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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Indianapolis 2017 Race Info

THE RACE: Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400
TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #20 of 36

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Speedway, IN
Title Sponsor: Big Machine
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:44 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE


NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on NBC
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:30pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, July 22, 9:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-CNBC
Saturday July 22, 11:00 - 11:55 pm/et, TV-CNBC

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, July 22 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, July 24 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Performance Racing Network / IMS Radio (PRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, July 21
4:30 - 8:00 PM NASCAR Hauler Parade - Main Street, Speedway, IN
4:30 - 8:00 PM MENCS FAN FEST
9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 PM MENCS UNLOAD HAULERS (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, July 22
6:30 AM - 10:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
11:00 - 11:55 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, June 23
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM TRACK WALK
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:45 PM VINTAGE CAR LAP
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Indianapolis Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

July 2016: see the Indianapolis Race Info page

Track Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile quad-oval
Banking: turns: 9 degrees, 12 minutes
Straights: Front/Back - 3300 feet, Short Chute (between turns 1 and 2/3 and 4) - 660 feet
Seats: 235,000 was 257,325 before 2013
Capacity: ~350,000

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Brantley Gilbert
Command to start engines: Brantley Gilbert
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Scott Borchetta
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Jeff Gordon
Color Guard: Indiana National Guard
Invocation: Rev. Howard Brammer
National Anthem: Carly Pearce
Flyover: U.S. Navy F-15C Eagle jets, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans

Saturday Indianapolis Notebook: Dale Earnhardt Jr. preoccupied with staying competitive in his final season; Denny Hamlin sees the light-at the end of the tunnel; Kyle Larson has a recommendation for the #77 car .[More](7-22-2017)

Friday Indianapolis Notebook: Kyle Busch hopes to win the race-and the numbers game-at Indianapolis; NASCAR optimistic about XFINITY rules package for the Brickyard[More](7-21-2017)

Indianapolis Weekend Preview: Winless Kyle Busch goes for third straight victory at Indy; Byron prepared to continue breakout at Brickyard[More](7-20-2017)

A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Indianapolis

http://www.espn.com/jayski/cup/2017/story/_/id/20098747/indianapolis: Junior's last trip to Indy; Trucks hit the dirt; and more[More](7-19-2017)

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Indianapolis, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Indianapolis page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: None, no one a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #15-Gase, XX
Caution 3:
Caution 4:
Caution 5:
Caution 6:
(7-23-2017)

Indianapolis Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (ET):
2:21pm: "America The Beautiful" performed by Indiana National Guard
2:25pm: Presentation of Colors
2:25pm: Invocation delivered by Rev. Howard Brammer
2:26pm: National Anthem performed by Carly Pearce
2:27pm: Flyover, four U.S. Navy F-15C Eagle jets, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans
2:28pm: "Drivers to your cars" delivered by Brantley Gilbert
2:32pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines"
2:44pm: 24th Running of the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 (160 Laps)

See the starting lineup for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #48-Johnson (rear gear change), #72-Whitt (rear gear change), #15-Gase (engine change)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: See rules and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (41,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 10, with an opening in front of it.
#1-McMurray, who starts 3rd, took the 17th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #10-Patrick, who starts 23rd.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-29-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pit Road Times
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Practice 2 Speeds
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with speed of 187.301 mph for his 4th pole of 2017, 2nd at Indianapolis and 23rd of his career. Busch has won 4 times from the 22 previous poles, including a win from the pole at the Brickyard last year.
#4-Harvick will start 2nd followed by #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex, Jr., #22-Logano, #31-Newman, #77-Jones, #21-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, and #41-Busch
#18-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 186.660mph, will start 1st.
#1-McMurray was fastest in the first round with a speed of 187.395mph, will start 3rd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-22-2017)

Kyle Busch wins pole to start quest for third straight Indianapolis win: Kyle Busch's quest for an unprecedented third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway couldn't have gotten off to a better start on Saturday evening. Streaking around the 2.5-mile track in 48.051 seconds (187.301 mph), Busch won the pole position for Sunday's Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 by .250 seconds over Kevin Harvick (186.332 mph).[More](7-22-2017)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual Brickyard 400 with a lap of 48.051 seconds, 187.301 mph.
This is his 23rd pole in 446 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2017 and his eighth in 17 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jamie McMurray (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 16th in 20 races this season.
Erik Jones (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(7-22-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 186.660
#11-Hamlin 186.324
#4-Harvick 186.116
#78-Truex, Jr. 186.058
#22-Logano 185.904
the rest of the top 12: 1 77 48 2 31 41 21
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 88 20 19 24 27 14 5 3 6 10 95 17
(7-22-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#1-McMurray 187.395
#18-Busch 186.753
#48-Johnson 186.606
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 186.594
#4-Harvick 186.587
the rest of the top 24: 22 2 31 77 21 24 6 11 41 20 3 19 78 27 14 17 10 95 5;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 42 37 32 13 43 38 34 23 7 72 51 55 33 66 15 47
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
(7-22-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #10-Patrick
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(7-22-2017)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#77-Jones 185.854
#4-Harvick 185.824
#21-Blaney 185.816
#48-Johnson 185.487
#1-McMurray 185.460
slowest: #15-Gase 167.489
most laps run: #20-Kenseth, 34 laps
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 12 drivers ): #48-Johnson 180.951.
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-22-2017)

Saturday 1st practice for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#11-Hamlin 187.414
#78-Truex, Jr. 185.559
#20-Kenseth 185.200
#5-Kahne 185.151
#42-Larson 185.002
slowest: #15-Gase 168.190
most laps run: #5-Kahne & #24-Elliott, 23 laps.
Only drivers to run 10 consecutive laps: #5-Kahne 182.792 & #1-McMurray 180.857.
notes: no accidents or incidents
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(7-22-2017)

Entry List for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Yeley*, #15-Gase, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-BJ McLeod*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Long*
Drivers who drive for an Open Team* (no Charter) and need to race into the field: #7-Yeley*, #51-BJ McLeod*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Long*
#83-Sieg has withdrawn.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Channel - Speedway, IN
Weather Channel - Indianapolis, IN
WeatherBug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 5 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4744; Right-side -- D-4710

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.68 in. (2,227 mm); Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear - 18 psi
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

Storyline - New Year, New Rules, New Tire Set-up for The Brickyard: Indianapolis Motor Speedway always provides one of the biggest challenges to tires on the NASCAR circuit. The combination of high speeds, long straightaways, minimal banking and the diamond-grooved surface all wreak havoc with tires on these 3,400-lb stock cars with their lateral loads. Visiting Indianapolis in April has become a regular stop on the Goodyear testing schedule, and that held true for this year. Although the track hasn't change from last year's visit to The Brickyard, the car has. Staying on top of those changes and how they affect racing at Indianapolis remains a high priority for Goodyear.

"As NASCAR has moved to its lower downforce setup over the past several years, we have been adding some grip through the tires," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "We actually tested this 2017 tire set-up at our Indianapolis test leading into the 2016 Brickyard race, but the consensus from the veteran drivers we had there was that this left-side was a big step and that our existing Indy left-side was the better fit for last year's rules package. Since NASCAR reduced downforce again with the 2017 package, we brought that same left-side to this year's test and it proved to be a good fit. As everyone knows, Indy is tough on tires. This combination will rubber-in the race track and provide plenty of grip to help cars get ahold of the track."

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire codes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week . . . teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4710) they ran at Indianapolis last season, but with a new left-side code (D-4744) . . . compared to what was run at this track last year, this left-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at IMS on April 25-26 . . . drivers participating in that test were Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and David Ragan . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams will run inner liners in all four tire positions at Indianapolis . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Upcoming Tire Test: Goodyear will hold a tire test at Dover International Speedway next Tuesday (July 25). Teams scheduled to participate in that test are the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Matt Kenseth), #22 Penske Racing Ford (Joey Logano), #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford (Landon Cassill) and #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (Dale Earnhardt Jr.).


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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