All the NASCAR action from the weekend was pushed to Monday. Fans were able to enjoy a doubleheader of racing at the Indianapolis Motorspeedway in Indiana. First was the Xfinity series race in the Morning where Justin Allgaier was able to win and kiss the bricks, the second was the Monster Energy Cup Series race.
Brad Keselowski took advantage of a late race restart to capture his second win in a row and on the season. The win also marked his second crown jewel win after capturing the Southern 500 last week in Darlington. Team owner Roger Penske had 17 Indy 500 wins, coming in but had never had a car win NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, that ended today. Penske also joins Chip Ganassi as the only two owners to win both the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year.
Stage one top 10 was #14 Clint Bowyer, #41 Kurt Busch, #11 Denny Hamlin, #42 Kyle Larson, #18 Kyle Busch, #2 Brad Keselowski, #10 Aric Almirola, #21 Paul Menard, #9 Chase Elliott, and #20 Erik Jones was 10th. The top 10 for stage two were #6 Matt Kenseth, #9 Chase Elliott, #20 Erik Jones, #22 Joey Logano, #41 Kurt Busch, #19 Daniel Suarez, #2 Brad Keselowski, #24 William Byron, #31 Ryan Newman, and #48 Jimmie Johnson was 10th.
This was an interesting race because the first laps for the drivers were the first laps they were able to run, due to all of the rain over the weekend.
Top 10 Finishers: 1st #2 Brad Keselowski
2nd #20 Erik Jones
3rd #11 Denny Hamlin
4th #4 Kevin Harvick
5th #14 Clint Bowyer
6th #41 Kurt Busch
7th #1 Jamie McMurray
8th #18 Kyle Busch
9th #21 Paul Menard
10th #31 Ryan Newman
Other Notables: #12 Ryan Blaney P11, #22 Joey Logano P13, #42 Kyle Larson P14, #9 Chase Elliott P15, #48 Jimmie Johnson P16, #19 Daniel Suarez P18, #24 William Byron P19, #3 Austin Dillon P22, #10 Aric Almirola P23, #88 Alex Bowman P33, #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr P34, #78 Martin Truex Jr P40.
It was not a good day for Martin Truex Jr as he had a brake problem that knocked him out of the race on lap 41. Hendrick drivers Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson were in the last two spots available for NASCAR’s playoffs even with a torn up race car Bowman was able to do what he needed and made the playoffs.
Here is a look at the 2018 NASCAR Playoff grid:
#18 Kyle Busch 2050 points Regular Season Champion six wins
#4 Kevin Harvick 2050 points seven wins
#78 Martin Truex Jr 2035 points four wins
#2 Brad Keselowski 2019 points two wins
#14 Clint Bowyer 2015 points two wins
#41 Kurt Busch 2014 points one win
#22 Joey Logano 2014 points one win
#9 Chase Elliott 2008 points one win
#12 Ryan Blaney 2007 points
#42 Kyle Larson 2005 points
#20 Erik Jones 2005 points one win
#3 Austin Dillon 2005 points one win
#11 Denny Hamlin 2003 points
#10 Aric Almirola 2001 points
#48 Jimmie Johnson 2000 points
#88 Alex Bowman 2000 points.
The Playoffs start this Sunday at Las Vegas Motorspeedway. NASCAR then heads to Richmond, and then to the Charlotte(Roval) after which the playoff field is cut to 12. The round of 12 races are at Dover, Talladega, and Kansas. The Playoff grid cuts to eight, with races at Martinsville, Texas and ISM Raceway. The Championship is decided in November at Homestead-Miami where the Championship Four will run for NASCAR’s biggest prize.