Since the return of NASCAR from its COVID-19 break, Kevin Harwick has been one of the main racers, and the race continued in Indianapolis on Sunday.
In three games, Harwick left the final for the second time, left the field in the last two races, and ran to the victory lane. Driven by Stewart-Haas racing teammate Cole Custer, Harvick cleared Matt Kenseth into Turn 1, and scored his second consecutive victory at The Brickyard-ranking third overall.
Harwick led the game with the highest 68 laps. In the end, when leading Denny Hamlin blew a right front tire into the first turn, he led the last seven laps. Hamlin’s accident made the sprint complete.
“I am really proud of all these people and everyone in SHR,” Harvick said. “I just want to thank everyone at Busch Light. Our Ford Mustang is passing fast today. Mobil 1, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Jimmy John’s, everyone at Haas Automation Company tried their best to get our car into the victory lane At full strength, this is just a huge effort to get the car into the track.
“Denny ran into his problem there, and we were able to capitalize and eventually got a big push from Cole and took it home.”
Kenseth maintained the second place, which is the best result since joining Chip Ganassi Racing. Aric Almirola won the top five for the fifth consecutive time with a third place. Brad Keselowski ranked fourth, and Custer ranked fifth.
Kyle Busch came in sixth, Michael McDowell came in seventh, Tyler Reddick came in eighth, and Darrell Wah Jr. Darrell Wallace came in tenth, and Joey Logano came in tenth. Lignano started the race from the pole and led 14 laps, but he and the Penske team never seemed satisfied with their Ford Mustang.
Unfortunately for Hamlin, he was the driver with a fifth flat tire in 160 laps. Hamlin, Eric Jones and Alex Bowman’s tires were hit hard when they blew from the tires to the outer wall, and Ryan Newman also fell from the tires. William Byron scored more than The left forward was lost at two.
Under the warning of the 14th lap, six drivers left the race early after a backlog in the maintenance area. These include Justin Allgaier and Martin Truex Jr. who are filling positions for Jimmie Johnson. Al Gael ranked 37th and Trux 38th.
Harwick continued to lead the standings and tied with Hamlin for the most wins this season. Indianapolis is his 53rd professional championship in the NASCAR Cup series.
“Victory never ages,” Harwick said.