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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s two races at Indianapolis on Monday (all times local):
Brad Keselowski has given Roger Penske his first win in the Brickyard 400.
Keselowski took the lead with a daring pass, bumping leader Denny Hamlin as they came around the 2.5-mile oval on the second-to-last lap. Keselowski finally made the pass coming down the front straightaway and pulled away to win by 0.904 seconds over Erik Jones. Hamlin was third 1.703 seconds behind.
The win was No. 499 for Team Penske, which has won a record 17 Indianapolis 500s on the track.
It’s also Keselowski’s first Brickyard win and his second straight win heading into the playoffs.
Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson clinched one of the 16 playoff spots after Alex Bowman developed a tire problem during the second stage of the race. But Bowman’s team got him back on the track and into the playoffs, too.
Kyle Busch captured the regular-season points title. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, in the No. 18 Toyota, finished eighth.
The other drivers competing for the Cup title will be: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Jones, Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola.
Saturday’s qualifying was rained out, so the starting grid was determined by points. Sunday’s scheduled race also was washed out, forcing the race to be moved to a rare Monday start.
Matt Kenseth of Roush Fenway Racing has won the second stage of the Brickyard 400. Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports was second and Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing was third.
Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, teammates with Stewart-Haas Racing, spent most of the second 50 laps in the lead, but the top of the standings changed late in the sequence when drivers started pitting to get ready for the third and final stage of the regular-season finale.
Alex Bowman of Hedrick Motorsports pulled into the pits with smoke coming from his tire just after a restart on Lap 20. He was collected in a crash involving AJ Allmendinger, a wreck that could end his playoff hopes.