In addition to track position, tire management proved to be the other decisive element that determined the outcome of the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.
Several teams saw their efforts to kiss the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway derailed due to tire failures throughout the event. Denny Hamlin was leading with seven laps to go when his right front expired and sent his No. 11 into the turn 1 outside retaining wall.
Before that, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones suffered a blown tire and drilled the turn 3 wall on lap 76. Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports also slammed heavily into the turn 1 wall on lap 134.
Ryan Newman was the first to suffer a tire failure, slamming into the turn 2 wall on lap 42. William Byron suffered a failure on the backstretch off a restart on lap 161.
Chase Elliott was called down pit road for tires several extra times in the final stage by crew chief Alan Gustafson out of concern for the condition of their tires during the first half of the race.