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MECS: Harvick wins; regular season over; Newman, Bowyer make playoffs; Johnson does not

(MRN) Kevin Harvick captured his second win in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard on Sunday after leading 118 laps from the pole.

Harvick last won in 2003 and added to his Indianapolis Motor Speedway legacy with another win. He has won three of the last seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

“This is great, just got to say thanks to all the fans,” Harvick said. “Can’t tell you how much coming to Indianapolis (meant) to me as a kid. I watched Rick Mears win Indy 500’s and got to be around him as a kid and he was my hero. So coming here and winning here is pretty awesome.”

Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace, William Byron and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

“We were the second-best car of those who were still running,” Logano said. “We needed a solid day, it was nice to be able to finish where we should and have a shot to win. I was hoping for a green-white-checkered I saved my tires but it was just too far.”

Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott and Paul Menard completed the first 10 finishers.

Logano and Harvick won the race’s first two stages. 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series begins the Playoffs next week with the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman claimed the final two berths in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs after Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bowyer finished fifth while Newman came home eighth as both veteran drivers qualified for the post-season.

Jimmie Johnson’s run of never missing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs came to an end Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Johnson came into Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard 18 points out of the final spot in the playoff race. He was battling for position on a lap 105 restart when his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron made contact with Johnson’s car sending him on a spin up into the outside wall. Before it was over eight other drivers were in some way involved in the multi-car crash and Johnson’s car was too severely damaged to continue.

It marks the first time since the Playoff format was introduced in 2004 that Johnson will not have an opportunity to run for the championship.

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Fin Str Car Driver Make Laps Pts Status Laps Led
1 1 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 160 58 Running 118
2 4 22 Joey Logano Ford 160 52 Running 11
3 15 43 Bubba Wallace Chevrolet 160 34 Running 0
4 29 24 William Byron Chevrolet 160 35 Running 1
5 3 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 160 38 Running 0
6 33 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 160 34 Running 0
7 9 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 160 45 Running 19
8 22 6 Ryan Newman Ford 160 35 Running 0
9 24 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 160 28 Running 0
10 2 21 Paul Menard Ford 160 27 Running 1

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Standings

After Race 26: Indianapolis

Rank Driver Race Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points -Leader Stage Wins Playoff Points
1 Kyle Busch 4 13 21 0 2045 0 10 45
2 Denny Hamlin 4 13 17 1 2030 -15 3 30
3 Martin Truex Jr 4 10 15 0 2029 -16 3 29
4 Joey Logano 2 10 15 2 2028 -17 8 28
5 Kevin Harvick 3 9 17 5 2028 -17 5 28
6 Brad Keselowski 3 9 14 2 2024 -21 4 24
7 Chase Elliott 2 8 11 3 2018 -27 4 18
8 Kurt Busch 1 5 14 0 2011 -34 3 11
9 Kyle Larson 0 6 12 1 2005 -40 4 5
10 Alex Bowman 1 4 7 0 2005 -40 0 5
11 Erik Jones 1 9 13 0 2005 -40 0 5
12 Ryan Blaney 0 7 12 1 2004 -41 2 4
13 William Byron 0 3 9 4 2001 -44 1 1
14 Aric Almirola 0 1 10 1 2001 -44 1 1
15 Clint Bowyer 0 6 12 0 2000 -45 0 0
16 Ryan Newman 0 1 9 0 2000 -45 0 0

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