Date: July 31, 2022
Event: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (Round 22 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2,439 mile road course, 14 turns)
Format: 82 laps, divided into three stages (15 laps/20 laps/47 laps)
To note: The race extended four laps beyond its scheduled distance of 82 laps due to a green-and-white checkered finish.
Winner of the race: Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick
Stage 1 Winner: Chase Briscoe of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Arrival of the SHR race:
● Cole Custer (started 24th, finished 9th / running, completed 86 of 86 laps)
● Chase Briscoe (started 3rd, finished 23rd / running, completed 86 of 86 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (Started 18th, Finished 33rd / Accident, completed 64 laps out of 86)
● Aric Almirola (Started 14th, Finished 38th / Accident, completed 24 laps out of 86)
● Kevin Harvick (10th with 575 points, 246 on the first)
● Chase Briscoe (15th with 515 points, 306 on the first)
● Aric Almirola (16th with 515 points, 306 on the first)
● Cole Custer (25th with 384 points, 437 on the first)
● Custer notched his second top 10 of the season and his first top 10 in two career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Indianapolis road course.
● Custer’s ninth place matched his previous best result this season. He also finished ninth on July 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
● Custer finished eighth in Stage 2 to earn three bonus points.
● Briscoe won Stage 1 to earn 10 bonus points and a playoff point. He finished seventh in Stage 2 to earn an additional four bonus points.
● Briscoe once led for five laps, bringing his total laps led on the Indianapolis road course to 17.
● Tyler Reddick won the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard for his second NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his first on the Indianapolis road course. His margin over second-placed Austin Cindric was 1.065 seconds.
● There were five warning periods for a total of 15 laps.
● Twenty-eight of the 38 drivers in the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard finished in the lead lap.
● Chase Elliott remains the championship leader after Indianapolis with a 125 point advantage over second-placed Ryan Blaney.
SHR sound clips:
“You just hope for the best pretty much every time on a restart going through the first corner. We were able to get it to work quite well the last two times, but we only had a long-term car. Honestly, we were one of the best cars on the track when it was a long race, but we just couldn’t get off to a good start. It’s good to come up with a strong race and hopefully improve a bit in terms of points and keep doing that, but move on.” – Cole Custer, #41 Ford Mustang Driver HaasTooling.com
“It was a situation where we had to try and get that first stage win and it kind of buried us after that. We went back there and struggled to get back there. A few times we thought that everything would be fine and then I made a mistake. There in the end that reboot was just chaos and tore us apart. Obviously I wish we had ended a lot better than where we left off I don’t think we had anything for car 8 (Reddick) but we and 2 (Cindric) were pretty close and he finished second. That was kind of the strategy we had, sort of play today for our points and our playoff situation. Obviously the playoffs are more important than trying to win here. It’s a shame we had to be in this situation but, overall , we managed to get a point in the playoffs, which will be important during the playoffs. – Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang
“We broke the left front suspension. I went into the first turn and locked up the rear tires and it kind of took me off and went into 5 (Kyle Larson). I hate it for these guys. I hate that for our guys. Man, it was just a frustrating weekend. I felt like the guys had done a great job bringing me a car which was pretty good and I thought we were going to have a good day. It’s just not the day we were hoping for. I made a mistake or I’m not sure what happened but I locked up the tires going into one and killed our day and tore the 5 car up at the same time.” – Aric Almirola, driver of Ford Mustang #10 Mobil 1 / GEARWRENCH
Next step :
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, August 7 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.