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NASCAR results at Indianapolis: Brad Keselowski wins second straight, gives Penske first Cup win at Indy

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19   //    11 Sep 2018, 03:08 IST
Brad Keselowski, Paul Wolfe
Brad Keselowski, Paul Wolfe

Brad Keselowski used a brilliant pit strategy from crew chief Paul Wolfe to take the lead on the penultimate lap and win the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A crash involving Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt late in the race led to a caution and restart with three laps to go. Leader Denny Hamlin got out to a great restart, but second-place Clint Bowyer spun his tires, allowing Keselowski, who had much fresher tires than the leaders, to take second.

Keselowski and Hamlin then bumped and swapped sheet metal several times racing side by side before Keselowski sailed into the lead.

Keselowski easily held off second-place finisher Erik Jones for the win, his second of the season and the 26th of his career. It's also his second straight win, coming on the heels of last week's win at Darlington.

It's the first-ever win for Team Penske in the Brickyard 400. That's hard to believe, given Roger Penske-owned teams have won the Indy 500 17 times and sat on the pole for that historic race 17 times.

"I wish RP was here. I know he's watching at home," Keselowski told NBCSN afterward. "To get Roger Penske his first Cup win here at the Brickyard is great."

Keselowski quickly gave credit to Wolfe for giving him fresher tires at the end.

"I've got to give credit to my crew chief, Paul Wolfe. He made a heck of a call there to pit late. … We weren't a dominant car by any means."

The final regular season race before the playoffs ended with no change in the driver standings in terms of the playoff field, as all the drivers on the bubble hoping to race their way in with a victory fell short. The following 16 drivers will begin the 10-race playoffs Sept. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman.

Martin Truex Jr. suffered a brake rotor failure, ending his day after 41 laps. He finished 40th and last in the field.

"The brake rotor exploded," Truex Jr. said. "I don't know what was going on with the brakes. We had major issues from the start of the race."

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup results at Indianapolis

1. Brad Keselowski
2. Erik Jones
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Kurt Busch
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Kyle Busch
9. Paul Menard
10. Ryan Newman
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Matt Kenseth
13. Joey Logano
14. Kyle Larson
15. Chase Elliott
16. Jimmie Johnson 
17. Michael McDowell
18. Daniel Suarez
19. William Byron
20. Regan Smith
21. Ty Dillon 
22. Austin Dillon
23. Aric Almirola
24. David Ragan
25. Chris Buescher
26. Ross Chastain
27. Corey LaJoie
28. Reed Sorenson
29. J.J. Yeley
30. B.J. McLeod
31. Landon Cassill
32. Jeffrey Earnhardt
33. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
34. Alex Bowman 
35. Timmy Hill
36. Matt DiBenedetto
37. AJ Allmendinger
38. Bubba Wallace
39. David Starr
40. Martin Truex Jr.

 

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