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Indianapolis Fantasy Racing Preview

Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners

Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard.

Who’s HOT at Indianapolis

  • Kyle Busch has two wins and has combined to lead 282 laps in the last four races.
  • Kevin Harvick is only driver that has finished in the top 10 in each of the last five races.
  • Defending race winner Brad Keselowski has a 1.5 average finish in his last two starts.
  • Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin have posted respective average finishes of 6.2 and 6.4 in the last five races.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four wins. His last top 10 came in 2016, third.

Keep an Eye On at Indianapolis

  • Not including Daytona, Kyle Larson has finished in the top five in the last five races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.
  • Erik Jones (6.2), Martin Truex Jr. (10.0), William Byron (11.8) and Ryan Blaney (13.2) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package not including Daytona.
  • Aric Almirola, Byron and Hamlin participated in the Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis.
  • Clint Bowyer and Daniel Hemric posted average finishes of 8.0 and 10.0 in the two races at Pocono this season with the same tire combination that will be used this weekend.
  • Kurt Busch, who finished sixth last year, ranks in the top 10 in driver ratings in the last three races at Indianapolis.
  • Ryan Newman and Paul Menard are previous winners at Indianapolis.

Notes: Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Indianapolis will mark the 13th race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts…Atlanta featured the 550 package, but with no aero ducts…Teams will compete with the same combination of left- and right-side tires that were run at Pocono this season…Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon will compete in the Xfinity race, which will also use this tire combination…The pole position has produced the most winners (4) in the 25 races…Kyle Busch was the last to win from the pole in 2016.

*Best Average Finish at Indianapolis

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Brad Keselowski 1.5
Four Races Kevin Harvick 4.8
Six Races Joey Logano 6.5
Eight Races Kyle Busch 8.5
Ten Races Kevin Harvick 7.8

*The best average finish is based off a driver entered in the race who has competed in every race during that time span.

Laps Led Leaders at Indianapolis

Last # of Races Driver Laps Led
Two Races Kyle Busch 114
Four Races Kyle Busch 282
Six Races Kyle Busch 282
Eight Races Kyle Busch 285
Ten Races Kyle Busch 285

Click Here to view all laps led leaders at Indianapolis over the past 10 races.

Indianapolis Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Three Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
 1. Kyle Busch – 7.7  1. Denny Hamlin – 427
 2. Denny Hamlin – 8.5  2. Kurt Busch – 423
 3. Kevin Harvick – 8.6  3. Kevin Harvick – 413
 4. Brad Keselowski – 9.7  4. Joey Logano – 412
 5. Erik Jones – 10.3  5. Brad Keselowski – 411
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
 1. Kyle Busch – 101  1. Kyle Busch – 125.6
 2. Kevin Harvick – 40  2. Kevin Harvick – 106.3
 3. Marin Truex Jr. – 33  3. Denny Hamlin – 103.5
 4. Denny Hamlin – 24  4. Brad Keselowski – 100.3
 5. Clint Bowyer – 16  5. Kyle Larson – 95.3

Top 10 Stage 1 & 2 Points Earned at Indianapolis
Two Races

Driver Points Earned
Kyle Busch 26
Martin Truex Jr. 23
Joey Logano 17
Ryan Blaney 16
Erik Jones 16
Kurt Busch 15
Kevin Harvick 13
Denny Hamlin 11
Brad Keselowski 11
Chase Elliott 11

2018 Indianapolis Stage Finishes

Stage 1 Stage 2
1. Clint Bowyer 1. Matt Kenseth
2. Kurt Busch 2. Chase Elliott
3. Denny Hamlin 3. Erik Jones
4. Kyle Larson 4. Joey Logano
5. Kyle Busch 5. Kurt Busch
6. Brad Keselowski 6. Daniel Suarez
7. Aric Almirola 7. Brad Keselowski
8. Paul Menard 8. William Byron
9. Chase Elliott 9. Ryan Newman
10. Erik Jones 10. Jimmie Johnson

Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (25 Races)

Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
Joey Logano 243 7
Kyle Busch 217 10
Kevin Harvick 217 4
Chase Elliott 189 4
Martin Truex Jr. 181 3

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Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Indianapolis

Kevin Harvick is the only driver that has finished in the top 10 in each of the last five races at Indianapolis. Harvick, who won back in 2003 at Indy, has also combined to lead 109 laps in the last five races. Excluding Daytona, Harvick has posted the fourth-best average finish (9.4) in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package, including a win at Michigan.

Joey Logano has finished eighth or better in five of the last six races at Indianapolis. Excluding Daytona, Logano ranks seventh in average finish (10.8) in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package.

Denny Hamlin has finished in the top five in four of the last five races at Indianapolis. He led 37 laps and finished third last season. Hamlin also participated in the June tire test at Indy. Excluding Daytona, Hamlin ranks sixth in average finish (10.4) in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package – three top fives, including a win at Pocono.

Brad Keselowski has posted a 1.5 average finish in his last two starts at Indianapolis, including a win last season. Excluding Daytona, Keselowski ranks eighth in average finish (11.4) in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package.

Kyle Busch finished eighth last season and won in 2015 and 2016 at Indianapolis. He’s also combined to lead 282 laps in the last five races. Excluding Daytona, Busch ranks third in average finish (8.4) in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package, including four straight top 10s.

Daniel Suarez has one top 10 and a 12.5 average finish in two starts at Indianapolis. Excluding Daytona, Suarez has posted a 14.4 average finish in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package, including a fifth-place finish at Michigan.

Kyle Larson has three top 10s and an average finish of 12.6 in five starts at Indianapolis. Excluding Daytona, Larson leads all drivers with a 3.2 average finish in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package.

Ryan Newman has finished 11th or better in six of the last seven races at Indianapolis, including a win in 2013. Excluding Daytona, Newman has posted a 15.0 average finish in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package.

Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four wins at Indianapolis with the last coming in 2012. He’s yet to lead a lap in the last five races and his only top 10 (third) in that span came in 2016. Excluding Daytona, Johnson’s only top 10 (fourth) in the last seven races with the 550 horsepower rules package came at Chicagoland. He was running sixth last weekend at Darlington when he was swept up in a multi-car crash with damage relegating him to a 16th-place finish.

Clint Bowyer led 37 laps, won Stage 1, and finished fifth last season at Indianapolis. The finish was his second top 10 in the last eight races at the 2.5-mile track. Bowyer’s sixth-place finish last weekend at Darlington was his third finish of 11th or better in the last four races with the 550 horsepower rules package.

Chris Buescher has one top 10 (ninth) and an average finish of 16.0 in three starts at Indianapolis. In the last four races with the 550 horsepower rules package, Buescher has finished 16th or better, including a 10th-place finish at Kentucky.

Erik Jones is coming off a second-place finish in his second start at Indianapolis. Excluding Daytona, Jones has posted the second-best average finish (6.2) in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package, including a win last weekend at Darlington.

Paul Menard finished ninth in his first Indianapolis start with Wood Brothers Racing. He posted two top 10s, including a win in 2011, in his previous 11 starts. Last weekend at Darlington, Menard scored his first top 10 with the 550 horsepower rules package.

Kurt Busch is coming off his sixth top 10 in 18 starts at Indianapolis. Excluding Daytona, in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package, Busch has posted a 14.2 average finish, two top 10s, including a win at Kentucky.

Austin Dillon scored his last of two top 10s in six starts at Indianapolis in 2016. Last weekend at Darlington, Dillon equaled his best finish (10th) with the 550 horsepower rules package.