Indianapolis: Series comments on green-flag passing

Challenging Circumstances At Brickyard Balanced By Increase In Green-Flag Passing DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2008) -- With teams clearly responding to the challenges presented by tire wear during Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the...

Challenging Circumstances At Brickyard Balanced By Increase In Green-Flag Passing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2008) -- With teams clearly responding to the challenges presented by tire wear during Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the race produced a solid increase in green-flag passing compared to last year.

There may have been a record number of caution laps for the race, 52. But the green-flag passing numbers, gathered by NASCAR's Loop Data, showed a total of 1,545 green-flag passes during Sunday's event, up from 1,431 during last year's Indy race -- a difference of 114 passes.

"I felt like there was a lot of good racing today ... I think there was a lot of passing; I know I had to pass a lot of cars," race winner Jimmie Johnson said.

Johnson drove a brilliant race throughout, racking up dominant statistics across the board. Along with a race-high 71 laps led, Johnson boasted a near-perfect Driver Rating of 147.3 (a perfect rating is 150.0), an Average Running Position of 2.5 and 36 Fastest Laps Run. He was also one of only two drivers to run all 160 laps in the top 15 (second-place finisher Edwards was the other).

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
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