Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsBrickyard
IN THE NEWS

Brickyard

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
July 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Newman set a track record Saturday in winning the pole position for NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Newman, a native of South Bend, Ind., won the pole in dramatic fashion. He was the last of 45 drivers to make their qualifying attempt and he knocked off defending Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson to grab the first starting spot. Newman turned a lap of 187.531 mph around the 2.5-mile speedway in his No. 39 Chevrolet, edging Johnson's 187.438 mph and smashing the previous record of 186.293 mph set by Casey Mears nine years ago. It was Newman's 50th pole in the Cup series, and his propensity to qualify first has earned him the nickname "Rocket Man. " Speeds were helped by unseasonably mild weather, with temperatures in the high-70s.
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jimmie Johnson was the halfway leader in his quest to win a record fifth NASCAR Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Johnson led 43 of the first 80 laps of the 160-lap race on an unseasonably cool day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The temperature was 68 degrees when the race started. Carl Edwards was running second, pole-sitter Ryan Newman was third, Kasey Kahne was fourth and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart was running fifth. Kyle Busch had climbed to eighth after starting 19th in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Advertisement
SPORTS
July 25, 2009 | Associated Press
When: Today, qualifying (ESPN2, 7-9:30 a.m.), practice (Speed, 11 a.m.-noon; ESPN2, 12:30-1:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 11 a.m. (ESPN, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.). Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles), Indianapolis. Distance: 400 miles, 160 laps. 2008 winner: Jimmie Johnson. Fast fact: Tony Stewart, the Indiana driver who won the 2005 and 2007 races, tops the season standings with 2,884 points with seven races left before the start of the 12-driver Chase for the championship.
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself in a hole early in the Brickyard 400 but the popular NASCAR driver recovered to finish sixth Sunday. After only 12 laps of the 160-lap race, Earnhardt had a loose wheel on his No. 88 Chevrolet and was forced to make a pit stop. That dropped him to the rear and left him one lap behind the leaders. But a caution period on Lap 59 enabled Earnhardt to get back on the lead lap and he stayed in the top 10 for most of the race. "You're running that thing at 200 mph at the end of the straightaway, you don't want to take any chances" with the wheel, Earnhardt said.
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself in a hole early in the Brickyard 400 but the popular NASCAR driver recovered to finish sixth Sunday. After only 12 laps of the 160-lap race, Earnhardt had a loose wheel on his No. 88 Chevrolet and was forced to make a pit stop. That dropped him to the rear and left him one lap behind the leaders. But a caution period on Lap 59 enabled Earnhardt to get back on the lead lap and he stayed in the top 10 for most of the race. "You're running that thing at 200 mph at the end of the straightaway, you don't want to take any chances" with the wheel, Earnhardt said.
SPORTS
July 30, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson won the battle Sunday in dominant fashion. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a big step toward winning the war. Johnson won the Brickyard 400 again, joining Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as the only four-time winners since NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series began racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994. Earnhardt, who also drives for Hendrick and has enjoyed a strong car all season, finished fourth — his best Brickyard 400 finish in 13 tries — to lift him into the lead of the Cup championship standings.
SPORTS
July 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - For NASCAR's drivers, at least, the Brickyard 400 remains one of the Sprint Car Series' marquee events despite the race's sliding attendance in recent years. "It's the obvious second" in prestige, Clint Bowyer said Friday before practicing for the 20th running of the race Sunday. "It's the Daytona 500 and then the Brickyard. " NASCAR estimated that 125,000 spectators attended last year's race. That's a sizable crowd but smaller than the 200,000-plus who came to the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994 to see the novelty of stock cars racing around the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - A scenario familiar to NASCAR fans was playing out yet again Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson was on a roll. Seeking a record fifth Brickyard 400 win, the five-time Sprint Cup champion again had the dominant car and led a race-high 73 laps. But then a funny thing happened late in the race: A rare misstep in the pits by his Hendrick Motorsports crew. That enabled Ryan Newman, who also had a fast car - the Indiana native started on the pole after qualifying his No. 39 Chevrolet at record speed - to grab the lead and earn his first Brickyard 400 victory.
SPORTS
August 12, 1995
Regarding the Aug. 6 article about the Brickyard 400, "Gordon Didn't Win Again," it seems we can get more timely race results from the next day's newspaper despite ABC's promise to broadcast the event. RON LESOVSKY Huntington Beach
SPORTS
July 31, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Regan Smith has found his stride in 2011. Now in his fourth full season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Smith had never finished in the top 10 in a race until this season. But with his third-place finish Sunday in the Brickyard 400, Smith has finished in the top 10 in four of the sport's most prestigious races this year. Smith, 27, who drives for the Denver-based team of Furniture Row Racing, won his first Cup race at the Southern 500 at Darlington, S.C., in early May, was seventh at the season-opening Daytona 500 and was eighth at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, N.C., in late May. "We just got to figure out how to perform on the rest of the stages [and]
SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - A scenario familiar to NASCAR fans was playing out yet again Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson was on a roll. Seeking a record fifth Brickyard 400 win, the five-time Sprint Cup champion again had the dominant car and led a race-high 73 laps. But then a funny thing happened late in the race: A rare misstep in the pits by his Hendrick Motorsports crew. That enabled Ryan Newman, who also had a fast car - the Indiana native started on the pole after qualifying his No. 39 Chevrolet at record speed - to grab the lead and earn his first Brickyard 400 victory.
SPORTS
July 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Newman set a track record Saturday in winning the pole position for NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Newman, a native of South Bend, Ind., won the pole in dramatic fashion. He was the last of 45 drivers to make their qualifying attempt and he knocked off defending Brickyard 400 winner Jimmie Johnson to grab the first starting spot. Newman turned a lap of 187.531 mph around the 2.5-mile speedway in his No. 39 Chevrolet, edging Johnson's 187.438 mph and smashing the previous record of 186.293 mph set by Casey Mears nine years ago. It was Newman's 50th pole in the Cup series, and his propensity to qualify first has earned him the nickname "Rocket Man. " Speeds were helped by unseasonably mild weather, with temperatures in the high-70s.
SPORTS
July 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - For NASCAR's drivers, at least, the Brickyard 400 remains one of the Sprint Car Series' marquee events despite the race's sliding attendance in recent years. "It's the obvious second" in prestige, Clint Bowyer said Friday before practicing for the 20th running of the race Sunday. "It's the Daytona 500 and then the Brickyard. " NASCAR estimated that 125,000 spectators attended last year's race. That's a sizable crowd but smaller than the 200,000-plus who came to the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994 to see the novelty of stock cars racing around the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard probably will feel bittersweet emotions when the NASCAR driver returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Menard won the Brickyard 400 at Indy in 2011 for his first Sprint Cup Series victory, ending four years of winless frustration. But Menard hasn't won since. As NASCAR prepares for this year's Brickyard 400 on Sunday, the 32-year-old Menard has gone 71 races without revisiting Victory Lane. While five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has won races every year since he joined the series full time in 2002, including four victories this season, several other drivers continue to slog through winless streaks that extend well beyond one of the series' 36-race seasons.
SPORTS
July 30, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson won the battle Sunday in dominant fashion. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a big step toward winning the war. Johnson won the Brickyard 400 again, joining Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as the only four-time winners since NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series began racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1994. Earnhardt, who also drives for Hendrick and has enjoyed a strong car all season, finished fourth — his best Brickyard 400 finish in 13 tries — to lift him into the lead of the Cup championship standings.
SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Carl Edward s went into the Brickyard 400 with a new crew chief and needing a top-five finish to bolster his hopes of getting into this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title playoff. But only 12 laps into the 160-lap race, Edwards' No. 99 Ford developed an engine problem. He finished 29th, four laps behind the leaders, and Edwards' chances of making the Chase for the Cup took a big hit. The top 10 drivers in points after 26 races qualify for the 10-race Chase, along with the two drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points.
SPORTS
August 9, 1997
What's all this hype about NASCAR racing being such a popular sport? That hype was disproved with the Aug. 2 running of the Brickyard 400. After hearing all the hype about the growing popularity of NASCAR racing, I decided to watch the Brickyard 400, only to find that it was preempted by Saturday morning cartoons and all I would be able to see was a delayed broadcast. No thanks. The Brickyard 400 was billed as NASCAR's richest race and the second-most important in its schedule. I can't imagine the live broadcast of a major league baseball game between even cellar dwellers being preempted by Saturday morning cartoons.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard probably will feel bittersweet emotions when the NASCAR driver returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Menard won the Brickyard 400 at Indy in 2011 for his first Sprint Cup Series victory, ending four years of winless frustration. But Menard hasn't won since. As NASCAR prepares for this year's Brickyard 400 on Sunday, the 32-year-old Menard has gone 71 races without revisiting Victory Lane. While five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has won races every year since he joined the series full time in 2002, including four victories this season, several other drivers continue to slog through winless streaks that extend well beyond one of the series' 36-race seasons.
SPORTS
July 28, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS --Dale Earnhardt Jr.  sees no reason why his strong showing this year shouldn't continue during the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, although he didn't qualify particularly well. The popular NASCAR driver has never won at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 12 previous races; his best finish was sixth in 2006. But his No. 88 Chevrolet has been stout this season and the Hendrick Motorsports driver is second in the Sprint Cup Series points standings. "I think I could come in here and probably have my best finish here in quite a while," Earnhardt said before he qualified to start 20th in the 43-car field.
SPORTS
July 27, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- The car driven by Regan Smith in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have a special paint scheme at Sunday's Brickyard 400 that pays tribute to the victims of the recent Colorado theater shooting. Smith's team is Furniture Row Racing, whose general manager, Joe Garone, noted that "the movie theater where the shooting took place is only a few miles from where our team is based in Denver. " The scheme on Smith's No. 78 Chevrolet, which was being painted on the car Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will include "Aurora, CO" on the side and the names of the 12 people who died in the shooting.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|