NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Speedway, IN

Title Sponsor: Crown Royal

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    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-ESPN, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $9,337,733
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
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    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: Your Hero's Name Here winner, U.S. Army Vet John Wayne Walding
    Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer
    National Anthem: Country music singer Drake White
    Flyover: 4 T-34 Mentor's, Lima Lima Flight Team, Schaumburg, IL

  • Track Websites and Social Media:
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Facebook - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Twitter - IndyTalk

  • 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 RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season. It is his 90th career win, only the third driver ever to win 90 career Cup races. It is the fifth win for Gordon at Indianapolis breaking a tie for Sprint Cup Series wins at Indy with #48-Johnson.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne (led most laps with 70), #22-Logano, #42-Larson(best rookie), #4-Harvick (pole sitter), #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #3-Dillon.
    Pole winner #4-Harvick led 12 laps and finished 8th.
    #24-Gordon (2 wins) keeps the points lead after winning the race and adds to his lead points lead, up to 24 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr..
    #2-Keselowski leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and 3rd in points followed by #48-Johnson with 3 wins, 5th in points.
    There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 4 cautions for 16 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 150.297mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-27-2014)

  • NASCAR confiscates parts from #11 Toyota: NASCAR discovered "possible issues" with the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin in post-race inspection. At question were rear firewall block-off plates on Hamlin's car. According to NASCAR the parts were confiscated and taken back to the research and development center in Concord, N.C. for further evaluation. According to one crew chief, If the block-off plates are not sealed off sufficiently, air can flow through the firewall enabling the car to gain anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds of rear downforce. Hamlin qualified 27th. After Hamlin pitted on Lap 55 from the lead, he fell to 13th but quickly made his way back to the front of the back to finish third on Sunday. He led 18 laps.(Motorsport)(7-27-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the 21st Annual Crown Royal presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, his 90th victory in 745 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. With the win, Gordon clinched a spot in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming he attempts to qualify for the remaining six races of the season.
    This is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his fifth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 21 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in ten races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2014.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 24 points over #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-27-2014)

  • the FOUR or FIVE-time Auto Racing Winners at Indy:
    Driver' Wins, Races, Laps Led, Years Won
    Jeff Gordon, 5, 21, 528, 1994-1999-2001-2004-2014: NASCAR Sprint Cup
    Michael Schumacher, 5, 7, 346, 2000-2003-2004-2005-2006: F-1
    Jimmie Johnson, 4, 13, 302, 2006-2008-2009-2012: NASCAR Sprint Cup
    A.J. Foyt, 4, 35, 555, 1961-1964-1967-1977: Indy Car
    Al Unser, 4, 27, 644, 1970-1971-1978-1987: Indy Car
    Rick Mears, 4, 15, 429, 1979-1984-1988-1991: Indy Car
    also: Wolf Henzler has recorded four victories in Porsche Michelin Supercup series support races to the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2000. Henzler won once in 2002, 2003 and both races in 2004.
    F1 and Supercup no longer run at Indy

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd in points
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 5th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 2 wins, 1st
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 2 wins, 2nd
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    6) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 9th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 6th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 11th
    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) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (7-27-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 717
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 693, -24
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 666, -51
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 661, -56
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 628, -89
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 609, -108
    7) #31-Ryan Newman, 606, -111
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 603, -114
    9) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 591, -126
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 577, -140
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 572, -145
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 565, -152
    22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 496, -221
    25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 456, -261 (172 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-27-2014)

  • Indianapolis Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 7th, 15 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 10th, 12
    #51-Allgaier, 27th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 32nd, 8
    #7-Annett, 33rd, 7
    #23-Bowman, 40th, 6
    #83-Truex, 41st, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (7-27-2014)

  • NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE RUNNING::
    At 1:15 p.m., the ambient temperature was 74 degrees with a relative humidity of 91 percent and southwest winds at 8 mph. Skies were cloudy.
    Lap 1: GREEN. #4 Harvick leads into Turn 1. #24 Gordon second. #4 Harvick leads by .024 of a second after first lap.
    Lap 2: #24 Gordon passes for lead in Turn 1. #4 Harvick second. #24 Gordon leads by 1.121 seconds. #2 Keselowski third, #55 Vickers fourth, #31 Newman fifth.
    Lap 3: #2 Keselowski has piece of trash on grille. #24 Gordon leads by 1.461 seconds over #4 Harvick.
    Lap 4: #24 Gordon leads by 1.690 seconds over #4 Harvick.
    Lap 5: #23 Bowman to pit road to clean grille.
    Lap 6: #24 Gordon leads by 1.791 seconds over #4 Harvick. #2 Keselowski third.
    Lap 8: #24 Gordon leads by 2.522 seconds over #4 Harvick.
    Lap 10: Leaders -- #24 Gordon, #4 Harvick. #2 Keselowski, #55 Vickers, #31 Newman, #5 Kahne, #22 Logano, #41 Busch, #48 Johnson, #20 Kenseth
    Lap 12: #24 Gordon leads by 3.144 seconds over #4 Harvick.
    Lap 13: #24 Gordon leads 500th career lap at the Brickyard 400.
    Lap 14: #24 Gordon leads by 3.574 seconds over #4 Harvick.
    Lap 16: #24 Gordon leads by 4.277 seconds over #4 Harvick. #2 Keselowski in third, 6.268 seconds behind lead.
    Lap 18: #24 Gordon moves around lap traffic.
    Lap 20: #24 Gordon leads by 3.112 seconds over #4 Harvick.
    Lap 21: YELLOW. Competition caution.
    Lap 22: Pit stop report - Two tires, fuel: #24 Gordon, #5 Harvick, #3 Dillon, #20 Kenseth, 8 seconds; #15 Bowyer, 8 seconds; #16 Biffle, 14 seconds; #2 Keselowski, 10 seconds. Four tires, fuel: #55 Vickers, 15 seconds. Four tires, fuel and air pressure: #31 Newman, 17 sec.
    Lap 25: GREEN. #22 Logano leads into Turn 1, leads lap by .139 of a second over #5 Kahne.
    Lap 27: #22 Logano leads by .449 of a second over #5 Kahne. #48 Johnson third.
    Lap 29: #22 Logano leads by .156 of a second over #5 Kahne.
    Lap 32: #5 Kahne takes lead as #22 Logano to pits (four tires, fuel, air pressure, 13 seconds). #27 Menard brushes wall in Turn 3.
    Lap 33: #5 Kahne leads by 1.772 seconds over #24 Gordon. #4 Harvick third.
    Pit Stop reports: #20 Kenseth fuel only, 5 seconds; #27 Menard two tires, fuel, 10 seconds.
    Lap 35: Pit stop reports -- #24 Gordon four tires, fuel, 14 seconds.
    Lap 36: #5 Kahne leads by 1.811 seconds over #4 Harvick. #31 Newman to pits (fuel only, 5 seconds).
    Lap 37: Pit stop reports -- #4 Harvick two tires, fuel, 6 seconds; #27 Menard two tires, fuel, 18 seconds.
    Lap 38: Pit stop reports -- #55 Vickers two tires, fuel, 8 seconds; #5 Kahne four tires, fuel, air pressure, 13 seconds; #41 Kurt Busch four tires, fuel, wedge, 13 seconds.
    Lap 40: Pit stop report -- #12 Montoya two tires, fuel, 12 seconds.
    Lap 41: Pit stop report -- #10 Patrick two tires, fuel, 8 seconds.
    Lap 43: Pit stop report -- #42 Larson four tires, fuel, 17 seconds.
    Lap 44: Pit stop report -- #3 Dillon four tires, fuel, 13 seconds.
    Lap 45: #11 Hamlin leads by 3.564 seconds over #14 Stewart, #78 Truex Jr. third. Pit stop report: #31 Newman four tires, fuel, 19 seconds.
    Lap 48: Pit stop report -- #14 Stewart four tires, fuel, wedge, 15 seconds.
    Lap 54: #11 Hamlin leads #4 Harvick by 24.9 seconds, then #11 Hamlin pits for four tires, fuel, 14 seconds.
    Lap 55: Pit stop cycles complete, #4 Harvick leads by .376 of a second over #24 Gordon, #5 Kahne third.
    Lap 57: #4 Harvick leads by .225 seconds over #24 Gordon, #5 Kahne third, #22 Logano fourth.
    Lap 60: #4 Harvick leads by .388 of a second over #24 Gordon, #5 Kahne third.
    Lap 62: #4 Harvick leads by .378 of a second over #24 Gordon, working lap traffic.
    Lap 64: Pit stop report -- #22 Logano four tires, fuel, 15 seconds
    Lap 65: #4 Harvick leads by .398 of a second over #24 Gordon, #5 Kahne third, #11 Hamlin fourth, #42 Larson fifth. Pit stop reports -- #18 Kyle Busch four tires, fuel, 12 seconds; #31 Newman four tires, fuel, 12 seconds; #15 Bowyer four tires, fuel, 14 seconds, #20 Kenseth four tires, fuel, 13 seconds; #2 Keselowski four tires, fuel, 10 seconds; #24 Gordon four tires, fuel, 18 seconds; #88 Earnhardt Jr. four tires, fuel, 15 seconds.
    Lap 66: #4 Harvick to pit road (four tires, fuel, wedge, 14 seconds), #11 Hamlin to lead.
    Lap 67: YELLOW. #10 Patrick stopped on inside of Turn 1, smoke from rear of car. Drives to garage.
    Lap 69: #11 Hamlin leads under caution.
    Lap 72: GREEN. #5 Kahne passes #11 Hamlin in turn 1, leads lap.
    Lap 74: #5 Kahne leads by 1.472 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 76: #5 Kahne leads by 1.842 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch. #4 Harvick third, #24 Gordon fourth.
    Lap 79: #5 Kahne leads by 2.318 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 81: #5 Kahne leads by 1.912 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 84: #5 Kahne leads by 1.777 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 85: Leaders -- #5 Kahne, #18 Kyle Busch, #4 Harvick, #24 Gordon, #22 Logano, #11 Hamlin, #55 Vickers, #42 Larson, #48 Johnson, #20 Kenseth.
    Lap 88: #5 Kahne leads by 2.169 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 90: #11 Hamlin to pit road (two tires, fuel, wedge, 12 seconds).
    Lap 91: #5 Kahne leads by 1.944 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch, #24 Gordon up to third. #4 Harvick fourth.
    Lap 94: #5 Kahne leads by 2.049 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch, #24 Gordon third.
    Lap 95: #10 Patrick returns to track, team fixed broken rear gear.
    Lap 96: YELLOW. #21 Bayne cuts right rear tire going into Turn 3, skids through turn and hits inside wall in north short chute. Out of race.
    Lap 98: Pit stop reports -- #11 Hamlin wedge, fuel only; #5 Kahne four tires, fuel, 14 seconds; #18 Kyle Busch four tires, fuel, 14 seconds; #31 Newman four tires, fuel, 14 seconds; #4 Harvick four tires, fuel, trackbar, 14 seconds; #16 Biffle four tires, fuel, 14 seconds; #55 Vickers four tires, fuel, 14 seconds; #20 Kenseth four tires, fuel, 13 seconds; #48 Johnson four tires, wedge, trackbar, 14 seconds. Race off pit road: #5 Kahne, #18 Kyle Busch, #4 Harvick, #24 Gordon, #20 Kenseth.
    Lap 99: Pit stop reports -- #2 Keselowski four tires, fuel, 32 seconds; #41 Kurt Busch four tires, fuel, 14 seconds.
    Lap 100: GREEN. #5 Kahne passes #15 Bowyer in Turn 1 for lead, leads lap.
    Lap 102: #5 Kahne leads by .456 of a second over #18 Kyle Busch, #15 Bowyer third, #4 Harvick fourth.
    Lap 105: #5 Kahne leads by 1.548 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch, #15 Bowyer third, #4 Harvick fourth, #24 Gordon fifth, #22 Logano sixth.
    Lap 107: #5 Kahne leads by 2.312 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 109: #5 Kahne leads by 2.152 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch, #24 Gordon third, #15 Bowyer fourth, #4 Harvick fifth.
    Lap 112: #5 Kahne leads by 2.075 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 114: #5 Kahne leads by 2.067 seconds over #24 Gordon, #18 Kyle Busch third.
    Lap 116: #5 Kahne leads by 2.173 seconds over #24 Gordon.
    Lap 119: #5 Kahne leads by 1.878 seconds over #24 Gordon. Pit stop report: #14 Stewart two tires, fuel, 14 seconds.
    Lap 121: #5 Kahne leads by 1.367 seconds over #24 Gordon.
    Lap 125: Leaders -- #5 Kahne, #24 Gordon, #18 Kyle Busch, #15 Bowyer, #4 Harvick, #22 Logano, #20 Kenseth, #42 Larson, #48 Johnson, #55 Vickers.
    Lap 126: #5 Kahne leads by .914 of a second over #24 Gordon.
    Lap 127: Pit stop reports -- #5 Kahne four tires, fuel, wedge, 14 seconds; #20 Kenseth four tires, fuel, trackbar, 14 seconds.
    Lap 128: Pit stop reports -- #24 Gordon four tires, fuel, 13 seconds; #55 Vickers four tires, fuel, 15 seconds; #15 Bowyer four tires, fuel, 16 seconds.
    Lap 129: Pit stop reports -- #4 Harvick four tires, fuel, wedge, 14 seconds.
    Lap 131: Pit stop cycles complete, #5 Kahne leads by .155 of a second over #24 Gordon. #18 Kyle Busch third, #20 Kenseth fourth, #11 Hamlin fifth.
    Lap 132: #5 Kahne leads by .141 of a second over #24 Gordon.
    Lap 135: #5 Kahne leads by .283 of a second over #24 Gordon.
    Lap 138: #5 Kahne leads by .418 of a second over #24 Gordon, #18 Kyle Busch in third.
    Lap 139: YELLOW. #83 R. Truex slow on front straight.
    Lap 140: Pit stops -- #4 Harvick two tires, fuel, 7 seconds; #31 Newman two tires, fuel, 7 seconds.
    Lap 142: #10 Patrick out of race.
    Lap 143: GREEN. #24 Gordon passes #5 Kahne on outside of Turn 1, #18 Kyle Busch to second. #24 Gordon leads lap.
    Lap 145: #24 Gordon leads by .824 of a second over #18 Kyle Busch, #11 Hamlin third, #20 Kenseth fourth, #5 Kahne fifth.
    Lap 146: #24 Gordon leads by 1.180 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 147: #24 Gordon leads by 1.360 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 149: #24 Gordon leads by 1.547 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 150: #24 Gordon leads by 1.513 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 151: #24 Gordon leads by 1.631 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 152: #24 Gordon leads by 1.859 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 153: #24 Gordon leads by 2.008 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 154: #24 Gordon leads by 2.113 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 155: #24 Gordon leads by 1.988 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 156: #24 Gordon leads by 2.262 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 157: #24 Gordon leads by 2.384 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 158: #24 Gordon leads by 2.305 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 159: #24 Gordon leads by 2.408 seconds over #18 Kyle Busch.
    Lap 160: CHECKERED. #24 Jeff Gordon wins the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. It is his record fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Indianapolis. #18 Kyle Busch second, #11 Denny Hamlin third.(IMS)(7-27-2014)

  • NOTE The is a competition caution scheduled for Lap 20 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there is no fueling prior to the competition caution.(7-27-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #26-Whitt, 32nd
    Caution 2: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 9th
    Caution 3: #2-Keselowski, 12th
    Caution 4: #95-McDowell, 26th
    (7-27-2014)


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  • 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. 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Live online at indycarradio.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 28 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 17, the second pit stall with an opening in front of it, just before the start/finish line.
    #2-Keselowski, 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 #23-Bowman, who starts 35th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-26-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List
    Preliminary 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.

  • 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


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

  • Harvick wins Indianapolis pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with speed of 188.470mph for his 4th pole of 2014, 2nd at IMS and 10th of his career. Harvick has won four races from the pole out of nine previous poles, including winning this race from the pole in 2003. Harvick set the track record in round 1 of group qualifying at 188.889mph.
    #24-Gordon is on the outside pole, followed by #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #55-Vickers, #14-Stewart, #41-Busch, #12-Montoya, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson and #18-Busch.
    Missing the race were: #66-Moffitt, #33-Stremme, #29-Crafton.
    #43-Almirola smacked the wall during the first round and went to a backup car and will have to start the race from the rear of the field.
    #37-Labonte was 43rd fastest and had no owners provisional to use as the team had no attempts, but will use the past champions provisional.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, round results on the Indianapolis Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(7-26-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Crown Royal presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com with a lap of 47.753 seconds, 188.470 mph. Harvick set a new track record in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 47.647 seconds, 188.889 mph. The previous record of 187.531 mph was held by #31-Ryan Newman.
    This is his 10th pole in 486 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 12th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his second pole in 14 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2014 and his 12th in 21 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 20 races this season.
    #42-Kyle Larson (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(7-26-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 188.281
    #24-Gordon 186.990
    #2-Keselowski 186.575
    #14-Stewart 186.540
    #48-Johnson 186.420
    the rest of the top 12: 41 31 5 12 55 22 18;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 20 10 42 15 3 99 16 21 17 9 88 1
    (7-26-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 25 minutes.
    #4-Harvick 188.889, new track record
    #24-Gordon 187.301
    #2-Keselowski 187.239
    #41-Busch 186.854
    #20-Kenseth 186.645
    the rest of the top 24: 48 31 12 5 22 14 21 55 88 18 99 3 42 9 15 1 17 10 16.
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 78 13 11 95 27 98 51 83 7 38 23 47 40 34 26 32 66 43 37 36 33 29.
    #43-Almirola slapped the wall on his run and pancaked the right side of the car.
    Drivers who will miss the race: #66-Moffitt, #33-Stremme, #29-Crafton. #37-Labonte will use the past champions provisional.
    (7-26-2014)

  • 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 2:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN, 2:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at indycarradio.com
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out in group qualifying is #24-Gordon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #26-Whitt.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Indianapolis Qualifying Page.(7-26-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after an hour-and-a-half delay due to rain. Practice is scheduled to run until 11:00am/et and be aired on ESPN2. After 35 minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 189.298
    #2-Keselowski 188.494
    #4-Harvick 188.363
    #24-Godon 187.856
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 187.758
    slowest: #40-Cassill 178.038 and #36-Sorenson 178.887
    #55-Vickers had the best 10 consecutive lap average at 182.549.
    notes: if qualifying, scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm/et on ESPN, is cancelled, Friday's practice would set the starting lineup. The three cars that would miss the race if qualifying is canceled: #29-Crafton (1 attempt), #12-Montoya and #21-Bayne (7 attempts). #37-Labonte would make the race via being a past champion. The track qualifying record is 187.531mph, set in 2013 by Ryan Newman.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Indiainapolis Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-26-2014)

  • Friday practice for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #20-Kenseth 186.285
    #15-Bowyer 186.070
    #2-Keselowski 185.939
    #48-Johnson 185.647
    #42-Larson 185.445
    slowest: #29-Crafton 173.444 & #26-Whitt 174.132
    notes: if qualifying, scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm/et, is cancelled, this practice would set the starting lineup. Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 9:00am/et on Saturday, July 26th, TV-ESPN2. The three cars that would miss the race if qualifying is canceled: #29-Crafton (1 attempt), #12-Montoya and #21-Bayne (7 attempts). #37-Labonte would make the race via being a past champion. The track qualifying record is 187.531mph, set in 2013 by Ryan Newman.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Indiainapolis Friday Practice Speeds page (pdf).(7-25-2014)

  • 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).
    (7-13-2014)

  • 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
    See the Chase Grid Outlook page (pdf).(7-13-2014)


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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 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.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-921 at Indianapolis, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-908 which last raced in Kansas and finished 13th.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis No. 4-884: Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 4-884 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-884 will see its first laps of competition this weekend in the Brickyard 400.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Sunday's race at Indianapolis. This is a brand new chassis that has never been raced before. In 10 Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis, Kahne has posted three top-five finishes, five top-10s and led a total of 88 laps. His top-five results include a runner-up finish in 2005 and a third-place result in 2013. Kahne also has qualified in the top 10 seven of 10 times that he's raced at the Brickyard in the Cup Series. Consequently, his average start at the 2.5-mile track is 8.5, which ranks him second among active drivers.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-794: Chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in September at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Kentucky.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #12-Juan Pablo Montoya: Primary Chassis for Indianapolis is PRS-910, which last raced at in Charlotte in the All-Star race as the #2 primary and finished 10th.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-827 has only been tested once, but it shined brightly when Kevin Harvick drove it to the fastest speed of anyone participating in the Dec. 9, 2013 test session at Charlotte. Since that test, crew chief Chad Johnston has put countless hours into Chassis No. 14-827 - on the shop floor and in the wind tunnel. The car will make its racing debut this weekend in the Brickyard 400, with shiny black-and-white paint of its Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops livery covering the primer gray it wore seventh months ago. Stewart has one pole, two wins, three top-threes, seven top-fives, 11 top-10s and has led a total of 227 laps in 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. He only has two finishes outside the top-12 - a 17th-place result in 2001 and a 23rd-place finish in 2008. His average Sprint Cup start at Indianapolis is 15.9, his average Sprint Cup finish at Indianapolis is a series-best 7.9 and his lap completion rate is 100 percent. Stewart has raced Sprint Cup cars (15x), Indy cars (5x) and IROC cars (4x) to earn a total of 24 Indianapolis starts.

    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 814 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Indianapolis. This chassis has never seen race action. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis and finished 12th at Darlington and 15th at Bristol earlier this year.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-922 Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Vegas - finished 22nd.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 899- last raced at Charlotte - finished 26th. Backup Chassis: RK-888 - last raced at Bristol - finished second.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-920 at Indianapolis, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-907 which last raced in Kansas and finished 4th.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-895 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is new and has never been raced. In 20 Cup starts at Indianapolis, the 42-year-old driver's four wins are tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for most among stock car drivers at the famed speedway. Gordon visited Victory Lane in the inaugural event in 1994, and again in 1998, 2001 and 2004. This weekend, the #24 Chevy SS will sport the familiar Axalta Racing Brilliant Flames paint scheme that features black brilliance with chromatic, fluorescent yellow, red and orange flames. Gordon won at Kansas Speedway in May the last time this paint scheme appeared on the #24 Chevrolet SS.
    #27-Paul Menard: and the #27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS team will pilot chassis No. 480. This #27 Chevy SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will turn its first laps in practice on Friday.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 479 in Sunday's John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis and will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 760: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 760 in Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 760 made its lone start of the 2014 season at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City two months ago, when Busch started sixth and ran as high as fourth before a loose-handling condition saw the #41 Chevrolet drop to 29th when the checkered flag waved.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: "We will have a new #47 Kingsford Chevrolet SS to race this weekend," Allmendinger said. "Hopefully, we can work through the weekend and have a smooth one. We are focused on getting back to maximizing the weekend and getting everything you can out of qualifying and the race and then take it as it comes. We are looking to get the best finish we can get at Indy."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-891 for this weekend's 400-mile event at Indianapolis. This is a brand new chassis that has never been raced before. The back-up car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson last raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. In 12 starts at the Brickyard, Johnson has recorded four wins, five top-five finishes and six top-10s, sharing the title of most all-time Indianapolis victories with teammate Jeff Gordon. Johnson's 302 laps led also rank him second on the all-time list, trailing only Gordon.
    #51-Justin Allgaier chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 803 finished fourth at Texas & 14th in the All-Star Race. Backup: 801 finished 13th in Las Vegas.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Michigan in June. In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has recorded one top-five, four top-10 finishes and led 61 laps. In five of those races, the driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS lined up sixth or better for the historic event. He scored his best finish -- fourth-place -- at the 2.5-mile oval in 2012.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Ford team will unload primary chassis RK-910 which was last run in 2014 at Charlotte, starting in the 22nd spot and finishing fourth. Backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Charlotte in 2014 as the back-up car. Edwards is still looking for his first victory at the Brickyard, with a career-high finish of second in 2008. Edwards has 9 Sprint Cup starts at the 2.5-mile track with an average start of 19.9 and an average finish of 13.2.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(7-24-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • 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

  • Tire Circumference:
    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.


Race / Cup Odds


Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Indianapolis Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(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)

Next Race: AAA Texas 500

Countdown to Race Time: 11/2/2014 ~3:16pm/et



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Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:45pm/et
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Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:00pm/et
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