NASCAR Brickyard 400 results: Kevin Harvick wins, Hamlin wrecks

Kevin Harvick won the Brickyard 400, the 16th round of the NASCAR Cup Series at the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after longtime leader Denny Hamlin crashed out of the lead with seven laps to go.

Hamlin and Kevin Harvick battled hard at the start of the final stage, with Harvick holding sway. But Hamlin undercut Harvick in the final round of green flag pitstops, and rejoined well clear of him.

Harvick was chasing Hamlin down when Alex Bowman crashed heavily at Turn 1 on Lap 134 after a tire blew. The race went green with 23 laps to go, and Harvick suffered a bad restart but he caught Hamlin quickly but couldn’t find a way past.

With the race seemingly in his pocket, Hamlin pounded the wall at Turn 1 with just seven laps remaining with his right-front tire blew.

At the overtime restart, Harvick fired off at the front to beat Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski.

Harvick won Stage 2, after a great pass on Hamlin that took him right to the edge of the grass on the backstretch. Chase Elliott led from the start of the stage, while Hamlin passed Matt DiBenedetto for second. A wicked crash befell Erik Jones, who blew a right-front tire and pounded the wall hard. He was unhurt.

Elliott almost missed his pit stall in the next round of stops, so Hamlin and Harvick jumped ahead of him. William Byron was the leader at the restart but blew a left-front tire on the backstretch.

Another caution almost happened immediately, when Ryan Blaney spun into the wall at Turn 3.

Byron won Stage 1, after he kept fellow tire strategy gambler Jones in his rear-view mirror in a frantic four-lap dash to the end. The race started an hour late due to lightning in the area. Poleman Joey Logano led until the competition caution on Lap 15, but a serious accident occurred in the pits.

The rear tyre changer on Blaney’s Penske Ford, Zachary Price, was struck during a multi-car accident and was taken to the medical center with leg injuries. The pileup included the cars of Martin Truex Jr and Justin Allgaier – the reserve driver for the Covid-positive Jimmie Johnson – and caused a red flag.

The race’s second caution was for Ryan Newman’s crash after a right-front tire went down at Turn 3.

Brickyard 400 NASCAR Cup Series race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Laps Led
1 Kevin Harvick 161 3:16’05.703 68
2 Matt Kenseth 161 3:16’06.446 12
3 Aric Almirola 161 3:16’07.329  
4 Brad Keselowski 161 3:16’07.472  
5 Cole Custer 161 3:16’08.480  
6 Kyle Busch 161 3:16’09.163  
7 Michael McDowell 161 3:16’10.103  
8 Tyler Reddick 161 3:16’10.972  
9 Bubba Wallace 161 3:16’11.850  
10 Joey Logano 161 3:16’12.429 14
11 Chase Elliott 161 3:16’14.406 26
12 Christopher Bell 161 3:16’14.723  
13 Kurt Busch 161 3:16’16.377  
14 Ty Dillon 161 3:16’20.674  
15 John Hunter Nemechek 161 3:16’20.675  
16 Clint Bowyer 161 3:16’21.209  
17 Ross Chastain 161 3:16’27.716 1
18 Austin Dillon 161 3:16’54.485 5
19 Matt DiBenedetto 161 3:17’03.335  
20 Daniel Suarez 160 3:16’18.803  
21 J.J. Yeley 160 3:16’21.753  
22 B.J. McLeod 160 3:16’25.062  
23 Quin Houff 159 3:16’26.539  
24 Garrett Smithley 159 3:16’33.897 1
25 Josh Bilicki 158 3:16’28.816  
26 Joey Gase 157 3:16’45.483  
27 William Byron 156 3:16’26.332 15
28 Denny Hamlin 153 3:02’04.661 19
29 Timmy Hill 153 3:16’52.678  
30 Alex Bowman 132 2:38’13.357  
31 Chris Buescher 99 2:52’39.036  
32 Ryan Blaney 96 2:05’15.360  
33 Erik Jones 73 1:24’14.416  
34 Ryan Newman 60 1:18’14.501  
35 Brennan Poole 24 30’37.740  
36 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20 30’58.179  
37 Justin Allgaier 17 28’29.600  
38 Martin Truex Jr. 16 24’18.806  
39 Corey Lajoie 15 16’50.975  
40 Ryan Preece 14 13’20.554  

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