The brickyard is probably as famous for the kiss by Dale Jarrett on the bricks back in 1996 when he won the historic race. It is now the 21st Sprint Cup race taking place there and it will be interesting to see who it is that might kiss the bricks this time.
In 1996 it was Dale Jarrett plus his chief of crew Todd Parrott that kneeled down and kissed the bricks which were the start and finish line of the race. Jarrett won again in 199 and said that he would like to be the one who started the kissing tradition. However, when he took his second win he actually forgot and then his team chief reminded him of what they were going to do. This then started a tradition which every driver now followed including Ryan Newman who won it last year.
Jarrett admits that it is cool that everyone now does this although of course it is not a surprise like it was when he did it. However, he still likes the idea that people still do it.
There are many other great things that happen at The Brickyard though which many people associate it with. It is one of the biggest races of the season for most drivers. It was back in 1993 when NASCAR were invited to race on the track and there has been no looking back since. Although the Indy 500 is still thought by many to be king race of the track, NASCAR has certainly made a mark as well with this race.
It is hard to say who will win this weekend though. After a week’s break it could leave some drivers feeling a bit rusty but others may feel fresher. This means that it could be the ones that are raring to go and ready to make a good start that could come out victorious.