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NASCAR Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: Top moments from Indiana

The NASCAR Cup Series wraps up its July schedule Sunday with the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

The 2.5-mile, 160-lap race returns for the first time since 2020. 

Tyler Reddick scored the pole in Saturday’s qualifier and led the field to start.

Here are the top moments from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

Engines fired

Sunday’s race is just the second on the speedway’s 14-turn road course configuration. The defending champion is AJ Allmendinger, who pulled off a stunning upset in the final laps of last year’s race.

Green!

It was five-wide going into Turn 1, which didn’t work out well for anyone involved, especially Justin Haley, who went for an early spin and had to go to pit road.

Meanwhile, Reddick led the opening lap, while Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric battled for second.

Around they go

It was more chaos early, as Ross Chastain spun in Turn 1, followed by Denny Hamlin spinning out in Turn 6. Both drivers were able to continue, but they fell back to 29th and 32nd, respectively.

Mayhem!

Things got off to a wild start and stayed that way as the first stage continued. 

Chris Buescher‘s No. 17 Ford went up in flames, as he brought it to pit road at the end of the stage.

Elsewhere, Chase Elliott spun entering Turn 1 and went over a curb.

Stage 1 complete

Briscoe won the first stage, opting to stay out on the track and earn some stage points and pick up a playoff point. He was followed by Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, William Byron and Elliott.

Briscoe went to pit road from the race lead, while Blaney opted to stay out and inherit the top spot.

Double trouble

It was trouble again for Kevin Harvick in Turn 1, going for a spin in front of traffic thanks to Alex Bowman and getting hit by Hamlin in the process.

The terrible turn

Allmendinger went off into a sand trap, while Harrison Burton and Cole Custer both spun out in Turn 1.

Toyota 1-2-3 in Stage 2 

Christopher Bell took the second stage win, followed by Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace.

Stay tuned for updates.


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