TOP FIVE DRIVERS

TOP 10 DRIVERS: FLAT TRACKS

  1. KYLE BUSCH #18
  2. KEVIN HARVICK #4
  3. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  4. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  5. MARTIN TRUEX #19
  6. KYLE LARSON #42
  7. CHASE ELLIOTT #9
  8. ERIK JONES #20
  9. WILLIAM BYRON #24
  10. RYAN NEWMAN #6

Wednesday look for our Top 10 team rankings for Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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RACE PREVIEW

BIG MACHINE VODKA BRICKYARD 400

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

SEPTEMBER  8th, 2PM ET on NBCSN TV

2.5 MILES 9 Degrees of Banking

Stages End after 50/100/160 Laps

Races have taken place here since 1911 -everything from automobiles to hot air balloons- but it was a momentous occasion in 1993 when NASCAR tested here. It was an even bigger moment in 1994 when they dropped the green flag at the Brickyard 400. It was very interesting, to say the least, to see stock cars on the track, where every Memorial Day since I can remember, I watched the best open wheel drivers in the world compete. They may not go as fast as the open wheel cars but they are every bit as impressive. 2.5 miles in stock car racing is a LONG way and when you have two very long straightaways followed by sharp turns, you HAVE to get whoa’ed up because you have very little banking in the turns. This is a big track that makes tempers very short. Plus you have the added factor that this is the last chance to get locked into the Playoffs. Only one chance left to lock in a playoff spot with a win. In 25 races run here Chevrolet or GM cars have won 17 or 68% of the races. Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins of any team with ten including the race win in 2017. Jimmie Johnson has four of those wins. Ford got a win from #2 Brad Keselowski last year after not finding Victory Lane since 1999 and Toyota got their first win four years ago with Kyle Busch who won again in 2016. Can Chevy make it back into Victory lane? Will someone new lock into “The Playoffs?” We’ll find out on Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top Ten owners and Thursday we’ll have our Top 30 drivers in advance of the Big Machine Vodka 400 from the Brickyard.