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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.

William Byron won the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

It was a masterful job by the rookie driver. Byron led 26 of the 100 laps, including the final 16. He held off a furious challenge by Paul Menard over the closing laps to secure the win. Byron displayed poise and patience in blocking Menard cleanly over the final 2 laps. It was his third-career victory and the biggest win of the 19-year-olds brief NASCAR career.

Elliott Sadler won the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 165.283 mph.

Impact

Sadler went out late in the final round of knockout qualifying and topped William Byron's fast lap. Erik Jones would have the final shot at the pole, but would fall short of Sadler's lap, giving him the pole position for Saturday afternoon's race. The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has been consistently fast all weekend, and should be the top driver to beat at the Brickyard.

Erik Jones was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 185.854 mph.

Impact

Teams mostly worked on laps in qualifying trim in final practice. Jones climbed the leader board and led the way. He edged Kevin Harvick for the fastest lap of final practice. The rookie driver is making his first-career start at the Brickyard, but he looks to have a car that could crack the Top 10 in Sunday's race at the historic oval.

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.

Elliott Sadler was fastest in opening practice for the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 166.420 mph.

Impact

The JR Motorsports veteran topped the scoring pylon after the opening session at the Brickyard Friday. Sadler beat out Justin Allgaier to turn the fastest lap of the practice. The driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has been on a roll of late, but would still like to break into the win column for the first time this season. Sadler should challenge for the win in the Lilly Diabetes 250.

Chase Briscoe finished third in the Eldora Dirt Derby Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway Wednesday night.

Impact

The BKR driver didn't lead any laps at Eldora, but he had the speed and the right pit strategy to be in good position by the end of the night. This was Briscoe's first-career start at the famous dirt oval, so there was good reason for guarded optimism. However, the driver of the No. 29 Ford truck looked like a seasoned Eldora driver in finishing third in Wednesday night's feature event. It was Briscoe's fifth Top 5 of the season and he remains third overall in the championship standings.

Matt Crafton won the Eldora Dirt Derby 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway Wednesday night.

Impact

The ThorSport Racing star used great pit strategy and terrific moves on the dirt oval to stage a late-race comeback in this one. Crafton would use the final 40 laps to gradually work his way through the Top 10 and past leader Stewart Friesen to earn the victory. It was his first win since last May, and snapped a 27-race winless streak for the driver of the No. 88 Toyota.

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.

James Hinchcliffe finished third in Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto, his second consecutive third-place finish in his home race.

Impact

The Canadian's podium result was his best finish since coming home third on the streets of Detroit. Hinchcliffe felt he had a car that could compete with winner Josef Newgarden and second-place finisher Alexander Rossi after the final stop, but was only able to consolidate the third-place finish by the end.

Alexander Rossi finished second in Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto for his best finish of the season.

Impact

The second-place finish was the American driver's best finish since winning the 2016 Indy 500. He finished just under two seconds behind winner Josef Newgarden.