What to watch for Jeff Gordon is simply amazing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Brickyard is home to Tony Stewart. His win here in 2005 was arguably the biggest, and definitely the most emotional, of his Cup career. It will be hard to pick against a return trip to Victory Lane and another celebratory kissing of the bricks for Stewart in 2007. Since his first start in 1999, he has completed 100 percent of the possible laps, leading 150. Until he's able to drink milk after a win in the Indy 500, Stewart will gladly take another few Cup victories at the Brickyard.
Last year's winner, Jimmie Johnson, ended a run of bad luck at Indy with his first top-10 finish since taking ninth in 2002. Although he's been fast, Johnson crashed in 2005, had engine failure in '04 and ran 18th in '03, before he finally found Brickyard success in 2006.
Matt Kenseth was runner-up to Johnson last season and has four top-5 finishes in his last five races at the Brickyard for a five-year average finish of 5.6. It's only a matter of time before Kenseth wins this thing.
Kevin Harvick kissed the bricks in 2003 and has recorded six consecutive lead-lap finishes, including a third in '06 and a fifth in '02.
With two top-5 finishes in only three career starts, Kasey Kahne could be an up-and-coming contender in 2007. The Evernham aero program is one of the best, and Kahne usually makes noise at tracks like this one.
Keep an eye on... Clint Bowyer -- Bowyer made a solid maiden voyage around the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis last season, finishing fourth. With teammates Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton running top 15 as well, it's obvious RCR has something figured out here.
Kyle Busch -- In his two trips to the Brickyard, Busch has finishes of seventh and 10th. Jimmie Johnson's and Jeff Gordon's notes should help as well.
Jeff Gordon -- He has more wins at Indy (four) than any other stock car driver, and that should say something. The DuPont team's setup has been off since its '04 win, so we're cautiously optimistic regarding his chances.
Elliott Sadler -- He hasn't had much luck at Indy, but he's finally in a car that can run to the front. The 19 finished fourth in 2005 with Jeremy Mayfield behind the wheel and, as mentioned before, the Evernham aero package works well at tracks like Indy.