By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
SPEEDWAY, Ind.(FOX19)—If you want to win NASCAR's second most prestigious race, your best bet is sitting behind the wheel of a Chevrolet. In 17 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chevy has won a dozen times. The next closest competitor, Ford, has only three wins at Indy.
"Chevy puts a lot of emphasis on this race, but I'm sure all the other manufacturers do too," said Jeff Burton, who drives the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy for Richard Childress Racing.
Since Bill Elliott gave Dodge their first and only Brickyard 400 victory in 2002, only Chevrolets have been in Victory Lane at Indy. In 2003, Kevin Harvick began the "Bowtie Brigade's" stretch of eight straight wins at Indy.
Jeff Gordon has four, Jimmie Johnson has three and Tony Stewart has two victories at the track made famous by open-wheel stars like Mario Andretti, Rick Mears and Al Unser.
Burton and Mark Martin, two NASCAR veterans, used to drive Fords for Roush Racing. But now, Martin and Burton (who are two of just four drivers to have competed in every Brickyard 400) drive for Chevy.
"I think the Chevy teams are kind of in tune with this track," said Burton. "If you look at the teams of Chevy a lot of those teams perform well at flat racetracks."
Jeff Gordon won earlier this year at Pocono, a track that is similar to Indy at 2.5-miles. Ryan Newman won two weekends ago at New Hampshire, a flat one-mile track.
"They've got good racecars and great race teams," said Martin, who has finished runner-up at Indy two times. "And they've just had a great run through the years here."
"Chevy is very committed to motorsports, very committed to helping the teams be the best they can be, there's no question about that," Burton said. "And I think the teams are teams that fit really well at this kind of racetrack."