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The Brickyard 400

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. NASCAR Fantasy Cheat Sheet took a look at past performances, practice sessions, season trends, and spoke to team contacts to predict how the field will finish.

When: Sunday, July 31, 2010; 1:19 p.m./et.

Weather: Mostly sunny with a high around 90; wind out of the NNW at 4 mph Chance of precipitation 10%.

The Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Brickyard is a 2.5 mile oval with 9 degree banking in all of the turns.


Indy is arguably the most famous speedway in America. NASCAR drivers circle this race each year when the schedule comes out as they all are desperate to join the list of racing legends to take the checkers at the Brickyard. Following the 2008 tire debacle at the track Goodyear conducted seven tire tests, with 30 teams logging more 13,000 miles. The result of this hard work was a tire that held up much better in the past two races. With tires not expected to be an issue Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson are the drivers to watch in this weekend's race.

Qualifying Procedures:

48 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots. Cars not in the top 35 in the 2011 owner point standings will have to qualify based on speed. Starting positions 1-43 will be determined by qualifying on Saturday, July 30 at 2:10 pm/et.

Fantasy Cheat Sheet:

Top Five

No. 14 Tony Stewart: Stewart has won two of the last six races at Indy. He loves this track more than any other driver in NASCAR and is anxious to get four-time Indy 500 champion A.J. Foyt's No. 14 another win on the Brickyard.
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson won the 2006, 2008 and 2009 races at Indy. He will battle Tony Stewart for the win.
No. 24 Jeff Gordon: Gordon has four wins in 17 races at Indy. He is a great option for Sunday's race.
No. 29 Kevin Harvick: The Brickyard has been one of Harvick's best tracks. He has a win and seven top 10 finishes in 10 career starts at the track.
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Rowdy has finished in the top 10 in all but two of his career starts at Indy. He will be fast again this weekend.

6 to 10

No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin has always had good cars at Pocono and Indy. He should be in the hunt to crack the top 10 this week.
No. 5 Mark Martin: Martin has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his 17 career starts at Indy. He is a terrific option once again.
No. 99 Carl Edwards: Edwards has led just five laps in six career races at Indy, but he has finished in the top 20 in each of the races. He is a fine pick again this weekend.
No. 17 Matt Kenseth: Kenseth has finished in the top five in four of the last nine races at Indy. He is a good option.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has notched back-to-back top five finishes at Indy. He should take the checkers inside the top 10 once again.

11 to 20

No. 4 Kasey Kahne: Kahne has been either really, really good (13th, 7th, 7th, 2nd, and 4th) or really, really bad (40th and 36th) at Indy during his career. His inconsistency moves him just outside our top 10.
No. 33 Clint Bowyer: Bowyer was awesome at Indy last year. He should finish in the top 15 again this weekend.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has four top 10 finishes in eight career starts at the Brickyard, including a win in last year's race. This isn't a bad weekend to take a chance on the No. 1 car.
No. 20 Joey Logano: Logano has finished inside the top 15 in both career visits to Indy. He will be fast again this weekend.
No. 31 Jeff Burton: Burton has notched top 15 finishes in five of the last seven Indy races. This could be a great weekend for the No. 31 team.
No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya: Montoya led the most laps at the Brickyard in 2009. He is a better than average pick this weekend.
No. 43 A.J. Allmendinger: A.J. has cracked the top 20 in his three previous Cup starts at Indy. His open-wheel experience makes him a nice pick on this track.
No. 39 Ryan Newman: The Indiana native has struggled in three of his past seven starts at Indy. He should be decent this weekend and could get the No. 39 car another top 15 finish.
No. 2 Brad Keselowski: Keselowski was awesome at the Brickyard last year. We like his chances on Sunday.
No. 22 Kurt Busch: Busch has had loads of trouble at Indy during his career. This isn't the best weekend to go with the Double Deuce.

21 to 30

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior has disappointed at Indy during his career. In 11 career starts he has just two top 10 finishes.
No. 6 David Ragan: Ragan has been driving awesome lately, but he has been basically a middle-of-the-packer at Indy during his career. He is still worth using as a third or fourth driver this weekend.
No. 00 David Reutimann: Reutimann was awesome at Indy in 2009. He should rebound from last year's mediocre finish to be fast this weekend.
No. 83 Brian Vickers: Vickers has averaged a top 20 finish at Indy during his career. He is worth sneaking on your roster.
No. 27 Paul Menard: Menard has driven very well the past two months. He should be used in all deep leagues.
No. 56 Martin Truex Jr.: Truex has averaged a top 25 finish at Indy the past five years. He should finish right around that average on Sunday.
No. 9 Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose will do well to match last year's 21st place finish at Indy.
No. 7 Robby Gordon: Gordon loves Indy! He has two top 10 finishes in 11 career starts at the famous track. We like him to make the top 30 on Sunday.
No. 13 Casey Mears: This is the perfect weekend to use Mears. His last name alone should give him some added speed at the Brickyard.
No. 78 Regan Smith: Smith has never cracked the top 30 at the Brickyard. We think this will be the weekend he ends his streak.

Field Fillers

No. 21 Trevor Bayne
No. 23 Terry Labonte
No. 32 Mike Bliss
No. 47 Bobby Labonte
No. 34 David Gilliland
No. 51 Landon Cassill
No. 36 David Blaney
No. 38 Travis Kvapil
No. 37 Scott Speed
No. 55 J.J. Yeley
No. 30 David Stremme
No. 78 Joe Nemechek
No. 60 Mike Skinner
No. 66 Michael McDowell
No. 77 Scott Wimmer
No. 50 T.J. Bell
No. 46 Erik Darnell
No. 71 Andy Lally

Brownie's Picks

Top Four:

1. Tony Stewart
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Jeff Gordon
4. Juan Pablo Montoya


1. Scott Speed
2. Jacques Villeneuve

Bust of the Week:

Kurt Busch

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