NASCAR’s Cup Collection returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the 27th Brickyard 400.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown sports activities schedules into disarray, the Brickyard stays on its at the start scheduled date. This yr’s Brickyard is the primary on Independence Day weekend. It used to be contested in early August or past due July for its first 24 years, and in September the previous two.
On account of Indiana’s reaction to COVID-19, Speedway officers could not ensure fan protection, so the race might be run to drain stands. The race additionally caps a weekend by which the highest sequence of NASCAR and IndyCar will compete on the identical observe for the primary time. IndyCar’s race is Saturday.
Joey Logano completed 2d within the 2019 Large Gadget Vodka 400 on the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Picture: Grace Hollars, Indianapolis Celebrity)
Who is sizzling
Denny Hamlin, riding the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, received Sunday’s race at Pocono. His 4 most up-to-date begins: Win, fourth, 2d, win. He received the season-opening Daytona 500 and has a series-leading 4 victories in 15 begins this season.
Kevin Harvick, riding the No. four Ford for Stewart Haas Racing, had an ideal weekend at Pocono, successful Saturday and completing runner-up Sunday. He has 3 wins this season and leads the championship race.
Ryan Blaney, riding the No. 12 Ford for Group Penske, stands 2d within the season standings. He received at Talladega two weekends in the past, concluding a stretch that featured finishes of fourth, 3rd, 2d and primary.
Who is no longer
It isn’t that Chase Elliott is chilly, however his effects have various wildly not too long ago. Riding the No. nine Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, his most up-to-date finishes are 2d, 38th, 25th and fourth. He has one win this yr and is fourth in issues.
Joey Logano received two of this yr’s first 4 races, however has been at the flawed aspect of the sector not too long ago. Within the No. 22 Ford for Group Penske, he has contemporary finishes of 27th, 17th, 36th and 24th. He has slipped to 6th in issues.
Protecting sequence champion Kyle Busch, riding the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is winless this season and 11th in issues. He has alternated between the highest 10 and the again part of the sector over his previous six begins.
Remaining time round
Jun 28, 2020; Lengthy Pond, Pennsylvania, USA; NASCAR Cup Collection driving force Jimmie Johnson (48) leads driving force Bubba Wallace (43) right through the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway. (Picture: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports activities)
Jimmie Johnson is in his final complete season, piloting the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. The seven-time sequence and four-time Brickyard 400 champion has persistently been within the best part of the sector this yr, however he has hardly been a risk to pick out up his first victory since 2017. His splendid end in 2020 is 3rd position at Bristol.
It’s been a maximum eventful 2020 for Bubba Wallace, the Cup Collection’ lone Black driving force. He led a push to stay Accomplice flags clear of racetracks and has raced with #BlackLivesMatter decorating his No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports. Additionally, a rope formed right into a noose used to be present in a storage housing his automotive at Talladega, even though an investigation made up our minds it wasn’t directed at him.
He completed a season-best 6th at Las Vegas in the second one race of the season and has been across the heart of the sector lots of the yr. He is 21st in issues.
SportsPulse: For The Win’s Michelle Martinelli used to be in attendance for the Daytona 500 and witnessed the horrific crash that left driving force Ryan Newman in ‘critical situation’ at a close-by medical institution.
Ryan Newman, the South Bend local and Purdue graduate who received the 2013 Brickyard 400, used to be focused on a horrifying, fiery crash on the finish of the season-opening Daytona 500. Even though his lifestyles used to be no longer thought to be in peril, he used to be stored in a medically-induced coma. He walked out of the medical institution preserving his daughters’ arms a couple of days after the race.
On account of COVID-19 interruptions, he has ignored simply 3 races and returned to the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in mid-Would possibly.
Brickyard 400 winners
Those are the lively drivers who’ve received the Brickyard 400: Jimmie Johnson (2006, ’08, ’09, ’12), Kevin Harvick (2003, ’19), Kyle Busch (2015, ’16), Ryan Newman (2013) and Brad Keselowski (2018).
Busch owns Toyota’s best race wins. Ford-powered automobiles received the previous two years. Kasey Kahne’s 2017 victory is Chevrolet’s most up-to-date.