On the heels of one of the prestigious Southern 500 at Darlington, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will wrap up the 2018 regular season with another one of its crown jewel events. World famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, and every driver in the field would love to add their name to the list of winners at one of the meccas of motorsports.
Almost fittingly, winning at the Brickyard has been reserved for the best of the best in the sport. There have been 24 Cup races held at the 2.5-mile, rectangular-shaped oval, and 19 of them have been won by drivers who also boast a Cup title to their name. Three of the other five winners have won at least 18 Cup races in their careers, so you can almost count on a big name celebrating in victory lane this weekend.
With that in mind, I won’t be shy about loading up on stronger options this weekend. With its massive straightaways and tight, sweeping corners, Indianapolis requires a combination of elite horsepower and aerodynamic superiority that only the top organizations have.
Granted, the restarts at Indy can be complete chaos as we saw last year, but you can’t predict wrecks. If Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. don’t crash each other out last year, Busch probably runs away with things and all the top guys finish at the front. If it’s not Daytona or Talladega, I don’t like counting on wrecks as part of my lineup strategy.
The top drivers from the top teams are all going to be locked in as they try to end the regular season on a high note with a win in of NASCAR’s biggest events. I’m going to try to take advantage with an aggressive approach. I’ll be using up a start from the Big 3 this weekend as my Group A pick in the Driver Group Game, and I plan on using the entire Big 3 as part of my Fantasy Live lineup.
- Kyle Busch, M&M’s
- Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Johns/Busch Beer
- Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
- Kyle Larson, CreditOne/DC Solar
- Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
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