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NASCAR Fantasy Cheat Sheet

The Crown Royal/Brickyard 400

by Brian Brown
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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 26 at 3:49 p.m./et.

 

 

Weather:  Isolated thunderstorms with a high around 88; wind out of the NE at 7 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

 

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 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.  Chevy has won 12 straight at the track and will be strong again this weekend.  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 for the win.

No. 24 Jeff Gordon:  Gordon has five wins in 21 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. 4 Kevin Harvick:  The Brickyard has been one of Harvick's best tracks.  He has a win and eight top 10 finishes in 14 career starts at the track.

No. 20 Matt Kenseth:  Kenseth has finished in the top five in seven of the last 13 races at Indy.  He is a great option.

 

 

6 to 10

 

No. 41 Kurt Busch:  Busch spent a great amount of time at Indy last spring preparing for the Indy 500, but those extra laps didn’t pay off during last year’s edition of the race.  He will bounce-back this weekend. 

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 five top 10 finishes in 15 career starts at Indy.  He should pilot the No. 88 to a top 10 finish.

No. 22 Joey Logano:  Logano has finished inside the top 15 in four of his six 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.

 

 

11 to 20

 

No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.:  Truex has just one top 10 finish at Indy during his career.  We think he will just miss adding a second.

No. 5 Kasey Kahne:  Kahne has been either really, really good or really, really bad at Indy during his career.  His inconsistency moves him just outside of our top 10.

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

No. 14 Tony Stewart:  Stewart has won two of the last nine 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. 19 Carl Edwards:  Edwards has led just six laps in 10 career races at Indy, but he has nine top 20 finishes.  He is a fine pick to crack the top 15.

No. 15 Clint Bowyer:  Bowyer has been fast at Indy three of the past five years.  He should finish around the top 15 again this weekend.

No. 1 Jamie McMurray:  McMurray has five top 10 finishes in 12 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. 42 Kyle Larson:  Larson was awesome at Indy last year.  We like him again this weekend.

 

 

21 to 30

 

No. 43 Aric Almirola:  Almirola will just miss the top 20 this visit to Indy.

No. 3 Austin Dillon:  Dillon drove well at Indy last year.  He is a very good option this weekend.

No. 25 Chase Elliott:  Elliott’s career best finish is 16th.  He won’t match that finish this weekend, but he should run well.

No. 10 Danica Patrick:  Patrick learned her way around Indy in an open-wheel car.  This is a better than usual weekend to use her. 

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

No. 55 David Ragan:  Ragan has been driving much better the past month.  He should start appearing on some deep fantasy rosters.

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

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. 6 Trevor Bayne:  Bayne hasn’t had much success at Indy during his career, but he is driving much better lately.  He is a decent fourth driver.

No. 21 Ryan Blaney:  Blaney is making his first start at Indy this weekend.  He has been driving very fast in the Famous No. 21 car the past month.

 

 

Field Fillers

 

No. 9 Sam Hornish Jr.

No. 40 Landon Cassill

No. 7 Alex Bowman

No. 35 Cole Whitt

No. 34 Brett Moffitt

No. 51 Justin Allgaier

No. 62 Reed Sorenson

No. 83 Matt Dibendetto

No. 38 David Gilliland

No. 46 Michael Annett

No. 23 J.J. Yeley

No. 26 Jeb Burton

No. 32 Josh Wise

No. 33 Brian Scott

No. 95 Michael McDowell

No. 98 TBA

 

 

My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:

 

A. Jimmie Johnson

B. Greg Biffle

B. Tony Stewart

C. Chase Elliott