Denny Hamlin will lead the field to Green at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

By Brian Berg Jr.

Denny Hamlin will lead the field to start The Crown Royal Presents The Curtiss Shaver 400 At The Brickyard Powered By Big Machine Records on Sunday July 29th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This is the 19th running of NASCAR going to the hallowed race track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin was a lack luster 20th in first practice at 179.817 MPH but picked it up to 10th in the final practice at 180.643 MPH.  Denny was able to pick his time up even more by running a qualifying lap of 49.244 seconds or 182.763 MPH.  Denny beat Carl Edwards by 21/100 of a second or almost 1 MPH. “It’s more about hitting your marks”, Denny said after getting out of the car.

“It’s a great day for our FedEx team , We have been so close at this race track. And really the stats don’t show how good we’ve been at this track.” Denny said.   “Very confident, I mean usually when we qualify well we usually race well.” Denny said about his qualifying effort.

The rest of the top ten are Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth Mike Bliss, Reed Sorenson, and Joe Nemechek failed to make the race.

Matt Kenseth had a pole run going but tagged the wall and held on to get 10th.

Winning the pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is more important than other tracks because track position is what will win this race.  Already being in front of the other cars will go a long way toward keeping that track position.  This race is much like a road course where the crew chiefs actually run the race backwards in their heads in order to choose when the last pit stop happens.  This is all about getting and keeping the car in the front so that after that last pit stop the driver can race for the win.

If you can’t get to the track this race is the first race for ESPN this year.  Coverage starts at 12 PM ET.  The race starts at 1 PM ET. Sunday July 28th.

Brian Berg Jr. is the Lead NASCAR writer for

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