CONCORD, N.C. -- Chase Elliott led the charge for Hendrick Motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, placing 11th in the 16th race of the season.
Elliott was the only Hendrick Motorsports driver who did not have an incident on the track. William Byron finished in 27th after he had a tire problem in the second stage and Alex Bowman's night ended early when he hit the wall in the third stage.
Justin Allgaier, who was the interim driver for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, got bottled up in an accident on pit road early in the event and was unable to continue.
Kevin Harvick won the race.
Below is a closer look at how the Brickyard 400 unfolded for the four Hendrick Motorsports teammates.
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Elliott rolled off the grid in 10th and moved up to fifth by the fourth lap behind teammate Alex Bowman. He headed to pit road for the competition caution and came out in fifth.
- Elliott was back at pit road by lap 40 after another caution and was in fifth by the restart. He was up another spot to fourth by lap 49 and ended Stage 1 in that position.
- The driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 1LE took over the top spot between stages after he opted not to go to pit road. He kept the top position until he decided to pit during the third caution.
- Once the field was green again, Elliott was riding in sixth. He moved up to fifth on lap 83 and was in third when the sixth caution occurred on the 88th lap. He made a quick pass at the front of the field for second and rode out that position until the end of Stage 2.
- Elliott dropped to third at the next restart. He moved up to second with 37 laps left in the race and quickly was in first after the lead car decided to pit. However, Elliott soon pitted afterward and came out in 21st.
- Elliott started working his way back up the field and was in 16th with 30 laps to go. Two laps later, he was in 14th. After the eighth caution was lifted, Elliott was in 12th with 22 laps left in the race.
- He was down to 13th five laps later but was able to get back to 12th during the last caution of the race. Elliott opted to stop at pit road with four laps to go and rode out the overtime laps to finish in 11th.
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Byron was in 16th at the start of the race. He was up to 15th four laps in and moved up to 13th on the same lap. By the 10th lap, Byron was in 12th.
- After the red flag from an accident on pit road was lifted, Byron had moved up to eighth by the 22nd lap. Another 11 laps passed and Byron inched up another position to seventh.
- On lap 41 multiple cars pitted and Byron took over the No. 1 position. He maintained the top spot for the rest of Stage 1, earning valuable stage points.
- Byron decided to pit between stages and kicked off the second leg of the race in 13th. He was up to 12th by lap 69, and when the third caution occurred on lap 75, he moved up to 10th.
- Coming off pit road after that caution, Byron was back in first place. However, there was an issue with his left front tire and Byron was forced to head to pit road for repairs.
- By the time he got back on the track, he was in 30th and down several laps. At the start of the third stage, Byron moved up a position to 29th. He was up to 28th in the final 20 laps of the race and inched to 27th to finish the race.
JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 48 ALLY CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Allgaier and the No. 48 team were moved to the back of the field to start, relinquishing Jimmie Johnson’s original starting position of fourth. He was in 34th by the second lap and moved up to 32nd two laps later.
- Ten laps in, Allgaier was in 30th. He headed to pit road for the competition caution on lap 15 when he was caught up in an accident on that stretch. The No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE had damage that was being tended to while the race was under a red flag.
- Despite team's the best efforts to repair the car, the damage was too great and Allgaier’s day was done. He placed 37th.
ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 CHEVYGOODS.COM/ADAM'S POLISHES CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 1LE
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Bowman led all Hendrick Motorsports drivers at the beginning of the race with his third-place start. He dropped to fifth within the first lap but gained ground back and was in fourth place by the fourth lap.
- Bowman pitted for the competition caution and came off pit road in ninth. He moved up to eighth by lap 33 and pitted seven laps later during the second caution. At the restart, he was in 12th and dropped back to 19th, which is how he ended the first stage.
- At the start of Stage 2, Bowman was riding in 20th. He moved up to 19 after he came off pit road from the third caution and was in 17th by lap 83. Bowman edged to 15th for the sixth restart. He dropped to 23rd after he pitted to get two tires and finished Stage 2 in 25th.
- Bowman was in 21st 108 laps in the race. He moved up to 20th four laps later and was in 18th by lap 122. Other cars started to pit, which allowed Bowman to move up to 11th with 35 laps to go.
- Bowman was in the top 10 in ninth place by lap 129. He was riding in eighth with 27 laps to go when he hit the outer wall of the track, bringing out the eighth caution. The incident ended Bowman’s night and he placed 30th.