INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis: (all times local):
The Brickyard 400 is under way, earlier than originally scheduled because of the threat of rain.
Kevin Harvick led the 40-car field to the yard of bricks from the outside row for the Cup’s regular-season finale.
Before the race, Kyle Busch and his team posed with the regular-season trophy he’s already clinched.
All eyes will be on Jimmie Johnson, who needs a strong performance to make the 16-driver playoff field. He’s the only driver to compete in every playoff since the format was implemented in 2004.
And Joe Gibbs Racing is attempting to become the first team to sweep NASCAR’s four biggest races in the same season. Busch was the highest qualifier of Gibbs’ four-car stable, starting seventh. Gibbs’ three other drivers — Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. — each won one of the first three “crown jewel” races.