Indianapolis NASCAR: Kyle Busch dominates Brickyard 400 again

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis to become the first driver to earn pole and win both the Xfinity and Cup races in a weekend

In what was a relatively clean race until the closing stages, Busch set an event record by leading 141 of what became a 170-lap race once multiple attempts at overtime finishes were completed.

Joe Gibbs Racing's strong form was emphasised as Busch's team-mates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin finished second and fourth, sandwiching Jimmie Johnson.

Four cautions in the closing laps of the race gave polesitter and 2015 winner Busch a lot to think about, and at one point a seven-car wreck after a clumsy restart from Carl Edwards triggered a red flag.

Drivers then needed three attempts to make it to the overtime line as incidents continued, raising concerns about fuel economy.

But spotters stressed the importance of conservation under yellow and the frontrunners all had just enough in the tank, with Busch showing his mastery of restarts every time to put the result beyond doubt.

Hendrick Motorsports returned to the top 10 after a three-race drought with Johnson's third place, earned by capitalising on the messy restarts, also giving the team its 1000th top-five finish in NASCAR.

The team's returning hero Jeff Gordon finished 13th in the unwell Dale Earnhardt Jr's car and then after the chequered flag joined fellow retiring legend Tony Stewart for one last lap of Indianapolis in a stock car.


Pos Driver Team Car Laps
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 170
2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 170
3 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 170
5 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 170
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 170
7 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 170
8 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 170
9 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 170
10 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 170
11 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 170
12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 170
13 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
14 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 170
15 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
16 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 170
17 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 170
18 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 170
19 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 170
20 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 169
21 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 169
22 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 169
23 Michael McDowell Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 168
24 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 168
25 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 168
26 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 168
27 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 168
28 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 167
29 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 167
30 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 167
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 166
32 Ryan Ellis BK Racing Toyota 166
33 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 165
34 Patrick Carpentier Go FAS Racing Ford 164
35 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 154
36 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 152
37 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 117
38 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 71
39 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 53
40 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 4


On wins: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart

On points: Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson

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