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NASCAR RACE #21 PREVIEW: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM RACE COVERAGE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — NASCAR, after a break in the schedule last week, gets back to action in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

The fabled and famous 2.5-mile track is best known for the Indianapolis 500 which happens every May.

(megasportsnews.com)

The Brickyard, built in 1909, is asphalt with flat straightaways. It’s an oval with seating capacity around 250,000 fans. the race is 400 laps, which equates to 160 laps.

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Eight of the last 12 Brickyard 400 winners have gone on to win the Cup championship that same season.

In 1946, a year before he founded NASCAR, Bill France, Sr. was a crew member for the winning Indianpolis 500 car driven by George Robson.

With the very first Brickyard 400 in 1994, NASCAR stock cars became the first type of car other than the Indy-type cars to race at the speedway since 1911.

Recapping the 2009, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Jimmie Johnson took the lead from Mark Martin with 24 laps to go and was caught. Martin held off Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle for second.

Juan Pablo Montoya, who started alongside Martin on the front row, led 116 of the 160 laps but had his chances hurt by a pit road speeding penalty and finished 11th.

First Class inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR reports

NASCAR’s new Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural five members on Sunday, celebrating and honoring auto racing’s pioneers.

NASCAR founder Bill France was recognized for his idea and vision of turning unregulated racing into the premiere motorsports series. His son, Bill France Jr., was recalled as a tough taskmaster who worked his heart and soul into keeping NASCAR going and improving it as the years go by.

Richard Petty (nascar)

Seven-time champion Richard Petty, was given credit for being the sport’s first real superstar, while Junior Johnson was honored as the symbol of the sport’s southern roots.

Dale Earnhardt Sr., who is the “champion’s champion” who represented the hard-working, blue collar spirit which is the heart of NASCAR.

“The Intimidator” was represented on stage by his widow, Teresa, and four children. It was a rare form of unity for a family that’s been fractured since Earnhardt’s 2001 death in the Daytona 500.

The Earnhardt family closed the ceremony.

Bill France Sr., was accepted into the Hall by his son, Jim, who said the promoter-turned-NASCAR founder would’ve been thrilled to see the racing series had far exceeded his expectation and vision.

Bill France, Jr., who took the reins from his father and guided NASCAR through a 30-year period of positive extreme growth, was represented by his children, Brian and Lesa.

Richard Petty, NASCAR’s all-time wins leader was inducted by his son, Kyle. “The King,” wearing his trademark cowboy hat and dark sunglasses, deflected attention to his achievements in his speech, preferring to praise his parents, his family, the media, his fans and the France family.

Junior Johnson, the one-time moonshine runner-turned-champion driver and car owner, was inducted by his 16-year old son, Robert.