It’s hard to believe this is the 22nd year of NASCAR racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At the time, racing at the Brickyard transformed NASCAR into a global brand.
In 2015, the race is polarizing. Many have criticized the capacity to pass and the lack of capacity in the stands. Still, Indi is Indi; any race at the historic track carries extra weight. As the sport looks to steady, odds for Sunday’s Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard reflect a very different sport than what NASCAR fans saw two decades ago.
Kevin Harvick continues his trend of being 4/1. Havick has one Brickyard win under his belt, and there are only four drivers with a better average finish.
The favorites in terms of average career finish at the Brickyard are Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. It seems fitting. Gordon has five wins at Indi. Stewart owns two Brickyard 400 trophies.
But past success doesn’t mean future respect in terms of the NASCAR odds. Both Gordon and Stewart seek their first Sprint Cup win of 2015. Gordon is 12/1. Stewart is 60/1 Sunday.
How can’t you bet against Kyle Busch this weekend? Busch doesn’t have a Brickyard 400 win, but he has the third best average finish among active drivers. At 10/1, Busch seems like a fine option.
Busch’s older brother Kurt is also 10/1 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. None own a win at the Brickyard.
The only drivers in single digits with Harvick are Jimmie Johnson at 7/1 and Martin Truex Jr. at 8/1. Johnson is feast for famine at Indi; he owns four career wins but is just 15th in terms of average finish. Truex Jr. only has one career top 10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Names To Consider:
Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski are all in the top 10 in terms of average Indi finish, have never won at the Brickyard and own wins and big flat tracks. Mr. Sharknado is 12/1, and Edwards and Kahne are both 18/1 for Sunday’s race.
Here’s how your favorite Sprint Cup driver stacks up in the NASCAR odds for Sunday’s Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. Enjoy one of racing’s most historic tracks, and insert a random catchphrase here.