Penske takes Indy double as Keselowski wins Brickyard 400

Mat Coch

Tuesday 11th September, 2018 - 9:59am

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Brad Keselowski celebrates with a burnout after winning the Brickyard 400

Penske has claimed its second success of the year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Brad Keselowski won the rain delayed Brickyard 400.

The Brickyard 400 had been postponed to Monday after persistent rain throughout Sunday forced organisers to delay the race by a day and set the grid based on owner’s points.

It was Keselowski’s second win in as many weeks, and Penske’s first in NASCAR Cup Series competition at Indianapolis after 25 previous attempts.

In May, Penske won the Indianapolis 500 for the 17th time, with Will Power the first Australian to win the race, and followed success on the road course variant of the Indianapolis circuit earlier in the month.

Mounting a late challenge on Denny Hamlin following a restart with three laps to go, Keselowski used fresh tyres to move into the lead with just over a lap to run.

The Penske driver had been among the last to take his final stop, taking to the lane moments before the caution flew for debris.

Using his tyre advantage, Keselowski moved quickly through the field to sit third when Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt tangled.

In the resulting three-lap run to the flag Keselowski proved too strong for Hamlin, who took over out front when Clint Bowyer spun his wheels at the restart.

The Penske driver then pulled clear in the final lap to win from Erik Jones, who demoted Hamlin to third as they headed down the front stretch to begin the final tour.

At the flag, Bowyer fell to fifth behind Kevin Harvick with Kurt Busch sixth ahead of Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, and Ryan Newman completing the top 10.

Martin Truex Jnr was an early casualty after blowing a left-front brake rotor after 40 laps, the 2017 series champion dragging the #78 entry home 40th.

Eighth was enough for Kyle Busch to seal the regular season championship, a title which carries 15 bonus points into NASCAR’s playoffs.

It leaves Busch with a total of 50 bonus points courtesy of six race wins and five stage successes during the regular season.

Keselowski heads into the post-season races fourth in the standings, while Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman both scraped through into the Top 16 courtesy of their Brickyard 400 results.

The opening round of the NASCAR playoffs will be held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 16.

Results: Big Machine Vodka 400, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 160 9 Running
2 20 Erik Jones Toyota 160 0 Running
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 160 37 Running
4 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 160 22 Running
5 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 160 37 Running
6 41 Kurt Busch Ford 160 19 Running
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 160 0 Running
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 160 27 Running
9 21 Paul Menard Ford 160 0 Running
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 160 0 Running
11 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 160 1 Running
12 6 Matt Kenseth Ford 160 5 Running
13 22 Joey Logano Ford 160 0 Running
14 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 160 0 Running
15 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 160 0 Running
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 160 0 Running
17 34 Michael McDowell Ford 160 0 Running
18 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 160 0 Running
19 24 William Byron Chevrolet 160 3 Running
20 95 Regan Smith Chevrolet 160 0 Running
21 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 160 0 Running
22 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 160 0 Running
23 10 Aric Almirola Ford 159 0 Running
24 38 David Ragan Ford 159 0 Running
25 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 158 0 Running
26 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 158 0 Running
27 72 Corey LaJoie Chevrolet 158 0 Running
28 7 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 158 0 Running
29 23 JJ Yeley Toyota 157 0 Running
30 52 BJ McLeod Ford 157 0 Running
31 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 150 0 Crash
32 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Toyota 150 0 Crash
33 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 142 0 Running
34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 136 0 Engine
35 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 124 0 Fuel pump
36 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 89 0 Rear end
37 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 66 0 Crash
38 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 57 0 Crash
39 51 David Starr Chevrolet 57 0 Crash
40 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 41 0 Brakes

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Playoff pts
1 Kyle Busch 2050   26 6 50
2 Kevin Harvick 2050 -0 26 7 50
3 Martin Truex Jnr 2035 -15 26 4 35
4 Brad Keselowski 2019 -31 26 2 19
5 Clint Bowyer 2015 -35 26 2 15
6 Joey Logano 2014 -36 26 1 14
7 Kurt Busch 2014 -36 26 1 14
8 Chase Elliott 2008 -42 26 1 8
9 Ryan Blaney 2007 -43 26 0 7
10 Erik Jones 2005 -45 26 1 5
11 Austin Dillon 2005 -45 26 1 5
12 Kyle Larson 2005 -45 26 0 5
13 Denny Hamlin 2003 -47 26 0 3
14 Aric Almirola 2001 -49 26 0 1
15 Jimmie Johnson 2000 -50 26 0 0
16 Alex Bowman 2000 -50 26 0 0
17 Ryan Newman 532 -1518 26 0 0
18 Paul Menard 524 -1526 26 0 0
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 521 -1529 26 0 0
20 Daniel Suarez 501 -1549 26 0 0
21 Jamie McMurray 494 -1556 26 0 0
22 William Byron 465 -1585 26 0 0
23 Chris Buescher 416 -1634 26 0 0
24 AJ Allmendinger 392 -1658 26 0 0
25 David Ragan 381 -1669 26 0 0
26 Michael McDowell 381 -1669 26 0 0
27 Bubba Wallace 358 -1692 26 0 0
28 Kasey Kahne 358 -1692 25 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 342 -1708 26 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 268 -1782 26 0 0
31 Trevor Bayne 214 -1836 16 0 0
32 Matt Kenseth 164 -1886 10 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 118 -1932 19 0 0
34 Corey LaJoie 99 -1951 16 0 0
35 Cole Whitt 90 -1960 10 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 78 -1972 11 0 0
37 Reed Sorenson 54 -1996 11 0 0
38 Harrison Rhodes 23 -2027 5 0 0
39 Blake Jones 21 -2029 3 0 0
40 Regan Smith 17 -2033 1 0 0
41 Kyle Weatherman 16 -2034 3 0 0
42 Mark Thompson 15 -2035 1 0 0
43 Derrike Cope 8 -2042 3 0 0
44 Chris Cook 6 -2044 1 0 0
45 Tomy Drissi 5 -2045 1 0 0
46 Danica Patrick 2 -2048 1 0 0
47 Cody Ware 1 -2049 2 0 0
48 Brendan Gaughan 0 -2050 3 0 0
49 Justin Marks 0 -2050 2 0 0
50 DJ Kennington 0 -2050 7 0 0
51 David Gilliland 0 -2050 1 0 0
52 Ray Black Jnr 0 -2050 1 0 0
53 Ross Chastain 0 -2050 24 0 0
54 JJ Yeley 0 -2050 9 0 0
55 Landon Cassill 0 -2050 19 0 0
56 Parker Kligerman 0 -2050 3 0 0
57 Timothy Peters 0 -2050 1 0 0
58 Cole Custer 0 -2050 2 0 0
59 Joey Gase 0 -2050 4 0 0

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