Driver Handicaps: Indianapolis

Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya

In the last three Brickyard 400s, Jimmie Johnson has the most wins (2) and Juan Pablo Montoya has led the most laps (202) . (Photo: Getty Images)

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To help you make your fantasy racing picks for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Motor Racing Network brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 160-lap event.

Who's HOT at Indianapolis
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in wins (4), top 10s (13), laps led (440).
• Tony Stewart (2) and Jimmie Johnson (3) are the only other multiple winners.
• Juan Pablo Montoya has led 202 laps in his last two starts. 
• Mark Martin and Greg Biffle each have the best average finish (7.5) in the last four races.
• Kevin Harvick, the 2003 winner, has finished in the top 10 in seven of his 10 starts.
• Jamie McMurray is the defending race winner.

Keep an Eye on at Indianapolis
• Joey Logano has a 10.5 average in two starts at Indianapolis.
• Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr. participated in the Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis.
• Jeff Burton, who will have a new crew chief this weekend, is coming off his third top 10 at Indianapolis with Richard Childress Racing.
• AJ Allmendinger will also have a new crew chief - Greg Irwin, who led Greg Biffle to three consecutive top 10s at Indianapolis. 
• Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne have respective average finishes of 8.0 and 9.0 in the three races at Indianapolis with the COT.
• Kyle Busch is coming off his fourth top 10 in six starts at Indianapolis.
• Matt Kenseth has finished second twice in Brickyard 400.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has yet to post a top 10 at Indianapolis with Hendrick Motorsports, will pilot the same car that he came close to winning the Coca-Cola 600 with.

Indianapolis Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Jeff Gordon - 3
1. Juan Pablo Montoya - 4.5
Pole - Two times
2. Seven drivers with one
2. Ryan Newman - 6.1
Top Five - Nine  times
 
3. Kasey Kahne - 8.7
Top 10 - 10 times
 
4. Brad Keselowski - 11.0
Top 15 - 13 times
5. Mark Martin - 11.8
Worst - 27th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Brickyard 400.

*Best Average Finish at Indianapolis 

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Greg Biffle
3.5 
Four Races
Biffle/Mark Martin
7.5 
Six Races
Tony Stewart
6.8 
Eight Races
Tony Stewart
7.2 
10 Races
Jeff Gordon
7.6 

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Indianapolis Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2010)  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Juan Pablo Montoya
1. Tony Stewart
1. Mark Martin - 8.6
2. Tony Stewart
2. Denny Hamlin
2. Tony Stewart - 8.9
3. Mark Martin
3. Jeff Gordon
3. Greg Biffle - 10.3
4. Jimmie Johnson
4. Mark Martin
4. Juan Pablo Montoya - 11.5
5. Jeff Burton
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Jeff Burton - 12.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Mark Martin - 814
1. Tony Stewart - 184
1. Tony Stewart - 109.3
2. Greg Biffle - 788
2. Carl Edwards - 156
2. Juan Pablo Montoya - 106.4
3. Tony Stewart - 788
3. Kyle Busch - 155
3. Mark Martin - 105.3
4. Kasey Kahne - 704
4. Jeff Gordon - 155
4. Jimmie Johnson - 100.1
5. Kevin Harvick - 695
5. Mark Martin - 148
5. Greg Biffle - 97.7

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Indianapolis Motor Speedway view the Brickyard 400 pre-race eBook.

Season Loop Data Leaders  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Carl Edwards
1. Kyle Busch - 10.2
2. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch 
2. Kurt Busch - 11.7
3. Kurt Busch
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards - 12.3
4. Jimmie Johnson 
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Ryan Newman - 13.3
5. Kasey Kahne
5. Kevin Harvick
5. Jimmie Johnson - 13.4
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 4534
1. Kyle Busch - 1347
1. Kyle Busch - 108.6
2. Carl Edwards - 4208
2. Paul Menard - 1343
2. Carl Edwards - 100.8 
3. Jimmie Johnson - 3792
3. Kurt Busch - 1332
3. Kurt Busch - 99.2
4. Kevin Harvick - 3632
4. Clint Bowyer - 1237
4. Jimmie Johnson - 96.3
5. Matt Kenseth - 3555 
5. Joey Logano - 1177
5. Matt Kenseth - 93.5

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kurt Busch 
Pete Pistone: Juan Pablo Montoya
Craig Moore: Juan Pablo Montoya
Steve Blevins: Tony Stewart
John Singler: Juan Pablo Montoya
Ricky Hamber: Jimmie Johnson

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Indianapolis unless noted)

1. Carl Edwards: Coming off third top 10 in six starts; Finished second in 2008 for only top five; Five laps led; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 768) that he finished fifth with at Kansas Speedway.

2. Jimmie Johnson: Has won three of the last five races, including back-to-back in 2008 and 2009; Has combined to lead 96 laps in last three races; Fourth-best driver rating in past six races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 681) in the Brickyard 400.

3. Kurt Busch: Coming off first top 10 (10th) in five starts with Penske Racing; Posted three top 10s in previous five starts with Roush Racing; Has yet to lead a lap in last seven starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 757) in the Brickyard 400.

4. Kevin Harvick: Winner of the 2003 event; Finished second last season for seventh top 10 in 10 starts; Third among all drivers in average finish (9.9); Will return in the same car (chassis No. 304) that he last finished 17th with at Darlington Raceway after late-race contact.

5. Kyle Busch: Coming off fourth top 10 in six starts; 20.3 average finish in three starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Has yet to start in the top 10; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 315) in the Brickyard 400.

6. Matt Kenseth: Last of six top 10s came in 2009 in 10th; Finished second in 2003 and 2006; 15.1 average finish and 28 laps led in 11 starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 741) that he finished sixth with at Kentucky Speedway.

7. Jeff Gordon: Leads all drivers in wins (four), top fives (nine), top 10s (13), laps led (440) and poles (three); Second among all drivers in average finish (9.5); 23rd-place finish last season snapped streak of three consecutive top 10s.

8. Ryan Newman: Leads all drivers with more than five starts in starting average (6.1); 15.5 average finish in two starts with Stewart-Haas Racing; 21.0 average finish in 10 starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 677) in the Brickyard 400.

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr: 25.0 average finish in three starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Posted two top 10s in previous eight starts with Dale Earnhardt, Inc; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 617) that he finished seventh with in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

10. Denny Hamlin: 16.8 average finish in five starts; Best finish came in 2008 when he led 26 laps en route to a third-place finish.

11. Tony Stewart: Two-time winner; Coming off eighth top 10 in 12 starts; Leads all drivers with a 8.2 average finish; Second among all drivers in laps led with 217; Best driver rating in past six races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 671) in the Brickyard 400.

12. Clint Bowyer: Finished fourth for the second time last season; 11.6 average finish in five starts; Has yet to lead a lap; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 368) in the Brickyard 400.

13. David Ragan: Has yet to post a top 10 and lead a lap in four starts; Best finish came in 2008; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 777) in the Brickyard 400.

14. Kasey Kahne: Has finished seventh or better in four of his seven starts; Best finish came in 2005 in second; 15.6 average finish; Will make first track start with Team Red Bull.

15. Greg Biffle: Only driver to finish in the top 10 in the last three races; 13.9 average finish in eight starts; Fifth-best driver rating in past six races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 749) that he finished 13th with in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

16. AJ Allmendinger: 18.0 average finish in two starts with Richard Petty Motorsports; Finished 10th in 2008 with Team Red Bull; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 752) that he last finished fifth with in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

17. Juan Pablo Montoya: Dominated the last two races, but a pit road speeding penalty in 2009 and a crash last season took him out of contention; Third among all drivers in laps led with 202; Second-best driver rating in past six races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1107) that he participated in the Indy Goodyear tire test with.

18. Joey Logano: Coming off first top 10 in two starts in ninth; 10.5 average finish; Has yet to lead a lap; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 316) in the Brickyard 400.

19. Paul Menard: 26.0 average finish in four starts; Coming off best finish in 14 starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 364) in the Brickyard 400.

20. Mark Martin: 6.5 average finish in two starts with Hendrick Motorsports; Won the pole and finished second in 2009; 10 top 10s in 17 starts; Third-best driver rating in past six races; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 679) in the Brickyard 400.

Photos

  • 1994 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 1995 Brickyard Winner: Dale Earnhardt
  • 1996 Brickyard Winner: Dale Jarrett
  • 1997 Brickyard Winner: Ricky Rudd
  • 1998 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 1999 Brickyard Winner: Dale Jarrett
  • 2000 Brickyard Winner: Bobby Labonte
  • 2001 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 2002 Brickyard Winner: Bill Elliott
  • 2003 Brickyard Winner: Kevin Harvick
  • 2004 Brickyard Winner: Jeff Gordon
  • 2005 Brickyard Winner: Tony Stewart
  • 2006 Brickyard Winner: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2007 Brickyard Winner: Tony Stewart
  • 2008 Brickyard Winner: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2009 Brickyard Winner: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2010 Brickyard Winner: Jamie McMurray
  • 2011 Brickyard Winner: Paul Menard
  • 2012 Brickyard Winner: Jimmie Johnson
  • 2013 Brickyard Winner: Ryan Newman
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