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Lap-by-Lap: Indianapolis

July 28, 2012, ,

Lap 100 --CHECKERED FLAG: Brad Keselowski sails to the victory. It's the first NASCAR victory for team owner Roger Penske at Indianapolis. Better yet for Penske Racing, Sam Hornish Jr. makes it a sweep of the top-two spots by finishing second.

Lap 98 -- Michael Annett is in sixth place, the highest-running driver eligible for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus. Cha-ching!

Lap 97 -- Brad Keselowski is now 2.1 seconds in front of Sam Hornish Jr. Bring it on home, hoss!

Lap 96 -- Elliott Sadler is now shown in 16th place,

Lap 95 -- Five laps to go.

Lap 94 -- Denny Hamlin is running right off the rear bumper of Austin Dillon in a battle for fourth place. He takes the spot off Turn 4.

Lap 93 -- Brad Keselowski leads Sam Hornish Jr. by 1.8 seconds.

Lap 92 -- Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. are running one-two right now. Hey ... wonder if team owner Roger Penske has ever been here at Indy before?

Lap 90 -- Ten laps to go. Brothers Ty and Austin Dillon are running third and fourth, respectively.

Lap 89 -- Elliott Sadler finally serves his pass-through penalty ... and he ain't happy about it. The lead goes to Brad Keselowski.

Lap 87 -- Crew chief Luke Lambert and team manager Will Lind are pleading Elliott Sadler's case, but it doesn't appear to be working. He's black flagged again.

Lap 86 -- Elliott Sadler has still not pitted.

Lap 84 -- Replays of the restart shows that teammate Austin Dillon pushed Elliott Sadler under the starter's stand.

Lap 83 -- Travis Pastrana is in 11th place ... and Elliott Sadler is being black flagged for jumping the restart!

Lap 82 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin are the leaders. Sadler roars into the lead in Turn 1 ... he got a really good jump.

Lap 80 -- Twenty laps to go.

Lap 79 -- Kyle Busch is on pit road.

Lap 78 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: The caution is about for Kyle Busch's spin.

Lap 78 -- GREEN FLAG: Sam Hornish Jr., Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon are the leaders. Busch spins to the inside of Hornish between Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 74 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Brian Scott has spun in Turn 4, and very nearly collects Ty Dillon and Paul Menard in the process.

Lap 72 -- Kyle Busch is in fourth place, but he reportedly won't be able to make it the rest of the way without pitting for fuel.

Lap 71 -- Brad Keselowski gets a run on Sam Hornish Jr. for the lead on the backstretch.

Lap 70 -- Another lap, another spot for Kyle Busch. He moves past Austin Dillon for fourth place.

Lap 69 -- Kyle Busch moves into fifth place.

Lap 68 -- Kyle Busch has picked up a couple of spots after restarting in ninth place.

Lap 67 -- GREEN FLAG: Sam Hornish Jr., Michael Annett, Austin Dillon, Brian Scott and Brad Keselowski are the leaders. Hornish is clear for the top spot in Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 65 -- The leaders are pitting. Kyle Busch takes four tires, and drops eight spots. A tire gets loose from Johanna Long's pit, and it glances off Austin Dillon's car.

Lap 63 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: There's debris on the frontstretch.

Lap 60 -- Kyle Busch is now 2.2 seconds ahead of second place.

Lap 58 -- Ty Dillon is having a fantastic day in third place. He's three seconds behind leader Kyle Busch, but nearly two in front of fourth-place Joey Logano.

Lap 56 -- The top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ty Dillon, Joey Logano and Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 55 -- Kyle Busch now leads Brad Keselowski by about 1.4 seconds.

Lap 52 -- Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Ty Dillon are separated by several car lengths each.

Lap 51 -- Sam Hornish Jr. is working on Joey Logano for fourth place.

Lap 50 -- Crossed flags! The race has reached the halfway point.

Lap 49 -- Elliott Sadler and two others cars are three wide on the frontstretch in a huge scramble in traffic.

Lap 48 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ty Dillon and Joey Logano are the leaders on the restart. Busch clears for the lead in Turn 1.

Lap 45 -- Cleanup is still taking place.

Lap 43 -- Kurt Busch is back on pit road after losing power on the track.

Lap 41 -- The lead-lap cars that hadn't yet pitted come in for service under the caution.

Lap 39 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Danica Patrick is involved in a hard crash after she shoves Reed Sorenson into Turn 1.

Lap 39 -- Ty Dillon hits pit road. So do Kurt Busch and Joey Logano.

Lap 38 -- Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are pitting.

Lap 37 -- Brad Keselowski is on pit road. He takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 35 -- Brad Keselowski trails leader Kyle Busch by 1.7 seconds. He may try to short pit.

Lap 32 -- Kyle Busch's best Cup finish here is a fourth, back in 2007.

Lap 31 -- In seven Cup starts here at Indy, current leader Kyle Busch has five top-10 finishes.

Lap 29 -- James Buescher has to pit after he went a little too low in the turns and got his grille full of grass.

Lap 27 -- Give the lead to Kyle Busch after he gets a run on Brad Keselowski off the corner.

Lap 26 -- Kyle Busch is now up to second, about 4/10ths of a second behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Lap 24 -- Sam Hornish Jr. goes three wide under Ty Dillon and another car for sixth place. Wow ... what a move.

Lap 23 -- Brad Keselowski gets under Denny Hamlin for the lead, and Kyle Busch tries to follow. That stacks the leaders up a little bit.

Lap 22 -- GREEN FLAG: Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch are the leaders on the restart. Hamlin is clear in Turn 1. Again, Kahne doesn't appear to get a very good start.

Lap 18 -- The leaders are on pit road. The top-10 drivers coming out of the stops take just two tires. Kyle Busch drops from the lead to fifth off pit lane, trying to get his fuel supply as stacked as possible. Kurt Busch and Kyle Fowler make contact.

Lap 16 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: The caution is out to allow teams to check tire wear and make adjustments to their setups.

Lap 15 -- Watch for the yellow to come out the next time by the starter's stand.

Lap 14 -- The competition caution should be taking place in a lap or two.

Lap 12 -- Second-place Denny Hamlin is now about 1.5 seconds down to leader Kyle Busch.

Lap 11 -- Brad Keselowski flies by Ty Dillon for fourth place on the frontstretch.

Lap 9 -- There was no penalty when the green flag fell because NASCAR determined that Kasey Kahne simply didn't go when he was supposed to.

Lap 8 -- Brad Keselowski is all over Ty Dillon for fourth place.

Lap 7 -- The top five is currently Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 5 -- Kyle Busch has 6/10ths of a second over Denny Hamlin.

Lap 4 -- Kasey Kahne isn't happy about the start of the race, but he looks to be OK. He's hanging on to third place.

Lap 3 -- It's interesting to watch the draft that's trying to form down the straightaways.

Lap 2 -- Evidently not. Denny Hamlin is now second, followed by Kasey Kahne in third.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The green flag drops to start the race at 4:52 p.m. ET. Kyle Busch beats Kasey Kahne to the stripe by at least two car lengths. Did he jump?

4:50 p.m. ET -- Going green the next time by the starter's stand.

4:44 p.m. ET -- The field is beginning to roll off pit road for the start of the pace laps.

4:39 p.m. ET -- Matt Jauchius, chief marketing officer for Nationwide, gives a raucous command to fire engines.

4:36 p.m. ET -- A competition caution is planned for Lap 15.

4:33 p.m. ET -- Corey Cox sings the national anthem.

4:31 p.m. ET -- The colors are presented by the Joint Services Color Guard. Moments later, Mark Wright delivers the invocation.

4:10 p.m. ET -- Following the end of driver introductions in about 10 minutes, a photo of the full starting field is planned at the famous yard of bricks.

4:04 p.m. ET -- Awesome to hear ESPN commentator Brad Daugherty mention the giants that built what is now the Nationwide Series, giants like Sam Ard, Jack Ingram, Tommy Houston and Tommy Ellis. Class act ...

3:50 p.m. ET -- Kasey Kahne is on the pole for the Indiana 250, followed by Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler in the top five. Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. round out the top 10.

Mike Harmon and Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify for the event.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Qualifying for Saturday's inaugural Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is set to begin in one hour. The green flag is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. ET.