Brickyard 400: Clint Bowyer wins Stage 1; Truex out early

The 25th running of the Brickyard 400 finally got underway Monday afternoon.

Brickyard 400: Clint Bowyer wins Stage 1; Truex out early

At the start of the race, Kevin Harvick gave way to Kyle Busch, allowing him to get away with the lead from pole position.

Behind them, there was jostling throughout the pack which culminated in a hold-your-breath moment as Joey Logano slid up in front of Kyle Larson, forcing the latter to lift and allowing Clint Bowyer to pass them both.

At Lap 10, Harvick pitted just before the competition yellow and Kyle Busch tried to follow suit, but had to stay out as he did not get slowed down in time.

But Harvick’s strategy backfired as he was then hit with an uncontrolled tire penalty, so he opted to return to pit road during the planned yellow for fuel.

Busch won the race off pit road ahead of Erik Jones, Paul Menard and William Byron. But it was Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer who led the way for the Lap 15 restart, both choosing to stay out.

Hamlin was able to remain in control on the restart as Kyle Busch got around Bowyer for second. He later passed him back moments before the competition caution.

Kurt Busch, Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. all took the opportunity to pit just before the second competition caution came out, but it did not work out for Stenhouse or Harvick. Stenhouse was nailed for speeding entering the pit lane while Harvick had to return due to problems with the front pit gun.

During the pit stops that followed the caution, Ryan Blaney got into the right rear of his teammate Brad Keselowski, flaring out the right rear fender.

Kurt Busch led the way for the restart that followed and continued to do so until another caution, this time for Martin Truex Jr. After starting from the rear of the field and working his way up into the top 15, the reigning series champion suffered a brake failure that put him out of the race.

He had been battling brake issues since the start of the race, which ended with a brake rotor exploding as he entered Turn 1 on Lap 41.

“It was unfortunate. Our Auto Owners Toyota was really fast. Hopefully, we get this bad luck out of the way before the playoffs,” said Truex.

The race went back green with Kurt Busch still in control, but his SHR teammate Bowyer was able to snatch the lead away, taking the stage win for himself. Busch was second, Hamlin third, Larson fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

Keselowski, Almirola, Menard, Elliott, Jones rounded out the top-ten.

shares
comments
Dale Jr. on retirement: "I work so much more than I did as a driver"
Previous article

Dale Jr. on retirement: "I work so much more than I did as a driver"

Next article

Brickyard 400: Matt Kenseth takes hectic Stage 2 win

Brickyard 400: Matt Kenseth takes hectic Stage 2 win
Load comments
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Prime

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organization - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR Cup
Aug 31, 2021
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021