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Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is famous for the Indianapolis 500. However, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is one of the most prestigious races on the Nextel Cup Series schedule. The drivers will go all out to earn the honor of kissing the bricks. While open wheel cars have run on the famous track for nearly 100 years, stock cars have only circled Indianapolis since 1994. 

Indianapolis Track Facts:

Completed in: 1909

Distance: 2.5 miles

Banking: 9 degrees in the corners,

0 degrees on the straitaways.

Seating Capacity: Over 250,000

Defending Winner: Jimmie Johnson

 

The Favorites:

 Jeff Gordon- Jeff Gordon earned his second career win in the inaugural Nascar race at Indianapolis. He has gone on to repeat that performance 3 more times. In thirteen career starts there, he has only failed to finish outside the top-8 three times, and has led 433 laps, over 1/5 of the total laps run there.

 Denny Hamlin- Denny Hamlin is known for his dominating performace at Pocono, a flat track that many teams use to reference to Indianapolis. On another flat track, Loudon, he earned his first win of the year this year. Expect the current flat track king to improve on his top-10 performance here last year.

 Tony Stewart- Stewart grew up just miles away from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a child. Coming off the momentum of his first win of the year in Chicagoland, Stewart will try to repeat his 2005 performance, in which he earned an emotional victory over Kasey Kahne.

 

Other Noteables:

 Kevin Harvick- Harvick is the only Allstate 400 winner from the pole, which he did in 2003. Last year he finished third, so don't count out the Daytona 500 winner.

 Jimmie Johnson- Johnson is a threat to win everywhere, and is the defending race winner. However, in his starts before the win, he had only one finish better than 18th.

 Matt Kenseth- Despite a slow start at Indianapolis, Kenseth has earned four top-5's in the past five races, including two runner-ups.

 

 

Who to Avoid:

 Dale Earnhardt Jr.- He's had 5 finishes outside the top-10 in seven career starts, including a last place finish in 2005. There is hope, however, Jr. finished 6th here last year.

 Greg Biffle- The Biff has three finishes of 21st or worse in four career starts, with a lone 6th place finish in 2004. His worst career finish here came last year, when he finished 33rd.

 

 

 

 Watch it on: ESPN on Sunday, July 29th, Coverage begins at 1:00pm

 Listen to it on: IMS Radio on Sunday, July 29th, Coverage begins at 1:00pm

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