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

Date: Sunday, July 27

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana

Track: 2.5-mile oval

Laps: 160

Miles: 400

Capacity: more than 250,000 permanent seats

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 21st

On TV: ESPN

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Bobby Labonte, 2000 (155.912 mph)

Qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 2013 (187.531 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Ryan Newman

Runner up: Jimmie Johnson

Pole winner: Ryan Newman (187.531 mph)

Top 10:

1. Ryan Newman (Start: 1)

2. Jimmie Johnson (2)

3. Kasey Kahne (7)

4. Tony Stewart (5)

5. Matt Kenseth (13)

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr (15)

7. Jeff Gordon (9)

8. Joey Logano (11)

9. Juan Pablo Montoya (8)

10. Kyle Busch (19)

Average speed: 153.485 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 36 mins., 22 secs.

Margin of victory: 2.657 secs.

Caution flags: 3 for 14 laps

Lead changes: 20 among 12 drivers

Past winners

2013 Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 153.485 mph

2012 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 137.680 mph

2011 Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 140.762 mph

2010 Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 136.054 mph

2009 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 145.882 mph.

2008 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 115.117 mph

2007 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 117.379 mph

2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 137.182 mph

2005 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 118.782 mph

2004 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 115.037 mph

2003 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 134.554 mph

2002 Bill Elliott, Dodge, 125.033 mph

2001 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 130.79 mph

2000 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 155.912 mph

1999 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 148.194 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 126.772 mph

1997 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 130.814 mph

1996 Dale Jarrett, Ford, (139.508 mph

1995 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 155.206 mph

1994 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 131.977 mph

Last race

Race: Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 13)

Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire

Miles: 322.69

Laps: 305

Finish line order: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 58 mins., 3 secs.

Average speed: 108.741 mph

Margin of victory: 0.750 secs.

Caution flags: 7 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.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad 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

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express

#12 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Ford/Penske Truck Rental

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/RK Motors Charlotte

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M Safety

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Eco Power Oil

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Snickers

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Axalta

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick Gear

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Moen

#20 Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA) Toyota/Toyota Care

#31 * Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Keen Parts/Androzene

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Thunder Coal

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/MDS

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#37 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Stops

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/carsforsale.com

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Eckrich

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Kingsford Charcoal

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/TBA

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/K-Love Radio

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curb Record/Lee Brice

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ryan Newman 34 13 42 13 14 17 12 7 Won
Jimmie Johnson 38 Won 39 Won Won 22 19 Won 2
Kasey Kahne 2 36 40 7 7 13 18 12 3
Tony Stewart Won 8 Won 23 3 5 6 10 4
Matt Kenseth 5 2 10 38 10 12 5 35 5
Dale Earnhardt Jr 43 6 34 12 36 27 16 4 6
Jeff Gordon 8 16 3 5 9 23 2 5 7
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 12 9 25 33 8
Juan Pablo Montoya --- --- 2 39 11 32 28 21 9
Kyle Busch 10 7 4 15 38 8 10 2 10
Paul Menard --- --- 20 41 29 14 Won 14 12
Carl Edwards 12 9 18 2 15 7 14 29 13
Kurt Busch 18 12 11 40 27 10 21 36 14
Jamie McMurray 17 26 33 6 21 Won 4 22 15
Denny Hamlin --- 10 22 3 34 15 27 6 18
Kevin Harvick 19 3 7 37 6 2 11 13 19
Clint Bowyer --- 4 13 19 18 4 13 15 20
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- --- 19 9 9 21
Greg Biffle 21 33 15 8 4 3 7 3 24
Austin Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 26
Brian Vickers 3 17 21 42 5 --- 15 --- ---
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com 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 GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. Kasey Kahne won last year's event there.



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