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Harvick First to the Bricks

Larry Robinson - Bluegrass Sports Nation

Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s running of the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Denny Hamlin crashes from the lead.

INDIANAPOLIS – July 5, 2020 – Anthony Holbrook  

NASCAR Cup Series visited the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for theBig Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 / Brickyard 400. Covid-19 restrictions continue to umbrella the venue.

One driver not participating in today race was Jimmie Johnson who tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson was replaced by Justin Allgaier who drove the No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet.

The start of the race was delayed due to lightening in the area.  Joey Logano was awarded Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Pole after his random drawing selection.

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 / Brickyard 400 – Stage 1 Recap:

Stage 1 was marked by a multi-car collision at the entrance to pit road during the mandatory competition caution on Lap 15.

Cars involved the carnage included those of Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Corey LaJoie, Chris Buescher and Ryan Blaney. Allgaier, Poole, Stenhouse and Truex were among those who exited the race early.

William Byron in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, took advantage of a late restart with five laps to go to pull away from the field securing his second stage win of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota – Erik Jones finished second, and Austin Dillon, in the No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet, was third. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers.

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 / Brickyard 400 – Stage 1 Results:

  1. William Byron
  2. Erik Jones
  3. Austin Dillon
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Matt DiBenedetto
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10.  Clint Bowyer

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 / Brickyard 400– Stage 2 Results:

Kevin Harvick reassumed the lead from Austin Dillon on Lap 88 and withstood some competitive racing to win Stage 2 in Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick got his second stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, finishing ahead of Chase Elliott, who led 26 laps.

Kevin Harvick picked up Stage 2 victory executing a bold maneuver passing both Austin Dillion and Denny Hamlin while sliding into the infield grass, just before Ryan Blaney brought out the 6th caution.

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 / Brickyard 400 – Stage 2 Results:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Matt DiBenedetto
  5. Austin Dillon
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Christopher Bell

10) Clint Bowyer

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 / Brickyard 400 – Final recap:

Harvick sailed to his second consecutive win at the track after a tire blew out on the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin, who was in control and was running in first place in the final laps of the race. The blown tire forced Hamlin into the safety fence and his day was over.

Harvick captured the point on the final restart ahead of Matt Kenseth and Aric Almirola, who finished in second and third place, respectively.

Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400– Final Stage Results

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Matt Kenseth
  3. Aric Almirola
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Cole Custer
  6. Kyle Busch
  7. Michael McDowell
  8. Tyler Reddick
  9. Bubba Wallace
  10. Joey Logano
  11. Chase Elliott
  12. Christopher Bell
  13. Kurt Busch
  14. Ty Dillon
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. John Hunter Nemechek
  17. Ross Chastain
  18. Austin Dillon
  19. Matt DiBenedetto
  20. Daniel Suarez
  21. JJ Yeley
  22. BJ McLeod
  23. Quin Houff
  24. Garrett Smithley
  25. Josh Bilicki
  26. Joey Gase
  27. William Byron
  28. Denny Hamlin
  29. Timmy Hill
  30. Ryan Blaney
  31. Chris Buescher
  32. Ryan Blaney
  33. Erik Jones
  34. Ryan Newman
  35. Brennan Poole
  36. Ricky Stenhouse
  37. Justin Allgaier
  38. Martin Truex Jr.
  39. Corey LaJoie
  40. Ryan Preece 
The NASCAR Cup Series locates to the Bluegrass State for the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart  at Kentucky Speedway;    Sunday , July 12th 2020at 2:30 p.m. ET        FS1 / Sirus XM Radio NASCAR 90

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