As the Monster Energy Cup Series prepare to run the final race of the regular season with the Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mother Nature stepped in and washed out all practices and qualifying events on Friday and Saturday with some five inches of rain from the remainder of Tropical Storm Gordon.

As a result of the ran, the starting lineup for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard has been set by car owner points; putting Kyle Busch on the pole to lead the field to green.

Due to the track conditions, NASCAR has called for two competition cautions on lap 10 and on lap 30.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the only track that includes a golf course inside the enormous infield.

The starting lineup for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard:
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Austin Dillon
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Jamie McMurray
William Byron
Chris Buescher
AJ Allmendinger
David Ragan
Michael McDowell
Regan Smith – driving for ailing Kasey Kahne
Bubba Wallace
Matt Kenseth
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Ross Chastian
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Reed Sorenson
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod

Dale Earnhardt Jr will be driving the pace car for today’s race.

During pre-race inspection on Saturday, two teams failed the inspection process multiple times; resulting in two of the those teams having to start the race from the back of the field.

Reigning Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr’s car failed inspection three times; resulting in him losing his car chief Blake Harris for the race and losing his third place starting spot.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s number 19 car driven by Daniel Suarez failed inspection four times and has been assessed a number of penalties. Along with starting from the back of the field, Suarez will lose his car chief Todd Brewer, will start at the back of the field, and has been docked 10 points.

Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 160 laps around the two and a half mile track.

Rain again cancelled the Sunday afternoon race at IMS; as a result, the Monster Energy Cup Series caps off a double header on Monday afternoon.

After the starting lineup has been set by car owner points, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag and jumps out in front of Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer.

Lap four, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Lap nine, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with Kevin Harvick a half second behind and Kurt Busch in third.

Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road before the competition caution.

NASCAR put out the yellow flag for the first of two competition caution flags.

Kevin Harvick is charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. The number eleven car driven by Denny Hamlin stays out on the track.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 and gets out in front with Kyle Busch in second.

Lap 16, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 18, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones, and Ryan Newman.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr was also charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road during his pit stop.

Lap 20, Denny Hamlin holds on to his one second lead on Kyle Busch with Clint Bowyer challenging Busch for that second spot.

Lap 21, all 40 cars are on the lead lap with Denny Hamlin leading the way nearly a second ahead of Kyle Busch. Clint Bowyer is challenging Kyle Busch for second as he continues to close in on Busch’s bumper.

Lap 26, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones.

Lap 28, Denny Hamlin holds on to his one second lead over Kyle Busch with Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five.

Clint Bowyer finally gets around Kyle Busch on lap 30.

Team mates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick came down pit road just before the caution flag came out and closed the pits.

NASCAR puts out the second of the competition caution flags at the end of lap 30.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets his second penalty of the race, this time he is caught speeding on pit road.

Taking only two tires, Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road. Coming out in fifth place, Kyle Busch is the first driver to take four tires.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 41 with Clint Bowyer along side. Kurt Busch edges out for the lead.

A faulty air gun cost Kevin Harvick on pit road and he has to restart the race in 24th place.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski Chase Elliott, and Jamie McMurray.

Lap 37, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Clint Bowyer with Brad Keselowski in third.

Brad Keselowski made contact with Ryan Blaney on pit road but the damage does not appear to cause him any trouble.

Lap 39, Kurt Busch has increased his lead ot over a second on Clint Bowyer. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are working together to move up through the field.

Lap 40, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Clint Bowyer with Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr brings out the first on track caution on lap 41 when he has significant damage to the hood of his car. Truex takes his car to the garage for repairs.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service.

Before the race started, Martin Truex Jr reported that his brakes were “squishy”. Reports are that his brakes failed and the brake rotar exploded through the hood.

Lap 45 Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with Clint Bowyer alongside. Clint Bowyer gets around Kurt Busch on turn three to take the lead of the race.

Lap 46, Clint Bowyer leads with Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The sun has made an appearance in IMS for the first time in three days.

Lap 48, Clint Bowyer has a lead of just under half a second on Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin in third.

Clint Bowyer wins his first stage of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Paul Menard
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones

Drivers are on pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch and Paul Menard are on the front row and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two.

Kurt Busch’s team has trouble getting one of the tires off the car on pit road and has a slow pit stop.

Stage two goes green on lap 56 with Kyle Busch jumping out in front with Paul Menard in second and William Byron in third.

Lap 57 the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Austin Dillon, and Paul Menard.

Bubba Wallace brings out the caution flag on lap 58 after getting out in the grass with brake failure. David Starr and BJ McLeod were also involved in the wreck. Bubba managed to keep the car off of the wall.

While scuffing his tires, Kyle Busch got on the edge of the wet grass. He is now reporting that his steering is harder.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 66 and jumps out in front for the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and William Byron in third.

Lap 67 the caution flag comes out after a big crash involving Alex Bowman and AJ Allmendinger. AJ gets into Alex and then both drivers hit the wall.

Kyle Busch gives up the lead to come down pit road to make adjustments to his car.

Kevin Harvick is the new leader and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 71. Harvick gets out in front to lead the race with Clint Bowyer in second.

Alex Bowman is back on the track but his car is smoking badly and will have to bring it back down pit road.

Lap 73 Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Clint Bowyer with Ryan Blaney in third; Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 76, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Clint Bowyer.

The caution flag comes out on lap 73 when JJ Yeley spins out with a smoking car. Yeley’s car resembles the Bandit car driven by Burt Reynolds in “Smokey and the Bandit” in tribute to the star who died last week.

William Byron was charged with having an uncontrolled tie on pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 80 with Kevin Harvick edging out for the lead with Clint Bowyer in second.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin,and Aric Almirola.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 82, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 84, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of three seconds on Clint Bowyer with Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 86, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Denny Hamlin. The teams are on a variety of pit strategies as they approach the end of stage two.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that he has picked up a vibration. Harvick will have to make a pit stop before the end of the stage for fuel.

Lap 90, Kevin Harvick now has a lead of over five seconds on Clint Bowyer with Ryan Blaney in third. Matt Kenseth has a fast car and is working his way through the field.

Lap 90, Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road giving the lead over to Clint Bowyer.

Lap 94, Clint Bowyer leads the race with Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, and Matt Kenseth round out the top five.

Bowyer is shutting the engine down on the track to save fuel in hopes of making it to the end of the stage.

Some of the drivers are short pitting and coming down pit road for service before the end of the stage.

Aric Almirola was caught speeding on pit road.

Clint Bowyer gives up his lead to come down pit road with three laps remaining in stage two. Matt Kenseth takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Kyle Busch was charged with a commitment cone violation – he came down pit road after Matt Kenseth crossed the start/finish line and pit road was closed.

Matt Kenseth wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Matt Kenseth
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road with Matt Kenseth a nose behind.

Kyle Busch has won the regular season and will receive 15 additional playoff points.

William Byron and Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 106 with Clint Bowyer taking the lead as drivers get three and our wide across the track.

None of the drivers can make it to the end of the race without making a pit stop for fuel.

Lap 107, Denny Hamlin gets past William Byron for second.

Lap 108, the top five are Clint Bowyer, Deny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kyle Larson in third.

Lap 114, lint Bowyer continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 117, Clint Bowyer holds on to a lead of nearly a second on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 42 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer has now led the most laps in the race with 28.

Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road with reports of a flat rear tire.

Chris Buescher brings his car down pit road with a smoking tire.

William Byron is reporting a possible tire issue and brings his car down pit road.

Lap 122, Clint Bowyer holds on to his lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 126, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 127, drivers are in the middle of green flag pit stops. Clint Bowyer is still in the lead with Kyle Larson in second and Ryan Blaney is third.

Lap 128, Kyle Larson gives up his second place spot for a pit stop.

Clint Bowyer brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead to Ryan Blaney.

With 31 laps to go, Kurt Busch take over the lead of the race. Ryan Blaney slid past his stall and had to be pushed back.

The jack fell on Matt Kenseth’s car during his pit stop.

Twenty nine laps to go, Kurt Busch is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and Ryan Newman in third.

Denny Hamlin is reporting an issue with his steering.

Lap 136, Kurt Busch leads the race with Brad Keselowski in second, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 137, leader Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Brad Keselowski has a lead of less than half a second on Ryan Newman with Jimmie Johnson in third.

Only 20 laps to go, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Jimmie Johnson with Denny Hamlin in third and Clint Bowyer right behind him in fourth and closing in

Eighteen laps to go, Brad Keselowski has increased his lead to four seconds on Denny Hamlin.

The caution flag comes out with 17 laps to go for debris on the track.

Several drivers stayed out on the track but others come down pit road for fresh tires.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 12 laps remaining in the race. Denny Hamlin gets out in front quickly with Clint Bowyer in second and Jamie McMurray in third.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Clint Bowyer in second; Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Austin Dillon has a flat tire and pancakes the side of his car against the wall but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt with both drivers hitting the wall.. Landon Cassill has flames coming out from under his hood.

With only three laps to go, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with Brad Keselowski on his bumper.

Two to go, Brad Keselowski closes the gap on leader Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are side by side with Brad Keselowski passing Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Brad Keselowski takes the white flag.

Brad Keselowski gives team owner Roger Penske his first win in a stock car at Indianapolis for his second win in a row. This is Penske Racing’s 499th win.

The unofficial results of the Brickyard 400:
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blaney
Matt Kenseth
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
William Byron
Regan Smith
Ty Dillon
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
Reed Sorenson
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Landon Cassill
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Timmy Hill
Matt DiBenedetto
AJ Allmendinger
Bubba Wallace
David Starr
Martin Truex Jr

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