NASCAR Heads to Indianapolis for Brickyard 400

This Sunday, July 31, NASCAR heads back to arguably the most prestigious raceway in the United States, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the Brickyard 400.  The race, won last year by Jamie McMurray, figures to be a battle between the usual NASCAR heads of state.

Carl Edwards, who won the Kobalt Tools 400 this year in early March, sits atop the Sprint Cup Standings.  Edwards has only the Kobalt victory to his credit so far this year, but he has ten Top 5 finishes out of 19 races and a total of thirteen Top 10 finishes overall.  The man in second place, however, is the one that everybody, NASCAR fans and non-NASCAR fans alike, will be watching from right now until the beginning of the Chase. 

Jimmie Johnson, who has won five straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships, is only 7 points behind Edwards.  At +600 odds, Johnson is a co-favorite with Edwards in the sportsbook to win this Sunday.  There’s no doubt that the +600 are more than fair on the man that has owned NASCAR since 2006.  Jimmie Johnson has taken home three Brickyard 400 trophies since 2006 including winning back-to-back Brickyard 400s in 2008 and 2009,

Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya are clear-cut co-second choices at +800 to win on July 31.  Busch has three victories on the year while Montoya, although in 17th place in the Sprint Cup Standings, is well-respected at Indianapolis.  Montoya, furthermore, grabbed the pole in this race in 2010,

A slew of NASCAR royalty is going off at +1000 to win the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.  Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are all at double-digit, +1000 odds.  Next in line are Denny Hamlin, who took home top honors in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 in June, at +1200, and Roush Fenway racer Greg Biffle at +1500.

Last year’s Brickyard 400 winner, Jamie McMurray, is at +6000 on the board.  After a stupendous 2010, McMurray has only 2 Top 10 finishes and has averaged a 23.3 finish so far in 2011.  Fan fave Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going off at +2500.  Jr., with former Gordon crew chief Steve Letarte calling the shots, has secured 3 Top 5 and a total of 8 Top 10 finishes this year.  He’s a viable long shot play to win on Sunday. 

Entrants and odds for the Brickayard 400 are listed below.

  • AJ Allmendinger                     +7500
  • Bred Keselowski                     +3500
  • Brian Vickers                          +6000
  • Carl Edwards                          +600
  • Clint Bowyer                          +3000
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.                   +2500
  • David Ragan                           +5000
  • David Reutimann                    +6000
  • Denny Hamlin                         +1200
  • Greg Biffle                              +1500
  • Jamie McMurray                     +6000
  • Jeff Burton                              +6000
  • Jeff Gordon                            +600
  • Joey Logano                            +3500
  • Juan Pablo Montoya               +800
  • Kasey Kahne                           +3000
  • Kevin Harvick                         +1000
  • Kurt Busch                              +1000
  • Kyle Busch                             +800
  • Marcose Ambrose                   +10000
  • Mark Martin                            +4000
  • Martin Truex Jr.                      +5000
  • Matt Kenseth                          +1000
  • Paul Menard                            +7500
  • Regan Smith                           +10000
  • Ryan Newman                          +3500
  • Tony Stewart                          +1000
  • Trevor Bayne                          +10000
  • Field (Any Other Driver         +8000