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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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Dodge Motorsports Notes &Quotes - NNS Race Advance - Lucas Oil Raceway
July 27, 2011 , CLERMONT, Ind. - For Immediate Release
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NNS Race Advance
30th Annual Kroger 200
Lucas Oil Raceway
Saturday, July 30, 2011



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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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Advance - Indy
July 26, 2011 , INDIANAPOLIS - For Immediate Release
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NSCS Race Advance
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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Dodge Motorsports Presents THE NUMBERS: Brickyard 400
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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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Kurt Busch Open Interview - Indy
July 29, 2011 , INDIANAPOLIS - Friday, July 29, 2011

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Dodge Motorsports PR
Brickyard 400
Kurt Busch Open Interview
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series



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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NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 1:42 am, EDT
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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NASCAR Qualifying
Last Updated: Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 4:01 pm, EDT
Brickyard 400
Field Set Indianapolis Motor Speedway



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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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Keys for Success - Brickyard 400
July 30, 2011 , SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Brickyard 400
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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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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Final Qualifying - Brickyard 400
July 30, 2011 , SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Brickyard 400
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Quotes


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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Last Updated: Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 1:41 am, EDT
Kroger 200
Status: Final Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis



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

1 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 47/4 204 7 $30,925 Chart
2 James Buescher (30) Chevrolet 42/0 204 0 $36,968 Chart
3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 43/2 204 189 $35,443 Chart
4 Aric Almirola (88) Chevrolet 40/0 204 0 $24,843 Chart
5 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 40/1 204 4 $16,300 Chart
6 Jason Leffler (38) Chevrolet 38/0 204 0 $18,893 Chart
7 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 37/0 204 0 $19,718 Chart
8 Drew Herring (20) Toyota 36/0 204 0 $17,793 Chart
9 Reed Sorenson (32) Chevrolet 35/0 204 0 $17,693 Chart
10 Michael McDowell (18) Toyota 34/0 204 0 $18,493 Chart
11 Mike Bliss (19) Chevrolet 33/0 204 0 $18,193 Chart
12 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 32/0 204 0 $17,193 Chart
13 David Stremme (70) Chevrolet 31/0 204 0 $17,543 Chart
14 Austin Dillon (33) Chevrolet 31/1 204 4 $17,043 Chart
15 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 29/0 204 0 $17,518 Chart
16 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 28/0 203 0 $19,943 Chart
17 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 27/0 202 0 $17,093 Chart
18 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 26/0 202 0 $16,828 Chart
19 Josh Wise (7) Chevrolet 25/0 201 0 $16,793 Chart
20 Blake Koch (81) Dodge 24/0 201 0 $18,458 Chart
21 Eric McClure (14) Chevrolet 23/0 201 0 $10,225 Chart
22 Derrike Cope (28) Chevrolet 22/0 201 0 $16,643 Chart
23 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 21/0 199 0 $16,993 Chart
24 Tim Schendel (52) Chevrolet 20/0 197 0 $10,050 Chart
25 Matt Frahm (39) Ford 19/0 197 0 $17,073 Chart
26 Fain Skinner (141) Chevrolet 18/0 197 0 $9,930 Chart
27 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 17/0 193 0 $16,343 Chart
28 Trevor Bayne (16) Ford 16/0 188 0 $16,313 Chart
29 Michael Annett (62) Toyota 15/0 174 0 $16,293 Chart
30 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 14/0 174 0 $16,573 Chart
31 Tim Andrews (40) Chevrolet 13/0 169 0 $9,760 Chart
32 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 12/0 33 0 $9,740 Chart
33 Jeff Green (44) Chevrolet 11/0 26 0 $10,120 Chart
34 Dennis Setzer (23) Dodge 10/0 21 0 $9,700 Chart
35 Mark Green (49) Chevrolet 9/0 16 0 $9,655 Chart
36 Danny O'Quinn Jr. (104) Ford 8/0 13 0 $9,635 Chart
37 Johnny Chapman (175) Ford 7/0 12 0 $9,600 Chart
38 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 6/0 11 0 $9,565 Chart
39 Scott Wimmer (142) Chevrolet 5/0 9 0 $9,545 Chart
40 Charles Lewandoski (147) Chevrolet 4/0 8 0 $9,465 Chart
41 Chase Miller (146) Chevrolet 3/0 7 0 $9,420 Chart
42 Jennifer Jo Cobb (113) Ford 2/0 2 0 $9,385 Chart
 

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Nationwide Season

Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 +1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 740 Leader 21 3 1 9 16 1 $650,908
2 -1 Reed Sorenson 737 3 21 0 1 7 14 1 $587,638
3 - Elliott Sadler 716 24 21 2 0 9 13 0 $538,328
4 - Justin Allgaier 689 51 21 0 1 6 11 3 $607,803
5 - Aric Almirola 671 69 21 1 0 4 11 1 $509,538
6 - Jason Leffler 646 94 21 0 0 2 9 1 $530,873
7 - Kenny Wallace 637 103 21 0 0 0 9 1 $503,548
8 - Steve Wallace 572 168 21 0 0 1 3 4 $467,643
9 +1 Brian Scott 566 174 21 0 0 0 3 3 $472,908
10 -1 Michael Annett 565 175 21 0 0 0 5 3 $473,608
11 -1 Trevor Bayne 492 248 16 0 0 3 8 3 $420,058
12 +2 Mike Bliss 492 248 21 0 0 0 0 3 $455,670
13 -1 Mike Wallace 491 249 21 0 0 1 2 3 $470,158
14 - Josh Wise 462 278 19 0 0 0 2 3 $418,327
15 - Joe Nemechek 461 279 18 0 0 1 2 2 $403,392
16 - Jeremy Clements 419 321 21 0 0 0 0 4 $428,409
17 - Timmy Hill 402 338 20 0 0 0 0 1 $399,640
18 - Eric McClure 365 375 21 0 0 0 0 3 $428,687
19 -1 Derrike Cope 356 384 20 0 0 0 0 3 $407,499
20 +1 Blake Koch 356 384 19 0 0 0 0 2 $363,245
21 - Morgan Shepherd 327 413 21 0 0 0 0 9 $393,385
22 - Scott Wimmer 274 466 17 0 0 0 0 8 $329,363
23 - Ryan Truex 249 491 10 0 0 0 1 1 $214,890
24 - Robert Richardson Jr. 224 516 15 0 0 0 0 6 $303,588
25 - Sam Hornish Jr. 197 543 7 0 0 0 2 1 $133,565
26 +1 Dennis Setzer 188 552 17 0 0 0 0 13 $265,690
27 -1 Danica Patrick 178 562 6 0 0 1 3 1 $183,768
28 - Jennifer Jo Cobb 176 564 16 0 0 0 0 8 $193,855
29 - Kevin Lepage 167 573 14 0 0 0 0 7 $220,624
30 - Charles Lewandoski 151 589 14 0 0 0 0 7 $202,245
31 - Danny Efland 144 596 8 0 0 0 0 1 $132,455
32 - Carl Long 142 598 18 0 0 0 0 17 $230,033
33 +1 Tim Andrews 111 629 17 0 0 0 0 17 $201,720
34 +5 Drew Herring 106 634 3 1 0 0 2 0 $60,954
35 -2 J.R. Fitzpatrick 100 640 5 0 0 0 1 1 $109,611
36 -1 Shelby Howard 84 656 5 0 0 0 0 1 $135,195
37 -1 Mikey Kile 83 657 4 0 0 0 0 1 $72,062
38 - Jeff Green 82 658 18 0 0 0 0 18 $248,835
39 -2 Donnie Neuenberger 74 666 4 0 0 0 0 1 $114,052
40 - Kelly Bires 70 670 7 0 0 0 1 5 $139,830
41 +4 Tim Schendel 67 673 6 0 0 0 0 4 $76,065
42 - Mike Harmon 63 677 13 0 0 0 0 12 $149,347
43 -2 Kevin Conway 59 681 5 0 0 0 0 1 $87,660
44 -1 Chris Buescher 54 686 2 0 0 0 0 0 $38,786
45 -1 Andrew Ranger 54 686 2 0 0 0 1 1 $26,720
46 - Johnny Chapman 53 687 9 0 0 0 0 9 $97,411
47 +6 Danny O'Quinn Jr. 43 697 4 0 0 0 0 2 $59,731
48 -1 Ron Fellows 43 697 1 0 0 1 1 0 $39,268
49 -1 Jacques Villeneuve 42 698 1 0 0 1 1 0 $29,268
50 -1 Landon Cassill 41 699 1 0 0 1 1 0 $74,875
51 -1 Alex Kennedy 39 701 3 0 0 0 0 2 $44,608
52 -1 Scott Riggs 38 702 3 0 0 0 0 2 $40,973
53 +8 Matt Frahm 37 703 2 0 0 0 0 0 $34,081
54 - Chase Miller 35 705 7 0 0 0 0 7 $74,830
55 -2 Angela Cope 35 705 2 0 0 0 0 0 $24,600
56 -2 Daryl Harr 34 706 3 0 0 0 0 2 $37,950
57 -1 Matthew Carter 31 709 7 0 0 0 0 7 $81,355
58 -1 Tim George Jr. 31 709 2 0 0 0 0 1 $30,105
59 -1 Brett Rowe 28 712 8 0 0 0 0 8 $101,238
60 -1 Bobby Santos 27 713 1 0 0 0 0 0 $43,310
61 -1 Patrick Sheltra 20 720 1 0 0 0 0 0 $42,385
62 - Fain Skinner 18 722 1 0 0 0 0 0 $9,930
63 -1 Doug Harrington 14 726 1 0 0 0 0 1 $11,640
64 -1 David Green 14 726 3 0 0 0 0 3 $37,303
65 -2 Brad Teague 13 727 3 0 0 0 0 3 $40,660
66 -2 Luis Martinez Jr. 13 727 1 0 0 0 0 0 $19,063
67 +8 Mark Green 13 727 2 0 0 0 0 2 $19,860
68 -2 Kevin Swindell 13 727 1 0 0 0 0 1 $18,863
69 -2 Willie Allen 12 728 2 0 0 0 0 2 $33,478
70 -2 Billy Johnson 11 729 1 0 0 0 0 1 $17,683
71 -2 Jason Bowles 10 730 1 0 0 0 0 1 $11,195
72 -2 John Jackson 9 731 3 0 0 0 0 3 $30,885
73 -2 Will Kimmel 9 731 1 0 0 0 0 1 $16,928
74 -2 Andy Ponstein 6 734 1 0 0 0 0 1 $11,240
75 -1 Chris Lawson 3 737 1 0 0 0 0 1 $16,775
76 -1 Kyle Busch 0 740 15 2 6 12 13 2 $534,320
77 -1 Carl Edwards 0 740 20 5 5 11 14 1 $690,555
78 -1 Brad Keselowski 0 740 20 2 2 8 13 5 $518,725
79 +2 Denny Hamlin 0 740 3 0 1 2 3 0 $82,200
80 -2 Tony Stewart 0 740 2 0 1 1 1 0 $121,745
81 -3 Matt Kenseth 0 740 1 0 1 1 1 0 $51,800
82 -3 Mark Martin 0 740 4 0 1 1 3 0 $128,030
83 +1 Joey Logano 0 740 13 1 1 5 9 2 $342,120
84 -4 Jamie McMurray 0 740 2 0 0 0 0 1 $32,025
85 -5 Rick Crawford 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 1 $12,200
86 -2 David Starr 0 740 2 0 0 0 0 0 $59,760
87 -3 Kevin Harvick 0 740 10 1 0 4 5 1 $264,965
88 -2 Kimi Raikkonen 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 0 $17,698
89 -5 Ryan Newman 0 740 1 0 0 1 1 0 $26,175
90 -3 Cole Whitt 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 0 $19,368
91 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 740 3 0 0 2 3 0 $109,200
92 -3 Michael Waltrip 0 740 2 0 0 0 1 1 $75,081
93 +24 Tony Raines 0 740 2 0 0 0 0 1 $26,675
94 +25 James Hylton 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 1 $10,188
95 -4 Todd Bodine 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 0 $49,653
96 -3 Amber Cope 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 1 $12,485
97 -5 David Reutimann 0 740 5 0 0 1 2 0 $72,935
98 -19 Marc Davis 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 1 $10,026
99 -18 Ricky Carmichael 0 740 2 0 0 0 1 1 $39,306
100 +11 Austin Dillon 0 740 4 0 0 1 3 0 $95,122
101 -17 Michael McDowell 0 740 3 1 0 0 2 0 $71,039
102 +12 James Buescher 0 740 6 0 0 1 3 1 $145,585
103 -18 Justin Marks 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 1 $9,715
104 -17 J.J. Yeley 0 740 4 0 0 0 0 4 $57,565
105 -17 Clint Bowyer 0 740 5 1 0 1 2 2 $146,290
106 -2 Jamie Dick 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 0 $11,310
107 +13 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 740 2 0 0 0 0 1 $26,245
108 +13 David Stremme 0 740 6 0 0 0 1 0 $105,372
109 +13 Paul Menard 0 740 3 1 0 3 3 0 $86,850
110 +12 Max Papis 0 740 1 0 0 0 0 0 $19,268
111 -3 Kasey Kahne 0 740 7 0 0 3 4 0 $170,645

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Brad Keselowski Takes Indy Raceway Park Nationwide Win

07/31/2011

Brad Keselowski got his No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge by race leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on a restart with three laps to go in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on Saturday night. He drove on to the race win.

“We just rubbed a little,” Keselowski said after the race. “I didn’t take him out by any means.”

Stenhouse led 188 laps after starting from the pole. He held on to finish third. James Buescher was second in the No. 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet.


“Ricky really deserved to win this race,” Keselowski said.

Stenhouse led the initial 49 laps of the race when the first caution came out for debris. Teammate Carl Edwards, in the No. 60 RFR Ford, beat him off pit road, but Stenhouse quickly got back by to reclaim the lead on the restart.

Stenhouse continued to dominate and built up a lead of nearly three-and-a-half seconds before another debris caution came out on lap 114 of the 200-lap race.

On the following restart, Roush Fenway Racing claimed three of the top-four positions, with Stenhouse up front, Edwards in third and Trevor Bayne, in the No. 16 Ford, fourth. Michael Annett started among the RFR brigade in the second spot after taking only two tires on his pit stop.

The two tire call didn’t pay off for Annett, as he lost several positions quickly, leaving Roush Fenway Racing to take over the top-three in the running order.

RFR continued to dominate the race by running first through third until a red flag halt in the race on lap 176 for a three car wreck involving the Rusty Wallace Racing Toyotas of Steve Wallace (66) and Michael Annett (62) and the No. 40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet of Tim Andrews.

Edwards was caught speeding on pit road trying to beat Stenhouse out during the caution right after the red flag. Austin Dillon opted to stay out on the race track in his No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet to restart in the lead. Stenhouse and Bayne restarted second and third, while Edwards was mired back in the pack.

Dillon dropped back through the field on old tires, and Stenhouse and Bayne assumed the top-two spots for RFR. A one-two finish for Roush Fenway went up in smoke, though, when Bayne’s engine expired with 12 laps to go.

Stenhouse continued on as RFR’s only representative at the front of the field, but he was unable to hold off or get by Keselowski on two late-race restarts.

We just rubbed a little, I didn’t take him out by any means.

“I’ve been working all year on restarts,” Stenhouse said, noting that Keselowski was still better at restarts than him.

Keselowski started the race alongside Stenhouse on the front row, but gradually fell back early in the event as he fought an ill-handling race car.

“We were tight early,” No. 22 crew chief Todd Gordon said. “But we had a pretty good short run car.”

Most of the race was comprised of long runs, as there were only two cautions for debris in the first 176 laps. Cautions came more frequently, though, after the red flag that came out with 24 laps to go.

“I drove through the holes in the traffic,” Keselowski said on his journey back up to the front during the short runs late in the race..

Aric Almirola finished fourth in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, and Edwards made his way back up to a fifth-place finish.


 

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If your name's Busch, life is not boring
Brothers both could be in thick of the championship Chase


07/31/2011




The Busch brothers accentuate life in the fast lane.

When Kyle Busch hasn't been feuding with rival driver Kevin Harvick or fending off punches from Harvick's team owner, Richard Childress, he has been getting pulled over for speeding -- 128 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Kurt is in the midst of a divorce. He went off on his Penske Racing crew with a May radio rant that turned his season around.

Amid all of their adventures, the Las Vegas brothers arrive for today's Brickyard 400 in the thick of the Sprint Cup Series championship hunt. Kurt is third in points, Kyle fifth, just nine points apart. Kyle has three wins, Kurt one. They're right there with leader Carl Edwards, five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson and Harvick.

"I haven't thought about it a lot, but it would be pretty amazing if it came down to the two of us," Kyle said of a possible title duel with his older brother. "He already has a championship. It would be great to get one for ourselves."

Kurt, 32, won the 2004 series title for Roush Racing. Roger Penske hired him in 2006. Kurt's No. 22 Dodge starts fourth today as he tries to give his boss a stock car win at Indy to go with his 15 in the Indy 500.

"It would be great," Kurt said of potentially battling his brother for the title. "I think that's something we'd both look forward to and this sport would definitely embrace. The NFL does a great job playing the Manning brothers against each other. Tennis does a great job with the Williams sisters.

"Over a 10-week span, it would be great to challenge each other to see who could be the best Busch brother."

Kyle, 26, has won at least three races each year since 2008, when he had eight wins. His previous best season finish was fifth for Hendrick Motorsports in 2007. This is shaping up as his best run with Joe Gibbs Racing. His No. 18 Toyota starts 29th today.

It easily has been the most eventful season in Kyle's career. He admittedly "got carried away" test-driving a Lexus LFA sports car when he was nailed for speeding in the middle of the afternoon near Charlotte in May. Busch apologized for his lack of judgment and has joined NHRA driver Doug Herbert's campaign for highway safety.

Kyle's sparring with Harvick included a postrace confrontation on pit road in May that earned both drivers four weeks' probation. A few weeks later, Childress went after Busch after a truck series race in Kansas.

Kurt has had his share of emotional moments, too. He said a divorce from Eva, his wife of five years, hasn't affected him on the track. The breakup wasn't extensively publicized until he showed up at a race with another woman in late June.

Until then, more had been made of him criticizing his crew in May. Since the Richmond radio ripping, he has had a first-, second- and fourth-place finish and finished no worse than 14th in nine races.

The Brickyard typically has been troublesome for the Busches. Kyle's best finish in six starts was fourth in 2007. He has been as far back as 38th in '09.

Kurt has had only one top-five at Indy: fifth in his 2001 debut. He was 10th last year, which tied for his best since 2003.

"This is our best shot at it," Kurt said. "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, a brand new program underneath us."

Kurt has won a race each year since 2002, including a career-best four in '02 and '03. But he said this season reminds him more of '09, when he finished fourth in points.

It would appear a wide-open title race should keep life interesting for the brothers.

"Carl and Kyle have shown the most strength," Kurt said. "Johnson struggled early on and now look at them, they're second 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."


 

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NASCAR Results
Last Updated: Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 5:36 pm, EDT
Brickyard 400
Status: Final Indianapolis Motor Speedway



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

1 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 47/4 160 21 $373,575 Chart
2 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 43/1 160 36 $358,536 Chart
3 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 41/0 160 0 $297,345 Chart
4 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 41/1 160 5 $290,964 Chart
5 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 40/1 160 10 $266,386 Chart
6 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 39/1 160 10 $240,508 Chart
7 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 37/0 160 0 $201,250 Chart
8 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 36/0 160 0 $189,375 Chart
9 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 36/1 160 17 $204,133 Chart
10 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 34/0 160 0 $221,241 Chart
11 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 33/0 160 0 $214,761 Chart
12 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 32/0 160 0 $199,075 Chart
13 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 32/1 160 2 $197,908 Chart
14 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 30/0 160 0 $197,341 Chart
15 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 29/0 160 0 $181,114 Chart
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 29/1 160 7 $167,100 Chart
17 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 27/0 160 0 $178,695 Chart
18 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 28/2 160 48 $178,133 Chart
19 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 26/1 160 1 $202,211 Chart
20 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 25/1 160 1 $164,058 Chart
21 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 23/0 160 0 $189,900 Chart
22 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 22/0 160 0 $183,911 Chart
23 David Ragan (6) Ford 22/1 160 1 $160,325 Chart
24 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 20/0 160 0 $151,975 Chart
25 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 19/0 160 0 $151,400 Chart
26 Andy Lally (71) Ford 18/0 160 0 $151,200 Chart
27 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 17/0 160 0 $185,625 Chart
28 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 16/0 160 0 $177,633 Chart
29 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 15/0 160 0 $140,100 Chart
30 Trevor Bayne (21) Ford 14/0 160 0 $140,075 Chart
31 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 14/1 160 1 $149,183 Chart
32 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 12/0 159 0 $144,072 Chart
33 David Gilliland (34) Ford 11/0 157 0 $135,225 Chart
34 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 10/0 157 0 $163,966 Chart
35 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 9/0 152 0 $141,725 Chart
36 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 8/0 49 0 $161,533 Chart
37 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 7/0 23 0 $133,550 Chart
38 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 6/0 19 0 $133,425 Chart
39 Scott Speed (37) Ford 5/0 19 0 $133,325 Chart
40 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 4/0 16 0 $133,245 Chart
41 Terry Labonte (223) Ford 3/0 15 0 $133,070 Chart
42 T.J. Bell (150) Chevrolet 2/0 10 0 $132,975 Chart
43 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 1/0 5 0 $133,356 Chart
 

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Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 - Carl Edwards 682 Leader 20 2 1 10 13 0 $5,427,417
2 - Jimmie Johnson 671 11 20 1 1 7 12 1 $3,428,622
3 +1 Kevin Harvick 670 12 20 0 3 6 10 1 $3,550,032
4 +1 Kyle Busch 666 16 20 1 3 10 12 3 $3,654,892
5 +1 Matt Kenseth 666 16 20 1 2 7 11 2 $3,527,372
6 -3 Kurt Busch 664 18 20 3 1 4 11 0 $3,547,701
7 - Jeff Gordon 630 52 20 1 2 7 9 2 $3,140,247
8 - Ryan Newman 618 64 20 1 1 6 9 0 $3,025,373
9 +2 Tony Stewart 609 73 20 0 0 2 8 1 $3,085,090
10 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 606 76 20 1 0 3 8 2 $2,443,563
11 -1 Denny Hamlin 587 95 20 0 1 4 7 1 $3,141,968
12 - Clint Bowyer 574 108 20 0 0 3 8 4 $3,217,490
13 +2 Greg Biffle 560 122 20 0 0 1 6 1 $2,399,563
14 +5 Paul Menard 553 129 20 0 1 4 6 1 $2,053,338
15 -1 Kasey Kahne 551 131 20 1 0 3 7 2 $2,496,547
16 -3 David Ragan 546 136 20 2 1 3 6 2 $2,573,888
17 -1 A J Allmendinger 537 145 20 0 0 1 4 1 $2,647,727
18 +2 Mark Martin 536 146 20 1 0 1 6 2 $2,189,788
19 -1 Joey Logano 529 153 20 1 0 3 5 1 $2,255,213
20 -3 Juan Pablo Montoya 527 155 20 2 0 2 6 0 $2,927,115
21 +2 Brad Keselowski 511 171 20 1 1 2 5 1 $2,548,958
22 -1 Marcos Ambrose 505 177 20 0 0 3 6 0 $2,616,617
23 -1 Martin Truex Jr. 505 177 20 0 0 0 6 3 $2,068,013
24 - David Reutimann 456 226 20 0 0 1 2 1 $2,505,490
25 - Jeff Burton 454 228 20 0 0 0 0 2 $2,057,776
26 +1 Regan Smith 451 231 20 0 1 2 4 2 $2,593,343
27 -1 Brian Vickers 444 238 20 0 0 1 5 0 $2,350,714
28 +1 Jamie McMurray 441 241 20 1 0 1 3 3 $2,640,154
29 -1 Bobby Labonte 427 255 20 0 0 1 2 1 $2,676,453
30 - David Gilliland 358 324 20 0 0 1 2 3 $2,466,686
31 - Dave Blaney 289 393 20 0 0 0 0 4 $1,829,354
32 - Casey Mears 282 400 19 0 0 0 0 3 $1,472,183
33 - Andy Lally 233 449 17 0 0 0 0 1 $1,607,393
34 - Robby Gordon 194 488 15 0 0 0 0 5 $1,405,267
35 - Tony Raines 123 559 11 0 0 0 0 4 $860,000
36 - Bill Elliott 100 582 5 0 0 0 0 0 $663,887
37 - J.J. Yeley 77 605 16 0 0 0 0 15 $1,412,351
38 +1 Michael McDowell 75 607 18 0 0 0 0 16 $1,278,365
39 -1 Ken Schrader 73 609 5 0 0 0 0 0 $430,049
40 - Terry Labonte 71 611 5 0 0 0 0 2 $586,940
41 - David Stremme 27 655 7 0 0 0 0 6 $535,490
42 - Michael Waltrip 20 662 2 0 0 0 0 1 $396,213
43 - Andy Pilgrim 18 664 1 0 0 0 0 0 $78,475
44 - Chris Cook 17 665 1 0 0 0 0 0 $78,825
45 - Boris Said 16 666 1 0 0 0 0 0 $109,922
46 - Brian Simo 11 671 1 0 0 0 0 0 $74,470
47 +1 T.J. Bell 7 675 3 0 0 0 0 3 $160,450
48 -1 Geoff Bodine 6 676 1 0 0 0 0 1 $84,300
49 - Brian Keselowski 3 679 1 0 0 0 0 1 $297,338
50 - Steve Park 2 680 1 0 0 0 0 1 $78,855

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Final - Brickyard 400
July 31, 2011 , SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Brickyard 400
Post-Race Quotes
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Finished Ninth
“It was kind of an up-and-down day for the Miller Lite Dodge. At the three-quarter part of the race I thought that we were going to win the Brickyard. It just didn’t quite work out, but we made our car faster throughout the day and I was proud of that. It’s a hot day and my team battled all day long.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE GAMBLE NOT TO PIT? “We knew that we had to do a one-stop at the end. I thought Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) made the right move. We need to gamble a bit to get that second win, but we also have to be conscious of earning points. I was really surprised that so many cars were able to stay out there as long as they did. It kind of caught me off guard and we just weren’t able to run that long and not pit. We were fast at the end and it was fun.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT A POINT’S DAY IT WAS FOR YOUR TEAM? “It was for sure. Mark (Martin) had a good day, but it looks like we beat some guys who we’ve been battling in points. This place is so tough and to come out of here with a top 10 is really cool. It’s a battle. We want wins, but we also need to get inside that top 20 to have a shot at the wild card. It was a solid day for us for sure.”

PAUL WOLFE (crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“It was up and down for us today. We started off the race really tight and fell back a bit. We lost our track position and we were just trying to work on our car all day. Once we got stuck in the back, we just couldn’t go anywhere. We got aggressive on the one call not to pit to get our track position. We got the track position back while working on our car and felt that our Miller Lite Dodge was going to contend for a win. Some guys in front of us just got really aggressive. We talked about coming in and topping off on the last caution; we’re going to have to gamble because we need to win another race. We got a solid point’s day out of it and we needed that after how we ran at Loudon. We’ll just keep moving forward. We’re making progress. As a team, I think we’re getting smarter each week. We just need to continue to get better.”

KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 21st
“The car was tight most of the race; when we put on right-side tires only, that’s when our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge came to life. We lost track position when the 51 crashed and we had to go through the grass. We had to come down pit roads three times. The temp was pegged. That put us the last car on the lead lap, but it had us close to our fuel window. Hitting the grass did extensive damage underneath the car and it got tighter and tighter. We were fortunate that we had the fuel to make it to the end, but with the damage, we just couldn’t maintain track position. Our car was good in practice, we qualified well and we were making changes that helped the handling. We didn’t need to get caught up in that mishap.”

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T) Finished 43rd
“Just a bummer. The motor felt like it misfired a little bit in qualifying and it looks like we may have lost an engine early. I’m not sure what to say. I’m really bummed out. I love racing at Indy. I’m disappointed. This is really going to hurt us in the top 35 in the owner point standings.”
 
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