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Allstate 400 at the Brickyard - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Home Sweet Home for Stewart at Indianapolis
Home Sweet Home. When Tony Stewart said earlier this month that he would trade his 2002 Cup championship for a win at the famed Brickyard track, most thought that he was crazy, but it showed just how important a win on his hometown track would be. Well now Stewart has both, he still has that championship trophy and he now has fulfilled his boyhood dream and won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Sunday at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and as luck would have it, he took the points lead in the process. Stewart led three times today for a race-high 44 laps, the seventh time this season that he has led the most laps in an event, but had to hold off a hard charging Kasey Kahne as the race came to a close, beating Kahne by 0.794 seconds to the yard of bricks at the start/finish line. Stewart looked like it was going to be hard to be denied on this day until Kahne shot around the No. 20 car with just 26 laps to go, looking strong in doing so. Stewart wasnít worried, as he returned the favor with 10 laps remaining and was able to keep Kahne behind him the rest of the way with quite a few nifty moves to take home his 23rd career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory. Stewart has now won four of the last six NEXTEL Cup races and took the lead atop the series standings, leading by 75 points over Jimmie Johnson, who held the points led going in to the Brickyard. Johnson had his share of problems at Indy, until finally hitting the wall very hard in turn four on lap 146 and ending his day in the 38th position. In the race, sophomore Kahne would celebrate his multi-year agreement with Evernham Motorsports with a second-place effort, while another sophomore in Brian Vickers would come home in third place. Jeremy Mayfield and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five in the finishing order.

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Sadler Captures Pole at the Brickyard
Elliott Sadler won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the AllState 400 at the Brickyard, lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 48.882 seconds at 184.116 mph. Casey Mears holds the track-qualifying record of 48.311 seconds, 186.293 mph, set Aug. 7, 2004. This is Sadlerís fourth career Bud Pole in 234 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, his second Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start this season. This is Sadlerís second top-10 start in seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started third and finished third here in 2004. Sadler became the fourth repeat Bud Pole winner this season. Jeremy Mayfield posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 49.166 seconds, 183.053 mph Ė and will join Sadler on the front row for the AllState 400 at the Brickyard. He has started from a top-10 starting position in just three of his 11 races at Indianapolis. Mayfield tied his season-best start set at Texas with his ninth top-10 start of 2005. Michael Waltrip qualified in third, posting his fourth top-10 start in 12 races at Indianapolis, his third top-10 start in 2005. Kasey Kahne will start fourth while Brian Vickers rounds out the top five starting positions on the starting grid. Bobby Hamilton (35th) qualified for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races since Homestead in 2002. There have been nine different Bud Pole winners in the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Indianapolis. The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001.

Indy Friday Practices Washed Out
Rain interrupted all on-track activity on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, causing NASCAR officials to cancel both practices scheduled for today. The teams will now have two practices on Saturday morning, pushing qualifying up to 4:10 ET and this event will now be an impound race. The updated schedule for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 6, 2005 is as follows:
8:00 a.m. Garage & Registration Opens
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Practice 1
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Final Practice
4:10 p.m. Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) * IMPOUND *
7:30 p.m. Garage & Registration Closes


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