Keselowski wins postponed Indianapolis NASCAR Cup race, Jones P2

Brad Keselowski took a second NASCAR Cup win in two races with victory at Indianapolis after passing Denny Hamlin on the penultimate lap

Keselowski wins postponed Indianapolis NASCAR Cup race, Jones P2

The Penske driver, who also won last time out at Darlington, made his final stop on lap 143 of 160, just before a caution came out due to debris lying near the start/finish line.

Keselowski had made his way up to third position before the race was suspended again following a collision between Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt, and was able to get past Clint Bowyer at the subsequent restart after the Stewart-Haas Racing driver appeared to struggle with wheelspin.

Keselowski and leader Hamlin battled on the penultimate tour, making contact on numerous occasions before Keselowski took first place, holding on over the final lap to win the Brickyard 400.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Erik Jones also passed Hamlin entering the final lap to take second place, with the latter ending up third.

Going into what was the final race of the regular season, all but two playoff places were filled.

Hendrick team-mates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman provisionally held spots but were not certain of progressing ahead of the race, which had been postponed following a cancelled qualifying session due to persistent rain.

But Johnson all but sealed his playoff place when Bowman was caught up in a crash with AJ Allmendinger on lap 67.

However, Bowman still secured the final playoff place as no driver outside of the top 16 in the standings scored a victory that would have meant they jumped ahead of him.

Kevin Harvick finished the race in fourth after a slow final pitstop. Kyle Busch ended the race in eighth, while Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr crashed out on lap 41 due to a left front brake issue.

Bowyer had run at the front of the field for the majority of the race, winning stage one from Kurt Busch, but his mistake at the final restart bumped him down to fifth position.

Bush came home sixth, while stage two winner Matt Kenseth finished down in 12th after running into issues at his final pitstop.

Results - 160 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3h06m35.s
2 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.904s
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1.703s
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1.955s
5 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2.413s
6 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2.797s
7 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 3.858s
8 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4.631s
9 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 4.632s
10 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4.641s
11 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 4.798s
12 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 4.911s
13 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5.423s
14 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5.876s
15 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6.264s
16 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6.708s
17 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 7.762s
18 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7.978s
19 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8.964s
20 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 9.015s
21 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 9.020s
22 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 9.135s
23 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1 Lap
24 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 1 Lap
25 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
26 Ross Chastain Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
27 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
28 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
29 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 3 Laps
30 B.J. McLeod Rick Ware Racing Ford 3 Laps
31 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet Accident
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Accident
33 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 18 Laps
34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Engine
35 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota Fuel pump
36 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford Rear end
37 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Accident
38 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
39 David Starr Rick Ware Racing Ford Accident
40 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Brakes

Playoff field

Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick 2050
2 Kyle Busch 2050
3 Martin Truex Jr. 2035
4 Brad Keselowski 2019
5 Clint Bowyer 2015
6 Joey Logano 2014
7 Kurt Busch 2014
8 Chase Elliott 2008
9 Ryan Blaney 2007
10 Kyle Larson 2005
11 Erik Jones 2005
12 Austin Dillon 2005
13 Denny Hamlin 2003
14 Aric Almirola 2001
15 Jimmie Johnson 2000
16 Alex Bowman 2000


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