Big Machine Vodka 400 Preview: Cut to the Chase
Big Machine Vodka 400 Preview: Cut to the Chase

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

In the wake of Erik Jones' big weekend at Darlington, we come to the yard of bricks this week.  This Sunday the Monster Energy Cup Series comes back to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.  The Brickyard will play host to this prestigious stock car racing event on motor racing's most identifiable and iconic track.  This will be the second-straight season that NASCAR's top division concludes its regular season at Indianapolis.  For years, NASCAR had ended its regular season at Richmond, under the lights.  Starting last season, the top division now duels it out on the huge rectangular oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This will be the race that settles the playoff field of drivers for the Chase for the Cup.  This is the significance that Indianapolis has been needing to propel it from just a prestigious race, and into a more meaningful event.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a rectangular oval with very flat banking all the way around.  The straights are completely flat, and the four corners have banking that varies from 9 to 12 degrees.  The track is very temperature sensitive, so constant adjustments to the race car are a must in order to keep up with the changing handling conditions throughout the event.  Over the last few seasons Goodyear has been able to develop a great tire for stock cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so we expect solid racing and for tire wear not to be an

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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