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Allstate 400 at The Brickyard Preview

Posted by chadmusselman on July 24, 2008

After the last off-week of the season, the Sprint Cup series will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, or as I still call it, the Brickyard 400. They call the Daytona 500 the Super Bowl of NASCAR, well the Brickyard should have its own nickname too because it is just as important to the drivers. The history of the track is unmatched, and the payouts for the race are up there as well. The race winner will take home around $500,000. Not too shabby.

My fantasy team this week:

Chaser: Kyle Busch
Kyle has three career races at the Brickyard. In his first he finished 10th, 7th place in his second race, and 4th in the race last year. See the trend? He’s moved up 3 spots each time at the track. Look for him to finish up 3 more spots this year and win

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
It was tough not to pick Jeff Gordon for this spot since he has 4 wins here, but I had to go with Tony due to his recent success. His two career wins in Indy were last season and 2005. For his career in Indy he has 2 wins, 4 top 5, 6 top 10 with an average finish of 12.7 in 9 races.

Kasey Kahne
Kasey has finished 4th and 2nd in his first two races here (2004 & 2005), but has had some bad luck the past couple season with 36th and 40th place finishes. If any track in NASCAR is similar to Indy it is Pocono, where Kasey won earlier this season, so look for that run of bad luck in Indy to end this year. Kasey also only has one top 10 finish in the last 4 races, so he’s due.

Mark Martin
Mark has raced in all 14 of the Brickyard 400s. He doesn’t have win, but does have 5 top 5s and 9 top 10s. He’s turned it up the past few years finishing 6th, 5th, and 7th. I expect another top 10 run out of Mark this weekend.

Darkhorse: Juan Pablo Montoya
In his only NASCAR race at the Brickyard Juan Pablo finished 2nd. He is having a rough season, but knows the race track from his days of open-wheel racing and should feel comfortable there. I don’t think he’ll finish 2nd again this year, but he should challenge for a top 10.

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