Indy 250 preview from Indianapolis Motor Speedway

For the first time in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the long history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the Nationwide series will race at the track.

Since it will be the first time at the track for the Nationwide Series there is no strong, clear-cut favorite for Saturday’s race.

Because the drivers have never raced there, all the teams and drivers will be going/working from a clean notebook for the race. However, just because the Nationwide Series hasn’t raced here before, that doesn’t mean the some teams will be totally blind for the Indy 250.

Several of the teams can look to their Sprint Cup counterparts to try and string another strong run together.

A team to watch would be the Richard Childress Drivers of Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard. Sadler, is coming off a win last week at Chicago and he has experience at the historic two and a half mile rectangle.

From 1999-2010 Sadler raced several times at the Brickyard and  captured a best finish of third in 2004. Coming off a win last week, and carrying over lessons from his previous stock car experience.

Another driver that can rely on not only his teams experience at the Brickyard, but also experience from the NSCS is Sadler’s teammate, Paul Menard.

Menard is the most recent NASCAR winner at the Brickyard, after stretching his fuel in the last fuel run last year, securing his first career victory, last August.

Dillon will be at Indianapolis for the first time in his career, but he will be reunited with his crew chief Danny Stockman after a two week absence that was forced because of penalties that came from the races at Kentucky and Daytona.

RCR isn’t the only organization that will have experience from the cup series at to bring into the NNS race on Saturday.

Other teams such as Penske, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Roush-Fenway Racing and Gibbs, but another team to keep an eye on is Jr. Motorsports.

It’ll be the first start ever for Cole Whitt, a lot of eyes will be on his partner, Danica Patrick, as she will be returning to a track that she had very good success with in the IndyCar series.

Like many other drivers, though, Patrick will be making her first ever start at Indianapolis in a stock car.

Why watch a team with two rookie drivers? Well the answer to that is because of the unofficial support that they get from the cup series.

Even though Jr. Motorsports is it’s own entity in the Nationwide Series, the team that it is most closely related to is Hendrick Motorsports.

In the Cup Series when it comes to Indy, there is no team that is better. Couple that with the few lessons that Patrick could carry over from the IndyCar series, and the two Jr. Motorsports entries could be a team to watch.

When it comes to the Indy 250, every driver, will be a rookie, in a sense, because the series has never raced there before.

Indy 250 entry list:  

  1. Mike Wallace
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Elliott Sadler
  4. Austin Dillon
  5. Jeremy Clements
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  7. Danica Patrick
  8. Kyle Fowler
  9. Jeff Green
  10. Brian Scott
  11. Sam Hornish Jr.
  12. Eric McClure
  13. Scott Riggs
  14. Denny Hamlin
  15. Tayler Malsam
  16. Joey Logano
  17. Brad Keselowski
  18. Robert Richardson Jr.
  19. Kenny Wallace
  20. James Buescher
  21. Justin Allgaier
  22. Paul Menard
  23. Ryan Blaney
  24. Kasey Kahne
  25. Jeffery Earnhardt
  26. Erik Darnell
  27. Timmy Hill
  28. Josh Wise
  29. Michael Annett
  30. Mike Bliss
  31. Chase Miller
  32. Stephen Leicht
  33. T.J. Bell
  34. Ty Dillon
  35. Tim Schendel
  36. Kyle Busch
  37. Johanna Long
  38. Mike Harmon
  39. Jason Bowles
  40. Kevin Lepage
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Cole Whitt
  43. Morgan Shepherd
  44. Reed Sorenson
  45. Travis Pastrana