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Big Machine Vodka at the Brickyard. Kyle Busch started on pole after qualifying was cancelled due to rain. The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
The race had two competition cautions at the beginning due to the rain. Clint Bowyer was able to win the first stage. Bubba Wallace spun and collided with David Starr. AJ Allmendinger and Alex Bowman both wrecked off turn two. Matt Kenseth was able to win the second stage. In the final stage Clint Bowyer dominated and Denny Hamlin was able to grab the lead after the final round of green-flag pit stop cycled through and was heading to the win until Landon Cassill wrecked along with Jeffrey Earnhardt.
On the restart, Brad Keselowski , who had fresher tires, was able to take the lead from Hamlin and hold off Erik Jones for his second straight win and the first Brickyard victory for Roger Penske and the first Brickyard win for Ford since Erik Jones started on pole.
Kyle Larson had to make an unscheduled pit stop early for a flat right front tire. In the second stage, Kevin Harvick blew a tire and slammed the wall in turn 1 collecting polesitter Jones in the process.
Brad Keselowski would win the second stage. The final stage had a number of wrecks that puts some playoff drivers in jeopardy, with Jamie McMurray wrecked in turn three hard collecting Chase Elliott as well. Kyle Busch later spun in turn four as well as Denny Hamlin later on in the same spot, but would suffer splitter damage ending his day. A late race restart caused Jimmie Johnson , Alex Bowman , and Kurt Busch to suffer tire rubs after contact in the back-straightaway.
Joey Logano hit the wall late in turn two to bring out a caution with just a few laps remaining for an overtime restart. On the second attempt, Keselowski would go on to win the race over Larson to advance to the second round for his third win in a row as well as Team Penske's th win overall.
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April 15—16 [N 2]. Richmond Raceway , Richmond , Virginia. Talladega Superspeedway , Lincoln , Alabama. Dover International Speedway , Dover , Delaware. Kansas Speedway , Kansas City , Kansas. Pocono Raceway , Long Pond , Pennsylvania. Michigan International Speedway , Brooklyn , Michigan. The result left him six points behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman for the final cutoff spot to the second round with two races left.
Bowman hit the wall earlier in the race and finished 19th. Johnson entered the playoffs as the 15th seed and Bowman was the last seed among the 16 playoff contenders. Neither had scored any bonus playoff points this season.
It was just racing hard off Turn 2 and I cut a right front down. Despite the disappointing finish, Johnson left Las Vegas encouraged. On the short run, Martin Truex Jr. Very, very excited about that. Our long run speed was so good. We were too tight to restart, but our long run speed was really good. Sunday also saw the team place three cars in the top five for the first time in Cup. We still have some work to do this afternoon in Sonoma as we try to get win number and compete for the IndyCar championship.
Thanks to everyone throughout our organization for their hard work and all their dedication for helping us reach this special milestone of wins. A happy team owner celebrates in Sonoma! With arguably the fastest car on a long run, Truex was undone by four cautions in the last 23 laps that helped Brad Keselowski score his third consecutive win.
Truex leaves Las Vegas with the points lead after an afternoon that saw six of the 16 playoff drivers involved in accidents or spins and a few others who finished with crinkled and creased cars. All the incidents toward the end were too much to overcome for Truex.
Unfortunately for us, it took a little bit too long to get rolling. Too many cautions at the end. It really, really took our chance away from winning. The issue for Truex was that he and crew chief Cole Pearn set the car up for long runs. We felt it was going to be a long-run kind of race just because the track is slick and there are so many multiple grooves.
Typically, these are the ones that go green for a long time. We were kind of banking on that and for a while it was working for us. Obviously, at the end it was caution after caution. That really took any chance we had away. Brad Keselowski — Winner: I was worried about running out of gas there at the end.
I know the fans can hear on this microphone and I want to say thank you to everyone who braved degree heat all day. You guys are the real heroes.
I get paid to do this. You guys pay to watch and thank you for doing that. Thank you for coming out today and tolerating the heat. What a special day for wins for Penske, three in a row here, first win in the Playoffs.
Kyle Larson — Finished 2nd: But, was happy to end up second there. Just glad we had a good day after the tire issue we had early in the race. So, yeah, good points day.