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The Drivers Who Dominate at the Indianapolis Road Course

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Road course races tend to be very chaotic, and the Indianapolis Road Course is no different. However, in the two races held at the track, some drivers have run well, and some names not normally seen up from have run up front. Who have been the five best drivers at the Indianapolis Road Course over the first two races?

5. Chase Elliott

By the Numbers: 1 Top-5; 1 Top-10; Best finish: 4th; 14 Laps Led; 5.5 Avg. Start; 10.0 Avg. Finish

Breakdown: Chase Elliott may not have gotten the end of race result last year when he finished 16th, but he has always been towards the front at the Indy Road Course. He has scored stage points in all four stages run at the Indy Road Course, and he was running in second before crashing last season. He is always up front there, and that means he is a threat to blow up the Playoff grid this weekend.

4. Bubba Wallace

By the Numbers: 9.0 Avg. Finish; 1 Top-5; 1 Top-10

Breakdown: This came as a surprise to me, but Bubba Wallace has actually been solid at the Indianapolis Road Course in both of his races there. He had a top-5 there last year, and he avoided the carnage to finish a respectable 13th in 2021. If he stays out of trouble, he may be in line for a surprisingly good run.

3. Austin Cindric

By the Numbers: 1 Top-5; 2 Top-10s; 7.5 Avg. Start; 5.5 Avg. Finish

Breakdown: Austin Cindric is a solid road course racer, and he has started and stayed up front in both of the races held at the Indy Road Course. He finished in second last season at the track after recording a top-10 in a part-time ride for Roger Penske in 2021. Being the track that is owned by Penske, this race is a big one for Cindric and team Penske.

2. Tyler Reddick

By the Numbers: 1 Win; 1 Top-5; 1 Top-10; 11.0 Avg. Finish; 6.0 Avg. Start; 44 Laps Led

Breakdown: Tyler Reddick is the defending race winner at Indianapolis, and that came after a dominating performance last season. He led 38 laps last season, and he also led six laps in the first race at the track in 2021 before fading to finish 21st. He also won both stages in the inaugural race.

1. A.J. Allmendinger

By the Numbers: 1 Win; 1 Top-5; 2 Top-10s; 4.0 Avg. Finish; 5 Laps Led

Breakdown: The winner of the inaugural race on the Indianapolis Road Course, A.J. Allmendinger is always a threat on road courses. He and Austin Cindric are the only two drivers to record top-10 finishes in both races at the track. It’s very hard to pick a favorite for this weekend, but Allmendinger may be the best pick.

This is a race that is all but impossible to predict, but there are plenty of drivers that tend to race well at the Indianapolis Road Course. Will one of these drivers continue running good races at this road course?

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