2019 NASCAR Preview: Week 26 – Indianapolis

Locking the Playoffs at The Brickyard..

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Erik Jones punched his ticket to the Playoffs last week with a late season Win at Darlington, and then extended his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing.  With Las Vegas next week marking the start of the postseason, today’s race at The Brickyard is everyone’s final chance to make the field.  Will we see another new winner this season break on through to the other side?

Here’s what to look for:

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Stewart-Haas Racing – All smiles from @KevinHarvick after he scores his series-leading fifth pole of the 2019 season! 😁 Way to go, Harvick! #4TheCup | #BuschPole (Source: @StewartHaasRcng)

Kevin Harvick was fastest on Sunday morning, hoping to keep that speed up for the afternoon.  He’ll start 1st, a great thing for the guy who has the best average over the last ten races here (7.8).  He is currently riding a streak of five straight Top 8s.

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NASCAR – Paul Menard is fastest in final practice for tomorrow’s #Brickyard400 at @IMS. Recap: https://nas.cr/2ZTGet3 (Source: @NASCAR)

-Paul Menard narrowly missed the Pole, and will start alongside the #4.  We talked about a guy sneaking in late by winning a race where they weren’t necessarily a favorite, and Menard did just that a few years ago.  He was victorious at the 2011 Brickyard 400, and could follow that up with a huge Win today.

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Kyle Busch – RACEDAY with @mmschocolate 📺 NBC 🕰 2 PM ET @bigmchnvodka #Brickyard400 (Source: @KyleBusch)

Kyle Busch was looking pretty good with his time for a while there, but ended up 7th this morning.  He’s not bad when it comes to racing either, an 11.4 average over the last ten and back-to-back Wins in 2015 and 2016.  Last year he brought it home 8th; where does the #18 finish today?

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NASCAR – Green flag for today’s #Brickyard400 on NBC has moved up to 2:05 PM ET. (Source: @NASCAR)

Brad Keselowski is our most recent winner here, taking the checkers at the 2018 race.  He’s also our second best driver here in terms of average over the last ten (11.1).  Keselowski has three Wins on the season, but hasn’t visited Victory Lane since Kansas back in Week 12.

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NASCAR – The aftermath of the No. 11 machine after a tough end to final practice. @dennyhamlin | @IMS (Source: @NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin could be one to watch today; he had to go to a backup car after his primary car was on fire, and then used his Q-lap for a shakedown run.  He’ll start 33rd today, but finished 3rd last year, and has a 12.3 average over the last ten races here (and five Top 6s in that span).  Flames to first, could it happen for the #11?

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Scott Borchetta – Indianapolis, you looked AMAZING yesterday. #FGLFest exceeded every expectation I had. Already looking forward to next year… BIGGER and better!!! 👊🎶🏁 @IMS (Source: @scottborchetta)

Coverage of the race starts on NBC at 2:00pm, green flag scheduled for 2:05pm.

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