Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 20th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season is the second biggest race of the year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, In., the Brickyard 400. Racing has been going on for 100 years at this track. But for NASCAR, this is the seventeenth running of the Brickyard 400.
Only two drivers have won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year. Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson. 1 Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500. Can he make it three drivers? 42 Juan Pablo Montoya captured the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed of 182.278. Team Owner of the 42 and 1, Chip Ganasse also won here earlier in the year, the Indy 500. Can he get the trifecta?
In this race, 71 is Landon Cassill, 83 is again Reed Sorenson, 09 is Bobby Labonte, 64 is Todd Bodine and 32 is Indy driver, Jacques Villeneuve. 38 David Gilliland, 26 David Stremme and 46 J. J. Yeley failed to qualify for the race. There have been thirteen different Pole winners for the Brickyard 400. 160 laps around this 2.5 mile track will be 400 miles.
So, here we go! 42 chooses the inside t start the race, with 48 Jimmie Johnson beside him. And the first caution comes out before the first lap is completed. 18 Kyle Busch gets sideways into 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and they collect many others 83 has the worst of it. 18 doesn’t have much damage. He got loose in turn two. There was much rain at the track last night, so they will call a competition caution after lap fifteen. Those that pit under this caution will not be allowed to take fuel. 77 comes back in for more repairs.
When they start the race over, 42 leads from the pole and pulls away. 14 Tony Stewart is passing on the inside and moving to the front. 39 Ryan Newman cuts a tire and pits. 99 Carl Edwards makes a pit stop. The fender is still rubbing on 39 and he comes back in. He will loose two laps. 11 Denny Hamlin is overheating and pits.
The second caution comes out on lap fifteen. 7 Robby Gordon shreds a tire and 13 Max Papis is on fire in his right rear tire. The grass is wet and longer than it needs to be. Many cars are getting on the grass at the bottom of the track and ending up with grass in the splitter, which overheats the car. 12 Brad Keselowski gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 34 Kevin Conway and 87 Joe Nemechek stay out. 34 leads a lap and pits. 87 leads a lap and then pits. That puts 48, who came out of the pits first, in the lead for the restart. He chooses the inside.
42, on the outside, takes the lead. 2 Kurt Busch drives under 14. 42 thinks he has a right front tire loose. 5 Mark Martin gets by 48 for second. 16 Greg Biffle finally gets around 17 Matt Kenseth. The vibration gets worse for 42 and he pits. This puts 5 in the lead. 16 and 1 get by 48. 29 Kevin Harvick gets by 48 for fifth.
And they have their first set of Green Flag Pitting. Since 42 was the first to make a pit stop, he is leading after everyone makes their stop. 14 goes three wide to get by 99 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 16 catches 42 the leader and takes the lead. His tires are eleven laps fresher.
The third caution comes out for debris in turn 3. 37 Travis Kvapil gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 16 comes out of the pits first. And 42 is now caught up with the field. 48 gets loose and 11 gets by. 82 Scott Speed has contact with 48 and has a tire going down. He makes a pit stop and there is no caution. 48 is loosing ground fast. 14 gets by 24 Jeff Gordon. 42 runs down leader, 16. And Green Flag Pitting starts up again. As 16 is coming into his pit, 12 Brad Keselowski is coming out of his. They nearly collide. 99 leads a lap and then pits. 42 is back in the lead after it all.
The fourth caution comes out for sheet metal from 00 David Reutimann. 48 comes into the pits and changes the shocks. They also try to fix the splitter. It takes too long and they loose a lap. 42 chooses the inside for the restart. 16 and 42 battle for the lead. 1 pushes 42 past 16 into the lead. 48 gets loose fighting for the Lucky Dog position – the first car a lap down with 11 and 43 A. J. Allmendinger. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. has “no down force and it’s plowing”. He’s falling back. 24 has a flat tire and pits. 1 gets by 16 for second. 16 touches the wall.
The fifth caution comes out during the commercial for debris. 6 David Ragan gets the free pass. Six cars take only two tires. 1 is the first out. 42 is out fastest of those who took four tires. Seven cars take the wave around to stay on the lead lap. 1 chooses the inside and pulls in front of 14. 29 gets by 14 for second. 18 gets by 42. 16 is the fastest of those that took four tires. 29 and 1 battle for the lead.
29 takes the lead as the sixth caution comes out with fifteen laps to go. 42 gets sideways, bounces off the wall and into 88, who had nowhere to go. They both end up going down pit road at high speeds, and not to pit! Montoya will not win this one for Ganasse. But 1 is in second. 48 heads back to the pits to continue with the repairs. 39 Ryan Newman gets the free pass.
Harvick and Johnson are the only drivers to win the Brickyard 400 from the pole. 1 takes the lead after the restart. 14 and 33 Clint Bowyer nearly get together racing for fourth. 16 races 29 for second, but 29 won’t let him by.
And 1 Jamie McMurray wins the Brickyard 400, becoming only the third driver to win consecutive Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 races. There were ten different leaders and Montoya led the most laps.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR!