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The Crown Royal/Brickyard 400

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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 27 at 1:19 p.m./et.



Weather:  Isolated thunderstorms with a high around 84; wind out of the WNW at 11 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.



The Track: Indianapolis MotorSpeedway

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 the world.  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 four races.  With tires no longer a major issue we expect Chevy to continue their dominance.  The carmaker has won 11 straight at the track and will be strong again this weekend. Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Jimmie Johnson are the drivers to watch in this weekend's race. 



Qualifying Procedures:


46 cars will attempt to qualify for 43 spots. 



Fantasy Cheat Sheet:


Top Five


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 eight 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 20 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. 20 Matt Kenseth:  Kenseth has finished in the top five in six of the last 12 races at Indy.  He is a good option.



6 to 10


No. 4 Kevin Harvick:  The Brickyard has been one of Harvick's best tracks.  He has a win and seven top 10 finishes in 13 career starts at the track.

No. 16 Greg Biffle:  Biffle has notched four top seven finishes in the past five races at Indy.  He should take the checkers inside the top 10 once again.

No. 2 Brad Keselowski:  Keselowski has been awesome at the Brickyard so far in his career.  We like his chances on Sunday.

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.:  Junior has disappointed at Indy during his career.  In 14 career starts he has just four top 10 finishes.  Even with his past struggles he should pilot the No. 88 to a top 10 finish.

No. 41 Kurt Busch:  Busch spent a great amount of time at Indy this spring preparing for the Indy 500.  Those extra laps on the speedway won’t hurt his chances. 



11 to 20


No. 22 Joey Logano:  Logano has finished inside the top 15 in three of his five career visits to Indy.  He will be fast again this weekend.

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. 99 Carl Edwards:  Edwards has led just six laps in nine career races at Indy, but he has eight 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 (3rd, 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 three of the past four years.  He should finish inside the top 15 again this weekend.

No. 1 Jamie McMurray:  McMurray has five top 10 finishes in 11 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. 31 Ryan Newman:  The Indiana native should be decent this weekend.  With a little luck could get the No. 31 car another top 15 finish.

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. 12 Juan Pablo Montoya:  Montoya is always worth taking a chance on at Indy.  He is a great fifth option in all leagues.

No. 43 Aric Almirola:  Almirola has averaged an 18th place finish at the Brickyard during his career.  We expect he will take the checkers right around his average.



21 to 30


No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.:  Truex has averaged a 20th finish at Indy the past eight years.  He should finish inside the top 25 again on Sunday.

No. 55 Brian Vickers:  Vickers has been a top 20 driver for his career at Indy.  He is

No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.:  Stenhouse snagged a top 25 finish at Indy last year.  He should finish inside the top 25 again.

No. 33 Austin Dillon:  Dillon drove well at Indy last year.  He is a very good option this weekend.

No. 42 Kyle Larson:  Larson has been terrific so far this season.  It will be interesting to see how he can do on the Brickyard.

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. 47 A.J. Allmendinger:  Dinger has notched plenty of laps at Indy in open-wheel cars.  He should have the No. 47 inside the top 30.

No. 9 Marcos Ambrose:  Ambrose will do well to match the 16th 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. 29 Matt Crafton:  Crafton is an interesting name this week.  He has tons of experience and shouldn’t have any issue at the Brickyard.



Field Fillers


No. 21 Trevor Bayne

No. 37 Bobby Labonte

No. 7 Michael Annett

No. 51 Justin Allgaier

No. 66 Brett Moffitt

No. 23 Alex Bowman

No. 26 Cole Whitt

No. 38 David Gilliland

No. 32 Travis Kvapil

No. 33 David Stremme

No. 34 David Ragan

No. 36 Reed Sorenson

No. 83 Ryan Truex

No. 40 Landon Cassill

No. 95 Michael McDowell

No. 98 Josh Wise



My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:


A. Jimmie Johnson

B. Ryan Newman

B. Tony Stewart

C. Juan Pablo Montoya           

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