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Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

Race Capsule

What: Race 13 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
When: July 29, 2011 7:48 pm EDT SPEED
Laps: 200
Track Length: 0.686 miles
Race Length: 137.00 miles


Records
Date Series Driver Speed

8/2/03 Nationwide Race Brian Vickers 90.00
8/7/04 Nationwide Qualifying Johnny Sauter 111.248
8/1/03 Camping World Truck Race Carl Edwards 88.00
8/6/04 Camping World Truck Qualifying Jack Sprague 110.275

Camping World Truck Series
Upcoming Race Jul 29
AAA Insurance 200


Track Facts

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 0.69 miles
Shape: Oval

Camping World Truck
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
7/23/10 AAA Insurance 200 Timothy Peters Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $480,131
7/24/09 AAA Insurance 200 presented by JD Byrider Colin Braun Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $533,993
7/25/08 Power Stroke Diesel 200 Bobby East Johnny Benson Toyota $556,112
7/27/07 Power Stroke Diesel 200 Mike Skinner Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $539,930


Race Capsule

What: Race 21 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
When: July 30, 2011 7:49 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 200
Track Length: 0.686 miles
Race Length: 137.00 miles


Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Records
Date Series Driver Speed

8/2/03 Nationwide Race Brian Vickers 90.00
8/7/04 Nationwide Qualifying Johnny Sauter 111.248
8/1/03 Camping World Truck Race Carl Edwards 88.00
8/6/04 Camping World Truck Qualifying Jack Sprague 110.275

Nationwide Series
Upcoming Race Jul 30
Kroger 200



Track Facts

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 0.69 miles
Shape: Oval

Nationwide
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

7/24/10 Kroger 200 Trevor Bayne Kyle Busch Toyota $999,222
7/25/09 Kroger 200 Trevor Bayne Carl Edwards Ford $1,057,481
7/26/08 Kroger 200 Colin Braun Kyle Busch Toyota $1,061,643
7/28/07 Kroger 200 Aric Almirola Jason Leffler Toyota $1,027,504

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Race Capsule

What: Race 20 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN
When: July 31, 2011 1:19 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 160
Track Length: 2.5 miles
Race Length: 400.00 miles





Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Records

Date Series Driver Speed
8/5/00 Sprint Cup Race Bobby Labonte 156.00
8/8/04 Sprint Cup Qualifying Casey Mears 186.293

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Jul 31
Brickyard 400

Track Facts
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Banking/Turns: Oval
Distance: 2.50 miles
Shape: Oval

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Jeff Gordon: 4


Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

7/25/10 Brickyard 400 Juan Pablo Montoya Jamie McMurray Chevrolet $9,165,503
7/26/09 Allstate 400 at The Brickyard Mark Martin Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $9,603,268
7/27/08 Allstate 400 at The Brickyard Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $9,542,012
7/29/07 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Reed Sorenson Tony Stewart Chevrolet $9,533,587

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July 27, 2011 , CLERMONT, Ind. - For Immediate Release
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Lucas Oil Raceway
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BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Stats:

Starts: 158

Wins: 13

Top Fives: 66

Top 10s: 94

Poles: 10

Laps Led: 2,213

Average Start: 14.8

Average Finish: 12.6

2011 Season Stats:

Starts: 19

Wins: 1

Top Fives: 7

Top 10s: 12

Laps Led: 365

Average Start: 8.0

Average Finish: 11.8

Lucas Oil Raceway Stats:

Starts: 4

Wins: 0

Top Fives: 1

Top 10s: 3

Laps Led: 1

Average Start: 11.2

Average Finish: 10.2

Highlights:

· Last NASCAR Nationwide Series win came at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month.

· The reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion.

· Earned Penske Racing its first NASCAR champion last season.

· In 2010, set career-bests in wins (6), top five’s (26), top 10s (29) and poles (5).

· First Nationwide victory came at Nashville Superspeedway (2008).

DID YOU KNOW

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has started from the pole in the last two Nationwide Series races (New Hampshire and Nashville).

THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is making his fifth career Nationwide start at Lucas Oil Raceway. His career bests at the .686-mile track came in 2009. He started fourth and finished seventh.

· Dodge is seeking its first NNS win at Lucas Oil Raceway.

DODGE QUOTES:
“It may have a new name, but it’s the same old, tough race track. I’m really going to miss this place after this season, but I can understand the move that the series is making to the ‘big track’ (Indianapolis Motor Speedway). The racing we are able to put on there is unmatched by most of the other race tracks on the circuit. It really brings a grassroots feel back to short track racing in the Nationwide Series. We get a good crowd of Midwesterners that show up at the race, which adds to the excitement. It’s usually a sellout crowd and, as a driver, that’s a cool feeling. The Raceway has a great, unique tradition behind it with the open pit area and no haulers in the infield. It really takes me back a few years to when I was racing late models on the local level.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger


FROM THE CREW CHIEF
“Lucas Oil Raceway is really a momentum race track. The line is very high and you tend to roll the top of the track without using much braking. The straightaways are not long so there is no aerodynamic dependency. It’s just an old-school short track where you rely on mechanical grip more than anything else. The car needs to rotate in the center of the corner without being too loose on exit. Tight in the center and loose off the corner is usually the condition you have to fight when racing there. The driver that can run both lanes of the track is usually the winner because you need to be able to use the bottom to pass.”
Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T

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July 26, 2011 , INDIANAPOLIS - For Immediate Release
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Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 31, 2011



DODGE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· Bill Elliott won the 2002 Brickyard 400 driving the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. He led 93 laps en route to victory. In doing so, Elliott became the oldest winner at IMS – 46 years, 9 months and 27 days.

· Dodge has earned two poles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Elliott Sadler (2005) and Reed Sorenson (2007).

· Dodge Sprint Cup Series Win at IMS: Bill Elliott, 8/02/02, 125.033 average speed

DODGE NEWS AND NOTES

· Dodge’s Robby Gordon returns to the driver’s seat in the No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T this weekend. He has two top 10s in 11 IMS starts. He also plans to have a second car in the field, the No. 77 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger, with a driver to be announced (TBA).

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski will be making his second Cup start at IMS. He started 11th and finished 19th in last year’s race.

· Kurt Busch moved up one position to third in the Sprint Cup Series driver standings after his 10th-place finish at Loudon two weeks ago. Season high: 1st (Bristol, race 4) Season low: 9th (Charlotte, race 11).

2011 DODGE SPRINT CUP REWIND

· Race 1: Kurt Busch won the season-opening Bud Shootout and a Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

· Races 12-15: Dodge earned four-consecutive poles.

· Race 13: Keselowski won Kansas. First Dodge win of the season

· Race 16: Busch dominated at Infineon. Earned first road course win of his career; his first win of the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has an average starting position of 6.5 in the last seven races. During that same stretch, his average finishing position is eighth.

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has three top-15 finishes in his last four Sprint Cup starts.

DID YOU KNOW

· A Dodge established the current Sprint Cup track qualifying record of 186.293 mph/48.311 sec. (Casey Mears, 8/7/04).

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch has 12 combined wins at the seven race tracks leading up to the Chase - (Pocono – 2, Michigan – 2, Bristol – 5, Atlanta – 3).

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is 25 points out of the top 20 in the driver point standings.

· Only two of the 17 Sprint Cup races at IMS have been won from the pole.

THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 209 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge’s most recent win came at Infineon Raceway. Kurt Busch led 76 of the 110 laps en route to victory in the Save Mart 350. The victory was the second for Dodge in 2011.

· Dodge teams have posted 49 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

· Dodge has posted wins each season since its return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).

· Dodge claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.

FROM THE ENGINEER
"The conversations about all of the prestige and history of the last 100 years of racing at Indianapolis are certainly interesting, but do little to help solve the enormous task faced by every engineer that's ever competed at the 2.5-mile track. With two of the longest straightaways in racing, Indy demands as much horsepower as any track we race on. But both straights end in true 90-degree flat corners. If you can’t get through those corners, no matter how much speed you've made on the straights, your lap will be junk. Then you need another burst of horsepower for the "short chutes” before getting the car through two more flat corners. It may be because there's nothing gradual about Indy; the driver is either on the gas and going straight or off the gas and turning hard. That makes the place the engineering challenge that it is."
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering


ODDS AND ENDS

· Kurt Busch is the only driver in the Sprint Cup Series who has been in the top 10 in the season point standings every race. Two other drivers – Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart – have been in the top 12 all season.

· There have been 13 different Cup Series winners in the 19 races this season – matching the total for all 36 races last season.

· Two other Indiana tracks have hosted races (one each) in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. Both were dirt tracks: Winchester Speedway (1950) and Playland Park Speedway in South Bend (1952).

· The first Brickyard 400 was on Aug. 6, 1994.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas, Pocono & Michigan)
Finish: 1st (Infineon)

· Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte)
Finish: 1st (Kansas)

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona)
Finish: 16th (Daytona)

DODGE QUOTES
Brad Keselowski on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
“You can’t go to the Brickyard without thinking about what the track means not only to NASCAR, but to auto racing in general. Being from the Midwestern section of the country myself, I always looked to the spectacle of the Indianapolis 500 and wondered what it would be like to compete there. Now we have the Brickyard 400 for stock cars and it has become one of the most prestigious races in the country as well. Hopefully we can get a good, solid run in this weekend and make a move back toward the top 20 in points. We’ve always been able to qualify up front on flat tracks. Now we just need to continue to finish up there too.”

Brad Keselowski on racing at Indianapolis for team owner Roger Penske
“It definitely gives you a sense of pride when you go to Indy as a member of Penske Racing. You look at everything Mr. Penske has been able to accomplish there in open-wheel racing. It would be one of the coolest things I could ever do in a racecar if I could get him his first win in the Brickyard 400. We’re going to give it our best shot this weekend. We’ve obviously been able to improve our program over the last couple of months so I feel good about us going there and challenging for the win.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on his inaugural race as a crew chief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
“Going to Indy for the first time as a crew chief will be a high-water mark in my career. To do it as a member of Penske Racing, with all Mr. Penske has done at that track, just makes it even more special. I won’t let myself get caught up in all the pageantry that surrounds racing at Indy. We’re going up there focused and ready to win a race. Corner exit is very important at Indianapolis because you have to make sure you get down the long straightaways. Each turn is tight – basically 90 degrees – so you need to make sure that your car is turning well enough that the driver can get back to the power as early as possible. Mechanical grip and aerodynamic grip all play a part in making that happen.”

“We’re coming in there after our final off weekend of the season looking to keep our strong performances going. “It’s most important that we keep the big picture as the primary goal and that’s making the Chase and hopefully winning the first Cup championship for Penske Racing. We’re pretty comfortable right now where we are in the standings and with the amount of points we have over the guys at the back end of the top. The big win that we enjoyed out at Sonoma certainly adds to that comfort factor. We’re definitely hoping to be competitive at Indy and build a little more on our confidence level and pad our ‘comfort zone.’”
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

On what it would mean to win the Brickyard 400:
“It’s only natural to have in the back of your mind what it would mean if we can win the race – the really big picture of the significance of a Brickyard 400 win for Roger and Penske Racing. With Roger’s success in the open wheel ranks at Indianapolis – with an incredible 15 wins and 16 poles in the Indy 500 -- the significance of putting a win there in the NASCAR record book is certainly magnified. It would be a major accomplishment to be the first Penske Racing NASCAR driver to score that victory.

“When you look at all of ‘the Captain’s’ accomplishments and the records for Penske Racing, the significant major voids in stock car racing are a win in the Brickyard 400 and a NASCAR Sprint Cup points title,” continued Busch. "I know those are major goals for Roger and I want to be the driver who delivers the goods to him. I felt like I contributed somewhat to Roger winning the 2008 Daytona 500 in that I did push (Ryan) Newman across the line to take the win. So, winning the Brickyard 400 and winning a Cup championship are huge goals of ours.

“Everyone remembers just how close that Rusty came to winning at Indy,” Busch said of Rusty Wallace. “Rusty finished second three times and nearly notched that big win in the record book. So the desire and incentive to win in NASCAR at Indy for Roger Penske is so obvious that it shouldn’t call for much explanation.

“A win there on Sunday would be as prominent and important of a feat that’s possible,” Busch added. “For me personally, it would be a thrilling experience I’d always remember and hold at the top of the list of my accomplishments.”
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

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July 26, 2011


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THE NUMBERS for the BRICKYARD 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway (All Sprint Cup races)


1 – fewest cautions (8/5/95)

2 – races won from the pole; three from the front row in previous 17 events

3 – most poles (Jeff Gordon)

3 – races won from outside a top-20 starting position

4 – most wins at IMS (Jeff Gordon)

4 – drivers with more than one win

4 – fewest caution laps (8/5/95)

5 – fewest leaders (8/5/00)

6 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at IMS

9 – fewest lead changes (three times, most recent 7/26/09)

10 – different race winner at IMS

11 – fewest laps led by race winner (Dale Jarrett, 8/3/96)

13 – most cautions (8/8/04)

14 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (8/5/00)

14 – different pole winners at IMS

26 – most lead changes (7/27/08)

27 – fewest cars running at finish (8/8/04)

36 – most cars on lead lap at finish 7/27/08)

41 – most cars running at finish (7/27/08)

52 – most caution laps (7/27/08)

150 minutes – approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track

124 – most laps led by race winner (Jeff Gordon, 8/8/04)

2011 Caution Update

4 – number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011 (Daytona1, Darlington, Charlotte, Daytona2)

4 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono)

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona1)

147 – number of cautions in the first 19 races of 2011; total includes 68 for accidents, 34 for debris and 22 for spins

697 of 5,596 – number of laps under caution in 2011

962.311 of 7,634.858 – miles under caution in the first 19 races

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July 29, 2011 , INDIANAPOLIS - Friday, July 29, 2011

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Kurt Busch Open Interview
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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T)

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT RACING AT INDY? “It’s a great way to kick off the second part of the season with Indianapolis and the (Sprint) Summer Showdown to put the excitement and the value of what these races mean now heading into the Chase. It’s important with $1 million up for grabs for your foundation, a $1 million for a fan and $1 million for the race team as well. It’s a unique way to give back to the fans and that old heritage of that “No Bull” atmosphere of ‘hey, we’re going out there for wins and for the cash as well.’

“Indianapolis, a very prestigious race. Everybody wants to win here. What we have to do this week, different from years past, is make better adjustments during the race to make sure that our car is dialed in for that last 40-lap run.”

DOES THE SUMMER SHOWDOWN TAKE AWAY FROM THE SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE? “No, not at all. The All-Star race has its own prestigious value. Atlanta (Motor Speedway) seems to be the beneficiary of this because there’s going to be those five guys having the opportunity to go for the millions. It’s going to be interesting how Atlanta works out because it’s a tough 500-mile race and it could come down to a set of tires with eight laps to go. It’s going to be an exciting blend of how the eligible drivers can get in as well as that Atlanta race – and then we head to Richmond, which is the cutoff point for the Chase. Every race has its own value to it now.”

WITH ALL OF ROGER’S SUCCESS HERE AT INDY, DO YOU FEEL ADDED PRESSURE TO WIN AT INDY? “Definitely. Roger is always excited about Indianapolis. The race team, everybody is just amps it up. Of course I want to win here at Indianapolis. To deliver that first (Indy) trophy on the Cup side is the optimum goal – to do that for Roger Penske here at Indianapolis.”

IS THERE PARITY IN THE CUP SERIES THIS SEASON? “There’s been more this year than I’ve seen in year’s past with all the different winners that we’ve had. There have been a few guys with three wins, so you see different guys winning all the time. The strategy on how to win, it’s all changed. You can have a dominant car all day long and end up putting it in the trailer in seventh-place just because you didn’t use the right strategy at the end.”

WHAT KIND OF CHALLENGES WILL THE HEAT GIVE THE DRIVERS AND TEAMS THIS WEEKEND? “It’s hot. It’s slick. You have to stay hydrated, stay focused and not wear yourself out through the practice sessions knowing Sunday is going to be warm, the track’s going to be greasy. It’s going to get rubbered-in throughout the weekend and that will make it slicker as well. You’ll see some big speeds for qualifying, but the pace is really going to fall off a bunch the way that the track gets slick in the daytime heat.”

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO RACE AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY? “It’s one of those cool tracks that I grew up watching “Thursday Night Thunder” on ESPN. The way that they put those sprint cars and midgets out on that track showed the true roots of grassroots racing on the Saturday night level. Yeah, it was Thursday night, it was on TV, but it was that big stage for drivers to make their names. That’s what Indianapolis Raceway Park, O’Reilly Raceway Park means to me. Now it’s Lucas Oil Raceway. The way that the track helped guide a lot of drivers into the paths of their careers, it’s one of those tracks that create those cool memories.”

HAS YOUR TEAM COME INTO INDY ANY MORE CONFIDENT SINCE BEING AT PENSKE? “This is our best shot at it. But, yet, you can’t expect to do well if you don’t go out there and do the basics. I look at it as a great opportunity to start off our second half with a brand new car, with a brand new program underneath us right now. The best feeling is that we don’t have to worry about points. I’ve come here a lot of years fifth-to-10th in points and you really have to get a solid finish. It’s going to be great to go out there not holding back.”

WHY DOES IT MATTER SO MIUCH TO WIN AT INDY? “It’s a prestigious track; the history here, the prestige of winning and celebrating with that trophy. For me at Penske Racing, doing it for Roger is that much more special. Daytona is our top track; this is No. 2. Charlotte is big. Bristol is big. There are big tracks all throughout the year. A win at Pocono next week is no bigger than winning here at Indy. It’s a win that counts.”

WHAT’S KEY TO RUN WELL AT POCONO NEXT WEEKEND? “It’s a very universal setup, one that can get through the bumps in Turn 1 and one that can carry speed in Turn 3. I think the tunnel turn is the most important in trying to gain lap time. It’s really a tough place to get a perfect setup; you have to compromise a lot.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TURN? “The tunnel turn. If you hit it just right, you slip through there so fast you don’t even realize that you went through there.”

WAS BRINGING BACK SHIFTING TO POCONO A GOOD THING? “I thought it was great. You have more options as a driver. When you have more options as a driver, you feel like you have more control as a driver during the race and you don’t get as frustrated when things aren’t going smooth.”

CAN YOU ASSESS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR TEAM RIGHT NOW? IS IT THE BEST CHANCE THAT YOU’VE HAD TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP AT PENSKE? “We had a great run in ’09 and that’s what this season reminds me of. Just with the consistency that we’ve had, the quality of qualifying efforts and the ability to find solid finishes at the end of the race. What we need to do is turn those solid finishes into great quality finishes. A perfect example is the last two weeks with Kentucky and Loudon. We were running fourth when we took the white flag and we came home ninth and 10th. (Loudon) we ran out of fuel, the other we just go passed by a bunch of guys on the last lap. Those are the days that you say, ‘man, if I could have those 11 points back, I’d be leading the points right now.’ That’s what it takes to win the championship; you can’t give points away on those final few segments of the race.”

ARE YOU SURPRISED THAT NOBODY HAS DOMINATED THE SEASON ON THE CUP LEVEL SO FAR THIS SEASON? “It’s interesting. Carl could probably be the easiest, or Kyle (Busch). I think Carl and Kyle have shown the most strength. (Jimmie) Johnson struggled early on and now look at them, they’re third in points and right there in the mix. There’s no dominant front-runner right now and I think that’s what makes the races more exciting, when you can’t pick a favorite.”

ARE WE EVER GOING TO SEE SOMEONE DOMINATE A SEASON, WIN 15 RACES? “It’s a tough question to answer because we’ve watched the same guy hoist the trophy the last five years in a row. Days of just trying to make it to the finish are over. Cars, quality, technology, we all can do that. We saw my little brother win eight races. Carl Edwards won eight or nine races in one year. I think those days are behind us. I really do. Even eight (wins) is going to be a tough number to achieve.”

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AAA Insurance 200
Status: Final Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 47/4 200 6 $40,350
2 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 44/2 200 97 $29,700
3 David Starr (81) Toyota 41/0 200 0 $19,950
4 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 40/0 200 0 $17,275
5 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 39/0 200 0 $16,325
6 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 38/0 200 0 $11,850
7 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 37/0 200 0 $11,325
8 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 36/0 199 0 $11,150
9 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 36/1 199 36 $13,275
10 Ross Chastain (66) Chevrolet 34/0 199 0 $12,325
11 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 34/1 199 16 $10,950
12 Todd Bodine (5) Toyota 33/1 199 1 $11,850
13 Steve Arpin (32) Chevrolet 31/0 199 0 $10,825
14 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 30/0 198 0 $10,800
15 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 29/0 198 0 $12,075
16 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 28/0 198 0 $10,450
17 Johanna Long (20) Toyota 27/0 198 0 $10,400
18 Max Papis (9) Toyota 26/0 198 0 $10,325
19 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 25/0 197 0 $9,025
20 Justin Lofton (6) Toyota 24/0 197 0 $9,700
21 Dakoda Armstrong (98) Chevrolet 23/0 197 0 $7,675
22 Josh Richards (18) Toyota 22/0 197 0 $7,600
23 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 22/1 196 44 $7,550
24 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 20/0 196 0 $7,475
25 Jake Crum (101) Chevrolet 19/0 196 0 $7,600
26 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 18/0 194 0 $7,400
27 Todd Peck (296) Chevrolet 0/0 194 0 $7,725
28 Jack Smith (63) Ford 16/0 193 0 $7,350
29 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 15/0 193 0 $7,325
30 Ricky Moxley (07) Toyota 14/0 193 0 $7,810
31 Norm Benning (57) Chevrolet 13/0 189 0 $7,300
32 Jennifer Jo Cobb (10) Ford 12/0 183 0 $7,285
33 Tommy Joe Martins (142) Dodge 11/0 181 0 $7,275
34 Brad Queen (100) Chevrolet 10/0 133 0 $7,245
35 Shane Sieg (93) Chevrolet 9/0 127 0 $6,955
36 Mike Garvey (138) Chevrolet 8/0 7 0 $6,920

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Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 David Ragan (6) Ford 182.994
2 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 182.927
3 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 182.801
4 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 182.671
5 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 182.556

6 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 182.445
7 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 182.367
8 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 182.242
9 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 182.216
10 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 182.050
11 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 182.024
12 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 181.969
13 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 181.895
14 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 181.892
15 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 181.870
16 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 181.848
17 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 181.715
18 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 181.682
19 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 181.635
20 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 181.422
21 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 181.389
22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 181.335
23 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 181.320
24 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 181.251
25 Trevor Bayne (21) Ford 181.134
26 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 180.981
27 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 180.926
28 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 180.912
29 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 180.854
30 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 180.618
31 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 180.610
32 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 180.133
33 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 179.924
34 Scott Speed (37) Ford 179.548
35 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 179.451
36 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 179.297
37 David Gilliland (34) Ford 179.276
38 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 178.990
39 Andy Lally (71) Ford 178.926
40 T.J. Bell (150) Chevrolet 177.992
41 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 177.866
42 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 177.862
43 Terry Labonte (223) Ford 174.496
44 David Stremme (30) DNQ 177.939
45 Travis Kvapil (38) DNQ 177.413
46 Erik Darnell (46) DNQ 177.396
47 J.J. Yeley (55) DNQ 176.439
48 Scott Wimmer (177) DNQ 175.046

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July 30, 2011 , SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Saturday, July 30, 2011

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KEYS FOR SUCCESS: Brickyard 400

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Saturday, July 30, 2011) – Each race weekend, selected Dodge Motorsports engineers, Penske Racing engineers and crew chiefs, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering, provides the keys for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Race 20 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

Race: Brickyard 400 (160 laps / 400 miles)

Trivia Question: The first race in Indiana in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was in 1950 at what track?

HOWARD COMSTOCK (Dodge Motorsports Engineering)

Track Position: “There are three keys for success at Indianapolis, track position, track position and track position. We’ve seen the No. 42 team have the dominant car the last two years. A pit road infraction likely cost them the race in 2009 and a four-tire pit call at the end of last year’s race likely cost them a chance at a win. It’s hard to pass at Indianapolis. It’s especially hard to pass in the closing stages of the race because of the track’s heat and the amount of oil and rubber built up on the racing surface. Teams will have to think long and hard about their pit strategy at the end of this race. It will determine their success.”

Late Green Flag Pit Stops: “While we’re talking about track position, the one thing that teams will be considering is that the lap times here are lengthy. If you’re close enough to the leader, you can duck into the pits under green, make the stop, return to the track and still be on the lead lap. That’s going to be an important element for teams to consider if the field is bunched up toward the end of the race and you need one more pit stop. If you’re close enough to the leader late in the race, you’re going to be able to treat this like a road course, stop under green and if the caution comes out, other cars will have to pit and you will be able to skip that stop and gain all that track position.”





Trivia Question Answer: Winchester Speedway, a .5-mile dirt track. The race, a 200-lap event, was won by Lloyd Moore. His winnings, $1,000.

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 4th
TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN: "It was a solid run for our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger. We were hoping for just a little bit more. I was just hanging on to it; it was on the loose side a bit. We were loose in practice and we kind of kept it on that side of things. I may have over drove turn 2 a bit. I was hoping that I could drive through the looseness in qualifying, but we just came up a bit shy."

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR CAR IN RACE TRIM? "The track changes so much from the morning practice to like it is right now and when we'll be running late in tomorrow's race. I think that we have a fast Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. Track position is really a key here and to get a top-five starting position really helps us tomorrow. You have to be in the mix the last 40 laps to win this thing. If we can stay clean the whole race, have good pit stops and make the right adjustments as the track changes, maybe we'll give the Captain his first Cup win at Indy."

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 5th
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? "I was very fortunate to participate in one of the first tire tests here after the debacle a few years ago. I learned a lot. I think more importantly, I have a really good Miller Lite Dodge. You have to have good cars. You don't even realize it until you go from a bad car to a good car. The car was really good in qualifying. I don't know what to do to go much faster. I feel like it's a top-10 lap and I feel pretty good about that."

WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO GIVE ROGER HIS FIRST CUP WIN AT INDY? "If either of us (Kurt Busch) is able to do it, I think that it would be a great achievement for Roger (Penske). It would be something that I would take a lot of honor in. Even if it's Kurt that wins the race, I know that I've had a part of his car getting better as a team. It would still be a team victory even if my name's not on the trophy."

DOES ROGER GET REALLY INVOLVED HERE? "Oh yeah! He made a phone call last night and reminded us that we needed to try two tires in practice. He’s got this whole game plan and how the strategy is going to play out. He definitely studies this race. He loves coming here."

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 41st
"That was basically our only qualifying run with being locked in (top 35 in owner points). I thought the lap was pretty good and then the 71 beat us, so it must not have been as good as I thought it was. I think that we have a good race car in race trim. We'll just keep working hard on it."

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