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The Action Network: Best prop picks for Indianapolis

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This is it. Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard is the final opportunity for drivers to qualify for the postseason before NASCAR’s playoffs get underway next week in Las Vegas.

Fourteen of 16 playoff spots are already locked up, with Clint Bowyer currently holding the 15th position, followed by Daniel Suarez and Ryan Newman, who are tied for the final spot with 617 points.

Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is currently on the outside looking in, sitting 18 points below the cutoff line.

To make this week’s NASCAR Props Challenge picks, I’ll rely heavily on betting odds to project expected driver performance.

1. Which playoff bubble driver will finish higher? Daniel Suarez or Ryan Newman?

Suarez is currently a -140 favorite against Newman in driver matchups at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Let’s let Vegas do the work here for us.

Pick: Suarez

2. Will a driver with a previous Brickyard victory win on Sunday? Yes or No?

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are past winners who are also among the favorites this week. Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard have also won this race, but they are listed among the longshots.

This is really close for me, but I’m going to take the field.

Pick: No

3. Which Team Penske driver has the better finish? Brad Keselowski or Joey Logano?

Once again, Vegas did the heavy lifting here, making Keselowski a -125 favorite over Logano in early-week driver matchups.

Pick: Keselowski

4. Three of the last six Indy winners have come from the first two rows. Will Sunday’s winner start in the top four? Yes or No?

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