Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Betting Picks

Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Betting 

Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Betting Picks

If you’re a NASCAR racing enthusiast that is looking to cash in on Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup 2014 Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 At The Brickyard from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then you’ve come to the right place!

This original betting preview will help you maximize your race day betting bucks by identifying a handful of drivers with the best chances of bringing home the bacon at NASCAR’s 20th Sprint Cup race of the 2014 season. Click here for more NASCAR odds.

Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard

When: Sunday, July 27
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Indianapolis, Indiana
Track: 2.5-mile oval
Laps: 160
Miles: 400
Year: 21st
On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: Bobby Labonte, 2000 (155.912 mph)
Qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 2013 (187.531 mph)

2014 Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 At The Brickyard from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Odds

  • Jimmie Johnson #48 9/2
  • Brad Keselowski #2 11/2
  • Jeff Gordon #24 15/2
  • Kevin Harvick #4 15/2
  • Tony Stewart #14 9/1
  • Kyle Busch#18 10/1
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 11/1
  • Matt Kenseth #20 11/1
  • Joey Logano #22 12/1
  • Denny Hamlin #11 16/1
  • Kasey Kahne #5 16/1
  • Juan Pablo Montoya #12 20/1
  • Clint Boyer #15 25/1
  • Kurt Busch #41 28/1
  • Kyle Larson #42 28/1
  • Ryan Newman #31 28/1
  • Carl Edwards #99 33/1
  • Danica Patrick #10 250/1

Just two months after one of the most entertaining Indy 500 races ever, NASCAR is back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Crown Royal/ Brickyard 400, but this Sprint Cup showdown and its favorites look a bit different from the nation’s premiere auto racing event.

Thankfully, I’m going to identify six drivers I believe have the best chance to end up in the winner’s circle for this perennial event.

First however, let’s start with a bit of Brickyard 400 history.

Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 back on Aug. 6 of 1994. Four veteran drivers have appeared in all 20 races to date (Jeff Burton, Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin). Both Labonte and Gordon will race in this year’s event while Martin and Burton will not.

A pair of future Hall of Fame drivers, Gordon and Hendricks Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson lead all drivers with four Brickyard 400 wins. Gordon brought home the bacon in 1994, ’98, 2001 and ’04. Johnson finished in the winner’s circle a whopping four times since getting his first win in 2006 (2008, ’09 and ’12).

Hendricks Motorsports has eight wins here while Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing both have three wins apiece.

Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 At The Brickyard from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Analysis

Brad Keselowski #2 11/2

Keselowski has won three Sprint Cup races this year, including two of the last three races overall. Keselowski won the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire on July 13 while leading a whopping 138 laps. The 30-year-old also won at Kentucky on June 28, leading a mind-boggling 199 laps. Despite his success, Keselowski says none of that will matter come Sunday.

“Past success doesn’t guarantee future success,” said Keselowski after his win in New Hampshire. “We have to keep working and plugging away. I am sure a lot of guys will be stronger and hopefully we will be, too.” 

Still, Keselowski is the odds-on-favorite for a reason.

Joey Logano #22 12/1

My No. 2 favorite to win the Brickyard 400 is 24-year-old Joey Logano, Keselowski’s Penske Racing teammate.

Logano has two Sprint Cup wins this year, finishing first at Texas on April 6 before taking home the hardware at Richmond on April 26. Logano also has three fourth place finishes in the last five Sprint Cup races, so he’s undoubtedly going to have a chance.

Jimmie Johnson #48 9/2

Next up is Jimmie Johnson, a driver that has not only won this crown jewel event a record-tying four times, but brought home the bacon as recently as 2012. Johnson is currently in second place in the Sprint Cup standing and has an impressive three victories this season along with six Top Five finishes and 12 Top 10 finishes. Johnson won at Michigan on June 15 after winning at Charlotte on May 25 and Dover, one week later on June 1.

Jeff Gordon #24 15/2

Gordon sits in first place in the Sprint Cup standings but has only managed to find his way into the winner’s circle once this season, taking home the trophy at Kansas City back on May 10. Gordon did finish second at Sonoma on June 22 and bagged two sixth place finishes around that finish on June 15 at Michigan and June 28 at Kentucky respectively. It’s been a decade since Gordon won here – but then again – all that means is that he’s well overdue.

Tony Stewart #14 9/1

Stewart is in an uncustomary 19th place in the NASCAR standings and is winless this year, though he does have two Top Five finishes and six Top 10 finishes this year. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion however, went back to his dirt track grass roots to win at Tri City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan last weekend, so he could be primed for a season-boosting win here after winning in 2005 and 2007.

Kevin Harvick #4 15/2

Last but not least, I like Kevin Harvick, not because he’s won here before, but because he’s got two wins this season is about due for a third in my estimation. Harvick won at Phoenix on March 2 and brought home the bacon at Darlington on April 12. Whether or not he can find his way into the winner’s circle after two straight poor performances in the last two Sprint Cup races is the real question. But at 15/2, I think he’s worth a potential wager.

2013 Order of Finish

  • Defending champion: Ryan Newman
  • Runner up: Jimmie Johnson
  • Pole winner: Ryan Newman (187.531 mph)

Top Five 2013 Finishes

  1. Ryan Newman (Start: 1)
  2. Jimmie Johnson (2)
  3. Kasey Kahne (7)
  4. Tony Stewart (5)
  5. Matt Kenseth (13)

Average speed: 153.485 mph
Time of race: 2 hrs., 36 mins., 22 secs.
Margin of victory: 2.657 secs.
Caution flags: 3 for 14 laps
Lead changes: 20 among 12 drivers

Past Winners Since 2000

  • 2013 Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 153.485 mph
  • 2012 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 137.680 mph
  • 2011 Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 140.762 mph
  • 2010 Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 136.054 mph
  • 2009 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 145.882 mph.
  • 2008 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 115.117 mph
  • 2007 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 117.379 mph
  • 2006 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 137.182 mph
  • 2005 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 118.782 mph
  • 2004 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 115.037 mph
  • 2003 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 134.554 mph
  • 2002 Bill Elliott, Dodge, 125.033 mph
  • 2001 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 130.79 mph
  • 2000 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 155.912 mph