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NASCAR Brickyard 400 preview: Can Kyle Busch keep rolling into Chase?

Kyle Busch has been on a roll, winning three of the last four races; will he continue to rack up the necessary points necessary to get him into the top 30 and a spot in the Chase?
Kyle Busch has been on a roll, winning three of the last four races; will he continue to rack up the necessary points necessary to get him into the top 30 and a spot in the Chase? Getty Images

Everything you need to know about Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in three minutes:

Three things to watch

1. Drivers are uncertain how the experimental high downforce rules package will impact racing. We’ll find out soon enough.

2. Kyle Busch has been on a roll, winning three of the last four races; will he continue to rack up the necessary points to get him into the top 30 and a spot in the Chase?

3. It will be an emotional day for Jeff Gordon, who is probably racing for the final time on the legendary track on which he has won five times.

Observations

▪ Restarts will be an important facet of the race with the high-draft package. The cars trailing the leaders might be able to get a run, but where will they go on a narrow track?

▪ Lost in the (deserved) attention of Gordon’s likely final race at Indianapolis has been how rough a season it’s been for Tony Stewart, another favorite son of Indiana. Stewart remains winless this season, with just one top 10. He’s mired in 26th place in the points standings but had a strong qualifying run Saturday and will start fourth.

▪ Team owner Roger Penske has yet to have a driver win the Brickyard 400, although he’s got 16 Indianapolis 500 victories. Team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano both have solid chances to win Sunday, however.

▪ Nice moment Saturday morning when Aric Almirola presented Army veteran Luther Martin and his family with a custom-made Ford Fusion. The gift was part of a campaign by Eckrich (a sponsor of Almirola’s Richard Petty Motorsports team) to thank, support and honor military families.

Best bets

Three picks for your fantasy team:

Kyle Busch: He said not yet winning three of racing’s four crown jewel races (the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 and Brickyard 400) is a hole in his resume he’d like to fill (he has won the Southern 500 at Darlington, S.C.).

Carl Edwards: Pole winner qualified first with speed of 183.464.

Jeff Gordon: He hasn’t won yet this season, but he won at the Brickyard in 2014 and would like to close out his career at Indianapolis with a flourish.

He said it

“It’s Indy.” – Joey Logano, on why he thinks Sunday’s high-drag aerodynamic package won’t have as much to do with the race’s outcome as the track itself.

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Getting there

Race facts

Brickyard 400

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Track type: 2.5-mile rectangular oval.

Race distance: 400 miles, or 160 laps.

Green flag: 3:49 p.m.

Weather: High of 86, 50 percent chance of storms.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Network.

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