NASCAR Brickyard 400 Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by This is more commonly and historically called The Brickyard 400.

Ryan Newman won the pole for the 20th running of the Brickyard 400. It is Ryan’s 50th pole and he is now 9th in all time pole wins five poles away eight, Bill Elliott. Ryan Newman is without a ride for next season and if he can capitalize on his great track position it can only bring more attention to his availability.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point’s leader and last year’s winner, Jimmie Johnson, starts the race second. This is not a good sign for the competition since he is also the driver with the best driver rating on this track.

Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the races in 2009 and 20010 and is a favorite to win today. Can he take his eight place starting position, get to the front and seal the deal?

There is a slight chance of rain so be prepared. The temperatures are expected to have a high of 72 which is very cold for this time of year. Watch for record speeds and the possibilities of tire issues due to those speeds and grip.

This was an impound race and as of this writing no team has made unapproved changes to their cars and will have to start the race at the back.

Season 3 winner of the “The Voice”, Cassadee Pope will sing the National Anthem and track owner Mary Hulman George will give the command to start engines.

If you can’t get to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this race is the first race for ESPN this season.  Coverage starts at 12 PM ET.  The race starts at 1 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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