There are three things to watch at the significant Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard this weekend.
1. Who’ll win the points race? If Kyle Busch finishes 15th or better the title is his. He’s going for his seventh win of the season as he is just short of the career-high eight he posted in 2008.
2. Who’ll earn NASCAR’s last two playoff spots, and will one of the two currently on the bubble be knocked off? Since it stands Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman sit 19 points apart in 15th and 16th at the standings. If a driver with no win were to receive a victory Sunday, among those drivers are the odd man from NASCAR’s postseason.
3. Will a driver without a triumph and outdoors NASCAR’s top 16 upset the apple cart? You will find 14 drivers that must win to get in, and guys such as Ryan Newman, William Byron and Daniel Suarez certainly have the capability to do so. But will they get a win and knock out Bowman or Johnson?
NASCAR in Indianapolis: qualifying drivers for the Brickyard 400, TV schedule, standings That is what you need to understand for the week. On the gambling end it is easy: Kyle Busch is second among active drivers in wins at the Brickyard with two and first in driver score. Kevin Harvick has a win, 11 top 10s and the third highest rating. This race will come down to these two drivers and this week, we are choosing Busch to win the race along with the regular-season championship in style.
The race could be viewed on NBCSN at two p.m. ET Sunday.
What are the betting odds for Darlington?
Kevin Harvick 5/2
Kyle Busch 5/2
Martin Truex Jr. 9/2
Kyle Larson 6/1
Brad Keselowski 12/1
Ryan Blaney 15/1
Joey Logano 15/1
Chase Elliott 20/1
Erik Jones 20/1
Clint Bowyer 25/1
Kurt Busch 25/1
Denny Hamlin 40/1
Aric Almirola 40/1
Jimmie Johnson 50/1
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