Photo courtesy of Kevin Harvick

Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR journey ended in a familiar destination, but getting there was far from normal.

Current points leader Kevin Harvick tied second-place driver Denny Hamlin in wins for the 2020 NASCAR season on Sunday with four. With less than eight laps to go in the Brickyard 400, Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Toyota looked as if it had certain victory in hand. Then disaster struck for the No. 11 team when Hamlin’s Toyota suffered a catastrophic mechanical casualty, sending him into the wall.

His car burst into flames before coming to rest on the apron grass. Eventual winner Harvick cruised on by. Harvick was seemingly shot out of a cannon on the overtime green-white-checker restart, capitalizing on Hamlin’s misfortune. Sunday’s victory is Harvick’s second consecutive Brickyard win and his second win in the last three races.

Pit Road Pile-Up

In Stage 1’s first mass pit road visit, there was a gnarly multi-car pile-up right next to Ryan Blaney’s pit stall. The wreck on pit road sent the Jimmie Johnson-less No. 48 Chevrolet into the side of Blaney’s parked Penske Ford. The worst part of that wreck was that multiple crew members from the No. 12 team were in the 48’s path.

One crew member was pushed into the 12’s right side door by the nose of the No. 48 Chevy. Another crew member was able to jump onto the roof of Blaney’s No. 12. The crew member was checked out by medical personnel and did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. The wreck also resulted in Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota and the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet not being able to finish the race.

NASCAR’s next race will be Sunday at Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart. Fox Sports 1 will have the broadcast, starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.