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Race: Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Speedway, IN
Title Sponsor: Crown Royal
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et
NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race Show: 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
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:00am/et on FoxSports1
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, July 28 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, July 24
9:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, July 25
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
10:35 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS, RANDOM DRAWING
11:35 AM - 1:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, July 26
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 10:50 AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, July 27
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:15 - 10:30 AM Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Walk
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEFS MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Friday, July 25, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 26, 9:00 - 11:00am/et, TV-ESPN2
Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, July 26 at 2:10 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.
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
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
July 2013: see the Indiainapolis Race Info page
2013 Race Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 153.485mph, started 1st
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
2013 Pole Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531mph, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, July 2013, 187.531mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 197 days, 7/25/2009
Youngest Pole Winner: Reed Sorenson, 21 years, 5 months, 24 days, 7/29/2007
Top 10 driver ratings at Indianapolis:
#48-Jimmie Johnson 109.8
#14-Tony Stewart 104.1
#24-Jeff Gordon 102.0
#12-Juan Pablo Montoya 96.7
#18-Kyle Busch 96.5
#5-Kasey Kahne 96.4
#20-Matt Kenseth 95.8
#16-Greg Biffle 94.6
#4-Kevin Harvick 90.2
#11-Denny Hamlin 88.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (9 total) among active drivers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race. See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)
Indianapolis Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
" There have been 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; one per year from 1994 through 2012.
" 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.(NASCAR)(7-24-2014)
Indianapolis Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
" 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).
" 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.
" 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.
" Qualifying has not been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)(7-25-2014)
Indianapolis & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
" 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.
" 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 Stewart leads 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.
" 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.(NASCAR)(7-26-2014)
Indianapolis Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
" 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).
" 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.
" The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Indianapolis was 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
" 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.(NASCAR)(7-27-2014)
20 years at the Brickyard: It'll be here before you know it, and it'll be a big one ... one of the biggest on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule - the Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. At one of the world's most iconic sporting venues - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 43 drivers will vie for the honor of participating in one of the sport's most unique celebrations. That, of course, is kissing the Yard of Bricks. A few notes whet the Indy appetite before going full throttle next week.
* It's the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Brickyard 400, won by Jeff Gordon, who's still the youngest winner ever there at 23 years, 2 days.
* It's the place of championships - 15 of the 20 winners are either past, reigning or future series champions. That includes NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jarrett and 2015 inductee Bill Elliott.
* Eight times, the winner of the Brickyard race went on to win that year's championship. Those wins are split among five champions - Jimmie Johnson (three times), Gordon, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett.
* Chevy has won the last 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at The Brickyard. The victory stranglehold falls short of the record, however. Chevy does hold the all-time record of 13 consecutive wins, at Talladega Superspeedway, from 1999-2005.
* Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the all-time Brickyard wins lead, with four each.(NASCAR)(7-19-2014)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski.com's Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Race Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, 2014.
Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:20pm/et
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 28 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
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.
See Jayski's - 2014 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
Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm/et.
Television (TV): ESPN2, 2:00pm/et
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none
Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #12-Montoya, #21-Bayne, #29-Matt Crafton, #37-Bobby Labonte, #66-Moffitt, #95-McDowell.
Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #21-Bayne, #12-Montoya, #29-Crafton
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Bayne, #12-Montoya, #29-Crafton
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Indianapolis Entry List
For the new group 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
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 670
2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 658, -12
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 634, -36
4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 621, -49
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 598, -72
6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 574, -96
7) #31-Ryan Newman, 573, -97
8) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 567, -103
9) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 551, -119
10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 548, -122
Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 530, -140
13) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 528, -142
22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 473, -197
25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 440, -230 (164 pts ahead of 31st)
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
[after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
1) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3 wins, 3rd in points
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 5th
3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 2nd
4) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 6th
5) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 9th
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 13th
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 8th
9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
10) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
11) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 25th
(no wins, in by points)
12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
13) #31-Ryan Newman, 7th
14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th
15) #27-Paul Menard, 11th
16) #42-Kyle Larson, 14th
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 Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: 6 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4556; Right-side -- D-4476
Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.27 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 -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Notes: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will run the same right-side tire code (D-4476), they will be on distinct left-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams have run this right-side tire at Indianapolis since 2012 . . . compared to last year, Cup teams will be on a different left-side tire code (D-4556), though they have run it at both Dover and Kentucky earlier this season . . . another change from last year is an increase in the minimum recommended air pressure in all four tires -- up four psi in the left-side tires and up five psi in the right-side tires . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at The Brickyard on June 16-17 . . . drivers/teams participating in that test were Greg Biffle in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Clint Bowyer in the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Joey Logano in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford, Ryan Newman in the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 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.
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)