Paul Menard wrapped up one of the most-unusual trends by winning last Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: three of the sport’s Big Four events were won by first-time winners.
Trevor Bayne won the season-opening Daytona 500 and Regan Smith won the Southern 500. The only veteran to win one of stock car’s majors was Kevin Harvick at the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
So why are first-time winners so successful at the biggest races?
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