Kevin Harvick leads the Coca-Cola 600 at the one-quarter point — 100 laps of the 400-lap event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Harvick was in the lead, followed by pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth.
Johnson led early in the race before yielding the lead briefly to Brad Keselowski, who led three laps. At the 100-lap point, Johnson had led 75 laps and Harvick had led 22.
There have been only six lead changes among the same three drivers.
Also of note: Danica Patrick started fourth and was as high as second for several laps before falling back. At the 100-lap point, Patrick was running 13th.
Despite back spasms, Jeff Gordon is running a strong race, ranked seventh.
Kurt Busch, who is attempting to become the first driver to race 1,100 miles in the same day between the Indianapolis 500 (finished sixth) and the 600, was running 24th. Busch was forced to start from the 42nd position because he was unable to arrive at CMS in time for the mandatory driver’s and crew chiefs meeting.
Busch’s younger brother, Kyle, was forced to start from the back of the 43-car field due to driving a back-up car, having crashed his primary ride during Saturday’s second of two practice sessions. Kyle Busch had climbed up to 17th by Lap 100.
The first 108 laps were run caution-free until debris on the racetrack brought out the yellow flag to slow the field.
Lewis Hamilton has ruled out a future appearance in the Indianapolis 500, saying he has “no real plans” to do any serious racing once his time in Formula 1 is over.
Former teammate and current McLaren driver Fernando Alonso took part in the 101st running of the Indy 500 in May, qualifying fifth and running high up the order before retiring late on with an engine issue.
The F1-to-IndyCar crossover proved to be one of the biggest motorsport stories of the year, and has stirred the imagination of other drivers to make a similar step into other events in the future, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans which is known to be on Alonso’s radar as well as that of Haas racer Romain Grosjean.
Three-time F1 world champion Hamilton admired 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s victory ring when on the podium at the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month, trying it on and joking it may spur him to enter the race to try and win the jewelry.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Hamilton stressed he made the comment in jest, saying he holds not interest in entering the ‘500.
“Honestly it hasn’t inspired me to do the Indy 500,” Hamilton said.
“I’ve always respected it and appreciated it. I got to watch part of it when Fernando did it which I thought was super exciting. I love the idea of drivers being able to do more than one series.
“Just the other day I got to drive an F1 car on an oval circuit which was interesting. I have a huge amount of respect for those drivers as it is quite scary approaching those banks at the speeds that they do.
“I personally don’t have a desire to drive it. Maybe one day I will go out and have some fun.
“I have a lot of opportunities to do those kinds of things, but no real plans to do anything serious.”
Hamilton has previously said he would like to try a NASCAR race for fun one day, but has made clear his plan after his F1 career is over is to distance himself from racing in order to pursue other interests.