NASCAR racing:The Brickyard 400

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Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup series is in Indianapolis, IN. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. This is a 2.5 mile nearly flat track. 400 mile is 160 laps.

The Brickyard 400 is one of the most coveted races in the Series. And the track is the most storied track in racing. Every race car driver dreams of winning the Indy 500. And in NASCAR it is the Brickyard 400. There is a line of bricks at the Start/Finish Line.

When a driver wins the Indy 500, the tradition has always been to drink of bottle of milk. Dale Jarrett won this race in 1996 and his Crew Chief, Todd Parrett, decided something special should be done for winning this race. Dale, along with his crew knelt down on the line of bricks and kissed it. Since then, every winner has kissed the line of bricks.

Jeff Gordon won the inaugural race in 1994. Casey Mears holds the qualifying record of 186.293 and 48.311 seconds set 8/7/04. Bobby Labonte holds the race record of 155.912 set 8/5/00. Eight times the drivers who have won this race have gone on to win the championship. Dale Jarrett did it in 1999. Jeff Gordon did it in 1998 and again in 2001. Bobby Labonte did it in 2000. Tony Stewart did it in 2005. And Jimmie Johnson did in consecutive years, 2008 and 2009.

Past winners of the Brickyard 400 are Jeff Gordon, with four wins. Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson each have two wins. Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte each have one win.

While the Sprint Cup Series is at the Brickyard, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a few miles away at the short track, O’Reilly Raceway Park. Practice was today, Friday. Coors Light Qualifying will be Saturday morning, with the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley who loves NASCAR

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