Ganassi Racing was the big winner in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 won by Jamie McMurray at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Richard Childress Racing had a good day too.
Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick took second while teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
That finish continues the resurgence of this team following a not-so-good 2009 campaign in NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Harvick gave credit to Childress earlier in the season for investing the funds and making some personnel moves to put the team back on track. While Harvick is first in the points race, Burton is seventh and Bowyer 12th with six races left in The Race To The Chase.
“We took a chance [late in the race] and we were fast enough to take a chance. Last year, we never would have been fast enough to take that chance,” said Harvick.
Trivia time — Some of the Brickyard 400 facts and stats:
• Chevrolet-powered cars have won the race eight straight year.
• Harvick has been in the top 10 seven times in 10 race starts and won the race in 2003.
• Juan Pablo Montoya led the most laps for the second straight race, leading 116 last year finishing 11th and 86 this year finishing 32nd.
• Attendance figures are not released, but one report estimated Sunday’s crowd to be around 140,000.
• Tony Stewart’s fifth-place finish was his eighth top-10 finish in 12 starts.
• Jacques Villeneuve was 29th in his first Brickyard 400 start. He had the best finish of former Indianapolis 500 winners, with Montoya 32nd and Sam Hornish Jr. 30th.
• Jeff Gordon was 23rd, the fourth time he has finished out of the top nine in his 17 races.
• Kevin Conway was the top rookie finisher, taking 34th.
Tom Reck and Lori Wood contributed to this report.