NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Speedway, IN

Title Sponsor: Crown Royal

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:49pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, July 23
9:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 24
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS, RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 - 10:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:00 - 5:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, July 25
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, July 26
9:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
1:30 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEFS MEETING
3:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
3:30 PM NSCS RACE

  • Indianapolis Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    -- 3:00 NSCS Driver Introductions
    -- 3:27 America the Beautiful by: Maddie & Tae, Republic Records
    -- 3:30 Intro Presentation of Colors by: Indiana National Guard, Joint Services Color Guard
    -- 3:30 Invocation by: Reverend Howard Brammer
    -- 3:31 National Anthem by: Kellie Pickler, Country Music Recording Artist
    -- 3:32 Fly-By: (2) A 10 - C Warthog Planes, 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana ANG
    -- 3:37 'Drivers, Start Your Engines' by: Mari Hulman George
    -- 3:49 Green Flag: Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, July 24, 9:00 - 10:25 am/et, TV-none
    Friday, July 24, 1:00 - 2:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 24, 4:00 - 5:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, July 25 at 1:10 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $9,358,657
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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 Chute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70mph
    Max Attendance: ~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: Jeff Kyle, Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant
    Command to start engines: Mari Hulman George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Lauren Holliday, US Women's National Soccer Team
    Color Guard: Indiana National Guard, Joint Services Color Guard
    Invocation: Reverend Howard Brammer
    National Anthem: Kellie Pickler
    Flyover: (2) A 10 - C Warthog Planes, 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway website
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • July 2014: see the Indianapolis Race Info page

  • 2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 150.297mph, started 2nd

  • 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

  • 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 188.470mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, July 2014, 188.889mph (1st round qualifying)

  • 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

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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)(7-22-2015)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    138 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 107 in more than one.
    Two drivers have competed in all 21 races at Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte.
    12 different drivers have won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon with five; followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, with four.
    Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to have posted consecutive wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2008 and 2009).
    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.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis without visiting Victory Lane at 15 each.
    Paul Menard (07/31/11) is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to have posted his first career NSCS win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace leads the series in runner-up finishes at Indianapolis with three; followed by Kyle Busch Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth with two each.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Indianapolis with 12; followed by Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth with seven each.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Indianapolis with 17; followed by Tony Stewart and Mark Martin with 11 each.
    Ryan Newman leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 7.143.
    Jeff Gordon leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Indianapolis with a 8.381.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Indianapolis with 528 laps led in 21 starts.
    Danica Patrick became the first female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013.
    Shawna Robinson (08/05/01) is the only other female driver to attempt to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis, but she failed to qualify for the event.
    (NASCAR)(7-23-2015)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pole Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    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 (1995-96) and Ernie Irvan (1997-98).
    Reed Sorenson (07/29/07) is the only active driver to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Only three of the 21 (14.2%) 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 the third-place starting positions are the most proficient starting positions in the field, each producing three winners - more than any other starting positions at Indianapolis.
    Five of the 21 (23.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the front row: three from the pole and two from second-place.
    13 of the 21 (65%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Three of the 21 (14.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Indianapolis is 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
    Qualifying has not been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(7-24-2015)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; one per year from 1994 through 2012.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Indianapolis in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with nine; followed by Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing with three each.
    Four different manufacturers have won at Indianapolis; led by Chevrolet with 16 victories; followed by Ford (three), Dodge and Pontiac each have one.
    Chevrolet has won the last 12 consecutive NSCS races at Indianapolis - the longest active win streak by a manufacturer in the NSCS at a single track.
    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.
    Four out of the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have had a MOV larger than one second.
    Only one of the 21 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 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    (NASCAR)(7-25-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Indianapolis:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 108.1
    #24-Jeff Gordon 105.6
    #42-Kyle Larson 104.4
    #14-Tony Stewart 101.9
    #5-Kasey Kahne 100.1
    #18-Kyle Busch 98.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth 96.6
    #4-Kevin Harvick 92.7
    #16-Greg Biffle 92.3
    #11-Denny Hamlin 90.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2004-2014 races (10 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)

  • 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 & Links

  • Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis: #18-Kyle Busch won the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 1st win at Indianapolis, and 33rd career win. It his 3rd win in a row and 4th win in the last five races. It is also Toyota's first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and breaks a 12 race winning streak for Chevy.
    The race ended under a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution when #6-Bayne spun.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #42-Larson, and #2-Keselowski
    Harvick's driver points lead is unchanged, he's 69 points ahead of #22-Logano.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards ran near the front most of the day, but go loose on a late restart and fell back into traffic. He finished 13th.
    #24-Gordon, making his final Brickyard start, spun out and hit the wall. He had to go to the garage for repairs and finished 42nd.
    Busch is now 32nd in the points standings and just 23 points out of 30th. He must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. He now needs around a 24th place average finish to make the top 30 in the 6 remaining races before the Chase begins.
    There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 131.656mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    Kyle Busch won the 22nd Annual Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard, his 33rd victory in 374 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2015. It was his third win in a row in 2015.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Matt DiBenedetto (32nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 69 points over Joey Logano.
    This is the first win for Toyota at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The manufacturer now has a win at all active tracks.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-26-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 675, -102 (4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 777 (1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 677 -100 (3rd)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 612, -165 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 708, -69 (2nd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 668, -109 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 638, -139 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 615, -162 (7th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 591, -186 (10th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 519, -258 (16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 602, -175 (9th in driver points)
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 575, -202 (11th)
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 563, -214 (12th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 558, -219 (13th)
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne, 558, -219 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 538, -239 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    32) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 294, 23 pts out of 30th (needs to avg 24th place finish)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 777
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 708, -69
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 677, -100
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 675, -102
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 668, -109
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 638, -139
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 615, -162
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 612, -165
    9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 602, -175
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 591, -186
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)

  • Indianapolis Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 32nd, 11 rookie points
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 34th, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, did not qualify, 1 point
    #33-Alex Kennedy, did not race, not entered
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race, not entered
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(7-26-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #40-Cassill, 26th
    Caution 2: #31-Newman, 11th
    Caution 3: #15-Bowyer, 6th
    Caution 4: #3-Dillon, 25th
    Caution 5: #13-Mears, 20th
    Caution 6: #9-Hornish, Jr., 17th
    Caution 7: #47-Allmendinger, 23rd
    Caution 8: #40-Cassill (2), 26th
    Caution 9: #46-Annett, 30th
    (7-26-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 3:30 pm/et; Countdown to Green pre-race show at 3:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:49pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, July 27 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN (NASCAR 120)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #19-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took the 2nd pit stall.
    #55-Ragan, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #7-Bowman, who starts 35th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-25-2015)

  • Rule package specifics for Indy: At Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, NASCAR will debut its second track-specific rule package of the season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series package planned for Indianapolis includes a 43-inch radiator pan (increased from 38 inches), a two-inch splitter leading edge, a one-inch wicker bill and nine-inch spoiler (increased from six inches). The increased downforce adds drag to the car and creates a larger draft window in the back.
    For Indianapolis, teams will be allowed to change their engines prior to qualifying and data will be permitted at practice. A single gear will be used, but teams will bring four different gears. NASCAR will determine which gear is needed after practice. Teams will start on a 3.70 gear.
    The Indianapolis rule package differs from the first track-specific rule package used this season at Kentucky which created lower downforce. The modifications helped produce a track-record 22 green-flag passes for the lead and a total of 2,665 green-flag passes overall.(NASCAR)(7-23-2015)

  • Chase clinch scenarios for Indianapolis: Only seven races remain before the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. Here's what we know:
    #4-Kevin Harvick, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Jimmie Johnson have fulfilled two of the three Chase criteria. All three have the multiple wins that guarantee a spot among the top 16 winners, and have locked up a top 30 spot. All they need to do now is start each of the remaining races in the regular season.
    A few drivers can join them this weekend. If #41-Kurt Busch leaves Indy with a 289 point lead over 31st, he will lock up a top 30 spot. #22-Joey Logano, #78-Martin Truex Jr., #2-Brad Keselowski, #20-Matt Kenseth and #11-Denny Hamlin all need to win, and in some cases get some help to lock up a top 30 spot (leaving Indy with a 289 point lead over 31st).(NASCAR)(7-23-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • 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
    Qualifying Order
    Happy hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

  • Edwards wins Indianapolis pole: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light pole for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with speed of 183.464mph for his 2nd pole of 2015, 1st at Indy and 15th of his career. Edwards has won 2 times from the pole.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #55-Ragan, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #15-Bowyer, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #18-Busch, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, and #48-Johnson.
    #31-Newman's qualifying time was disallowed because the right side window was missing. He will start 43rd.
    Missing the race was: #32-Wise, #26-Burton, #62-Sorenson.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order and more Jayski.com's Indianapolis Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(7-25-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Indianapolis:
    Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at The Brickyard with a lap of 49.056 seconds, 183.464 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 393 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2015 and his third in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    David Ragan (third) posted his second top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his eighth in 20 races this season.
    Brett Moffitt (39th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-25-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after all drivers made an attempt.
    #14-Stewart 185.548
    #42-Larson 185.410
    #48-Johnson 184.332
    #22-Logano 184.313
    #1-McMurray 184.030
    the rest of the top 12: 4 55 19 15 18 27 88;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round: 78 41 10 13 11 9 24 16 51 43 20 40 3 47 5 25 17 21 2 95 6 46 7 31 33 38 23 34 32 83 35 26 62 98.
    Drivers who will miss the race: #32-Wise, #26-Burton, #62-Sorenson.
    (7-25-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 1:00 pm/et
    Radio: Live online at indycarradio.com
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 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 is #98-Hill.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #11-Wise.
    Qualifying order this weekend is based on overall practice speeds, slowest going out first, fastest going out last.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Indianapolis Qualifying Page.(7-25-2015)

  • Superspeedway qualifying format to be used at Indy, Michigan: NASCAR officials told NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday that it plans to use the superspeedway qualifying format at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend and Michigan International Speedway next month. Beginning in May at Talladega Superspeedway, there were two rounds of qualifying with drivers turning one timed lap. The top 12 advanced to the final round. Each driver took a warm-up lap, the timed lap and a cool-down lap before returning to pit road. Last weekend, the format was scheduled to be run by the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, but rain forced the field to be set per the rule book by practice speeds.
    Based on a random draw at Indianapolis, vehicles will line up on pit road for the first round -- rather than nose in or nose out in a pit stall -- and NASCAR will release drivers at a predetermined interval. The sanctioning body reserves the right to have more than one vehicle on track at a time. It's likely that two vehicles will be on track at the same time, but the second vehicle won't impede or help the one it follows on track. Following each lap, NASCAR will impound vehicles, and there will be a 10-minute break between rounds. Only during that break may teams make adjustments, and they will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit at that time. The final round qualifying order will be set from slowest to fastest speeds in the first round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in that second session.(NASCAR.com)(7-15-2015)

  • Final practice for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 115 scheduled minutes the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 181.987
    #4-Harvick 181.987
    #42-Larson 181.357
    #48-Johnson 180.697
    #78-Truex, Jr. 180.672
    slowest: #83-DiBenedetto 172.735 & #62-Sorenson 168.868
    notes: #98-Hill wrecked off turn 4 and will have to go to a backup car.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Indianapolis Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(7-24-2015)

  • Second practice for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 181.466
    #2-Keselowski 181.448
    #5-Kahne 181.408
    #42-Larson 181.378
    #24-Gordon 181.189
    slowest: #62-Sorenson 168.783 & #98-Hill 167.454.
    notes: #11-Hamlin's team forgot to put the hood pins in before his first run. The hood flew up on his first lap on track. The will not go to a backup, but will replace the hood and windshield on the car.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 1:10pm/et tomorrow.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Indianapolis Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(7-24-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 182.208
    #48-Johnson 181.796
    #4-Harvick 181.756
    #24-Gordon 181.444
    #14-Stewart 181.214
    slowest: #26-Burton 171.707 & #23-Yeley 169.985. No speed: #62-Sorenson & #98-Hill.
    notes: Cup teams will have 3 practices today. This practice is not on TV, but NBC Sports Live Extra has coverage online. Qualifying is scheduled for 1:10pm/et tomorrow.
    #27-Menard made light contact with the outside wall. The team will repair the car.
    See practice speeds and laps run on the Indianapolis Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(7-24-2015)

  • Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #25-Elliott, #32-Wise, #33-Scott, #62-Sorenson, #95-McDowell, #98-Timmy Hill.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #26-Burton (44th), #62-Sorenson (45th), #25-Elliott (46th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #25-Elliott (3 attempts), #21-Blaney (9), #95-McDowell (11)
    See the full entry list at Jayski.com's Indianapolis Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 646, -88 (4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 734 (1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 655, -79 (3rd)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 576, -158 (8th)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 665, -69 (2nd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 628, -106 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 603, -131 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 578, -156 (7th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 552, -182 (11th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 487, -247 (17th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 574, -160 (9th in driver points)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 573, -161 (10th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 538, -196 (12th)
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 503, -204 (13th)
    15) #27-Paul Menard, 528, -206 (14th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 502, -232 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    33) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 247, 58 pts out of 30th (needs to avg 19th place finish)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-19-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 734
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 665, -69
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 655, -79
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 646, -88
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 628, -106
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 603, -131
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 578, -156
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 576, -158
    9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 574, -160
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 573, -161
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-19-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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WEATHER

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently, six more teams stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a few (5-8 teams) posting chassis selections.
    Two years ago 25-28 teams posted chassis selections in their race previews.
    It dropped to about 14 in the early part of 2015 and now just a few teams.
    Will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 8 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4476

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire codes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week . . . these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4476) at IMS since 2012 . . . this is a brand new left-side tire code (D-4650) . . . compared to what was run at Indianapolis last year, this left-side features compound and construction changes that will give the cars more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at The Brickyard on April 27-28 . . . drivers taking part part in that test were Jeff Gordon, Sam Hornish, Martin Truex Jr., and J.J. Yeley . . . 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 & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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