The Backstretch Blog's Race Day: There's Something About Indy

The racing really isn't that great, but somehow that doesn't seam to matter. There is something about racing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway that make's this weekend's trophy one of the most coveted in NASCAR.

"It's the Brickyard. It's the history of motorsports in America," said Ryan Newman. "It's that yard of bricks. It's a special place when you think about everyone who's been there associated with F1, IndyCars, motorcycles and NASCAR."

And it is a beautiful and historic race track. The names that have raced here, are a virtual who's who of motorsports. Today's NASCAR drivers would like nothing more than to etch their names next to those giants in the history books.

“The history and tradition behind it is very special," said Clint Bowyer. "It’s a huge opportunity, and a privilege, to be able to race on it. I understand the significance of Indianapolis."

But lets all be honest for a second here, put aside all the pomp and circumstance. The racing is usually not that good at the Ole Brickyard.

"“Qualifying is always important, and especially when you come to Indy because it is tough to pass," said Kyle Larson.

Which means Kyle Busch should be in the catbird seat. He's won the last two Indy NASCAR races and he starts today's race on the pole. So he knows a thing or two about getting it done at this race track.

"We’ve certainly picked up on something the last couple of years that has made us really good there and we’ve been fast over the years, but it’s just the last two years have been really good for us," said Busch. "I certainly hope we can take the same powerful equipment and car and everything and have a good shot at being able to win that race. We would certainly like to get it three in a row."

Along with Busch, there are five former Brickyard 400 winners in the field. Jimmie Johnson has the most wins among active drivers with four, he will start fourth. Former winners Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray and last week's winner Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

The green flag is set to drop at 2:44 pm and you can watch the race on News 5 WCYB.

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