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Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

Status: Final Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 21 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN

  • When:

    August 7, 2005 2:40 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    160

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $9,180,902

Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman The series leader in poles each of the last three seasons leads the circuit in that category again in 2005 with five; is sixth in the standings, 292 points off the pace; ran fifth in Pennsylvania two weeks ago for his second straight top-10 and 10th of the season; led the series with eight checkered flags in 2003 but has won only twice since - both last year; best finish of 2005 was a third in Richmond on May 14; the 2002 Rookie of the Year was saddled with a 31st here last year following an accident.
Jeff Gordon Four-time series champion is looking to become the first driver to win five races at this track; took the checkered flag ahead of two-time champion Dale Jarrett under caution last year to join Al Unser, Rick Mears and A.J. Foyt as the only drivers to win four times at the 2 1/2-mile speedway; Formula One star Michael Schumacher added his name to that list in June; all of his wins here, including the inaugural 1994 race, have come in stock cars; despite three wins this year, has endured more than his fair share of struggles since running second to Biffle at Darlington Raceway on May 7; has just two top-10s in the last 10 events, including seven results of 25th or worse, to fall to 15th in the standings; hoping to celebrate his 34th birthday (August 4) by getting back on track here: "Winning a big race like this can definitely help the morale of the team and build some momentum. ... It's an important race for us and it's one we'd love to win."
Mark Martin Four-time series runner-up matched a season high by running third at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago; was his fourth third-place finish of the season; had not run higher than 10th in previous four events; seeking first points win since last year's MBNA 400; took the checkered flag in the non-points Nextel All-Star Challenge in May; the 46-year-old is seventh in the points standings in what was supposed to be his final season on the circuit; may drive the No. 6 Ford Fusion next year before Jamie McMurray takes over in 2007; has four top-fives and six top-10s in this event, with the most recent being a ninth in 2003.
Tony Stewart Grew up in Columbus, Indiana, 45 minutes from the historic track; has been the circuit's hottest driver the last six races, finishing no lower than seventh and winning three times; has climbed eight spots to second in the standings during that stretch, 66 points off the pace; ended a 29-race victory drought in Sonoma on June 26 and took two more checkered flags in the next three races; the 2002 series champion is trying to win more than three races in a season for the first time since posting six victories in 2000; has two-top fives in six NASCAR starts here and three top-10s in five Indianapolis 500 starts but is clamoring for a victory: "Any kid who's ever grown up in Indiana knows what Indianapolis Motor Speedway means. This is definitely my biggest race of the year. It always has been and it probably always will be."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR's most popular driver is in jeopardy of missing the "Chase for the Championship" as he is 14th in the standings, 110 points behind 10th-place Dale Jarrett with six races remaining; finished 32nd in Pennsylvania last week after qualifying 38th; that result ended a spurt of three straight top-10s, including his lone victory of the season at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10; set a career high with six checkered flags last season, including two during the "Chase," to finish fifth in the standings; had 21 top-10s in both 2003 and 2004 but has managed just eight through 20 events this year; ran 27th here last year.
Greg Biffle Ran 17th in the Pennsylvania 500 two weeks ago for his fourth finish outside the top 10 in five races since taking his circuit-high fifth checkered flag of the season in Michigan on June 19; briefly held the standings lead in late June but since has fallen to third, 87 points off the pace and 21 behind second-place Tony Stewart; ran sixth in this event among his eight top-10s in 2004; already has recorded 11 top-10s, including seven top-fives, in 20 events this season.
Kurt Busch Defending series champion led 131 laps, including the final 21, to claim his second checkered flag of the season at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago; has run in the top 10 four times in the last five races, including three top-threes, to climb four spots to fifth in the standings; recent success has come on the heels of five results outside the top 10 in the previous six races; his season of streaks began with three straight top-threes, followed by three of 19th or worse and then three consecutive top-10s, including his first victory of the year in Phoenix on April 23; ran 10th here among his career-high 21 top-10s in 2004.
Jimmie Johnson Standings leader has run outside the top 10 in each of the last two races and leads Stewart by just 66 points; has not posted three straight finishes of 11th or worse this season; leads the circuit with 13 top-10s and is tied for the top spot with eight top-fives; has two victories this season, including a third straight triumph in the Coca-Cola 600; the series runner-up each of the last two years has owned the top spot in the standings after every race but four this season; began the season with seven consecutive top-10s, extending his streak to 13 dating to last year; engine problems led to a 36th in this race last year; only top-10 in this event was a ninth in 2002.
The 1989 series champion is fourth in the standings in his final full season on the circuit; was runner-up to Kurt Busch two weeks ago but still is seeking his first victory since April 18, 2004; has finished no worse than 12th in the last nine races, racking up seven top-10s and four top-fives during that span; has five top-fives and nine top-10s here but never has visited victory lane at this speedway; ran 13th in this event last year and 10th in 2003.