The Backstretch Blog: Kiss Me
Kiss Me (July 27, 2012)
"A win at Indianapolis would be huge. All you have to do is go back and watch the victory lane celebrations of the guys who have won there and it's obvious how important this win is to everyone," said Carl Edwards. "These last seven races are as important as any seven races we've ever run so we're giving it our best and hopefully we'll kiss those bricks."
And Edwards touches on something there. This race is almost like a second Daytona. After the off week, this race kinda symbolizes a new beginning as drivers make a final push to make the Chase for the Championship. And like Daytona, that new beginning happens at a track chalked full of history.
"I really feel like Indy is the second biggest race of the year and everyone wants to have the chance to be able to win that race, win the trophy, and kiss the bricks there," says points leader Matt Kenseth. "Indy is one of the most unique tracks that we visit on the circuit. With our time on track there being so limited without any testing and just a few practices, you really just unload and try to get up to speed on things as soon as you can to tune in your car."
When it comes to Indianapolis, you definitely want to keep an eye on Hendrick Motorsports. Jeff Gordon has four wins at the historic Brickyard, Jimmie Johnson has three.
"You drive through the tunnel at Indy and come in and look around the history just starts talking to you," said Johnson. "I'm so happy to have had three very special moments there myself. I hope to have a fourth and join some elite company that have won four times there."
Other past winners in the field include Tony Stewart (who has three wins), Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray and last year's unlikely winner Paul Menard. Juan Pablo Montonya also has a win at Indy, but it was in the big race, the Indianapolis 500.