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NASCAR at Indianapolis 2021 Results: AJ Allmendinger Wins in OT; Ryan Blaney 2nd

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 15, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 15: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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AJ Allmendinger successfully navigated the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Sunday to win the wild Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.    

The NASCAR Cup Series passed on the historic oval at this track to make its first appearance on the 14-turn road course. This had a major impact, as multiple crashes in the closing laps changed the outlook of the race. 

The No. 16 car outlasted the competition, earning the checkered flag in overtime ahead of Ryan Blaney in second place.   

It's the first Cup series win of the year for Allmendinger, who has spent most of the year competing in the Xfinity Series. 

Final Results

1. AJ Allmendinger (16)

2. Ryan Blaney (12)

3. Kyle Larson (5)

4. Chase Elliott (9)

5. Matt DiBenedetto (21)

6. Kurt Busch (1)

7. Erik Jones (43)

8. Justin Haley (77)

9. Austin Cindric (33)

10. Ryan Newman (6)

Full results available at NASCAR.com


It was a race with plenty of lead changes and cautions, although nothing had a bigger impact than a pileup with four laps remaining:

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

BIG TROUBLE at <a href="https://twitter.com/IMS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IMS</a>!<br><br>The curb comes up, debris goes everywhere, and multiple cars are collected - with Joey Logano going into the tire barrier. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> <br><br>๐Ÿ“บ NBC<br>๐Ÿ’ป <a href="https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2">https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2</a><br>๐Ÿ“ฑNBC Sports App <a href="https://t.co/prU3CY957I">pic.twitter.com/prU3CY957I</a>

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

Unbelievable.<br><br>Car after car. Destroyed. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> <a href="https://t.co/q8pG2uUpp1">pic.twitter.com/q8pG2uUpp1</a>

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like that. Insane. The curbing we've been talking about all day came up and took a bunch of cars out like spikes on the racetrack. Un-real.<br><br>Glad Logano is OK. Bunch of cars are most certainly not OK.

Joey Logano, pole-winner William Byron and Daniel Suarez were among those who couldn't finish the race after the crash. Another crash after the restart took out Austin Dillon and Michael McDowell, among others.

It appeared to set up Denny Hamlin for an overtime win, but the drama continued as the No. 11 car spun out while leading with two laps remaining:

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

CHASE BRISCOE TAKES OUT DENNY HAMLIN! <a href="https://t.co/lZOC4e7LOh">pic.twitter.com/lZOC4e7LOh</a>

Chase Briscoe was also penalized for cutting the track, leaving Allmendinger to pull away for the surprising win:

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

RETWEET to congratulate <a href="https://twitter.com/AJDinger?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AJDinger</a> on his WIN at <a href="https://twitter.com/IMS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IMS</a>!<br><br>He gives <a href="https://twitter.com/KauligRacing?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KauligRacing</a> its first win in the <a href="https://twitter.com/NASCAR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NASCAR</a> Cup Series in the first road course race at Indianapolis! <a href="https://t.co/FHTmPr40Ce">pic.twitter.com/FHTmPr40Ce</a>

Kyle Larson ran near the front much of the day but ended in third place. Hamlin managed a 23rd-place finish.

The road course offered significant challenges throughout the day, with several big names facing plenty of setbacks:

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

Major damage on the No. 2 car of Brad Keselowski.<br><br>He hits the wall, and the rear tires come off the ground. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/IMS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IMS</a><br><br>๐Ÿ“บ NBC<br>๐Ÿ’ป <a href="https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2">https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2</a><br>๐Ÿ“ฑNBC Sports App <a href="https://t.co/i7dRFW8va7">pic.twitter.com/i7dRFW8va7</a>

NASCAR @NASCAR

Not good. <a href="https://twitter.com/StenhouseJr?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StenhouseJr</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Aric_Almirola?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Aric_Almirola</a> spin after making contact early in the final stage. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Verizon200?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Verizon200</a> <a href="https://t.co/2wqiSt3IVq">pic.twitter.com/2wqiSt3IVq</a>

Those in front of the pack also had to adjust to the road course and work harder to pass.

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

See how Indiana's Chase Briscoe took the lead away from William Byron!<br><br>We're underway at <a href="https://twitter.com/IMS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IMS</a>. <br><br>๐Ÿ“บ NBC<br>๐Ÿ’ป <a href="https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2">https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2</a><br>๐Ÿ“ฑNBC Sports App <a href="https://t.co/J87ms7NDNA">pic.twitter.com/J87ms7NDNA</a>

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It's soooooo on at <a href="https://twitter.com/IMS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IMS</a>! ๐Ÿ™Œ<br><br>Watch as <a href="https://twitter.com/chaseelliott?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@chaseelliott</a> takes the lead away from <a href="https://twitter.com/keselowski?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@keselowski</a> in Stage 2! (๐Ÿ“บ: NBC) <a href="https://t.co/ISxlUsimrq">pic.twitter.com/ISxlUsimrq</a>

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

Kyle Larson re-takes the lead with less than 20 laps to go!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/IMS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@IMS</a><br><br>๐Ÿ“บ NBC<br>๐Ÿ’ป <a href="https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2">https://t.co/K0jeN99Gw2</a><br>๐Ÿ“ฑNBC Sports App <a href="https://t.co/n77OZdCbsq">pic.twitter.com/n77OZdCbsq</a>

Larson built more than a four-second lead that seemed insurmountable until a caution with 10 laps left created a wide-open finish. The red flag with four laps left created a shootout that went into overtime.

Allmendinger emerged as the victor despite rarely having the fastest car.

Tyler Reddick also had a solid day even though he finished in 21st, earning wins in both Stage 1 and Stage 2.

The No. 8 car entered the day in the final playoff spot and looked to add key points with a focus on the two stages.

Kelly Crandall @KellyCrandall

Tyler Reddick takes the lead from Michael McDowell and in position to win the stage. The 8 team has done very well in recent weeks of grabbing points to fend off their teammate in the bubble fight <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NASCAR?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NASCAR</a>

PRN @PRNlive

Tyler Reddick is the leader again by virtue of staying out. Teammate Austin Dillon runs second -- Those two are battling for the last playoff spot on points. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Verizon200?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Verizon200</a>

In both cases, Reddick chose not to pit until after he earned the stage wins and playoff points.

There are now only two more races remaining before the start of the playoffs. The drivers will be at Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, followed by a trip to Daytona on Aug. 28.