Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson dueled on Lap 82 of a scheduled 160 in the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Records Brickyard 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Larson, driving the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, attempted to pass the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, but Johnson jumped out and aggressively blocked Larson, who responded by repeatedly driving up close and making contact with Johnson.
Larson eventually passed Johnson on the inside coming off the straightaway and into the corner, and Johnson went up the race track, allowing Kurt Busch to pass, as well, in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.
Larson said over his radio, “No. 48 can’t handle it.”
Larson had a damaged front end from the confrontation that required extended repairs on pit road during the Stage 2 caution break.
Larson sits second in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, while Johnson is tenth. However, Johnson has three victories this season to Larson’s two.