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DATE: Sunday, July 25th
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909) -- Indianapolis, Indiana
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval - 3,330 feet (Frontstretch); 3,300 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 18th
CAPACITY: 350,000 (257,325 Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:19 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jamie McMurray
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 32nd)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Casey Mears, 2004 (186.293 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Labonte, 2000 (155.912 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $9,165,503 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $438,877; 2nd Place - $352,424; 3rd Place - $300,000
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jamie McMurray46Jeff Burton10
2Kevin Harvick97Carl Edwards19
3Greg Biffle78Kyle Busch23
4Clint Bowyer69Joey Logano34
5Tony Stewart1510Kurt Busch14
2010 Brickyard 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.054 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 56 minutes, 24 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.391 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (182.128 m.p.h.)
Past Brickyard 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 136.054 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 145.882 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 115.117 m.p.h.
2007 -- Tony Stewart (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 117.379 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 137.182 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 118.782 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 115.037 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 134.554 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Dodge -- 125.033 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (27th) -- Chevrolet -- 130.79 m.p.h.
2000 -- Bobby Labonte (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 155.912 m.p.h. (race record)
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (4th) -- Ford -- 148.194 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 126.772 m.p.h.
1997 -- Ricky Rudd (7th) -- Ford -- 130.814 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (24th) -- Ford -- (139.508 m.p.h.
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 155.206 m.p.h.
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 131.977 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Brickyard 400 (1994-2004), Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
400 (2005-09).
 
Past Brickyard 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 32nd
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 2nd
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2007 -- Reed Sorenson -- 5th
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 15th
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 32nd
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 26th
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1st
2002 -- Tony Stewart -- 12th
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer -- 13th
2000 -- Ricky Rudd -- 21st
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3rd
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 6th
1997 -- Ernie Irvan -- 10th
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 37th
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6th
1994 -- Rick Mast -- 22nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (July 17th)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
LAPS: 301
MILES: 318.458
WINNER: Ryan Newman
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
THIRD: Denny Hamlin
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.100 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.773 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 44 laps
LAP LEADERS: R. Newman 1-5; T. Stewart 6-30; R. Newman 31; J. McMurray 32-37;
R. Newman 38-40; Kurt Busch 41-60; R. Newman 61; M. Martin 62-64;
R. Newman 65-101; J. Johnson 102-120; K. Kahne 121-125; J. Gordon
126-144; G. Biffle 145; A. Lally 146-147; Kurt Busch 148-193; T.
Stewart 194-216; C. Edwards 217; J. Logano 218-221; M. Ambrose
222-225; J. Logano 226; C. Bowyer 227-229; R. Newman 230-301.
Brickyard 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1 *Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy/Quaker State
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Red Cross
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/FAS Lane Racing
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Nibco
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Big Red
37Tony Raines (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Erik Darnell (Beach Park, IL)Chevrolet/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Huggies
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Toyota/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Platinum Filter
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Standard Publishing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
77Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Dodge/Speed Energy
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts Ortho
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Jamie McMurray---3rd7th17th26th33rd6th21stWon
Kevin Harvick5thWon8th19th3rd7th37th6th2nd
Greg Biffle---21st6th21st33rd15th8th4th3rd
Clint Bowyer------------4th13th19th18th4th
Tony Stewart12th12th5thWon8thWon23rd3rd5th
Jeff Burton29th27th12th20th15th8th9th25th6th
Carl Edwards---------12th9th18th2nd15th7th
Kyle Busch---------10th7th4th15th38th8th
Joey Logano---------------------12th9th
Kurt Busch41st7th10th18th12th11th40th27th10th
Mark Martin28th9th25th7th5th6th11th2nd11th
Matt Kenseth3rd2nd16th5th2nd10th38th10th12th
Kasey Kahne------4th2nd36th40th7th7th13th
Paul Menard---------------20th41st29th14th
Denny Hamlin------------10th22nd3rd34th15th
Ryan Newman4th11th31st34th13th42nd13th14th17th
Brad Keselowski------------------------19th
David Ragan---------------16th14th24th20th
Jimmie Johnson10th18th36th38thWon39thWonWon22nd
Jeff Gordon6th4thWon8th16th3rd5th9th23rd
Martin Truex Jr---------42nd19th12th24th17th26th
Dale Earnhardt Jr22nd14th27th43rd6th34th12th36th27th
David Reutimann---------------38th30th8th28th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------2nd39th11th32nd
Brian Vickers------29th3rd17th21st42nd5th---
Trevor Bayne---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jimmie Johnson - Started in the 28th position and finished 5th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Greg Biffle
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kurt Busch) - Finished 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Ragan) - Finished 14th
 
NOTES:
Jamie McMurray made racing history for team owner Chip Ganassi last year by winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. McMurray gave Ganassi the "triple crown" of American oval racing, as Ganassi became the only owner to win the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same season.

Dario Franchitti took Chip Ganassi Racing into victory lane for the May 30, 2010 Indy 500, while McMurray won the Daytona 500 that year in his first start with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

After the final restart with 11 laps remaining, McMurray passed Kevin Harvick and took the lead for good. He finished 1.4 seconds ahead of Harvick to become the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season. Dale Jarrett first accomplished the feat in 1996, followed by Jimmie Johnson in 2006.

Johnson led the final 24 laps to defeat pole sitter Mark Martin by less than a second in 2009. Juan Pablo Montoya had the car to beat at Indy, as he led 116 of 160 laps. But Montoya was caught speeding on pit road and had to serve a pass-through penalty. That allowed Martin, the pole sitter, to reclaim the lead. A caution for Dale Earnhardt Jr's blown engine set up a double-file restart with 24 laps to go. Just after the restart, Johnson moved around Martin to take the lead for the first time. Johnson beat Martin to the finish line by four-tenths of a second for his third victory in the last four races at Indy.

Johnson became just the second pole sitter to capture this race in 2008, as he defeated Carl Edwards by less than a second for his 35th career Sprint Cup title. Johnson, who now totals 54 wins, led eight times for a race-high 71 laps.

Mark Martin seeks his first win at IMS. Martin, who sat on the pole in 2009, will race for the 18th time at "The Brickyard." Martin has recorded ten top-10s, but has led just 67 laps in his 17 appearances there. His best finish was second in 1998 and 2009. This is one of five current tracks that Martin has never won on. Pocono (0-for-49), Homestead (0-for-12), Indianapolis (0-for-17), Kentucky (0-for-1) and Daytona (0-for-53).

Tony Stewart returned to the Victory Lane at IMS in 2007, as he posted a 2.982-second victory over Juan Pablo Montoya for his 31st career Sprint Cup title. Stewart, who now totals 39 career wins, led seven times for a race- high 65 laps. Pole sitter Reed Sorenson led the first 16 laps and placed fifth. The race was a see-saw battle among six drivers, but it was Stewart who reclaimed the lead on the 151st lap from Kevin Harvick to secure the win. Harvick finished seventh.

In 2006, Johnson completed a rare double with his win in both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. The No.48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet took the checkered flag ahead of Matt Kenseth as a caution flag flew. Johnson also won the prestigious Daytona 500 in February of 2006, a feat which had only been done once before - by Dale Jarrett in 1996. Pole sitter Jeff Burton led six times for a race-high 87 laps, but finished 15th.

Stewart crossed the finish line 0.794 of a second ahead of Kasey Kahne in 2005 for his 23rd Sprint Cup win. Stewart, who won five times in 2005, started from the 22nd position and took the lead for the first time on lap 100. Stewart traded Scott Wimmer and Kahne for the lead until lap 150, where he took over for good. Stewart led for a total of 44 laps, while pole sitter Elliott Sadler led for 39 laps, but finished 32nd.

Eight of the 17 winners of this race have come from a top-four starting position. Three of the last eight have been won from the front row: Bill Elliott (second in 2002), Kevin Harvick (pole in 2003) and Johnson (pole in 2008). Overall, the race has been won from a top-10 starting position 10 of the 17 races. The furthest back a race winner has started was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001. Chevrolet has won this race 12 times, including eight straight, Ford three, Pontiac once and Dodge once.

Gordon is a four-time winner of this race. In fact, in his 17 appearances, Gordon has 13 top-10 finishes, has led 440 laps and has an average finish of 9.471. Gordon is a three-time pole sitter, but has not started first since 1999. Since it began in 1994, only four drivers have run in all 17 Brickyard 400s, Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Martin and Jeff Burton.

The winner of the Indianapolis race has won the championship in the same year eight times in the 17 years the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has raced there: 2009: Jimmie Johnson; 2008: Jimmie Johnson; 2006: Jimmie Johnson; 2005: Tony Stewart; 2001: Jeff Gordon; 2000: Bobby Labonte; 1999: Dale Jarrett; 1998: Jeff Gordon.

14 of the 17 races have been won by a past, reigning or future NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. The only three that were not: Ricky Rudd in 1997, Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jamie McMurray in 2010.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the August 7 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway. Greg Biffle is the defending race winner.

07/26 21:07:14 ET

As of July 26, 2011, at 09:07 PM ET