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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard Preview

DateSunday, July 27SiteIndianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
Track2.5-mile ovalCapacitymore than 250,000 permanent seats
AnnouncersRadioIMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time1 p.m. ETLaps160
Pick to WinPick to Win - Jimmie JohnsonDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - finished 30
Defending ChampionRyan NewmanRunner UpJimmie Johnson
Last Year's Pole WinnerRyan Newman (finished 1)  


Qualifying RecordsRyan Newman, 2013 (187.531 mph)Race RecordBobby Labonte, 2000 (155.912 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Ryan Newman1
6Dale Earnhardt Jr15
2Jimmie Johnson2
7Jeff Gordon9
3Kasey Kahne7
8Joey Logano11
4Tony Stewart5
9Juan Pablo Montoya8
5Matt Kenseth13
10Kyle Busch19

Facts and Figures

Average Speed153.485 mphTime of Race2 hrs., 36 mins., 22 secs.
Margin of Victory2.657 secs.Caution Flags3 for 14 laps
Lead Changes20 among 12 driversPole WinnerRyan Newman (187.531 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Ryan NewmanChevrolet153.485 mph
2012Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet137.680 mph
2011Paul MenardChevrolet140.762 mph
2010Jamie McMurrayChevrolet136.054 mph
2009Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet145.882 mph.
2008Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet115.117 mph
2007Tony StewartChevrolet117.379 mph
2006Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet137.182 mph
2005Tony StewartChevrolet118.782 mph
2004Jeff GordonChevrolet115.037 mph
2003Kevin HarvickChevrolet134.554 mph
2002Bill ElliottDodge125.033 mph
2001Jeff GordonChevrolet130.79 mph
2000Bobby LabontePontiac155.912 mph
1999Dale JarrettFord148.194 mph
1998Jeff GordonChevrolet126.772 mph
1997Ricky RuddFord130.814 mph
1996Dale JarrettFord(139.508 mph
1995Dale EarnhardtChevrolet155.206 mph
1994Jeff GordonChevrolet131.977 mph

Past Pole Winners

2013Ryan Newman1
2012Denny Hamlin6
2011David Ragan23
2010Juan Pablo Montoya32
2009Mark Martin2
2008Jimmie Johnson1
2007Reed Sorenson5
2006Jeff Burton15
2005Elliott Sadler32
2004Casey Mears26
2003Kevin Harvick1
2002Tony Stewart12
2001Jimmy Spencer13
2000Ricky Rudd21
1999Jeff Gordon3
1998Ernie Irvan6
1997Ernie Irvan10
1996Jeff Gordon37
1995Jeff Gordon6
1994Rick Mast22

Last Race Results

Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 13)

SiteNew Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New HampshireMiles322.69
Laps305Pole WinnerKyle Busch (finished 2)
Time of Race2 hrs., 58 mins., 3 secs.Average Speed108.741 mph
Margin of Victory0.750 secs.Caution Flags7 for 35 laps
Lead Changes  
Lap Leaders: Ky. Busch 1-62, Hamlin 63-73, Keselowski 74-78, Larson 79, Ku. Ky. Busch 1-62, Hamlin 63-73, Keselowski 74-78, Larson 79, Ku. Busch 80, Hamlin 81-89, Keselowski 90-113, Larson 114-126, Kenseth 127-138, Keselowski 139-154, Logano 155-157, Bowyer 158-176, Keselowski 177-180, Bowyer 181, Keselowski 182-213, Bowyer 214-229, Keselowski 230-250, J. Gordon 251-269, Keselowski 270-305.
Winner: Brad Keselowski
Second: Kyle Busch
Third: Kyle Larson
Fourth: Matt Kenseth
Fifth: Ryan Newman

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow/Mycogen Seeds
4.Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose(Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
12Juan Pablo Montoya(Bogota, Colombia)Ford/Penske Truck Rental
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/RK Motors Charlotte
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Safety
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Eco Power Oil
18Kyle Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Snickers
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne(Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Moen
20Matt Crafton(Tulare, CA)Toyota/Toyota Care
31 *Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Ford/Keen Parts/Androzene
33David Stremme(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Thunder Coal
34David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Ford/MDS
36Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Bobby Labonte(Corpus Christi, TX)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/
41Kurt Busch(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Kingsford Charcoal
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
55Brian Vickers(Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Brett Moffitt(Grimes, IA)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex(Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love Radio
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curb Record/Lee Brice
99Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal

Leading Contenders

Ryan Newman341342131417127Won
Jimmie Johnson38Won39WonWon2219Won2
Kasey Kahne23640771318123
Tony StewartWon8Won23356104
Matt Kenseth52103810125355
Dale Earnhardt Jr436341236271646
Jeff Gordon81635923257
Joey Logano------------12925338
Juan Pablo Montoya------239113228219
Kyle Busch10741538810210
Paul Menard------20412914Won1412
Carl Edwards129182157142913
Kurt Busch181211402710213614
Jamie McMurray172633621Won42215
Denny Hamlin---10223341527618
Kevin Harvick19373762111319
Clint Bowyer---41319184131520
Brad Keselowski---------------199921
Greg Biffle2133158437324
Austin Dillon------------------------26
Brian Vickers31721425---15------
Kyle Larson---------------------------
The Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the 20th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Opening in 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile "rectangular" oval, and it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history. The track has 9 degrees of banking in all of its turns and no banking on the straightaways. The lengths of the turns are 1/4-mile in length, while the straightaways are 5/8-mile long. IMS was once paved with 3.2 million bricks, earning the nickname "The Brickyard." A 36-inch "Yard of Bricks" remains at the start/finish line. They are the only visible bricks left at this historic racetrack. The Indianapolis 500 traditionally has run on Memorial Day weekend since 1911, except war years (1917-18 and 1942-45). It is the oldest automobile race in the United States. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 98th running of the Indy 500 two months ago. There have been 20 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Indianapolis. The series has competed there once each year since 1994. Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 on Aug. 6 of that year. Four drivers have competed in all 20 races at Indianapolis: Jeff Burton, Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin. Gordon and Labonte are entered in this year's event. Burton and Martin are not. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Gordon lead all drivers with four victories each at Indianapolis. Gordon's wins there occurred in 1994, '98, 2001 and '04. Johnson's victories at this track happened in 2006, '08, '09 and '12. Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Indianapolis with eight. Richard Childress and Joe Gibbs are second on the list with three victories each. Gordon leads all drivers with three poles at Indianapolis. The race winner at Indianapolis has started from the pole three times: Kevin Harvick (2003), Johnson (2008) and Ryan Newman (2013). Newman competed at Indianapolis 12 times before winning there for the first time last year, the longest span among the seven active Sprint Cup winners at this track. The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Indianapolis is 27th, accomplished by Gordon in 2001. Chevrolet has won the last 11 Sprint Cup races Indianapolis. Bill Elliott was the last non-Chevrolet driver to win the Brickyard 400. Elliott took the checkered flag for this race in 2002 when he drove a Dodge for Evernham Motorsports. The closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Indianapolis occurred on Aug. 3, 1997 when Ricky Rudd beat Bobby Labonte to the finish line by just 0.183 seconds. Paul Menard is the only driver who scored his first career Sprint Cup victory at Indianapolis (2011). Reed Sorenson is the only driver who recorded his maiden pole in the series at this track (2007). Danica Patrick became the first female driver to compete in a Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis in 2013. Patrick started 33rd and finished 30th. Shawna Robinson (Aug. 5, 2001) is the only other female driver to attempt to compete in a Cup race at Indianapolis, but she failed to qualify for the event. Gordon is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Indianapolis. His victory there in '94 came when two days after he turned 23 years old. When Elliott was 46 years, 9 months and 27 days old, he became the oldest driver to win the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 4, 2002. The next race is the Aug. 3 400 at Pocono Raceway. Kasey Kahne won last year's event there.
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