Thursday, July 21, 2016

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick co-favorites to win 2016 Brickyard 400

Kyle Busch won at Brickyard last year, Harvick won in 2003 from the pole.
LAS VEGAS -- Past Brickyard 400 winners Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have been posted in Las Vegas as the 6-to-1 co-favorites to win Sunday's Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the storied grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The big news breaking Wednesday is five-time Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon coming out of retirement as the substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

Earnhardt is expected to miss next weeks race at Pocono Raceway as well. Gordon is listed as part of the 'Field' at 20-to-1 odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook who said Wednesday morning the possibility of Gordon driving was built into the odds.

Let's take a look at all the Westgate's Brickyard odds and breakdown how each driver has done over the years:

Kevin HARVICK 6/1: In 15 starts, he's got an impressive 10.2 average finish that includes a win from the pole in 2003. He was un-officially second-fastest last week during a Brickyard test session and will be using a chassis that has some outstanding past history. It hasn't been used since 2014, but in five starts it led 509 laps, won three poles, captured a win and three other runner-ups. He's a well deserving favorite this week and its a track that is very special to him.

“Indianapolis is a very unique track," Harvick said. "For me, it’s kind of a cool place to go to as I grew up always wanting to race Indy cars. With Rick Mears being from Bakersfield (California), he was a hometown, childhood hero as we were all racing go-karts. So, to win there back in 2003, and be able to kind of achieve your childhood dream in a sense, but in a stock car, was a great moment. Going back to Indy is just knowing it’s a very historic racetrack where it’s a lot of fun to be a part of the event. It’s always a place where you want to win, but it’s fun to just go there and race to be a part of the next era of its history.”

Kyle BUSCH 6/1 - His win last season was the first for Toyota and it continued a strong run for him at Indy that had seen him finish second in two of the three years prior. Overall he's got a 9.7 average finish 11 starts. He has a lot of fond Brickyard memories as both a driver and fan.

“I think my favorite moment from over the years, besides our win there, was probably the first one," he said. "I just remember Jeff Gordon being my favorite driver. It was his second full-time season in 1994 and he went to victory lane there in the inaugural race. I think that was pretty cool and pretty special for someone who grew up being a fan of Jeff Gordon.”

Martin TRUEX JR 7/1 - He had a career-best fourth-place last year and comes in this year leading a series-high 989 laps. He tested last week at the Brickyard and had the fastest lap for Toyota.

Joey LOGANO 7/1 - He had a career-best runner-up last year and was fifth in 2014. A Ford last won on the famed track in 1999 when Dale Jarrett won for the second-time.

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