Notes from the Brickyard 400
-Kurt Busch extends lead lap finishes streak to 20 consecutive races in 2016 and 23 overall, dating back to Martinsville in November of 2015. the longest streak in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch is the only driver to finish every lap in 2016.
-Kyle Busch is now 18 laps away from leading 1,000 on the season. He is the second driver closest to the mark, Martin Truex Jr. (989).
-Kyle Larson’s top-five finish pushes the driver to 15th in points, ten points above the Chase cutline. This marks the first time since Atlanta, 18 races ago, Larson is in a Chase-eligible spot.
-If the playoffs started today, three drivers would qualify for the Chase for the first time. Those drivers are Chase Elliott (11th), Austin Dillon (12th) and Kyle Larson (15th).
-Two drivers picked up career-best finishes Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chris Buescher 14th and Ryan Ellis 32nd.
-The last three Sprint Cup Series races have featured three different highest finishing rookies--Jeffrey Earnhardt 28th at Kentucky, Ryan Blaney 11th at New Hampshire, and Chris Buescher 14th at Indianapolis. Brian Scott is the only rookie-of-the-year candidate to not finish the highest in a race. Chase Elliott has the most (12), followed by Ryan Blaney (6), Chris Buescher (1) and Jeffrey Earnhardt (1).
-This year’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marks the second straight year the race went beyond its scheduled distance. The 170 laps marks the third time in the race’s history more than 160 laps were complete. The lap count from the race Sunday, 170 laps, is the most in the history of the event.
-Four lead changes in the 2016 Brickyard 400 is the lowest in event history.