NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, July 28, 2013 in Speedway, IN

Title Sponsor: Crown Royal

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/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, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, July 29 at 12:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, July 31 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 25
9:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, July 26
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
8:30 am 10:00 am NNS Practice
10:30 am 11:25 pm NNS Final Practice
10:35 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings, Drawing for Qualifying Order
11:35 am 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
3:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, July 27
7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 - 11:00 am NSCS Final Practice
12:05 pm NNS Qualifying
2:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
4:00 pm NNS Drivers Introductions
4:30 pm NNS Race
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, July 28
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:15 - 10:30 am Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Walk
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Intorductions
1:00 pm NSCS Race

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, July 26, 11:35 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 27, 9:00 - 11:00am/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Saturday, July 27 at 2:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $9,265,009
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: 235,000 was 257,325 before 2013
    First NASCAR race (Brickyard 400): 1994
    Track Opened: 1909

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Military Hero * Crown Royal contest winner, Samuel Deeds
    Command to start engines: Mari Hulman George
    Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer
    National Anthem: winner of season 3 of the "The Voice", Cassadee Pope
    Military Flyover: B-25 Bomber supplied by the Cincinnati Warbirds and Tri-State Warbird Museum

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

  • July 2012: see my Brickyard 400 Race Info page

  • 2012 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, Chevy, 137.680mph, started 6th

  • Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 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

  • 2012 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.763mph, finished 6th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Casey Mears, Dodge, 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

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Indianapolis:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 106.3 (4 wins)
    #14-Tony Stewart............................ 102.8 (2 wins)
    #55-Mark Martin.............................. 102.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 101.8 (4 wins)
    #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 98.6
    #18-Kyle Busch................................. 96.6
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya................... 95.9
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 94.7
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 94.0
    #29-Kevin Harvick............................. 91.9 (1 win)
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 89.9
    #31-Jeff Burton................................. 87.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (eight total) among active drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway News & Notes:
    • 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.
    • There have been 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; one per year from 1994 through 2012.
    • 128 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 102 in more than one.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 19 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.
    • 16 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).
    • 11 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).
    • 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 14 victories; followed by Ford with three, Dodge and Pontiac each have one. Chevrolet has won the last 10 consecutive NSCS races at Indianapolis.
    • Only two of the 19 (10.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the Coors Light pole: Kevin Harvick (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2008).
    • The third starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (three) than any other starting position at Indianapolis.
    • Three of the 19 (15.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the front row: two from the pole and once from second-place.
    • 11 of the 19 (57.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Three of the 19 (15.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 by 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 and Mark Martin with six each.
    • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Indianapolis with 15; followed by Mark Martin with 11.
    • Juan Pablo Montoya leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 6.167.
    • Tony Stewart leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Indianapolis with an 8.214.
    • Six of the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup 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.
    • Jamie McMurray competed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway seven times before winning in 2010; the longest span of any the seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
    • Mark Martin and Jeff Burton lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis without visiting Victory Lane at 19.
    • 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 races at Indianapolis have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2004 (160/161).
    • None of the 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to have posted his first career win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Indianapolis with 477 laps led in 19 starts.
    • Danica Patrick will attempt to become the first female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Patrick does have one start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at IMS; she started 20th and finished 35th (7/28/2012). Shawna Robinson (8/5/01) 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)(7-23-2013)

  • 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

  • Newman wins Indianapolis: #39-Ryan Newman won the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 17th career win. The win from the pole was Newman's 5th in 50 pole starts. #48-Johnson led the most laps with 73 of 160 laps. #48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #5-Kahne, #14-Stewart, #20-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #24-Gordon, #22-Logano, #42-Montoya & #18-Busch.
    There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and 3 cautions for 14 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 153.485. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Indianapolis Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Indianapolis Penalty Report (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Indianapolis Race and Points Report.(7-28-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    #39-Ryan Newman won the 20th Annual Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, his 17th victory in 424 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. His last victory came at Martinsville on April 1, 2012.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Newman becomes the third driver to win from the Coors Light Pole at Indianapolis, joining Kevin Harvick (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2008).
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Chevrolet has now won 11 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 75 points over #15-Clint Bowyer.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-28-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 740
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 665, -75
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 655, -85
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 648, -92
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 616, -124
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 615, -125
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 610, -130
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 565, -175
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 564, -176
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 559, -181
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 11th in points (1 points out fo 10th)
    WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 12th in points (5 points out of 10th)
    #39-Ryan Newman is 16th in points with a win, but is not currently in the Chase.
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 13th, 6 points out of 10th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -111 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Indianapolis Race and Points Report.(7-28-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #9-Ambrose, 16th
    Caution 2: #51-Allmendinger, 22nd
    Caution 3: #55-Martin, 23rd
    (7-28-2013)


    ESPN.com's Racecast - Live Coverage and Chat
    Racing Live! on ESPN.com
    Watch the race LIVE online at WatchESPN
    Fantasy NASCAR Chat with Mark Garrow / the Guru at 10:30am/et on Sunday
    Ask in-race reporter Tony Stewart


  • Race Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:20pm/et
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, July 29 at 12:00am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, July 31 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #39-Newman chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 17, the 2nd pitstall with an opening in front of it and first just before the S/F line.
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 10th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #51-Allmendinger, who starts 14th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-27-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    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 - 2013 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Newman wins Indianapolis pole: #39-Ryan Newman was the last driver out to qualify and won the pole for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 187.531mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 50th of his career. Of his 49 other poles, Newman has won 4 times.
    The first nine drivers beat the old track record of 186.293mph, set in 2004 by Casey Mears.
    #48-Johnson is on the outside pole, followed by #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #78-Busch, #5-Kahne, #42-Montoya, #24-Gordon and #9-Ambrose.
    Missing the race were: #19-Bliss and #95-Speed.
    See pole progression, pdf links, qualifying results and starting lineup on Jayski's Indianapolis Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(7-27-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    #39-Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com with a track qualifying record lap of 47.992 seconds, 187.531 mph.
    This is his 50th pole in 424 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He is the ninth driver to win 50 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Poles.
    This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His previous best start was second in 2003.
    This is the 10th track qualifying record broken in 2013 with the Gen-6 race car.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2013 and his eighth in 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 20 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-27-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN, 2:00pm/et
    And watch online at WatchESPN.com
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed, so two will miss the race.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #33-Dillon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #39-Newman.
    Fastest in first practice, #42-Montoya, is scheduled to qualify 17th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Indy Qualifying Page.(7-26-2013)

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after approx 85 scheduled minutes (was shortened due to a wet track and started around 9:30am/et) the top five, slowest and notes
    (track record is 186.293)
    #78-Busch 188.419
    #5-Kahne 188.210
    #42-Montoya 187.664
    #48-Johnson 187.379
    #9-Ambrose 187.106
    slowest: #36-Yeley 177.788 & #32-Hill 178.504
    notes: #93-Kvapil smacked the outside wall early in the session and pancaked the right side of the car. #48-Johnson scraped the wall a bit, did some damage to the right side of the car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Indianapolis Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(7-27-2013)

  • Friday practice for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes.
    #42-Montoya 185.410
    #78-Busch 184.347
    #27-Menard 183.700
    #5-Kahne 183.640
    #22-Logano 183.337
    slowest: #38-Gilliland 173.799 & #87-Nemechek 174.243
    If qualifying would be earned out/canceled, this practice would be use to set the starting lineup. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th at 2:05pm/et on ESPN. Happy Hour practice will run Saturday morning for two hours on ESPN2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Indianapolis Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-26-2013)

  • Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 Sprint Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Bliss, #21-Bayne, #32-Hill, #33-Dillon, #40-Cassill, #51-Allmendinger, and #95-Speed. #19-Bliss & #40-Cassill would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Indy Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 696
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 640, -56
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 623, -73
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 622, -74
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 578, -118
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 576, -120
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 576, -120
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 545, -151
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 529, -167
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 523, -173
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 11th in points (-2 out of 10th)
    WC2) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 13th in points (-5 out fo 10th)
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 12th in points (-2 out of 10th)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -126 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(7-14-2013)


Local Newspapers

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Herald Times
The Indianapolis Star
The Republic
Shelbyville News
Star Press


Weather Links

Weather Channel - Speedway, IN
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Accuweather
NASCAR WX(Weather)-Man
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats
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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Indy is PRS-860 which is a new brand new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-838 which last raced at Darlington and finished 32nd.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-809 for the Indianapolis race. This is new chassis. In nine Cup starts at Indianapolis, Kahne has two top-five finishes and four top-10s, including a runner-up result in 2005. He has qualified in the top 10 six times at the Brickyard. In this event last year, Kahne started 15th and finished 12th.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt team will bring chassis No. 847 this weekend. It was last run at Michigan.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-805, which is a new car that has not been used previously.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707 made its first start in May 2012 in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas and April 11 at Texas. The Brickyard 400 will mark the car's first start of 2013, its second points-paying start and its third overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 777 is new to the MWR fleet. Backup chassis No. 724 has served as a backup all season, but not raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Safety Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-859, which is a brand new chassis. Biffle has 10 starts at Indy, earning three top-five and six top-10 finishes. His average start at Indy is 15.3 with an average finish of 12.1.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ford EcoBoost team will be using primary chassis RK-860, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-811, which raced numerous times by #99 team in 2012. Stenhouse has one Nationwide career start at the historical track, earning a ninth-place finish last year.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: For this year's 400-miler at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Wood Brothers and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew have prepared a Gen-6 2013 Ford Fusion that has been extensively tested, including a session at Indy, and another at Michigan International Speedway in May, but never raced.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for Daytona is PRS-859 which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-839 which last raced at Darlington and finished 22nd
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 428 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This #27 Menards / Duracell Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable and will turn its first laps in practice on Friday. Menard has six starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His best start of eighth came in 2012 and his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came in 2011. The RCR driver has completed 916 of 960 laps attempted (95.4 percent) at the 2.5-mile facility, leading 21 of them.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 429 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This Jimmy John's Chevrolet is new to the #29 team lineup and will turn its first competitive laps this weekend at the 2.5-mile oval. Harvick has competed in 12 events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since his first NASCAR appearance at the track in 2001. Harvick visited Victory Lane in 2003, earned one pole award (2003) and has collected four top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the historic track. The RCR veteran has completed 99.4 percent (1,909 of 1,921) of the laps contested and is credited with 92 laps led. Harvick was also the first driver to win the Brickyard 400 from the pole position and is only one of two Sprint Cup Series drivers who have achieved this accomplishment.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 426 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway in June where Burton earned a 10th-place finish. Burton has started every Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (19) and this weekend's Brickyard 400 will mark his 675th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed one top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 2.5-mile facility, starting from the pole position in the 2006 event. MacAllister Machinery Co., Inc. will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #33-Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 418 in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dillon drove this Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet SS to an 11th-place finish at Michigan in June. This former #27 entry was also driven by teammate Paul Menard to a 13th-place finish at Charlotte in May and a 17th-place finish at Texas in April. Dillon will make his first-career Brickyard 400 start on Sunday afternoon,
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-733 which debuted at Indianapolis in July 2012, when Newman recorded a seventh-place finish. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it to Pocono, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicago. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover. The chassis made its last start of 2012 at Kansas in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body over the offseason, and saw its first laps of 2013 at Kansas in April, when Newman finished 14th. He then raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington in May. Newman again raced Chassis 39-733 at Pocono in June, where he recorded a fifth-place finish. Most recently, Newman was in contention to score another top-10 finish with Chassis 39-733 at Kentucky last month, but a late-race restart saw him shuffled to 14th when the checkered flag waved.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Eckrich team will race the chassis No. 850 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's the same used at Martinsville earlier this year. Almirola has just one start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started fourth in his first Brickyard 400 but battled an ill-handling car to finish 19th.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 728 at Indianapolis, which last raced and won in 2013 at Pocono in June. It also ran in three other 2013 races: Darlington in May, finishing 4th; Texas in April finishing 6th and Las Vegas in March, finishing 6th. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: Primary chassis is - 774, which Martin drove to 9th place in Dover. Martin has finished in the top 11 in all but five of the 19 Brickyard races. He's finished second twice, posted six top-five finishes, led 67 laps and won the pole in 2009. Martin along with Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton are the only drivers who have raced in all 19 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis. In 13 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has recorded three 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 -- fourth-place -- at the 2.5-mile oval last season.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be bringing chassis RK- 861, which is a new chassis. The backup car is RK- 826 which last ran in Texas where Edwards landed a third place finish in the Fastenal Ford. Edwards will make his ninth Cup start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His average start is 22 and his average finish is 13.2. Edwards captured his best start (second) last year and best finish (second) at the Brickyard in 2008.
    (from numerous team PR's /sites)(7-25-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits: 6 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4592; Right-side -- D-4476

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,242 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: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Indianapolis this week will run the same right-side tire code (D-4476), they will be on different left-side codes . . . in the Sprint Cup Series, this is the first time teams have run this left-side code (D-4592) at Indianapolis, though they did run it at Phoenix earlier this season . . . compared to what was run at IMS last season, this tire features a compound change . . . Cup teams did run this right-side code at Indianapolis last season . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at The Brickyard on April 30-May 1 . . . drivers and teams participating in that test were Trevor Bayne in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, Kurt Busch in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford, Mark Martin in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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