pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, July 28 at 2:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $9,169,812
2011: $9,017,034
2010: $9,165,503
2009: $9,603,268
2008: $9,621,012
2007: $9,533,587
2006: $9,346,620
2005: $9,086,902
2004: $8,771,458
2003: $8,175,873
2002: $7,423,979


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
    Track/Race Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
    Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes; straights: 0 degrees
    Frontstretch: 3,330 feet
    Backstretch: 3300 feet
    Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
    Max Attendence: ~350,000
    Grandstand seating capacity: 257,325
    First NASCAR race (Brickyard 400): 1994
    Track Opened: 1909

  • Brickyard 400 attendance:
    2011: 138,000
    2010: 140,000
    2009: 180,000
    2008: 240,000
    2007: 270,000

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer
    National Anthem: lead singer for The Mavericks, Raul Malo
    Military Flyover: 2 V-22 Osprey's USMC

  • Track Websites:
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Facebook - Inidanaplois Motor Speedway
    Twitter - IndyTalk
    Indy Speedway Visitor's Guide and Racing Information (unofficial)

  • July 2011: see my Indianapolis Race Info page

  • 2011 Race Winner: #27-Paul Menard, 140.752mph, started 15th

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, July 2008, 115.117mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, August 2001, started 27th

  • Oldest Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/2002

  • Youngest Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 2 days, 8/6/1994

  • 2011 Pole Sitter: #6-David Ragan, 182.994mph, finished 23rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Casey Mears, August 2004, 186.293mph

  • Oldest Pole Sitter: Mark Martin, 50 years, 197 days, 7/25/2009

  • Youngest Pole Sitter: Reed Sorenson, 21 years, 5 months, 24 days, 7/29/2007

  • The Numbers for Indianapolis Motor Speedway (All 18 Sprint Cup Races):
    1 - fewest cautions (8/5/95)
    2 - races won from the pole; three from the front row
    3 - most poles (Jeff Gordon)
    3 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    4 - most wins (Jeff Gordon)
    4 - drivers with more than one win (Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart
    4 - fewest caution laps (8/5/95)
    5 - fewest leaders (8/5/00)
    6 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    9 - fewest lead changes (three times, most recent 7/26/09)
    11 - different race winner
    11 - fewest laps led by race winner (Dale Jarrett, 8/3/96)
    13 - most cautions (8/8/04)
    14 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (8/5/00)
    15 - different pole winners
    26 - most lead changes (7/27/08)
    27 - fewest cars running at finish (8/8/04)
    36 - most cars on lead lap at finish 7/27/08)
    41 - most cars running at finish (7/27/08)
    52 - most caution laps (7/27/08)
    150 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track
    124 - most laps led by race winner (Jeff Gordon, 8/8/04)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    5 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona1, Martinsville, Talladega, Darlington and Sonoma)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona1)
    103 - cautions in the first 19 races of 2012; includes 43 for accidents, 31 for debris and 12 for spins
    541 of 5,488 - laps under caution in 2012
    775.871 of 7,374.956 - miles under caution in the first 19 races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(7-26-2012)

  • At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
    • Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original "Speedway," the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
    • There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the first race in 1994.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 18 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    • Rick Mast won the first pole in 1994.
    • Jeff Gordon won the 1994 inaugural race.
    • There have been 15 different pole winners.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all pole winners with three.
    • 11 drivers have won, led by Jeff Gordon with four victories.
    • Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart (two each) are the other multiple winners.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won seven races, more than any other organization.
    • Nine races have been won from a top-five starting position.
    • The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis was 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
    • Two drivers have won from the pole: Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
    • Dale Jarrett (1996), Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Jamie McMurray (2010) are the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
    • Tony Stewart (8.0), Jeff Gordon (9.0) and Kevin Harvick (10.0) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
    • Three of the last five Indianapolis races ending under green had a margin of victory under one second.
    • 14 of the 18 races have been won by a past, reigning or future NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. The only four that were not: Ricky Rudd in 1997, Kevin Harvick in 2003, Jamie McMurray in 2010 and Paul Menard in 2011.
    • The winner of the Indianapolis race has won the championship in the same year seven times in the 18 years the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has raced there:
    2009: Jimmie Johnson
    2008: Jimmie Johnson
    2006: Jimmie Johnson
    2005: Tony Stewart
    2001: Jeff Gordon
    2000: Bobby Labonte
    1999: Dale Jarrett
    1998: Jeff Gordon
    (NASCAR)(7-24-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins at Indianapolis: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the year, 4th wins at Indianapolis [tying Jeff Gordon for the most Sprint Cup wins at Indy] and 58th career win.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #16-Biffle, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, $56-Truex Jr,. #2-Keselowski and #14-Stewart.
    Points leader going into the race, #17-Matt Kenseth finished 35th after being involved in a wreck on lap 133, losing his points lead to #88-Earnhardt Jr., who now leads by 14 points. It is the first time Earnhardt Jr. has led the points since after New Hampshire in September 2004.
    There were only 5 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers. The average speed was 137.680mph.
    The estimated attendence was 125,000 down from 138,000 in 2011 and the lowest ever for a Cup race.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Indianapolis Race Results page (pdf) and the official race and points rundown on the Official Race Report.(7-29/30-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 19th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records, his 58th victory in 383 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2012.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #33-Stephen Leicht (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the point standings by 14 points over #17-Matt Kenseth. The last time Earnhardt Jr. led the points was 9/19/2004 following the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    Johnson joins #24-Jeff Gordon as the only drivers to win this race four times.
    Six drivers have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway four or more times - Jimmie Johnson (4), Jeff Gordon (4), Al Unser (4), A.J. Foyt (4), Rick Mears (4) and Michael Schumacher (5).(NASCAR Statistics)(7-29-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 731
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 717, -14
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 709, -22
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 704, -27
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 667, -64
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 653, -78
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 653, -78
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 652, -79
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 649, -82
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 643, -88 (55 pts ahead of 11th)
    Current wild card Chase drivers:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins, 13th in points]
    WC2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 11th in points]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-29-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Wild-Card Race:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    A look at the race for the two wild-card positions for the Chase based on wins and being inside the top 20 in points.
    Driver [wins] standings, behind 10th
    first two would make the chase as wild cards:
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins] 13th -64 points out of 10th
    #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 11th -55
    eight other drivers currently in the running for the wild cards:
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 14th -70
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win] 17th -99
    #99-Carl Edwards 12th -61
    #24-Jeff Gordon 15th -79
    #27-Paul Menard 16th -79
    #9-Marcos Ambrose 18th -124
    #1-Jamie McMurray 19th -135
    #31-Jeff Burton 20th -138
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    The Chase: The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-29-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    #36 remains in 35th and is new 86 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 293 +110
    33) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 285 +102
    34) #32-Schrader/FAS Lane Racing, 281 +98
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 269 +86 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 183, -86 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 161, -108
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 145, -124
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(7-29-2012)

  • Indianapolis Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Jimmie Johnson grabbed his 58th career win (eigth all-time) in his 383rd start.
    " It is the fourth time Jimmie Johnson has won the Brickyard race, tying Jeff Gordon for most all-time.
    " Jimmie Johnson notched his third win of 2012 (Darlington and Dover), knotting Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski for the most.
    " The performance by Jimmie Johnsons is 10th top-five (most in CUP) and 15th top-10 of 2012 (tied for the most).
    " Jimmie Johnson led five times for 99 laps, including the final 29.
    " It's the 205th all-time win for Hendrick Motorsports, and their Cup-high sixth of the season.
    " Hendrick Motorsports notched their eighth win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- no other team has more than three.
    " Kyle Busch (second) had his best Brickyard finish in his eighth start -- his first top-five finish since Charlotte in May.
    " Greg Biffle (third) matched his best Brickyard finish with his fifth-straight IMS top-10, the longest current streak.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fourth) is the new points leader, as he had his ninth top-five finish of 2012 -- he had nine combined from 2009-2011.
    " It was the 21st consecutive time that Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished on the lead lap, tying Jeff Gordon's Cup record.
    " Jeff Gordon (fifth) grabbed his eighth top-10 finish of 2012, including five in the last six races.
    " Tony Stewart (10th) has finished in the top 12 in 12 of his 14 Brickyard starts.
    " Carl Edwards (29th) has only one top 10 in the last eight races; fell to 12th in points.
    " Matt Kenseth (35th) had his worst finish of the season, dropping 14 points out of the lead in second.(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(7-29-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #83-Cassill, 25th
    Caution 2: #13-Mears, 34th
    Caution 3: #83-Cassill(2), 25th
    Caution 4: #36-Blaney, 23rd
    Caution 5: #34-Ragan, 28th
    (7-29-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, 2012.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: IMS Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    on ESPN2, Monday, July 30 at 2:00am/et
    on SPEED, Wednesday, August 1 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 17, the 1st pitstall with opening just before the start finish line.
    #20-Logano, who starts 3rd took the 9th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #19-Bliss, who starts 43rd
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-28-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Hamlin wins pole at Indy: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.763mph for his 2nd pole of 2012 and 11th career pole.
    #99-Edwards will start 2nd followed by #20-Logano, #43-Almirola, #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #27-Menard, #24-Gordon & #17-Kesneth.
    #98-McDowell's car failed post-qualifying inspection; qualifying time disallowed; nitrogen pressure in rear shock exceeded max limit, so the #19 will make the race and the #98 will not.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #30-Stremme, #95-Speed, #26-Wise, #33-Leicht, #79-Skinner, #23-Riggs & #19-Bliss .
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #91-Sorenson, #87-Nemechek and #98-McDowell (time disallowed).
    See the qualifying order & resylts, starting lineup, pole progression and more on the Indianapolis Qualifying Page.(7-28-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    #11- Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records with a lap of 49.244 seconds, 182.763 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 243 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2012 and his third in eight races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #20-Joey Logano (third) posted his first top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his ninth in 20 races this season.
    #26-Josh Wise (36th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-28-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 2:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN, 2:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Leicht, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #5-Kahne, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Indianapolis Qualifying Page.(7-28-2012)

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 110 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 181.499
    #99-Edwards 181.232
    #20-Logano 181.189
    #5-Kahne 180.999
    #17-Kenseth 180.988
    slowest: #32-Schrader 171.435 & #10-Yeley 172.133
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average (if any ran 10 laps in a row) on the Indianapolis Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-28-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice in Indy Happy Hour
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #21-Bayne 14th fastest overall
    #95-Speed, 25th
    #98-McDowell, 31st
    #30-Stremme, 32nd
    #26-Wise, 33rd
    #79-Skinner, 34th
    #19-Bliss, 37th
    #33-Leicht, 41st
    if things stay the same, this driver would miss the race
    #87-Nemechek, 42nd
    #91-Sorenson, 43rd
    #23-Riggs, 44th
    (7-28-2012)

  • First Saturday practice: for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 185.326
    #55-Martin 183.520
    #24-Gordon 183.292
    #48-Johnson 183.235
    #2-Keselowski 182.918
    slowest: #33-Leicht 175.963 & #91-Sorenson 176.301
    incidents: #17-Kenseth & #43-Almirola smacked the wall and scraped the right side of the car.
    Speed airs dame day delay coverage of the practice.
    this practice determined the qualifying order [2:00pm/et on ESPN today].
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled 10:30am/et to 12:20pm/et on ESPN2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average (if any ran 10 laps in a row) on the Indianapolis Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-28-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the ten cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice at Indy
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #21-Bayne 13th fastest overall
    #98-McDowell, 23rd
    #95-Speed, 25th
    #26-Wise, 27th
    #87-Nemechek, 30th
    #79-Skinner, 31st
    #23-Riggs, 34th
    #19-Bliss, 40th
    if things stay the same, this driver would miss the race
    #30-Stremme, 42nd
    #91-Sorenson, 45th
    #33-Leicht, 46th, slowest
    (7-28-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • The Entry List for the Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Notes: Yeley will not run the #37 at Indy, but be in the #10, Reutimann will not race.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #19-Mike Bliss (44/13)
    #21-Trevor Bayne (37/7)
    #23-Scott Riggs (43/18)
    #26-Josh Wise (40/19)
    #30-David Stremme (38/19)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/19)
    #79-Mike Skinner (52/4)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/19)
    #91-Reed Sorenson (0/0)
    #95-Scott Speed (45/5)
    #98-Michael McDowell (41/19)
    withdraw from the event:
    #49-TBA (39/19)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,33,30,26,98,87,23,19
    missing the race would be [3]: # 95,79,91
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Indy Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Indianapolis:
    #36 remains in 35th and is 78 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 280 +110
    33) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 273 +103
    34) #32-Labonte/FAS Lane Racing, 267 +97
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 248 +78 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 170, -78 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 134, -114
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 125, -123
    39) #49-Yeley/Robinson, 122, -126
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(7-15-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 707
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 691, -16
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 667, -40
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 656, -51
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 628, -79
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 622, -85
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 618, -89
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 617, -90
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 614, -93
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 613, -94
    Current wild card Chase drivers:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins, 12th in points]
    WC2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 14th in points]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-15-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Wild-Card Race:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    A look at the race for the two wild-card positions for the Chase based on wins and being inside the top 20 in points.
    Driver [wins] standings, behind 10th
    first two would make the chase as wild cards:
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins] 12th -66 points out of 10th
    #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 13th -68
    eight other drivers currently in the running for the wild cards:
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 14th -77
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win] 16th -80
    #99-Carl Edwards 11th -46
    #27-Paul Menard 15th -79
    #24-Jeff Gordon 17th -89
    #9-Marcos Ambrose 18th -118
    #31-Jeff Burton 19th -120
    #1-Jamie McMurray 20th -127
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    The Chase: The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(7-15-2012)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Indy: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Indianapolus Motor Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases of websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team will bring chassis #1112 back to Indianapolis. Chassis #1112 raced at Indianapolis last year earning a fourth- place finish, and at Darlington earlier this year, finishing 34th after sustaining damage from an on-track incident. McMurray has made nine starts at IMS, earning one win (2010), three top-fives and five top-10 finishes. He has completed 1,420 laps out of a possible 1,441 laps, or 98.5%. He has led 43 laps, and has an average starting position of 15.3 and an average finishing position of 13.1.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-830 during Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet. The featured tag line on the rear bumper of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge this weekend in Indianapolis is "Cheers 2 Kissing Bricks." Kissing the yard of bricks that represents the start/finish line at IMS after winning at Indianapolis has become one of the most honored traditions in motorsports.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-739. This is a new car that has not been raced.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports team has prepared chassis No. 805 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indy. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at Phoenix, Richmond and Pocono.
    #14-Tony Stewart: and crew chief Steve Addington are bringing Chassis No. 14-735 is a brand-new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it has been wind-tunnel tested numerous times.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 716 finished sixth at Las Vegas, 36th at Kansas (mechanical issue), 13th at Charlotte, and 16th at Kentucky. Backup chassis No. 730 raced at Texas where it started 18th and finished 17th. It also raced in the Sprint All-Star Race where it started 12th and finished 14th. Bowyer will make his seventh career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. In six previous Indy starts, he has two top-five finishes (4th in 2006 and 2010) and four top-15 finishes. Bowyer has finished 19th or better in each of his six starts. He started 26th, led two laps and finished 13th in 2011.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Ford Fusion will bring primary chassis RK-817 which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-786 which last ran Homestead in 2011  finished 35th.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-808 which last raced at Michigan. This weekend at Indy, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion
    #22-Sam Hornish Jr. and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be racing their "PRS-829" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis in the "Double-Deuce" team's fleet of Dodge Chargers. The "PRS-819" chassis will serve as the backup Shell-Pennzoil Dodge for this weekend. This was the car that AJ Allmendinger drove to a second-place finish in the April Martinsville race.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 380 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 NIBCO/Menards Chevy was built new for the 2012 season and will be utilized in competition for the first time at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 371 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Brickyard 400. This former #33 racer was transformed to a #29 Jimmy Johns entry during the off-season and will run its first competitive laps this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 359 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Burton drove this #31 Rain-X Chevy to a top-10 finish (sixth) earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway after starting 33rd. The chassis was utilized three times last season including Charlotte (started-fifth, finished-21st), Pocono (started-eighth, finished 17th) and Dover (started-13th, finished 11th).
    #36-Dave Blaney will drive the No. 293 chassis, which he drove five times this season and five times during the 2011 season. Blaney's best start with the No. 293 chassis was 17th at Richmond and best finish was 23rd at Phoenix this season. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing, where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-733 is a brand new chassis for the #39 Quicken Loans team. The chassis has been wind-tunnel tested twice in preparation for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the #42 Target Chevy team will return to Indianapolis with chassis #1107. This chassis has two races of experience, the October, 2011 Kansas race and last year at Indianapolis, finishing 23rd and 28th, respectively. Chip Goode, rear tire carrier for the #42 Target team, will make his 500th consecutive NSCS start going over the wall this weekend at IMS.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 chassis No. 783 for the Indianapolis race. The #43 Eckrich Ford team has previously raced this car at Kentucky; Charlotte, where Almirola won the pole; Texas; and Las Vegas.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 728 serves as the primary for Johnson at Indianapolis, which won at Dover in June. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup last ran at Las Vegas, finishing 2nd.
    #51-Kurt Busch Sunday's Brickyard 400 will be the first race of the 2012 season for Chassis No. 676. This car is a new chassis for Phoenix Racing. Prior to becoming part of the Phoenix Racing fleet of cars, this chassis was used by the #88 Hendrick Motorsports team.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 726 which finished 12th at Fontana and 20th at Darlington with Martin behind the wheel. Backup chassis is 732 which finished 34th at Charlotte.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-734, which is a brand new chassis. Diet Mountain Dew has kicked off the Paint the 88 program for a third year. Earnhardt fans can visit www.Paintthe88.com to create and submit their favorite custom look. Earnhardt will select one special paint scheme for the #88 Diet Mountain Dew 'Paint the 88'/National Guard Chevy that he will drive at Talladega. The website is accepting submissions until Friday, Aug. 3. In 12 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has recorded two top-10 finishes and led 61 laps. In five of those races, Earnhardt lined up sixth or better for the historic event. He scored his best finish -- sixth-place -- at the 2.5-mile oval in 2006.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Team will be bringing RK-820 this weekend to Indianapolis, which is a new car making it's debut.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(7-26-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,450; Right-side -- 1,450;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 800; Right-side -- 800

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 7 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: Up to 9 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4472;
    Right-side -- D-4476

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.3 in. (2,217 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,245 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 16 psi; Left Rear -- 16 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 33 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Indianapolis this week . . . this is the same tire set-up that Sprint Cup teams ran at IMS last year . . . in fact, this left-side tire code (D-4472) has been run at this track since 2010 . . . these teams also ran this left-side code at Phoenix earlier this season . . . this right-side tire code (D-4476) is unique to Indianapolis . . . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at IMS . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

See all Paint Scheme news, links and chart for this race on the:
Paint Schemes Gallery & Race Chart page

The chart was removed from here as it was also posted on the Paint Schemes Gallery page, makes no sense to post the same info in two spots


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
NASCAR Race and other odds
Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

World Sports Exchange:
Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard
2012 Sprint Cup Championship

Bovada Sportsbook:
Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)

Next Race: Federated Auto Parts 400

Countdown to Race Time: 9/6/2014 ~7:46pm/et

Richmond International Raceway
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