It might be the summer stretch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, but it’s also time for one of NASCAR’s most prestigious races. As the season begins to inch closer to the chase cutoff, before that even happens, someone has to kiss the bricks.
With some of the most waited for races out of the way including the Daytona 500, the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600, it is now time to make the visit to a historic track for another prestigious race, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Every driver wants to win, but within the last few visits to the Brickyard, one Manufacturer has come out on top.
In the upcoming visit to the Brickyard it will be the 20th anniversary of NASCAR racing at IMS, within the past visits to the track Chevrolet teams have been dominant. Chevrolet has won 14 times, including 10 consecutive wins since 2003. Going into Sunday’s race and the first race at Indy with the new Gen-six cars, it will be the test for Chevy if the manufacturer continues to dominate or if it will be the year Ford returns to victory lane at IMS or Toyota’s first.
The race at Indianapolis will be the 20th race of the year and six races until the chase cutoff. For several drivers, Indy has given them plenty of success with a win. Some of those past winners could use another win to help them make it into this year’s chase. Those past winners that could use the win include Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. Meanwhile, a win for four-time Brickyard 400 and defending race winner Jimmie Johnson could just help him keep the big lead in the point standings.
Someone who could definitely use a win and have a shot at competing for the victory is defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. The defending champ wants to win one for at IMS for Penske Racing owner Roger Penske, and is also in need of a win to secure a spot into the chase.
The race at the Brickyard is one that every driver wants to win considering the history at IMS. A win at the track could also help make the year for several of the Sprint Cup Series drivers, especially before time runs out for the chase.