THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Brickyard 400
Nextel Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, August 8, 2004 in Speedway, IN
- TV: NBC 2:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, August 11 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, August 12 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, August 13 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $8,771,458 (was $8,175,873 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, August 6, 3:00 - 5:00pm/et; Saturday, August 7, 3:10 - 3:55pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 7, 4:45 - 5:30pm/et on TV-TNT.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 6, 1:00pm/et
- Qualfying Orde Links: moved to the race results section below
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Saturday, August 7 at 11:00am/et, TV-TNT live with no re-air, live via radio at IMS Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
Track/Race Length: 160 laps, 400 miles
Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Shute(between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
- Track Homepage: Indianpolis Motor Speedway
- Last Year: see my 2004 Brickyard 400 page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Left - 1,200;
Right - 1,200
Left - D-6826;
Right - D-6828
Left - 87.3 in.;
Right - 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 26 psi;
Left Rear - 26 psi;
Right Front - 36 psi;
Right Rear - 36 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 19 psi;
Left Rear - 19 psi;
Right Front - 35 psi;
Right Rear - 32 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 38-42 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this particular
combination of left- and right-side tires to Indianapolis Motor
Speedway . . . the previous combination had been run at the track
since 2001 . . . Nextel Cup teams just ran this tire set-up last
weekend at Pocono, as well as earlier this season at Las Vegas,
Bristol and Pocono in June . . . later in the second half of the
season, Cup teams will run these codes at Bristol once again . . . as
on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run
inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . the air
pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of
the outer tire . . . this weekend, all Eagle race tires will bear a
special decal celebrating Goodyear's 50th year of involvement in
Goodyear Quote - Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car
Tire Development: "While this is the first time Nextel Cup teams have
run this tire set-up at the Brickyard, they do have the advantage of
having run these codes twice in the past seven weeks at Pocono, as
well as earlier in the year at Vegas and Bristol. We've had good
performance and gotten good feedback from teams on this set-up's
performance, so we anticipate a great weekend of racing."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Indianpolis for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Jimmie Johnson, Pocono, August 2004, $90,000
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Indy is: $15,000
Winners for 2004 so far:
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Talladega: Jamie McMurray, $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
(* won race and bonus)(#29-Harvick and #48-Johnson are not eligible)
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart 9
Jeff Gordon 8
Matt Kenseth 6
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Jayski's Brickyard 400 Race /Awards Results page
- Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Indy
- Jeff Gordon wins his 4th Brickyard 402.5 - Shun's Victory Lane: In a wild race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, #24-Jeff Gordon won his 4th Brickyard 400 [402.5], leading the most laps with 124 [including an extra one]. The race was the first in NASCAR Cup hsitory that used the green-white-checker finish after a late caution around lap 155. The race still finished under yellow, but Gordon was way ahead by then. Gordon then bypassed Victory Lane [and the Powerade controversy], stopping the #24 DuPont Chevy at the start/finish line / yard of bricks and celebrating there with his team [think there will be a fine?]. Points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson lost an engine and finished 36th and allowed Gordon to close to within 97 points of the Drivers Points. A few new records most cautions with 13, caution laps 47 [if they count the last one], most laps led by Gordon with 124, slowest race speed average at 115.030mph. #24-Gordon and #91-Elliott ties #2-Wallace for the most top-10's in Brickyard 400 history with 9 [in 11 races], the least number of drivers running at the end of the race at 30 [was 39]. The rest of the top-5 were: #88-Dale Jarrett, #38-Elliott Sadler, #9-Kasey Kahne and #20-Tony Stewart. On the very last lap  #21-Rudd cut a tire and hit wall, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #6-Martin got together and cut down tires. The race ended with a checker-yellow, but the unofficial results indicate 12 cautions not 13, but if you count the last one, it should be 13.
Good race recap at .
IMS Radio reports that the #24 and the team finally made it to Victory Lane, but without the NBC camera's.
For results see:
- Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after 161 of 161 laps at Indy:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 3095
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2998, -97
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2855, -240
#20-Tony Stewart, 2761, -334
#17-Matt Kenseth, 2738, -357
The race for 10th
Standings at NASCAR.com.(8-8-2004)
- Race Notes - Indianapolis: #24-Jeff Gordon won the 2004 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, scoring his 69th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 386th career start. His last victory came at Daytona in July, four races ago. This was Gordon's 48th career victory on a superspeedway.
Gordon scored his fourth Brickyard 400 victory (1994, 1998, 2001 and 2004). He joins A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977), Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991) and Al Unser Sr. (1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987) who also won four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Gordon remained second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. This was his fifth victory in 2004.
Gordon led four times for 124 laps, including the final 35, of the 160  laps raced, the sixth time he has led the most laps in a race this season, more than any other driver. It was the most laps led in any NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Indianapolis.
Gordon has led 433 of the 1,761 laps raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 11 races here, the most of any driver (24.6 percent).
This was the 13th victory for Chevrolet in 2004. Ford has six and Dodge has two.
With five races remaining, there is still plenty of time in the race to secure a spot in the final top-10 before the race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup begins in earnest at New Hampshire in September. As much as 156 points can change within one race, based on the difference of a first-place finish leading the most laps (190 points) as opposed to a 43rd-place finish (34 points). All of the top-34 points positions following Indianapolis are separated by less than 156 points, meaning all of those positions conceivably can change hands next week at Watkins Glen.
Ryan Newman is 10th in the point standings but the next five drivers are all within 123 points of the coveted 10th position.
Pos Driver Behind 10th
11th Kasey Kahne 31
12th Jeremy Mayfield 32
13th Dale Jarrett 55B
14th Jamie McMurray 109
15th Mark Martin 123
The top-six drivers are locked into the top-10 for this coming week. Sixth-place Elliott Sadler is 163 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey
Kahne and providing he competes in the next race, cannot drop out of the top 10. Kurt Busch, Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman all could conceivably lose their top-10 ranking at Watkins Glen.
Jimmie Johnson (36th) remained first in the point standings for the eighth time in his career. Johnson ranked first in the standings after Kansas City in September 2002 and in the last seven races. He lost 135 points of his point lead today and now has a 97-point lead over second-place Jeff Gordon.
Johnson posted his third DNF in 2004. His last engine failure occurred at Talladega in September 2003.
Gordon's victory marked the ninth win for Hendrick Motorsports in 2004, the most by any owner.
Dale Jarrett (second) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 2004. Jarrett scored his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. Jarrett climbed from 14th to 13th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, He is only 55 points from 10th-place Newman.
Elliott Sadler (third) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2004. This is his first top-10 finish in six races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth has ranked among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 56 straight races.
The 13 caution periods in the 2004 Brickyard 400 set a record eclipsing the previous record of nine set here in 1998. This was the slowest of the 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 16 cars out of race was also a record for the Brickyard 400.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-8-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Indy: In what was an unusually rough race for this place, Jeff Gordon was dominant today and won the Brickyard 402.5 handily this afternoon. Gordon led four times for 124 laps en route to his 4th Brickyard victory, and was not seriously challenged the final 35 laps. We even had a green/white/checker finish and the world is still on it's axis.....imagine that!
This was the 6th win [actually 5th] of 2004 for Gordon, and the 69th of his Cup career (he's 7th all-time). It was worth a pretty penny as well.....$518,053.
I guess we'll see a new directive from NASCAR this week. No celebrating allowed on the track. You must go direct to the Gatorade Victory Lane sponsored by PowerAde at once. How else can we justify getting money from the both of 'em!
I've got a solution. Just put those two heavies who guard the car in Victory Lane in PowerAde uniforms. It worked for Mr. Peanut!
A ton of cautions today (13 for 47 laps)....most due to tire troubles. Whether it was low pressure or camber (my choice), it was unusual for a track that hasn't really been known for those types of problems.
Dale Jarrett (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Rockingham in February of 2003.
Elliott Sadler (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Texas in April.
Kevin Harvick (8th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Talladega in April.
Bill Elliott (9th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Homestead last November (only 4 races). His Top-10 gives us 33 drivers to score that mark this season....last year's number was 42.
Jeff Green (14th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Texas in April of 2003!
Ken Schrader (18th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Bristol in March.
Jimmy Spencer (19th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Dover in June.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-5's in a row.
Tony Stewart has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Greg Biffle (+29), followed by Kevin Harvick (+24) and Bobby Labonte (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ward Burton (-37), followed by Jimmie Johnson (-27), Casey Mears (-25), Brian Vickers (-24), Ryan Newman (-24), Sterling Marlin (-23), and Dale Earnhardt Jr (-22). Ward is now tied with Jeff Gordon with three BD's this year....tops in the "Shaft" standings.
Derrike Cope led today for the first time since he led once for six laps at Talladega in October of 1998! We're closing in on last year's number of 48 as he's the 46th different driver to lead a lap this season.
Jimmie Johnson's troubles cut his margin over Jeff Gordon to 97 markers today (not that that means much). Ryan Newman fell two spots in the final transfer spot....the margin from 10th to 13th is now only 55 points.
Rusty Wallace (20th to 17th) advanced the most spots today, while we had three drivers (Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, and Terry Labonte) fall two spots each in the standings.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(8-9-2004)
- The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 161 of 160  laps:
the first green-white-checker finish in Nextel Cup history.
car#, driver, starting spot
#24-Gordon (11)(124 laps led)
#38-Sadler (3)(32 laps led)
#9-Kahne (12)(lucky dog)
Pole Sitter, #41-Mears finished 26th, cut a tire on the last lap.
- Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (16):
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 with 9 lead changes):
#24-Gordon (124 - led halfway, new record)
#98-Cope (1)(under caution)
#4-Spencer (1)(under caution)
#49-Schrader (1)(under caution)
Cautions: 3 for 47 laps
- New record for most cautions and after the 10th caution, now in laps also.
these are approx. caution laps....
Caution 13 - Lap 161-end: #21-Rudd cut a tire and hit wall, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #6-Martin get togehter and cut down tires. The race ended with a checker-yellow, but the unofficial results indicate 12 cautions.
Caution 12 - Laps 156 - 159: #12-Newman and #25-Vickers made some sort of contact in turn 3, both spun, with Vicker backing into the wall and Newman smacking the drivers side then spun around and hit the right side and ended up against the wall. Newman walked awat miffed, Vickers drove on and may be able to limp around to finish.
Caution 11 - Laps 150 - 152: #22-Wimmer lost a right front tire and wacked the wall, but is OK.
Caution 10 - Laps 144 - 146: Debris in turn four.
Caution 9 - Laps 125 - 128: #31-Gordon lost a left front tire and for some inane reason, stayed on the track and his tire caught fire, not as bad as Marlin's but that'll be hot for the crew to work on. NASCAR let the team know they were not happy that Gordon stayed on the track, staying on the track lost him any chance of a good run.
Caution 8 - Laps 97 - 101: #77-Gaughan and #9-Kahne got together, with the contact causing the left front tire of Gaughan to immedidately go flat, and he went hard into the turn two wall. Came back down the track, but everyone missed him. #23-Raines made a great move and ran thru the grass and missed Gaughan.
Caution 7 - Laps 89 - 92: #48-Johnson lost an engine.
Caution 6 - [breaks track record] Laps 74 - 78: a mini-big one, just after the 5th caution before turn 1, #2-Wallace and #16-Biffle made contact, Wallace got sideways and went accross the track, collecting the following cars: #10-Riggs, #22-Wimmer, #5-Labonte, #0-Burton, #45-Petty, #21-Rudd, #18-Labonte and #99-Burton.
Caution 5 - [ties track record] Laps 69 - 72: #40-Marlin lost a left front tire, left debris on the track, for some reason, he stayed on the track and the tire caught fire, he stopped on the track and bailed out of the smoke filled car.
Caution 4 - Laps 44 - 48: #23-Raines had a left front tire go down and left debris on the track.
Caution 3 - Laps 31 - 32: #48-Johnson spun out, the #12-Newman did NOT touch the #48, Johnson had reported just before the spin that he was loose.
Caution 2 - Laps 24 - 26: #20-Stewart went too low, hit the turn two rumble strip and spun around, but drove on ok.
Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 8: #60-Leffler cut a right front tire down and hit the turn three wall hard. He had brished the wall just earlier, pushed the fender in, which probably cut the tire down.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Indy - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 12: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
Caution 11: #45-Petty (2), 23rd
Caution 10: #30-Blaney (2), 21st
Caution 9: #45-Petty, 23rd
Caution 8: #40-Marlin, still 22 laps down, 33rd
Caution 7: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 6: #30-Blaney, 21st
Caution 5: #9-Kahne
Caution 4: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 3: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 2: #94-Cope, 40th
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #6-Martin had problems at the end, the #8 has a bunch of damage, it was reported that the #6 may had lost an engine.
---- on the last lap #21-Rudd hit the wall on the last lap and limped around to the end.
---- #41-Mears lost a left front tire just after the 12th caution and had to pit.
---- #24-Gordon has some damage to the front valance from the debris that caused the 10th caution.
---- looks like from 15th place back made pit stops during the 10th caution.
---- on lap 142, #17-Kenseth thought he had cut down a right side front tire and came into pit, then the caution flew, however he didn't.
---- on the 9th caution, all the teams made what they hope is their last pit stops.
---- during the 8th caution, IMS Radio reported that #00-Wallace retired after losing an engine.
---- during the 7th caution, #40-Marlin came back on the track, 23 laps down.
---- as of lap 85, all cars that are on the track are on the lead lap.
---- #0-Burton and #5-Labonte were released from the infield care center after the 6th caution wreck and are OK.
---- during the 5th caution pit stops, #20-Stewart hit #88-Jarrett in the rear, no word on any damage.
---- around lap 58, #9-Kahne had to pit after falling back, as he had a right front tire going down, he may had brushed the wall. #41-Mears reported that Kahne was possibly dropping fluid.
---- #97-Busch made a few stops during the 4th caution to get some repairs on the left rear crush panel and got the brakes repaired.
---- #0-Burton came into the pit while it was closed after the 4th caution as his battery was dead and the crew had to change it, so he will restart at the end of the longest line.
---- during the 3rd caution, #97-Busch came in with a flat left rear tire, which wrapped around the brake line and tore it off, so Busch has no brakes in the left rear and less brakes on the other three wheels as there should be.
---- after Johnson's spin, the crew put a spring rubber in the right front to help un-loosen the car.
---- just before the green flag after the 3rd caution, #6-Martin hit pit road with a left front flat tire.
---- during the 2nd caution, all the lead laps cars came in to pit.
---- around lap 13, #9-Kahne got loose and came up and hit #41-Mears, who seems to be a 'target' today.
---- on the restart after the 1st caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr. tapped the the rear of #41-Mears in turn 1, Mears saved it, but fell back 6 spots.
---- just before the green flag after the 1st caution, #15-Waltrip hit pit road with a right front flat tire.
---- many of the cars in the back came into pit for adjustments.
---- before the 1st caution, #6-Martin wacked the wall, no serious damage, but came into pit and the crew pulled the fenders out to make sure they were away from the tires.
---- #41-Mears is reporting that his car is very tight.
---- wow, in the first turn on the 1st lap, #0-Burton and #41-Mears banged fenders a few times, Ward says to tell Casey, "I owe him one".
---- to the back, #18-Labonte [engine-was to start 39th], #16-Biffle [engine, 35th], #32-Craven [engine, 37th].
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Indy?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 27th
- TO THE BACK : #16-Greg Biffle wrecked in practice and will have to go the his backup car and a new engine as the other engine was damaged in the wreck.
#32-Ricky Craven's crew changed motors before practice after finding a cracked cylinder stud.
#18-Bobby Labonte lost an engine in his qualifying run.
So these drivers will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.(8-7-2004)
- Happy Hour Practice: for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest were:
slowest were #98-Cope 169.132 and #4-Spencer 172.147
no speed listed for #16-Biffle and #60-Leffler [both are at IRP for Busch qualifying] and #09-Pruett.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#38-Sadler 178.403, 11 laps
#9-Kahne 177.361, 23 laps
#17-Kenseth 177184, 16 laps
Most laps run by: #91-Elliott 27, and #77-Gaughan and #19-Mayfield 25.
For all the speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(8-7-2004)
- First Saturday Practice: for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, the fastest were:
slowest wee #09-Pruett 166.824 and #4-Spencer 174.061
no speed listed for #98-Cope.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#38-Sadler 177.445, 17 laps
#41-Mear 176.904, 8 laps
#17-Kenseth 176.584, 17 laps
Most laps run by: #9-Kahne 26, and #40-Marlin and #2-Wallace 23.
For all the speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(8-7-2004)
- Mears wins pole for the Brickyard 400: #41-Casey Mears won the Budweiser Pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, crushing the track record with a run of 186.923mph [old record was 184.343 set in 2003 by Kevin Harvick], which will hold until next year, the track gets repaved after the Brickyard 400, so it will be much faster in 2005. It is Mears 2nd pole of his career, of 2004 and in a row. The rest of the top five were #0-Ward Burton, #38-Ellott Sadler, #01-JOe Nemechek and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. #25-Brian Vickers is 6th and along with the top five broke the track record. #18-Labonte lost an engine and has to use a provisional and will have to fall back a few spots to the rear on Sunday.
For qualifying results, pole progression, rookies, provisionals and who missed, see my Jayski's Indy Qualifying/Grid Page.
Other Indy Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup at:
- First since 1964: #41-Casey Mears became the first driver since Billy Wade (Old Bridge, NJ and Bridgehampton, NY - July 1964) to post his first two career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Poles in consecutive races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-7-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Indy: The more things change, the more they stay the same.....another Mears on the Pole at Indy! Casey Mears went back-to-back today as he took the Bud Pole for Sunday's Brickyard 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with (tell us what it is, Tom Carnegie!) a neeeeew traaaaack record of 186.293 mph (48.311 sec). It's the second top-spot for Mears (and just nine days ago that was a blank category on his stat sheet), and he'll lead 'em to the green with Ward Burton alongside.
Ward Burton (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Martinsville last October.
Elliott Sadler (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Daytona in February.
Jeff Green (14th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Lowe's in May.
Kenny Wallace (22nd) has his best starting spot since he started 4th at Martinsville last October (only 6 races).
Welcome Back: Jason Leffler makes his first Nextel Cup start since he started 34th and finished 27th at Martinsville last October.
STREAKIN....Joe Nemechek has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
Lotsa entries this week so we've got seven cars on the Trouble Train. Kevin Lepage, Hermie Sadler, Morgan Shepherd, Greg Sacks, Andy Hillenburg, Geoffrey Bodine, and Kirk Shelmerdine all get the early start home.
Provisionals went to: Bobby Labonte (he "blow'd up" coming to the green), Ricky Rudd, Todd Bodine (in the 50 this week), Scott Pruett (in James Finch's #09 for this race), and Derrike Cope (in the #98 this weekend) all take the freebies to make the field.
We've seen an awful lot of shufflin' around back in the "field filler" section of the grid the last couple weeks. Are they playing musical
chairs or just watching to see if we're paying attention? Cope's in the ride that was Todd Bodine's, Andy Hillenburg is in the ride that
was Todd and Geoffrey's, Todd is in Cope's ride, and (at a venue that you would think would be a natural for him) P. J. Jones is MIA this
week. Sometimes you wonder what goes through these car owners' minds....do they really think that the problems they're having is in
the drivers seat? Cale Yarborough couldn't put some of these cars in the field!(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(8-7-2004)
- Indy Qualifying Notes: Casey Mears won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Brickyard 400, lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 48.311 seconds at 186.293 mph. He broke Kevin Harvick's track-qualifying record of 48.822 seconds, 184.343 mph, set Aug. 2, 2003. Six drivers posted laps faster than Harvick's 2003 time.
This is Mears's second career Bud Pole in 57 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Pocono, one race ago.
Mears became the first driver since Billy Wade (Old Bridge, NJ and Bridgehampton, NY - July 1964) to post his first two career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Poles in consecutive races.
It is Mears's second race at Indianapolis. He started 28th and finished 29th in 2003.
Mears became the fourth repeat Bud Pole winner in 2004, joining Jeff Gordon (five), Kasey Kahne (four) and Ryan Newman (four).
There have been eight different Bud Pole winners in the 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Indianapolis, including seven straight. Jeff Gordon (1995, 1996 and 1999 and Ernie Irvan (1997 and 1998) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners.
Ward Burton had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 48.546 seconds at 185.391 mph and will join Mears on the front row.
It is his second top-10 start in his 10 races at Indianapolis, both top-fives and both in the past two races. He started fourth here in
This is 11th Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has eight Bud Poles and Ford has two.
Jason Leffler (25th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race since Martinsville in October 2003.
Bobby Labonte, Ricky Rudd, Todd Bodine, Scott Pruett and Derrike Cope used provisionals to complete the 43-car field.[Provisionals were NOT charged this week]
Seven drivers failed to qualify for the Brickyard 400: Kevin Lepage, Hermie Sadler, Morgan Shepherd, Greg Sacks, Andy Hillenburg, Geoffrey Bodine and Kirk Shelmerdine.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-7-2004)
- Friday Practice for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over. The fastest were:
[qualifying record is 184.393 set last year by #29-Harvick]
#8-Earnhardt Jr. was 37th fastest.
Todd Bodine is listed in the #50 Dodge.
slowest were #72-Shelmerdine 166.691 and #02-Sadler 168.435.
Most laps run: #20-Stewart with 23 and #8-Earnhart Jr. with 22
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#60-Leffler 182.518, 6 laps
#38-Sadler 182.304, 4 laps
#41-Mears 182.285, 6 laps
For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(8-6-2004)
- 3 Wrecks in Friday Practice: Three drivers were involved in wrecks, #09-Pruett, #16-Biffle and #02-Sadler. Pruett was sent to a local hospital to be checked out. No word on who has to go to a backup.(FSN's Totally NASCAR)
AND After evaluation at the infield care center, Pruett was taken to Methodist Hospital for further evaluation and X-rays, IMS officials said. It is unknown what the X-rays were for. Hermie Sadler and Greg Biffle also crashed in practice. Biffle walked away from his wreck, while Sadler was checked and released from the infield care center and was cleared to drive by IMS director of medical services Dr. Henry Bock. Biffle was also checked, released and cleared to drive.(NASCAR.com)
UPDATE: Two accidents took place in short succession in the first hour of practice, and a third occurred 10 minutes before the session ended. At approximately 2:30 p.m. (local time), Scott Pruett did a 180-degree spin midway through Turn 1 and hit the SAFER Barrier with the driver’s side of the #09 Miccosukee Resorts Dodge. The car then slid to the inside of the track and came to rest next to the inside retaining wall in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2.
Pruett was transported by ground to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation and X-rays following the accident. He was
released later in the afternoon.
Minutes after the track reopened following Pruett’s accident, the #02 SCORE Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Hermie Sadler suffered heavy right-side damage after Sadler hit the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2. Sadler was unhurt.
At 3:50 p.m., Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 National Guard Ford, spun in Turn 4 and hit the SAFER Barrier with the left-rear corner of
the car, causing heavy damage. Biffle also was unhurt.
Fans were treated to two special events on Friday morning: the Brickyard 400 Golf Challenge presented by Brickyard Crossing Golf
Resort and the Champion’s Chat in the Pagoda Plaza.(IMS PR)
AND #91-Bill Elliott brushed the wall in his Dodge.()(8-6-2004)
- Rookie News and Notes
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Provisionals at Indy: since Provisionals [updated] were charged at Pocono, unless I mis-calculated, I have the following drivers/team not eligible to use a provisional:
#00-Kenny Wallace [not enough attempts to be eligible];
#02-Hermie Sadler [out];
#13-Greg Sacks [not enough attempts to be eligible];
#34-Geoffrey Bodine [no attempts for team];
#60-Jason Leffler [no attempts for team];
#89-Morgan Shepherd [is listed out but will have one to use after making his 18th race attempt this weekend];
#91-Bill Elliott [not enough attempts to be eligible BUT can use a champions provisional];(8-4-2004)
- Entry List Links are up for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 50 drivers are listed including: #00-Kenny Wallace; #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-Scott Pruett, #13-Greg Sacks, #23-Tony Raines, #34-Geoffrey Bodine, #37-Andy Hillenburg, #50-P.J. Jones, #51-Kevin Lepage, #72-Kirk Shelmerdine, #60-Jason Leffler, #91-Bill Elliott, and #98-Todd Bodine.(8-2-2004)
UPDATE: make it 51, #62-Derrike Cope has been added in a Chevy by SWAT Racing owned by Larry Hollenbeck [of the Busch Series](8-3-2004)
UPDATE 2 - back to 50: the #62 is now off the list and Cope is now listed in the #98 Ford.(8-4-2004)
- Entry List Links:
Jayski's Brickyard 400 Entry List, 50 cars entered
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- 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
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
YEAR CAR# DRIVER MANU AVE SPEED STARTED
1994 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 131.977 3rd
1995 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevy 155.206 13th
1996 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 139.508 24th
1997 10 Ricky Rudd Ford 130.814 7th
1998 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 126.772 3rd
1999 88 Dake Jarrett Ford 148.194 4th
2000 18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac 155.912 3rd
2001 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 130.790 27th
2002 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 125.033 2nd
2003 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 134.554 1st
Aug 2003 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 134.554mph, started 1st
Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912mph
Slowest Race Record: Bill Elliott, August 2002, 125.033mph
Track Qualifying Record: Kevin Harvick, August 2003, 184.343mph
August 2003 Pole Sitter: #29-Kevin Harvick, 184.343, finished 1st
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, August 2001, started 27th
Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon
Most Poles: 3 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 6 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 9 - Rusty Wallace
Oldest Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days, 8/4/02
Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 2 days, 8/6/1994
Most Lead Changes: 21 - 8/6/94
Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 8/5/00
Most Leaders: 13 - Twice, most recently 8/3/96
Fewest Leaders: 5 - 8/5/00
Most Cautions: 9 - 8/1/98
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 8/5/95
Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/4/02
Few Caution Laps: 4, 5/8/95
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 30, 8/4/02
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 14, 8/5/00
Most Running at the Finish: 39 - Twice, most recently, 8/5/00
Fewest Running at the Finish: 31, 8/1/98
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 117, Dale Jarrett, 8/7/99
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 11, Dale Jarrett, 8/3/96
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 5 - Chevy
Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 10 races] 10%
Races won from starting pos 2: 1
Races won from starting pos 3: 3
Races won from starting pos 4: 1
Races won from starting pos 7: 1
Races won from starting pos 13: 1
Races won from starting pos 24: 1
Races won from starting pos 27: 1
Races won from the pole: 1 of 10 events (10%)
Races won from in top 10: 7 of 10 events (70%)
Races won from outside top 10: 3 of 10 events (30%)
NEWS & NOTES:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Race #: 21 of 36 (8-08-04) Track Size: 2.5 Mile
Event: Brickyard 400 Number of Laps: 160
Location: Indianapolis, IN Length of Event: 400 Miles
Length of Front Stretch: 3,300 Feet (5/8 Mile) Degree of Banking in
Length of Back Stretch: 3,300 Feet (5/8 Mile) Degree of Banking on
Length of Short Straights: 660 Feet (1/8 Mile)
Last year’s event pole winner: Kevin Harvick 184.343 mph 8-1-03
Last year’s event winner: Kevin Harvick 134.554 mph 8-3-03 2 hrs, 58
min, 22 sec
Track qualifying record: Kevin Harvick 184.343 mph 8-1-03 48.822
Track race record: Bobby Labonte 155.912 mph 8-5-00 2 hrs, 33 min, 56
Previous winners at Indianapolis:
Jeff Gordon (3) Dale Jarrett (2) Dale Earnhardt (1) Ricky Rudd (1) Bobby
Bill Elliott (1) Kevin Harvick (1)
Races won from the pole: 1 of 10 events (10%)
Races won from the top 10: 7 of 10 events (70%)
Races won from outside top 10: 3 of 10 events (30%)
Modern Era Event Victories by Car Make (1972 - Present)
Chevy Ford Olds Pontiac Buick Dodge Mercury Plymouth
5 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
• Rick Mast won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway qualifying for the inaugural 1994 Brickyard 400.
• Jeff Gordon won the 1994 inaugural Brickyard 400, the first NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
• The first and only time in the modern era that three brothers led at
least one lap in the same race occurred in the inaugural race at Indianapolis
(1994): Geoffrey, Brett and Todd Bodine.
There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the 10 NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup races at Indianapolis. Jeff Gordon (1995, ‘96 and ’99 and Ernie Irvan
(1997 and ’98) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners.
There have been seven different race winners in the 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
races at Indianapolis. Jeff Gordon (1994, 1998 and 2001) and Dale Jarrett
(1996 and 1999) are the only repeat race winners.
Chevrolet and Ford have each scored four Bud Poles at Indianapolis while
Pontiac has two. The only years that the same manufacturer won both the Bud
Pole and the race was 1995, 1997 and 2003.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Active Drivers First and Last at This Track First Start None First Pole None First Win None Last Pole
Kevin Harvick 8/1/03
Kevin Harvick 8/3/03
Bill Elliott 8/4/02
Last Victory at This Track
in a Chevrolet Kevin Harvick 2003 Brickyard 400
in a Dodge Bill Elliott 2002 Brickyard 400
in a Ford Dale Jarrett 1999 Brickyard 400
in a Pontiac Bobby Labonte 2000 Brickyard 400
Car Owner Victories at This Track
Car Owners Wins
Rick Hendrick 3
Robert Yates 2
Richard Childress 2
Ricky Rudd 1
Joe Gibbs 1
Ray Evernham 1
Goodyear Tire Codes: Left-side - D-6826; Right-side - D-6828 Other Tracks Using This Tire Combination: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Bristol
Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway
Estimated Pit Window: Every 38-42 laps, based on fuel mileage One to Watch
Although he has competed in only five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at
Indianapolis, Tony Stewart has a successful history at the famed speedway. He has
posted two top-10s finishes in his five Brickyard 400s. Stewart started on the
pole and finished 24th in the 1996 Indianapolis 500 en route to winning the
Rookie title for the race. He has competed in four other Indy Racing League races
there. He finished in the top-10 in three of his five IRL races at
Indianapolis, including a sixth-place finish in the 2001 Indianapolis 500. Stewart won the
Bud Pole for the 2002 Brickyard 400.
Track Update of the Week
None of the fourteen drivers that have competed in all 10 races have
completed all 1,600 laps run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Would You Believe?
Fourteen drivers competed in all 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at
Indianapolis. Of the 14, only Joe Nemechek has yet to post a top-10 finish.
Although he has not competed at Indianapolis since 1998, Morgan Shepherd
has a 10.00 average finish in his four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races there. Shepherd
finished 10th in the first two Brickyard 400s, fifth in 1996 and 15th in 1998. Track Tidbits
• The posted awards for the Brickyard 400 are $8,771,458.
• The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus is worth $10,000 for the Brickyard 400.
• The MBNA Lap Leader Bonus is worth $15,000 for the Brickyard 400.
• Last place in this year’s Brickyard 400 is set at a minimum of $116,109.
• The field will consist of 43 cars: the fastest 38 cars plus five
provisionals based upon current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup owner points. The 43rd position is
reserved for a past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion, if needed. If unused by a past
champion, it will go to the next eligible car owner.
• Qualifying speeds will be used to determine the first 38 starting
positions, with the provisionals added afterward as required.
• Kevin Harvick is the defending Bud Pole winner of the Brickyard 400.
• Only seven drivers have won Bud Pole Awards at Indianapolis: Rick Mast
(1994), Jeff Gordon (1995, ‘96 and ‘99), Ernie Irvan (1997 and ‘98), Ricky Rudd
(2000), Jimmy Spencer (2001), Tony Stewart (2002) and Kevin Harvick (2003).
• Six of the 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from
a top-four starting position and the last two have been won from the front row
(Bill Elliott – second in 2002; Kevin Harvick – first in 2003).
• The third-place starting position is the only position to produce more
than one race winner at Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon (1994 and ’98) and Bobby
• The Brickyard 400 has been won from a top-10 starting position seven of
• The furthest back a winner has started in the nine races at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
• Kevin Harvick is the defending champion of the Brickyard 400.
• John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart are the only drivers to
compete in an Indianapolis 500 and a Brickyard 400 in the same year: Andretti
(1994), Gordon (1997, 2002 and 2003) and Stewart (1999 and 2001).
• Eight drivers have raced in the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 during their careers: John Andretti, Geoff Brabham, A.J. Foyt, Robby Gordon, Jason Leffler, Scott Pruett, Tony Stewart and Danny Sullivan.
400. Foyt competed in the 1994 Brickyard 400, the final event of his NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup career.
Selected Modern Era Performance at this Track
• Jeff Gordon leads all other drivers, posting three Bud Poles at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ernie Irvan posted two Bud Poles there.
• Jeff Gordon leads all other drivers with three victories at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett has two victories there.
• Jeff Gordon has scored six top-five finishes at Indianapolis, more than
any other driver.
• Rusty Wallace has scored nine top-10 finishes at Indianapolis, more than
any other driver.
• Bill Elliott has a 9.10 average start in nine races at Indianapolis, the
best among active drivers with more than five starts.
• Kevin Harvick has a 5.67 average finish at Indianapolis, the best of
drivers with two or more starts.
• Jeff Gordon has led 309 of 1,600 laps raced at Indianapolis (19 per
cent), 123 more than his nearest competitor Dale Jarrett who has led 186. How Important is Track Position?
Seven of the 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Indianapolis have been won
from a top-10 starting position - all from seventh or better. The other three
have been won from 13th or worse.
A provisional starter has posted a top-10 finish only three times in the
10 races at Indianapolis. Rusty Wallace (37th to fourth in the 2001), posted
the best finish of a provisional starter in the 10 races at Indianapolis.
Morgan Shepherd finished fifth in 1996 from the 38th starting position. Jimmie
Johnson finished ninth from the 37th starting position in 2002.
- Nextel at Indy: Nextel Service Coverage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
regarding Nextel service coverage around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this coming weekend - August 6-8. At this time, we anticipate that service coverage will be somewhat limited, primarily on Sunday for the Brickyard 400. Given anticipated attendance and the corresponding volume of calls on Sunday, Nextel anticipate's that there may be some difficulty completing both outbound and inbound calls. This is also likely to be the case for Nextel Direct Connect service.
Nextel brings the equivalent of 15 cellular sites to each NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series track through its four COWs (cell on wheels), which are strategically positioned outside and in the infield of the tracks. Given the large size of the IMS property and the anticipated fan attendance, Nextel is deploying one additional COW along the routes leading to and away from the track and have adjusted their permanent cellular site outside of Turn One to its fullest capacity.
Nextel apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and assure folks that they are working diligently with IMS and the other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series tracks to best serve everyone and the entire NASCAR industry.
also, see an article at the Indy Star about Nextel and NASCAR: Nextel tries small steps after writing big check.(8-8-2004)
- Rascal Flatts To Sing Anthem At Brickyard 400: Award-winning country music recording artists Rascal Flatts will sing the national anthem before the 11th Brickyard 400 on Aug. 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rascal Flatts, comprised of Jay DeMarcus, Gary Levox and Joe Don Rooney, has become one of the most popular country music groups after releasing just two albums, with more than 4 million copies sold.(IMS Site)(7-19-2004)
- Tix Available for the Brickyard 400: Tickets for the 11th annual Brickyard 400 on Aug. 8 are on sale and can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com or by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.(IMS Site)(7-19-2004)
- Busch Race at IMS? Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Tony George is considering adding a 250-mile Busch race to next year's schedule of events, according to sources in Indianapolis.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-28-2004)
- 2005 Brickyard 400 Date: Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2005 Brickyard 400 is expected to be confirmed as Aug. 7 when NASCAR releases its Nextel Cup schedule Friday.(Indianapolis Star)(5-13-2004)
- Some Indy News and Get Well Tom: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has increased the number of reserved parking lots for its races to seven, including a new lot across the street from the main entrance on 16th Street. Call (317) 492-6700 for reservations. Legendary IMS public address announcer Tom Carnegie is recovering from pneumonia, but he expects to be ready for opening day at the track May 9.(Indianapolis Star)(4-10-2004)
- Indy to be re-paved after Brickyard 400: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is getting a makeover. Track officials announced plans Wednesday to repave the 2 1/2-mile oval after the Brickyard 400 on August 8. According to the Indianapolis Star, the repaving project -- the first at the track since 1995 -- will cost about $2 million.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(4-1-2004)
- New Parking Lot at Indy: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is buying and clearing 16 acres across 16th Street to make room for more parking for race days. Crews are demolishing the Classic Motor Inn and will begin soon on the American Art and Clay Co. factory. Motor Speedway executives said the demolished buildings would be replaced with parking lots for cars and recreational vehicles. Some of the space near the main gate area will be used for food and racing merchandise vendors. The land is expected to be resurfaced in time for the May activities surrounding the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on May 30.(Indianapolis Star)(2-10-2004)
- Sad News: Jim Phillippe, a longtime public address announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has died after a long illness. He was 84. Beginning with the 1950 Indianapolis 500, Phillippe announced every race at the speedway until August's Brickyard 400. For 35 years Phillippe also announced the home basketball and football games for Butler University, where he taught drama and radio. He is a member of the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame.(Yahoo Sports/AP and see a larger story at the Indianapolis Star)(12-17-2003)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- 13mph faster: #41-Casey Mears' pole speed was more than 13 mph faster than Rick Mast's speed when he won the pole for the inaugural race here in 1994.(Roanoke Times), just wait until next year since the they will be repaving the track after this race, 190mph in 2005?(8-8-2004)
- No Standby for Dale Jr. at Indy: Richie Gilmore told Claire B. Lang on XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 144 that there is no plan for a stand by driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. Earnhardt Jr. plans to drive the entire race and Gilmore feels strongly that Earnhardt Jr. will run the entire race. The #8 team had a serious meeting this week and they are committed to racing the entire race with Earnhardt Jr. as the driver and to step up performance as a team. No stand by has been appointed.(XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 144)(8-6-2004)
- Morgan-McClure team gets a sponsor for Indy: Morgan-McClure Motorsports announces that Featherlite, Inc. (www.fthr.com), the "Official Trailer" and "Official Luxury Coach" of NASCAR, will be the primary sponsor of the #4 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the upcoming prestigious Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Featherlite will sponsor the car for one race at this time. Featherlite is a North American leader in manufacturing and marketing high quality aluminum trailers, specialized transporters, custom mobile marketing trailers, and luxury motor coaches. A premium line of NEXTEL Cup licensed Featherlite Car Care products is available at automotive stores and www.featherlitecarcare.com. In addition to Featherlite, Lucas Oil Products, the world leader of heavy duty and high-performance oils, greases and additives, will be an Associate Sponsor for Indy. Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. It has established itself as the top selling additive line in the auto part retailers and American truck stop industries. Larry McClure quotes: "Having Featherlite join the #4 car again as a primary sponsor is an excellent opportunity for us. We are also pleased to welcome Lucas Oil to Morgan-McClure. "The team tested at Indy a few weeks ago and had a very positive test session. Coming off of a string of top-25 finishes and a car which was very competitive last week at Pocono adds extra momentum to the team going into the Brickyard 400. We feel confident we can have a good weekend."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(8-5-2004)
- Jeff Green fastest overall at Indy testing: A total of 38 drivers combined to turn 6,284 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway during six days of testing this month for the 11th annual Brickyard 400 on Aug. 8. That’s 15,710 miles of testing, nearly the same distance from Indianapolis to Auckland, New Zealand – and back. In fact, each driver averaged 165 laps – five laps more than the actual race distance – during testing July 6-7, July 12-13 and July 19-20 at Indianapolis. The top three drivers in testing this month - Jeff Green, Brian Vickers and Jason Leffler - have combined to complete just three full NASCAR NEXTEL Cup seasons. Green has raced two full seasons, Leffler one, while Vickers is a rookie after capturing the NASCAR Busch Series title in 2003. Green was fastest overall at 181.641 mph in the #43 Cheerios Dodge on July 7, while Vickers was second at 181.554 in the #25 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet on July 13. Leffler rounded out the top three at 180.787 in the #60 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet on July 13.(IMS PR/Site), see all the speeds at brickyard400.com.(7-22-2004)
- A question, I get: why do some drivers knock the PowerAde bottles off the top of the car in victory lane? Easy:
PowerAde is owned by Coca-Cola
Gatorade is ownerd by Pepsi
so drivers like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, who have ties to Pepsi or Gatorade knock the bottles off. Simple as that. comments concerning those actions can be addressed by contacting the teams.(7-1-2004)
UPDATE: NASCAR wants Nextel Cup drivers to refrain from removing a conflicting sponsor's product from their cars in victory lane. At the drivers' meeting prior to Sunday's Siemens 300, NASCAR president Mike Helton told the drivers "do not take it upon yourselves to remove products" placed on cars as they come in for victory celebrations. "For years there have been sponsors that conflict with a car's sponsor or a driver's personal sponsor," Helton said. "We've been able to work through those with politeness and respect, and we need to get back to that." The recent issues have mostly been with a large, blue Powerade bottle that some drivers have pushed or even knocked off their cars because of affiliations with Gatorade or with Pepsi, which owns Gatorade. Powerade is a Coca-Cola product. "You can maneuver away from it or work around it," Helton said. "If that doesn't begin happening again, we will be forced to deal with it."()(7-25-2004)
- Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)
- Elliott at Indy UPDATE: #91-Bill Elliott plans to return to Indy, the site of his 43rd career win, driving a Dodge sponsored by Visteon.(RacingOne)(6-12-2004)
UPDATE: on Tuesday, June 22nd, Visteon's Greg Gyllstrom, vice president and general manager of North America and Asia Aftermarket Operations, will join Ray Evernham and driver Bill Elliott to announce details of the Brickyard 400 and a primary sponsorship of the team. Visteon's Aftermarket Operations are committed to leading the market in delivering products that withstand the extreme vehicle requirements and endurance of racing, and to delivering original equipment components and systems to customers and consumers of Aftermarket products. The Brickyard 400 will also be the venue for the first public showing of Visteon's newest line of glass products, the NASCAR® Performance Windshields and the GlideMaster rear windows for light duty trucks.(Visteon Site)(6-19-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Special Scheme at Indy for Marlin: Salute to the Troops: The Coors Light Dodge will once again sport the Marines paint scheme this weekend for the Brickyard 400. This will be the third of four races for this paint scheme. Also, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Michael Hagee, will be in attendance for Sunday’s festivities. Country group Rascal Flatts will be singing the national anthem kicking off the Brickyard 400. The band, which is also sponsored by Coors Brewing Company, will be featured on the lower rear quarter of the Coors Light Dodge for Sunday’s race.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(8-5-2004)
- #9 and #19 Schemes for the Summer: the #9 and #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will continue to run its new paint scheme this weekend in New Hampshire. The new scheme will run through the August 28th race in Bristol in support of Dodge's
Summer Sales Drive.(Clear!Blue PR)(7-20-2004)
- Smirnoff Ice Back with Kenseth: Smirnoff Ice will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth in six races during the 2004 season:
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s
July 3 Pepsi 400 at Daytona
July 25 Siemens 300 at New Hampshire
August 8 Brickyard 400 at Indy
September 5 Pop Secret 500 at California
October 3 EA Sports 500 at Talladega
Smirnoff will also have secondary sponsorship on the DeWALT car for the remaining 2004 races.(Mattkenseth.com), see images of the car and a new DeWalt scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(2-4-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs