Last week, the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 took place at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, and once again, Chase Elliott won. He seems repeatedly to manage to figure out a way, but he could not have expected to win in the way that he did.
At the race’s conclusion, he thought that he finished third, behind Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch but both of the latter two drivers failed the post-race inspection, which disqualified them from the race.
Read ahead for all of the information about this race that you’ll want to know, and you may also expect a betting pick and recommendation grounded in analysis.
NASCAR Cup Series: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
Sunday, July 31, 2022 – 02:30 PM EDT at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
Last Week’s Race Recap
The M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania took place last week. For all to see, Denny Hamlin finished first, and Kyle Busch finished second, however, the race results are subject to post-race inspection.
Hamlin and Busch both failed this inspection and were consequently disqualified from the race. The third-place finisher thus became the winner of the race. This finisher, this winner, was no other than Chase Elliott, who collected with this win:
- His fourth win of the season
- His second win in his last three races
- His third win in his last five races
His consistent success has positioned him now even more strongly atop the standings. He leads the NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings with 787 points, which is 105 more than second-place, Ross Chastain.
Chastain was actually in second place last week with 16 laps to go. However, Hamlin forced him into the wall, leaving him to finish a dismal and misleadingly awful 34th.
Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: Race Info
This week, the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard takes place in Indianapolis’ road course. For this race, drivers must complete a total of 82 laps.
As is almost always the case, there will be three stages for this event.
- Stage 1: the first 15 laps.
- Stage 2: 20 more laps.
- Stage 3: the last 47 laps.
Entry List for the Verizon 200 Race
As is typically the case, the entry list for the upcoming race has been published by the middle of the week. A couple more than usual, 38 teams/drivers for 40 possible spots are posted on this entry list.
So, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we already know which drivers will participate in this race. We may expect all of the usual suspects.
The starting lineup gets determined via qualifying. For this race, qualifying will take place the morning before the race, starting on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EDT and finishing an hour later.
It will be two-group, multi-vehicle, and two rounds.
A two-group practice session will precede qualifying directly. Practice will be from 9:30 a.m. EDT to 10:30 a.m. EDT.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course: Track Info
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway features a road course that is on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit for a second time.
- This track is made of asphalt and brick.
- Every lap is 2.439 miles and has 14 turns. So, in completing 82 laps, drivers will nearly have accumulated miles.
Betting Pick and Prediction
Drivers I Dislike
For your NASCAR Picks, it is easy to back Elliott because of his superb form, but it is so hard and rare in NASCAR to win back-to-back races.
This history must deter us from investing in Elliott to win, although he remains a solid candidate in match-up betting opportunities also because of his well-known reputation on road courses.
I also dislike Denny Hamlin because he has failed to finish in the top 15 in any of his last three races at a road course.
Only one other driver, a hopeless long-shot Cole Custer, has as strong a history as Tyler Reddick does in qualifying at road races this year. Reddick also won the last road race, which took place on July 3 at Road America.
He has finished top-five in three of his last four road races. His excellent history on road courses makes him likely to build off his second-place finish last week.
For the above reasons, I recommend riding Reddick to win this week’s race.
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