NASCAR Finish Line, a free-to-play gaming app from Penn National Gaming, is back with the resumption of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Each week, there will be six groups of five drivers for the upcoming race. Users will predict which driver will finish first among each of the six groups and then the overall race winner and second-place finisher for a chance to win $25,000 if all eight scenarios are correctly selected.
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The second of six groups for this weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, IMS Radio Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) consists of Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. Only Keselowski has a victory at the 2.5-mile track.
For a stats look at each driver, NASCAR.com has compiled the career average finish at Indianapolis, the average finish from the last two races at Indianapolis, the percentage of top 10s at Pocono Raceway and the 2020 average finish for non-superspeedway tracks of at least two miles (Auto Club Speedway and both Pocono races). All this has been done to see who is the best play to make in Group 2.
A point system has been assigned, starting with one point for the best finisher and counting up to five points for the worst finisher. Those numbers were then added up. The lowest total signifies the strongest driver (green), and the highest total represents the weakest driver (red).
|Driver||Last 2 avg. finishes at Indianapolis||Avg. finish at Indianapolis||Percentage of top 10s at Indianapolis||2020 avg. finish at least 2-mile tracks
|Ryan Blaney||9.0 (2)||17.8 (3)||20 percent (1 in 5 starts) (3.5)||17.7 (5)||13.5|
|Alex Bowman||27.0 (4)||34.2 (5)||0 percent (0 in 4 starts) (5)||12.3 (3)||17|
|Clint Bowyer||5.0 (1)||13.5 (1)||36 percent (5 in 14 starts) (2)||12.7 (4)||8|
|Brad Keselowski||19.5 (3)||13.8 (2)||50 percent (5 in 10 starts) (1)||8.3 (1)||7|
|Martin Truex Jr.||33.5 (5)||21.3 (4)||20 percent (3 in 15 starts) (3.5)||10.0 (2)||14.5|
This is a tight battle between Kesselowski and Bowyer for the Group 2 selection. If you are going strictly off of Indianapolis numbers, Bowyer is a better option thanks to his back-to-back top fives at the Brickyard (and comes with the added bonus of he is likely to be a less popular selection than some other drivers in the group). If you go by 2020 stats with Indianapolis stats also factored in, then Keselowski — the 2018 Brickyard winner — is the choice to make. Given how fast he has been over the past month, Blaney’s an intriguing choice to consider as well. He notched his first Indianapolis top 10 in last year’s race.
Make sure to get your picks for all the groups as well as the first- and second-place finishers in the NASCAR Finish Line App before the race at Indianapolis.