|Mark Martin at Indy Friday|
Mark Martin topped the speed charts in Allstate 400 at the Brickyard practice at Chevy Day at the Brickyard, Friday, July 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Martin, driving the No. 5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, turned a fast lap of 180.643 mph on the 2.5-mile IMS oval. 2000 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya wasn't far behind, posting a lap of 180.581 in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Montoya, whose car carries a "Retro Target" paint scheme this weekend reminiscent of the colors he carried to victory in the 2000 Indy 500, sat atop of the speed chart for much of the second practice session until Martin posted his lap.
Kasey Kahne was third fastest in the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge at 180.245, 2003 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick was fourth at 179.727 and Reed Sorenson, who won the Brickyard pole in 2007, was fifth in the No. 43 Valvoline Dodge at 179.716.
"Our run was pretty good," said Montoya, who is ninth in Sprint Cup points. "I think we've got a good race car. It ran good in race trim and ran good in qualifying trim, but at the end of the day for this Target team, it's all about points. If we're smart enough, I think we can make Sunday a very good points race for us. We've got a car close enough to make a run for the pole."
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. (ET) Saturday, July 25, with afternoon practices set for 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Public gates open at 7 a.m.
Among the drivers with Indiana ties, South Bend native Ryan Newman was eighth fastest at 179.215, while his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate/team owner Tony Stewart, of Columbus, was 12th at 178.855. Four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner and former Pittsboro resident Jeff Gordon was 20th at 178.264 and South Bend's David Stremme was 27th at 177.922.
Drivers reported that the extensive Goodyear tire testing that took place at IMS since the 2008 event paid off, as a rubber "groove" developed on the track at the beginning of practice and tire wear was durable and excellent.
"The tires were great," Stremme said. "I didn't have any worries coming in here. Goodyear has done a great job. The race is going to be fun. Double-file restarts are going to be wild."
The 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26.
|1||5||Mark Martin||CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevrolet||49.822||180.643||—.—|
|2||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Target Chevrolet||49.839||180.581||-0.017|
|3||9||Kasey Kahne||Budweiser Dodge||49.932||180.245||-0.110|
|4||29||Kevin Harvick||Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet||50.076||179.727||-0.254|
|5||43||Reed Sorenson||Valvoline Dodge||50.079||179.716||-0.257|
|6||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet||50.083||179.702||-0.261|
|7||2||Kurt Busch||Miller Lite Dodge||50.202||179.276||-0.380|
|8||39||Ryan Newman||Haas Automation Chevrolet||50.219||179.215||-0.397|
|9||33||Clint Bowyer||Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet||50.246||179.119||-0.424|
|10||*21||Bill Elliott||Motorcraft Ford||50.253||179.094||-0.431|
|11||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Mobil 1 Dodge||50.254||179.090||-0.432|
|12||14||Tony Stewart||Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet||50.320||178.855||-0.498|
|13||83||Brian Vickers||Red Bull Toyota||50.352||178.742||-0.530|
|14||44||A J Allmendinger||Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge||50.363||178.703||-0.541|
|15||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Office Toyota||50.378||178.649||-0.556|
|16||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet||50.387||178.618||-0.565|
|17||18||Kyle Busch||Snickers Toyota||50.404||178.557||-0.582|
|18||20||Joey Logano #||Home Depot Toyota||50.423||178.490||-0.601|
|19||7||Robby Gordon||John Manville Toyota||50.479||178.292||-0.657|
|20||24||Jeff Gordon||DuPont Chevrolet||50.487||178.264||-0.665|
|21||47||Marcos Ambrose||Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota||50.501||178.214||-0.679|
|22||07||Casey Mears||Jack Daniel's Chevrolet||50.513||178.172||-0.691|
|23||16||Greg Biffle||3M/Pistonz Earplugs Ford||50.525||178.130||-0.703|
|24||00||David Reutimann||Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota||50.527||178.123||-0.705|
|25||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Guitar Hero Chevrolet||50.543||178.066||-0.721|
|26||17||Matt Kenseth||DeWalt Ford||50.578||177.943||-0.756|
|27||12||David Stremme||No. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge||50.584||177.922||-0.762|
|28||55||Michael Waltrip||NAPA Toyota||50.630||177.760||-0.808|
|29||31||Jeff Burton||Prilosec OTC/Walmart Chevrolet||50.649||177.694||-0.827|
|30||6||David Ragan||UPS Ford||50.711||177.476||-0.889|
|31||96||Bobby Labonte||Ask.com Ford||50.789||177.204||-0.967|
|32||19||Elliott Sadler||Best Buy Dodge||50.795||177.183||-0.973|
|33||*82||Scott Speed #||Red Bull Toyota||50.806||177.144||-0.984|
|34||98||Paul Menard||Johns Manville/Menard's Ford||50.862||176.949||-1.040|
|35||*13||Max Papis #||GEICO Toyota||50.880||176.887||-1.058|
|36||*78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet||50.902||176.810||-1.080|
|37||26||Jamie McMurray||Crown Royal Ford||50.931||176.710||-1.109|
|38||99||Carl Edwards||Aflac Ford||50.951||176.640||-1.129|
|39||*87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports Toyota||51.028||176.374||-1.206|
|40||*36||Mike Skinner||Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Toyota||51.118||176.063||-1.296|
|41||34||John Andretti||Taco Bell Chevrolet||51.127||176.032||-1.305|
|42||*66||Dave Blaney||PRISM Motorsports Toyota||51.147||175.963||-1.325|
|43||*71||David Gilliland||TRG Motorsports Chevrolet||51.207||175.757||-1.385|
|44||*09||Sterling Marlin||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort||51.923||173.334||-2.101|
|45||*08||Terry Labonte||Carter/Simo Racing Toyota||52.254||172.236||-2.432|
|46||*75||Derrike Cope||FlipNbags.com Dodge||52.836||170.338||-3.014|