In a rare Sunday event, the Monster Energy Cup Series will qualify and race the Big Machine Brickyard 400 on the same day.

It’s the final race in the regular season for the Monster Cup drivers. By the end of the race the 16 driver playoff field will be set.

At the end of practice on Saturday, Denny Hamlin hit the wall hard with a flat tire that had the car in flames underneath. As a result, Hamlin will have to start the race in a backup car.

Xfinity Series driver Garrett Smithley is making his Monster Cup Brickyard debut in today’s race.

After single car qualifying, Kevin Harvick put his number four car on the pole with a time of 48.44 seconds – the fastest time this weekend – and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard:
Kevin Harvick
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Aric Almirola
Daniel Hemric
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Austin Dillon
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Ryan Preece
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr
Matt Tifft
William Byron
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
Parker Kligerman
Denny Hamlin
Ross Chastain
BJ McLeod
Ryan Sieg
Reed Sorenson
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
JJ Yeley

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. With a fuel load in the high 30’s, the drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start and edges out Paul Menard for the lead from the outside lane.

Kevin Harvick leads lap one with Joey Logano in second and Clint Bowyer in third.

Lap three, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of ovefr a second on Joey Logano. After starting in seventh place, Kyle Busch has fallen through the field and is in 14th place.

The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap five, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Joey Logano; Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, and Paul Menard round out the top five.

In pre race event, a fan fell into Aric Almirola’s car and damaged the rear bumper. NASCAR allowed the team to make repairs to the car.

Daniel Suarez’ smoking car brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 12 after Suarez made contact with the wall.

This week the teams were given only eight sets of tires for the race.

Several teams took only two tires with Kevin Harvick leading the way.

While on pit road, Chase Elliott got rear ended and drivers were stacked up and nearly ended up in Jimmie Johnson’s pit box.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 but gets a challenge for Brad Keselowski for the lead before finally retaking the lead. Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Kurt Busch has a smoking car after contact on the track.

Lap 17, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski with Joey Logano in third.

Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road for damage repair and fresh tires.

Lap 18, Kyle Busch has made it back into the top 10.

Lap 19, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead by over a second on Brad Keselowski with 38 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski.

Video shows that Kurt Busch’s car damage was the result of contact with a tire on pit road. Video shows that several teams were damaged in various pit road incidents. The pit road at Indianapolis is very long and narrow.

Lap 23, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over two seconds on Brad Keselowski with Joey Logano in third over four seconds back.

Lap 28, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over four seconds on Brad Keselowski with Joey Logano in third over five seconds back.

Lap 30, there are 34 cars on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick out in front by over four seconds.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick holds on to his four second lead on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano is in third over five and a half seconds back.

Lap 39, Kevin Harvick is running away with the race, he has a lead of over six seconds on Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano is over seven seconds back in third place.

There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 41, Kevin Harvick now has a six and a half second lead on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Larson in third seven seconds back.

Landon Casssill brings out the caution flag on lap 42 when he slams the wall so hard the roof is damaged. Cassill slowly gets out of the car and walks to the ambulance for the ride to the infield care center. When involved in a crash where they cannot continue, drivers are required to visit the infield care center to get checked out. Dale Earnhardt Jr calls it the most violent hit he has seen in a long time.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Despite a huge lead, Kevin Harvick reported a tight condition.

Taking only two tires, Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track Joey Logano and Ryan Newman bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 46. Going three wide across the track, Joey Logano gets out in front for the lead as Jimmie Johnson drops in the field. With only four laps remaining in stage one, the drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Lap 47, Kyle Larson challenges Joey Logano for the lead with Logano holding on to the top spot. Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski battle for sixth place. Johnson is 18 points out of making the playoffs.

Erik Jones and Brad Keselowski crash bringing out the caution flag with two laps remaining in stage one. Brad Keselowski slams the tire barrier hard sending the car nearly sideways. Jones and Keselowski both exited their cars unassisted and walked to the ambulance.

Joey Logano wins stage one under caution.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher

Landon Cassill is out of the infield care center and says that he is fine. He reports that he thinks the right front tire went down.

Out of the care center, Erik Jones reports that he just got loose; adding that it was his fault.

NASCAR has red flagged the race to get the tire barrier repaired and back in place.

Brad Keselowski is out of the care center, he is fine.

After a red flag delay of around 15 minutes, the cars are moving again as they start stage two under yellow flag conditions. Several drivers come down pit road for service.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 57 with Kevin Harvick jumping out in front for the lead. Harvick gets a challenge from Kyle Larson as they go side by side, but Harvick holds on to the top spot.

Lap 58, Kevin Harvick is back out in front for the lead with Ryan Blaney in second and Kyle Larson in third; Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick leads the race with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 63, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Larson a second back in third.

Lap 69, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second over a second back; Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

In stage one Kevin Harvick was able to run away with the lead, but this time around, so far he has a lead of less than half a second on Ryan Blaney.

Halfway – lap 80 – teams begin making green flag pit stops with Kevin Harvick leading the race by half a second over Kyle Larson with Ryan Blaney in third; the Busch brothers round out the top five with big brother Kurt in front. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 82, Kyle Larson has caught up to leader Kevin Harvick and is challenging for the lead.

Kevin Harvick is reporting a very tight condition.

Lap 85, leader Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road and gives the lead to Kyle Larson.

Lap 86, Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road,, William Byron is the new leader.

Lap 88, Kyle Busch’s car is smoking heavily as he leaves pit road after his pit stop with a possible blown engine. The regular season champion, Busch exits his car as flames come out the right side wheel well.

The caution flag comes out on lap 89 with Jimmie Johnson in the lead.

The drivers who have not made their pit stops come down pit road; along with a number of others. Taking only two tires, Alex Bowman wins the race off of pit road.

Alex Bowman was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Back out in front, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with just five laps remaining in stage two. Harvick and Kyle Larson go side by side with Kevin Harvick getting out in front for the lead.

Drivers are gettng three wide across the track.

The caution flag comes out on lap 96 for debris on the track.

Stage two also ends under caution giving Kevin Harvick the win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Aric Almirola

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 105 for a wild start that brings out the caution flag when Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch make contact in a three wide battle, destroying Johnson’s car. For the first time in his career seven time champion Jimmie Johnson will not be a aprt of the playoffs.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road with a tire issue after some contact on the track.

Kevin Harvick again brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 110 from the inside lane and goes nose to nose with Ryan Blaney with Ryan Blaney getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 114, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick with Joey Logano in third; Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 117, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano is in third over three seconds back.

Lap 121, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with a lead of over a second and a half on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano is in third over four seconds back. Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 125, Ryan Blaney has a second and a half lead on Kevin Harvick; Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 127, Daniel Suarez brings his car down pit road after falling through the field.

Kevin Harvick also comes down pit road as green flag pit stops begin.

Lap 128, Kyle Larson gets loose and slams into the wall and brings out the caution flag.

Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

Once again the leader, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart, this time from the outside lane, with 27 laps remaining in the race. Harvick gets out in front as drivers battle for position behind him and bringing out the caution flag when Alex Bowman gets into the wall and narrowly avoiding his fellow drivers after getting squeezed by Denny Hamlin.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart one more time with just 21 laps remaining in the race. Harvick jumps out in front as drivers battle for position.

Twenty to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Bubba Wallace in third over three seconds back; Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Seventeen to go, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Joey Logano to over two seconds; Bubba Wallace is four seconds back in third.

The caution flag comes out on lap 147 after Matt Tifft slams into the wall.

With only nine laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart and goes side by side with Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick finally gets out in front for the lead; Bubba Wallace is in third trying to make it a three way battle for the lead.

Six to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano with Bubba Wallace in third three seconds back.

Four to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano. It has been 16 years since Kevin Harvick has won a race at the Brickyard.

Three to go, Joey Logano is now nearly four seconds behind leader Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

Kevin Harvick wins the Brickyard 400 for career race win number 48.

The unofficial results of the Brickyard 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Chase Elliott
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
David Ragan
Alex Bowman
Ross Chastain
Reed Sorenson
Ryan Sieg
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley
Martin Truex Jr
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
Kurt Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt Tifft
Kyle Larson
Daniel Hemric
Jimmie Johnson
Parker Kligerman
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Landon Cassill

The unofficial list of playoff drivers to compete for the championship are:
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano”
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Newman

Next week the playoffs begin in Las Vegas.

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