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NASCAR at Indianapolis: Starting lineup, results, updates from Brickyard 400

NASCAR at Indianapolis: Starting lineup, results, updates from Brickyard 400

In qualifying trim, Hamlin led Saturday's opening practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 (on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET). Last year Busch started on the pole and won his second consecutive race at Indy. The GPP lineup helped us get back on track as it had the top four finishers in the race to boost the point total. The only other Cup drivers with back-to-back pole wins at the Brickyard are Jeff Gordon in 1995 and 1996 and Ernie Irvan in 1997 and 1998. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (7/2) and Kyle Larson (11/2).

By most accounts, one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' marquee events is scheduled to go off this weekend. Most, including yours truly, would have thought it was no big whoop, that he'd win at least once and probably a few times in the regular season to make the 10-race playoffs easily.

Kyle, Kyle, Kyle. Not only is he the two-time defending victor of Indianapolis, Kyle Busch flat out dominated the 2016 edition of the Brickyard. It's his only top-5 result in 16 career starts. Joey Logano starts seventh and needs a win as badly as anyone. If Kyle Larson's No. 42 auto doesn't run afoul of inspection, as it has the past two weeks, he's one to watch. It's his second straight Indy pole. The current points leaders for the final five spots are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer, and Matt Kenseth, but none of them have a victory that would guarantee them a playoff berth.




The tradition of kissing the Yard of Bricks after winning a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most famous rituals in motor sports.

"I think the biggest thing about the Brickyard is the prestige, the track's history and quality of racing - all the historic finishes it has had over the years, whether it has been IndyCar or NASCAR", he said. Austin Dillon was ninth previous year and is a sucker (in a good way) for these types of tracks. But look at Danica Patrick, posting back-to-back top-15 finishes for the first time this season. The track is a 2.5 mile oval that can present a challenge for drivers with its high speeds in the straightaways and very flat banking in the corners. But Martin Truex Jr. was close behind at 4/1. If Earnhardt wins, he cannot only remove some pressure from his shoulders but also turn his focus to one thing for the remainder of the season: winning his first and only Cup championship. "It was something that really wasn't in my wheelhouse", said the Las Vegas teenager who drives the No. 18 Switch Tundra for fellow Las Vegan Kyle Busch.


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