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Kevin Harvick capitalizes on Denny Hamlin’s late cra-sh to win Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS — Kevin Harvick turned up the warmth on Denny Hamlin late within the Brickyard 400.

And on a cooling observe, Hamlin’s worn tires merely gave out.

With the solar setting Sunday over Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hamlin seven laps from victory, he went careening into the primary flip wall, and Harvick beat Matt Kenseth off the ultimate restart to draw back.

“We knew he was really close on tires so (crew chief) Rodney (Childers) said on the radio to keep the pressure on him,” Harvick stated. “It’s the Brickyard, this is what I grew up wanting to do so to come here and win for the third time is something I couldn’t have dreamed up.”

Harvick gained for the 53rd time to transfer inside one among tying Lee Petty for eleventh on NASCAR’s profession checklist, and it gave Stewart-Haas Racing a sweep of the weekend following Chase Briscoe’s win Saturday within the Xfinity Series race.

For the third straight race, Harvick and Hamlin have been in a league of their very own.

Until the beautiful twist because the solar was setting over the historic 2.5-mile oval, it appeared is that if Harvick and Hamlin would sweep the highest two spots for the third consecutive race.

How good have they been?

Each has gained 4 occasions, tied for essentially the most within the sequence. And since racing resumed at Darlington in mid-May, Hamlin and Harvick have mixed to win seven of 12 races.

But the cra-sh ended Hamlin’s run of 4 straight top-five finishes with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“It’s just, it’s tough. I hate it for the FedEx team,” Hamlin stated. “It was just kind of roulette if it stays together or not and mine didn’t.”

NASCAR’s climate issues continued, too, with the beginning delayed 55 minutes due to lightning strikes inside an eight-mile radius of the observe.

On Lap 16, the race was red-flagged briefly after a six-car pileup close to the doorway of pit highway. Five of these concerned didn’t end the race and every was checked on the infield medical heart and was launched.

But NASCAR officers stated Ryan Blaney’s tire changer, Zachary Price, was transported to a hospital after getting pinned between Blaney’s automobile and one other. Price appeared to be smiling as he was positioned on a stretcher earlier than he was taken away in an ambulance.

Blaney continued racing within the No. 12 Ford and Justin Allgaier acquired in three extra laps earlier than calling it a day. Allgaier changed Jimmie Johnson within the No. 48 after Johnson examined optimistic for coronavirus on Friday.

Johnson’s absence ended the longest energetic streak of consecutive begins at 663 — fifth general — and maybe his quest to be a part of Jeff Gordon and former Formula One star Michael Schumacher as the one five-time winners at Indy. The 44-year-old Johnson stated he can be watching from his house in Aspen, Colorado.

It’s the primary time since 1993 that the No. 48 was utilized in a factors race with out Johnson driving.

“I didn’t know if I got the gentleman on the No. 12 or not,” Allgaier stated. “Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled up there, one car after another was getting run into. It’s just a shame. I hate it for these guys.”

It was a tricky day for Kurt Busch, whose hopes of successful in his 700th profession begin ended with an early pit cease mistake. A aircraft flew over the observe throughout pre-race actions to rejoice the milestone. Busch broke a tie with Hall of Famer Buddy Baker for No. 16 on NASCAR’s profession checklist and moved inside six of tying Rusty Wallce for No. 15.

William Byron gained the primary stage after deciding not to pit beneath warning with 9 laps left and Harvick led the ultimate 12 laps to declare the second stage

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