Matt Kenseth – Matt Kenseth is the best Brickyard driver who never kissed the bricks. He’s come close to victory lane and has two runner-up finishes. Last season Kenseth finished 5th and was the second highest non-hyper mileage finisher behind Jeff Gordon. In last years race Kenseth had the second best average running position (6th) and the second best driver rating (119.1). Since 2005 Kenseth has finished in the top 12 in every race except one. The one race he didn’t was in 2008 and that was the tire debacle year (had a flat tire). This race is typically won by the best of the best and Kenseth is an elite driver. Earlier this season at Pocono (similar track) Kenseth finished 7th and led 11 laps. (Yahoo! A Driver)
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Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne will be a contender for the win and the pole in the Crown Royal presents “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400. Last season Kahne started 2nd, led the most laps (48), had the 3rd best driver rating (115.5) and finished 18th. What happened to him was that about two-thirds of the way through the race he spun his car to avoid a wreck. After that his day was essentially over with. Kahne has eight races under his belt at Indy and in half of them he’s finished 7th or better. In 2005 Kahne nearly won here but he was out dueled by a determined Tony Stewart. Kahne is a qualifying machine at Indy, his average starting position is 7.9 and only twice has he qualified worse than 8th. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Tony Stewart – Tony Stewart has two wins at Indy and has finished in the top 8 in seven of the last eight races. Heading into Indy I think Tony Stewart will be a very popular expert pick. With the exception of Kentucky and New Hampshire no driver has been hotter than Tony Stewart since Pocono. Last year at Indy Tony Stewart had an eventful race. He hit the commitment cone (pass through penalty) and later in the race made contact with Kyle Busch on pit road. Even with all of these problems he still managed to finish sixth. His next two most recent Indy finishes are 5th and 3rd. Pocono is a similar track and earlier this year Tony Stewart finished 3rd. (Yahoo! A Driver)
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