Our specialists weigh in on 4 of the biggest questions in NASCAR:flip 1: There are a number of drivers in IndyCar who tried NASCAR. who is the NASCAR driver who should still go away and race IndyCar?
Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: the driver i'd enjoy looking at and who fully would entertain us is Kyle Busch. He has established the ability to drive anything, any place, with plenty success. The difficulty is he's within the leading of his career, and the next five years should be his gold standard. there isn't any logical reason behind him to deviate from NASCAR. seeing that it might be cool to see Casey Mears supply it a run. it would be so convenient to drag for a further Mears in Indy automobile racing.
Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: I want Kyle Larson to run Indy. I don't necessarily want him to leave NASCAR altogether, however man, I in reality need to see him in the 500. And guess what? So does he.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Jared C. Tilton/Getty images
Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a superb racer, and his dash Cup career hasn't long past the style he has desired after two Xfinity titles. His roots are open-wheel vehicles, and he could thrive in an IndyCar. His lady friend, Danica Patrick, might offer a little bit of guidance. Plus IndyCar might use a bit little bit of Mississippi in it.
John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: i would not recommend any of them do do it as a funds-making profession flow. however within the spirit of the question, the man i would want to see is Jimmie Johnson. He has all the hallmarks of a superb IndyCar driver - physically healthy, calm temperament, engineering minded, able to go wheel-to-wheel when he must. reminds me a lot of the guy he calls his racing role model - Rick Mears.flip 2: So what did you believe of the All-celebrity Race?
Craven: The finish of the All-megastar race turned into wonderful but turned into overshadowed by using the confusion and the abstract method. Two of probably the most gifted to ever strap right into a inventory motor vehicle (Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch) have been forced to live on the music with ancient tires, and we very nearly bought nothing in terms of leisure. So it's back to the drafting board, no longer a complete redo however a simplification of the structure.
McGee: i will certainly not fault them for making an attempt anything new. They needed to because honestly, I can't even begin to tell you what took place or who won that race over the final seven years. or not it's been that forgettable. What they tried Saturday nighttime was perplexing. although it had labored it became still means too gearhead insider method-based for any informal fan to work out. however by way of gawd, i could actually on no account overlook it!
Pockrass: The racing was strong, however the confusion over Matt Kenseth not pitting become irritating, closely compounded through the truth he put other drivers a lap down within the process. but why changed into there confusion? as a result of nowhere might any person discover an inventory of written suggestions and tactics. That being referred to, the racing changed into enhanced (thanks to the aero kit) and that offers the event a good deal greater promise than it has had in fresh years.
Oreovicz: It had some relatively unique moments of good racing and an enchanting finish. probably the most critical component is it gave NASCAR the chance to examine some proposed car adjustments in race circumstances without implication to the championship. trying out a component or a concept on its own yields loads of beneficial hypothetical facts, however nothing compares to tips generated when guys are basically going for it in a race.turn 3: if you had just one NASCAR corridor of reputation vote, who wouldn't it have long gone to?
Craven: Benny Parson. it be time! Benny has contributed so plenty. now not handiest a champion driver but a champion personality. Benny promoted our game during his lifetime and informed us whereas pleasing us. a huge spokesperson and ambassador for NASCAR, he is irreplaceable in terms of his capability to join with race lovers. Benny Parsons is the definition of corridor of Famer.
McGee: Raymond Parks. The standard fact of the depend is there could be no NASCAR, by no means as it grew to become below the management of bill France Sr had it not been for Parks. I've lengthy agreed with Richard Petty that the precise hall membership turned into severely lacking in representatives of its earliest years. Now that Parks is in his driver, pink Byron, must be in, too.
Pockrass: Mark Martin. With 40 sprint Cup wins, it is essentially the most of any retired driver. and not simply by using a little. by using 15 races over Jim Paschal (no longer even nominated), and 17 more than Ricky Rudd.
Oreovicz: Rick Hendrick. He revolutionized the function of NASCAR group owner, displaying how to take advantage of an engineering-driven, multi-car firm. he isn't afraid to seek talent in non-average areas (see Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson). in short, backyard of big name drivers and collection administration, he is the face of modern NASCAR.Ryan Hunter Reay. AP photograph/Michael ConroyTurn 4: who's your decide upon within the Indy 500, and why? Now, who's your prefer in the Coca-Cola 600?
Craven: i am pulling for Marco Andretti, since the household deserves multiple Borg Warner trophy. they're synonymous with Indy. For the Coca-Cola 600, the 88 car ran neatly remaining week, so i am pulling for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He demonstrated currently how he loves this race and desperately wants to win it earlier than his career is over. here's one of the most prestigious movements on the time table; one drivers at all times placed on their hope record. i can relate!
McGee: provide me Ryan Hunter Reay and Matt Kenseth. neglect stats or observe concerns. here's pure hunch.
Pockrass: Ryan Hunter-Reay will win the Indy 500. He has been quick during the month, has a superb starting spot and is simply two years faraway from his first Indy 500 win. so far as the Coca-Cola 600, it must be Martin Truex Jr.'s time, appropriate, in spite of everything of his close-misses on intermediate tracks?
Oreovicz: here is essentially the most complicated Indy 500 to pick in years, as a result of many of the guys we predict to run up front qualified within the midfield. For that rationale, i go to take Scott Dixon. he's often at his ideal when people least are expecting it. The Ganassi group failed to get outright qualifying velocity out of the vehicle, nonetheless it has been brief in race trim. it would be extraordinary for the series if the game's most accomplished big name may earn the attention of winning the 100th Indy 500. For the Coke 600, i'll select Chase Elliott to score his first Cup collection win.