Johnson, Gordon look for fifth NASCAR win at the Brickyard

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch in Indianapolis
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five NASCR storylines to watch in this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. Expect Brickyard speeds to be up considerably
NASCAR’s new car and the ever-looming fear of a repeat of 2008’s tire issues at Indianapolis sent several teams to the 2.5-mile speedway over the spring and summer for testing sessions. The tires, at least during those sessions, lasted.

But there was still a big surprise: The Gen-6 was impressively quicker than recent years in laps around the track that turns 104-years-old in August.

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. win the Sprint Cup?
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<p> Dustin Long's Backseat Drivers Fan Council grades NASCAR's visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ESPN's broadcast of it and ponders whether Dale Earnhardt Jr. can win the Sprint Cup title in 2012.</p>

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead at Indianapolis, giving his fans something to cheer about in a season where there have been plenty of highlights. Although the points will be reset at the start of the Chase, the question becomes can Earnhardt continue his successful season and win the championship?

Pennell's Picks: Fantasy NASCAR Trends in the Brickyard 400

Favorites and darkhorses for Sunday's race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Jay Pennell looks at favorites and darkorses for your Fantasy NASCAR team as the series heads to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400.</p>

After a well-deserved off week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the famed yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard.

Brickyard Breakthrough

Paul Menard wins first career NASCAR race in Brickyard 400

by Matt Taliaferro

There are 16 races left in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and already it is being remembered as the “Year of the Upset.” And Paul Menard solidified that designation in the Brickyard 400 at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

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<p> The results at Indianapolis Motor Speedway followed a familiar trend in the 2011 Sprint Cup season with a first-time winner finding Victory Lane in one of NASCAR's crown jewel events.</p>