What are the betting odds for NASCAR at Bristol?
And Darrell Wallace Jr. The manufacturer has reportedly found a return prohibitively expensive and prefers to spend its money building up its base in NHRA drag racing and other series.
The streak is a series record at the 2. Best finish for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Not only is he the two-time defending winner of Indianapolis, Kyle Busch flat out dominated the edition of the Brickyard. Leading of laps, no one was close to the speed of the No. Busch has been stubbing his toe too often this season, simple mistakes costing the team multiple victories. But he enters this weekend, on the heels of showing superior speed for much of the past month an overwhelming favorite to make it three in a row.
Stuck with too many races for Busch? How about Kyle Larson? Larson has never finished lower than ninth here and picked up his 1,th runner-up finish of the season last weekend in New Hampshire. Seriously, at one point Larson has to start closing the deal more. Clint Bowyer has been on this list a lot lately. Bowyer was 21st last year with an underfunded team and that was his worst career finish at Indianapolis since he first started going there.
An average finish of Austin Dillo n was ninth last year and is a sucker in a good way for these types of tracks. Elliott, involved in another wreck at Loudon, has now finished outside the top 20 in four straight races. The results leave Elliott, once a Chase lock, only 54 points ahead of fellow freshman Ryan Blaney who is currently in 17th and a pack of hungry drivers behind him. Elliott needs a solid run at Indy this weekend to stop the bleeding.
Earnhardt, out through Pocono, has given no timetable on his return to the No. Gordon, for his part is committed for the next two races and then the team will reevaluate. Unfortunately for Gordon, FOX broadcast obligations got in the way although their absence from the sport until February gives him the green light to drive for HMS as long as is needed. Childress would like Dillon in the fold racing along with brother Austin, but sponsorship has been hard to come by.
TV ratings for the sport continue to be a major story. Loudon declined 13 percent year-to-year on NBC Sports Network; the audience for the race as a whole has declined nearly one full ratings point in three years.
Attendance concerns at the track were also on display as the grandstands were far from capacity. Will those worries carry over to Indy? Last-minute ticket sales are up with Gordon coming out of retirement but the jury is still out as to whether the track will even break the 70, mark. By comparison, well over , attended a sold out Indy event back in May. For you, it depends whether you trust the wins or this year's performance. William Byron simply hasn't been good his last three weeks with a 23rd in Bristol being his best finish, but he had good races at tracks similar to the Brickyard earlier this season at Fontana and Michigan and he won at Indianapolis in the Xfinity Series last season.
Add the fact he needs to win to get in and he may be the driver to knock Bowman or Johnson out of of the playoffs. This one is a bit of a crapshoot, but Ryan Newman has a good history at the Brickyard and will have the added motivation of needing to win to get in the postseason. Newman finished third in Indy last year, won in and finished 11th twice more in the last five years.
Chris Buescher has been getting better lately though he won't be able to get into the playoffs without a win. He finished 13th at Darlington and 19th at Bristol.