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

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DATE: Sunday, July 28
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: more than 250,000 permanent seats
ANNUAL: 20th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, July 27/2:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 6)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Casey Mears, 2004 (186.293 mph)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Labonte, 2000 (155.912 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson66Denny Hamlin1
2Kyle Busch77Ryan Newman11
3Greg Biffle58Martin Truex Jr.17
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.209Brad Keselowski22
5Jeff Gordon510Tony Stewart28
2012 Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.680 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 54 mins., 19 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.758 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (182.763 mph)
Past Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 137.680 mph
2011 -- Paul Menard (15) -- Chevrolet -- 140.762 mph
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (4) -- Chevrolet -- 136.054 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (16) -- Chevrolet -- 145.882 mph.
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 115.117 mph
2007 -- Tony Stewart (14) -- Chevrolet -- 117.379 mph
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (5) -- Chevrolet -- 137.182 mph
2005 -- Tony Stewart (22) -- Chevrolet -- 118.782 mph
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (11) -- Chevrolet -- 115.037 mph
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (1) -- Chevrolet -- 134.554 mph
2002 -- Bill Elliott (2) -- Dodge -- 125.033 mph
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (27) -- Chevrolet -- 130.79 mph
2000 -- Bobby Labonte (3) -- Pontiac -- 155.912 mph
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (4) -- Ford -- 148.194 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 126.772 mph
1997 -- Ricky Rudd (7) -- Ford -- 130.814 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (24) -- Ford -- (139.508 mph
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (13) -- Chevrolet -- 155.206 mph
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 131.977 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Brickyard 400 (1994-2004, 2010-11), Allstate 400 at the
Brickyard 400 (2005-09).
 
Past Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Denny Hamlin -- 6
2011 -- David Ragan -- 23
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 32
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 2
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2007 -- Reed Sorenson -- 5
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 15
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 32
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 26
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1
2002 -- Tony Stewart -- 12
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer -- 13
2000 -- Ricky Rudd -- 21
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 6
1997 -- Ernie Irvan -- 10
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 37
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6
1994 -- Rick Mast -- 22
Last Race Results
RACE: Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 14)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, N.H.
LAPS: 302
MILES: 319.52
WINNER: Brian Vickers
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Jeff Burton
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (finished 4)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 14 mins., 10 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 98.735 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.582 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 12 for 58 laps
LAP LEADERS: B. Keselowski 1-9; Ky. Busch 10-62; Ku. Busch 63-74; B.
Keselowski 75-77; Ku. Busch 78-123; B. Keselowski 124-124; M.
Kenseth 125-157; B. Keselowski 158-158; Ku. Busch 159-202; T.
Stewart 203-286; B. Vickers 287-302.
Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
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/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Pepsi Max
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/TBA
33Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Mycogen Seeds
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/CSX/Play It Safe
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Auto
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jimmie Johnson3638Won39WonWon2219Won
Kyle Busch---107415388102
Greg Biffle621331584373
Dale Earnhardt Jr2743634123627164
Jeff GordonWon8163592325
Denny Hamlin------102233415276
Ryan Newman31341342131417127
Martin Truex Jr---421912241726248
Brad Keselowski------------------1999
Tony Stewart5Won8Won2335610
Mark Martin2575611211811
Kasey Kahne42364077131812
Kevin Harvick8193737621113
Paul Menard---------20412914Won14
Clint Bowyer------413191841315
Juan Pablo Montoya---------23911322821
Jamie McMurray7172633621Won422
Carl Edwards---1291821571429
Jeff Burton122015892563532
Joey Logano---------------1292533
Matt Kenseth165210381012535
Kurt Busch101812114027102136
 
Mover of the Week
Jimmie Johnson - started 43 and finished 6
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 6
 
NOTES:
The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the 20th race on the 2013 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. Tony Kanaan won the 97th running of the Indy 500 two months ago.

There have been 19 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 19 races at Indianapolis: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers with four victories each at Indianapolis. Johnson won last year's race there.

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 just two times: Kevin Harvick (2003) and Johnson (2008).

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 10 Sprint Cup races Indianapolis. Bill Elliott was the last non-Chevrolet driver to win the Brickyard 400. Elliott won 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. Menard won the Brickyard 400 on July 31, 2011.

Danica Patrick will attempt to become the first female driver to compete in a Cup race at Indianapolis. Patrick does have one start in the Nationwide Series at this track. She started 20th and finished 35th in last year's inaugural Nationwide event there. Shawna Robinson is the only other female driver who attempted to compete in a Cup event at Indy. Robinson failed to qualify for the Brickyard 400 in '01.

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. 4 GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. Gordon won last year's event there.

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As of July 23, 2013, at 04:06 PM ET