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DATE: Sunday, July 27th
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
TRACK: 2.5-mile semi-banked oval
CAPACITY: 270,000
ANNUAL: 15th
ANNOUNCERS: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dave Burns
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 2:17 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Juan Pablo Montoya
POLE SITTER: Reed Sorenson (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: 186.293 m.p.h. (Casey Mears, 2004)
RACE RECORD: 155.912 m.p.h. (Bobby Labonte, 2000)
TOTAL PURSE: $9,533,587 (2007 figure)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $488,111; 2nd - $360,850; 3rd - $324,411 (2007 figures)
2007 Finish
1Tony Stewart146Mark Martin13
2Juan Pablo Montoya27Kevin Harvick20
3Jeff Gordon218Jeff Burton7
4Kyle Busch189Dave Blaney27
5Reed Sorenson110Matt Kenseth31
2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 117.379 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 24 minutes, 28 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.982 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 43 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Reed Sorenson (184.207 m.p.h.)
Past Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Tony Stewart (Chevrolet) -- 117.379 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet) -- 137.182 m.p.h.
2005 -- Tony Stewart (Chevrolet) -- 118.782 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 115.037 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) -- 134.554 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bill Elliott (Dodge) -- 125.033 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 130.79 m.p.h.
2000 -- Bobby Labonte (Pontiac) -- 155.912 m.p.h. (race record)
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- 148.194 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 126.772 m.p.h.
1997 -- Ricky Rudd (Ford) -- 130.814 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- (139.508 m.p.h.
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 155.206 m.p.h.
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 131.977 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Brickyard 400 (1994-2004).
Past Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Pole Winners (Finish)
2007 -- Reed Sorenson -- 5th
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 15th
2005 -- Elliott Sadler -- 32nd
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 26th
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1st
2002 -- Tony Stewart -- 12th
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer -- 13th
2000 -- Ricky Rudd -- 21st
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 3rd
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 6th
1997 -- Ernie Irvan -- 10th
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 37th
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 6th
1994 -- Rick Mast -- 22nd
Last Race Results
RACE: 400 (July 12th)
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Greg Biffle
FIFTH: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 59 minutes, 20 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 133.996 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.159 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 33 laps
LAP LEADERS: Ky. Busch 1-43, Edwards 44-49, J. Gordon 50-55, Biffle 56-91,
Vickers 92, Stewart 93-103, Truex 104-105, Biffle 106-112,
Vickers 113, Kenseth 114-120, Ky. Busch 121-202, Edwards 203-211,
Ky. Busch 212-227, Ku. Busch 228, Ky. Busch 229-250, Johnson
251-265, Ky. Busch 266-267.
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Champion Mortgage
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Principal Financial
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Jack Daniels
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/TBA
8Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
08Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Dodge/TBA
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser/Lifelock
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/Valvoline
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Johns Manville
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Dish Network
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/DeWalt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Stanley
20 *Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Ford/Motorcraft
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Crown Royal
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Yates Racing
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Prilosec OTC
34Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Wrigley's Big Red Slim Pack
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Totinos
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Marathon Spirit Motor Oil
47Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Little Debbie Snacks
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
50Stanton Barrett (Bishop, CA)Chevrolet/NOS Energy Drink
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/AFLAC
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Tony Stewart17th12th12th5thWon8thWon
Jeff GordonWon6th4thWon8th16th3rd
Kyle Busch------------10th7th4th
Mark Martin22nd28th9th25th7th5th6th
Kevin Harvick11th5thWon8th19th3rd7th
Jeff Burton16th29th27th12th20th15th8th
Matt Kenseth42nd3rd2nd16th5th2nd10th
Kurt Busch5th41st7th10th18th12th11th
Clint Bowyer---------------4th13th
Greg Biffle------21st6th21st33rd15th
Carl Edwards------------12th9th18th
Denny Hamlin---------------10th22nd
Jamie McMurray------3rd7th17th26th33rd
Dale Earnhardt Jr10th22nd14th27th43rd6th34th
Jimmie Johnson---10th18th36th38thWon39th
Kasey Kahne---------4th2nd36th40th
Ryan Newman31st4th11th31st34th13th42nd
Mover of the Week
Elliott Sadler - Started in the 26th position and finished 12th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Greg Biffle
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Elliott Sadler) - Finished 12th
Tony Stewart returned to the winners circle at this race, as he posted a 2.982 seconds victory over Juan Pablo Montoya for his 31st career Sprint Cup title last season. Stewart, who now totals 32 career wins, led seven times for a race-high 65 laps. Pole sitter Reed Sorenson led the first 16 laps and placed fifth. The race was a see-saw battle among six drivers, but it was Stewart who reclaimed the lead on the 151st lap from Kevin Harvick to secure the win. Harvick finished seventh.

In 2006, Jimmie Johnson completed a rare double with his win in both the Daytona 500 and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The No.48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet took the checkered flag ahead of Matt Kenseth as a caution flag flew. Johnson also won the prestigious Daytona 500 in February of 2006, a feat only done once before - by Dale Jarrett in 1996. The win was his fourth of the season and 22nd of his Sprint Cup career. Johnson, who now totals 27 career titles, led three times for 33 laps. Pole sitter Jeff Burton led six times for a race-high 87 laps, but finished 15th.

Stewart crossed the finish line 0.794 of a second ahead of Kasey Kahne in 2005 for his 23rd Sprint Cup win. Stewart, who won five times in 2005, started from the 22nd position and took the lead for the first time on lap 100. Stewart traded Scott Wimmer and Kahne for the lead until lap 150, where he took over for good. Stewart led for a total of 44 laps, while pole sitter Elliott Sadler led for 39 laps, but finished 32nd.

John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Stewart are the only drivers to have ever competed in both an Indianapolis 500 and a Brickyard 400 in the same year. Six of the 14 winners of this race have come from a top-four starting position. Two of the last six have been won from the front row: Bill Elliott (second in 2002) and Kevin Harvick (pole in 2003). Overall, the race has been won from a top-10 starting position eight of the 14 races. The furthest back a race winner has started was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001. Chevrolet has won this race nine times, including five straight, Ford three, Pontiac once and Dodge once.

Daniel Rodriguez will sing the national anthem, while John C. McGinley will be the Grand Marshal. McGinley is best known for his role as Dr. Perry Cox on the hit show Scrubs.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup championship moves to the Pocono Raceway on August 3rd for the Pennsylvania 500, as Kurt Busch defends his title.

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