Kevin Harvick claimed his second straight Brickyard 400 on Sunday with a masterful effort at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After trading bold passes with Denny Hamlin throughout the competition, it appeared Harvick would fall short. But Hamlin wrecked seven laps before the finish, allowing Harvick to cruise to victory.
Matt Kenseth, who came out of retirement in the middle of the season, finished second and had a real shot at an upset during an overtime restart. Aric Almirola finished third and rookie Cole Custer landed in fourth.
Tire trouble was the theme of the afternoon, with Alex Bowman and William Byron also losing their treads.
Sporting News tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday's NASCAR race at the Brickyard. Follow below for complete results from Indianapolis.
Results from Brickyard 400
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Lead changes: 11
NASCAR at Indianapolis highlights from the Brickyard 400
8:46 p.m.: Kevin Harvick wins the Brickyard 400.
Harvick Kenseth Almirola Keselowski Custer top-5.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 6, 2020
8:45 p.m.: Overtime.
8:38 p.m.: Here's where we'll stand when we return to green.
Under caution, 5 laps to go ... Harvick Kenseth Almirola Custer Bell Keselowski ADillon DiBenedetto KyBusch McDowell Wallace. Elliott Reddick Bowyer Logano Nemechek Chastain TDillon— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 6, 2020
8:33 p.m.: Caution for Hamlin! His tire gave out just seven laps from victory.
Wow. Hamlin slams into the wall after a blown tire at Indy. He was the leader. pic.twitter.com/7OUKCQ9QVC— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 6, 2020
HOLY CRAP! Denny Hamlin blows a tire and hits the wall while leading at the Brickyard!— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 6, 2020
8:31 p.m.: Buckle up.
8:29 p.m.: Matt Kenseth is shaping up to be the dark horse down the stretch here if Harvick and Hamlin falter. He's been running near the top for a while and is in third currently.
8:20 p.m.: Just over 20 laps to go.
Restart with 22 to go: Hamlin, Harvick, Bell, Kenseth, A. Dillon, Custer, Keselowski, Almirola, DiBenedetto, McDowell, Elliott, Chastain, Kyle Busch, Wallace, T. Dillon, Reddick, Bowyer, Logano, JHN, Suarez, Kurt Busch (top 20) | #NASCAR— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) July 6, 2020
Harvick is told to push Hamlin as hard as he can -- that Hamlin's tires have been showing cords.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 6, 2020
8:17 p.m.: Elliott had already pitted but goes in again under caution. Unclear why he did that, as it'll push him back in the field.
Obviously, Hamlin and Harvick stayed out. So they will restart 1-2. After them, it's Bell-Kenseth-ADillon-Custer-Keselowski-Almirola-DiBenedetto-McDowell. Then Elliott is P11.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 6, 2020
8:10 p.m.: Alex Bowman crashes.
Alex Bowman with a big hit in Turn 1 from a blown right front tire. Lap 133 | #NASCAR— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) July 6, 2020
8:07 p.m.: Both Hamlin and Harvick have pitted. They have 30 laps to find an edge. Others such as Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott, meanwhile, will look to steal a surprise win over the veteran favorites.
8 p.m.: There are 40 laps remaining. Top 3: Harvick, Hamlin, Elliott.
7:49 p.m.: This is turning into quite the battle between Hamlin and Harvick.
Hamlin, using a push from Christopher Bell, goes three-wide to take the lead. But then Harvick side-drafts him and goes back around on the outside.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 5, 2020
7:36 p.m.: Harvick wins Stage 2.
STAGE 2: Harvick, Elliott, Hamlin, DiBenedetto, A. Dillon, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Bell, Bowyer (top 10), Almirola, T. Dillon, Custer, Keselowski, Reddick (top 15), McDowell, JHN, Logano, Wallace, Suarez (top 20) | #NASCAR— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) July 5, 2020
7:22 p.m.: Harvick swoops into the lead with a bold move and Blaney crashes behind him.
Beautiful racing from Kevin Harvick.pic.twitter.com/qO72WiiGJw— Sporting News NASCAR (@sn_nascar) July 5, 2020
What a MOVE by Harvick! Holy cow...and caution! Blaney!— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 5, 2020
7:16 p.m.: Austin Dillon moves to first after Byron's mishap.
7:14 p.m.: Byron, who had been having a great afternoon, blows a tire.
7:08 p.m.: We're now halfway through the 160 laps of the Brickyard 400, meaning this race is official. Byron holds the lead.
6:56 p.m.: Caution. Erik Jones crashes.
Jones said he was all right. And is out of the car.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 5, 2020
6:50 p.m.: Newman is done for the day.
6:45 p.m.: Chase Elliott takes the lead.
6:30 p.m.: William Byron wins Stage 1.
Caution out for the end of stage 1.— Jayski.com (@jayski) July 5, 2020
Byron wins it. Then Jones ADillon Elliott Harvick Hamlin DiBenedetto Hamlin KyBusch Keselowski Bowyer.
6:26 p.m.: The green flag waves with four more laps left in Stage 1.
6:14 p.m.: Caution. Ryan Newman becomes the latest to wreck in this wild Stage 1.
5:55 p.m.: We're green. Truex Jr. won't be part of the action, though.
We’re back green on lap 20 and it’s without Martin Truex Jr., who is done for the day | #NASCAR— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) July 5, 2020
5:49 p.m.: Back to yellow. Race will restart soon.
Officially involved in the crash on pit road— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) July 5, 2020
Martin Truex Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse, Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole
5:40 p.m.: Let's hope the crew member comes out OK. That was a scary moment.
Red flag at Indianapolis after that pit road wreck. Ambulance has arrived to tend to the No. 12 crew member.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 5, 2020
Crewman loaded into the ambulance. Gave a “thumbs up” to the other guys.— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) July 5, 2020
5:35 p.m.: A big pit road wreck that might have clipped one of Ryan Blaney's crew members prompts the red flag.
Oh crap. I hope that crew member on the 12 team is OK. Looks like he got his leg jammed between cars.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 5, 2020
And we have a pile up on pit road with LaJoie, Stenhouse, Allgier, Preece looked to be involved | #NASCAR— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) July 5, 2020
5:32 p.m.: Joey Logano holds the early lead.
5:26 p.m.: Nightmare start for MTJ.
Martin Truex Jr. says he has an error message on his engine control unit.— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) July 5, 2020
5:24 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson is tuned in from home.
5:20 p.m.: Green flag.
5:08 p.m.: Engines fired.
5 p.m.: The weather is finally cooperating.
4:46 p.m.: Please let this plan go through.
NASCAR plans on having prerace ceremonies begin at 5pm ET.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 5, 2020
Assuming there are no more weather delays, here is the updated minute by minute:— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) July 5, 2020
Drivers to cars: 4:52 p.m.
Anthem Package: 5 p.m.
Command: 5:07 p.m.
Green Flag: 5:19 p.m.
4:29 p.m.: With no lights at the track, NASCAR really shouldn't have made this a late start.
4:12 p.m.: Still at least 15 minutes left before things get going.
NASCAR sent out the second lightning hold notice at 3:57 p.m. ET, which means it would be at least 4:27 ET before the shelter request is lifted. Obviously, start of the race will be delayed. Love these late afternoon starts.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 5, 2020
4 p.m.: Race will be delayed because of lightning. Business as usual this season.
3:52 p.m.: A reminder that it won't be Jimmy in the 48.
Some car number history as @J_Allgaier will be the first driver of record of the No. 48 since @JimmieJohnson's hold on it from the end of 2001 to this year -- a span of (gulp) 666 career starts.— Zack Albert (@zack_albert) July 5, 2020
Last to use No. 48 before then: Canada's Trevor Boys (pictured) in 1993. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/t2QszM3I0F
3:40 p.m.: Kurt Busch's wife, Ashley Busch, had a banner flown over the venue to celebrate Busch's 700th career start. Alex Bowman, who shares her initials, responded with a joke.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Date: Sunday, July 5
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBC
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The green flag for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis will wave shortly after 4 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.
Sunday's Brickyard 400 was moved back to 4 p.m. ET rather than 3:30 p.m. ET as originally scheduled. The race is scheduled for 160 laps around the 2.5 mile oval with stage lengths of 50, 50 and 60 laps.
The later start time is notable, because Indianapolis Motor Speedway does not have lights in the event Sunday's race is delayed by weather.
NASCAR starting lineup at Indianapolis
Here are the results of Thursday's draw for the starting lineup in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
|1||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|2||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|3||Alex Bowman||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4||Justin Allgaier*||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|10||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|11||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|13||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|15||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|18||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|19||John Hunter Nemechek||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|20||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|21||Matt Kenseth||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|22||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|24||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|25||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|26||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|27||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|28||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||Ty Dillon||13||Germain Racing|
|30||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|31||Corey LaJoie||32||Go Fas Racing|
|32||Ross Chastain||77||Spire Motorsports|
|33||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|34||JJ Yeley||27||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|36||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|37||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|38||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|39||Johs Bilicki||7||Tommy Baldwin Racing|
|40||BJ McLeod||78||BJ McLeod Motorsports|
* Allgaier is driving in place of Jimmie Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19.