The bricks will be kissed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon, and here at Don Best, we've got all of the ins and outs covered for this weekend's NASCAR betting affair at the Brickyard 400.
ESPN will have live coverage of this race on Sunday, and the green flag is slated to drop at 10:19 a.m. (PT).
When you think of the Brickyard 400, you think of a race that is just chock full of history. However, unlike some of the other fantastic races like the Daytona 500 that date back decades and decades, this is only the 18th NASCAR race here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The winner of the inaugural race in 1994 was Jeff Gordon, who is +1100 on the Don Best odds screen 17 years later. The No. 24 has actually taken the checkered flag four times in his career at the Brickyard, including in 1998 when he won the Winston No Bull $1 million bonus. He also proved victorious in 2001 and 2004, making him the only 4-time winner of this event.
Though his best racing days are likely behind him, Gordon knows that he is in solid form right now and is in good shape to perform well in the Hoosier State. He's got eight Top 10 finishes on the year in 19 races, and he hasn't finished worse than 11th in his last four races. The Rainbow Warrior also has two wins already this year, one at the 5-hour ENERGY 500, and one at the Subway Fresh Fit 500.
By the time this weekend is over with though, Gordon might not be the only man with four trips to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson already has three wins in this fixture in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and he is sure to be very live favorite at +600 on the NASCAR odds this week.
Johnson, like his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, has been hot of late, coming in no worse than seventh place in five of his last seven races. He also has back-to-back Top 5 finishes at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and the Quaker State 500.
This is the time of year that the 5-time defending Sprint Cup champ tends to hit the gas pedal on his season, and with just seven points separating him from points leader, Carl Edwards, there are definitely a bunch of concerned drivers as we head towards the Chase for the Championship.
The only other drivers that are going to be in this field that have kissed the bricks in their careers are Tony Stewart (+900) and Kevin Harvick (+1200). Stewart has never been to Victory Lane in his own team's car, but he did drive that No. 20 Home Depot car to the winner's circle in 2005 and 2007. Harvick won in 2003.
There is still one past winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that we haven't spoken of, but many tend to forget just how great of a driver Juan Pablo Montoya was on the Indy Car circuit. Montoya won the Indy 500 in 2000. He hasn't had the greatest luck running with the Sprint Cup boys, but he does have one victory to his credit. Could this be 'W' No. 2? Montoya is +1200 on the Don Best NASCAR odds screen.
It should be another hot one on the track this weekend, as temperatures are expected to reach the low-90s at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is a minimal chance of passing showers.
Next week, the NASCAR circuit heads to the Poconos for the second time in less than two months for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500.