The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Crown Royal 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 28, 2012; 1:20 p.m./et.
Weather: Partly cloudy with a high around 76; wind out of the NNE at 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
The Track: Indianapolis MotorSpeedway
The Brickyard is a 2.5 mile oval with 9 degree banking in all of the turns.
Key to Race: THAT IS ONE BIG TRACK
Indy is arguably the most famous speedway inAmerica. 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 three races. With tires no longer a major issue Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson are the drivers to watch in this weekend's race.
45 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots.
Fantasy Cheat Sheet:
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson won the 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012 races at Indy. He will battle Tony Stewart for the win.
No. 14 Tony Stewart: Stewart has won two of the last seven 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 famous No. 14 another win on the Brickyard.
No. 24 Jeff Gordon: Gordon has four wins in 19 races at Indy. He is a great option for Sunday's race.
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.
No. 29 Kevin Harvick: The Brickyard has been one of Harvick's best tracks. He has a win and seven top 10 finishes in 12 career starts at the track.
6 to 10
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has notched four consecutive top seven finishes at Indy. He should take the checkers inside the top 10 once again.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin has almost always had good cars at Pocono and Indy. He should be in the hunt to crack the top 10 this week.
No. 20 Matt Kenseth: Kenseth has finished in the top five in five of the last 11 races at Indy. He is a good option.
No. 2 Brad Keselowski: Keselowski has been awesome at the Brickyard so far in his career. We like his chances on Sunday.
No. 55 Mark Martin: Martin has finished in the top 10 in 11 of his 19 career starts at Indy. He is a terrific option.
11 to 20
No. 99 Carl Edwards: Edwards has led just five laps in eight career races at Indy, but he has seven top 20 finishes. He is a fine pick again this weekend to crack the top 15.
No. 5 Kasey Kahne: Kahne has been either really, really good (12th, 13th, 7th, 7th, 2nd, and 4th) or really, really bad (18th, 40th and 36th) at Indy during his career. His inconsistency moves him just outside of our top 10.
No. 15 Clint Bowyer: Bowyer has been fast at Indy the past three years. He should finish in the top 15 again this weekend.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior has disappointed at Indy during his career. In 13 career starts he has just three top 10 finishes. Even with his past struggles he should pilot the No. 88 to a top 20 finish.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has five top 10 finishes in 10 career starts at the Brickyard, including a win in the 2010 race. This isn’t a bad weekend to take a chance on the No. 1 car.
No. 39 Ryan Newman: The Indiana native should be decent this weekend. With a little luck could get the No. 39 car another top 15 finish.
No. 22 Joey Logano: Logano has finished inside the top 15 in two of his four career visits to Indy. He will be fast again this weekend.
No. 27 Paul Menard: Menard surprised with a win during the 2012 edition of the Brickyard. He is worth gambling on again this visit to the Hoosier state.
No. 31 Jeff Burton: Burton has notched top 15 finishes in five of the last nine Indy races. This should be a decent 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.
21 to 30
No. 78 Kurt Busch: You can’t deny the success that Busch has had so far this season, but Indy has been one of his poorest tracks. Avoid him this week.
No. 56 Martin Truex Jr.: Truex has averaged a top 25 finish at Indy the past seven years. He should finish inside the top 25 again on Sunday.
No. 43 Aric Almirola: Double-A notched a top 20 finish at Indy last year. He will be fast again this year.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: If Stenhouse can avoid his girlfriend’s right-front bumper he should easily notch a top 30 finish.
No. 10 Danica Patrick: Patrick is another driver that learned the way around Indy in an open-wheel car. This is a better than usual weekend to use her.
No. 51 A.J. Allmendinger: Dinger has notched plenty of laps at Indy in open-wheel cars. He should have the No. 51 inside the top 30.
No. 9 Marcos Ambrose: Ambrose will do well to match the 21st place finish he notched at Indy in 2010.
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. 33 Austin Dillon: Dillon is the future of the sport. It is too bad for him that the future isn’t now.
No. 21 Trevor Bayne: There is no question Bayne can drive. He is worth using in most leagues this weekend.
No. 34 David Ragan
No. 47 Bobby Labonte
No. 83 David Reutimann
No. 36 J.J. Yeley
No. 38 David Gilliland
No. 95 Scott Speed
No. 7 Dave Blaney
No. 19 Mike Bliss
No. 30 David Stremme
No. 87 Joe Nemechek
No. 93 Travis Kvapil
No. 98 Michael McDowell
No. 32 Timmy Hill
No. 35 Josh Wise
No. 40 Landon Cassill
My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:
A. Tony Stewart
B. Jamie McMurray
B. Mark Martin
C. A.J. Allmendinger