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NASCAR records at the Brickyard 400
Since its first race in 1994, The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the most attended event in NASCAR, with as much as 270,000 NASCAR fans in attendance in 2007. Though attendance has dropped in recent years, most likely because of the poor economy, it is still one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Here is a look at some of the records that have occurred at the Brickyard 400.
Most wins, most top-five, most top-tens, most poles and most laps led, and most…
Jeff Gordon is the reigning king at the Brickyard 400, and has even earned the name "Mr. Brickyard". He holds so many records at the Brickyard, it's better to lump these under one category. Gordon has four wins here: 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2004.
Gordon's first win was in the inaugural race when he was only in his second year of NASCAR racing. He also holds the record for the most top-five finishes at Indianapolis with nine, and has 13 top-ten finishes here. The record for leading the most laps is 124, held by none other than, Jeff Gordon. Gordon also took the pole three times, in 1995, 1996 and 1999, holding that record as well.
Gordon also holds the title for the most prize winnings at the Brickyard 400, earning a total of $6,123,631. While we're at it, Gordon is also the youngest winner here. He won the inaugural race at aged 23 years, 2 days.
Most laps completed
The most laps completed in a career at the Brickyard 400, is Jeff Burton. He has raced 2,684 laps and logged 6,710 miles in the Brickyard.
Most positions gained from a starting position
This record belongs to Casey Mears. He set the record in 2005, starting in the 40th position but finishing in sixth place. Casey also holds the fastest qualifying record, set in 2004 at 186.293 mph, 48.311 seconds.
Mears' father, Roger, raced in the famed Indianapolis 500, and his uncle Rick won the 500 four times. So far in his career, the closest Casey has come to victory is his sixth place comeback finish in 2005.
Oldest driver to win
Gordon hasn't hit that yet. The oldest race winner was Bill Elliott in 2002. He was 46 years and 300 days old. Jeff will have to wait another seven years for a chance at that one.
Unless you can see into the future, we'll have to wait until July 31 before finding out if new records will be set at the Brickyard 400. I'm looking forward to it.
I grew up watching auto racing at the old Baylands Raceway in Fremont, California, and have been a fan ever since.
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