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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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


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-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: TBA
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: TBA
    Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Flyover: TBA

  • 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

  • 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)
    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

  • 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).
    (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
    (7-13-2014)


Local Newspapers

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


Weather Links

Weather Channel - Speedway, IN
Weather Channel - Indianapolis, IN
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
Track Stay


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: Crown Royal/Brickyard 400

Countdown to Race Time: 7/27/2014 ~1:19pm/et

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Speedway, IN

ESPN, 1:00pm/et
SiriusXM Radio Channel 90

Qualifying:
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:10pm/et
ESPN2, 2:00pm/et

Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, July 27, 2014, 9:00am/et
ESPN2 9:00am/et



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added a STACK of new links
on JULY 25, 2014
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NOTE: the 20-25 links that seemed the most interesting to me are posted in the basic order they are shown on the Article / Column / Blog Links page with approx 15 days worth of links