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NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today at 1:00 p.m.


The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves into the midwest city of Indianapolis for the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Race time is 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

The 400-mile race consists of 160 laps on the 2.5-mile oval and a crowd of 250,000-plus is expected.

The famous brickyard is best known to everyone as the home of the Indianapolis 500 which occurs every May around Memorial Day.

Aerial view of IMS (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, is now an asphalt track with flat straightaways.

IMS has the claim as the world’s largest spectator sporting venue with permanent seating reaching 250,000 or more.

The track was paved in 1909 with 3.2 million bricks. A “yard of bricks” is at the starting-finish line.


Paul Menard earned his first Sprint Cup win, holding off crowd-favorite, Jeff Gordon by 0.7 seconds. His crew chief’s pit strategy helped Menard lead 11 of the final 16 laps.

Jamie McMurray, the last driver to surrender the lead, finished fourth in the race. Kasey Kahne started the race second and led a high of 48 laps but finished a disappointing 18th.

Menard’s dad, John, has been a car owner for many drivers in the Indy 500.

The top 10 starting lineup with their qualifying speed for this year’s race includes:

2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

1. #11 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.762.

2. #99 Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.984

3. #16 Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.532

4. #48 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.357

5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.952

6. #17 Matt Kenseth, Ford 180.654

7. #51 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 180.487

8. #78 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.473

9. #56 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.433

10. #21 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.390

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NASCAR ‘THE CHASE RACE” PREVIEW: Charlotte Motor Speedway on ABC-TV Saturday night

Charlotte Motor Speedway (shot by NASA's Globe Software World Wind via wikipedia commons)

The Chase for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup continues Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC-TV.

The defending champion is Jamie McMurray from 2010.

The top 5 Chase leaders are 1) Carl Edwards; 2) Kevin Harvick -1; 3) Jimmie Johnson -4; 4) Brad Keselowski -11 and 5) Matt Kenseth.

Tony Stewart took the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway, outracing Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards on Thursday night.

This is Stewart’s first pole in more than a year since Pocono in August of 2010 and is first at Charlotte in 26 tries.

Stewart was clocked driving around the 2.5-mile oval with a speed of 191.959 to lead up front for the race. Kenseth was clocked at 191.918.

Info compiled from NASCAR news

NASCAR RACE #22 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway


(courtesy of IMS Inc.)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves back into the Midwest as it settles into the famous brickyard of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 presented by a new sponsor,!

The race will start from Indianapolis, Indiana at 1:00 p.m. On ESPN.

The Brickyard is 400 miles which breaks down to 160 laps on the 2.5 oval.

A crowd of 250,000 is expected.

This world’s most famous racing facility is best known for the Indianapolis 500 which runs every May right before Memorial Day. The Brickyard as it is called, was built in 1909 and is actually asphalt with flat straightaways. The track was paved in late 1909 with 3.2 million paving bricks. The “Yard of Bricks” remains at the start/finish line.

Rewinding to the 2010 Brickyard 400 race, Juan Pablo Montoya led 86 of 160 laps, but it was Jamie McMurray who took the lead from Kevin Harvick on the final restart and led the final 11 laps. Montoya was involved in a crash with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on lap 147 of 160.

Harvick finished second, Greg Biffle third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2001 (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

The win by McMurray was very sweet for car owner Chip Ganassi, who celebrated his first Daytona 500 win, had Dario Franchitti win the Indy Racing League’s Indy 500 and won the Brickyard 400 in 2010.

Those achievements allowed Ganassi to become the first owner to win the “Triple Crown” of American auto racing in one season.

The top drivers at the Brickyard 400 are Jeff Gordon with four wins and Tony Stewart with two.

On the pole for the 2011 race is David Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS/Hall of Fame/Ned Jarrett Ford.

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Info compiled from NASCAR news

2011 NASCAR RACE 1: Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway (file photo)

The 2011 NASCAR season gets underway in Daytona Beach, Florida, for the Daytona 500 at 1:00 p.m. on FOX-TV.

The 500 will consist of 200 laps on the 2.5-mile track which seats 147,000 fans.

The freshly repaved superspeedway, home of the NASCAR headquarters, should be faster than ever. Daytona features high banking and restrictor-plate racing.

The only other time this track has been resurfaced was 1978.

The late Dale Earnhardt is the winningest driver with 34 wins at Daytona. It was 10 years ago that Earnhardt died in a bad crash at Daytona.

In the 2010 race, Jamie McMurray wrestled the lead away from Kevin Harvick after the final restart and posted his fourth career Cup victory. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started second and, with a late charge, finished second in a race that required 208 laps and was twice red-flagged for pothole repairs.

The TOP 4 DRIVERS at Daytona the past five years

Kevin Harvick 2 wins

Tony Stewart 2 wins

Matt Kenseth 1 win

Kyle Busch 1 win

compiled from staff & NASCAR news

Budweiser Shootout won by Kurt Busch on Hamlin penalty

Kurt Busch (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

The 2011 NASCAR season got underway with the running of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Kurt Busch was the winner but received help from a penalty by Denny Hamlin.

NASCAR officials ruled Denny Hamlin passed for the lead by going below the out-of-bounds yellow line and awarded the win to Busch.

Also finishing in the top three were Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman.

The drivers got a nice warmup for the races coming up on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, by driving on the newly repaved Daytona track, with speeds going past 200 mph.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who started on the pole, was one of nine leaders during the first 18 laps.

compiled from NASCAR news

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