NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Brickyard 400

 The Brickyard 400 is an annual 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup points race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event, when first held in 1994, marked the first race other than the Indianapolis 500 to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1916. In its first year, the Brickyard 400 became NASCAR's most-attended event, drawing an estimated crowd of more than 250,000 spectators in 1994. It also pays NASCAR's second-highest purse.

The term "Brickyard" is in reference to the nickname historically used for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After initially being a crushed stone and tar covered track when it opened in 1909 which was the cause of numerous and sometimes fatal accidents, the course was paved with 3.2 million bricks in time for the inaugural Indy 500 in 1911. Throughout the years the bricks have been covered with asphalt and now only a one-yard strip of brick remains exposed at the start/finish line.

From 2005–2009, the race was known as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, under a naming rights arrangement with Allstate Insurance. In 2011, Big Machine Records became the presenting sponsor. For 2012, Crown Royal signed a multi-year contract to be the title sponsor of the event. The official title reflects the "Your Name Here" program, which honors U.S. armed forces or first responders. As such, the 2013 edition was branded as Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Brickyard 400 07/27/2014 12:00PM
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
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