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Big Machine Vodka 400

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #26 of 36

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:05pm/et (moved up from 2:24pm/et due to the chance of rain)
Laps/Stages: 167 laps total. Stages end on laps: 50/100/160
Average time of race: 3:21:07
Minimum speed: 12.5 %
Fuel window: 32 laps
Average # caution flags: 11
Pit road speed: 55 mph
Caution car speed: 70 mph


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 2:00pm/et, NBC and streamed at NBC Sports Live (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): IMS Radio Network / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Saturday, September 7, 11:05-11:55am/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, September 7, 1:30-2:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN.

Qualifying: Sunday, September 8 at 10:35am/et, TV-NBCSN.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Friday, September 6
8:00 PM-10:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, September 7
8:00 AM-8:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:30 PM-2:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, September 8
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:35 AM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 50/100/160 LAPS = 400 MILES )

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)

Contingency awards
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Driver Points before reset
Owner Points before reset
Cumulative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Paint schemes


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

#4-Kevin Harvick  won the Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The win is his 3rd win of 2019, 2nd win at Indianapolis and 48th career win. It is the 8th time in his career that he won from the pole.
#22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #43-Wallace, #24-Byron, #14-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin, #12-Blaney, #6-Newman, #9-Elliott, and #21-Menard.
The final two Playoff positions that had not been locked up were taken by #14-Bowyer and #6-Newman.
The two drivers on the Playoff bubble that did not advance were #41-Suarez and #48-Johnson.
#41-Suarez hit the outside wall on lap 10 and had to pit multiple times. Later in the race he got caught a lap down after pitting, but got he free pass. He moved up to finish 11th, but ended up 4 points behind Newman for the final spot.
#48-Johnson was involved in an accident on lap 104 and finished 35th. He missed the Playoffs for the first time in his career.
Stage 1 was won by Logano. Stage 2 was won by #4-Harvick.
There were 13 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 48 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 119.443mph.
See race details at: Race Results (pdf), Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Indianapolis
Kevin Harvick won the 26th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard presented by Florida Georgia Line, his 48th victory in 672 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 19 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2019.
Bubba Wallace (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ryan Preece (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 17 points over Joey Logano. Busch is the Monster Energy Series Regular Season Champion.
Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman clinch the final two spots on points and advance to the Playoffs.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-8-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Indianapolis (after points reset):
1) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] 2045 pts
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [4 wins] 2030
3) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [4 wins] 2029
4) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins] 2028
5) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins] 2028
6) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins] 2024
7) #9-Chase Elliott [2 win] 2018
8) #1-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2011
9) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win] 2005
10) #20-Erik Jones [1 win] 2005
11) #42-Kyle Larson 2005
12) #12-Ryan Blaney 2004
outside the top 12
13) #24-William Byron 2001
14) #10-Aric Almirola 2001
15) #14-Clint Bowyer 2000
16) #6-Ryan Newman 2000
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Indianapolis (before points reset):
1) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] 988 pts (points leader and regular season champion)
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [4 wins]
3) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [4 wins]
4) #4-Kevin Harvick [3 wins]
5) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins]
6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins]
7) #9-Chase Elliott [2 win]
8) #1-Kurt Busch [1 win]
9) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win]
10) #20-Erik Jones [1 win]
clinched playoff spot on points
11) #12-Ryan Blaney, 755
12) #42-Kyle Larson, 736
13) #24-William Byron, 718
14) #10-Aric Almirola, 698
15) #14-Clint Bowyer, 663
16) #6-Ryan Newman, 652
Did not make the playoffs:
17) #41-Daniel Suarez, 648, -4
18) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 609, -43
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

To the rear: #11-Hamlin (backup car)

Indianapolis Paint Schemes

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made. Since qualifying is being held Sunday morning before the race, stalls were selected based on owner points rather than qualifying results.
#18-Busch’s team got first choice and chose pit stall 1.
Second place in owner points, #22-Logano, took the second stall.
#11-Hamlin is third in owner points and chose the 10th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #36-Tifft, who is 31st in owner points.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(9-7-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

#4-Kevin Harvick won the Busch pole for the Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.766mph for his 5th pole of 2019, 3rd at Indianapolis and 30th of his career.
#21-Menard will start 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #1-Busch, #12-Blaney, #10-Almirola.
Starting positions for drivers on the playoff bubble: #14-Bowyer 3rd, #48-Johnson 5th, #41-Suarez 20th, #6-Newman 22nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-8-2019)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Pole Award for the 26th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard presented by Florida Georgia Line with a lap of 48.448 seconds, 185.766 mph.
This is his 30th pole in 672 Monster Energy Series races.
This is his fifth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2019.
This is his third pole in 19 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Paul Menard (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2019 and his second in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 26 races this season.
Daniel Hemric (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(9-8-2019)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#21-Menard 185.079
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 184.151
#20-Jones 183.550
#37-Buescher 183.385
#95-DiBenedetto 183.050
Slowest: #27-Sieg 172.685 & #53-Bilicki 172.391mph
Most laps run: #48-Johnson, 35 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 14 drivers): #1-Busch 181.327mph.
Notes: #11-Hamlin hit the outside wall as practice was coming to a close. He will have to go to a back up car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(9-7-2019)

First practice for the Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 185.025
#1-Busch 184.763
#2-Keselowski 184.600
#9-Elliott 184.305
#43-Wallace 183.685
Slowest: #53-Bilicki 170.593
Most laps run: #9-Elliott and #24-Byron, 22
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 0 drivers): No drivers ran 10 consecutive laps
Notes: #95-DiBenedetto was held 15 minutes at the end of the session for failing inspection at Darlington.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) page.(9-7-2019)

Inspection at Indianapolis: Cars will be impounded after qualifying at Indianapolis on Sunday morning.  The lineup will be official after qualifying.

Playoff clinch scenarios at Indianapolis

Entry List for the Big Machine Vodka 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #27-Sieg, #51-McLeod, #52-Smithley, #53-Bilicki, #54-Yeley, #77-Sorenson, #96-Kligerman.
Since 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

Sunday Indianapolis Notebook

Saturday Indianapolis Notebook

Friday Indianapolis Notebook

Weekend Preview: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

September 2018: see the Indianapolis Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Florida Georgia Line
Command to start engines: Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Tenn South Distillery/Big Machine Vodka Executive Vice President Mark Borchetta
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Richard Childress
Color Guard: Indiana National Guard
Invocation: Howard Brammer
National Anthem: Danielle Bradbery
Flyover: 2 A-10s 122nd Fighter Wing


WEATHER

Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Channel – Speedway, IN
Weather Channel – Indianapolis, IN
WeatherBug
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Goodyear Fast Facts — Indianapolis