Jimmie Johnson batting 500 recently at Indy
Jimmie Johnson | 48
(July 22, 2014 9:37 AM EDT)
Jimmie Johnson’s four Brickyard 400 victories have come in the past eight years, which means he is batting 0.500 in that regard. His most recent win came in 2012.
Johnson also has a second-place finish last year, but he has not been immune to trouble. Accidents, blown engines, and missed setups in the closing laps have sent him home outside the top 15 in half of his starts and worse than 30th on three of 12 occasions.
Michael Annett’s first Indy attempt
Michael Annett | 7
(July 21, 2014 7:58 PM EDT)
Michael Annett will make his first Indy attempt this week, but fantasy owners can look to his other flat track efforts to help predict where the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet will finish.
Three of his five attempts on minimally-banked tracks this season ended in the 30s, but there is a reason to be hopeful that he will finish better in the Crown Royal 400. His Pocono 400 effort ended in a 20th-place finish and both tracks are measured and 2.5-miles. That extra room should allow Annett to steer clear of trouble.
Kasey Kahne poised for rare Indy top-five
Kasey Kahne | 5
(July 21, 2014 4:51 PM EDT)
Kasey Kahne’s overall results at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been consistently in the high single digits or teens, but he is capable of rattling off a top-five when the circumstances are perfect. He finished third in this race last year.
That was the culmination of a three-year streak in which he finished better in each successive race. His worst result in the past six years was an 18th in 2011 but that is countered by last year’s third. Since 2008 his average finish on the famed 2.5-mile oval is 10th, which will garner a lot of attention this week. Odds are good that he will stand up well to the scrutiny.
Cousin Carl Edwards is Consistent at Indy
Carl Edwards | 99
(July 21, 2014 4:30 PM EDT)
Carl Edwards has been a consistent top-15 finisher for most of his Indy career and his recent record on flat tracks suggests he will probably repeat in that range in this year’s Crown Royal 400.
Eight of Edwards’ nine career attempts at Indy ended in results of 18th or better, but only one of these was a top-five. This year four of his five efforts on minimally-banked courses ended in a narrow band of results from eighth at Phoenix to 13th at Richmond and New Hampshire. Players can be relatively certain that he is going to finish in the high single digits or low teens this week and should plan accordingly.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perfect on flat tracks
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(July 21, 2014 4:07 PM EDT)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver in the field with a perfect record of top-10s on the flat tracks of Phoenix, Martinsville, Richmond, Pocono, and New Hampshire so far this year.
Add in three top-10 finishes at the end of last year on this same track type and Earnhardt has a ton of momentum on his side. In 2013 the only time he failed to crack the top 15 on a flat track was at Martinsville in the spring, which makes him the closest to a sure thing fantasy owners will find.
Martin Truex Jr. has short Indy top-15 streak
Martin Truex Jr. | 78
(July 21, 2014 3:45 PM EDT)
Martin Truex Jr. enters the Crown Royal 400 with back-to-back top-15 finishes. He was eighth in 2012 and 11th in 2013.
Truex is with a new team, but the Furniture Row entry earned a top-15 last year as well when Kurt Busch was behind the wheel. Better still, Truex is coming off a three-race, top-12 run on the flat tracks of Richmond, Pocono, and New Hampshire and that makes him one of this week’s most compelling dark horses.
Jeff Gordon enters Indy with 6 recent top-10s
Jeff Gordon | 24
(July 21, 2014 3:17 PM EDT)
Jeff Gordon has not won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2004 but six of his last seven attempts there ended in top-10 finishes.
Four of those efforts were top-fives including a fifth in the tire-killing 2008 contest, which suggests Gordon knows how to take care of his equipment in this marquee 400-mile affair. Fantasy owners should expect another top-10 from him this week.
Grant Enfinger 7th in Ansell ActivArmr 150
Grant Enfinger | A90
(July 21, 2014 11:31 AM EDT)
Grant Enfinger finishes 7th in Saturday night's ARCA Racing Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.
He started the No. 90 Motor Honey-Casite Ford 7th on the grid for the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.
Bobby Santos finishes 11th in O'Reilly 200
Bobby Santos | H44
(July 21, 2014 11:28 AM EDT)
Bobby Santos finishes 11th in Saturday night's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.
He started the No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet 14th in the lineup for the O'Reilly 200. He is currently 3rd in the 2014 Whelen Modified championship standings.
Jesse Little finishes 4th in JEGS 150
Jesse Little | E97
(July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT)
Jesse Little finishes 4th in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East race at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.
He started the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet 5th in the lineup for the JEGS 150. He is currently 4th in the 2014 K&N Pro Series-East point standings.