Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (2.439 – Miles)
Race: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard
Date: August 14, 2021
Format: 62 Laps –20/20/22; 151.22 Miles
No. 31 Montage Mountain Chevrolet Camaro SS – Sage Karam
Stage 1: 5
Stage 2: 25
Laps Completed: 59
Laps Led: 0
Stage One Recap:
– Sage Karam would start the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard from the 18th position after completing the 25-minute group qualifying session with a fast lap of 91.505 at 95.955 MPH around the 2.439-Mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Road Course Saturday morning solidly locking the No. 31 Montage Mountain Chevrolet into the 36-car starting field.
– As the green flag waved for the start of the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard the cars would barrel down the long IMS front straightaway and funnel into the narrow right into Turn-1. Pole-sitter No. 16 would blow the turn and quickly fall into line in third position.
– As the filed rumbled towards Turn-6 it would quickly become the topic of the day as the curbing used to outline the course would upset multiple cars sending them spinning and airborne. Of the cars having problems would include No. 20, No. 19, No. 99, No. 36, No. 07, No. 90 and No. 68. Suspension damage on many cars would be enough to end their day early.
– Karam would be fortunate enough to steer the No. 31 away from all the carnage happening in front of him.
– At the exit of Turn-6 the No. 90 would become stalled on track bringing out the first caution flag of the day.
– Remaining on track Karam would re-start in the 11th spot on Lap-4.
– Advancing one position on Lap-5, Karam would remain in the 10th position until the second caution of the day would be displayed on Lap-16 when the No. 39 would develop a flat tire and hurl debris and eventually its wheel onto the track surface. The No. 39 would limp its way to pit road.
– Karam would elect to remain on track when all of the cars in front of him would head to pit-road for their scheduled pit-stop.
– Restarting in the 2nd position on Lap-18, Karam would get out of shape entering Turn-1 and would allow the No. 11, No. 10, and No. 44 by.
– At the completion of Stage 1 on Lap-20, Karam would cross the Green and White checkered flag in the 5thposition.
Stage Two Recap:
– During the Stage break Karam would be called to pit lane on Lap-22 for a scheduled 4-tire and fuel stop with a small chassis adjustment. The No. 31 Montage Mountain Chevrolet would line up in 22nd for the re-start on Lap-23.
– Karam would go to work moving past car after car working up to the 16th spot by Lap-28.
– Lap-29 would see the fourth caution of the day when the No. 61 would lose an engine and stop on track against the wall on the main straightaway requiring assistance.
– Running in the 16th position at the time of the caution Karam would remain on track and would restart 14th on Lap-32.
– Miss judging the braking zones on two consecutive laps Karam would fall back four positions to 18th on Lap-36.
– On Lap-37 Karam would give up the 18th position to come to pit lane for a green flag pit stop in hopes of gaining track position at the start of the final stage.
– Upon the completion of the pit-stop Karam would be given a penalty by NASCAR for speeding.
– The fifth caution would be displayed on Lap-29 when the No. 24 would have a fire under the hood.
– The second stage would end under caution.
– Karam would be credited with finishing Stage 2 in the 24th position.
– Under the stage break, Karam would remain on track after already completing his service on Lap-37.
– Instead of restarting in the scheduled 9th position Karam would fall to the tail end of the lead lap on the Lap-44 restart to serve his speeding penalty from Lap-37.
– On Lap-48 the No. 7 would make contact with the No. 31 spinning him into the grass.
– After the contact the engine would begin to lose power and develop a miss.
– Falling back to 25th on Lap-60 Karam would pull off track into a safe location as the car would lose power.
– When the final checkered flag flew on Lap-62, Karam would be credited with the 26th position, three-laps down.
Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard Recap:
– While leading the most laps, #22-Austin Cindric cruised to the win in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. It’s Cindric’s fifth victory of the season and fifth career road course victory; tying the record for most wins on a road course, with AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose.
– After winning the second stage, #16-AJ Allmendinger finished second. #11-Justin Haley placed third, despite winning the opening stage. #1-Chase Elliott and #9-Noah Gragson round out the top five.
– #23-Austin Dillon, #2-Myatt Snider, #98-Riley Herbst, #20-Harrison Burton and #78-Andy Lally made up the rest of the top 10.
– There were eight lead changes among five drivers and five cautions for 15 yellow flag laps.
– The average speed of the race was: 73.825 mph.
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NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Standings:
After 21 events and the eleventh event JAR has been eligible for, JAR move up to 31st position in the NXS Owner Point Standings after Karam’s 26th place finish on Saturday afternoon on the IMS Road Course.
Team Owner/Driver Jordan Anderson will make his third NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the 2021 season driving the No. 31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS when the NASCAR Xfinity Series travels to Michigan International Speedway for the New Holland 250; Saturday, August 21, 2021. LIVE coverage will be on NBCSN. Motor Racing Network (MRN), and SiriusXM Channel 90 at 3:30 P.M. EST. The New Holland 250 will conclude a double-header weekend where Anderson will also partake in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the World Wide Technology Raceway; Friday night, August 20.