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Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

Status: Final Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 23 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN

  • When:

    July 29, 2007 2:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    160

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $9,533,587

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Burton Finished seventh two weeks ago at Chicago to move up to fourth in the standings; ran seventh at New Hampshire three weeks ago and third at Sonoma four weeks ago to end a slide of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; trails series points leader Jeff Gordon by 420 points; has six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; captured the pole for this race a year ago, but finished 15th.
Denny Hamlin Finished 17th at Chicago two weeks ago and remains second in the standings, 303 points behind Gordon; leads third-place Matt Kenseth by 43 points; followed up his first win of the season at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; has avoided the sophomore slump by finishing out of the top-10 just five times in the past 15 races; has seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s this season; finished second at Darlington and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; finished 10th in this event last season, his first Nextel start here.
Tony Stewart Finally broke into the win column this season after taking the checkered flag at Chicago; moved up to sixth in the standings and sits 482 points behind Gordon; finished 38th at Daytona prior to Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; has just five top-five finishes over the first 19 races this season; one of the circuit's most inconsistent drivers, collecting 12 top-10 finishes while placing 25th or worse in the other six events; followed up his win here in 2005 by placing eighth a year ago; has five top-10s in eight starts at this track.
Jimmie Johnson Defending series champion continued his up-and-down season by finishing 37th two weeks ago at Chicago; dropped three spots in the standing to seventh; prior to Chicago had responded well to the absence of suspended crew chief Chad Knaus, finishing 10th at Daytona after running fifth at New Hampshire; has posted victories this season at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Martinsville and Richmond; despite collecting nine top-five finishes, has been hurt by four finishes outside the top 35; won this race last year and has two top-10s at this track, but also has a pair of DNFs in five starts.
Kevin Harvick Finished fourth at Chicago, moving up to eighth in the standings; has four top-10 finishes over his past five races, with the lone blemish a 34th at Daytona three weeks ago; won the season-opening Daytona 500 by nipping Mark Martin at the finish line; has four top-fives and nine top-10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; finished third at this race last year; won here in 2003 and has three top-fives, four top-10s and one pole at the Brickyard.
Jeff Gordon Continues to thrive without suspended crew chief Steve Letarte, finishing ninth two weeks at Daytona following a second at New Hampshire; still owns a comfortable 303-point cushion atop the series standings despite being docked 100 points for failing post-qualifying inspections at Sonoma, where he ran seventh; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has completely dominated the circuit this season and is on pace to capture his fifth career title, leading the series in poles (6), top-five finishes (12) and top-10s (17); finished 16th here last year, but has been dominant prior to that with four wins, seven top-fives, 10 top-10s and three poles in 13 starts.
Matt Kenseth Posted third straight top-10 finish by placing second at Chicago which followed an eighth at Daytona and a ninth at New Hampshire; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, before the three straight top-10 results; remains third in the standings, 346 points behind Gordon, but only 43 behind second-place Denny Hamlin; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s this season; finished second to Johnson in this event last season and has four top-fives in seven starts at the Brickyard.