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It’s been 23 years since Nascar invaded the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway back on August 6th, 1994. Jeff Gordon took home the hardware that afternoon in what would be the first of his record five wins at the two and a half mile rectangular oval. Other notable drivers to win here in the first 24 races are Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarret, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson who needs just one more win to move into a tie with Gordon.
With only seven races left to go before the Nascar playoffs start it’s obvious that some drivers better get their cars in gear, no pun intended. Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Trevor Bayne are the three that are currently on the outside looking in as Ryan Newman holds down the 16th and final position with 428 points and a win. Dale Earnhardt Jr is back in 21st position and will probably need a win to get in. Without and further ado, let’s get down to the business.
Kyle Busch ($10,500) is easily the chalk play here as he not only snagged the pole for the third time in a row here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is plenty to gush about here as he took home the checkered flag last year while notching his eighth top 10 finish in his last 10 starts at this track. The driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota also comes into this race as the favorite at 15/4 odds. Look for Busch to lead a lot of laps just like he did last year as he led 149 of them on his way to victory.
Despite two bad back-to-back finishes three weeks ago Martin Truex Jr. ($10,600) continues to lead the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series in points. Since Cole Pearn took over as his crew chief two years ago the driver of the #78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota has notched two of his three top 10 finishes here in the Midwest. Truex has also had a fast car of late as he was clocked as having the fastest lap 76 and 84 times respectively in the last two races. He was second fastest in the first practice and will start from the sixth position when the green flag drops Sunday afternoon.
While notching his first win of the season last week in New Hampshire Denny Hamlin ($9,500) will look to make it two in a row this afternoon. The driver of the #11 Fed-Ex Cares Toyota was the fastest car in the first practice but then dropped to fifth fastest during qualifying. Nonetheless starting from the fifth spot on the grid could serve Hamlin well as he has put together three straight top five finishes here in Indianapolis. Hamlin also sits fifth in the standings and seems to have nothing to worry about where the playoffs are concerned.
Besides crashing out in 2012 race Matt Kenseth ($9,200) has been a pretty solid driver in the last six starts he has had here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His 35th finish was nothing to write home about but he has garnered top 10 finishes in his other five starts of which four have been top 5 finishes. The driver of the #20 Tide Pods Toyota sits in 11th place in the standings and did turn in a good effort last week as he finished fourth last week in New Hampshire. Kenseth will start the race from the seventh row.
Kyle Larson ($10,200), Jimmie Johnson ($10,000) and Kevin Harvick ($9,900) would seem to round out the better upper echelon drivers. Johnson will start fourth while Larson starts 25th with Harvick and his six top ten finishes in the last 10 starts here starting on the outside pole.
I mentioned above at how Dale Earnhardt Jr ($8,200) may be in trouble if he doesn’t start doing a bit better. This could be one of the better chances he gets at grabbing a win as he has finished in the top 10 three times in his last four starts here. Yes, I know this could be a sentimental pick as he really hasn’t been right since his concussion last season but he has kept his speeds up so far this weekend as he will start from the 13th position. Even Vegas has given up on him as he is a 66-1 shot to win the race.
If you want to go off the board a bit you might want to take a look at Kasey Kahne ($7,900). The driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet hasn’t been very impressive this year as his 22nd spot in the standings would suggest. Kahne has finished higher than he started in the last five races here at Indianapolis motor Speedway. One glimmer of hope here is that he has had a top 10 car speed wise in both practices and will start from the 19th position when the green flag drops this afternoon.
It finally looks like Ricky Stenhouse Jr ($7,000) is starting to learn a few things as he has climbed to 15th in the point standings to go along with two wins so far this season. The driver of the #17 SunnyD Ford is not with the elite group of drivers just yet but he is getting there. Stenhouse has four starts here at Indianapolis and last year’s 12th place finish was by far his best. I’m not saying he will win the race but he will certainly help you save some salary as he will start from the 21st position this afternoon.
After posting the 24th quickest time in the first practice it looks like A.J.Allmendinger ($6,900) should be highly owned as he will start from the last row when the green flag drops later this afternoon. Surely he will be able to pass at least a handful of cars without even trying and that will bode well for you as you load up on a few drivers that will start from the front.
That will about do it for another look into the world of Nascar here at Fanvice.com. As usual, follow me on twitter @elctrceye and good luck in your contests this weekend.