Jimmie Johnson has won the Brickyard 400 a total of four times, a record he shares with fellow Sprint Cup racer Jeff Gordon. In 14 days, Johnson is once again the favorite at the race, and, if all goes as planned, he will be the sole title holder for the most wins at the racetrack.
The race is scheduled for July 28, and Johnson is the only racer with four wins at the course. In fact, the only other active driver to win the Brickyard 400 twice is Tony Stewart.
Speaking about his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Gordon said Johnson is the driver to beat both at Indy and for the season championship. According to Gordon:
“Right now, I think it’s (his) to lose. They’ve been so strong and because they’ve won five championships, you don’t expect them to go away anytime soon.”
Jimmie Johnson appears to only be getting better at the moment. On Sunday, Johnson started in the 43rd position but pulled ahead for an impressive sixth place finish.
Brian Vickers claimed the victory on Sunday, his first in 75 starts. The win is a triumphant return for Vickers who missed most of the 2010 season because of a blood clot. Vickers has been sharing the No. 55 car with Michael Waltrip and Mark Martin of Michael Waltrip Racing.
The race was pretty much handed over to Vickers after Stewart ran out of fuel during the two-lap shootout. Stewart fell to 13th in the standings. Danica Patrick was also have a decent race until she ran into the back of Travis Kvapil and ultimately finished in 37th place.
Interesting fact, Danica Patrick crashed into Travis Kvapil after he ran into the car of Patrick’s boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The Brickyard 400 looks to be a top-notch race that will likely crown Jimmie Johnson its winner while fueling his race towards yet another Sprint Cup crown.
The Brickyard 400 will also be the first for Danica Patrick.
Do you think Jimmie Johnson will win the Brickyard 400 on July 28?