1. The Racing Fan should have known this was coming. After breaking down the
So here's to you, Sheppard from California and Mike from Charlotte. Something tells me I'm going to get more than a few reactions as I unveil the top qualifiers for the Over-Hyped 600. Why 600 miles, you ask? Because the race is overblown, just like the drivers' profiles.
But before we begin, I'd like to offer both a disclaimer, and an explanation. Here it goes: you won't see be seeing
It's true, Junior may not be the title threat you'd expect from his standing as the most popular driver seven years running, but he's far from overrated; he just faced a completely different set of expectations than everyone else.
Now back to the matter at hand. Leading the pack is ...
2. A quick thought on the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski feud, which has become a soap opera of such extremes that it should be played out on Telemundo. In pushing Brad K. out of the way for a Nationwide win in front of his hometown fans at Gateway, Edwards has seemingly put his Chase chances in harm's way.
With just six races to go before the playoff, Edwards is 10th in the standings, all of 74 points ahead of Junior in 13th. Now he has to worry about Keselowski, who in 26th has little to drive for, trying to pay him back for their early-season incident at Atlanta along with last weekend's run-in. The margin for error was already razor thin considering, but if Brad K. is thinking payback, Edwards may have no one but himself to blame for missing the Chase.
4 -- Drivers on the Indianapolis entry list who have competed in all 16 previous Cup races at the Brickyard (Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin).
2 -- Of that group, Burton and Martin have yet to reach Victory Lane at IMS. Burton's career-best finish was fifth in 1995, while Martin was second in '98 and 2005.