History is set to be made again on Sunday afternoon as the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take to the timeless Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 17th running of the Brickyard 400.
Short of winning the Daytona 500, a single victory could not mean more to the 43 drivers on the starting grid of today's event.
Find out why after the fold.
The favorite and pole-sitter for today's Brickyard 400 knows what it takes to win at The Speedway but has yet to do so in NASCAR. Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the 2009 event before a pit road violation handed the win to series champion Jimmie Johnson. Most felt that Montoya was unjustly routed of a career-defining victory but the fact remains that Montoya was over the mandated pit road speed. The Columbian was placed in the back of the longest line and finished in 11th.
If Montoya is the favorite and 'Driver 1A' to win today's race then Johnson has to be 'Driver 1B'.
The Brickyard lends itself to championship calibur drivers as the winner of the Brickyard 400 has notably gone on to win the Sprint Cup championship in the same season eight times out of 16 runnings from 1994-2009.
Most recently, that driver has been Johnson, kissing the bricks in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Only two winners of the Brickyard has failed to win a Cup Series championship and one of those drivers, Kevin Harvick, leads the 2010 standings.
With the Chase for the Championship just seven races away, the numbers heavily favor that NASCAR could crown its champion today; not in the numbers but by the tradition and history of the Brickyard 400.
Pre-race coverage will be covered by ESPN Countdown and SPEED Raceday. Live flag-to-flag coverage will air on ESPN and espn3.com starting at 1 p.m./ET. Green flag is set for 1:15 with Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree providing the calls.
Let this post serve as Ranting and Raving's official race thread. A brief post race will post shortly after the finish.
"See you on the other side!"
|1||1||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Target Chevrolet||49.375||182.278|
|2||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's Chevrolet||49.412||182.142|
|2||3||5||Mark Martin||GoDaddy.com Chevrolet||49.504||181.803|
|4||1||Jamie McMurray||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet||49.519||181.748|
|3||5||39||Ryan Newman||Haas Automation Chevrolet||49.521||181.741|
|6||33||Clint Bowyer||Wheaties Fuel Chevrolet||49.582||181.517|
|4||7||16||Greg Biffle||3M Ford||49.627||181.353|
|8||24||Jeff Gordon||DuPont Chevrolet||49.655||181.251|
|5||9||29||Kevin Harvick||Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet||49.666||181.210|
|10||31||Jeff Burton||Prilosec OTC Chevrolet||49.681||181.156|
|6||11||12||Brad Keselowski||Penske Dodge||49.756||180.883|
|12||56||Martin Truex Jr.||NAPA Auto Parts Toyota||49.798||180.730|
|7||13||17||Matt Kenseth||Crown Royal Ford||49.842||180.571|
|14||2||Kurt Busch||Miller Lite / Vortex Dodge||49.882||180.426|
|8||15||14||Tony Stewart||Old Spice / Office Depot Chevrolet||49.894||180.382|
|16||43||A J Allmendinger||Valvoline Ford||49.901||180.357|
|9||17||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||AMP Energy / National Guard Chevrolet||49.928||180.260|
|18||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express Toyota||49.931||180.249|
|10||19||99||Carl Edwards||Aflac Ford||49.939||180.220|
|20||71||Landon Cassill||TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet||49.941||180.213|
|11||21||7||Robby Gordon||SpeedFactory.TV Toyota||49.957||180.155|
|22||78||Regan Smith||FarmAmerican.com Chevrolet||49.987||180.047|
|12||23||18||Kyle Busch||M&M's Toyota||50.043||179.845|
|24||9||Kasey Kahne||Budweiser Ford||50.058||179.791|
|13||25||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Mobil 1 Dodge||50.114||179.591|
|26||98||Paul Menard||Mastercraft / Menards Ford||50.140||179.497|
|14||27||19||Elliott Sadler||Stanley Ford||50.290||178.962|
|28||6||David Ragan||UPS Ford||50.303||178.916|
|15||29||00||David Reutimann||Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota||50.310||178.891|
|30||82||Scott Speed||Red Bull Toyota||50.312||178.884|
|16||31||21||Bill Elliott||Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center||50.323||178.845|
|32||83||Reed Sorenson||Red Bull Toyota||50.325||178.838|
|17||33||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports Toyota||50.326||178.834|
|34||20||Joey Logano||Home Depot Toyota||50.341||178.781|
|18||35||13||Max Papis||GEICO Toyota||50.386||178.621|
|36||09||Bobby Labonte||Phoenix Construction Chevrolet||50.455||178.377|
|19||37||55||Michael McDowell||PRISM Motorsports Toyota||50.465||178.341|
|38||37||Travis Kvapil||Long John Silver's Ford||50.558||178.013|
|20||39||64||Todd Bodine||Fred's Hometown Discout Store Toyota||50.593||177.890|
|40||66||Dave Blaney||PRISM Motorsports Toyota||50.682||177.578|
|21||41||47||Marcos Ambrose||Kroger / Clorox Toyota||Owner Points|
|42||34||Kevin Conway #||Extenze Ford||Owner Points|
|22||43||32||Jacques Villeneuve||Dollar General Toyota||50.714||177.466|