2020 NASCAR Preview: Week 16 – Indianapolis

10 weeks earlier than last time, but now on 4th of July weekend!

We had a pair of Pocono races last week, each ending with Harvick and Hamlin 1-2 or 2-1. Today the boys are in Indy, four turns looking mighty close to the Tunnel Turn on the Tricky Triangle. Does Pocono success warrant a solid finish at The Brickyard? Personally, I think so. But that’s why they run the races.

Here’s what to look for:

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Kevin Harvick was our winner last year, and coming off the first of the Pocono Wins, I think he’ll be The Guy to watch today. He’s been red hot this year, and he was the last one to have the most success here, too. And has the best average finish over the last ten races (7.3). What else is there to day? Harvick, all the way.

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Denny Hamlin is 3rd best with a 10.4 over that same span. Amazingly, he’s never won here, and hasn’t even been runner up. His best finish is a 3rd, and that might be fixin’ to change today. Watch out for this guy.

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Joey Logano will start 1st today, drawing the Pole for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400. He actually finished 2nd last year (and in 2015) so he does know his way around the track. Could he clean up today? Stay tuned.

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Matt Kenseth actually has our 2nd best average among active drivers over the last ten races with a 9.7. It isn’t exactly the same situation as when he was picking them up and putting them down every single week, but he’s still in a car that is very capable of winning. He’ll have some work to do today, starting way back in 21st.

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Tyler Reddick has crashed out of two of his three starts at Indianapolis in the Xfinity Series, but the meat in that sandwich was a 2nd place finish. I feel good about the kid today, I think he might turn a few heads, not that he hasn’t been doing that already. He’ll roll off 13th after two rough runs at Pocono (which will really put my theory to the test. Something’s gotta give!). Good luck!

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-Alright, one more for The Brickyard. Aric Almirola finished 3rd and 5th last weekend at Pocono. HE’LL be my test guy. If Reddick surprises, awesome. If Almirola pulls it home with a Top 5, at a track where he averages 21.3 with a best of 13th, that’s it. Hypothesis Proven. Take a flier on the 10 today.

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Coverage of the race starts on NBC at 4:00pm, green flag scheduled for 4:24pm.

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