After a one week break, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400. The track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway stretches over 2.5 miles and is a tough race track for all drivers making Brickyard 400 betting a difficult proposition. The course is very flat and slick and we will see cars sliding all over the place as they are getting very little grip. The Brickyard 400 seems to have a special place in the Sprint Cup Series, as eight of the last 16 winners have gone on to win the championship title at the end of the season.
And three of the last four times the Brickyard was run, that driver was Jimmie Johnson. He won the 2006, 2008 and 2009 versions of the Brickyard 400 and went on to win the title every time. Johnson has won the championship title four times in a row and is looking to keep the streak going with another win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He goes into the race as the heavy favorite in the Brickyard 400 odds, and just seems to love this track. He has a great chance of winning this race again, but his 11/4 price doesn’t offer much value. So much can happen in a Sprint Cup race, and the 11/4 betting odds aren’t the greatest.
Here are some Brickyard 400 picks on the outright winner. Jeff Gordon is worth a look at 15/2. He is the second winningest driver in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the inaugural race in 1994 and finished in first place again in 1998 and in 2004. It has been a while since he has won this race, but he definitely has a chance.
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher is actually the driver with the most wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but his victories came on a variant of the course. When the F1 raced here, they used a modified track that included a road-course set up on the infield.
Schumacher was dominating the Formula 1 with Ferrari at the time. He won the race in 2000 and from 2003 to 2006. Since this race wasn’t held on the oval course, it is a valid question whether the records for IMS should be separate or not.
On top of that, Gordon has something to prove in the Sprint Cup Series. He hasn’t won in 48 races and would like to change that this weekend. Gordon is second in the Sprint Cup standings despite this drought, but a win would be a huge boost in confidence as we’re nearing the Chase.
Tony Stewart is a great pick at 15/2. He won the race in 2005 and has shown that he can be successful in Indianapolis. Stewart doesn’t have a win in the 2010 season, but he could change that in Indianapolis.
He has seven top 10 finishes in the last nine races, and got close to winning a couple of times. He finished second at New Hampshire and third at Pocono. He ended up with a ninth place finish at Chicago two weeks ago.
Kevin Harvick is always worth a look. He leads the Sprint Cup Series and has won two events this year. He has also shown that he can be successful at the Brickyard, taking home the title in 2003. Bodog has him at 14/1, a great price for a driver who has done really well all year. His 34th place at Chicago could be a little bit of a concern, but he can bounce back.
Juan Pablo Montoya (15/2) is another interesting pick. He could become the first driver to win both the Indy 500 and the Brickyard. He finished in the top 10 in five of his last six races and is looking to end up all the way at the top.
Montoya led last year’s race for 116 laps and had built up a five second lead before a pit-lane speeding penalty with 35 laps to go cost him the victory. He will be looking to redeem himself and the 15/2 odds are pretty good for a driver who dominated a year ago.
All odds quoted from Bodog who offers Brickyard 400 Betting Odds on the outright winner and head to head matchup betting.