This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

INDYCAR_logoThe IndyCar Series goes to Mid-Ohio next weekend with a tough championship still unfolding in 2019.

There are five events left in the season including Mid-Ohio. And there’s less than 100 points separating the top four drivers in the battle. Points leader Josef Newgarden won last night in Iowa but second was the 2018 champion Scott Dixon, a long-time Friend of the Freaks.

Dixon’s fourth in the standings but I’d be afraid to say he’s not in the chase with five events left. In fact, Alexander Rossi, the number two driver in the list, will be hard to ignore along with Simon Pagenaud who’s third in points.

The Wild Card in this game, though, is the double points available in the last race at Laguna Seca.

Newgarden, Pagenaud and Dixon all have titles in their chip stack. So they know how to cash in down the stretch. Rossi still must prove he can get it done and not leave any money on the table.

Remember Rounders? Check! Check! Check! Check! Check! No one’s eating Oreos in this game! Let’s play some cards…