INDIANAPOLIS-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.1
  • Average Running Position of 11.0, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, seventh-best
  • 52 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 350 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.347 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 867 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), second-most
  • 174 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.4, 12th-best
  • 665 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), 11th-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • Two top fives, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.4, 12th-best
  • 665 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), 11th-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Rain-X Chevrolet)

  • One top five, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 18.4
  • Average Running Position of 13.0, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.9, 11th-best
  • 37 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.393 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 695 Laps in the Top 15 (62.1%), 10th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.1
  • Average Running Position of 14.2, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.8, 10th-best
  • 352 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 750 Laps in the Top 15 (67.0%), eighth-most
  • 181 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  • One top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.0
  • Average Running Position of 15.7, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.8, 13th-best
  • 42 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Series-high 435 Green Flag Passes
  • 198 Quality Passes, third-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 9.1
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.4, fifth-best
  • 360 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • 803 Laps in the Top 15 (71.7%), sixth-most
  • 205 Quality Passes, second-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.0
  • Average Running Position of 13.8, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.5, ninth-best
  • 781 Laps in the Top 15 (69.7%), seventh-most
  • 176 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 18.4
  • Average Running Position of 13.2, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best
  • 96 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.879 mph, second-fastest
  • 737 Laps in the Top 15 (65.8%), ninth-most
  • 151 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.9
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.3, eighth-best
  • 56 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.452 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 822 Laps in the Top 15 (73.4%), fourth-most
  • 171 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 5th/3rd Bank Ford)

  • Five top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.3
  • Average Running Position of 12.9, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.4, sixth-best
  • 812 Laps in the Top 15 (72.5%), fifth-most
  • 161 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)

  • Six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.9
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9
  • Driver Rating of 104.5, second-best
  • 38 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 169.648 mph, fourth-fastest
  • Series-high 945 Laps in the Top 15 (84.4%)
  • 187 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

  • One top five, one top 10; one pole
  • Average finish of 22.4
  • Average Running Position of 11.5, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.4, third-best
  • Series-high 105 Fastest Laps Run
  • 610 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3%), 12th-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 8.1
  • Average Running Position of 10.7, second-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 105.8
  • 407 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 169.959 mph
  • 823 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5%), third-most
  • Series-high 220 Quality Passes

 

Chase Contenders

  The Top 10

  Following Race 19 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Rank Last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Matt Kenseth              707       1           1               1           105.2 707 1 1 1 105.2
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.     691       1           0               2           101.8 691 1 0 2 101.8
3. Greg Biffle                  667       1           2               3           104.2 667 1 3 3 104.2
4. Jimmie Johnson       656       2           1               4           107.0 656 2 1 4 107.0
5. Denny Hamlin            628       2           1               7             99.8 628 2 1 7 99.8
6. Kevin Harvick            622       0           0               6             92.6 622 0 0 6 92.6
7. Tony Stewart              618       3           0               5             90.9 618 3 0 5 90.9
8. Martin Truex Jr.         617       0           1              8             95.8 617 0 1 8 95.8
9. Clint Bowyer              614       1           0            10             91.2 614 1 0 10 91.2
10. Brad Keselowski        613       3           0               9             93.5 613 3 0 9 93.5

                     

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Carl Edwards                  567         34. Dave Blaney              255
12. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      547         35. Brian Vickers             135
13. Kyle Busch (1 win)           545         36. David Stremme          125
14. Ryan Newman (1 win)      536         37. J.J. Yeley                  122
15. Paul Menard                   534         38. Michael McDowell        94
16. Joey Logano (1 win)         533         39. Ken Schrader               86
17. Jeff Gordon                    524         40. Josh Wise                   80
18. Marcos Ambrose             495         41. Michael Waltrip            75
19. Jeff Burton                     493         42. Terry Labonte              66
20. Jamie McMurray             486         43. Tony Raines               61
21. Juan Pablo Montoya        452         44. Stephen Leicht            54
22. Aric Almirola                   447         45. Brendan Gaughan        50
23. Bobby Labonte                408         46. Scott Speed                36
24. AJ Allmendinger              400         47. Scott Riggs                 31
25. Kurt Busch                     386         48. Boris Said                   15
26. Regan Smith                   377         49. Bill Elliott                     14
27. Casey Mears                  358         50. Hermie Sadler III          13
28. Mark Martin                    341         51. Robby Gordon             11
29. David Ragan                   322         52. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. David Gilliland                 311         53. Stacy Compton             5
31. Travis Kvapil                   298         54. David Mayhew              4
32. Landon Cassill                273         55. Chris Cook                   2
33. David Reutimann             263         56. Kelly Bires                    2

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Matt Kenseth

12

0

0

5

7

1

14.3

96.4

 

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12

0

0

0

2

3

21.7

76.3

 

3

Greg Biffle

9

0

0

2

5

0

13.1

95.9

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

10

1

3

3

4

3

18.4

100.0

 

5

Denny Hamlin

6

0

0

1

2

0

18.5

86.1

 

6

Kevin Harvick

11

1

1

4

7

0

10.0

93.5

 

7

Tony Stewart

13

1

2

6

9

0

8.1

105.8

 

8

Martin Truex Jr.

7

0

0

0

0

1

23.4

69.4

 

9

Clint Bowyer

6

0

0

2

2

0

11.8

89.4

 

10

Brad Keselowski

2

0

0

0

1

0

14.0

79.0

 

11

Carl Edwards

7

0

0

1

3

0

11.0

86.8

 

12

Kasey Kahne

8

0

0

2

4

2

15.9

94.3

 

* – Based on last seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

The Wild Card Standings Following: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

12

547

-66

2

Kyle Busch

1

13

545

-68

3

Ryan Newman

1

14

536

-77

4

Joey Logano

1

16

533

-80

5

Carl Edwards

0

11

567

-46

6

Paul Menard

0

15

534

-79

7

Jeff Gordon

0

17

524

-89

8

Marcos Ambrose

0

18

495

-118

9

Jeff Burton

0

19

493

-120

10

Jamie McMurray

0

20

486

-127

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

 

At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

History

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original “Speedway,” the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.

Notebook

  • There have been 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the first race in 1994.
  • Four drivers have competed in all 18 races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
  • Rick Mast won the first pole in 1994.
  • Jeff Gordon won the 1994 inaugural race.
  • There have been 15 different pole winners.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all pole winners with three.
  • 11 drivers have won, led by Jeff Gordon with four victories.
  • Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart (two each) are the other multiple winners.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has won seven races, more than any other organization.
  • Nine races have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis was 27th, by Jeff Gordon in 2001.
  • Two drivers have won from the pole: Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008.
  • Dale Jarrett (1996), Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Jamie McMurray (2010) are the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
  • Tony Stewart (8.0), Jeff Gordon (9.0) and Kevin Harvick (10.0) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
  • Three of the last five Indianapolis races ending under green had a margin of victory under one second.
  • 14 of the 18 races have been won by a past, reigning or future NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. The only four that were not: Ricky Rudd in 1997, Kevin Harvick in 2003, Jamie McMurray in 2010 and Paul Menard in 2011.
  • The winner of the Indianapolis race has won the championship in the same year seven times in the 18 years the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has raced there:
    • 2009: Jimmie Johnson
    • 2008: Jimmie Johnson
    • 2006: Jimmie Johnson
    • 2005: Tony Stewart
    • 2001: Jeff Gordon
    • 2000: Bobby Labonte
    • 1999: Dale Jarrett
    • 1998: Jeff Gordon
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Indianapolis Motor Speedway winner: Jeff Gordon (08/06/1994 – 23 years, 0 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Indianapolis Motor Speedway winner: Bill Elliott (08/04/2002 – 46 years, 9 months, 27 days).

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Data

  • Race #: 20 of 36 (07-29-12)
  • Track Size: 2.5-miles
  • Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
  • ·     Banking/Turns: 9 degrees
  • ·     Banking/Straights: 0 degree
  • ·     Frontstretch: 3,330 feet
  • ·     Backstretch: 3,300 feet

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Indianapolis

  1. Tony Stewart……………………….. 105.8
  2. Mark Martin…………………………. 104.5
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya…………….. 102.4
  4. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 100.0
  5. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 99.4
  6. Matt Kenseth………………………… 96.4
  7. Greg Biffle……………………………. 95.9
  8. Kasey Kahne………………………… 94.3
  9. Kevin Harvick………………………… 93.5
  10. Kyle Busch…………………………… 92.8
  11. Jeff Burton…………………………… 90.9
  12. Clint Bowyer…………………………. 89.4

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (seven total) at Indianapolis.

 

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner:
    • David Ragan, Ford (182.994 mph, 49.182 sec., 07-30-11)
  • 2011 race winner:
    • Paul Menard, Chevrolet (140.762 mph, 2:50:30, 07-31-11)

 

  • Track qualifying record:
    • Casey Mears, Dodge (186.293 mph, 48.311 sec., 08-07-04)

 

  • Track race record:
    • Bobby Labonte, Pontiac (155.912 mph, 2:33:56, 08-05-00)

NASCAR in Indiana

  • There have been 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Indiana.
  • Track Name

    City

    NSCS

    Years

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Indianapolis

    18

    1994-2011

    Funks Speedway

    Winchester

    1

    1950

    Playland Park Speedway

    South Bend

    1

    1952

  • 78 NASCAR national series drivers (all-time) have their home state recorded as Indiana.
  • There have been 10 race winners from Indiana in NASCAR’s three national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Tony Stewart

47

10

2

Ryan Newman

16

7

1

Darel Dieringer

7

0

0

Charlie Glotzbach

4

0

0

John Andretti

2

0

0

Earl Balmer

1

0

0

Larry Frank

1

0

0

Dick Passwater

1

0

0

Tony Raines

0

0

4

Kenny Irwin Jr

0

0

2

 

Pictures from 2011

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