One week off from NASCAR racing was miserable, but well worth the wait for the treat given to us this week with racing on the famed bricks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We previewed a little bit of the race last week and gave a few keys to sort through during the off week.
The main component to look at is what happened in the testing and practices prior to the June 10 Pocono race won by Joey Logano. The two tracks have always been linked together by crew chiefs in regards to set-up ever since NASCAR first raced at the Brickyard beginning in 1994. They both have similar features such as the long straight-aways and tight turns.
If you go through the history of Brickyard 400 winners, you’ll see that the same drivers have had winning success at Pocono, and in a few cases, winning in the same year at both.
Prior to the June race at Pocono there was the standard set of practices, but also two days of testing on the new surface that gave us all types of new data to use for this week.
In years past at the Brickyard we could eliminate 35 drivers and rely on the big names drivers to win, drivers that had won championships. But in the last two years, Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard won, drivers that aren’t considered in the upper-echelon.
Because of those wins, we have to broaden our horizons and believe that anything is possible and consider up to 20 drivers as a possibility to win this week.
One of those drivers that fit’s the category perfect is Mark Martin. He fits all the criteria this week having finished runner-up at Pocono, being the star of testing and practice there, and he’s also got the unexpected attached to him. He’s never won at Pocono or the Brickyard in his career, although he’s finished runner-up at Pocono a record seven times.
For more on the race, refer back to last week’s article at GamingToday.com. There’s a good chance a few long shots will fare well this week.