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A few questions we had to ask ourselves

Last year it was Kasey Kahne. Who could be this year’s surprise Brickyard winner? GODSPEAK: Daniel Suarez is my pick to upend the NASCAR apple cart at Indianapolis. KEN’S CALL: Jamie McMurray showed some life at Darlington and he’s racing for his future ... but I’ll say Paul Menard. He’s done it before.

Jimmie Johnson suggests he can do well if he just makes sure he’s in the playoffs. Believe him? GODSPEAK: Yes, but that ESP voice in my head is saying Johnson will somehow fall out of the playoffs Sunday. It’s just been that kind of season for ol’ J.J. KEN’S CALL: Like golfers, racers often think they’re just one tweak away from “finding it.” In this case, I think they should focus on 2019.


CLINT BOWYER VS. RYAN NEWMAN: Newman was slowing to get to pit road and Bowyer, who just got new tires, came flying up and hit Newman, sending both into the wall. GODWIN KELLY’S TAKE: No comment from Newman. Bowyer blamed it all on lapped cars. “There are lapped cars that are 50 laps down all over the damn place,” he said. “That’s pretty frustrating.”