IndyCar Issues Penalty After Indy Race

In a multi racing event last weekend that brought five racing series to two different tracks in Indianapolis that saw the NASCAR ARCA and the Camping World Truck Series run races at Indianapolis Raceway Park while IndyCar, the Xfinity, and the  ASCAR Cup Series all ran races on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; there was lots of drama to be had.

Breaking a 49 race losing streak, Alexander Rossi put his Andretti Autosport car in victory lane.  But all was not sunshine and roses for the team when IndyCar issued a penalty to the team on Wednesday.

While not all of the drivers weigh the same, the rules state that all of the cars must meat a minimum weight in order to comply with the rules.

IndyCar determined during post race inspection that the team used a water bottle instead of the proper ballast to add weight to Rossi’s car and has fined Andretti Autosport $25,000.  While Rossi will keep his race win, he has been docked 20 driver points.  Rossi is currently not in the running for the championship.  In the final year of his contract, he will be moving to Arrow McLaren SP next season.  The California native spent some time driving in Formula One and is the last American to do so.

IndyCar president Jay Frye spoke on the infraction saying, “from a sporting perspective, the car met minimum requirements.  From a technical perspective, the way they achieved the weight is not allowed. To meet minimum weight, the drink bottle and its contents were used as car ballast, which is not permitted and why the team is being fined and penalized.”

Andretti Autosport responded to the penalty by saying, “we regret the mistake and appreciate IndyCar’s understanding that the number 27 was compliant during the race.”

This weekend IndyCar travels to Nashville to race on the city streets that includes crossing a bridge.

Missed Turns and Overtime Finish for Cup Series at Indy

NASCAR Cup Series

For the second year the NASCAR Cup Series come to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to run the road course with the Verizon 200.

Before the drivers even take to the track the drama begins with the pre-race inspection process where three teams failed the inspection process twice.  The Kaulig Racing number 16 driven by AJ Allmendinger, the Kaulig Racing number 31 driven by Justin Haley, and the Team Hezeberg number 26 car driven by Daniil Kvyat will all lose a crew member for the weekend and their pit stall choice; however, the drivers will get to start the race in the spot they qualified after passing inspection on the third try.

It has also been a rough weekend for William Byron’s number 24 team; on Thursday night shortly after the haulers arrived at IMS, the 24 hauler caught on fire.  Car owner Hendrick Motorsports salvaged what they could from the truck, the backup hauler was summoned from North Caroline, and NASCAR allowed HMS to house the 24 car in the garage overnight – they normally remain in the haulers until the garage opens on Friday morning.  Team mates and fellow Cup Series teams lent a hand with whatever was needed until the backup hauler arrived.

Daniil Kvyat is a former Formula One driver who is making his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the number 26 car. Front Row Motorsports has appealed the L2 penalty for illegal parts modifications on the number 34 car driven by Michael McDowell and the crew chief will remain on the pit box until the verdict from the appeal comes through.  McDowell and FMS face a 100 point deduction in driver and owner points; as well as, a four race suspension of the crew chief.  Should McDowell make the playoffs, he would also lose 10 playoff points.

Qualifying for road courses is a bit different from oval races.  The drivers are divided into two teams but instead of single car qualifying, they will go out in groups for a 15 minute session.  The top five from each group will go out for round two and a 10 minute session to set the pole.

Thirty-eight teams brought cars to the track; all 38 will start the race.

As previously announced, Kurt Busch is out of the number 45 car for the second race with concussion symptoms.  Ty Gibbs is filling in for Busch for the second race.

During qualifying, Austin Dillon was charged with making an unapproved adjustment and was not allowed to go out and make a car qualifying run.

Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Todd Gilliland, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney will all move on to the second round of qualifying from Group A.

From Group B; Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, and Michael McDowell will move on to round two of qualifying.

With a time of 1:28.35 Tyler Reddick puts his number eight car on the pole with Austin Cindric starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Verizon 200:
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Michael McDowell
Chase Elliott
Todd Gilliland
Kyle Busch
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Harrison Burton
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Chris Buescher
Justin Haley
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Ty Gibbs
Joey Hand
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Loris Hezemans
Erik Jones
Daniil Kvyat
Josh Williams
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Aric Almirola has to start the race from the back of the field after the crew made an engine change and Cody Ware has to move to the back of the field after the crew made some unapproved adjustments to the car.

Stage one of the race is only 15 laps, stage two is 20 laps, and stage three is 47 laps for a total of 82 laps around the near two and a half mile road course.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out in front as drivers gets three, four, and five wide going into turn one.  Justin Haley gets turns around but the track stays green.

Lap two, Tyler Reddick leads lap one with Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric battle for second.

Ross Chastain gets into some contact and spins out but the track stays green.

Denny Hamlin spins out and gets off the track, the track stays green.

Lap two, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over a second and a half on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Justin Haley brings his car down pit road.

Lap four, Tyler Reddick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

The helmet hose for Daniel Suarez is blowing hot air; says that its cooler when he lifts the visor.  He is currently in the top 10 in seventh place.

Denny Hamlin gets off the course after missing turn one.  He reports that the car is very loose.   After starting in 15th, Hamlin has dropped to 35th.

Lap five, Tyler Reddick has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Lap six, Brad Keselowski spins out but the track stays green.

Ross Chastain spins out after making some contact with the 15 car of Joey Hand.

Lap eight, Tyler Reddick continues to lead the race with a two second lead on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

NBC reporters announce that the track temperature is 115 degrees – hot and slick.  Drivers are reporting no grip and no lateral grip.  The track is 25 degrees hotter today than it was during practice and qualifying on Saturday.

Justin Haley is the only driver not on the lead lap.

Lap eleven, Ross Chastain brings his car down pit road for fresh tires and repairs.  He goes one lap down.

Lap eleven, Austin Cindric has closed the gap on leader Tyler Reddick to under two seconds.

Lap 13, Chris Buescher brings his car down pit road and the car catches on fire.

Short pitting, some of the drivers come down pit road including leader Tyler Reddick.  Chase Briscoe is the new leader.

With two laps remaining in stage one, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; Joey Logano, William Byron, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Briscoe
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Todd Gilliland
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Harrison Burton
Martin Truex Jr.

The rumble strip turtles are gone this year, but turn one is turning out to be just as big of an issue for the drivers.  Several of them have had major issues and spinning out going into turn one.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.  The crew is reporting that they believe it was the door foam after some contact with Bubba Wallace.

Ryan Blaney leads the race and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 19.  Drivers are five and six wide going into turn one.  Kevin Harvick gets turns around.

Lap 20, Ryan Blaney leads the race with William Byron in second; Brad Keselowski, Austin Cindric, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 21, Alex Bowman comes down pit road with a flat tire.

Lap 22, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on William Byron; Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road for damage repairs after some on track contact with Aric Almirola.  Almirola also has some damage to his car and has to come down pit road for repairs.

Lap 25, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger gets into the sand; Cole Custer and Harrison Burton are also off the track after some contact.  Allmendinger had moved up to fifth when he got loose and made a run through the sand.

Lap 28, Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on William Byron; Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Aric Almirola is out of the race; Loris Hezemans is off the track.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski gives up fifth place to come down pit road for service.

Lap 30, more drivers come down pit road for service including second place driver William Byron.

Ryan Blaney leads the race with Tyler Reddick in second; Austin Cindric, Christopher Bell, and Michael McDowell round out the top five.

Lap 33, more drivers come down pit road before it closes before the end of stage two  Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Tyler Reddick; .

Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick come down pit road for service; Christopher Bell is the new leader.

Christopher Bell wins stage two for his first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Christopher Bell
Kyle Busch
Bubba Wallace
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Chase Briscoe
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Cody Ware

Drivers come down pit road for service but several drivers stay out on the track. 

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 40 with Bell getting out in front for the lead as the drivers get four and five wide going into turn one.

The top five are Christopher Bell, Bubba Wallace, Chase Briscoe, Denny Hamlin, and Ty Dillon.

Lap 41, Christopher Bell has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Bubba Wallace; Chase Briscoe, Denny Hamlin, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski misses turn seven and gets off the track but the track stays green.

Lap 42, Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Bubba Wallace; Chase Briscoe, Tyler Riddick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick passes Chase Briscoe for third and then passes Bubba Wallace for second.  Bubba Wallace’s crew chief reported that they are three laps short of making it on one more stop and for Bubba to save fuel.

Loris Hezemans returns to the track 17 laps down.  Daniil Kvyat is off the track.

Lap 45, Christopher Bell has a second and a half lead on Tyler Reddick; Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron round out the top five.  AJ Allmendinger reports a very loose condition in his car.

While there has been some beating and banging and a lot of incidents where drivers have gotten off of the track; there has been only two caution flags at the end of the two stages.

Lap 47, Tyler Reddick has cut Christopher Bell’s lead to just half a second; Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and Bubba Wallace round out the top five.

Daniil Kvyat is back on the track 16 laps down.

Lap 50, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick battle for the lead.  Reddick takes the lead; Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Drivers begin making their final pit stops.

Lap 51, Tyler Reddick has a one second lead on Christopher Bell.

Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell make their pit stops and gives the lead over to Ryan Blaney.

Lap 52, Ryan Blaney has a six second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Michael McDowell, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Michael McDowell makes his pit stop.

Lap 53, Brad Keselowski is stopped on the backstretch after getting loose.  He track stays green.

Leader Ryan Blaney comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to AJ Allmendinger.  Blaney takes fuel only but stalls the car on the way out of his pit box.

Lap 54, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Suarez.

Lap 55, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr com down pit road for service.

Lap 55, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Daniel Suarez, Todd Gilliland, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Loris Hezemans is off the track once again with 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 56, leader AJ Allmendinger makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Todd Gilliland.

Lap 58, Todd Gilliland has a third of a second lead on Kyle Busch.  Busch makes his pit stop.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Alex Bowman, Joey Hand, Tyler Reddick, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 59, Alex Bowman comes down pit road.

Loris Hezemans is out of the race.

Lap 60, Todd Gilliland leads the race with Joey Hand in second; Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Daniil Kvyat comes down pit road after spinning out.

Todd Gilliland makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Joey Hand.

Lap 62 Ty Dillon and Kyle Larson bring out the first caution flag of the race for an on track incident after a big crash that has totaled Dillon’s car.  Both drivers are out of their cars and walking to the safety vehicles.  Kyle Larson’s car got airborne during its spin.

Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on 63 and the drivers gets spread out across the track.  Tyler Reddick takes the lead as the drivers gets three and four wide.  Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman get into a crash.  Drivers make a run through the grass to avoid the wreck.

With 17 laps to go, Tyler Reddick leads the race with Ryan Blaney in second; AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, and William Byron round out the top five.

Chase Elliott passes AJ Allmendinger for third.

Sixteen to go, Tyler Reddick ahs a lead of over a second on Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, and William Byron round out the top five.

Fifteen to go, there are 28 cars on the lead lap with four cars out of the race and one car off the track.

Lap 68, Tyler Reddick has a near two second lead on Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, and William Byron round out the top five.  Kevin Harvick takes his car to the garage.

Out of the infield care center and ok, Ty Dillon said it was the hardest he had ever been hit.

Lap 71, Cole Custer spins out in a cloud of smoke but the track stays green.

Lap 72, Tyler Reddick has a three second lead on Ryan Blaney; Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 73, Chase Elliott passes Ryan Blaney for second.

Chase Elliott has had some brake issues during the race.

AJ Allmendinger reports that he has run out of water.

Tyler Reddick has a lead of three and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 77 Christopher Bell flat spots a tire and it blows; bringing out the caution flag.

Lap 80, Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart.  Chase Elliott spins out going into turn one after some contact with Ryan Blaney; Elliott collects William Byron.  Erik Jones and Austin Dillon make contact in turn four with Dillon getting stuck in the gravel; Martin Truex Jr was also involved.  Chase Briscoe spins out.

Tyler Reddick leads the race.

Lap 81, the caution flag comes out and the race goes into overtime.

Not only is AJ Allmendinger out of water, his cool suit isn’t working.

In the first green/white/checker finish, Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the overtime start with AJ Allmendinger in second.  Drivers spread out four and five across the track with Tyler Reddick leading the race.  Ryan Blaney gets turned around.  Ross Chastain passes Tyler Reddick but Reddick battle to retake the lead.  Chastain missed turn one and used the access road to get back on the track.  Reddick retakes the lead.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag.

Tyler Reddick wins his second Cup Series win of the season and his second road course win.  Reddick’s son runs out on the track to hug his dad.

NASCAR has determined that Ross Chastain was not legally allowed where he was on the track and will face a penalty.  Chastain said that he took the access road to avoid the wreck taking place on the track.

NASCAR has given Ross Chastain a 30 second penalty and placed in 27th instead of second.  Austin Dillon was also penalized 30 seconds.

Tyler Reddick’s crew climbs the fence and will kiss the bricks.

AJ Allmendinger literally falls out of his car in exhaustion after being overheated.

The unofficial results of the Verizon 200:
Tyler Reddick
Austin Cindric
Harrison Burton
Todd Gilliland
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Michael McDowell
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Christopher Bell
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Chase Elliott
Ty Gibbs
Corey LaJoie
Justin Haley
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Josh Bilicki
Chase Briscoe
Cody Ware
Josh Williams
Ryan Blaney
Ross Chastain
Daniel Suarez
Joey Hand
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Ty Dillon
Kyle Larson
Daniil Kvyat
Loris Hezemans
Aric Almirola




Record Setting Win at Indy in Xfinity Series

Xfinity Series

The Xfinity Series caps off a doubleheader day of racing with IndyCar when the NASCAR series runs the Penzoil 150 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

A total of ninet drivers from the Cup Series are doing the double dip with running both the Xfinity and Cup Series races – AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain, Austin Dillon, and Ty Dillon.

Parker Kligerman trades in his microphone for a steering wheel and will be a part of the race today.

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliff joins the broadcast team for the race in a cross over where Dale Earnhardt Jr joined the IndyCar crew for the broadcast.

Forty-two teams brought cars for 38 starting spots for today’s race. 

Group A drivers Sam Mayer, Riley Herbst, Chase Briscoe, Josh Berry, and Noah Gragson will all move on to the second round of qualifying.

Parker Kligerman failed to make a qualifying run after a power steering issue.

From Group B; AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, and Justin Allgaier will all run in round tow to set the pole.

With a time of 1:29.748, AJ Allmendinger puts his number 16 car on the pole with Ty Gibbs starting alongside on the front row.

Brad Perez, JJ Yeley, Mason Filippi, and Josh Williams all failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the Penzoil 150:
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Gibbs
Riley Herbst
Alex Bowman
Sam Mayer
Chase Briscoe
Noah Gragson
Josh Berry
Austin Hill
Justin Allgaier
Landon Cassill
Sage Karam
Bubba Wallace
Alex Labbe
Sheldon Creed
Daniel Hemric
Brett Moffitt
Ross Chastain
Miguel Paludo
Austin Dillon
Jeb Burton
Andy Lally
Preston Pardus
Kaz Grala
Myatt Snider
Anthony Alfredo
Ty Dillon
Kyle Weatherman
Jeremy Clements
Santino Ferrucci
Ryan Sieg
Scott Heckert
Ryan Ellis
Bayley Currey
Patrick Gallagher
Brandon Jones
Parker Kligerman
Brandon Brown

Bayley Currey, Brandon Jones, Anthony Alfredo, Parker Kligerman, Brandon Brown, Kaz Grala, and Austin Dillon will all have to start the race from the back of the field after the crews made some unapproved adjustments to the cars.  Chase Briscoe and Miguel Paludo will also have to start the race form the back of the field after crews made tire changes.

Stages one and two of the race are just 20 laps each with stage three lasting 22 laps for a total of 62 laps around the near two and a half mile road course.  Drivers can run 26 to 29 laps on a single load of fuel.

Jeb Burton is on pit road with reports of a trackbar issue.  He has to take his cr to the garage for repairs.

Chase Briscoe reports that the idle is too high and is looking to have it repaired.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Allmendinger edging out for the lead but Ty Gibbs is right behind him.

Lap two, AJ Allmendinger has put a little distance between him and Ty Gibbs; Riley Herbst, Noah Gragson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap three, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a one second lead on Ty Gibbs; Riley Herbst, Noah Gragson, and Alex Bowman round out the top five with Justin Allgaier, Sam Mayer, and Josh Berry right behind.

Alex Bowman passes Noah Gragson for fourth.

Brett Moffitt makes an unscheduled stop on pit road.  The crew is making a tire change.

Lap four, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Ty Gibbs.  Alex Labbe has locked up the tires twice and has two flat spotted tires.

Lap five, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst, Alex Bowman, and Noah Gragson.

Lap seven, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over a second and a half on Ty Gibbs; Alex Bowman, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Noah Gragson is reporting no driver and no lateral.

Parker Kligerman makes an unscheduled stop on pit road.

Jeb Burton is off the track and in the garage for repairs.

Lap nine, AJ Allmendinger now has a lead of over two seconds on Ty Gibbs.

Sam Mayer is having some lockup issues and reports a vibration in his car.

Jeremy Clements makes a green flag pit stop.

Parker Kligerman returns to the track two laps down reporting some engine issues.

Bubba Wallace makes a green flag pit stop.  Wallace is having some overheating issues.

Lap 10, AJ Allmendinger continues to increase his lead and is now two and a half seconds in front of Ty Gibbs.

Lap 14, AJ Allmendinger has a two second lead on Ty Gibbs; Alex Bowman, Riley Herbst, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 15, Parker Kligerman and Ryan Ellis bring out the caution flag when Kligerman has a mechanical issue and gets loose collecting Ellis in the process. 

Chase Briscoe just made it to pit road to address an overheating issue before the caution and pit road was closed.  But he ran over the orange pit box and has been charged with a commitment cone violation.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ty Gibbs just edging out Alex Bowman to win the race off of pit road.  AJ Allmendinger had an issue with the rear of his car that caused a very slow pit stop.  He comes back out on the track in the middle of the pack.

After staying out on the track, Noah Gragson and Myatt Snider will bring the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in stage one.  Drivers get three and fur wide across the track.  Noah Gragson takes the lead with Myatt Snider in second; Ty Gibbs, Alex Bowman, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Ty Gibbs is falling through the field and has dropped to fifth.

AJ Allmendinger is back in the top 10.

Noah Gragson wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one :
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Alex Bowman
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
Ty Gibbs
Josh Berry
Sheldon Creed
AJ Allmendinger
Sam Mayer

Parker Kligerman reports that he lost the brakes just before his wreck; adding that he, “couldn’t Flintstone it”.  He wanted to avoid hitting Ryan Ellis but could not stop with no brakes.

Noah Gragson and Myatt Snider come down pit road for their pit stops.  Landon Cassill and Chase Briscoe also make pit stops.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Justin Allgaier alongside on lap 25.  Alex Bowman gets out in front going into turn one.  Ty Gibbs spins out going into turn one but the track stays green.

Justin Allgaier gets the lead.  Josh Berry makes contact with Riley Herbst and spins him around.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 26, Justin Allgaier has a narrow lead on Alex Bowman; AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Anthony Alfredo spins out.

The caution flag comes out for debris on the race track.

Teams are outside of their fuel window, but some drivers come down pit road for repairs and adjustments.

NASCAR has black flagged Noah Gragson for his damaged car.  He will have to come down pit road for repairs.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 and the drivers immediately get three and four wide.  AJ Allmendinger comes down to make it a three wide battle and takes the lead with Alex Bowman in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

Noah Gragson is on pit road for repairs.

Lap 29, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Sheldon Creed.

Ryan Ellis, Parker Kligerman, and Jeb Burton are out of the race.

Lap 30, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over half a second on Alex Bowman; Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Bubba Wallace is off the track.  All of the cars on the track are on the lead lap.

Josh Berry reports a flat spotted tire.

Lap 32, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over a second on Alex Bowman; Justina Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Jsoh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 34, AJ Allmendinger has a one second lead on Alex Bowman;  Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Josh Berry round out the top five.  Allmendinger has led 20 laps so far. 

Lap 35, drivers are now in their pit window to make it to the end of the race and are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Bubba Wallace is out of the race with engine issues.

Lap 37, AJ Allmendinger has aone second lead on Alex Bowman; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 38, leader AJ Allmendinger makes his green flag pit stop with Alex Bowman right behind him.  Josh Berry is the new leader.  Alex Bowman edges out AJ Allmendinger coming off of pit road.

AJ Allmendinger stopped a little too close to the wall for the jackman to raise the car with just one pump. 

Ty Gibbs and Jeremy Clements were charged with a commitment cone violation.  Daniel Hemric was caught speeding on pit road.

Josh Berry wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Josh Berry
AAlex Labbe
Kaz Grala
Sage Karam
Preston Pardus
Ty Dillon
Bayley Currey
Anthony Alfredo
Kyle Weatherman
Patrick Gallagher

The top 12 drivers have yet to make a pit stops.  Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

Ty Gibbs, Alex Labbe, and Jeremy Clements will have to restart the race form the back of the field to serve a penalty.

Flat spotting tires is an issue for the drivers today.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with AJ Allmendinger alongside with 18 laps remaining in the race.  Bowman jumps out in front for the lead but Allmendinger comes up alongside and takes the lead going into turn one.

The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Sheldon Creed, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer.

Ross Chastain passes Sam Mayer for fifth.

Miguel Paludo gets turned around but the tracks stays green after he gets the car righted.

Sheldon Creed and Justin Allgaier make contact in a battle for position.  Allgaier takes the spot but has a smoking car.

Sheldon Creed gets turned around but gets moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 47, AJ Allmendinger has a second and a half lead on Alex Bowman; Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  Four of the top five drivers will also be running in the race on Sunday.

Brandon Brown is the only driver one lap down.

Lap 48, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on Alex Bowman.

Lap 49, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, and Chase Briscoe.

Lap 50, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Alex Bowman; Ross Chastain, Chase Briscoe, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 51, AJ Allmendinger has increased his lead to three seconds on Alex Bowman.

Ten to go, three of the four JR Motorsports car are in the top 10 with the fourth car just outside the top 10 in eleventh.  AJ Allmendinger holds on to the lead by nearly three seconds.

Six to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of nearly three seconds on Alex Bowman; Ross Chastain, Justin Allgaier, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger has eight road course wins in his career.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe reports that he has no third gear.

Alex Bowman has closed the gap on leader AJ Allmendinger to two and a half seconds; third place driver Ross Chastain is over eleven seconds back with  Justin Allgaier and Chase Briscoe rounding out the top five.

Kaz Grala gets off the track but gets it moving again and the track stays green.

Four to go, AJ Allmendinger’s lead is down to two seconds on Alex Bowman.

With a lead of over two seconds, AJ Allmendinger takes the white flag.

AJ Allmendinger wins the road course at Indy for his ninth career road course win – the most of any NASCAR driver.

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 150:
AJ Allmendinger
Alex Bowman
Justin Allgaier
Ross Chastain
Chase Briscoe
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Ty Gibbs
Austin Hill
Noah Gragson
Landon Cassill
Alex Labbe
Sage Karam
Josh Berry
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt
Santino Ferrucci
Anthony Alfredo
Jeremy Clements
Ty Dillon
Bayley Currey
Daniel Hemric
Sheldon Creed
Miguel Paludo
Andy Lally
Austin Dillon
Ryan Sieg
Patrick Gallagher
Preston Pardus
Kyle Weatherman
Scott Heckert
Kaz Grala
Myatt Snider
Brandon Brown
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Ellis
Parker Kligerman
Jeb Burton
       

Kurt Busch Still Out

After making qualifying run at Pocono, driver of the number 45 23XI Racing car Kurt Busch had a close encounter of the hard kind with the wall.  As a result, Busch was placed under the concussion protocol and ruled out for the race.

 

While he was hoping to make the road course race this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch has not been cleared by medical personnel to drive in the race.

 

Due to missing the race at Pocono, Busch has dropped out of the top 16 in driver points but is currently ranked 12th in the playoff points after winning the race in Kansas.  NASCAR’s competition officials have stated that Busch will receive a medical waiver upon his return and will be eligible for the playoffs should he meet all of the other criteria.

 

After making his Cup Series at Pocono where he finished in the top 20, Xfinity Series regular Ty Gibbs will drive the 45 car again this weekend at Indianapolis for the Verizon 200.

Ganassi Wins Indy 500 After 10 Year Drought

For avid race fans the last Sunday in May is the biggest day in racing when Formula One runs the Monaco Grand Prix, IndyCar runs the Indianapolis 500, and NASCAR runs the Coca Cola 600.

On May 29, 2022 IndyCar marks 106 years of racing on the two and a half mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Scott Dixon sitting on the pole and bringing the 33 car field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Indianapolis 500:
Scott Dixon
Alex Palou
Rinnus Vee Kay
Ed Carpenter
Marcus Ericsson
Tony Kanaan
Pato O’Ward
Felix Fosenqvist
Romain Grosjean
Takuma Sato
Will Power
Jimmie Johnson
David Malukas
Josef Newgarden
Santino Ferrucci
Simon Pagenaud
JR Hildebrand
Conor Daly
Callum Ilott
Alexander Rossi
Graham Rahal
Sage Karam
Marco Andretti
Devlin DeFrancesco
Colton Herta
Scott McLaughlin
Helio Castroneves
Kyle Kirkwood
Dalton Kellett
Juan Pablo Montoya
C. Lundgaard
Jack Harvey
Stefan Wilson

During a practice run Colton Herta crashed his car and after being cleared by race officials will be allowed to run the race in a backup car.

Just one week after being the Grand Marshall for the NASCAR All Star race, Country music star Blake Shelton for today’s race.

Drivers have been racing at Indianapolis almost as long as there have been motorized vehicles.  For the first time in Indy 500 history the drivers will be racing using a new fuel

Before a packed house of 300,000 fans, Scott Dixon brings the field to the green flag and the drivers immediately spread out across the track with Alex Palou leading the first lap.

Chip Ganassi Racing team mates Scott Dixon and Alex Palou have a fuel conservation plan that includes the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth to allow the second place driver to take advantage of the draft to save fuel.

During qualifying, Scott Dixon set a record of over 234 miles per hour; in the race, the cars are running speeds of around 220mph.

Lap 31, the drivers begin their first green flag pit stops.  Once the green flag pit stops have cycled through, Alex Palou leads the race.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 39 when Rinnus VeeKay crashes after getting loose and hitting the wall and ends up in the grass.  While there was a fireball during the crash, the 21 year old Dutch driver climbed out of the car and walked away from the crash.

Alex Palou brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and the drivers get four wide in a battle for position.  Alex Palou leads the race with Scott Dixon in second.

Team mates Alex Palou and Scott Dixon continue their swapping of the lead to continue trying to save fuel.

In a backup car, Colton Herta gets loose and just misses hitting the wall.  After hitting the wall on Friday, Herta’s car ended upside down.

Lap 68, the second round of green flag pit stops begins.

The caution flag comes out on lap 69 when rookie Callum Ilott gets loose and hits the wall sending debris everywhere.  Alex Palou was heading for pit road when the caution flag came out and is now mired at the back of the field.  The crew has to bring Palou down pit road for an emergency stop for fuel.  Once the race goes green, he will have to serve a penalty.

Pato O’Ward is the new leader.

Once pit stops have cycled through, Scott Dixon has the lead once again and brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 80, home town hero Conor Daly takes the lead to rousing cheers; but the lead is short lived after Scott Dixon retakes the lead.

Lap 86, four time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves has moved up 13 spots since the start of the race on the way to his bid for a fifth win.

Lap 100, halfway, Scott Dixon leads the race with Concor Daly in second; Pato O’Ward, Marcus Ericsson, and Tony Kanaan are the top five drivers.  Two drivers are out of the race with only one car not on the lead lap.

Lap 106, Conor Daly is the first driver to make the third round of green flag pit stops when Roman Grosjean crashes into the wall spreading debris and ending in the grass to bring out the third caution flag of the race.

In a déjà vu all over again scenario, Scott Dixon was ready to come down pit road for fuel when the caution flag came out.  Fortunately for Dixon, pit road opened in time for him to come down pit road nearly out of fuel.  Scott Dixon wins the race off of pit road.

Conor Daly brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 113 but it is Scott Dixon who gets out in front before drivers get four wide and Pato O’Ward takes the lead.

Lap 114, Scott Dixon retakes the lead.

With the race past halfway, the time of patience is over and the drivers are getting aggressive in a battle for position.

The air intake hose on Helio Castroneves has come loose and is flopping around.  The air intake is what provides the driver with some cooler air.  It is a warm day and getting hotter; track temperatures are near 120 degrees.

Scott Dixon has led 75 of the 135 laps so far.  He now becomes the top driver in leading laps at IMS with 645.

Colton Herta is out of the race with a mechanical issue.

Lap 140, drivers  begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Once pit stops have cycled through, Pato O’Ward is the leader with Scott Dixon in second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 152 when Scott McLaughlin slams into the wall twice sending debris everywhere.  McLaughlin’s demolished car is topped along the wall.  He is out of the car and waving to the fans.

Pato O’Ward brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 158; drivers get four and five wide across the track with Scott Dixon in the lead.

Sage Karum gets into the grass but saves the car and the track stays green.

Lap 161, Pato O’Ward takes the lead.

IndyCar features drivers from all over the world but there has never been a Mexican born driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon retakes the lead with 35 laps to go.  At the end of the season the New Zealand driver has planned a trip home for the first time in three years.

Scott McLaughlin said that he got caught by a gust of wind but other than a bruised ego he is fine.

Ed Carpenter is the first driver to make a final green flag pit stop on lap 169.

Lap 173, more drivers come down pit road for green flag pit stops.

Lap 176, leader Scott Dixon makes his green flag pit stop.  He was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Twenty to go, drivers are in the middle of green flag pit stops with Tony Kanaan leading the field.  After dominating the race, Scott Dixon is caught speeding on pit road and is now back in 26th place.

Fifteen to go, Marco Andretti leads the race but has yet to make his pit stop.  As will second place driver Jimmie Johnson.

Marco Andretti makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Jimmie Johnson who leads his first lap of the Indianapolis 500.

With 12 laps to go Jimmie Johnson makes his pit stop and gives the lead to Marcus Ericsson.

Ten to go, Marcus Ericsson leads the race with Pato O’Ward in second; Tony Kanaan is in third.

With just six laps remaining in the race, Jimmie Johnson brings out the caution flag when he gets loose, crashes into the wall, and gets into the grass.  The front end of Johnson’s car is demolished.  Johnson climbs out of the car.

Race control has red flagged the race with just five laps remaining in the race.  Drivers come down pit road to lineup for the red flag.  The goal of Race Control is to finish the race under green flag conditions.

The cars are covered with tire marbles from rubber left on the track.

After a red flag condition of about seven minutes, Race Control gives the command to start the engines.  The drivers will get just one yellow flag lap around the track before the flag man waves the green flag.

Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson brings the field down for the green flag restart with Mexican Pato O’Ward in second for a two lap shootout to the finigh.  Ericsson is in front but the drivers battle for position.

Marcus Ericsson takes the white flag!

Pato O’Ward battles with Marcus Ericsson for the lead but Ericsson holds him off.  Yellow flag comes out for a Sage Karum crash.  Marcus Ericsson wins the Indianapolis 500!  He is the second Swedish native to win the race.

It has been 10 years since a Chip Ganassi Racing car has won the Indy 500.  Ganassi hops on the car to take the elevator ride to victory lane.

Along with the ivy wreath and the winner’s ring, Marcush Ericsson will also get to take home the pace car home.

Indy 500 results:
Marcus Ericsson
Pato O’Ward
Tony Kanaan
Felix Rosenqvist
Alexander Rossi
Conor Daly
Helio Castroneves
Simon Pagenaud
Alex Palou
Santino Ferrucci
Juan Pablo Montoya
JR Hildebrand
Josef Newgarden
Graham Rahal
Will Power
David Malukas
Kyle Kirkwood
Ed Carpenter
Devlin DeFrancesco
C. Lundgaard
Scott Dixon
Marco Andretti
Save Karum
Jack Harvey
Takuma Sato
Dalton Kellett
Stefan Wilson
Jimmie Johnson
Scott McLaughlin
Colton Herta
Roman Grosjean
Callum Ilott
Rinnus VeeKay


NASCAR Issues Indy Road Course Penalties

After all of the controversy over the weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to a malfunctioning curb barrier, NASCAR issued only two penalties – one in the Cup Series and one in the Xfinity Series.

In the Cup Series, officials found an improperly secured lug nut on the Team Penske number 12 car driven by Ryan Blaney. As a result, crew chief Todd Gordon was fined $10,000 for the infraction. The penalty does not affect Blaney’s second place finish in the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard.

In the Xfinity Series, NASCAR officials issued a severe penalty when they suspended the crew chief for the RSS Racing number 39 car driven by Ryan Sieg. Shane Wilson has been suspended for four races due to a violation of the NASCAR rule book regarding a safety violation during the road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday. Prior to Wilson taking over the crew chief duties in May, Kevin Starland was the crew chief for the number 39 car; he will reclaim those duties in Wilson’s absence.

NASCAR did not cite the specific violation but noted that the rule book states, a safety violation may be imposed for any action or omission by a Competitor or vehicle that creates an unsafe environment or poses a threat to the safety of the Competitors, as determined by NASCAR.”

Officials Address IMS Curb Issues

Over the course of the weekend, three different racing series ran the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the IndyCar, Xfiniity, and Cup Series all ran races. While there were a few issues with the curb in turn six during the IndyCar and Xfinity races on Saturday; the real issues began late in the race on Sunday with the NASCAR Cup Series cars.

The NASCAR Cup Series cars weigh 3,400 pounds each. There were 40 cars in the race running over 80 laps around the track. Late in the race, the drivers began to have issues with the curbing coming up from the track.

After several cars were involved in a big crash that brought out a red flag and put several drivers out of the race. After a second incident, track officials removed the damaged curb away from the track all together. IMS track president Doug Boles was out on the track aiding in the removal and cleanup.

The orange barrier that had caused some issues with the Xfinity Series drivers was removed after the race on Saturday; however the two curbs on the right had side of the track were left in place.

The issue with the turn six curb has caused quite a bit of controversy among drivers and officials.

Both NASCAR Vice President of Competition Scott Miller and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track President Doug Boles spoke on the issue…

“Obviously that thing had deteriorated after that last big wreck quite substantially. There was no way we could justify leaving it like it was without removing it. There was some debate and it obviously had to come out if we were going to continue.” Miller also indicated that there had been some debate over removing the other curb barrier in turn six, but officials determined that it was not an option because the curb was needed to help slow the cars down.

IMS President Doug Boles noted, “the curbing that delaminated is the same style of curbing that we’ve had since we re-did the road course in 2014, so those curbs have been placed, repaired, so we’ve not really ever had an issue with those curbs at all.” Adding, “we looked at that curb between every session, we looked at it at night and in the morning and there was no indication today that there was really anything wrong with that curbing. So, it was a little bit of a surprise for us when the race had started that we started having issues with it.”

Saying that this would be a leaning experience, Miller and Boles noted that the incident would not affect future road course races at the Brickyard for NASCAR.

Admitting that they had their problems, Miller said, “this is one of those deals where you take a lot of learnings away and come back and put on a better event, obviously avoiding the problems that we had (Sunday). I think that we saw some exciting action out there and I think the course itself puts on a really good show.”

The race at IMS was the sixth road course this season for the Cup Series; but Sunday was the first time that curb barriers caused such carnage.

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Red Flags, Overtime, Flying Cars Mark Indy Road Course Debut

The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in historic fashion when they run the 2.4 mile road course instead of the famed oval raceway.

Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron will sit on the pole and bring the field to green after an early morning qualifying event. Chase Brisoce will start alongside on the front row. Byron will have fellow HMS team mates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson starting in the second row. Elliott and Larson have won four of the five road courses run this season including Larson’s win last week at Watkins Glen.

The starting lineup for the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard:
William Byron
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Austin Cindric
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Chris Buescher
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Corey LaJoie
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Ryan Preece
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Newman
Anthony Alfredo
James Davison
Andy Lally
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Timmy Hill

Again this week the NBC Sports broadcast crew will be calling the race radio style with Mike Bagley, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jeff Burton scattered around the track.

Stage one is 15 laps each, stage two is 20 laps, and stage three is 47 laps long with a fuel load of 34 to 36 laps.

After a number of the Xfinity Series drivers literally went airborne jumping a curb in turn six in Saturday’s race, track officials have removed that curb for today’s race.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead. Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

William Byron leads lap one with Chase Briscoe on his bumper.

Lap two, William Bryon is the leader with Chase Briscoe in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Drivers continue to get three and four wide across the track as they battle for positon.

Indiana native Chase Briscoe gets around William Byron for the lead.


Daniel Suarez takes fifth from Martin Truex Jr.

Lap three, Chase Briscoe has a half second lead on William Byron; Chasee Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five. After starting in 21st, Kyle Busch has moved into the top 15.

Lap four, Chase Briscoe holds onto his half second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott is in third over a second back.

Martin Truex Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a tire rub after some on track contact.

Lap five, Chase Briscoe leads the race with William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five.

Austin Cindric spins out but the track stays green.

Lap eight, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with William Byron over a half second back; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five. Anthony Alfredo is the only car not on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola comes down pit road for some repairs after on track contact damaged the car.

Lap 10, leader Chase Briscoe has some grass on the grille. His water and oil temperatures are creeping up.

Lap 12, Chase Briscoe leads the race but the gap between him and William Byron is under half a second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.

Drivers are beginning to make pit stops short of the end of stage one.

Lap 13, the leaders come down pit road. Michael McDowell is the new leader.

Chase Briscoe’s crew did not get all of the grass off of it grille.

Lap 14, Tyler Reddick battles with Michael McDowell for the lead. Tyler Reddick takes the lead.

Tyler Reddick wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Tyler Reddick
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
Erik Joones
Ryan Preece
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Justin Haley
Chase Briscoe
Chase Elliott

Drivers who have not pitted come down pit road for service.

After pit stops, Chase Briscoe was in second place but NASCAR has determined that Briscoe did not keep pace car speed after having to reset the ECU. Briscoe will restart the race in fifth place.

Staying out on the track, Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 20 with Chase Elliott alongside. Keselowski jumps out in front for the lead going into turn one. Drivers are two and three wide across the track.

Brad Keselowski holds on to the lead with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Willilam Byron and Chase Elliott battle Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 21 Chase Elliott edges out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in third.

William Byron gets off the course and falls back in the field.

Lap 21, the top five are Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch. William Byron falls to eighth place.

Lap 22, Chase Elliott has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Drivers are passing Brad Keselowski who is on old tires. He drops to sixth place.

Lap 23, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Joey Logano; Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Cole Custer round out thetop five. Brad Keselowski is in ninth place.

Drivers continue to pass Brad Keselowski who has fallen to 15th.

Lap 23, Matt DiBenedetto and Christopher Bell make contact and get off the track. The track stays green as both drivers get back on the track.

Ross Chastain spins out and makes it a hairy situation for drivers. The track stays green.

Lap 24, Kurt Busch as to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a flat tire.

Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 25, Brad Keselowski gets into the wall in turn eleven; the track stays green.

Joey Logano spins out in the grass after some contact with Kyle Larson.

Lap 27, Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on team mate Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 28, Kyle Larson has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to under two seconds.

Lap 29, Brad Keselowski finally makes his first pit stop.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road for service.

Lap 29, Chase Elliott has a lead of just over a second on Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lapa 31, Chase Elliott’s lead is down to under a second on team mate Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch is in third over two seconds back; Cole Custer and William Byron round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski and Anthony Alfredo are the only drivers not on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still in the race.

Lap 32, Austin Cindric begins the drivers pitting short of the end of the stage.

Lap 33, Chase Elliott’s lead is down to under half a second onf Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Leaders come down pit road for service. Tyler Reddick is the new leader with team mate Austin Dillon right behind. The two drivers are currently in a battle for the final spot in the playoffs.

Tyler Reddick win stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Tyler Reddick
Austin Dillon
Ryan Preece
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Justin Haley
Corey Lajoie
Andy Lally
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott

On the final lap of stage two, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson were in a fierce battle for position which will also help to determine the lead at the beginning of stage three if all drivers make a pit stop.

Drivers come down pit road for service.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 40 with team mate Chase Elliott alongside. Drivers are three and four wide across the track. Kyle Larson takes the lead going into turn one.

The top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe.

Drivers are spinning out and making contact through the field but the track stays green.

The caution flag comes out on lap 41 for debris on the track. There is some debris wedged into the curb. Crews went out and worked on the curbs during the stage break.

Aric Almirola is on pit road for repairs after some on track contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Crews are out on the track working on the curb and removed a huge piece of sheet metal.

Race leader, Kyle Larson did not make it to the track until after 3am after winning on the dirt with the sprint car race at the Knoxville Nationals.

With track repairs completed, Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 44 and edges out for the lead as the field gets three and four wide.

Kyle Larson leads the race with William Byron in second; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin has some on track contact as drivers battle for position. The track stays green.

Denny Hamlin overshoots turn one in a three way battle for position.

Lap 45, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

There are 39 cars on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still on the track.


Lap 47, Kyle Larson has a second and a half lead on William Byron; Chase elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe locked up the tires and has a flat spotted tire. The crew chief is trying to keep Briscoe on the track to make it to the pit window for the end of the race.

Lap 50, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Austin Cinddric spins out into the grass after some contact with Kurt Busch. Cindric gets the car moving again and the track stays green.

Lap 52, Chase Briscoe finally makes it down pit road.

Austin Cindric comes down pit road after his spinning out.

Thirty laps remain in the race and Kyle Larson has extended his lead to over three seconds.

Lap 54 more drivers come down pit road for what they hope is the final pit stop including Chase Elliott.

Lap 55, leader Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Larson is in eleventh place after making his pit stop.

Lap 57, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Bubba Wallace in second; Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. All of the drivers still need to make a pit stop. Over 13 seconds separate leader Denny Hamlin from Bubba Wallace.

Lap 59. Denny Hamlin locked up his brakes and gets off the track; he gets the car going again but has a grille full of grass.

Lap 59, the top 10 drivers have yet to make a pit stop.

After his run through the grass, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to just eleven seconds on Kurt Busch.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop and gives second place back to Bubba Wallace.

Lap 61, Bubba Wallace and Chris Buescher make their pit stops. Denny Hamlin has a 15 second lead on AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 63, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick nad Ryan Preece make their pit stops. Matt DiBenedetto is the new leader with Kyle Larson a second and a half back in second; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap with Andy Lally and Cody Ware out of the race.

Lap 64, Kyle Larson passes Matt DiBenedetto for the lead. Matty D. still needs to make a pit stop.

Currently, Kyle Larson has a 14 point lead on Denny Hamlin in the Cup Series standings.

Lap 65, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds on Matt DiBenedetto; Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Chase Elliott passes Matt DiBenedetto for second. Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Busch for fifth.

Lap 67, Kyle Larson has a five second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 68, Martin Truex Jr gets around Matt DiBenedetto for fourth.

Lap 70, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with a lead of over five seconds on team mate Chase Elliott; William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out thetop five. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Briscoe had to make a second trip down pit road for a flat spotted tire. He is the last car on the lead lap in 32nd place.

Eleven to go, Chase Elliott has cut into Kyle Larson’s lead to four and a half seconds.

Ten to go, NASCAR puts out the caution flag for a big piece of debris on the track.

Matt DiBenedetto makes his pit stop just before the caution flag.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch.

Track crews are out working on the turn five curb once again.

Pit road is open the the leaders come down pit road for fresh tires. Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch stayed out and will take over the top spots. Several drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Chase Elliott had a very slow pit stop after his car fell off the jack during the stop.

With just six laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and goes side by side with Kurt Busch. Kyle Larson cones from fifth place to make it a three way battle. Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead.

Martin Truex Jr spins out in turn six and gets into the grass but the track stays green.

Denny Hamlin leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second; Kyle Larson, William Byron, a nd Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe battle for the lead.

Big crash that brings out the caution flag. The curb in turn five came up and sent a number of drivers crashing. Joey Logano hit the tire wall hard. Ryan Preece, Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Chris Buescher, James Davison, and Kevin Harvick were all involved and have damage to their cars.

NASCAR has red flagged the race.

The front end of Joey Logano’s cr is totally destroyed. Logano is out of his car.

The curb is also destroyed. Crews are out working on the curb once again. Even the track president is out on the track helping out.

William Byons said that when Kyle Larson went over the curb something went up and when he hit it, it felt like hitting a wall.

The curbing has been removed.

Joey Logano is fine; adding that the hit didn’t feel that hard due to the tires absorbing most of the impact.

After a delay of over 20 minutes, NASCAR displays the yellow flag and the cars are moving once again.

Daniel Suarez said that he didn’t really know what happened, he just went flying.

Denny Hamlin is the leader with Kyle Larson in second.

The race is officially in overtime. Once the green flag flies, it will be a green/white/checker finish.

Martin Truex Jr is on pit road for repairs.

The track has a great deal of speedy dry all over the place after a great deal of fluid had been dropped on the track.

With the pace laps adding up while clean up continues, will fuel management be an issue for some of the drivers?

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag shootout for the finish with Kyle Larson alongside. Denny Hamlin edges out in front for the lead and beats out Kyle Larson going into turn one to take the lead.

Cars are wrecking on the backstretch and bring out the caution flag. Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Corey LaJoie, and Michael MdDowell were all involved. Dillon and McDowell got into the wall. The curb…or missing curb…is being named s the cause of the wreck.

The race has been red flagged for the second time.

After a delay of a little over five minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the caution flag. The drivers get moving once again as they prepare for the second attempt at an overtime finish.

Involved in that last crash, Austin Dillon said that he didn’t see anything but smoke; adding that the day has turned into a demo derby.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down one more time for the green flag shootout to the finish with Chase Briscoe alongside. Denny Hamlin gets out in fornt but Chase Briscoe is side by side going into turn one. Chase Briscoe gets forced off into the grass but gets back on the track.

Denny Hamlin leads the race. Hamlin spins out and is in the grass.

Chase Briscoe has been penalized but not returning to the track properly.

AJ Allmendinger is the leader and takes the white flag with Ryan Blaney in second and Kyle Larson in third.

AJ Allmendinger makes history as the first ever winner at the road course in Indianapolis for the NASCAR Cup Series!

An Xfinity Series regular, AJ Allmendinger will not be a part of the playoffs in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The unofficial results of the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard:
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Justin Haley
Austin Cindric
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex Jr
Corey LaJoie
Alex Bowman
Josh Bilicki
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Tyler Reddick
Quin Houff
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Chase Briscoe
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
Ross Chastain
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
James Davison
William Byron
Joey Logano
Ryan Preece
Christopher Bell
Daniel Suarez
Anthony Alfredo
Andy Lally
Cody Ware

Big Celebration for Four Time Win at Indy 500

The Indianapolis 500 is as much a part of the Memorial Day weekend as BBQ’s and remembering fallen military members.

This year to help celebrate the 105th Indianapolis 500 the fans return to the track with 135,000 enthusiastic race fans ready to cheer on the 33 drivers in the field. This becomes the event that has hosted the largest number of fans anywhere in the world since the outbreak of the pandemic.

This year the drivers represent 15 countries and includes some familiar names like Andretti, Fitipaldi, Herta, and Rahal.

In the middle of the first row, at 20 years old, Dutch driver Rinus VeeKay is the youngest driver to ever start the race from th front row.

The only female driver in the race, Simone De Silvestro is making history with a crew of predominantly women, including the over the wall crew.

The excitement began even before the drop of the green flag when Will Power had issues with getting his car started. After having his car pushed to pit road and restarted, he joins the field in his starting spot in the last row.

Scott Dixon brings the field to the green flag but it doesn’t take long for young guns Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay to take the lead.

By lap six, Will Power had advanced seven positions to 25th after having some start issues before the beginning of the race.

Once Rinus VeeKay took the lead, he held on to the spot until he made his first of several pit stops for the day on lap 31.

Ed Carpenter’s car gets stalled on pit road but the crew gets it going again.

Coming down pit road, Stefan Wilson comes in too hot, locks up his tires, and hits the wall bringing out the first caution flag of the race on lap 34. The front end of Wilson’s car is destroyed and he becomes the first car out of the race.

Scott Dixon had to make an emergency stop on pit road for fuel. Coming down pit road, Dixon runs out of fuel and the car stalls out. It took several minutes and attempts to get the car going once again. As a result, Dixon is now one lap down.

Alexander Rossi also had to make an emergency stop for fuel and stalled out his car. Rossi also ended up one lap down due to a stalled engine.

Unlike NASCAR, IndyCar has no “lucky dog” giving a driver his lap back. They must drive their way back to the lead lap.

Stefan Wilson reports that he had no brakes at the time of his crash.

Twenty one year old Coltn Herta brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and takes the lead.

A quarter of the way through the race on lap 50, Rinus VeeKay retakes the lead briefly before Conor Daly takes the lead to rousing cheers form the crowd.

Lap 69, the drivers begin a new round of pit stops when Rinus VeeKay comes down pit road. Lap 71, leader Conor Daly makes his pit stop.

Lap 100, halfway, Conor Daly leads the Indianapolis 500 in front of a hometown crowd driving a car with a U.S. Air Force paint scheme.

Lap 103, the third round of pit stops begins.

Scott McLaughlin was caught speeding on pit road after locking up the wheels in an attempt to get slowed down for his pit stop.

Lap 118, Graham Rahal gives up the lead to make his pit stop. Coming off of pit road after his pit stop the left rear wheel on Rahal’s car comes off and sends Rahal into the wall right in front of the leaders. Rahal becomes the second driver out of the race. A very frustrated Rahal climbed out of his car unhurt. Conor Daly drop kicked the errant tire when it passed in front of him.

Scott Dixon is back on the lead lap.

Alex Palou brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 125 but looking for his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio Castroneves takes the lead.

Pato O’Ward takes the lead.

Graham Rahal apologizes to his sponsors and partners saying that he is sorry they didn’t win…but they should have.

Alex Palou takes the lead on 132.

Conor Daly reports an understeer issue after hitting the tire form Graham Rahal’s car.

Helio Castroneves is the leader; he makes his pit stop on lap 151. Drivers make their pit stops. Takuma Sato is the new leader.

Will Power gets turned around on pit road and stops backwards in Simon Pagenaud’s pit stall. Reports are that the brakes on Power’s car were gone.

Lap 160, for the first time since the start of the race, Scott Dixon leads the race.

Lap 162, Scott Dixon makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Alex Palou.

Lap 170, Helio Castroneves takes the lead.

Simone Silvestro gets turned around on pit road. The crew pushes the car to her pit stop at the beginning of pit road.

Lap 174, drivers begin their final cycle of pit stops.

Simon Pagenaud is the leader.

Lap 179, Sage Kazam takes the lead.

Lap 179, Santino Ferrucci takes the lead.

Lap 185, Felix Rosenqvist leads the race

Lap 190, 10 to go, Felix Rosenqvist leads the race with the 2020 winner Takuma Sato in second; Alex Palou, Helio Castroneves, and Pao O’Ward round out the top five.

Felix Rosenqvist makes a pit stop, Takuma Sato takes the lead with Helio Castroneves right behind him.

Takuma Sato makes a pit stop, Helio Castroneves takes the lead with six laps remaining in the race.

Five to go, Alex Palou takes the lead.

Felix Rosenqvist was caught speeding on pit road and has to serve a pass through penalty.

Two to go, Helio Castroneves takes the lead.

Leaders encounter lapped traffic.

Helio Castroneves takes the white flag.

With rousing cheers in the background, Helio Castroneves wins his fourth Indianapolis 500! At 46 years old Castroneves joins his team in climbing the fence. He and his car owner share a Helio cannot take two steps with someone stopping him for a hug.

This was the fastest Indy 500 in the sports history. The race also set a record for the lowest number of caution flags with two.

With Helio standing on the wall, the crowd is yelling Helio!

More than just a fan of IndyCar, Helio Castroneves took home the Mirrorball trophy back in season five of “Dacing with the Stars”. Earlier this year he was a part of the winning team at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Helio Castroneves joins AJ Foyt, Rick Mears, and Al Unser Sr as a four time Indy 500 winner.

After racing on the track, Castroneves runs down the front stretch as fans cheer. More hugs, this time from his fellow drivers. Will Power calls Helio a legend. And a hug from Mario himself.

And Helio finally kisses the bricks and congratulations from tack owners and officials.

Track officials finally get Helio to his car for the ride to victory lane. In victory lane, Helio gets a hug from Roger Penske…and many others before the Brazilian gets to take in the sweet taste of the milk and don the wreath of victory.

Results of the 105th annual Indianapolis 500:
Helio Castroneves
Alex Palou
Simon Pagenaud
Pato O’Ward
Ed Carpenter
Santino Ferrucci
Sage Karam
Rinus VeeKay
Juan Pablo Montoya
Tony Kanaan
Marcuh Ericsson
Josef Newgarden
Conor Daly
Takuma Sato
JR Hildebrand
Colton Herta
Scott Dixon
Jack Harvey
Marco Andretti
Scott McLaughlin
James Hinchcliffe
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Dalton Keller
Max Chilton
Pietro Fitipaldi
Sebastien Bourdais
Felix Rosenqvist
Ed Jones
Alexander Rossi
Will Power
Simone De Silvestro
Graham Rahal
Stefan Wilson

Indy 500 to Run Minus Fans

After announcing last month that there would be fans in the stands for the postponed Indianapolis 500 later this month, Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske has announced that this year’s 500 will be run without any fans.
This year marks the 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” marks the first time in the history of the 500 that it will be run without fans.  Even during the Great Depression, fans attended the race.

Since its inception, the dates for the Indianapolis 500 have never been changed…until now.  Originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in May, the race was postponed until August 23.

Penske, who bought the track in January, has been working hard to ensure the race could be run safely with fans.  At first he said that the race wouldn’t run without fans in the stands that can hold up to 250,000 fans.  But as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hold on, the decision was made to allow 50 percent capacity in the stands and then only 25 percent capacity as the virus continues to spread.  Positive cases have continued to rise in Indiana and Marion County – the county where IMS is located – so in what Penske calls, “the toughest business decision I’ve ever made in my life,” the race will be run without the fans in the stands.  Penske added, “we didn’t buy the Speedway for one year, we bought it for generations to come, and it’s important to our reputation to do the right thing.  We need to be safe and smart about this.  Obviously we want full attendance, but we don’t want to jeopardize the health and safety of our fans and the community. We also don’t want to jeopardize the ability to hold a successful race.”

Penske has spent around $15 million upgrading the facility since buying the track.

Indiana’s largest health care system IU Health stated, “until we sustain better control of this virus and its spread, we strongly encourage IMS to consider an alternative to running the Indy 500 with fans in August.”  IMS was surprised by the statement, especially after having worked with IU Health on the 88 page safety plan that would allow fans at the track.

IU Health continued, “we have concerns about the risks of infection beyond the scope of the IMS plan, including social gatherings, travel, restaurants, bars, accommodations and other event-related activities.  This could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections as we continue to see cases and hospitalizations increase every day.”

Penske noted that the letter was disappointing, but that it did not, “force his hand”, when it came to making his decision to close the track to spectators.

IMS said in a statement, “the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.”

The first day of practice at the track has been cancelled with the first day on the track for drivers being August 12.  The annual Pit Crew Competition that is normally held two days prior to the race has also been cancelled for this year.

Like other sports, the IndyCar season has been ravaged by the pandemic.  Once the season began, it has still had to undergo a number of changes to accommodate the increase in cases around the country.

 

feature photo credit: By redlegsfan21 – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38042704

Threepeat at The Brickyard

The NASCAR Cup Series travels to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 sponsored by Big Machine Records.

The Cup Series caps off a historic weekend where the Xfinity Series ran the inaugural road course race and the IndyCar series also ran a race with Scott Dixon winning the race.

An event that has become all too familiar to race fans this season is a weather delay.  For the fifth time since NASCAR returned to the track after the break for the virus, the race has been delayed due to weather issues.  While there is no rain on the track, there has been some lightening in the area.

Once the race gets started, Joey Logano will sit on the pole after a random draw with Kurt Busch alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Big Machine 400:
Joey Logano
Kurt Busch – making his 700th race start
Alex Bowman
Justin Allgaier – sitting in for Jimmie Johnson
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
William Byron
John Hunter Nemechek
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
Clint Bowyer
Erik Jones
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Michael McDowell
Garrett SMithley
Ty Dillon
Cole Custer
Corey LaJoie
Ross Chastain
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
Christopher Bell
Ryan Preece
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Josh Bilicki
BJ McLeod

After learning that his wife had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, Jimmie Johnson learned that he also tested positive for the virus.  While he is currently asymptomatic, Johnson says that he feels fine but is very concerned about his six and nine year old daughters who so far have test negative.  Justin Allgaier is replacing Johnson in the number 48 car until Johnson has been cleared to return to racing.

In the past there has been a few drivers who ran the Memorial Day weekend double of the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.  Kurt Busch is one of those drivers and the only active driver who has done so.  In an interview during the delay, Kurt expressed an interest in getting back in an IndyCar and running a “double” next year.

After an hour delay, the drivers are in their cars and moving on the track.

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.  The drivers cannot complete any of the stages on a single fuel load.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and goes side by side with Kurt Busch before Joey Logano edges out in front for the leas.  The drivers gets three wide across the track vying for position.

Lap two, the top five are Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 12.

Lap three, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Kurt Busch with Denny Hamlin in thirs; Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap five, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney make contact but the track stays green.  The two drivers were involved in an on track altercation last week that put Busch out of the race.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some issues with his engine as he falls through the field.

Lap eleven, Joey Logano holds on to his near one second lead on Denny Hamlin with Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.  Martin Truex Jr has fallen to 29th place citing ECU issues.

Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road just before the competition caution comes out.  Drivers cannot take on any fuel prior to the competition caution flag.

Lap 13, NASCAR throw the competition caution.

Once pit road opens the drivers bring their cars down pit road.  Cars get piled up on pit road involving several drivers.  Martin Truex Jr and Corey LaJoie are among those involved.  Michael McDowell slowed down to enter his pit stall and caused the pile up.

The narrowest pit road in the series, one of the crew members on Ryan Blaney’s team got pinched between Blaney’s car and another driver and is being attend to by medical officials.  The crew member gives a thumbs up and a smile as he is taken to the ambulance.  Pit crew members are required to wear fire suits and helmets.  Rear tire changer Zach Price was the injured crewman.

NASCAR has red flagged the race to clean up pit road.  During a red flag condition, teams may make a visual examination of their cars but cannot touch or work on them.

After a red flag delay of about 10 minutes, NASCAR has withdrawn the red flag and displayed the yellow flag as the cars get moving once again.

Teams involved in the pit road incident are on NASCAR’s “crash clock” where they have six minutes to make repairs and achieve minimum speed or they will be out of the race.   The “crash clock” applies to accidents only not mechanical issues.

Kurt Busch had issues in his pit stall and had a slow stop, putting him back in the field in 28th place.

After the team made repairs, Martin Truex Jr took his car out on the track but was back on pit road in short order and is out of the race.

Having stayed out on the track after pitting early, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20 and jumps out in front for the lead before Joey Logano comes alongside to battle for the lead.  Harvick gets out in front on turn three to take the lead; Aric Almirola is in third.

Justin Allgaier in the 48 car has to bring his smoking car down pit road with a blown engine.  He becomes the second car out of the race.  Allgaier was one of the cars involved in the pit road altercation.

Lap 23, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 26, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead on Joey Logano to over a second; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Also involved in the pit road incident, Brennan Poole and Ricky Stenhouse Jr could not make the minimum race speed and are out of the race.

Lap 30, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin passes Chase Elliott to take fifth place.

Lap 32, Aric Almirola makes an unscheduled trip down pit road for a bad vibration.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 35, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now over four seconds on Joey Logano; there are 29 cars on the lead lap with six cars out of the race.

Lap 37, Kevin Harvick – who cannot complete the stage on fuel – holds on to his four second lead on Joey Logano with Denny Hamlin in third.

Lap 39, Kevin Harvick’s lead is now nearly five seconds on Joey Logano; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

On fresh tires, Aric Almirola is running some of the fastest laps on the track.  He has raced his way back on the lead lap after passing leader Kevin Harvick.

Ryan Newman brings out the caution flag on lap 41 after he gets into the wall with a flat tire.  There is significant damage to the Oscar Mayer car.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Taking only two tires, Ty Dillon wins the race off of pit road.  Kevin Harvick had to hit the reserve button coming down pit road.

NASCAR has brought Christopher Bell down pit road to repair a transponder issue.  The transponder is how the cars are scored.  Bell will be allowed to reclaim his spot on the track.

After staying out on the track, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race with Erik Jones starting alongside on the front row with just three laps remaining in stage one.  William Byron takes the lead with Ty Dillon in second/ Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

William Byron is in the lead with Erik Jones in second.  The drivers battle for position behind as the end of the stage looms.

William Byron wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
William Byron
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service including the drivers who stayed out on the last caution flag.

Daniel Suarez was charged with having a crew member come over the wall too soon

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 56 with Elliott getting out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Matt DiBendedtto, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 58, leading his first laps at Indianapolis, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Matt DiBenedetto with Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.  There are 28 drivers on the lead lap with six cars out of the race.

Lap 60, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to a second over Matt DiBenedetto.

Lap 63, Chase Elliott now has a lead of over a second on Matt DiBenedetto with Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

Lap 66, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Mat DiBenedetto; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

NBC Sports reports that the injured crew member on Ryan Blaney’s team is awake and alert but has been taken to a local hospital for further observation.

Lap 70, Chase Elliott continues to pull away from the field with a lead of over four seconds on Matt DiBenedetto.

Fifth place driver Kyle Busch is reporting a vibration in his car.

Lap 71, with a four second lead on the field, Chase Elliott is approaching slower traffic.  Denny Hamlin gets around Matt DiBenedetto for second; Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 75 for a crash when Erik Jones hits the wall hard and has a car in flames.  Jones reports to his team that he is all right in a breathless tone.  Jones is out of the car and assessing the damage.

Much of the field comes down pit road for fuel and fresh tires.  Taking only two tires William Byron and Austin Dillon win the race off of pit road.

William Byron, with Austin Dillon alongside on the front row, brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83 with Austin Dillon edging out for the lead.  The cars are getting three wide across the track.

William Byron brings out the caution flag on lap 83 when he blows the left front tire and causing some damage to the car.  Byron reports that, “something broke”, before the tire blew.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 and goes side by side with Kenny Hamlin until third place driver Kevin Harvick makes a run and takes the lead.

Ryan Blaney brings out the caution flag on lap 88 when he gets into the wall after getting loose, causing damage to the driver’s side of the car.  Blaney brings the car down pit road and into his pit stall.

Joey Logano brings his car down pit road; as does Brad Keselowski.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 92 and jumps out in front for the lead.  The drivers are getting three wide across the track with Chase Elliott taking second place and Denny Hamlin in third; Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 93, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Chase Elliott with 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 95, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, and Austin Dillon.

Only four laps remain in stage two, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Chase Elliott; Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 97, Alex Bowman’s team short pits and brings his car down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Christopher Bell
Clint Bowyer

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

After two stages, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott have earned the most stage points today with 16.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row on lap 106.  Harvick goes side by side with Elliott.  After a push from Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin goes three wide to take the lead but Kevin Harvick makes a power move to retake the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 108, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with 25 cars on the lead lap and nine cars out of the race.

Lap 111, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Lap 115, Kevin Harvick holds on to his half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

The top five were last on pit road on lap 77; they will have to make pit stops in the next handful of laps.

Denny Hamlin is very slowly closing the gap on leader Kevin Harvick who is now less than half a second out in front.

Lap 120, Denny Hamlin has caught up to leader Kevin Harvick with pit stops drawing near.

Tyler Reddick becomes the first of the top five to make a pit stop.  Next up is Denny Hamlin on lap 123.

Leader Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop, Matt Kenseth is the new leader.

Lap 127, more drivers make their green flag pit stops.

Lap 130, the top five are Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Cole Custer with 18 cars on the lead lap and nine cars out of the race.

The caution flag comes out on lap 133 when Alex Bowman smacks the wall hard with a flat tire.  Bowman drops the window net to indicate he is ok.

Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Matt Kenseth wins the race off of pit road.

Staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are back up front and on the front row.

As the sun begins to make its way below the grandstands, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 137 with Denny Hamlin getting out in front for the lead.  Matt Kenseth and Christopher Bell battle with Kevin Harvick for second with Harvick getting the spot.

Lap 138, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Cole Custer, and Christopher Bell.

Kevin Harvick challenges Denny Hamlin for second but Hamlin holds on to the lead.  Kevin Harvick is running faster speeds than the lead on the track.

Twenty to go, Kenny Hamlin has a narrow lead on Kevin Harvick; Matt Kenseth Cole Custer, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 143, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Matt Kenseth, Cole Custer, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

With 15 laps remaining in the race, the top three drivers are separated by less than a second with Denny Hamlin leading the way.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola, and Cole Custer.

Matt Kenseth in third place is running the fastest laps on the track; he is eight tenths of a second behind leader Denny Hamlin.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola, and Cole Custer round out the top five.

Leader Denny Hamlin brings out the caution flag when he slams the wall with a flat tire with only seven laps remaining in the race.  Hamlin gets out of the car and walks to the ambulance.

Some of the drivers brings their cars down pit road for service including Christopher Bell who is reporting a bad vibration.  Chase Elliott also comes down pit road for service.  The leaders stay out on the track including Matt Kenseth who fakes coming down pit road.

With an extended caution for cleanup, the race is going into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the first attempt at an overtime finish with Kevin Harvick edging out in front for the lead with Matt Kenseth in second; team mates Cole Custer and Aric Almirola battle it out for third.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag and pulls out to increase his lead on Matt Kenseth.

Repeating his win from last year, Kevin Harvick wins The Brickyard for his third Brickyard win!  This is Harvick’s 53rd career NASCAR Cup Series win; one more and he will tie Lee Petty for eleventh on the all time winners list.

Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon wreck on the final lap of the race.

And copying car owner’s signature move, Kevin Harvick and his pit crew climb the fence.

The unofficial results of the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at The Brickyard:
Kevin Harvick
Matt Kenseth
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Kyle Busch
Michael McDowell
Tyler Reddick
Bubba Wallace
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Kurt Busch
Ty Dillon
Clint Bowyer
John Hunter Nemechek
Ross Chastain
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
Joey Gase
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Timmy Hill
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Brennan Poole
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Justin Allgaier
Martin Truex Jr
Corey Lajoie
Ryan Preece

Indiana Native Wins at IMS

For the second week in a row NASCAR is making history with the first ever road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Xfinity Series with the Penzoil 150.

Thirty eight drivers will take to the road course with just two short practice sessions.

A relatively short race, stages one and two are just 20 laps each with stage three lasting 22 laps for a total of 62 laps around the course.

JR Motorsports drivers Jeb Burton and Michael Annett will bring the field down for the green flag start of the race with Jeb Burton getting out in front to lead the race. The drivers are getting three wide across the track as they go into the turns.

Brandon Jones challenges Jeb Burton for the lead but so far Burton has held him off.

Jeb Burton leads the first lap of the inaugural road course race.

Jeb Burton , Brandon Jones, and Justin Allgaier make it a three wide battle for the lead on lap number two with Allgaier getting out in front. Austin Cindric has moved from a tenth place start to challenge Justin Allgaier for the lead.

Lap three, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Austin Cindric on his bumper; Brandon Jones is in third.

As they cross the start/finish line to start lap five, Austin Cindric gets around Justin Allgaier to take the lead; Justin Haley Brandon Jones, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Since getting out in front of the field, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Justin Allgaier on lap eight.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 10, Austin Cindric has a three second lead on Justin Allgaier with Justin Haley in third over four seconds back.

Lap eleven, Jeffrey Earnhardt brings his smoking car down pit road with a broken trackbar. The track stays green.

Anthony Alfredo makes an unscheduled trip down pit road on lap 12 for an issue with the window net. NASCAR requires that the window nets be properly secured during a race and Alfredo’s was not secured.

Lap 14, Austin Cindric has a three and a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, and Ross Chastain round out the top five.

Preston Pardis and Josh Williams both got off the track but got moving again and the track stays green.

Jeb Burton is reporting some power steering issues and has to bring his car down pit road.

Brett Moffitt is off the track with Jeffrey Earnhardt out of the race.

Lap 16, Autsin Cindric has increased his lead to nearly five seconds on Justin Allgaier.

Preston Pardus gets turned around and off the track for a second time but the track stays green.

Lap 17, Vinnie Miller has a flat tire and is depositing debris all along the track. NASCAR puts out the first caution flag of the race on lap 18 for debris.

Winning stage one under caution, Austin Cindric earns his fourth stage win of the season. Cindric’s car owner is Roger Penske and Prenske Racing; Penske also owns IMS.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Justin Haley
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Noah Gragson
Ross Chastain
Harrison Burton
Alex Labbe
Jeremy Clements

Coming down pit road, AJ Allmendinger was caught speeding and will have to serve a penalty.

Justin Haley is reporting issues with getting his car into second gear.

Chase Brisco wins the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers made a pit stop.

NASCAR does not race on ovals in wet weather conditions, but they can run a race on road courses with rain tires. Drivers have two sets of rain tires in their pits. The cars must also have a red light in the rear, a de-fogger, and a windshield wiper. With very cloudy skies above, there is the chance of rain in the area. Many of the drivers have never races in the rain.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 24 but it is Chase Briscoe going into turn one that gets out in front for the lead with Austin Cindric right behind him in second; Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Austin Cindric is riding on leader Chase Briscoe’s bumper challenging for the lead, but so far, Briscoe has held Cindric off.

Lap 26, Austin Cindric continues to challenge Chase Briscoe for the lead. The son of a racer, leader Chase Briscoe’s dad has won over 150 Sprint car races.

Bayley Currey brings out the caution flag on lap 26 when his car gets stopped on the track.

“American Ninja Warrior” Jade Buford is making his Xfinity Series debut.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 but it is Austin Cindirc who gets out in front for the lead after a push from Riley Herbst.

NASCAR has posted Austin Cindric for jumping the restart. He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

The team has three laps to serve the penalty before NASCAR will no longer score the car. The 22 team is looking at the footage and protesting the ruling.

NASCAR has upheld the penalty and Austin Cindric must come down pit road for the pass through penalty.

When Austin Cindric serves his penalty on lap 32, he gives the lead over to Chase Briscoe; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 34, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Noah Gragson in second; Justin Allgaier, Riley Herbst, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Brandon Jones brings out the caution flag on lap 35 when he takes his flaming car into the grass. Jones had reported some brake issues earlier.

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Brandon Brown and Josh Bilicki bring the field down for the two lap shootout to the end of stage two after staying out on the track. Getting three and four wide across the track, the rear bumper on Brandon Brown’s car comes off.

Ryan Sieg is in the lead and getting a challenge from Chase Briscoe.

Lap 39, Chase Briscoe takes the lead.

Noah Gragson gets off the track and in the grass after some contact from Timmy Hill but the track stays green.

Chse Brisco wins stage two at his home town track..

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Sieg
Justin Haley
Michael Annett
Brandon Brown
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill
Harrison Burton
AJ Allmendinger

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44 and jumps out for the lead with Justin Allgaier in second.

Chase Briscoe leads the race with Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Justin Allgaier, Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.

Lap 47, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Justin Allgaier with AJ Allmendinger, Austin Cindric, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is challenging Justin Allgier for second and takes the spot.

With 13 laps to go, Chase Briscoe has pulled out to a three second lead on AJ Allmendinger with Austin Cindric in third.

Micke Wallace and Brett Moffitt get turned around on the track but they are off the racing course and the track stays green.

Anthony Alfredo gets turned around on the trac but the track stays green.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race.

The caution flag comes out for the 44 car of Tommy Joe Martins. He left an axle on the track and was dropping a lot of fluid on the track.

Leaders come down pit road for fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier was charged with coming out of his pit stall with equipment.

Harrison Burton had to make a second trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Preston Pardus and Kyle Weatherman bring the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps reamining in the race. The drivers get five wide across the track vollying for space. Chase Briscoe takes the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second.

AJ Allmendinger challenges Chase Briscoe for the lead but Briscoe holds him off.

Kody Vanderwal gets off the track but the track stays green.

Chase Briscoe is in the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

Five to go, Chase Briscoe has a narrow lead on AJ Allmendinger as they continue to battle for position.

After his pit road penalty, Justin Allgaier has moved up to just outside the top 10 in eleventh.

AJ Allmendinger continues to challenge Chase Briscoe for the lead. Austin Cindric has pulled up to make it a three way battle with Briscoe holding on to the lead.

Chase Briscoe missed the corner and AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Austin Cindric on his bumper. The two make contact but Allmendinger holds on to the lead.

Three to go; AJ Allmendinger has the lead with Austin Cindric in second; Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

As AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric battle for the lead, Chase Briscoe makes it a three wide battle and retakes the lead with AL Allmendinger in second.

Contact on the tract between aJ Allmendinger nad Austin Cindric. Justin Haley takes second.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

Indiana native Chase Briscoe wins the race for his first IMS win! This is Briscoe’s fifth win of the season and second in a row.

After a burnout on the track, Briscoe and the team follow in the footsteps of fellow Indiana native Tony Stewart and climb the fence… And then they get to kiss the bricks!

The unofficial results of the Penzoil 150:
Chse Briscoe
Justin Haley
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric
Ross Chastain
Justin Allgaier
Alex Labbe
Michael Annett
Preston Pardus
Brandon Brown
Brandon Gdovic
Jeremy Clements
Jake Buford
Kyle Weatherman
Myatt Snider
Ryan Sieg
Jesse Little
Timmy Hill
Anthony Alfredo
Stephen Leicht
Josh Williams
Josh Bilicki
Mike Wallace
Harrison Burton
Joe Graf Jr
Chad Finchum
Kody Vanderwal
BJ McLeod
Matt Mills
Jeb Burton
Vinnie Miller
Riley Herbst
Bayley Currey
Tommy Joe Martins
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Jones
Jeffrey Earnhardt

 

Indy 500 to Have Fans

Since returning to racing, NASCAR has allowed fans at the track only twice when they invited Air Force personnel stationed at Homestead Air Force base and allowed 5,000 ticket buying fans to watch the race in Talladega.

When the Indianapolis 500 finally hits the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, they will be allowing fans…but not a stadium full.

After being postponed from the annual Memorial Day weekend, The 500 has been rescheduled for August 23.

IMS has a capacity to hold 250,000 fans in the stands with the capacity to hold an additional 50,000 in the infield but when the IndyCar Series races one of the most prestigious races on the circuit, no more than 125,000 fans will be allowed in the stands.

IMS president J. Douglas Boles noted that the are committed to running the race on August 23; adding, “we will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity, and we are also finalizing a number of additional carefully considered health and safety measures. We’ll unveil the specific details of our comprehensive plan in the coming weeks.”  Boles also encourages fans in the high risk category should consider staying home and wait until 2021 to come to the race.

Indy, F1 Look to Restart Racing

NASCAR has released the news that they will begin live racing again on May 17, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One racing hope to follow suit in the coming weeks.

Like many state governors, Indiana state governor Eric Holcomb is making plans to reopen the state, including a return to racing with fans in the stands; but with some social distancing guidelines.

The Governor is hoping that the July 4 weekend – the date that was originally scheduled to host an IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader – will be the day that fans can return to the track for some racing action.  The Brickyard 400 is scheduled to run the next day on July 5.

Penske Entertainment Corporation president Mark Miles noted that there may be other precautions required depending on the health situation at the time; adding that plans could change depending on whether or not there is a resurgence of the Covid-19 virus.

The annual Indianapolis 500 that usually takes place on Memorial Day weekend has been rescheduled for August 23.

Miles noted that they are hoping the IndyCar racing season can get underway on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Formula One racing has missed 10 races due to lock down orders and a ban on large crowds has spread across Europe due to the Covid-19 virus.

F1 is looking to resume the season on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix in the Styrian mountains.  Formula One is looking to revive their season with 15 to 18 of the 22 racing season.

Normally F1 runs every two weeks but in hopes of salvaging as much of the season as possible, they may run some races on consecutive weekends.

F1 officials have noted that one major concern is the safety of everyone involved in the circuit and ensuring that they have all been tested and cleared to be a part of the racing events.

The isolated nature of the Red Bull Ring in Austria makes it easier to control the environment to ensure safety; but the British Grand Prix on July 19 is not and has officials contemplating running the race without the fans.

The tracks in Hungary and Belgium are also rather isolated.  Formula One is looking to hold races in Eurasia, Asia, the Americas, Bahrain, and Abu Dhabi; however, future racing plans are all contingent on the control of the virus.

 

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Indy – NASCAR Doubleheader

Race fans are well familiar with the Memorial Day weekend doubleheader where the Indianapolis 500 gets the day started and then the action later moves to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.

But for the first time in racing history, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the sight of a doubleheader of its own when the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will each hold races on July 4.

While NASCAR is still working to reschedule its postponed races, the IndyCar Series has announced an updated schedule with the Indianapolis 500 moving from May 24 to August 23.

The GMR Grand Prix will kick off July 4 racing festivities on the 14 turn road course which will be followed by the debut of the Xfinity Series road course race.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Douglas Boles spoke on the historic event saying, “for very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan. We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”

The weekend’s events will also be a must see event for NASCAR racing fans when former NASCAR driver and Indy Series and NASCAR champion and Stewart-Haas team owner Tony Stewart will get behind the wheel to run in the inaugural Penzoil 150 road course race.

Seven time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is also looking to get behind the wheel of an Indy car for a race on the same weekend.

Smoke Makes a Return to Xfinity

NASCAR team owner Tony Stewart retired as a full time driver in NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season. Since then Stewart has continued to race Sprint cars but has not gotten behind the wheel of a stock car.

When the Xfinity Series makes its inaugural road course run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the July 4, Stewart will come out of retirement to help kick off the series.

Previously has won at The Brickyard twice and has run the Indianapolis 500 five times including two front row starts and a double dip running the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.

The three time NASCAR champion and Indiana native grew up only 45 minutes from the Speedway in Columbus and Rushville.

Speaking on his running in the Indiana 250, Stewart said, “everyone knows what Indy means to me, so I can’t think of a better place to race on Fourth of July weekend. It’s going to be cool making history by turning left and right in a stock car at the Brickyard, and the racing will be full of action and contact. Any time you can drive any race car at the speedway is special, and you know I’m going for the win. The date is already circled on my calendar.”

A member of the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame, Stewart is part owner in the four car racing team Stewart-Haas Racing.

 

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Changes Coming to Indy 500

Last year race track and car owner Roger Penske added to his racing empire with the purchase Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing Series which includes the Indy 500.

With just a few weeks before the qualifying process begins for the annual Memorial Day weekend event, Penske has announced some changes including the prize money.

The total prize money is now a record setting $15 million with the winner of the race receiving at least $2 million. The pole sitter, driver with the most laps, and other extras also earn payouts.

Other changes include NBC and NBCSN expanding qualifying coverage which will allow the slower cars at the back of the field extra time to qualify for the 33 car starting lineup.

Changes to the track itself include adding over two dozen new video boards including a giant video board in the pagoda area.

 

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Playoffs Set After Wild and Crazy Brickyard

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.

Iconic Owner Gets First Win at Brickyard 400

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

Wild Ride Monday Race for Xfinity Series at Indy

After a weekend of rainstorms and cancelled racing events, the drivers finally take to the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On an early Monday morning the Xfinity Series runs the Lily Diabetes 250 with 12 of the drivers having never been on the track before.

Vinnie Miller, Caesar Bacarella, Austin Cindric, Christopher Bell, Alex Labbe, John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Bilicki, Bayley Currey, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Hightower, Spencer Boyd, and Josh Williams will be racing at IMS for the very first time and with all of the rain none of the drivers were able to practice.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 10.

With all of the rain, the starting lineup has been set by car owner points. Ryan Blaney – one of several drivers running the double today – will sit on the pole and lead the field to the green flag. Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Ross Chastain, and Austin Dillon are among the drivers who wlll be running both races today.

The starting lineup for the Lily Diabetes 250:
Ryan Blaney
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Preece
Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
John Hunter Nemechek
Christopher Bell
Daniel Hemric
Tyler Reddick
Chase Elliott
Brandon Jones
Matt Tifft
Ryan Truex
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed
Ross Chastain
Michael Annett
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Alex Labbe
Joey Gase
Chase Briscoe
Garrett Smithley
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Williams
Caesar Bacarella
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
David Starr
Vinnie Miller
Austin Cindric
Austin Dillon
Jeff Green
Spencer Boyd
Josh Bilicki
Chad Finchum
Brandon Hightower
Mike Harmon
Bayley Currey
Morgan Shepherd

Stages one and two of the race are only 30 laps each with stage three lasting 40 laps for a total of 100 laps around the two and a half mile track.

After several pace laps to help continue drying the track, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but it is Justin Allgaier who edges out in front to take the lead of the race.

The divers are taking the first lap to feel out the track and the new aerodynamic package in the car.

Justin Allgaier leads lap one with Elliott Sadler in second.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Cole Custer.

Lap four, pole sitter Ryan Blaney has fallen to eleventh place with Justin Allgaier leading the pack with a majority of the drivers in single file.

Lap five, the drivers are getting spread out and battling for position.

Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Elliott Sadler in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Lap eight, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Elliott Sadler right behind; Chase Elliott, Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

NASCAR throws the competition caution at the end of lap 10. A few drivers brought their cars down pit road before the caution.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and check the tire wear on the green track.

Taking only two tires Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road but Ty Dillon will be in the lead with Cole Custer beside him on the front row after pitting before the caution.

Lap 14, Ty Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart as drivers battle for position behind him.

Justin Allgaier gets around Ty Dillon to retake the lead but Ty Dillion challenges and passes for the lead.

The top five are Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 17 drivers are getting three wide as they battle for position.

Ty Dillon holds on to the lead with Justin Allgaier on his bumper; Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.

Brandon Hightower brings out the caution flag when he gets turned around on the track.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 and gets out in front for the lead as drivers battle two wide through the field.

The caution flag comes out on lap 22 when Ty Dillon gets into Elliott Sadler. Ryan Reed was also involved in the wreck. Elliott Sadler’s car is stopped smoking against the wall. Austin Cindric and Spencer Boyd’s car sustained damage when he went through the grass to avoid the wreck.

Crew chiefs all along pit road have sent out the warning to the drivers NOT to use the rain soaked grass as an escape route for avoiding wrecks after seeing the damage done to Austin Cindric and Spencer Boyd’s cars.

Ryan Blaney was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road. There was also a tow truck right next to the pit stall and the team believes the penalty unjust.

Justin Allgaier leads the field down for the one lap shootout to end stage one with Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier battling for the lead. It’s a four wide photo finish to end stage one with John Hunter Nemechek taking the stage win by 13 on thousandths of a second. Thirty sixth one thousandth of a second separated the top four drivers.

The top five at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
Justin Allgiaer
Matt Tifft

Varying pit strategies have mixed up the field.

Matt Tifft and Tyler Reddick bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 36 with Tyler Reddick taking the lead.

Matt Tifft gets loose but saves the car and avoids a wreck.

Tyler Reddick is in the lead with Daniel Hemric in second; Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, and Michael Annett round out the top five.

There are 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 38 Tyler Reddick holds on to the lead with Daniel Hemric in second.

Daniel Hemric gets around Tyler Reddick to take the lead as drivers begin to battle harder as the track rubbers in.

Lap 40, Daniel Hemric is in the lead with Austin Dillon in second; Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Matt Tifft round out the top five.

Lap 42, Daniel Hemric leads the race with Austin Dillon in second.

Lap 44, the top five are Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, and Matt Tifft.

Lap 46, the front four are trying to pull away but have encountered slower traffic.

Daniel Hemric continues to lead the race with Austin Dillon right behind in second with a lead of at least 10 car lengths over the next pack of cars.

Lap 48 Daniel Hemric has a tenth of a second lead on Austin Dillon with third place driver Christopher Bell over a second behind; Matt Tifft and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 50, there are 24 cars on the lead lap with 10 cars out of the race.

Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon have pulled out to a lead of over a second ahead of the rest of the field.

With over 20 laps on the tires, teams are beginning to worry about tire wear.

Lap 55 Daniel Hemric continues to lead the race with Austin Dillon right behind; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Ryan Reed brought his car down pit road with a flat tire.

Michael Annett takes his car to the garage with a vibration issue.

Lap 56 the top five are Daniel Hemric, Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, and Ryan Blaney.

Some drivers short pit and bring their cars down pit road before the end of the stage.

Ryan Blaney was charged with speeding on pit road.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two.

The top five at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Christopher Bell
Justin Allgaier
Cole Custer
Ryan Preece

Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road but with other drivers having already pitted, he will not be the leader and bringing the field to the green flag.

Austin Dillon and Matt Tifft bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 66. Tifft and Dillon go nose to nose around the track battling for the lead with Matt Tifft finally taking the top spot with a little help from Chase Elliott.

Drivers are getting three and four wide through the field battling for position in a dance of organized chaos.

Lap 68 Matt Tifft lead the race with Chase Elliott in second and Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 69, the top five are Matt Tifft, Chase Elliott, Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 71, Matt Tffft, Chase Elliott, and Justin Allgaeir battle for the lead with Chase Elliott taking the lead and Justin Allgaier in second.

The caution flag comes out on lap 72 when Cole Custer hits the wall hard after making a trip through the grass. The hit sends Custer back on the track but drivers avoid any further wrecks.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 with Chase Elliott jumping out in front for the lead.

Ryan Preece gets turned around and slams into the tire barrier; almost tearing the front end of the car off.

Austin Dillon has a flat tire and will have to come down pit road.

NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to repair the tire barrier.

The drivers have returned to the track and Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 83. Elliott gets out in front for the lead but drivers are making it three wide for a battle for the lead.

Justin Allgiaer takes the lead of the race with Tyler Reddick in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 85, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Christopher Bell in second and Tyler Reddick in third. There are only 19 cars on the lead lap.

The top seven drivers continue to battle for position with Justin Allgaier leading the way.

Lap 87, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Tyler Reddick in second; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap 89, Justin Allgaier holds on to the lead with Tyler Reddick in second and Chase Elliott in third; Ryan Blaney and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Ten to go, Justin Allgaier is in the lead. John Hunter Nemechek gets in to the wall and has to take his car down pit road but the track stays green.

Nine laps to go, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with team mate Tyler Reddick in second and Chase Elliott in third.

Ryan Truex gets into the wall and slows down but the track stays green.

Lap 92, Justin Allgaier holds on to this lead with Tyler Reddick right behind.

Five to go, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of two tenths of a second with Tyler Reddick in second; Ryan Blaney Chase Elliott, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Three to go, Justin Allgaier holds on to his lead with Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney on his bumper battling for position.

White flag, Justin Allgaier is two and a half miles away from winning the race but can he hold off Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott?

Justin Allgaier wins the Lily Diabetes 250 by a quarter of a second for his first win at Indianapolis and a chance to kiss the bricks. This was Allgaier’s fifth race win of the season.

The unofficial results of the Lily Diabetes 250:
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Daniel Hemric
Matt Tifft
Christopher Bell
Austin Dillon
Chase Briscoe
Brandon Jones
Ryan Reed
Ross Chastain
Ryan Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Vinnie Miller
David Starr
Alex Labbe
Garrett Smithley
Chad Finchum
Ryan Truex
Caesar Bacarella
Josh Williams
John Hunter Nemechek
Mike Harmon
Tommy Joe Martins
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
JJ Yeley
Michael Annett
Morgan Shepherd
Ty Dillon
Austin Cindric
Elliott Sadler
Spencer Boyd
Brandon Hightower
Josh Bilicki
Bayley Currey
Jeff GreenTommy Joe Martins
Morgan Shepherd
Ty Dillon
Austin Cindric
Elliott Sadler
Spencer Boyd
Brandon Hightower
Josh Bilicki
Bayley Currey
Jeff Green