Sunday, July 23, 2017


Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Race Winner: Kasey Kahne
Age: 37
Team: No. 5 – Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
Owner: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew Chief: Keith Rodden

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“To win at this track is unreal. We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then. Today’s strategy got us here. This Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was great once I got out front. I just had to get there. I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working.”
·         Kasey Kahne

·         Kasey Kahne won the 24th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.  It is Kahne’s 18th win in 488 career MENCS races, and his first victory of 2017.

·         For Kahne it ended a winless drought of 102 races.  Prior to today, his last win came on August 31, 2014 at Atlanta.

·         It was Kahne’s first win in 14 starts at Indianapolis.

·         Kahne is the 13th different winner in MENCS this year, as he becomes the 12th driver to secure a spot in 16-driver field of the 2017 MENCS playoffs.

·         Kahne’s win gives Hendrick Motorsports ten MENCS victories at Indianapolis (Jeff Gordon 5, Jimmie Johnson 4 and Kasey Kahne 1).

·         Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish and 10th top-5 in 20 MENCS races this year. 

·         Ryan Newman (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish and fourth top-5 showing in 20 MENCS races this year. 

·         Daniel Suarez (7th) was the highest finishing rookie.
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
·         Kyle Busch won each of the first two stages of the race, giving him seven stage wins on the year, the second-most in MENCS, trailing only Martin Truex Jr. (14).

·         Martin Truex Jr. (780) leads the 2017 point standings by 48 points over Kyle Larson (732).   They are followed by Kevin Harvick (683) and Kyle Busch (673).
·         Twelve drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         Kasey Kahne has four top-10 finishes in 13 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  This includes a fourth-place showing in the 2006 Ford 400, his best finish at HMS.
·         Rookie William Byron won the 6th annual Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is Byron’s  series-leading third win in 18 races this year.  It also marked his 12th top-10 finish and seventh in the top-5.
·         Byron became the youngest series winner at IMS at the age of 19 years, 7 months and 23 days.

·         Paul Menard was second while Joey Logano placed third.

·         Byron edged out Menard by 0.108 seconds, the closest finish ever in an XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis.

·         The race also produced series records at IMS with 16 lead changes and eight different leaders.

·         Byron won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race, while Elliott Sadler won Stage 2.

·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
·         Elliott Sadler (665) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 40 points over rookie William Byron (625).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (532).

·         Matt Crafton won the 5th annual Eldora Dirty Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway.  For Crafton, it was his 14th victory in in 395 career Truck Series starts, and his first win this year.

·         It ended a 27 race winless streak for Crafton, who had last won on May 21 of last year at Charlotte.  Crafton also took Stage 1 of Wednesday’s race.

·         With the win, Crafton becomes the fifth driver to secure a spot in the 8-driver field for the 2017 Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Championship race on November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         Pole-sitter Stewart Friesen finished second in what was his highest finish in 15 career Truck Series races.  Friesen won Stage 2 of the race.

·         Chase Briscoe (3rd) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races this year.

·         Grant Enfinger (4th) was the highest finishing rookie.

·         Christopher Bell (3 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.

·         Johnny Sauter (478) leads the points standings by seven points over Christopher Bell (471).  Chase Briscoe has compiled 431, while two–time series champion Matt Crafton has collected 427 points.