July 13 - Rock band Saving Abel will perform as
part of race-day festivities for the Allstate
400 at the Brickyard.
Known for Top 20 single "Addicted," the band
will play from 11 a.m. to noon July 26 on Pagoda
Plaza's Coke Zero Stage at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway. Admission is included with a
ticket to the NASCAR race, which will begin at
Allstate 400 At The Brickyard
A variety of fan-friendly activities, including driver appearances and live music, are scheduled for the
opening day of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Friday, July 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The fun will start at 9 a.m. with a question-and-answer session with 2002 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
winner Bill Elliott on the Coke Zero Stage, located behind the famous Pagoda control tower. Elliott then
will sign autographs from 9:30-10 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza. Five NASCAR Sprint Cup stars then will take on
American troops in the popular Guitar Hero video game in the "Pros vs. G.I. Joes" activity from 10-11 a.m.
on the Coke Zero Stage. Drivers scheduled to participate (subject to change): Kasey Kahne, Joey
Logano, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Vickers.
The first of two live concerts Friday on the Coke Zero Stage will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
with popular Indianapolis-based blues-rock band Healing Sixes. Rising country music star Corey Cox will
perform from 4:30-5:30 p.m. There are also two hours of on-track action Friday afternoon, featuring all
of the stars of the Sprint Cup Series such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale
Earnhardt Jr. Practice is scheduled from 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
NASCAR transporter parade July 23
A parade of approximately 40 colorful NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series transporters will drive through greater Indianapolis
on Thursday evening, July 23, the day before the 16th
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard opens at the Indianapolis
The parade will start at 6 p.m. in Greenwood and travel on
Interstate 65 North to Interstate 70 West. The
transporters will exit at Holt Road and drive to 10th Street
before stopping on Main Street in Speedway, where they will
be on display for the public until 8:30 p.m.
Sprint Cup teams carry their cars and equipment to tracks
across the United States in the 18-wheel transporters, which
are painted in sponsor colors and sponsor logos, and often
include driver and car likenesses.
Hansbrough to serve as grand marshal
Indiana Pacers 2009 first-round draft pick Tyler Hansbrough
will serve as grand marshal for the 16th Allstate 400 at the
Brickyard on Sunday, July 26.
Hansbrough, a 6-foot 9-inch forward selected with the 13th
overall pick in the NBA draft, also will wave the green flag to
start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' mid-summer classic at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A four-time first-team All-American, Hansbrough is the
leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history with
2,872 points during his college career at North Carolina. He
was named National Player of the Year by the Associated
Press and many other media outlets for the 2007-08 season.
Hansbrough also helped the Tar Heels win the NCAA
championship in the 2008-09 season.
Ticket special for military
Members of the United States military can take advantage
of a special promotion for Race Day tickets for the Allstate
400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, July 26. The package
includes one Race Day ticket in the North Vista or Northeast
Vista Backstretch, two Indianapolis Motor Speedway
souvenirs and a coupon good for 10 percent off the purchase
of IMS merchandise, all for $70. That's a savings of $25 off
the retail value of $95. All orders for this package must be
received by Friday, July 24. To order, call the IMS Group
Sales Office at (866) 221-8775 or visit
https://imstix.brickyard.com/promotions, type MIL09BY into
the Package Promotion Code box and then select the
grandstand of your choice. Tickets are limited and subject to
Legendary NASCAR crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham
will participate in a Teen Safe Driving question-and-answer
session from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on Race Day for the Allstate
400 at the Brickyard, Sunday, July 26.
The session will take place on the Coke Zero Stage behind
the famed Pagoda.
Evernham served as the crew chief for the first two of Jeff
Gordon's four victories in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard,
including the inaugural race in 1994. Evernham also owned the
car that Bill Elliott drove to victory in the race in 2002.
The Miller Lite Party Deck is on the inside of Turn 4 and is
THE place to be inside the Track!
Cold Miller Lite! Miller Lite Girls! Sand volleyball! Hot tubs!
Live Music! The Miller Lite Party Deck has it all for Race
While you’re at the Miller Lite Party Deck, register to win an
exclusive VIP Race Day experience, courtesy of Miller Lite,
1070 The Fan and 97.1 HANK FM!
The Miller Lite Party Deck is open on July 25 for NASCAR
qualifications and again on July 26 for the Allstate 400 at
While you’re at the track on Friday and Saturday, look for
the Miller Lite Street Team, who will be handing out tickets
to the Miller Lite Party Deck to Race Fans!
This Week At O'Reilly Raceway Park
On Thursday the USAC Midget Series and Silver Crown
series takes to the track for two feature races on one night.
NASCAR star Ryan Newman is slated to run in the Silver
Crown race and Jason Leffler will compete in the Midget
race. Full entry lists can be found, here. Gates open at 5:00
P. M., tickets are only $22.00 for general admission, $27.00
for reserved and children 12 and under are free.
On Friday the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return
for 200 laps of racing action on the oval. Gates open at 11:00
a. m. for those that would like to watch practice. A full
schedule of events can be found, here. Tickets range from
$55.00 to as low as $10.00.
The weekend concludes the running of the Kroger 200,
benefitting Riley Hospital for Children NASCAR Nationwide
series race. Gates open at 9:30 a. m. for those that would
like to watch practice. A full schedule of events can be
found, here. Tickets range from $65.00 to as low as $15.00,
For more information go to O'Reilly Raceway Park website.
While you are in town for the
Brickyard 400, check out Sprint
cars, midgets, NASCAR Trucks and
NASCAR Nationwide stock cars at
a raceway just west of the
Indianapolis speedway a few miles.
|2009 ALLSTATE 400 ENTRY LIST
FRIDAY AT THE SPEEDWAY
A Fan Pit Walk is scheduled from 8-11 a.m. on pit lane
between Victory Circle and Gasoline Alley. On display will be
selected NASCAR Sprint Cup Series show cars, the Chevrolet
Corvette Z06 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Pace Car, the
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard event trophy and the Red Bull
Racing fans also can test their golf skills Friday morning and
have a chance to win a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox in the Chevy
Golf Shootout from 9 a.m.-noon at the No. 8 Hole tee box at
Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.
Any amateur golfer age 18 or older will hit a shot at a 16-foot
by 16-foot floating green with a cup and a flag. Anyone whose
shot lands on the floating green will win a Nike golf shirt with
a Chevy logo and qualify for the High Noon Shootout at noon. A
player who makes a hole-in-one during the High Noon Shootout
will win a 2010 Chevy Equinox.
All participants in the Chevy Golf Shootout will receive three
Bridgestone RX golf balls.
Joining 2002 Brickyard winner Bill Elliott will be fellow
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Marcos
Ambrose, Reed Sorenson, Scott Speed and Michael Waltrip.
The autograph session will take place from 9:30-10 a.m. (ET)
in the Pagoda Plaza behind the landmark Pagoda control tower.
A special autograph session with Jeff Gordon will take place
at 11:45 a.m. Friday in the Chevy Pace Car room in the Pagoda.
The first 100 people in line at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine, at the
Chevy Display in the Hall of Fame Museum East parking lot
will receive wristbands to participate in the Gordon
autograph session. All participants must have a wristband,
regardless of age.
Chevy question-and-answer sessions with Jimmie Johnson and
Tony Stewart and Richard Childress also have been added
to the Friday schedule. Johnson will participate at 9:30 a.m.,
Childress at 11 a.m. and Stewart at noon, all on the Chevy
Stage at the Chevy Display.
Jul 24 - Mark Martin topped the speed charts in practice at Chevy
Day at the Brickyard.
Martin, driving the No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet for
Hendrick Motorsports, turned a fast lap of 180.643 mph on the
2.5-mile IMS oval. 2000 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Juan
Pablo Montoya wasn't far behind, posting a lap of 180.581 in the No.
42 Target Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Montoya, whose car carries a "Retro Target" paint scheme this
weekend reminiscent of the colors he carried to victory in the 2000
Indy 500, sat atop of the speed chart for much of the second practice
session until Martin posted his lap.
Kasey Kahne was third fastest in the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge at
180.245, 2003 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick
was fourth at 179.727 and Reed Sorenson, who won the Brickyard pole
in 2007, was fifth in the No. 43 Valvoline Dodge at 179.716.
"Our run was pretty good," said Montoya, who is ninth in Sprint Cup
points. "I think we've got a good race car. It ran good in race trim and
ran good in qualifying trim, but at the end of the day for this Target
team, it's all about points. If we're smart enough, I think we can make
Sunday a very good points race for us. We've got a car close enough to
make a run for the pole."
Among the drivers with Indiana ties, South Bend native Ryan Newman
was eighth fastest at 179.215, while his Stewart-Haas Racing
teammate/team owner Tony Stewart, of Columbus, was 12th at
178.855. Four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner and former
Pittsboro resident Jeff Gordon was 20th at 178.264 and South
Bend's David Stremme was 27th at 177.922.
Drivers reported that the extensive Goodyear tire testing that took
place at IMS since the 2008 event paid off, as a rubber "groove"
developed on the track at the beginning of practice and tire wear was
durable and excellent.
"The tires were great," Stremme said. "I didn't have any worries
coming in here. Goodyear has done a great job. The race is going to be
fun. Double-file restarts are going to be wild."
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MARTIN TAKES POLE
Jul 25 - Mark Martin dominated Saturday's time
trials with a lap of 182.054 mph. This was his fourth
pole of the season.
Martin, 50, was the only driver to top 182 mph. In
fact, Martin was the only driver to top 181 mph!
Juan Montoya, will start beside Martin on the front
row, after turning a lap at 180.803 mph at 2.5-mile
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Driving the first car built from the ground up by
crew chief Lance McGrew, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
overcame a recent bout of stomach flu to qualify
third at 180.567 mph. Bill Elliott (180.357 mph) was
fourth, followed by David Reutimann (180.216 mph).
"It was a solid, fast lap we turned," said Martin,
who won his 45th career pole, tying him with Buck
Baker for 10th on the all-time list. "The car just
slid a lot more than Friday."
"The car was capable of more. The track takes so
long to get around. By the time I got to Turn 3, I
was scared. By the time I got through 3, I had
barely survived three corners, and that fourth
corner, I just drew back a little bit."
At 50, Martin is the oldest pole winner of a major
event at the Brickyard.
"I like making history," said Martin, who was the
third driver to make a qualifying attempt and
benefited from a cooler racing surface during a
session in which the start was postponed by rain
from 10:10 a.m. ET to 2 p.m.
Earnhardt said he felt much better Saturday. He is
starting in the top 10 for the first time this season.
Jul 26 - Jimmie Johnson is getting used to kissing these bricks.
Johnson led the final 24 laps and held off teammate Mark Martin to win the
Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was Johnson's second
straight win here and third victory at the Brickyard in the past four years.
Johnson started 16th and was second behind Martin on the final restart of
the race on lap 138. Johnson was on the outside for the restart and took the
lead coming out of Turn 2 for the first time. He held off Martin for the final
24 laps to claim his third win of the season. Johnson's his average speed was
145.882 mph. He won $448,001 of a $9,598,268 race purse. There were a
total of three cautions for 14 laps.
"That was unbelievable," Johnson said before joining his teammates for the
traditional kissing of the line of bricks at the start/finish line. "I hope the
fans enjoyed that race. I can't say enough about this race team and all of
Martin closed to Johnson's bumper several times in the closing laps but
couldn't work his way around the three-time series champion.
"Damn is he fast," Johnson said. "For an old guy, he had me pretty worried.
It's great to work with him and work with Martin's crew chief Allan
Gustafson and all of my teammates at Hendrick Motorsports. Those last
15-20 laps, we had to drive it so hard to stay ahead of the 5. I was better in
turns 3 and 4 then he was and he had me beat in 1 and 2. It was kind of a
give-and-take thing that was going on. Luckily we held him off."
Johnson said that getting out front of his teammate on the last restart was
the key to his win.
"Clean air was everything," Johnson said. "You can only get so close to the car
in front of you. You had a few laps on new tires to really take advantage. I got
that restart and put on a great show for the fans. I hope they enjoyed it."
Martin sat on the pole and led the first four laps before surrendering the
lead to Juan Pablo Montoya. He raced with the leaders throughout the day
but couldn't get past his teammate in the closing laps.
"He was better than we were off of turn 4 and we were better off of 2,"
Martin said. "So I knew I had to make it happen off of 2. Both of us were
driving for all we were worth and we couldn't get him."
Montoya led for most of the first half of the race but fell back late in the
race after getting a pit road speeding penalty on lap 126 and ended up with an
11th place finish.
"I thought I was under speed," said Montoya, who led a race-high 116 laps. "It
is what it is. Once it happens, you can't change it. It was pretty frustrating. I
was cruising - the car was stupid fast."
Tony Stewart is the only driver other than Johnson to win here in the past
five years. He started seventh and brought home a third place finish.
"I think we were pretty consistent today," Stewart said. "We weren't fast
enough to run with Mark and Jimmie. We were just a little bit too tight in the
center. Our Chevy was awesome and I'm really proud of our organization. It's
awesome to be able to come here for the first time and finish in the top
three like this."
Greg Biffle and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five.
"In the big picture it was a good day," said Vickers who was disappointed to
not race for the win after dealing with his left rear tire going down late in
the race. "We couldn't risk ruining a good points day to go chase the brick but
man it would be so nice to win."
Johnson moved past teammate Jeff Gordon to second in the standings, 192
points behind leader Stewart.
Kyle Busch blew a front tire on lap 58 and crashed heavily into the wall. He
finished 38th and slipped to 14th in the standings with six races remaining
before the Chase to the Championship cut off.
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|Robby Gordon loses it in turn 4
|Joey Logano got moved to the back for an engine change
|2009 BRICKYARD 400 RESULTS