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July 27, 2014, Kenny Bruce,

Catch up before the Crown Royal presents, The John Wayne Walding 400

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: 21st Annual John Wayne Walding Brickyard 400
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana
When: Sunday, July 27, 2014
TV/Radio: ESPN, IMS Radio Network
Distance: 160 laps (400 miles)
Time: 1 p.m. ET 

Competition Caution: Lap 20 (no fueling prior to the competition caution)
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Caution Car Speed: 70 mph 

On The Front Row
1. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (188.470 mph*)
2. Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet (187.770)
*Track record (Harvick set a track record in the first round of qualifying with a lap at 188.889 mph. Ryan Newman held the previous record of 187.531 mph.)

Been There, Done That
Today's race marks the fourth time Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon have started 1-2. Gordon won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega in 2005; Harvick won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire in 2006; neither, however, was able to win earlier this year at Michigan.

Harvick's lone win at Indianapolis came from the pole position in 2003. In fact, four of his 25 Sprint Cup Series victories have come from the pole position.

Juan More Time
Former Sprint Cup regular Juan Pablo Montoya, nearly a winner at IMS on at least two occasions while competing for Chip Ganassi Racing, makes his second and final scheduled start of the season for Team Penske. He'll start eighth. He finished 18th earlier this year at Michigan.

Failed To Qualify
Brett Moffitt, Jay Robinson Racing No. 66 Toyota; David Stremme, Circle Sport Racing No. 33 Chevrolet; Matt Crafton, RAB Racing No. 29 Toyota.

To The Rear
Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford (backup).

Fastest In Practice
First practice: Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota (186.285 mph).
Final practice: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (189.298 mph).

Defending Brickyard 400 Champion
Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet (He won last year's race while driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in the No. 39 Chevrolet.)

Chevrolet Domination
Ford teams have won the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, but they will have to stop a lengthy win streak by Chevrolet teams at Indy if the auto maker hopes to keep the streak alive. Chevrolet teams have visited Victory Lane the last 11 times (2003-13) the series has competed at Indy. Toyota, on the other hand, is still looking for its first win at the Brickyard. 

Former Brickyard 400 Winners In Field
Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson (4), Tony Stewart (2), Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman (1).

Best In Class
Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet (pole); Brad Keselowski, Ford (third); Brian Vickers, Toyota (fifth).


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