2019 Big Machine Vodka, 400 at the Brickyard - Predictions and Odds
After 26 races, the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series regular season comes to an end.
And fittingly, The Brickyard hosts the regular season finale.
Barring a victory by a wild card driver, the fight for the race win arguably takes the backseat this weekend.
All eyes will be on the fight for the final spots in the postseason.
Which drivers will make it to the championship fight?
But, when it comes to betting, the race winner remains as important as ever.
Who will get to kiss the legendary yard of bricks this year?
How to Watch
What: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, IN
When: Sunday, September 8th at 2:00 PM EST
How: NBC (TV) | IMS Radio Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Favorites to Win the 2019 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Brad Keselowski, the defending race winner, is the early favorite again this year.
After struggling to deliver a good result at The Brickyard, Keselowski finally found his way into victory lane last season.
The Team Penske driver narrowly missed out on winning in 2017, coming home second.
It was his first top 5 finish at the track, and was quickly followed by the maiden win in 2018.
Now, coming off back-to-back top 2 results at Indy, Keselowski is on the line for a second win.
The 2012 champion’s last win in 2019 came at Kansas back in May.
Another victory would be a great help in creating momentum for the playoffs.
Keselowski is currently sixth in points with three wins, nine top 5 and 14 top 10 finishes in 25 races.
Denny Hamlin is also finding his groove around the legendary 2.5-mile oval.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has seemingly put his early career struggles at Indianapolis behind.
Hamlin only scored a single top 5 finish in his first eight starts at the track.
He has only missed out on the top 5 once in his last five starts at The Brickyard.
Hamlin led 37 laps on his way to a solid third place finish last year.
Coming off an impressive run of seven consecutive top 5 finishes, the Joe Gibbs driver is red-hot.
Hamlin has four wins this season, including two in the last five starts.
He is currently third in points with 13 top 5 and 16 top 10 finishes.
Kyle Busch had the fastest car at Indianapolis in the last five races.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started the last three races at The Brickyard from pole-position.
Busch scored a dominant win in 2016, leading 149 of the 160 laps from the pole.
He saw a dominant run in 2017 come to an end after a crash on lap 110, having led 87 laps from the pole.
The younger Busch finished eighth last year, leading 28 laps.
He is a two-time winner at The Brickyard.
Busch has two wins and two runner-up finishes in his last seven starts at Indy.
The 2015 champion is the current points’ leader with four wins, 13 top 5 and 21 top 10 finishes.
Outside Picks for the 2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Kevin Harvick is the most consistent driver at Indianapolis in recent seasons.
The Stewart-Haas driver has five consecutive top 10 finishes at The Brickyard.
Harvick has a best result of third, and hasn’t finished lower than eighth during that span.
He led 104 laps, including a race-high 75 in 2015.
However, Harvick’s last and only career win at Indianapolis came in 2003.
His best finish since then was a second place in 2010.
The 2014 champion is fifth in the standings with two wins, eight top 5 and 16 top 10 finishes.
Joey Logano has never won at Indianapolis, but, much like Harvick, has featured among the front-runners in recent years.
The Team Penske driver has three top 5 finishes in the last five races at Indy.
Logano scored his best career finish at The Brickyard in 2015, starting and finishing in second place.
A safe pick for a top 5 or even a top 3, he however remains a bit of a long-shot for the race win.
The reigning Cup Series’ champion is second in points this season.
Logano has two wins, nine top 5 and 14 top 10 finishes in 2019.
A good result this weekend would be great to kickoff his title defense.
Logano is on a cold streak at the moment, having gone four consecutive races without a top 10.
If you are willing to go for a risky pick, Matt DiBenedetto could pay really pay off.
The 2019 sensation seems to be coming closer and closer to his first career victory.
Without a ride for 2020, DiBenedetto could go for an all-in at Indianapolis in order to secure a playoff spot for 2019, as well as his future in the Cup Series.
The Levine Racing Family #95 car definitely has the pace to fight for the win.
His now famous near-miss at Bristol more than proves it.
Due to the track’s unique nature, with long lap times, a do-or-die pit strategy could work this weekend.
Since Indianapolis springs a surprise or two, DiBenedetto could end up in victory lane.
He is currently 22nd in points, but has two top 5 finishes in the last six races.
2019 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Odds
|Truex Jr, Martin||+750|