2010 Brickyard 400

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2010 Brickyard 400
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 20 of 36 in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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Date July 25, 2010 (2010-07-25)
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
2.500 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.73 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 93 °F (34 °C); wind speeds up to 16.9 miles per hour (27.2 km/h)[5]
Pole position
Driver Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Time 49.375
Most laps led
Driver Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Laps 86
Winner
No. 1
Jamie McMurray
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2010 Brickyard 400, the 17th running of the event, was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on July 25, 2010 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contested over 160 laps, it was the twentieth race of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Jamie McMurray, for the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team. Kevin Harvick finished second, and Greg Biffle, who started seventh, clinched third.

There were seven cautions and fourteen lead changes among ten different drivers throughout the course of the race, McMurray's second win of the season and his first ever at Indianapolis. The result moved him up two spots to sixteenth in the Drivers' Championship, 625 points behind of leader Kevin Harvick and five ahead of Kasey Kahne. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, twenty points ahead of Toyota and fifty-three ahead of Ford, with twenty races remaining in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Prior to the race, Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick led the Drivers' Championship with 2,745 points, and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon was second with 2,642 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Jimmie Johnson was third with 2,557 points, and Denny Hamlin was fourth with 2,542 points. Kurt Busch was fifth with 2,524 points.[6] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 134 points, fifteen points ahead of their rival Toyota. In the battle for third place, Dodge had 84 points, three ahead of Ford.[7]

Draconian regulations kept intact since the 1970s along with rising ticket prices and unexciting restrictor plate races at Talladega and Daytona helped to contribute to the empty seats at the 2010 Brickyard 500 along with nearly every NASCAR race in the past 30 years. The economy was blamed at first but it was only considered a minor issue compared to the boring races that NASCAR had conceived since Richard Petty retired in 1992.[8]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Four practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday and two on Saturday.[9] The practice sessions each lasted 60 minutes.[9] In the first practice session, Juan Pablo Montoya was quickest, ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Max Papis, and Robby Gordon.[10] Bill Elliott was fifth quickest.[10] In the Friday evening practice session, Montoya remained quickest, ahead of Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin in second and third.[11] Clint Bowyer was fourth fastest as Johnson was fifth.[11] In the third practice session, Jeff Burton was quickest, ahead of his team mate Bowyer in second.[12] Kevin Harvick was third quickest, and Kasey Kahne was scored fourth.[12] Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five with a time of 51.425.[12] During the fourth and final practice session for the race, Martin Truex, Jr. was quickest, ahead of Burton and Bowyer in the second and third positions.[13] Carl Edwards and Martin followed to round out the top five quickest drivers.[13]

Juan Montoya won the pole position with a time of 49.375.

During qualifying, forty-seven drivers were entered, but only the fastest forty-three raced because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[14] Montoya clinched the pole position, with a time of 49.375.[15] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Johnson.[15] Mark Martin only managed to qualify third, and McMurray qualified fourth.[15] Ryan Newman qualified fifth with a time of 49.521.[15] Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Harvick and Burton rounded off the top ten.[15] The four drivers that did not qualify were David Gilliland, Casey Mears, David Stremme, and J. J. Yeley.[15]

Race[edit]

The race, twentieth out of a total of thirty-six in the season, began at 1 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on ESPN.[1] Howard Brammer, of Traders Point Christian Church, began pre-race ceremonies by delivering the invocation.[16] Afterward, Steven Curtis Chapman sang the United States National Anthem and Indianapolis Motor Speedway chairman Mari Hulman George gave the command to start engines.[16] Then, Joey Logano and Todd Bodine moved to the rear of the grid during the pace laps because of engine changes. Herb Branham, a NASCAR spokesman, announced that there would be a competition caution on lap 15.[16]

Juan Pablo Montoya held the lead through the first corner, as Jimmie Johnson followed in the second position. Later on the same lap, a multiple car accident brought out the first caution.[17] While under caution, Elliott Sadler, who was involved in the accident, drove his race car to the garage for repairs, and Sam Hornish, Jr. received a stop and go penalty for speeding on pit road. On lap 8, Montoya led the grid to the green flag. Two laps later, Ryan Newman went to pit road because of a flat tire.[18] On lap 12, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, A. J. Allmendinger, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. came to pit lane because of engine overheating issues.[18] Also on the same lap, Newman returned to pit lane because another tire was flat.[16][18]

Race winner Jamie McMurray

On lap 16, the second caution came out because Robby Gordon had a tire explode and Max Papis's car was engulfed in flames.[18] On lap 18, Landon Cassill was scored the leader, but before the restart he drove to pit lane for a pit stop. Afterward, Kevin Conway became the leader before giving it to Johnson for the restart because of beating Montoya off pit lane. On lap 22, Montoya became the leader after passing Johnson. Five laps later, Mark Martin passed Johnson for the second position. On lap 31, Greg Biffle moved into the fourth position, after passing his team mate Matt Kenseth. Six laps later, Biffle passed Johnson for the third position. One lap later, because of a loose wheel, Montoya came to pit lane and gave Martin the lead. On lap 47, Johnson fell to fifth, after being passed by Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer. One lap later, Johnson lost the fifth position to Kevin Harvick.[16]

On lap 49, Biffle became the leader, as Martin began green flag pit stops. One lap later, Tony Stewart move into the first position after Biffle came to pit lane. After the pit stops ended, Montoya retained the first position. On lap 62, Biffle moved into the lead, after passing Montoya. Four laps later, the third caution came out because of debris on the race surface. Four laps later, the green flag waved with Biffle in the lead. On lap 78, Johnson and Scott Speed collided, all with minor damage except Speed had a tire go flat because of the contact. Ten laps later, Stewart moved into the eleventh position after passing Jeff Gordon. By lap 95, Biffle had a six tenths of a second lead over Montoya. Three laps later, green flag pit stops began. On lap 99, Carl Edwards passed Biffle and Montoya, as they drove to pit road. One lap later, Montoya became the leader. By laps 108, Montoya had a one and a half second lead over the second position. On lap 117, debris caused the fourth caution flag to be waved. All drivers drove to pit road to receive new tires and fuel, but Johnson and his crew were changing shocks.[16]

Montoya led the drivers to the restart on lap 122. After seven laps, Montoya had a two-second lead over his teammate McMurray. Montoya's two-second lead reduced to nothing on lap 138 when the safety car was brought on the track because of the fifth caution. During the pit stops, McMurray's team chose to change two tires, while his team mate Montoya chose to change four tires. On the restart, McMurray led the drivers to the green flag, while Montoya was in the sixth position. Three laps later, on lap 146, the sixth caution came out because Montoya collided with the wall, drove toward pit road, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., collided with him. Also on the same lap, Harvick passed McMurray for the lead. On lap 150, Harvick led the drivers to the green flag, but one lap later McMurray passed him. McMurray continued to lead, and crossed the finish line first to win his second race of the season. Harvick finished second, ahead of Biffle and Bowyer in third and fourth. Stewart clinched the fifth position. McMurray's win gave his owner Chip Ganassi the trifecta, or winning the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.[16]

The race result left Kevin Harvick leading the Driver's Championship with 2,920 points.[19] Jeff Gordon was second with 2,736, seventy-six points ahead of Denny Hamlin and seventy-seven ahead of Jimmie Johnson.[19] Kurt Busch was fifth with 2,658 points.[19] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet maintained their lead with 143 points.[19] Toyota remained second with 1123 points.[19] Ford followed with 90 points, six ahead of Dodge in fourth.[19]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 49.375 182.253
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.412 182.142
3 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.504 181.803
4 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 49.519 181.748
5 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 49.521 181.741
6 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49.582 181.517
7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.627 181.335
8 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.655 181.251
9 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49.666 181.210
10 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49.681 181.156
11 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 49.756 180.883
12 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 49.798 180.730
13 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.842 180.571
14 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 49.882 180.426
15 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 49.894 180.382
16 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 49.901 180.357
17 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.928 180.260
18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.931 180.249
19 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.939 180.220
20 71 Landon Cassill TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 49.941 180.213
21 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 49.957 180.155
22 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 49.987 180.047
23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.043 179.845
24 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50.058 179.791
25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 50.114 179.591
26 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50.140 179.497
27 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50.290 178.962
28 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.303 178.916
29 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 50.310 178.891
30 82 Scott Speed Team Red Bull Toyota 50.312 178.884
31 21 Bill Elliott Wood Brothers Racing Ford 50.323 178.845
32 83 Reed Sorenson Team Red Bull Toyota 50.325 178.838
33 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 50.326 178.834
34 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.341 178.781
35 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 50.386 178.621
36 09 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 50.455 178.377
37 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 50.465 178.341
38 37 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.558 178.013
39 64 Todd Bodine Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 50.593 177.890
40 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota 50.682 175.333
41 32 Jacques Villeneuve Braun Racing Toyota 50.714 175.490
42 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 51.264 175.562
43 34 Kevin Conway Front Row Motorsports Ford 51.376 175.179
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.910 176.783
36 Casey Mears Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 50.955 176.626
26 David Stremme Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford 51.068 176.236
46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Dodge 123.739 72.734
Source:[15]

Race Results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points
1 4 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 16 190
2 9 29 Kevin Harvick (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 5 175
3 7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 38 170
4 6 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 0 160
5 15 14 Tony Stewart (W) Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 0 155
6 10 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 0 150
7 19 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 1 151
8 23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 0 142
9 34 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 0 138
10 14 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 160 0 134
11 3 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 10 135
12 13 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 0 127
13 24 9 Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 160 0 124
14 26 98 Paul Menard Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 160 0 121
15 18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 0 118
16 16 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 160 0 115
17 5 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 0 112
18 31 21 Bill Elliott (W) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 160 0 109
19 11 12 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 160 0 106
20 28 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 0 103
21 41 47 Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 160 0 100
22 2 48 Jimmie Johnson (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 1 102
23 8 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 0 94
24 38 37 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing Ford 160 0 91
25 30 82 Scott Speed Team Red Bull Toyota 160 0 88
26 12 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 159 0 85
27 17 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 158 0 82
28 29 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 157 0 79
29 43 32 Jacques Villeneuve Braun Racing Toyota 157 0 76
30 25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 157 0 73
31 36 09 Bobby Labonte (W) Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 150 0 70
32 1 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 145 86 77
33 22 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 135 0 64
34 43 34 Kevin Conway (R) Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing Ford 124 1 66
35 32 83 Reed Sorenson Team Red Bull Toyota 89 0 58
36 21 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 68 0 55
37 39 64 Todd Bodine Gunselman Motorsports Toyota 59 0 52
38 27 19 Elliott Sadler Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 55 0 49
39 20 71 Landon Cassill TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 52 1 51
40 33 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 33 1 48
41 40 66 Dave Blaney Prism Motorsports Toyota 20 0 40
42 37 55 Michael McDowell Prism Motorsports Toyota 19 0 37
43 35 13 Max Papis Germain Racing Toyota 15 0 34

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