Keselowski wins postponed Indianapolis NASCAR Cup race, Jones P2

Tim Lumb
Autosport
Keselowski wins postponed Indianapolis Cup race
Keselowski wins postponed Indianapolis Cup race

Brad Keselowski took a second NASCAR Cup win in two races with victory at Indianapolis after passing Denny Hamlin on the penultimate lap.

The Penske driver, who also won last time out at Darlington, made his final stop on lap 143 of 160, just before a caution came out due to debris lying near the start/finish line.

Keselowski had made his way up to third position before the race was suspended again following a collision between Landon Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt, and was able to get past Clint Bowyer at the subsequent restart after the Stewart-Haas Racing driver appeared to struggle with wheelspin.

Keselowski and leader Hamlin battled on the penultimate tour, making contact on numerous occasions before Keselowski took first place, holding on over the final lap to win the Brickyard 400.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Erik Jones also passed Hamlin entering the final lap to take second place, with the latter ending up third.

Going into what was the final race of the regular season, all but two playoff places were filled.

Hendrick team-mates Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman provisionally held spots but were not certain of progressing ahead of the race, which had been postponed following a cancelled qualifying session due to persistent rain.

But Johnson all but sealed his playoff place when Bowman was caught up in a crash with AJ Allmendinger on lap 67.

However, Bowman still secured the final playoff place as no driver outside of the top 16 in the standings scored a victory that would have meant they jumped ahead of him.

Kevin Harvick finished the race in fourth after a slow final pitstop. Kyle Busch ended the race in eighth, while Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr crashed out on lap 41 due to a left front brake issue.

Bowyer had run at the front of the field for the majority of the race, winning stage one from Kurt Busch, but his mistake at the final restart bumped him down to fifth position.

Bush came home sixth, while stage two winner Matt Kenseth finished down in 12th after running into issues at his final pitstop.

Results - 160 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Brad Keselowski

Team Penske

Ford

3h06m35.s

2

Erik Jones

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

0.904s

3

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

21h53m25.s

4

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

21h53m25.s

5

Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

21h53m25.s

6

Kurt Busch

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

21h53m25.s

7

Jamie McMurray

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

8

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

21h53m25.s

9

Paul Menard

Wood Brothers Racing

Ford

21h53m25.s

10

Ryan Newman

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

11

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Ford

21h53m25.s

12

Matt Kenseth

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

21h53m25.s

13

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Ford

21h53m25.s

14

Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

15

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

16

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

17

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

21h53m25.s

18

Daniel Suarez

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

21h53m25.s

19

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

20

Regan Smith

Leavine Family Racing

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

21

Ty Dillon

Germain Racing

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

22

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

21h53m25.s

23

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

Ford

1 Lap

24

David Ragan

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

1 Lap

25

Chris Buescher

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

2 Laps

26

Ross Chastain

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

2 Laps

27

Corey LaJoie

TriStar Motorsports

Chevrolet

2 Laps

28

Reed Sorenson

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

2 Laps

29

J.J. Yeley

BK Racing

Toyota

3 Laps

30

B.J. McLeod

Rick Ware Racing

Ford

3 Laps

31

Landon Cassill

StarCom Racing

Chevrolet

Accident

32

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Gaunt Brothers Racing

Toyota

Accident

33

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

18 Laps

34

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

Engine

35

Timmy Hill

MBM Motorsports

Toyota

Fuel pump

36

Matt DiBenedetto

Go FAS Racing

Ford

Rear end

37

A.J. Allmendinger

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

Accident

38

Darrell Wallace Jr.

Richard Petty Motorsports

Chevrolet

Accident

39

David Starr

Rick Ware Racing

Ford

Accident

40

Martin Truex Jr.

Furniture Row Racing

Toyota

Brakes

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