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Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: Power Rankings

Kevin Harvick is the Brickyard Champ.

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Race Information

Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
Laps: 82
Date: August 15th @ 1:00pm
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2020 Winner: Kevin Harvick (3:16:05)
Network: NBC

Track

Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Opened in 1909 (yes you read that right), this asphalt/brick 2.5 mile oval track really allows the racers to open up a bit. It is the 5th longest track on the NASCAR circuit and it’s the longest oval track at more than twice as long as the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (the next longest). It has 9 degree banking on its turns and is good old open racing. This track, which can hold over 250,000 spectators—the highest capacity sports venue in the world—is the first to be called a “speedway.”

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Favorites

Kevin Harvick (sixth selection this year) – To be honest, you win an event in back-to-back years and I have to put you as a favorite to potentially do it a third consecutive year.

Brad Keslowski (fifth selection this year) — Take away the accident he had in lap 48 of the 2019 race (and subsequent 38th place finish) and he has top 4th place finishes here each of the last four years. Even in the year he got into an accident he was among the top racers before wrecking.

High Risk/High Reward

Ryan Newman (fourth selection this year) — Ryan had top 10 finishes in 2017, 2018, and 2019 at Indianapolis. He was 34th last year after he had an accident on the 60th lap. He is going to need this to offset the string of six consecutive races finishing outside the top 20.

Ryan Blaney (eighth selection this year). Ryan had a car issue which limited him to 32nd here last year. He finished 7th in 2019 and 11th in 2018. He finished among the top 15 in seven of his last nine races.

The Dark Horse

Aric Almirola (seventh selection this year) — Aric finished 23rd here in 2018, he improved to 14th in 2020 and 3rd last year. He won two weeks ago in New Hampshire but that was one of three top 10 finishes this season.

Fun Fact: This track was made using 3.2 million bricks.


2021 Results

Favorite: Average Finish 13th (34th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Average Finish 17th (43rd Percent)
Dark Horse: Average Finish 18th (46th Percent)