News and notes from each week of NASCAR racing using a Las Vegas oddsmaking perspective
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
2012 Brickyard 400 Odds & Ends
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
·Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original "Speedway," the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.
·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
Tony Stewart............................. 105.8
Mark Martin............................... 104.5
Juan Pablo Montoya................... 102.4
Jimmie Johnson......................... 100.0
Jeff Gordon.................................. 99.4