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Stewart-Haas Racing - 2014 Indianapolis Race Report

Jul. 27, 2014

 Event:             21st Annual Brickyard 400 (Round 20 of 36)

Series:             NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:        Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval)

Winner:           Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

SHR Finish:    Kevin Harvick (Started 1st, Finished 8th / Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)

Tony Stewart (Started 6th, Finished 17th / Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)

Kurt Busch (Started 7th, Finished 28th / Running, completed 159 of 160 laps)

                        Danica Patrick (Started 14th, Finished 42nd / Rear Gear, completed 114 of 160 laps)

                       

SHR Points:    Kevin Harvick (12th with 565 points, 152 out of first)

Tony Stewart (19th with 529 points, 188 out of first)

Kurt Busch (25th with 456 points, 261 out of first)

                        Danica Patrick (28th with 382 points, 335 out of first)

           

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, led the way for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by finishing eighth in the 21st annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

 

Harvick started from the pole after a track-record qualifying lap on Saturday and led twice for 12 laps en route to his ninth top-10 this season and his eighth top-10 in 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. It was also his 218th top-10 in 486 career Sprint Cup starts.

 

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for SHR, started sixth and finished 17th.

 

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, started seventh and finished 28th, one lap down.

 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for SHR, started 14th and finished 42nd after her car broke a rear gear following a lap-69 pit stop. The crew replaced the part in the garage, but she ended up completing only 114 laps.

 

Jeff Gordon won the 21st annual Brickyard 400 to score his 90th career Sprint Cup victory, his second of the season and his series-best fifth at Indianapolis.

 

Kyle Busch finished 2.325 seconds behind Gordon in the runner-up spot, while Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five. Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dilloncomprised the remainder of the top-10.

 

There were four caution periods for 16 laps, with two drivers failing to finish the 160-lap race.

 

With round 20 of 36 complete, Harvick leads the SHR contingent in the championship point standings. He is 12th with 565 points, 152 behind first-place Gordon. Stewart is 19th with 529 points, 188 out of first. Kurt Busch is 25th with 456 points, 261 out of first. Patrick is 28th with 382 points, 335 out of first.

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday, Aug. 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The race starts at 1 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with its prerace show at noon.

 

-SHR-