Brickyard notes 95-08-02

----------------------------- Brickyard 400 Pre-race Notes ----------------------------- If Gordon can duplicate his win of a year ago in this weekend's Brickyard 400 (Saturday Aug. 5, 1 p.m. EDT), he will surpass the $2 million mark in ...

----------------------------- Brickyard 400 Pre-race Notes ----------------------------- If Gordon can duplicate his win of a year ago in this weekend's Brickyard 400 (Saturday Aug. 5, 1 p.m. EDT), he will surpass the $2 million mark in winnings for the season (through a mere *19* races). Add the $100,000 bonus he would receive from R.J. Reynolds for leading the Series point standings after the Brickyard along with the bonus he would receive if he should hold on to that lead to win his first NASCAR Winston Cup title and he is guaranteed to set the single-season money winnings record for the Series. The title currently is held by seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt with the $3.53 million he won in 1993.

Bonus points may be what decides the 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup championship. Heading into the Brickyard 400, Gordon holds a 78-point lead over Sterling Marlin and a 146-point lead over Earnhardt. Add points compiled by where each driver has finished in each race this season and Marlin has scored five more points than Gordon, but Gordon has posted 85 more bonus points (five extra points for leading a lap and another five for leading the most laps). Gordon has scored 55 more bonus points than Earnhardt.

Another popular name has been added toon the entry list for this weekend's Brickyard 400, and it is that of 1972 Daytona 500 and four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt. Foyt, who finished 30th in last year's inaugural event.

Four of the drivers (Gordon, Earnhardt, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace) who helped make up the top five in the finishing order of last year's Brickyard 400 are currently in the top-10 in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

Elton Sawyer, the Ford Credit/Red Carpet Lease BGN driver, will be dividing his time between Indianapolis Raceway Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sawyer will attempt to qualify a Junior Johnson & Associates Thunderbird for the second annual Brickyard 400

----------------------- Brickyard 400 Schedule of Events ----------------------- INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- 1995 BRICKYARD 400 - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY - NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES

Wednesday, August 2 Opening Winston Cup Practice Session Practice l-5PM Public Gates Open 9AM - $5 Admission IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open TBA (Admission $2) (Credential Gates Open 5AM)

Thursday, August 3 Practice & Top 20 Qualifying Practice 9:30-11:30AM Qualifying 1PM (1-20), 1 lap Public Gates Open 7AM - $10 Admission IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open TBA (Admission $2) (Credential Gates Open 5AM) (Evening: NASCAR Super Truck Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park)

Friday, August 4 Practice and 2nd Round Qualifying Practice 10-11:30AM Qualifying 1PM (21-38), 1 lap Final Practice after qualifying for 1 hour Public Gates Open 7AM - $10 Admission IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open TBA (Admission $2) (Credential Gates Open 5AM) (Evening: NASCAR Busch Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park*)

Saturday, August 5 The Second Running of the BRICKYARD 400 12:15PM (400 miles, 160 laps on 2.5-mile oval) Public Gates Open 6AM Reserved Seating Sold Out - No General Admission Race Day TV: ABC Live (Noon) RADIO: IMS Radio Network Live IMS Hall of Fame Museum Open TBA (Admission $2) (Credential Gates Open 12AM)

Schedule Subject to Change -- All Times Local (Central Daylight) [One hour behind EST] Indianapolis Raceway Park (317/291 4090) is not affiliated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

---------------- Scott Brayton Update ---------------- Indy 500 veteran driver Scott Brayton has recently been released from the Methodist Hospital following treatment for a concussion and a broken left ankle sustained while practicing for the Brickyard 400. Brayton, who drives the Sadler Brothers owned Winston Cup car, spun in turn one sending him first into the outside wall and then into the inside guardrail. The crash appears to have been caused by a tire going down, which knocked Brayton unconscious and caused severe damage forcing the safety crew to have to cut Brayton from the car. Thus ending Brayton's and Sadler's effort to run this year's BY 400 event and leaves Scott with a cast on his leg for several weeks.

----------------- Ford Motorsports PR ----------------- FORD DRIVERS LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING SOME 'YARD WORK DONE ...As the NASCAR Winston Cup tour arrives in Indianapolis for the second running of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ford drivers are looking back on the inaugural Brickyard 400 for insight into this coming weekend's event. ...Last year, BRETT BODINE drove the highest-finishing Ford. This year, the Lowe's Thunderbird driver is looking to better his second-place finish from last season's race. ..."I've thought a lot about that race last year, and I've thought about what I could have done differently," said the middle Bodine brother last week. "We had a day that went our way 100-percent all day. We had no problems of any kind, no chassis changes I would've made. We just got out-run. I did wish it had been a 500-miler. I think we might have beaten Jeff (Gordon, Chevrolet) in a 500-mile race. His car was slowly deteriorating as the day went on. His early leads that were so big just continually went away as the day went on. The second- and third-place cars got closer and closer and closer. The closest I got to the lead pack was right at the end of the race. We had a great set-up for long runs." ...Looking back on the event, Bodine believes that his fortunes would have improved if another Ford driver's had not deteriorated on race day. ..."I still to this day think that if ERNIE IRVAN hadn't had the flat tire, I would've had a better chance of winning the race, because those two were wearing each other out," said Bodine of the battle between Irvan and Gordon. "They were racing hard, wearing themselves out, but they did it at the right time, as the race was coming to an end. They needed to run hard, but BILL ELLIOTT and I were catching them in a big hurry. After Ernie had his flat, the gap stabilized until about two laps to go. Then Jeff started making big mistakes driving around that race track. He started missing the line, getting wide in the corners, and I started catching him even faster. Finally, I think somebody got to him on the radio and told him settle down and just drive his line. He did, and I quit gaining on him." ...Based on last year's performance, Bodine has reason to look forward to the return to Indianapolis. ..."Anytime you go back to a track where you had some success, you want to go back in hopes of duplicating or improving your performance. I'm going back with a different race team (Junior Johnson & Associates), which means you have to approach it like it's the first time. I can't be set on running the same set-up, because things change. And this race team had a good run there with Bill Elliott last year. We'll try to use the best of both teams." ...Former Texaco Havoline Thunderbird driver Ernie Irvan does not let last year's flat tire interfere with his positive memories of the historic motorsports event. ..."The Brickyard is great for our sport, great for all the competitors," said Irvan. "Last year's race was a great race. And it was well orchestrated. I tell you, I was honored to be there for the first Brickyard race. And I think the guys, when they get their paychecks after this one, will be honored to be in the second one, too." ...What image does Irvan best remember from the first running of the Brickyard 400? ..."When you drove down that front straightaway and saw the wall-to-wall people on that front straightaway, it was incredible. Everywhere you drove on the race track, there were tons of people. Yeah, we run at Daytona, but this is different." ...Skoal Thunderbird driver RICK MAST had the best seat in the house for the view of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstands. As inaugural pole winner, Mast drove his Ford Thunderbird into the Indianapolis archives. ..."I think about the Brickyard every time I do an autograph session or everywhere I meet somebody new, because everyone says something to me about getting the pole there last year," said Mast. "Everybody wants to ask me about it. But when I think about the Brickyard, I think about the missed opportunity, because...and I've said this a hundred times--you only get a car that acts as good as that car acted once every two or three years. The whole time we were there, every practice, in qualifying, and in the race... the whole time it acted like it was on a rail. It was absolutely flawless through the corners. Then, off the fourth turn on the second lap, we lost a cylinder. I ran all day on seven cylinders. Now that I've had a year to think about it, that race stung me more than anything else has in my career. I might not have won, but I would've been battling for the win. I'm going back this year with a vengeance. ..."That pole will always be special. But whenever I think about that pole, for about three seconds I think it was really neat. Then I think, 'Damn! We could've won that race.'" The charged Ford camp returns to the almost familiar track for the Brickyard 400 on Saturday, August 5.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Ernie Irvan , Rusty Wallace , Elton Sawyer , Junior Johnson , A.J. Foyt