After the restart with six laps left, Stenhouse pushed out in front before Denny Hamlin came from behind to get side-by-side at the start-finish line. Stenhouse was ahead by only .001 seconds after that first lap, before pulling away for his second victory this season.
It was the fourth career victory for the defending series champion.
Trevor Bayne, who won for Roush in Texas last November, wasn’t in the race since the team didn’t enter the No. 60 car because of a lack of sponsorship.
ACCOUNT DISPUTED: Carl Edwards disagrees with assertions by Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard that the NASCAR driver was controlling and jealous during their yearlong relationship.
Edwards said Friday he was puzzled by what his former girlfriend wrote about their time together. Beard’s 256-page memoir was released last week.
She writes that she was now finally at peace as a happily married and proud mom after years of struggling with depression, bulimia, drug abuse and toxic relationships.
About a dozen pages are devoted to her time with Edwards from 2005 to 2006.
Asked if he’d dispute how Beard described him, Edwards responded, “Absolutely.”
NO CHANGE: IndyCar is not considering changing its policy against unapproved engine changes, even though 14 drivers will be penalized before the start of Sunday’s race at Long Beach.
IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips said all teams that change engines before permitted will be dropped 10 spots on the starting grid.
“Just because there’s been a lot of them this weekend, how would the people who have already served that penalty feel if we changed our minds?” Phillips said Friday. “So we’ve set our precedent and we’ll follow it through, because that’s what the teams want. They want firm rules and they want to know where they stand.”