Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Indianapolis Race Info

THE RACE: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
TRACK: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #26 of 36

Date: Rescheduled for Monday, September 10, 2018 in Speedway, IN
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:06 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America: 12:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 12:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 1:00pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, September 8, 10:30-11:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, September 8, 1:30-2:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN.

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, September 8 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Steve Letarte,
Turn reporters: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Parker Kligerman, Mike Bagley
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
None

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE


SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live

SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, September 7
8:00 PM 10:00 PM MENCS UNLOAD HAULERS (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

UPDATED: Saturday, September 8
7:30 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM-11:20 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE (CANCELLED)
1:30 PM-2:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE (CANCELLED)
6:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (CANCELLED, LINE UP PER THE RULEBOOK)

UPDATED: Sunday, September 9
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (PLAZA MEETING ROOM # 4)
12:00 PM 5:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:15 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM MENCS RACE (160 LAPS, 400 MILES)

UPDATED: Monday, September 10
8:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
8:30 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
9:30 AM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
10:00 AM NXS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES)
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (160 LAPS, 400 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page


July 2017: see the Indianapolis Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Florida Georgia Line
Command to start engines: Florida Georgia Line
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Color Guard: Joint Services
Invocation: Reverend Howard Brammer
National Anthem: Payton Smith
Flyover: KC-135 Stratotanker from the 185th Fighter Wing

Saturday Indianapolis Notebook: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. faces all-or-nothing race on Sunday; Dale Jarrett remembers the Brickyard 400 he should've won; Matt DiBenedetto takes a major leap of faith - in himself.[More](9-8-2018)

Friday Indianapolis Notebook: Kasey Kahne seeking answers to dehydration issues that sidelined him; Christopher Bell won't change approach in Xfinity Series Playoffs; Matt DiBenedetto announces departure from Go Fas Racing.[More](9-7-2018)

Several teams honoring Caleb Hammond at Indianapolis: An 11 year old boy from Iowa receives more than just race stickers for his casket, he'll have the opportunity to see his name on over 12 NASCAR race cars at Indy. Shawn Magee Design (SMD) announced Wednesday that they are sending special #TeamCaleb decals to several Monster Energy NASCAR Series and NASCAR Xfinity race teams running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 8th and 9th.[More](9-7-2018)

What to Watch For: Indianapolis Motor Speedway: NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Situation; Jimmie Johnson in Danger? Another Upset Looming at Indy?; From Champs to Gone in a Year; Kyle Busch Looks for Another Indy Win and a Regular-Season Title; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Indianapolis Edition[More](9-7-2018)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Weekend Preview: Johnson readies to cement spot in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Indy; Crunch time for the XFINITY Series.[More](9-6-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Indianapolis, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Indianapolis Motor Speedway page

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoffs Clinch Scenarios


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Brad Keselowski executes late-race pass to win at Indy: It's been a historical two weeks for Brad Keselowski. The No. 2 Ford driver executed a hard-nosed pass of Denny Hamlin with two laps remaining in Monday's rain-delayed Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard to win his first race at prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one week after visiting Victory Lane in the "crown-jewel" Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski earned Team Penske its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the track to go with the storied organization's 17 Indianapolis 500 trophies - including one this May. [More](9-10-2018)

Brad Keselowski won the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday afternoon. The win is his 2nd win of 2018, 1st win at Indianapolis and 26th career win. He took the lead on the final lap and pulled away for a win of nearly 1 second. The win is also Roger Penske's first NASCAR win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
#20-Jones finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #14-Bowyer, #41-Busch, #1-McMurray, pole sitter #18-Busch, #21-Menard, and #31-Newman.
Stage 1 was won by #14-Bowyer, finished 5th.
Stage 2 was won by #6-Kenseth, finished 12th.
The race was the final one of the 2018 regular season. #18-Busch clinched the regular season championship. Drivers advancing to the Playoffs are: #18-Busch, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #9-Elliott, #12--Blaney, #20-Jones, #3-Dillon, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #10-Almirola, #48-Johnson, #88-Bowman.
There were 14 lead changes among 9 drivers and 10 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 128.629mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Race Recap - Brickyard 400
- Brad Keselowski: 26th career Cup Series win (2nd this season); wins back-to-back races for 3rd time in career (also did so in 2014 and 2016)
- Keselowski: led 9 laps, fewest by a Brickyard 400 winner (25th running of race)
- Keselowski: 1st Ford driver to win Brickyard 400 since Dale Jarrett in 1999 (4th Ford win in race history)
- Team Penske: 1st Brickyard 400 win; team has a record 17 Indianapolis 500 victories
- Team Penske: 2nd time a team has won both Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in same year (Will Power won Indianapolis 500) - Chip Ganassi Racing won both in 2010 (with Dario Franchitti and Jamie McMurray)
- Erik Jones: finished 2nd; 5th top-5 finish in last 9 races (1 in first 17 races this season)
- Denny Hamlin: finished 3rd and was leading with 2 laps to go; 3rd time in last 4 years that final lead change at Brickyard 400 has taken place inside the final 2 laps
- Kevin Harvick: finished 4th; finished 8th or better in last 5 races
- Clint Bowyer: finished 5th and tied for race-high with 37 laps led; had led 6 laps in first 12 starts in Brickyard 400 entering today
- Kyle Busch: finished 8th and clinched regular-season points championship (earns 15 playoff bonus points); last year, Martin Truex Jr. won regular-season championship in first year with format and went on to win championship
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 16th; Alex Bowman: finished 33rd - clinched final 2 playoff spots
(ESPN Stats & Info)

Race Fast Facts - Indianapolis
Brad Keselowski won the 25th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard, his 26th victory in 331 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2018.
Denny Hamlin (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
William Byron (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-10-2018)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Indianapolis, race 26 of 36]
1) #18-Kyle Busch, 2050
2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2050
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 2035
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2019
5) #14-Clint Bowyer, 2015
6) #22-Joey Logano, 2014
7) #41-Kurt Busch, 2014
8) #9-Chase Elliott, 2008
9) #12-Ryan Blaney, 2007
10) #20-Erik Jones, 2005
11) #3-Austin Dillon, 2005
12) #42-Kyle Larson, 2005
13) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2003
14) #10-Aric Almirola, 2001
15) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2000
16) #88-Alex Bowman, 2000
See the Playoff reset Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and Owners Points Standings (pdf) or Post-race Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and Post-race Owners Points Standings (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers:
drivers in with at least one win
#18-Kyle Busch , 6 wins
#4-Kevin Harvick, 7 wins - 6 used for playoffs
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 4 wins
#2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins
#14-Clint Bowyer, 2 wins
#22-Joey Logano, 1 win
#41-Kurt Busch, 1 win
#9-Chase Elliott, 1 win
#20-Erik Jones, 1 win
#3-Austin Dillon, 1 win
made the playoffs on points
#42-Kyle Larson
#12-Ryan Blaney
#11-Denny Hamlin
#10-Aric Almirola
#48-Jimmie Johnson
#88-Alex Bowman

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 100) of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (lap 100/160):
#6-Kenseth, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#9-Elliott, 9pts
#20-Jones, 8pts
#22-Logano, 7pts
#41-Busch, 6pts
#19-Suarez, 5pts
#2-Keselowski, 4pts
#24-Byron, 3pts
#31-Newman, 2pts
#48-Johnson, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 50) of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (lap 50/160):
#14-Bowyer, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#41-Busch, 9pts
#11-Hamlin, 8pts
#42-Larson, 7pts
#18-Busch, 6pts
#2-Keselowski, 5pts
#10-Almirola, 4pts
#21-Menard,, 3pts
#9-Elliott 2pts
#20-Jones, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #66-Hill, 35th
Caution 2: #51-Starr, 39th
Caution 3: #66-Hill (2), 35th
Caution 4: None. No one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 5: None. No one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 6: None. No one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 7: None, #72-LaJoie was involved in the caution.
Caution 8: #7-Sorenson, 28th
Caution 9: #13-Dillon, 21st
Caution 10: #3-Dillon, 22nd

Competition cautions: Because Cup teams have not been on track yet this weekend, there will be two competition cautions today at lap 10 and lap 30.(9-8-2018)

Brickyard postponed: Due to lingering rain and mist, the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard has been postponed until Monday. The XFINITY race will be run at 10:00am/et with the Cup race scheduled to go green at 2:06pm/et. Both races will be on NBCSN.(9-9-2018)

Monday pre-race schedule (Eastern time/weather permitting):
1:40pm: Presentation of Colors by: Joint Services
1:40pm: Intro & Invocation by: Reverend Howard Brammer
1:41pm: National Anthem by: Payton Smith, Big Machine Records Recording Artist
1:42pm: Flyover: Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker from the 185th Fighter Wing
1:48pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Scott Borchetta, President & CEO, Big Machine Records
2:00pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard (160 laps, 400 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App

See the starting lineup for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the rear: #78-Truex, Jr. (failed pre-race tech three times), #19-Suarez (failed pre-race tech four times), #51-Starr (unapproved adjustments), #00-Cassill (unapproved adjustments).

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been made.
With 40 cars running, pit stalls 41, 42, 43 are not in use.
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside polesitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 2.
#78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 10th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #95-Smith, who starts 27th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-8-2018)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Playoff Reset Drivers Points
Playoff Reset Owners Points
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Kyle Busch on the Busch pole for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after rain forced NASCAR to cancel the session and set the field based on points. It is his fourth pole of 2018, third at Indianapolis and 31st of his career. Busch has won 11 times from the 30 previous poles.
#4-Harvick will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #42-Larson, #14-Bowyer, #12-Blaney, and #11-Hamlin.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-8-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:30pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 1:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Entry List for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Sorenson, #15-Chastain, #23-Yeley, #51-Starr, #52-McLeod, #66-Hill, #96-Earnhardt.
#99-Gaulding has withdrawn. Since only 40 cars are now entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Indianapolis(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Indianapolis(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Channel - Speedway, IN
Weather Channel - Indianapolis, IN
WeatherBug
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Indianapolis Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Indianapolis Motor Speedway page.(9-4018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Indianapolis Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race