Congratulations once again to Kyle Busch who picked up his third win in the last four races and moved closer to the top thirty in points to qualify for the Chase. Barring any catastrophic events over the next seven races, Kyle should easily move into the top thirty in points and have a chance at winning his first championship.
CROWN ROYAL PRESENTS THE JEFF KYLE 400 AT THE BRICKYARD
This week the series heads to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is a two-and-a-half mile rectangle which makes it a unique track on the NASCAR circuit. Winning this race is second to only the Daytona 500 on every drivers list and the Hendrick Motorsports teams have dominated here over the twenty-one races that have been run here. They have won nine of those twenty-one races. The most any other team has won is three.
Kyle Busch: When you’re hot you’re hot. I am picking Kyle to win yet again this week. Even though he has yet to win a race at this track, he has shown that his team is at the top of their game right now. He finished second in this race last season and the Joe Gibbs teams have shown a lot of speed the past few races. I think Kyle will run up front most of the day and take the checkered flag as he moves closer to making the Chase.
Jeff Gordon: Jeff leads all drivers with five wins at this track and has finished in the top five an outstanding twelve times in his twenty-one starts. I think Jeff will make the Chase on points if he doesn’t pick up a win in the next seven races but, this is one of his better tracks and he might be able to get that win this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson: I think Jimmie and his team did a lot of testing at Loudon last weekend as they prepare for the Chase. I don’t think you will see them struggle this weekend as there really aren’t any tracks like Indy on the Chase schedule. This week is all about winning this race and moving on. With four wins to his credit at this track he knows how to get the job done here.
Matt Kenseth: Matt is another driver who is looking for his first win at the Brickyard. He has finished in the top five in seven of his fifteen starts here and that shows he knows how to race on this track. With the Joe Gibbs teams looking very strong for the past month, Matt has an excellent chance to pick up that elusive win at this track.
Kevin Harvick: Kevin has one win here and he has been competitive every week this year. I think that he will be fast once again this weekend and will be in contention throughout the race. Kevin would like to pick up another win before the Chase starts and keep his momentum heading in the right direction as he starts to defend his title in the Chase.
Tony Stewart: Tony has two wins at Indianapolis and has finished in the top ten eleven times in his sixteen career starts there. Tony has struggled most of this year and I don’t have a lot of faith in this team right now. If you need to take a chance to move up in your league he might be worth a shot this weekend but, in all likely hood he will not have a car that will contend for a win.
Brad Keselowski: Brad has only run five races at the Brickyard and his best finish is 9th which he has accomplished twice. Brad has lead laps in three of his five starts here but just can’t seem to come away with the type of finish he is capable of having here. I think Brad will be in contention once again this weekend and will lead some laps in this race once again.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Dale is another driver looking for his first Indy win and has finished in the top ten here in his last three starts. This team has run well most every weekend this season unless they have some mechanical issue that takes them out of a race. I think Dale will run well here once again and should come away with another top ten finish.
Carl Edwards: Carl has three top ten finishes in his ten starts at this track. Carl just doesn’t seem to have any consistency when he races on this track but, he never has a terrible finish either. He is just an average driver when it comes to Indy. I think this team still needs to improve on their adjustments that they make to their car during the race to keep Carl in contention at the end of the race.
Denny Hamlin: Denny always seems to run well on tracks like Indy. He struggled a little bit last week at Loudon and never really got his car to handle the way he wanted it to. That might have been a little testing as they get ready for the Chase but, like all of the other drivers in the field next weekend, Denny will do whatever he can to try and get his first win at this track.
YAHOO! FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Yahoo Driver Group A
- Kyle Busch
- Jeff Gordon
Yahoo Driver Group B
- Tony Stewart
- Jamie McMurray
- Kyle Larson
- AJ Allmendinger
Yahoo Driver Group C
- Justin Allgaier
- Landon Cassell
MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
- Kyle Busch
- Jeff Gordon
- Jimmie Johnson
- Matt Kenseth
- Kevin Harvick
Dark Horse: Kyle Larson
Stay Away From: Greg Biffle