|Year Winner Avg MPH # of Cautions
9 for 36 Laps
4 for 16 Laps
3 for 14 Laps
5 for 25 Laps
5 for 22 Laps
5 for 21 Laps
3 for 14 Laps
11 for 52 Laps
9 for 43 Laps
8 for 24 Laps
10 for 43 Laps
13 for 47 Laps
5 for 25 Laps
8 for 36 Laps
7 for 28 Laps
2 for 7 Laps
3 for 12 Laps
9 for 32 Laps
6 for 25 Laps
5 for 21 Laps
1 for 4 Laps
6 for 25 Laps
Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Ray Evernham Motorsports
Joe Gibbs Racing
Ricky Rudd Racing
Robert Yates Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Rick Hendrick Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
Rundown: Jeff Gordon, who grew up dominating short-track races across
Indiana, returned for his — and NASCAR's -- first race at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. He was the youngest driver in that race at age 23, but he was
already developing into a top-flight Cup driver, having earned his first career
win at the Coca-Cola 600. He started third and led 93 laps on the way to an
Quote: Gordon took an extra celebratory lap. Why? "I had to get all the tears
wiped off my face."
Brotherly love? Brothers Geoff and Brett Bodine had been feuding that
season, and it carried over on the track. They hit each other while battling for
the lead; Geoff crashed while Brett got through on the way to finishing second.
Rundown: Rain delayed the race for several hours and many fans had gone
home, assuming a postponement. But the race started in late afternoon and
continued until dusk. Dale Earnhardt started 13th and brushed the wall early in
the race but no damage was done. He didn't lead until the 133th lap, but
maintained it the rest of the way.
Quote: At the time, Earnhardt had seemingly won everything except the
Daytona 500. "To go out and make accomplishments like this, it gives you
confidence. I'm looking forward to going to Daytona in 1996 and be a contender
to win the Daytona 500. We've won more races there than anybody else. I'm tied
here." He won the 1998 Daytona 500 but was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500.
Who's Who on his tail: Rusty Wallace finished second in a race that had only
one caution flag. Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon — the
previous year's winner — finished third through sixth.
Rundown: Jarrett started the race 24th, but he trailed only teammate Ernie
Irvan with 13 laps to go. Jarrett found an opportunity to get by when Irvan slid
toward the outside wall going through Turn 1 on Lap 154. Jarrett also slid but
managed to get by. Irvan never gave up, but he couldn't get by Jarrett, who
Quote: "We knew we were going to finish 1-2," Jarrett said about himself
and Irvan. "It was a matter of which one was going to finish first."
Bummer: Irvan had also been in position to win the inaugural Brickyard 400
two years earlier before a cut tire forced him to give up the lead. Having
another close call, well … "This is more heartbreaking than getting the flat
tire," Irvan said.
Rundown: Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon, already winners at the Brickyard,
heartbreak kid Ernie Irvan and Mark Martin were battling up front when a
caution at Lap 147 prompted some pit stops that put Rudd in the lead. When
the race resumed, Rudd held off all of them on Indy's low-banked track. The
win gave Rudd at least one in each of 15 straight seasons.
Quote: "The fastest guy doesn't always win the race; I've had 'em get away
from me too. You've got to be smart . . . and sometimes you've got to be a
Shrug of the shoulders: "It's hard sometimes not to win when you've got the
best car, but that's just the way it goes some days and Ricky did a great job,"
said Jarrett, who wound up third.
Rundown: There were challengers aplenty for Gordon, but misfortune struck
them all. Dale Jarrett ran out of fuel on the track, taking him off the pace.
Mark Martin had a poor pit stop, costing him precious seconds. Some Fords
that had been strong early – driven by Jeremy Mayfield, Jeff Burton and
Rusty Wallace – couldn't keep pace. Martin battled back but never caught up.
Gordon, who led 97 laps, got his second Brickyard 400 win and 35th Cup
Quote: "We didn't win this race. A couple of fast Fords lost it. We were lucky.
Flat lucky. We could have just as easily finished third."
Big money: Gordon won $1,637,625. It doesn't sound that huge now, but it
was the largest single-day check in motor sports history at the time, even
larger than any awarded the Indianapolis 500 winner.
Rundown: Jarrett brought the same car he had driven in the 1998 Brickyard
400, in which he ran out of fuel at the mid-point. The car performed splendidly,
leading 117 laps on the way to his second win at the Speedway.
Quote: "The engine was so good, I could beat anybody on the
straightaways." – Jarrett
No chance: Jarrett's foes knew early on they didn't have the horsepower to
win. "They made sure they didn't run out of gas today, then they killed
everybody," said third-place finisher Jeff Gordon.
Lament: Jarrett's team, owned by Robert Yates, still regretted its decision-
making a year earlier. "We shed a lot of tears last year. We couldn't even joke
about running out of gas for about six months," Yates said.
Rundown: It was becoming monotonous for Labonte. He had trailed Rusty Wallace
for dozens of laps, unable to mount a charge. With a little more than 14 laps to go,
Wallace bobbled in the third turn, allowing Labonte an opening for a pass and the
victory. Labonte ended up winning by a dominating 4.229 seconds.
Quote: "All I had seen for forever was blue, blue, blue (of Wallace's rear)," Labonte
said. "When I saw something else, I just gassed it and held on. Once I got by, I didn't
Rusty's lament: "I lost the damn (Brickyard) race in '94 and '95 … but today I just
kind of got outrun the last 25 laps," Wallace said.
Bittersweet: Labonte's victory was tempered a bit because his brother, Terry,
wasn't racing. Terry Labonte had competed in 655 consecutive Cup races before a
concussion suffered a month earlier stopped the streak.
Rundown: Gordon turned 30 years old the day before the race, but he wasn't
feeling old. After having started 27th, he got himself into position by taking two tires
on a pit stop during a caution. On a Lap 136 restart, he was in second place before
easily slipping past Sterling Marlin for the lead. Gordon had clear sailing the rest of
the way in his third Brickyard win.
Quote: "It's been such a flash. It's gone by so fast," Gordon said of the last decade.
"I have done some things that I could never have imagined. I just hope the next 10
years are as good as the last 10."
Hoosiers, harumph: Tony Stewart of Columbus brushed a wall on the way to a
17th-place finish. Ryan Newman, then a rookie from South Bend and Purdue, led
the race but had wall contact on the way to 31st.
Rundown: Bill Elliott, who had won the previous week, led more than half the
laps and took over for good by passing Rusty Wallace on a restart with 12
laps to go. Dale Jarrett challenged until a poor pit stop cost him precious
seconds in a 10th-place finish. Tony Stewart was in the mix but faded to 12th
Quote: "It seems like it's been a lifetime getting here and I don't know how to
describe it," Elliott said. "You just look back, all the hard work, I'm just proud
of where I'm at today. I'm proud of the accomplishment."
Fighting mad: Stewart, still fuming over his finish, didn't appreciate a
photographer trailing him through Gasoline Alley and took a swing at him.
Sign of things to come: Jimmie Johnson started 37th and finished ninth in
his first Brickyard start.
Rundown: For the first time, a pole winner also won the race. Harvick
passed Jamie McMurray for the lead on Lap 145, shortly before a crash
brought out the final caution of the race. On the restart with 10 laps to go,
Harvick sped away as teammate Robby Gordon — who drew the wrath of
Harvick and others earlier in the season at Sonoma, Calif., for passing
under caution – made it difficult for other cars to keep up. Gordon eventually
faded from third to sixth.
Quote: "I know I was mad at (Gordon) after Sonoma, but he did all he could
today to hold those guys back and give us a cushion. This win is as much his
as it is ours," Harvick said.
The feeling wasn't universal: "He's a damn menace to society,"
McMurray said of Gordon. "That guy, he just races so hard."
Rundown: Gordon led 124 laps in a race that ended under caution, one of
13 yellow flags to interrupt the racing. A piece of debris struck Gordon's car
late in the race, but it didn't deter him. Gordon entered some pretty rare air
with his fourth victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only A.J. Foyt, Al
Unser and Rick Mears have done that in the Indianapolis 500.
Quote: "It was starting to really get to me, and I didn't realize how much that
it meant to me," said Gordon, who added he didn't feel his accomplishment
matched those of the IndyCar stars. "I'm blown away with four. I can't believe
A.J. Chimes in, as only he can: "That's like comparing chicken shit with
chicken salad; they're different cars," Foyt said. "That'd be like a four-time
winner at Pocono saying he was as good as a four-time winner at Indy just
because he drove an Indy car at both places."
Rundown: Stewart qualified precisely in the middle of the pack, 22nd, and he
was content to let others lead until Lap 100. Kasey Kahne led on a restart with
10 laps to go, but Stewart got inside of him in Turn 2 and sped off to the first
victory by a Hoosier-born driver at the Speedway since Wilbur Shaw won the
1940 Indianapolis 500.
Quote: "It's definitely the greatest day of my life." - Tony Stewart
Quite a surge: The victory came as part of a seven-week stretch that included
four wins and a climb from 10th to second in the Cup standings.
Rundown: Johnson had some adversity to overcome. His left front tire failed
on Lap 40, sending him to 38th place. He came out of the pits in eighth place
with 14 laps to go after replacing all four tires. Within five laps he had the lead
and became the second driver to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in
the same season (Dale Jarrett in 1996 was the other).
Quote: "There was nothing of a championship on my mind today," Johnson
said. "I want this trophy over here with the brick on it." Johnson won the first
of five straight season championships that year.
Hint of trouble: NASCAR called competition cautions twice early in the
race so crews could check tire wear. It didn't turn out to be a problem, but
the series wasn't so fortunate a couple of years later.
Rundown: While Stewart's first Brickyard win two years earlier was
filled with anxiety followed by exhaustion, this one was a fairly simple
Sunday drive. He had the dominant car, leading 65 laps. And when
Kevin Harvick made a pass for the lead on Lap 141, Stewart was hardly
fazed. He got back around Harvick 10 laps later and cruised to victory.
Quote: "Here kitty, kitty." Tony Stewart was so confident while in
second place, he joked on his team radio before slipping by Harvick.
Versatility: Juan Pablo Montoya, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner and
a former Formula One driver, became the first to race in all three major
series on the track. He started and finished second. Could he have
beaten Stewart? "I don't think anybody had anything for Tony today."
Rundown: The phrase of the day was "competition caution." Goodyear's tires
were wearing out way too fast, prompting NASCAR officials to require pit stops
about every 12 laps. That made the work on pit road critical, and Johnson came
out of the last stop in the lead, and he went on to pick up his second Brickyard
win. He blew out a tire during his on-track victory celebration.
Quote: "I've never been a part of anything like this. It made for a long, slow day."
So what happened? Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of
competition, said everyone expected rapid tire wear to correct itself once enough
laps were run to lay down a coat of rubber on the track. "We felt like it would come
to us by race day. It didn't happen. We'll just have to take what we learned (Sunday)
and do a better job next year."
Rundown: This race looked to be in the bag for Juan Pablo Montoya. At
one point he led 59 laps in a row. However, he was penalized for speeding
on his last pit stop. On the final restart, Johnson passed Mark Martin and he
led the final 24 laps to earn his third Brickyard win in four years.
Quote: "I feel we've got our form now," Johnson said. "It's time to buckle
down and focus on a fourth."
What about Juan? Montoya finished 11th after serving his drive-through
penalty, although he thought he obeyed the 55 mph pit road speed limit.
"Once it happens, you can't change it. It's pretty frustrating."
Rundown: For the second year in a row, Juan Pablo Montoya dominated
much of the race before misfortune struck. A caution on Lap 138 sent most
cars into the pits. Montoya's crew changed four tires instead of two, costing
him time and track position. In his haste to move up from seventh place, he
crashed. McMurray took the lead with 11 laps to go and added a Brickyard
victory to his season-opening Daytona 500 win.
Quote: "When Juan was leading and I was second, I'm a big believer in
fate, and I thought this was how it was meant to be," McMurray said. "I
thought Juan was going to win this one."
Ganassi in the middle: Chip Ganassi owned the Cup cars driven by
McMurray and Montoya, so he was torn about the result. He also owned the
Indy car driven that year by Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, giving
him a sweep of the three biggest races in American motor sports. "The
team wins and the team loses and today was certainly a mixed emotion day
in that respect," Ganassi said. "Is it surreal? Yes."
Rundown: The Menard family had been chasing Brickyard victories for a
generation, but it was John Menard as an IndyCar team owner. The younger
Menard, nursing a low fuel tank, held off Jeff Gordon at the finish. Gordon was
in 16th place with 20 laps to go and zoomed by everyone else in his path.
Quote: "I've been coming here since I was a little kid. My dad has been
coming here for 35 years. This is for my dad," Menard said. "A lot of
emotions right now. I can't believe we won Indy."
Remembering his first: The win was Menard's first in Cup competition. "I
don't think there's anybody in this garage who appreciates a win here more
than Paul," said Gordon, who was pleased with his late dash to second. "I
was really clicking off some laps. I knew that we were not quite going to get
to Paul. I used it all up getting to him."
Rundown: Johnson's day started badly. The 6 a.m. cannon blast and the
ensuing music stage sound check bothered him. Once he got on the track,
all was forgiven. He led 99 laps and earned his fourth Brickyard win, tying
Jeff Gordon for the most in race history. Was there any competition? "You
talk about guys being in their own ZIP code," said Kyle Busch, who finished
second. "He was in his own country."
Quote: "Winning is great, but to go out there and put it on them is even
better," Johnson said. "To wear them out is the best."
But he didn't finish the job: Many in the garage area believed a Brickyard
win would propel Johnson to another Cup championship. He had won the Cup
the previous three times he won at Indy. But he finished third in points that
season, behind Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer.
Rundown: Ryan Newman — born in South Bend, educated at
Purdue and a veteran of numerous Indiana short tracks —
became the latest Hoosier race champ at Indy. Jimmie Johnson
led 73 laps, but a poor final pit stop of 17.2 seconds allowed
Newman to take the lead and earn his 17th Cup victory.
Quote: "I think it's a coincidence I was born in Indiana," the South
Bend native said. "I would have an appreciation for this racetrack
if I was born in Hawaii."
A little bittersweet: Newman had recently learned his spot on
Tony Stewart's race team was going away after the season
because Kevin Harvick had already secured enough financial
support for the 2014 season.
Learning from the best: Newman once slept on the floor of Jeff
Gordon's sprint car shop in Pittsboro … "With the race cars," he
said, because he spent all day preparing them to race.
Rundown: Of all the drivers who could own five wins at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, few would be more fitting than Jeff Gordon, who
spent his teenage years in Pittsboro, tearing up the sprint car circuit.
He has loved Indianapolis Motor Speedway for decades, making this
win personal as well as historic.
Quote: "That sends a chill up your spine as a race car driver in a race
that is so important to you, to have so many fans out there supporting
you." - Jeff Gordon, upon seeing the fans cheer him as he approached
the finish line.
Teammates? Not at this point: Gordon overtook Hendrick Motor
sports teammate Kasey Kahne on a restart with 17 laps remaining.
Gordon hadn't had good restarts all day, so he changed things up a
bit and went to the outside. Kahne didn't appreciate the NASCAR
officiating there, but Gordon didn't care. "I'm here to win the race, you
know," Gordon said. "I treated him like a competitor at that point."
Rundown: After missing the first eleven races of the season due to
injury, Kyle Busch returned with a vengeance. He came to Indy having
just won the last three NASCAR races. Busch won the Lilly Diabetes
250 XFINITY race the day before with a last-lap pass of Ryan Blaney,
becoming the first driver to do that. He also gave Toyota it's first victory
Quote: "I guess Kyle's back," a disappointed Logano said after the race.
Stays at 5: Jeff Gordon had high hopes of winning the race in his final
year racing in NASCAR. On lap 50, Gordon checked up to avoid Clint
Bowyer's spinning car, and swerved into the wall in Turn 3, ending his day.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Rundown: After winning the pole for both the Sprint Cup
series and the Xfinity series races at the Brickyard, Kyle
Busch was unstoppable as he ran away with both races.
Quote: “I knew when we got the checkered, I just didn’t want
to come in quite yet,” said Stewart, a two-time Brickyard 400
winner. “I wanted to run one more lap, and Jeff was around
us before that last green run, and I told my spotter to go get
his spotter and say ‘after this thing’s over we need to go a
lap around here together, because most likely is the last
time we’ll both get to do that.’ I couldn’t think of a better guy
to share that with than Jeff.”
Seen The Last of them Hoosiers? After retiring last
year, Jeff Gordon returned to race in the Brickyard 400,
subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was missing a few
races dealing with a concussion. Gordon finished in 13th.
Tony Stewart is retiring this year and finished in 11th place
in his final Brickyard 400.