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NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Indianapolis

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Brickyard 400
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For the 20th time, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will descend upon Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, but the track isn’t the primary topic.

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Twenty years after first Brickyard win, Jeff Gordon shoots for fifth

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Geoffrey is at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where a batch of storylines lead the series up to the race once simply known as The Brickyard 400. Among them: the importance of practice and qualifying this weekend, NASCAR’s weariness to change the schedule in 2015 and the importance of Sunday’s race for three particular drivers.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Geoffrey is at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where a batch of storylines lead the series up to the race once simply known as The Brickyard 400. Among them: the importance of practice and qualifying this weekend, NASCAR’s weariness to change the schedule in 2015 and the importance of Sunday’s race for three particular drivers.

 

 

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Homestead

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Ford EcoBoost 400
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' finale, the EcoBoost Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Matt Kenseth needs a miracle. For starters, he must run beyond his 13.8-place average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, but a little luck in the name of a bad Jimmie Johnson outing would be the supplemental boost needed to overcome a 28-point deficit and win his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.  Matt Kenseth

Jeff Gordon returns to NASCAR Victory Lane in Martinsville

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Martinsville Speedway
Four things we learned following Jeff Gordon's win in NASCAR's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

There was a time when Jeff Gordon couldn’t walk from his car into the local supermarket without getting booed. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t a Matt Schaub-like incident, this season’s quarterback scapegoat from the NFL’s Houston Texans who was threatened by hooligans at his home. Such was life for NASCAR’s dominant driver of the 1990s, his metro, New York-style life and team a stark contrast from main rival, good ol’ boy Intimidator Dale Earnhardt.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Richmond International Raceway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Federated Auto Parts 400
Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Richmond for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s 9-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 5 Amazing Stats for Richmond

David Smith crunches the numbers for the Federated Auto Parts 400
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

 “Momentum” is an overused buzzword in sports. Writers, commentators and athletes are quick to drop it into conversation, but, at best, it’s a myth created to build one’s confidence.

Kyle Busch climbs back into NASCAR contention with Watkins Glen win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Watkins Glen
Reaction from Watkins Glen, where Kyle Busch beat Brad Keselowski in NASCAR's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Second place really is the first loser. We hear that cliché overused in sports, and the last two weeks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have taught us the consequences of settling for runner-up. Last week there Jeff Gordon, seemingly in control of his Chase destiny until a late-race Pocono caution set up a green-white-checker finish with Kasey Kahne. The No. 5 car got the jump entering Turn 1, cleared his teammate through the Tunnel Turn and — voila! — Gordon’s victory vanished.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Watkins Glen International

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen
Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski top the list of fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s 9-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Pocono

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats at Pocono Raceway
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Are you prepared for Indianapolis, Part 2?

A long-standing belief across NASCAR shops is that what works at big, flat Indianapolis Motor Speedway also works at big, flat Pocono Raceway. Statistically, it’s true. A study on MotorsportsAnalytics.com this year proved that the two facilities closely correlate (with a comparatively high coefficient of 0.465) in results getting.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Brickyard 400
Tony Stewart and JImmie Johnson top the list of Fantasy picks for NASCAR's trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 20th running of the Brickyard 400.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s 9-start maximum rule over the course of the season. The “also consider” section ranks unmentioned drivers strictly by expected result without consideration of start limitations.

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