Kevin Harvick tops Logano for second Brickyard 400 victory

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Harvick out-dueled Joey Logano for a lap on a restart with 9 of 160 laps to go after which held on to win his second profession Brickyard 400 victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Identical to his win on the Brickyard in 2003, Harvick gained the race from the pole.

The win is Harvick’s third within the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence this season and 48th of his profession.

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“That is nice. I’ve to say due to all of the followers. I am unable to let you know how a lot coming to Indianapolis means to me,” Harvick stated. “As a child I watched Rick Mears win the Indy 500 and obtained to be round him as a child. He was my hero.

“My crew constructed an amazing race automotive. I am unable to say sufficient about everybody on (this crew). They constructed a heck of a race automotive. It is the identical stuff that we took to Michigan and had an actual good weekend there, clearly, and went to Victory Lane.

“I understand how a lot this implies to Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and all the fellows who work on this automotive. We have been so shut at successful right here earlier than.”

Requested what his second Brickyard wins means, Harvick stated: “I understand how a lot it means to everybody on our crew. All these guys that make this automotive go round. I understand how a lot it means to essentially all people. And now child woman (daughter Piper) will get a trophy.”

Bubba Wallace completed a stunning third, William Byron was fourth and Clint Bowyer ended up fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 had been Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott and Paul Menard.

Becoming a member of Harvick within the Cup sequence playoffs this season are Kyle Busch, Logano, Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Elliott, Kyle Larson, Blaney, Alex Bowman, Erik Jones, Byron, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman.

Stage three

Following the break between Phases 2 and three, solely a handful of vehicles elected to pit and Harvick remained within the lead when the race returned to inexperienced on Lap 105. He was adopted by Larson, Blaney, Logano and Daniel Suarez.

A multi-car wreck erupted after the restart as the sphere handed by way of Flip 2 with Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Daniel Hemric getting the brunt of the harm because the warning was displayed.

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Additionally collected within the incident had been Byron, Paul Menard, Parker Kligerman, Matt Tifft and Chris Buescher.

Solely a handful of vehicles elected to pit and when the race returned to inexperienced on Lap 112, Harvick continued to guide adopted by Blaney, Logano, Suarez and Byron.

Blaney obtained previous Harvick off Flip 2 on the restart to take the lead within the race for the primary time.

With 40 laps to go within the race, Blaney had moved out to a 1.7-second lead over Harvick with Logano operating third, Suarez fourth and Almirola fifth.

On Lap 129, Kyle Larson hit the wall onerous coming off Flip 2 to deliver out one other warning simply after Suarez and Harvick had made their green-flag pit stops.

 

The rest of the sphere hit pit street for what may very well be their closing stops of the race with Blaney the primary off. On the restart on Lap 135, Harvick (who stayed out) led the best way adopted by Blaney, Logano, Wallace and Bowman.

On the restart, Bowman spun and wrecked after contact with Hamlin as NASCAR threw the warning as soon as once more. 

The race returned to inexperienced on Lap 140 with Harvick out entrance adopted by Blaney. 

With 20 to go, Logano had moved to second behind Harvick as Wallace moved into third.

On Lap 147, Matt Tifft spun in Flip 1 and backed his No. 36 Ford into the wall to deliver out the ninth warning of the race. 

Many of the lead-lap vehicles remained on the monitor and when the race returned to inexperienced on Lap 152, Harvick continued to guide adopted by Logano, Wallace, Blaney and Hamlin.

Logano battled Harvick side-by-side for almost a lap earlier than Harvick was in a position to clear him for the lead by way of Flip three.

With 5 laps remaining, Harvick had prolonged his lead over Logano to 2.2 seconds as Wallace remained in third.