Indianapolis may have been the opportunity for several drivers to stand out and shine, but it also created one of the biggest shake ups within all of NASCAR’ series.
During the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, every driver wanted to come out on top and pick up the win at the historic track. By the time the checkered flag waived in the air, plenty of action had occurred and not just on the track. A major shake up occurred within the point standings opening up opportunities for several drivers to get involved the championship contention.
Heading into Indy, Sam Hornish Jr. went in as the points leader after a recent hot streak of making his way back to the top throughout several weeks. Regan Smith who had been the points leader prior to Hornish was just a few points back and both drivers had been going back and forth with the lead all season. On Saturday, everything changed once both drivers had issues on the track. Several drivers benefitted meanwhile Smith and Hornish got stuck in a huge dilemma.
As the two previous points leader fell out of the top spot, a new points leader emerged in Austin Dillon. With both Hornish and Smith with issues, Dillon moved up from third to first. Dillon wasn’t the only driver to benefit from the two previous points leaders troubles. Elliott Sadler moved up in the points as well from fourth to third. As a former championship contender, Sadler’s name is once again within contention.
Other big winners include Brian Vickers and Brian Scott. Vickers went in as one of the four drivers competing for the final Dash 4 Cash prize money, once Hornish got out of contention Vickers got the extra cash. Meanwhile, Scott competed for the win in the final laps of the race and walked out with his career best Nationwide Series finish.
The race at Indianapolis may now be in the books but the championship race just got bigger. A new opportunity has opened up for the drivers who were trying to catch up to Hornish and Smith. The race for the championship just opened up and with half of the season in, it shows not to count out anybody from contention and that anything can happen on a race weekend.