Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Brickyard 400

The iconic track that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Brickyard 400 is formally known in 2017 as the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400; what a mouthful! But most importantly is who will head to victory lane this weekend. The two-time defending winner of this race has yet to win this season.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 2.5 Mile Quad-Oval
    • Scheduled Laps: 160 (400 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 50
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 100
  • Turns 1 – 4 banking: 9.2°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 3,300 feet
    • Banking: 0°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 3,300 feet
    • Banking: 0°
  • Short Chutes
    • Length: 660 feet
    • Banking: 0°

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Brickyard 400 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 3 (2004, 2015, & 2016)
  • Caution Finishes: 2 (2004 & 2006)
  • Rain Shortened: 5

Trending of the past 5 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 2.440 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 35
    • Final Caution: Lap 143 (17 laps to go)
  • 25 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Spring races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.803 seconds
  • 6 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 24
    • Final Caution: Lap 140 (20 laps to go)
  • 26 drivers on the lead lap

Brickyard 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 11.6
  • Average laps lead: 43.8 laps (27.4% of the race)
  • 30.8% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 149 (93.1% of the race) by Kyle Busch in 2016
    • He went on to win that race

Brickyard 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 7.9
    • Tony Stewart started from P22 in 2005, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1
  • 46.2% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 61.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 61.8 laps (38.7% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jamie McMurray led 16 laps (10.0% of the race) in 2010
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kyle Busch led 149 laps (93.1% of the race) in 2016
  • There have been 8 different race winners from 5 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the active field with 3 wins
      • Most recent win came in 2012
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the field with 5 wins
      • Most recent win came in 2014 with Jeff Gordon

Brickyard 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

How many times are we going to say “this could be Kyle Busch’s weekend” before it finally happens? Hopefully, for the 18 crew, it is this weekend. But, who could stand in the way of the two-time defending race winner?

Brickyard 400 Predictions & Analysis

Kyle Larson has been the man all season long. He has been running up front, even when he starts at the back. Look for this driver, with 3 starts and 100% top 10 finishes, to be a threat in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. But, you cannot overlook Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick either. It will be a great weekend!

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

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