INDIANAPOLIS – Chevrolet has always been the team to beat at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The manufacturer has won a record 16 of the 22 Brickyard 400’s, including 12 of the last 13 years.
But, Chevy has struggled so far in 2016. After 19 races, the wins just aren’t coming. They haven’t reached victory lane as much as they used to. In fact, entering this weekend, Chevy has only won two of the last 15 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the year.
With all this being said, something has to give.
Will they be dominant on Sunday, or will they struggle like they have for most of the season?
After practice on Friday, they seemed like they may finally be back to their dominant ways again.
In the first practice, Chevy had four drivers in the top five on the speed charts and seven in the top 10. Then, in final practice later on in the day at the 2.5-mile track, they had three cars in the top four on the speed charts, five in the top seven and seven more in the top 10.
This has to give them high hopes for both qualifying on Saturday, as well as the race on Sunday, as they showed the amount of speed its going to take to qualify up front tomorrow.
With Indy being a track position track, it gives them a good shot at winning again on Sunday afternoon, as they have the cars to do so right now.
Hendrick Motorsports has won nine times here, and they look like the team to beat as all four of their cars were in the top 11 in the opening practice.
Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick look strong too as they will give HMS and the others a run the rest of the weekend.
Overall, today was encouraging for the Chevy camp.