NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series visits historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway – affectionately referred to by many as “The Brickyard” – for the 20th time on Sunday, July 28th, for the running of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard – better known to fans as the Brickyard 400. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers will all go to Indy hoping to “kiss the bricks” at the end of the day.
Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry at Indy, has three top 10 finishes in seven starts, with a best finish of third in 2008. He is the defending pole winner at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, and has an average finish of 16.7.
Busch, in the No. 18 M&Ms Red White and Blue Toyota for Sunday’s Cup Series race, has six top 10 finishes in eight starts at Indy, which includes last season’s runner-up finish. He has an average finish of 11.8 at IMS in the Cup Series. He’ll also be competing in Saturday’s Nationwide Series Indiana 250 in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota; in last year’s inaugural race for the series, Busch finished 22nd.
Kenseth will also be pulling “double duty” at Indy, driving the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the Cup race and the No. 18 Game Stop Toyota in the Nationwide race. In 13 Cup Series starts at Indy, Kenseth has seven top 10 finishes, including two runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2006. Last year he finished 35th after being involved in a late-race wreck.
Joining Busch and Kenseth on Saturday are Nationwide Series regulars Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers, both of whom are eligible for the Nationwide Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus this weekend. Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota, finished 15th in last year’s inaugural Nationwide Series event, and had a top finish (2004) of third in 12 Cup Series starts at Indy. Vickers. In the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, makes his first Nationwide Series start at IMS, but has a top finish of third (2005) in seven Sprint Cup starts there.
Qualifying for the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard takes place Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET, with the race going green at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Qualifying for the Indiana 250 Nationwide Series race takes place Saturday at 12:05 p.m. ET, followed by the race at 4:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and joegibbsracing.com.
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