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2018 Brickyard 400

The 2018 Brickyard 400, branded as Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on September 10, 2018 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. It is the 25th running of the Brickyard 400. Contested over 160 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) speedway, it was the 26th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and the final race of the regular season before the playoffs.

2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]
Race 26 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date September 10, 2018 (2018-09-10)
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 128.629 miles per hour (207.008 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Stewart-Haas Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 37
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Steve Letarte (booth), Mike Bagley (Turn 2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Turn 3), Jeff Burton (Turn 4)
Radio in the United States
Radio IndyCar Radio Network
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Pat Patterson and Jeff Hammond
Turn Announcers Mark Jaynes (1), Nick Yeoman (2), Jake Query (3) and Chris Denari (4)

The race was notable for being the first time in NASCAR's modern era (since 1973) that all track activity prior to the race was cancelled by rain and for the race itself to be delayed to Monday, where it was won by Brad Keselowski's Team Penske Ford.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track where the race will be held.

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.

Constructed in 1909, it is the original speedway, the first racing facility so named. It has a permanent seating capacity estimated at 235,000 with infield seating raising capacity to an approximate 400,000. It is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world.

Considered relatively flat by American standards, the track is a 2.5-mile (4.0 km), nearly rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its inception: four 0.25-mile (0.40 km) turns, two 0.625-mile long (1.006 km) straightaways between the fourth and first turns and the second and third turns, and two .125-mile (0.201 km) short straightaways – termed "short chutes" – between the first and second, and third and fourth turns.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 David Starr (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
(R) denotes driver is eligible for NASCAR Rookie of the Year
(i) denotes driver is ineligible to score driver points due to competing for either the Xfinity or Truck Series championships.
Official entry list
NotesEdit
  • Regan Smith replaced Kasey Kahne in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet after the latter stood down due to an ongoing hydration issue that came to a head at the Southern 500 the weekend prior.[8]

PracticeEdit

Both practice sessions for Saturday were cancelled due to rain.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for Saturday was cancelled due to rain and Kyle Busch, the point leader, was awarded the pole as a result.[9]

Starting LineupEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
12 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
13 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
15 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
19 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
20 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
22 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
25 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
26 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
27 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
28 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
29 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
33 72 Corey LaJoie Tri-Star Motorsports Chevrolet
34 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
36 51 David Starr (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
37 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
38 7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
39 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
40 52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
Official starting lineup

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 7
5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 5
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 3
9 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 10
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7
5 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4
8 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 60

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 160 49
2 13 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 44
3 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 42
4 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 33
5 8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 42
6 4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 46
7 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 30
8 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 35
9 19 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 160 31
10 17 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 29
11 9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 160 26
12 29 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 35
13 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 160 31
14 7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 30
15 11 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 33
16 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 22
17 26 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 160 20
18 20 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 24
19 22 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 21
20 27 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 160 17
21 30 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 160 16
22 18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 15
23 12 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 159 18
24 25 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 159 13
25 23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 158 12
26 32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 158 0
27 33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 158 10
28 38 7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 158 9
29 35 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 157 0
30 40 52 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 157 0
31 34 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 150 0
32 37 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 150 5
33 15 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 142 4
34 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 136 3
35 39 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 124 0
36 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 89 1
37 24 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 66 1
38 28 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 57 1
39 36 51 David Starr (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 57 0
40 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 41 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 10 for 39
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 6 minutes and 35 seconds
  • Average speed: 128.629 miles per hour (207.008 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. The broadcast was produced similarly to NBC's Watkins Glen International race broadcasts. Rick Allen and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Motor Racing Network broadcaster Mike Bagley called from Turn 2, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. called from Turn 3, and Jeff Burton called from Turn 4. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Turn Announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Turn 2 Announcer: Mike Bagley
Turn 3 Announcer: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Turn 4 Announcer: Jeff Burton
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and the Performance Racing Network jointly co-produced the radio broadcast for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, and aired on IMS or PRN stations, depending on contractual obligations. The lead announcers and two pit reporters were PRN staff, while the turns and two pit reporters were from IMS.

PRN/IMS Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Pat Patterson
Announcer: Jeff Hammond
Historian: Donald Davidson
Turn 1: Mark Jaynes
Turn 2: Nick Yeoman
Turn 3: Jake Query
Turn 4: Chris Denari
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Ryan Myrehn
Michael Young

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Indianapolis Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 8, 2018. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Brickyard 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Crandall, Kelly (September 11, 2018). "Long Running Hydration Issue Led to Kahne Stand-down". Racer.com. Racer Media and Marketing, Inc. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Utter, Jim (September 8, 2018). "Rain cancels Cup qualifying at Indianapolis; Kyle Busch on pole". Motorsport.com. Indianapolis: Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 8, 2018.


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