Harvick clinches third Brickyard victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
After a double-header weekend in Pocono, the NASCAR Cup Series carried the excitement to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ‘The Brickyard’ is one of the most prestigious tracks on the Cup Series schedule. The race is also a crown jewel event and is on the bucket list for many drivers to win a race here.
The First Stage
Joey Logano jumped out front to kick off the race, but Kevin Harvick quickly took control after the competition caution. Harvick continued to expand his lead heading into the latter part of the stage.
The Second Stage
Chase Elliott moved into the lead to begin the second stage of the race. Elliott was able to continue leading halfway through the stage when Erik Jones blew a tire to bring out the caution.
All the leaders went to pit road, but William Byron stayed out once again. With 18 laps remaining in the stage, Byron took the green flag and led the field down into turn one. However, Byron blew a tire and brought out the caution on the restart.
Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin moved to the front row, for the following restart, however, Kevin Harvick forced three-wide action down the backstretch. He passed Hamlin and Dillon on the bottom to take the lead late in the second stage. Kevin Harvick was able to come away and win stage two.
The Third Stage
Kevin Harvick returned to lead for the final stage of the race. Denny Hamlin followed closely behind in second place. The leaders began to pit under the green flag, and it was Hamlin cycling back to the front of the field.
Shortly after, another caution flag waved. This time it was Alex Bowman blowing a tire and making hard contact in the outside wall. Hamlin continued to lead on the restart with Harvick following. Hamlin paved the way and it looked promising he would win his first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, with nine laps remaining, Denny Hamlin fell victim to another tire blowout.
Kevin Harvick was able to take the lead on the following restart and the rest is history. Kevin Harvick brings home his third Brickyard victory.
Harvick leads Chase Elliott in second by 85 points, taking a commanding lead in the Cup Series this season.