The drive north has been completed and I have arrived at Ken and Adrienne’s house with Alan and Dave for a fun filled weekend of racing action. The time has come for the 18th running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We all have been inundated with stories about how the race has lost its luster and that the fans are not going to be jamming into the track to take in the action on Sunday. As I said before, that does not diminish the importance of this race on the hollowed brickyard. The drivers are still going to give it their all to capture one of the coveted races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule.
The racing at Indianapolis may not be the bumper to the bumper action that is seen at Talladega or Daytona, but being at the Brickyard in person still brings me awe. This year will be the tenth renewal for Dave and me to attend this race. This will be the sixth time Alan has taken in the race from the track. When you think about the great open wheelers that have graced the track and the history of the greatest track in racing, it gives you chills to be at the Brickyard.
I expect no different this year when the van rolls into the infield on Sunday. The party atmosphere will be present on the infield, the grills will be cooking burgers, and the jovial mood of NASCAR can fans will be in abundance. The race will start with the green flag as the balloons rise above the track and leave town.
So here is what I see happening on the track come this Sunday. I see Tony Stewart having a good day. I do not see him winning the race this year, but he needs the good run for the points standing. Jeff Gordon is going to show up huge this weekend, so keep an eye on the Hendrick powered machine this weekend. Mark my words, Jimmie Johnson will have a terrible day at the Brickyard. Just have a feeling Jimmie is not going to do well at Indy this year.
Here is my sleeper pick for the weekend. It may not be much of a sleeper, but I am going to say that Mark Martin could be the guy that surprises everyone this weekend.
Last but not least for the race on Sunday, Juan Pablo Montoya. Will he finally get that elusive win on an oval and redemption on this track? We will find out in a couple days.
Look for some pictures and tweets from the Truck Race tomorrow night, and tweets from the big speedway the rest of the weekend. We will post some pictures that we snap as well. If you are at the track, come visit us in the turn three area.