NASCAR Brickyard 400: Harvick wins, Penske mechanic injured after pit road crash

Kevin Harvick won the Brickyard 400 after a spectacular crash for Denny Hamlin in the closing stages of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis

NASCAR Brickyard 400: Harvick wins, Penske mechanic injured after pit road crash

The race was red flagged early on after a multi-car pile up in the pitlane, which left one of Ryan Blaney's Team Penske pit crew injured.

Blaney's rear tire changer, Zach Price, was identified by the team as the injured member and was transported by ambulance to the infield care center. He was awake and alert at the time and gave a "thumbs up" signal.

Blaney was able to continue and kept up the strong pace through the first half of the race but hit the wall in the closing stages of the second stage.

Caught up in the incident was Justin Allgaier, who stood in for Jimmie Johnson in the Hendrick Motorsport #48 after Johnson tested positive for COVID-19.

Allgaier started from the back of the grid and was making progress before the accident.

Harvick and Hamlin had been running together throughout the race, but Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota had the advantage over the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford after the final round of pit stops.

The pair had been called into the pits on the same lap, but a communication issue for Harvick meant he didn't receive the message and entered pit road a lap later, emerging behind Hamlin.

After a late race caution due to a crash for Alex Bowman, Harvick was almost caught out by third-placed Matt Kenseth, but managed to stay ahead of the Ganassi driver and brought the fight back to Hamlin.

Hamlin maintained his position for a number of laps and was pulling away from Harvick when a puncture sent him int the wall with seven laps remaining.

Clearing the incident sent the already delayed race into overtime, but three clean laps for Harvick allowed him to take the victory for the second year in a row ahead of Kenseth and SHR team-mate Aric Almirola.

Chase Elliott spent most of the race in the battle with Hamlin and Harvick, finishing runner up behind Harvick at the end of stage two.

But the Hendrick Motorsports crew mistimed his final pit stop, dropping him out of contention and he finished 11th.

Kurt Busch had also been running at the front of the field in the early stages of the race, but the #1 Ganassi Chevrolet fell off its jack during the chaotic opening pit stop and he lost valuable time.

It looked as if the 2004 Cup Series champion may have recovered in the closing stages of the race, but he fell back out of the top 10 after the penultimate caution.

Brad Keeslowski, the 2018 Brickyard 400 winner, upheld Penske honour with fourth ahead of Cole Custer - making it three SHR Fords in the top five with his best-ever Cup Series finish - and defending champion Kyle Busch's JGR Toyota.

The top 10 was completed by Michael McDowell, Tyler Reddick, Darrell Wallace Jr and Joey Logano.

Brickyard 400 Results - 161 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 3h16m05.703s
2 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing 0.743s
3 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing 1.626s
4 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 1.769s
5 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing 2.777s
6 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 3.460s
7 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports 4.400s
8 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing 5.269s
9 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports 6.147s
10 Joey Logano Team Penske 6.726s
11 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 8.703s
12 Christopher Bell Leavine Family Racing 9.020s
13 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing 10.674s
14 Ty Dillon Germain Racing 14.971s
15 John Hunter Nemechek Front Row Motorsports 14.972s
16 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing 15.506s
17 Ross Chastain Spire Motorsports 22.013s
18 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing 48.782s
19 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing 57.632s
20 Daniel Suarez Gaunt Brothers Racing 1 Lap
21 J.J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing 1 Lap
22 B.J. McLeod BJ McLeod Motorsports 1 Lap
23 Quin Houff StarCom Racing 2 Laps
24 Garrett Smithley Rick Ware Racing 2 Laps
25 Josh Bilicki Tommy Baldwin Racing 3 Laps
26 Joey Gase Petty Ware Racing 4 Laps
27 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports 5 Laps
28 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Accident
29 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports 8 Laps
30 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Accident
31 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Accident
32 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Accident damage
33 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Accident
34 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Accident
35 Brennan Poole Premium Motorsports Accident damage
36 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Accident damage
37 Justin Allgaier Hendrick Motorsports Accident
38 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Accident
39 Corey LaJoie Go FAS Racing Accident
40 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Accident


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