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The 1998 Brickyard 400, the 5th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on August 1, 1998 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Contested at 160 laps on the 2.5 mile (4.023 km) speedway, it was the 19th race of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.

1998 Brickyard 400
Race details
Race 19 of 33 in the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
Map of the basic speedway
Map of the basic speedway
Date August 1, 1998 (1998-August-01)
Official name Brickyard 400
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Average speed 126.772 miles per hour (204.020 km/h)
Pole position
Driver MB2 Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 97
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Bob Jenkins and Benny Parsons
Nielsen Ratings 4.1/14

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BackgroundEdit

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, (an enclave suburb of Indianapolis) in the United States, is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. It is located on the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road, approximately six miles (10 km) west of Downtown Indianapolis. It is a four-turn rectangular-oval track that is 2.5 miles (4.023 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 9 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, has no banking. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also has a zero degree banking. The racetrack has seats for more than 250,000 spectators.

SummaryEdit

Jeff Gordon became the first repeat winner, holding off Mark Martin for the win. Dale Jarrett dominated the second 100 miles of the race but lost his chance near the halfway point when he ran out of fuel, and coasted back to the pits; he lost four laps but made them up due to numerous cautions. Gordon's victory was the first in the Winston No Bull 5 program.

Top 10 resultsEdit

Race statisticsEdit

  • Time of race: 3:09:19
  • Average Speed: 126.772 miles per hour (204.020 km/h)
  • Pole Speed: 179.394
  • Cautions: 9 for 34 laps
  • Margin of Victory: under caution
  • Lead changes: 10
  • Percent of race run under caution: 21.2%
  • Average green flag run: 14 laps