It’s time for the fourth road race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, this time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. This is the second time that the Cup series has raced on the Indy Road course, though last year’s race can’t really be taken seriously because of the chaos of the curbing coming up and taking out half the field.

Indy Road Course Track Layout

The fabled Indy Oval makes up part of the Indy Road Course, though in reverse. The Road Course is a 2.4-mile, 14-turn layout that is almost entirely flat. The front stretch of the oval is the start/finish straight for the road course as well except in reverse so that heading down toward normal Turn 4 is the way to get Turn 1 of the road course. Turn 1 of the oval becomes Turn 14 on the road layout. This is still different than most of the other “roval” style because not all four turns of an oval is used nor is there that much banking in the corners.

NASCAR DFS Strategy for Indianapolis

We’ve become familiar with the strategy for road races in terms of DFS at this point. This is the fourth such race of the year. In general, we’re looking for finishing position above all and PD where possible. If we can get over 50-percent of laps led in the build too that’s a bonus. Even with 90-plus laps in the race on Sunday, laps led points still won’t be much more than a differentiator for spots in the final standings. Using practice speeds can certainly help our builds. When looking at those we need to check the five-lap averages since that’s the longest anyone ran in practice. As a side note, the tires this week were used previously at Road America as well as running them on the right sides at COTA.

If you want more strategy discussion, take a listen to the NASCAR DFS Podcast from this week for the Verizon 200.

Practice To Qualifying

The following table shows where the drivers qualified compared to their laps in practice. It should be used as a guide to see what drivers might be able to move up through the field during the race.

DriverDK$FD $Prac to QualQualComb. Prac5-Lap
Tyler Reddick$10,000$12,500-6173
Austin Cindric$9,100$11,500121 
Chase Briscoe$8,800$8,200-1031328
Christopher Bell$8,600$8,000-1451
Joey Logano$8,000$8,500-1952414
Ryan Blaney$9,200$10,5003639
Michael McDowell$7,300$7,200-1672313
Chase Elliott$10,600$14,000-1482225
Todd Gilliland$5,400$3,000-791621
Kyle Busch$9,800$10,0000101018
Daniel Suarez$9,400$12,000911229
Brad Keselowski$6,800$6,80061262
Harrison Burton$5,800$3,500-4131712
Aric Almirola$6,900$4,500-1141511
Denny Hamlin$8,900$9,500-6152115
Chris Buescher$7,500$7,800-416206
Justin Haley$6,200$6,0008179 
Kevin Harvick$8,400$7,500418148
Bubba Wallace$6,500$5,500-10192923
AJ Allmendinger$8,200$11,000122085
Ross Chastain$10,400$13,0001721417
Kyle Larson$10,200$13,5001122114
William Byron$8,700$9,000-2232520
Cole Custer$6,300$5,800-3242722
Martin Truex Jr$9,600$9,200625197
Ty Gibbs$7,000$7,000-4263024
Joey Hand$5,700$5,0009271819
Alex Bowman$7,800$8,8002282616
Austin Dillon$6,700$6,20017291210
Ty Dillon$6,000$4,0002302830
Corey Lajoie$5,200$2,500-53136 
Josh Bilicki$4,800$2,500-13233 
Cody Ware$5,100$2,00023331 
Loris Hezemans$4,700$2,0000343426
Erik Jones$7,100$6,50003535 
Daniil Kvyat$5,500$3,000-1363727
Josh Williams$4,900$2,000-13738 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr$6,100$5,20063832 


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