DFS NASCAR: Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400 Optimal Lineups
Playing DFS NASCAR this week? Matthew Selz offers his optimal lineups for the Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Dillon earned an eighth-place finish Sunday in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway.
Dillon to close out the season strong with another good performance Sunday at the Phoenix oval. The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet spent 289 of the 312 laps racing inside the Top 15, but it wouldn't be until late in the race that Dillon would penetrate the Top 10. He held on through two late caution restarts and nabbed his eighth Top-10 finish of the season, and second in consecutive races. Dillon bumps up two spots to 13th-place in the series point standings as a result.
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Kenseth battled back from some early trouble at ISM Raceway to drive his Wyndham Rewards Ford Fusion to a Top-10 finish, crossing the line seventh Sunday afternoon at ISM Raceway, roushfenway.com reports.
The Ford of Joey Logano would blow a tire early in the race, and Kenseth would get caught up as collateral damage in that incident. The No. 6 Ford would get some fairly significant rear and left side damage. Kenseth would rally back though and march towards the front. He would spend much of the final stage bouncing in-and-out of the Top 10, and late cautions would help him secure the strong seventh-place finish. It was his first Top 10 in 14 starts this season in the No. 6 Ford.
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McMurray finished sixth Sunday in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway.
McMurray started 21st on the grid, and lacked the speed early to challenge the Top 10. The No. 1 CGR team worked hard to improve the car over the 312-lap event, and it finally paid off late in the race. McMurray made a whopping 54 green-flag passes on his way to the front, and spent the final 85 laps racing inside the Top 15. The multiple cautions and restarts helped the veteran driver en route to his eighth Top 10 of the season. McMurray remains 21st overall in the driver point standings.
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Harvick finished fifth in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
It wasn't the outcome Harvick was expecting, but it was still a solid fifth-place finish. The Stewart Haas Racing star led 73 laps from the drop of the green flag, but would blow a tire with just 2 laps to go in stage 1. The mishap would force the No. 4 Ford off the lead lap, and Harvick would play catch up for the rest of the race. He would get back onto the lead lap and begin to pick his way forward. However, Harvick's car just wasn't as good as it was early on in the day. It was his 22nd Top 5 of the season, and Harvick advances into the Championship 4 next week at Homestead based on points.
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Almirola finished fourth in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
In a last ditch effort to win and advance to the championship finale at Homestead, Almirola did his best Sunday. His No. 10 Ford didn't start out that great, but the SHR team made it better over the race. By the last couple cautions and restarts, he would be racing for the win. Almirola would fall short in that effort, and fail to advance to Homestead. However, it was his fourth Top-5 finish of the season.
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Larson finished third in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
It was a solid top-to-bottom performance for the Chip Ganassi Racing star at the Phoenix oval. Larson raced inside the Top 10 all afternoon, and finished sixth- and fifth-place respectively in the first two stages. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet avoided the tire issues and accidents that dotted the closing laps. Larson would grab the brilliant third-place finish at the checkered flag. It was his 12th Top-5 finish of the season.
Added Nov 11 9:16 pm (EST)
Keselowski finished second in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
The Penske Racing star had one of his best performances of the Chase Sunday at ISM Raceway. Keselowski led 32 laps during the final stage and was a factor in the outcome of this race. The lap 270 accident would shake things up for many drivers, Keselowski included. At that point he would be in pursuit of Kyle Busch for the remainder of the afternoon, and would have to settle for the runner-up finish despite a spirited challenge over the final 12 laps. It was his 11th Top-5 finish of the season.
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Busch won the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
A lap 270 wreck that would take out Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch would completely change the complexion of this race. Busch would take the lead from Erik Jones on that restart and lead the final 36 laps. He would have to endure two more restarts after cautions, and hold off a challenge from Brad Keselowski to capture the win. It was his eighth victory of the season, and locks Busch into next week's Championship 4 at Homestead.
Added Nov 11 8:53 pm (EST)