NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400

TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Speedway, IN

Title Sponsor: Crown Royal

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:19pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 2:30 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:00pm/et on FoxSports1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, July 21
9:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 22
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 - 2:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 - 5:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, July 23
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, July 24
9:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM TRACK WALK 1:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM NSCS RACE

Indianapolis Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
2:30pm: Driver Introductions
2:58pm: America the Beautiful by: Late Shift
3:00pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Joint Services Color Guard
3:00pm: Invocation by: Howard Brammer
3:00pm: National Anthem by: Cassadee Pope
3:02pm: Fly-By: VFA-101 Grim Reapers
3:02pm: "Drivers to your cars" PA Announcement
3:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Tony George
3:19pm: Green Flag: Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard (160 Laps, 400 Miles) (NBCSN / PRN / SirusXM)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR 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 22, 1:30 - 2:55 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, July 22, 4:00 - 5:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, July 23 at 1:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

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: Akbar Gbajabiamila
    Command to start engines: Tony George
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: David Rojas
    Color Guard: Joint Services Color Guard
    Invocation: Howard Brammer
    National Anthem: Cassadee Pope
    Flyover: VFA-101 Grim Reapers

  • July 2015: see the Indianapolis Race Info page

  • 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 131.656mph, started 9th

  • 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

  • 2015 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 183.464mph, finished 13th

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Indianapolis:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 106.5
    #42-Kyle Larson 103.6
    #18-Kyle Busch 101.5
    #14-Tony Stewart 101.2
    #5-Kasey Kahne 97.4
    #20-Matt Kenseth 97.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick 96.6
    #11-Denny Hamlin 91.3
    #16-Greg Biffle 90.3
    #22-Joey Logano 88.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (16 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 Track Notes & History:
    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.
    The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Indiana was at Funks Speedway in Winchester on October 15, 1950. The race was won by Lloyd Moore in a Mercury.
    (NASCAR)

  • Indianapolis Driver Notes & Facts:
    143 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; 113 in more than one.
    Jeff Gordon is the only driver who has competed in all 22 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 17.
    Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers in average starting position at Indianapolis with a 9.533.
    13 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).
    All 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 (inaugural event 1994).
    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 16 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.
    Tony Stewart leads NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Indianapolis with a 9.647.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Indianapolis with 528 laps led in 22 starts; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 302 laps led in 14 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)

  • Indianapolis Pole Notes & Facts:
    Rick Mast won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Indianapolis in 1994 with a speed of 172.414 mph.
    18 drivers have won Coors Light poles at Indianapolis, led by Jeff Gordon with three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two.
    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 driver to post his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Chevrolet leads the series in poles at IMS with 10; followed by Ford with six; Toyota, Dodge and Pontiac each have two.
    Only three of the 22 (13.6%) 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 position are the two most proficient starting positions in the field, each producing three winners - more than any other starting positions at Indianapolis.
    Five of the 22 (22.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from the front row: three from the pole and two from second-place.
    11 of the 22 (50%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-five starting position.
    14 of the 22 (63.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Three of the 22 (13.6%) 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)

  • Indianapolis Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 22 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 Joe Gibbs Racing (four) and Richard Childress Racing (three).
    Four different manufacturers have won at Indianapolis; led by Chevrolet with 16 victories; followed by Ford (three), Toyota, Dodge and Pontiac each have one.
    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.
    Three out of the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races have had a MOV larger than one second.
    Two of the 22 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) and 2015 (160/164).
    None of the 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
    (NASCAR)

  • 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

  • For news, stats, links, 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 Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Indianapolis, and 38th career win. He started from the pole and led 149 of 170 laps. That is the most laps led in a race at Indianapolis.
    The race required two NASCAR Overtime attempts to complete after a rash of late race cautions.
    Busch is the first driver to capture the XFINITY and Sprint Cup poles and win both races in the same weekend.
    #20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., #3-Dillon, and #27-Menard.
    #14-Stewart, running his final race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finished 11th.
    Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 13th.
    There were 4 lead changes among 3 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 128.940 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: None
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf). (7-24-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
    Kyle Busch won the 23rd Annual Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard, his 38th victory in 410 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his second consecutive victory and 10th top-10 finish in 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Busch is the first driver to complete the weekend sweep of both Coors Light Poles and race wins in NASCAR history.
    Busch led 149 laps, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 17 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 15 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 24 points over Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-24-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 5th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 6th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 8th
    5) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
    6) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    7) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    8) #22-Logano [1], 4th
    9) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 10th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 11th in drivers points, 63 ahead of 17th
    13) #3-Dillon, 12th, +58
    14) #31-Newman, 13th, +45
    15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +34
    16) #42-Larson, 15th, +10
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #5-Kahne, 16th, -10 pts
    18) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 17th, -11
    19) #6-Bayne, 18th, -14 pts
    20) #21-Blaney, 19th, -22 pts
    21) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 20th, -23pts
    (7-24-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 671
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 647, -24
    3) #41-Busch [1], 627, -44
    4) #22-Logano [1], 606, -65
    5) #18-Busch, [4], 601, -70
    6) #19-Edwards [2], 593, -78
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 573, -98
    8) #48-Johnson [2], 552, -119
    9) #20-Kenseth [2], 506, -130
    10) #11-Hamlin, 542, -129
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Indianapolis: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #10-Patrick, 22nd
    Caution 3: #1-McMurray, 19th
    Caution 4: #27-Menard, 10th
    Caution 5: #20-Stewart, 11th
    Caution 6: none, #21-Blaney was involved in the caution
    Caution 7: #34-Buescher, 14th
    Caution 8: #5-Kahne, 18th
    (7-24-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 3:19pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: None

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1.
    Outside pole sitter #19-Edwards took pit stall 2.
    #14-Stewart, who starts 3rd took the 10th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #24-Elliott, who starts 15th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Kyle Busch wins pole at Indianapolis: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with speed of 184.634mph for his 2nd pole of 2016, 1st at Indianapolis and 19 of his career. Busch has won from the pole 3 times in 18 previous tries.
    #19-Edwards will start 2nd, followed by #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #42-Larson, #41-Busch, and #3-Dillon.
    Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will start 21st.
    #18-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 185.227mph and will start from the pole.
    #48-Johnson paced the opening round of qualifying at 185.816mph and starts 13th.
    Did not qualify: #30-Wise.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Indianapolis qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Indianapolis Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-23-2016)

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 23rd Annual Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard with a lap of 48.745 seconds, 184.634 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 410 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2016. Busch has now started in the top 10 in six consecutive races.
    This is his first pole in 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His previous best Brickyard start was seventh in 2012.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2016 and his sixth in 12 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is the second consecutive Brickyard race that he will start on the front row (he won the pole last season).
    Tony Stewart (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in 12 races this season.
    Chase Elliott (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-23-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #18-Busch 185.227
    #14-Stewart 184.885
    #19-Edwards 184.593
    #11-Hamlin 184.456
    #2-Keselowski 184.083
    the rest of the top 12: 78 1 42 31 3 4 41;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 48 22 24 17 21 20 16 6 88 34 27 10
    (7-23-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #48-Johnson 185.816
    #18-Busch 185.805
    #2-Keselowski 185.567
    #19-Edwards 185.556
    #3-Dillon 185.521
    the rest of the top 24: 14 24 17 4 1 41 11 10 78 88 21 31 20 42 27 22 16 6 34;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 47 5 95 23 43 83 15 44 38 13 98 93 7 46 55 30 32
    Driver who will miss the race: #30-Wise
    (7-23-2016)

  • Final practice for the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 184.619
    #4-Harvick 184.268
    #42-Larson 183.767
    #31-Newman 183.673
    #19-Edwards 183.554
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 174.652 & #32-Carpentier 173.364.
    most laps run: #11-Hamlin 57 laps.
    notes: Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr., was 25th.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Indianapolis Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(7-22-2016)

  • First Friday practice for the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 184.185
    #11-Hamlin 182.563
    #13-Mears 180.346
    #4-Harvick 179.845
    #31-Newman 179.784
    slowest: #30-Wise 169.501 & #93-Ellis 168.700
    most laps run: #19-Edwards 30 laps.
    notes: #18-Busch spun in turn two late in practice while trying to get around #32-Carpentier. He did not hit anything.
    Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr. was 9th fastest.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45pm/et and will be shown on NBCSN.
    See fastest laps and laps run on the Indianapolis Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-22-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 1:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted. 41 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #5-Kahne.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #34-Buescher.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Indianapolis Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Indianapolis Chase Clinch Scenarios: Several drivers have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the top 30 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This weekend, the magic number for the Sprint Cup Series is 271, as a driver will need to be 271 points ahead of 31st-place following Sunday's race to nab a top-30 spot, guaranteed. To clinch an early Chase berth, a driver must have multiple wins and a top-30 spot. #2-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch and #19-Carl Edwards have already clinched a spot.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (2 wins, 521 points, +301 points ahead of 31st): Just needs a top-30 spot to officially clinch.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (2 wins, 514 points, +294 points ahead of 31st): Just needs a top-30 spot.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (1 Win, 636 points, +416 points ahead of 31st) -- Harvick has already clinched his top-30 spot, but the only way he can clinch a Chase berth at this point is by being a multi-race winner.
    #41-Kurt Busch (1 win, 601 points, +382 points ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win.
    #22-Joey Logano (1 win, 571 points, +351 points ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr (1 win, 540 points, +320 points ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (1 win, 505 points, +285 points ahead of 31st) -- Can clinch with a win.
    (NASCAR.com)(7-21-2016)

  • Entry List for the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Carpentier, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Jeff Gordon, #93-Ellis*, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #93-Ellis, #98-Whitt
    Driver who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): #93-Ellis
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Indianapolis Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    [after Kenseth's 15 pt penalty]
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [3], 6th in driver points
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    4) #48-Johnson [2], 8th
    5) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
    6) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
    7) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    8) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    9) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
    10) #11-Hamlin [1], 10th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 28th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    12) #24-Elliott, 11th in drivers points, 52 ahead of 17th
    13) #31-Newman, 12th, +50
    14) #3-Dillon, 13th, +41
    15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +27
    16) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 15th, +14
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 16th, -14 pts
    18) #21-Blaney, 17th, -16 pts
    (7-17-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after New Hampshire, race 19 of 36]
    [after Kenseth's 15 pt penalty]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 634
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 622, -14
    3) #41-Busch [1], 602, -34
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 587, -49
    5) #22-Logano [1], 571, -65
    6) #18-Busch, [3], 556, -80
    7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 540, -96
    8) #48-Johnson [2], 514, -122
    9) #20-Kenseth [2], 506, -130
    10) #11-Hamlin, 505, -131
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf).

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 6 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4710

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear - 19 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 . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4650) these teams ran at Indy last year, though this is a different right-side code (D-4710) . . . compared to what was run at Indianapolis last year, this right-side features slightly less gage (tread thickness) to reduce heat and align with what is run at Pocono . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this same right-side code at Pocono in June, and will do so again next week . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Indy on April 26-27 . . . drivers taking part in that test were Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Chase Elliott and Tony Stewart . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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