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2014 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis): NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 27, 2014 - 06:25 AM
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2014 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis): NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview



Tony Stewart is one of two drivers with a significant history of success at the Brickyard 400.

Tony Stewart is one of two drivers with a significant history of success at the Brickyard 400.
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By Mike Sulka

In 1994, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series started racing at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, since then it has become one of the diamonds on the circuit as it is exceptional in every way. The Brickyard's facilities are exceptional, its history is exceptional, and its crowds are exceptional. Despite those who point to empty seating at the gigantic facility, the 2.5-mile oval typically hosts the third largest racing audience in the United States each year - just behind the Indianapolis 500, and Daytona 500.

As exciting as yesterday's qualifying was, we've got some bad news for Kevin Harvick. The Brickyard 400 pole winner has won just three times in 20 tries. But, the good news is that the pole winner has finished in the top five in ten of 20 races. Harvick has roughly a 50/50 chance of a top-five run today.

So unfortunately, we don't expect Harvick to win today. In fact, the rule at Indianapolis is... Never bet on the pole-sitter.

So who is the best at the Brickyard ?

How about Jeff Gordon ? Mr. Brickyard has four wins, 11 top fives and 16 top tens in his 20 races at IMS. Today Gordon will start second, but he just four total wins in the last three seasons.

Today is a far different era from when Gordon was a dominating driver, although... he did finish second in 2011's affair.

So, that leaves us two Brickyard specialists: Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. The six of the last nine visits to the Indy bricks have been won by these two men (Johnson 2012, 2009, 2008 & 2006, Stewart 2007 & 2005). But despite the recent success, those four wins were Johnson's only top-fives are the track until he finished second last year.

For Tony Stewart, 15 races at Indianapolis, 'Smoke' has 7 top-fives. What's interesting in that five out of six top-fives have come when he has started 14th or worse. Last year, Stewart started 5th and finished 4th. Today, he'll start 6th.

Given his success, we are picking Jimmie Johnson for the his fourth win of the season! But keep an eye on 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart.

So enjoy the 2014 Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series visits the infamous venue just once a year, and its always an interesting race!


 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Crown Royal presents The John Wayne Walding 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, July 26, 2014 @ 03:29 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Bobby Labonte 08/05/00 02:33:56 155.912
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 47.753 188.470
2 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 47.931 187.770
2 3 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 48.156 186.893
4 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 48.189 186.765
3 5 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 48.269 186.455
6 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 48.337 186.193
4 7 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 48.402 185.943
8 12 Juan Pablo Montoya Penske Truck Rental Ford 48.407 185.924
5 9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 48.432 185.828
10 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 48.464 185.705
6 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 48.526 185.468
12 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota 48.651 184.991
7 13 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 48.526 185.468
14 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 48.546 185.391
8 15 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 48.582 185.254
16 15 Clint Bowyer RK Motors Charlotte Toyota 48.615 185.128
9 17 3 Austin Dillon # Dow/Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet 48.636 185.048
18 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 48.651 184.991
10 19 16 Greg Biffle 3M Safety Ford 48.675 184.900
20 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 48.683 184.869
11 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. EcoPower Oil Ford 48.717 184.740
22 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 48.800 184.426
12 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 48.943 183.887
24 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 49.017 183.610
13 25 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 48.794 184.449
26 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 48.986 183.726
14 27 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 48.995 183.692
28 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 49.029 183.565
15 29 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevrolet 49.036 183.539
30 98 Josh Wise Curb Records/Lee Brice Chevrolet 49.216 182.867
16 31 51 Justin Allgaier # Collision Cure Body Werks Chevrolet 49.273 182.656
32 83 Ryan Truex # Burger King Toyota 49.295 182.574
17 33 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 49.384 182.245
34 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 49.431 182.072
18 35 23 Alex Bowman # Dr. Pepper Toyota 49.487 181.866
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet 49.501 181.815
19 37 40 Landon Cassill(i) Carsforsale.com Chevrolet Owner Points
38 34 David Ragan MDS Ford Owner Points
20 39 26 Cole Whitt # Speed Stick Gear Toyota Owner Points
40 32 Travis Kvapil KeenParts.com/tryandrozene.com Ford Owner Points
21 41 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford Owner Points
42 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 37 Bobby Labonte Accell Construction Chevrolet Past Champion
Did Not Qualify: # 66 Brett Moffitt; # 33 David Stremme; # 29 Matt Crafton(i).
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 22 1 Toyota 8 2






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