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Harvick, Byron split stage wins at Indianapolis

Kevin Harvick took the lead from Austin Dillon on Lap 88 and withstood some competitive racing with aggressive moves to win Stage 2 in Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick got his second stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, finishing ahead of Chase Elliott, who led 26 laps.

Denny Hamlin finished third in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Matt DiBenedetto and Dillon rounded out the top five. Dillon scored top-five finishes in both of the opening stages. The Stage 2 story wasn’t the same for Erik Jones and William Byron, who, like Dillon, scored points in Stage 1.

RELATED: Stage 2 results

Jones exited after a hard wreck on Lap 76 did significant damage to the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Jones was evaluated and released from the infield care center and was scored in 33rd place.

Then, Byron, who won Stage 1, brought out a caution on Lap 84 for debris when the left-front tire of the No. 24 Chevrolet went down. Byron fell two laps down after a long pit stop as crew members tried to extricate the wheel from the vehicle.

Ryan Blaney also brought out a caution on Lap 89 when he wrecked in Turn 3 in an incident that involved teammate Brad Keselowski.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 10
2 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 9
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing 7
5 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing 6
6 Matt Kenseth Chip-Ganassi Racing 5
7 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 4
8 Kurt Busch Chip-Ganassi Racing 3
9 Christopher Bell Leavine Family Racing 2
10 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing 1

STAGE 1

William Byron won an action-packed opening stage in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Byron, in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, survived a late restart with five laps to go to pull away and grab his second stage win of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

Erik Jones came in second in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Austin Dillon, in the No. 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet, was third. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five finishers.

RELATED: Stage 1 results

The stage was marked by a multi-car pileup at the entrance to pit road during the break for a competition caution on Lap 15. Zach Price, the rear changer for the No. 12 Team Penske squad, was injured in the melee. Price, who was sitting on a stretcher, was alert and gave a thumbs-up sign to TV before being taken away in an ambulance.

Cars involved in the incident included those of Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Corey LaJoie, Chris Buescher and Ryan Blaney. There was a red flag for 11 minutes, 17 seconds as crews worked to clean up the area.

Allgaier, Poole, Stenhouse and Truex were among those who exited the race early.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports 10
2 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing 9
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing 8
4 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 7
5 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 5
7 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing 4
8 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 3
9 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 2
10 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing 1