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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 PREVIEW RACE #15: Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway today


Michigan International Speedway (file photo)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule moves into Brooklyn, Michigan for a Father’s Day race, the Quicken Loans 400 on TNT at 1:00 p.m.

The capacity crowd of 84,000 will see a 400-mile race on the 2-mile long track which consists of 200 laps on a track that was repaved after the August 2011 race.

Michigan International Speedway is a wide, saucer-shaped racing track surface enables drivers to decide their groove(s) and emphasizes pit stops and fuel mileage.


Denny Hamlin defended his title, taking the lead on a restart with five laps remaining and holding off Matt Kenseth by 0.28 seconds for his first win of the season.

Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Greg Biffle led the race for a high of 68 laps but ended up finishing 15th.

In the last 10 races at Michigan, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart have each won 2 apiece.

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BRICKYARD 400: Gordon, Smith finish 2nd & 3rd respectively

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Indianapolis — The 18th running of the Brickyard 400 presented by came down to Paul Menard pulling the upset victory over Jeff Gordon and Regan Smith.

But Gordon was happy to finish second because his car ran fantastic all race long.

He finished second due to the fact that he had fallen behind by 12 seconds on a late pit stop but tried to make it up and hoped that Menard would run out of gas, which he didn’t.

Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger #24 Chevrolet (2011) (photo by Getty Images for

Regan Smith, who won his first-ever NASCAR race this year at Darlington, finished third.

Until this season, Smith, driving the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet had never before finished in the top-10 of NASCAR’s top-tier series. But he now has the Daytona 500, the Southern 600, the Coca Cola 600 and the Brickyard 400 to his credit.



Edwards wins Trucks race at Texas Motor Speedway


Carl Edwards (file photo)

Carl Edwards was trying to hold off the always-hard charging Kyle Busch and didn’t know that the car of Tim Schendel would help him win at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Edwards and Busch were 1-2 on the track on lap 88 when Tim Schendel’s car blew the right front tire and split the two front running cars. Schendel scraped the back of Edwards’ car and was in front of Busch, who had no escape route but hit Schendel with full force.

From there, Edwards went on to lead 169 of the 200 laps and win his second consecutive Nationwide race at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track. It was his 30th Nationwide win, the 15th NASCAR victory for car owner Jack Roush at Texas, and the first NASCAR win for a Ford Mustang.

The polesitter was steady throughout the race, never dropping below third place and won by 0.482 seconds over Brad Keselowski.

Busch had won five consecutive Nationwide races at Texas before finishing second behind Edwards in the fall race of 2010. This race marked the first time in his 13 Nationwide starts at Texas the he did not finish, and had been out of the top seven only once before.

Paul Menard finished third, Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.


compiled from staff & NASCAR news

Boris Said wins Montreal Nationwide race

Boris Said, just three weeks shy of his 48th birthday gave himself an early present.

Said came back from an early spinout to win the Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Sunday.

He edged out Max Papis by a nose on a green-white-checkered flag finish to win the crash-filled race.

Boris Said (courtesy of

In 2009, Carl Edwards passed Marcos Ambrose on the final turn to win here, and there was almost a repeat performance when Papis drove past Said final lap. Papis’ lead was short-lived as Said gained back his position and beat him to the finish line.

The margin of victory was ever so slight; .012 seconds, fifthe-lowest all-time and the closest since 1998 at Homestead.

Papis was driving Kevin Harvick’s Number 33 car and was happy to finish high in the race.

Said earned his first career Nationwide victory in 22 races over the last 10 years and his second NASCAR win overall. He also won a truck race at Sonoma in 1998, his only triumph in 127 previous starts in all three NASCAR racing series.

The crowd favorite, French Canadian star, Jacques Villeneuve started the race on the front row and was third in his Number 32 Toyota, followed by series points leader Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard.

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