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Joey Logano earned his first top-10 in five races when he crossed under the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway checkers 10th.
Logano has been struggling recently. He failed to crack the top 15 at Homestead, Talladega, or in either Pocono race. For that matter, he was not particularly strong at Indy with an Average Running Position of 11.4. Finishing in the top 10 could galvanize this team, however. That is incredibly important with only 10 races remaining until the playoffs begin. Teammate Brad Keselowski joined Logano in the top 10 with a fourth-place finish.
Added Yesterday 12:18 pm (EST)
Bubba Wallace scored his third top-10 of the 2020 season with a ninth-place finish in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In addition to his ninth-place finish in the Big Machine 400, Wallace also scored top-10s at Las Vegas in Week 2 of the season and Bristol after the COVID-19 break. In addition to his three top-10s, Wallace has finished between 11th and 16th on five occasions, which has made him a great fantasy value on most occasions.
Added Yesterday 12:11 pm (EST)
On Monday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”
Trump's tweet comes one day after Wallace scored his seventh career top-10. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Tyler Reddick offered support, saying: “We don’t need an apology. We did what was right and we will do just fine without your support.” Controversy has a way galvanizing drivers and this could be one intangible that keeps both drivers' momentum intact. Reddick and Wallace finished nose-to-tail in Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Reddick finished eighth; Wallace finished ninth. And, in fact, NASCAR's rating are up, according to ESPN News Services, by as much as 8%.
Added Yesterday 11:35 am (EST)
Added Yesterday 11:35 am (EST)
Tyler Reddick finished eighth in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after starting the day 13th on the grid.
Reddick is having a remarkable rookie season with three previous top-10s and several results in the mid-teens, but after finishing in the 30s in both Pocono Raceway events two weeks ago he was in jeopardy of losing his momentum. His eighth at Indy will go a long way to reestablishing confidence. Reddick posted the 17th-best Average Running Position of 16.86 during the Big Machine 400.
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Michael McDowell finished seventh in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to earn his second top-10 in two weeks.
Front Row Motorsports may well be one of the most improved organizations this year with consistently strong runs from McDowell and John Hunter Nemechek. McDowell finished eighth in Race 1 of the Pocono Raceway doubleheader and was headed for a solid run in Race 2 before he was eliminated in an early accident. Even though this was only his second top-10, he has been in the front half of the pack for the majority of events with 10 top-20s in 16 races; six of those have been top-15s. For a driver at his salary cap level, that is remarkable.
Added Yesterday 11:18 am (EST)
Kyle Busch finished sixth in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after starting the day seventh on the grid.
Busch has been one of the drivers most affected by the lack of practice, but he had an ace up his sleeve this week. Indy shares a lot of commonality with Pocono in that both are 2.5-mile, flat tracks with tight corners. After running 675 miles last week on that circuit, the team was able to come with a good baseline setup. Busch did not dominate during the event, but he was consistent after finishing eighth in the first stage and seventh in Stage 2.
Added Yesterday 11:12 am (EST)
Cole Custer finished fifth in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which made him the highest finishing rookie contender of the race.
With his fifth at Indy, this is Custer’s first career top-five and his second top-10 (he finished ninth at Phoenix earlier in March). Custer started 30th in the race and worked his way forward as the day progressed. That made him a great value in the Draft Kings game since they pay points for place-differential, but more importantly it will give the freshman driver more confidence as the series makes a run for the playoffs. Custer was one of three Stewart-Haas Racing drivers to finish among the top five along with winner Kevin Harvick and third-place Aric Almirola.
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Brad Keselowski finished fourth in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is his first top-five in five weeks.
Keselowski has not been terrible during his absence from the top five with a 10th-place finish at Homestead and a ninth and 11th at Pocono, but given his salary cap in most games, he was not a particularly good value either. Additionally, Keselowski has finished on the lead lap in 14 straight races, which is giving the team a great set of notes from which to work.
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