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Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

Status: Final Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 23 of 38 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN

  • When:

    August 6, 2006 2:40 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    160

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $9,236,620

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Burton Veteran driver continues his quiet pursuit of a spot in "the Chase for the Championship" with consistent performances; ran ninth at Pocono, his ninth top-10 finish in the last 11 races; remained third in the standings with 2,621 points, 318 behind leader Jimmie Johnson; has placed inside the top 15 in each of his last 14 races, including 11 top-10 finishes over that span; ran second from the pole at Chicagoland, his best finish of the season; placed 20th in this event last season and has struggled at this track, registering just one top-five finish and two top-10s in 12 career starts.
Kasey Kahne Hopes to bounce back from disappointing 31st-place finish at Pocono; fell one spot to seventh in the standings but trails Burton by just 106 points for third place; finished eighth at New Hampshire to end a skid of three consecutive races outside of the top 20; leads the series with four wins; registered his second consecutive seventh-place finish at this season's Pocono 500 and captured the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600; has registered six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s this season; won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 to record his third career victory; also visited Victory Lane at Atlanta after registering consecutive fourth-place finishes at California and Las Vegas; was runner-up to Stewart in this event last season and ran fourth here in 2004.
Jimmie Johnson Has a series-leading 16 top-10 finishes and has placed inside the top 12 in all but two races this season; ran sixth at Pocono and increased his standings lead to 97 points over Matt Kenseth; drove to victory this season at Talladega, Las Vegas and the season-opening Daytona 500; also won the Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway; absolutely dominated the circuit over the first six races, registering two victories among five finishes inside the top six; ran just 38th in this event last season, completing 143 laps before crashing; has one top-10 finish in four career starts at this track.
Greg Biffle Hoping to bounce back from disappointing 24th-place finish two weeks ago in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, his third finish outside the top 10 in his last four races; fell from 10th to 12th in the Nextel Cup standings and is 44 points outside the top 10 with just six regular-season races remaining; ran third at New Hampshire, his fifth top-five finish this year; rebounded nicely from poor finish at Daytona by running 11th at Chicagoland; registered seven straight top-10 finishes from May 6-June 25; defending series runner-up captured his first victory of the season at the Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 13; placed 21st in this event last season.
Kevin Harvick Has placed inside the top 10 in six of his last eight races and is fifth in the standings with 2,563 points, just 19 points behind Kyle Busch and six ahead of Mark Martin; climbed three spots in the standings after running fifth at Pocono, his third consecutive top-five finish; captured the checkered flag at Phoenix on April 22, his only victory this season; ran 19th in this event last season; won this race in 2003 and has fared well at this track, registering one pole, two top-five finishes and three top-10s in five career starts.
Denny Hamlin Captured the checkered flag two weeks ago at Pocono, his second career victory; became the second rookie in series history to win both races at a single track and the sixth driver to complete a season sweep of both Pocono races; climbed a whopping four spots to eighth in the standings and has 2,514 points, 52 ahead of Earnhardt; finished sixth at New Hampshire; leads Clint Bowyer by 48 points for first place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings; was runner-up to Earnhardt at Richmond and won the season-opening Budweiser Shootout, a non-points event.
Jeff Gordon Ran third at Pocono and remained ninth in the standings with 2,512 points, 50 ahead of Earnhardt; placed 15th at New Hampshire; made bold late move at Chicagoland, bumping Matt Kenseth in lap 263 and going on to win the USG Sheetrock 400, his second victory in three weeks; continued his dominance on road courses by winning at California; it was the first victory in the last 20 races for Gordon, whose previous best finish this year was a second at the season-opening Daytona 500; the four-time Nextel Cup champion has been obscured this season by Hendrick Motorsports teammate and current points leader Jimmie Johnson; ran eighth in this event last season; four-time winner of this race has dominated at this track, registering three poles, seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10s in 12 career starts.
Mark Martin Ran 19th at Pocono and fell one spot to sixth in the standings; finished fourth at New Hampshire to end a streak of five consecutive races outside the top 10; has three top-five finishes and nine top-10s this season; was runner-up to Kahne at Atlanta, his best finish this season; ran seventh in this race last year and has fared well in his 12 career starts at this track, registering four top-five finishes and seven top-10s.
Matt Kenseth Has finished outside the top 10 in five of his last six starts and trails Johnson by 97 points for the standings lead; registered second consecutive 14th-place finish at Pocono; appeared primed to win at Chicagoland before getting bumped by Gordon with four laps remaining en route to a 22nd-place finish; after three straight top-five finishes from May 28-June 11, ran 13th and 17th the next two weeks; leads the circuit with 10 top-five finishes; ran fifth in this event last season, his third top-five finish in six career starts at this track.
Carl Edwards Struggled to 39th-place finish at Pocono and fell one spot to 14th in the standings; trails Stewart by 235 points for the final berth in "the Chase"; was runner-up to Kyle Busch to complete a thrilling triple-duty weekend at New Hampshire, where he won the Busch race on Saturday and also competed in a Whelen Modified event; recovered nicely from a slow start this season, registering six top-10 finishes in nine races from April 22-June 25; placed 12th in this race last year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has dropped eight spots after finishing last in each of the past two races; ran 43rd at Pocono, completing just 26 laps; finished last at New Hampshire, completing just 34 laps before withdrawing with engine trouble; is 11th in the standings with 2,462 points, just 15 behind Tony Stewart for the 10th and final berth in "the Chase"; ran fifth at Chicagoland; captured the checkered flag at Richmond, his first victory of the season that snapped a string of 27 starts without a victory; has placed inside the top 15 in 14 of 20 races this season; placed 43rd in this race last season, crashing in lap 63; has just one top-10 finish in six career starts at this track.
Tony Stewart Bounced back from consecutive poor performances by running seventh at Pocono; climbed one spot to 10th in the standings with 2,477 points, 15 ahead of Earnhardt; struggled in the two weeks after winning the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, finishing 37th at New Hampshire and 32nd at Chicagoland; defending series champion persevered through a right shoulder injury to finish third at this year's Pocono 500, one of his eight top-five finishes this season; crashed in both the Nextel and Busch races at Charlotte and suffered from a fractured right scapula; was runner-up to Johnson at Talladega, his second straight second-place finish; won his first race of the season at Martinsville; won this race last season and has thrived at this track, registering three top-five finishes and four top-10s in seven career starts.
Kyle Busch Remained fourth in the standings after running 12th at Pocono; trails Burton by 39 points for third place and trails Johnson by 357 for the lead; owns a 19-point lead over Kevin Harvick, who is in fifth; has seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10s this season, his second on the circuit; captured the checkered flag at New Hampshire, his first victory this season and third career; ran third at Chicagoland one week after placing second at Daytona; placed 10th in this event last season.