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Kyle Busch crashed and finished 34th in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Busch's bid for a third-straight Indianapolis win would not be realized. Despite leading a race-high 87 laps and having the most dominant car in the field, the Joe Gibbs Racing star would be denied. On a lap 110 restart Busch would jockey hard with Martin Truex Jr. at the front of the field. His pass attempt on the outside would cause the No. 78 Toyota to lose grip and slide up the track into Busch's machine. The two would slam hard into the outside wall and bring an end to both of their day's. For Busch it was his third DNF of the season, and he slips one spot to fourth in the championship standings.

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team continued to be on the comeback trail at Indianapolis. Kenseth had a fast Toyota and he led 21 laps during this 400-mile event. He would bring the car through many close calls and be in position to challenge for the win at the end. The victory would not be in the cards, but Kenseth would rack up his fifth Top 5 of the season and second Top 5 in the last two weeks. He climbs two spots to ninth-place in the series standings as a result.

Joey Logano finished fourth in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

On an afternoon when the Toyota teams flexed their muscles, Logano was one of the few Ford drivers to impress. He avoided many near-misses with disaster on the race track, and kept his No. 22 car pointed toward the lead pack. Persistence, patience and skill would eventually pay off. Logano would be rewarded with a Top-5 finish when the final caution flag brought the race to an end. It was the veteran driver's eighth Top-5 finish of the season.

Ryan Newman finished third in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

At one point during the late stages of Sunday's race at Indy, it looked like Newman had worked the fuel mileage perfectly to set him up for a potential run for the win based on fuel mileage. However, the crash fest that was the final 40 laps of this event nullified that strategy. It would still be a great outcome for the No. 31 Chevrolet team. Newman avoided the late wrecks and held good track position. He would be rewarded with just his fourth Top-5 finish of the season.

Keselowksi finished second in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

This race that featured many multi-car crashes didn't leave too many big names racing up front at the end. Keselowski was the exception. He led 23 laps on the day and managed to avoid the carnage that sidelined half the field. The Penske Racing star couldn't get around Kasey Kahne on the final restart and would collect the strong runner-up finish. It was his series-leading 10th Top-5 finish of the season.

Kasey Kahne won the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was a battle of survival Sunday afternoon at the Brickyard. This 400-mile race featured a record 14 cautions and 3 red flags. By the time the smoke had cleared it was Kahne and Brad Keselowski restarting for the final time on the front row. The two would battle to the back stretch line when yet another multi-car crash would break out behind them. The caution would come out for the last time and Kahne would be declared the winner by virtue of being ahead of Keselowski when the caution came out. It was his first victory of the season and 18th of Kahne's career. He snapped a 102-race winless streak with the victory.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

It was no surprise to see the two-time Brickyard winner atop the scoring pylon after the final round of knockout qualifying. Busch piloted the No. 18 Toyota past Kevin Harvick to claim the top starting spot for Sunday's race at Indianapolis. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has been dominant at this historic oval the past two seasons, and he's the top contender to win the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400.

Joey Logano finished third in the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

The Penske Racing star was a standout veteran in a very young field Saturday at Indianapolis. The No. 22 Ford was pretty fast, but it wasn't the best car on the track. Logano was very patient in working the field and making quality passes. That experience paid off with great track position late in this event. However, Logano was in no position to track down the leaders. The Top-5 finish was his fourth of the season in just seven starts.

Paul Menard finished second in the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

The former Brickyard 400 winner made an Xfinity start Saturday in the RCR No. 2 Chevrolet. It would end up being a wise driver choice by Childress. Menard would start 15th on the grid and slowly work his way forward over the 100-lap event. The team had good pit strategy and would earn good track position for the final green-flag run. Over those final 36 laps Menard would push to second and challenge for the win, but could not get around William Byron for the win. It was his first Top 5 in just his fifth start this season.

Denny Hamlin was fastest in opening practice for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday morning. He turned a fast lap of 187.414 mph.

Impact

The Joe Gibbs Racing star is carrying a lot of momentum into the Brickyard this weekend coming off his big win at Loudon last week. The No. 11 team unloaded the fastest race car to start the weekend. Hamlin beat out Martin Truex Jr. for the fastest lap of the opening session. He should crack the Top 10 in Sunday's 400-mile race at Indy.

Justin Allgaier was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 166.485 mph.

Impact

The driver of the JRM No. 7 Chevrolet turned in two strong practices at the historic oval Friday afternoon. Allgaier edged the Toyota of Matt Tifft for the fastest lap of this final session. The JR Motorsports veteran looks like a Top-5 finisher for Saturday's 250-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Alex Bowman will officially replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet for the 2018 season, Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com reports.

Impact

Bowman originally filled in for Earnhardt during the 2016 season when the veteran was recovering from a concussion, while the 24-year-old Bowman drove 10 races. He racked up three top-10 finishes and a sixth-place result at Phoenix during his stint behind the wheel.

Kevin Harvick finished fifth in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Stewart Haas Racing star started 12th on the grid and the team worked on the handling of the No. 4 Ford over the course of the 301 laps. It would get better as the race wore on, and Harvick would forge forward through the field. He would penetrate the Top 5 and race there most of the afternoon, but he didn't have the speed to seriously threaten for the win. The Top-5 finish was his seventh of the season, and Harvick remains fourth overall in the driver point standings as a result.

Matt Kenseth finished fourth in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The one-mile short track at New Hampshire was just what the doctor ordered for the struggling No. 20 team. Kenseth has been fantastic in recent seasons at this oval, and Sunday was no exception. The Joe Gibbs Racing star led 4 laps and raced among the leaders all afternoon at the Magic Mile. Kenseth could beat his faster teammate, Denny Hamlin, in the closing laps, but would still collect his fourth Top-5 finish of the season. He remains 11th overall in the championship standings after Loudon.

Truex Jr. finished third in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota was easily the strongest car on the track. Truex led a whopping 137 laps and set the pace most of the afternoon at Loudon. However, a late-race flat tire would force Truex to pit under green. A caution on lap 263 would allow the veteran driver to rally, but he did not have enough laps to get back into the lead. The Top-5 finish was his seventh of the season. Truex expands his championship standings lead to 38 points over Kyle Larson.

Kyle Larson finished second in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

For the second-straight week Larson would have to overcome starting from the rear of the field, but the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet would be up to the task. He would quickly drive through the field and inside the Top 10 before the end of Stage 1. Larson couldn't seem to wrestle the lead from the strong Toyotas, but he would maintain great track position for the rest of the race. The runner-up was his ninth Top 5 of the season and Larson remains second overall in the driver point standings.

Denny Hamlin won the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Magic Mile brought us some real magic Sunday afternoon at the one-mile oval. Hamlin would overcome using a backup car to lead 20 laps early in this short track battle. The Joe Gibbs Racing star would rally late and take the lead from Matt Kenseth on the final restart. Hamlin would hold off the hard-charging Kyle Larson over the closing laps to collect the win. It was his first victory of the season and the first victory of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kyle Busch won the Overton's 200 Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

Busch didn't have the most dominant car, but he would still lead 77 laps in this New Hampshire Xfinity Series race. Brad Keselowski would have a late-race pit road infraction that would kick open the door for Busch to take the win. It was his third victory of the season in just his sixth start, and his 89th-career win in the Xfinity Series.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Overton's 200 Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 129.353 mph.

Impact

It was no surprise to see the No. 18 Toyota of Busch take the pole during Satruday's knockout qualifying session. The car has been extremely fast ever since the team unloaded it this weekend. Busch beat out Brad Keselowski for the top starting spot in Saturday's 200-lap Xfinity Series race. He'll be the top contender to win Saturday afternoon's Overton's 200.

Inspection issues continued for Kyle Larson and his Chip Ganassi Racing team, whose pole-winning time was disallowed in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session because his rear decklid fin was outside specifications, NASCAR Wire Service reports.

Impact

For the second-straight week Larson will have to start from the rear of the field. NASCAR disallowed his pole-winning lap Friday evening after the team's No. 42 Chevrolet failed post-qualifying inspection. Racing from the rear to the front will be much more difficult this week, but Larson still has the speed and savvy to crack the Top 5 Sunday at Loudon.