It’s been a fantastic late afternoon to close another big weekend of NASCAR At Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Stage 1 looked mostly quiet, with a few lead changes along the way.
Joey Logano started well, but as the competition caution goes, it did halt for a while that saw a significant change in the race field thanks to a pit road pile up.
Fortunately, a crew member of Ryan Blaney’s No.12 Penske squad is okay with minor injuries.
Kevin Harvick remained quiet in the last half of the opening stage before the late Ryan Newman caution saw him change the strategy with the stop on pit road.
So William Byron took out the opening mini win as he did have a great showing so far in the No.24 Hendrick Chevy.
But again in a caution filled Stage 2, it hit a snag to Byron when he, unfortunately, couldn’t hold on the top spot at the next restart & bumped into the wall.
It gave Kevin Harvick two times lucky to get back on track.
- Based on the William Byron incident just now, Harvick had a great restart & held on to win in Stage 2 & carried the lead into Stage 3.
- He might have lost the lead at one point to Denny Hamlin & nearly slipped away if the race held on uninterrupted.
- But thanks to the two late cautions, it gave Harvick another opportunity to sort things out, especially the new drama from Hamlin, where he took advantage of his situation that pulled off the winning move at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Once again, Kevin Harvick credits the cautions and the fast No.4 Ford Mustang that saw him dominant in most parts of the race, including overtime.