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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis: Brickyard 400 at a glance

Jeff Gordon celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning  last year’s NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.
Jeff Gordon celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning last year’s NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. AP

What: 160 laps, or 400 miles.

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile, flat, paved oval in Indianapolis.

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Radio: IMS Radio Network

Last year’s winner: Jeff Gordon.

Also this week: Lilly Diabetes 250, Xfinity Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC.

Worth mentioning: NASCAR will debut its superspeedway qualifying format this weekend. There will be two rounds of qualifying with drivers each getting one timed lap. The top 12 will advance to the final round and take a second timed lap to determine the pole winner.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Kyle Busch: He has won three of eight races since his return from injury. That’s championship-caliber material.

Kevin Harvick: Led laps for the first time in four races to end what is hard to even describe as a slump.

Brad Keselowski: He has the speed, just needs to put it all together to pick up more wins.

Denny Hamlin: Bumped his way to victory in the Xfinity Series race at New Hamsphire.

Daniel Suarez: Another top-five and another step closer to Victory Lane.

NOT

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Had a top-10 run going – one of the few this season – and trouble on his pit stop left him in 17th.

Clint Bowyer: Another bad race and he has dropped out of the top 16 in points and with it, Chase contention.

Chris Buescher: He has been in a bit of a slump lately but remains the Xfinity Series points leader.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick

734

2. Joey Logano

665

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

655

4. Jimmie Johnson

646

5. Martin Truex Jr.

628

6. Brad Keselowski

603

7. Matt Kenseth

578

8. Kurt Busch

576

9. Jamie McMurray

574

10. Jeff Gordon

573

11. Denny Hamlin

552

12. Kasey Kahne

538

13. Ryan Newman

530

14. Paul Menard

528

15. Aric Almirola

502

16. Clint Bowyer

500

17. Carl Edwards

487

18. Greg Biffle

437

19. Austin Dillon

434

20. Casey Mears

427

21. Kyle Larson

417

22. Danica Patrick

416

23. AJ Allmendinger

402

24. David Ragan

388

25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

371

26. Tony Stewart

366

27. Trevor Bayne

362

28. Sam Hornish Jr.

358

29. Justin Allgaier

310

30. David Gilliland

305

31. Cole Whitt

303

32. Brett Moffitt

256

33. Kyle Busch

247

34. Alex Bowman

244

35. Michael Annett

216

Xfinity

1. Chris Buescher

623

2. Chase Elliott

592

3. Ty Dillon

585

4. Regan Smith

564

5. Elliott Sadler

555

6. Darrell Wallace Jr.

547

7. Daniel Suarez

516

8. Brendan Gaughan

506

9. Ryan Reed

502

10. Brian Scott

494

Truck

1. Matt Crafton

452

2. Tyler Reddick

438

3. Erik Jones

428

4. Johnny Sauter

381

5. John Wes Townley

360

6. Cameron Hayley

351

7. Daniel Hemric

347

8. Timothy Peters

343

9. Spencer Gallagher

335

10. Ben Kennedy

329

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