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► All eyes will be on Tony Stewart as he attempts to win at Indy, but some attention should be directed toward Rusty Wallace, who's finished second there three times. What a story it would be if Wallace could win the Allstate 400 in his final year.
► It's a full weekend at Indy, but not just at “the big track." The Craftsman Truck and Busch series are scheduled for weekend races at nearby Indianapolis Raceway Park. The road between Speedway (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and Clermont (IRP) will be quite busy, so much so that some of the drivers and crewmen will take helicopters back and forth.
► What happens if Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon don't make the Chase? There isn't anything in any other sport that's comparable, simply because, even if they don’t make the race-offs, the sport's two most popular drivers will still be competing every week. The effect such a development would have on attendance and TV ratings would be quite interesting.
► Since Gordon has won at the Brickyard 400 four times in 12 tries, the list of winners is relatively short. Dale Jarrett is the only other driver to have won more than once. Jarrett. in fact, is the only driver currently in the top IO who has ever won at the track.
► Surprisingly, Gordon and Stewart are the only drivers with open wheel backgrounds who have done well at Indy. Ryan Newman, for instance, has only one top-IO finish in four tries.
► Nine drivers have raced in the Indianapolis 500 and what is now known as the Allstate 400 during their careers: Stewart, John Andretti, Geoff Brabham, A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt, Robby Gordon, Jason Leffler, Scott Pruett and Danny Sullivan.
► Nine is a significant number at Indy for point leader Jimmie Johnson. He's qualified ninth twice, and his only top-10 finish was a ninth in 2002.
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Race: Allstate 400 Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (2.5 miles), 160 laps/400 miles.
When: Sunday, Aug. 7 Last year's winner: Jeff Gordon
Qualifying record: Casey Mears, Dodge, 186.293 mph, Aug. 7, 2004.
Race record: Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 155.912 mph, Aug. 5. 2000.
Last race: Hurt Busch dominated the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, leading 131 out of 203 laps in a race that ended with a green-white-checkered finish. Busch, in a Ford, easily held
off Dodge driver Rusty Wallace and teammate Mark Martin to win for the second time this season. Busch took the lead from Wallace with 21 laps remaining and averaged 125.283 mph. “It was Kurt's race to lose," said his owner, Jack Roush. “He had been the dominant car in the field, and the most dominant Roush car, so if he didn’t run over something or a part didn’t break and fall off the car, he was going to be the car that had the greatest chance." Busch outdistanced those struggling in his wake with a precision that made it look infinitely easier than it probably was.
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Race: Kroger 200 Where: Indianapolis Race way Park, Clermont, Ind. (.686 miles), 200 laps/137.2 miles.
When: Saturday, Aug. 6 Last year's winner: Kyle Busch
Qualifying record: David
Green, Chevrolet, 113.461 mph, Aug. 4, 1994.
Race record: Jimmy Hensley, Oldsmobile, 96.923 mph. June 22. 1985.
Last week: Reed Sorenson, in a Dodge, won at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, III.
Race: Power Stroke Diesel
Where: Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, Ind. (.686 miles), 200 laps/137.2
When: Friday, Aug. 5
Last year’s winner: Chad
Qualifying record: Joe
Ruttman, Dodge, 111.843 mph, Aug. 2, 2000.
Race record: Greg Biffle, Ford, 88.704 mph, Aug. 5, 1999.
Last race: Brandon Whitt, in a Toyota, captured his first career victory at Memphis Motorsports Park.
‘Fireball’ Roberts’ legend recounted In new book
One of the best of the year's NASCAR books is “Fireball: Legends Don’t Fall from the Sky," by Godwin Kelly (Carbon Press). Edward Glenn Roberts Jr., better known as "Fireball," was by far NASCAR's most popular star prior to his death in 1964. Roberts was far ahead of his time in his sophistication, his ability to deal with the media and his knack for presenting a positive image to the pub lie. He won 33 major races, beginning in 1950. Kelly quotes Bobby Allison as saying of Roberts, “He certainly added some class to an early part of this industry that started down there in the grass, you know what I mean, out there in the dirt. He was one of the ones that did really good things for the sport in his career.”
Thusc guys can drlvs, but they can’t speak English
Over 20 drivers have earned over a million dollars this season, but I’m curious:... I'd like to see a replay of all the (post race) interviews just to see how many times they all say 'you know.’
One would think that earning that kind of money would make it easy to hire a tutor to teach proper English.
Ronald E. Denk
Banking in straights
Rusty Wallace vs. Ryan Newman
The teammates still do not get along. That's not exactly right. They don’t feud: they just have very little interaction. In marked contrast to the efforts of Roger Penske’s teams in other forms of motorsports. the two NASCAR teams go their own way.
NASCAR This Week’s Monte Dutton gives his take: “For whatever reason, this odd couple seems to do pretty well. After all, Wallace is fourth in the point standings and Newman is sixth. On the other hand, neither has won a race in 2005."
NASCAR has history of women behind the wheel
Women driving stock cars is hardly a recent phenomenon. Louise Smith, Sara Christian and Ethel Flock Mobley all competed in early NASCAR races. When Smith debuted, her car owner instructed her to stop if a red flag waved. Unfortu nately, he neglected to tell the South Carolina driver what do if a checkered flag waved. When the raced ended and other cars returned to the pits. Smith kept on going. Someone finally found about her pre-race instructions, and the flagman finally brought her in by waving the red flag.
Jimmie Johnson Nextel Cup Series No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
Johnson a great driver, but very comfortable with the team concept
"You know, honestly, we started to cooperate right out of the box,” said Knaus. “We really tried some things that were a little bit different from the norm for the No. 24 car (Gordon) and for Hendrick Motorsports. We went to the race track — I believe it was the first seven weeks of the 2002 season — with the identical setup as the ‘24’ car, the reason being that if we knew Jeff rolled off the truck and was fast, we needed to be just as fast as he was. So that basically put the blame on Jimmie and not on me.
“But, beyond that point, after our first couple of races, we’d see where we stacked up on the board and started going our own direction. We felt what Jimmie was more comfortable with and what I felt the car needed to be faster with. So, about seven weeks into it, that’s really when we gained our legs and started running strong.”
Do Johnson and Knaus read each other’s minds. Well, not exactly, but close.
“I wouldn’t use those terms,” said Johnson. “We’re close enough to know how each other really works, lean on each other and get the most out of each other. That’s more the dynamic than anything else. It’s something that I truly respect in Chad, that if he doesn’t think we’re headed in the right direction or if something’s wrong, it’s not that I complete a sentence or he completes mine, but we’ll figure out how we really feel and figure out how to make it better.
“I think that’s a key part to communicating: standing up for what you believe in. And having people understand it and see it with you, and that's a hard thing t$do.”
John Clark/ NASCAR This Week
petition ... When he’s out there and he’s practicing, and what he can do and how he feels the car he’s able to communicate that back to me and the other team members at Hendrick Motorsports. I think that he’s truly above every other driver out there. He can truly feel the car better than anybody else out there.”
Johnson, who turns 30 on Sept. 17, has also had a model relationship with teammate Jeff Gordon, though their fortunes have differed radically in recent weeks. Johnson continues to lead the standings, while Gordon, a fourtime champion, has faded from third
to 15th in the past 12 races.
By Monte Dutton
NASCAR This Week
One of the obvious reasons that Jimmie Johnson has been leading the Nextel Cup point standings all year is that Johnson, from El Cajon, Calif., is an exceptional driver. He’s been a contender for the championship in each of his four full seasons.
What may sometimes be overlooked is the remarkable relationship between Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus. Like most great tandems, the two comprise a mutual-admiration society.
“He can understand what I’m saying,” said Johnson of Knaus. “That’s the hardest thing, and I think it applies in any sport or profession. Communication is everything. He understands what I say, how I say it and what I’m feeling, and he can fix it. That’s the amazing thing. I thought I had all these crazy feelings in me and what the car was doing, based on past experiences, but Chad can fix it. He can really visualize and see what the car is doing, based on what I tell him. And address it and fix it. It’s amazing ”
Knaus prefers to focus attention on Johnson’s abilities.
“I’ve got a great race-car driver,” he said. “He’s a great driver.
That’s what we’ve got there. He’s a guy who can get out there and drive. If you’ve ever seen Jimmie drive — and I mean truly seen Jimmie drive — not just against the com-