Don’t forget that starting with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the first race of the Sprint Summer Showdown presented by HTC EVO 3D. The drivers listed below rank among the best in key Loop Data categories, making them possible favorites in the event. Any driver who wins between Indianapolis and Bristol (the next five races) will become a finalist for the Atlanta race. If one of those eligible drivers wins at Atlanta, then the driver, the driver’s charity and one lucky race fan each collect $1,000,000. Fans can enter for their shot at $1,000,000 each week at sprint.com/speed.
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
· Two top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 13.9
Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet)
· Two top fives, two top 10s
· Average finish of 11.6
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
· One top five, five top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 17.5
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
· One top five, four top 10s
· Average finish of 13.7
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
· Four wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 9.5
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
· One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 9.9
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
· Three wins, three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 18.3
Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)
· Two top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 15.6
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford)
· Four top fives, six top 10s
· Average finish of 15.1
Mark Martin (No. 5 Quaker State/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)
· Six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 13.2
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
· One top five, one top 10; one pole
· Average finish of 21.0
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobile 1 Chevrolet)
· Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 8.3
|1. Carl Edwards||652||1||2||2||100.8|
|2. Jimmie Johnson||645||1||0||5||96.3|
|3. Kurt Busch||641||1||3||4||99.2|
|4. Kevin Harvick||637||3||0||3||91.3|
|5. Kyle Busch||632||3||0||1||108.6|
|6. Matt Kenseth||626||2||1||6||93.5|
|7. Jeff Gordon||587||2||1||7||91.3|
|8. Ryan Newman||586||1||1||9||89.2|
|9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.||577||0||1||8||84.9|
|10. Denny Hamlin||570||1||0||10||93.0|
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
· Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original “Speedway,” the first racing facility to incorporate the word in its name.
· With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.
· There have been 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the first race, in 1994.
· Four drivers have competed in all 17 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
· Rick Mast won the first pole, in 1994.
· Jeff Gordon won the 1994 inaugural race.
· There have been 14 different pole winners.
· Jeff Gordon leads all pole winners, with three.
· 10 drivers have won, led by Jeff Gordon, with four victories.
· Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart (two each) are the other multiple winners.
· Hendrick Motorsports has won seven races, more than any other organization.
· Nine races have been won from a top-five starting position.
· The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis was 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
· Two drivers have won from the pole: Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
· Dale Jarrett (1996), Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Jamie McMurray (2010) are the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
· Tony Stewart (8.2), Jeff Gordon (9.4) and Kevin Harvick (9.9) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
· Three of the last five Indianapolis races ending under green had a margin of victory under one second.
· 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 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