Kyle Busch leads at Indianapolis as race hits halfway point

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Defending winner Kyle Busch led at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 hit the halfway mark.

Busch started on the pole and led 59 of the first 80 laps with the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano also taking turns at the front.

Keselowski led for 15 laps after taking the top spot during green-flag pit stops. The No. 2 and No. 22 teams both stayed out until Lap 42 before making their first trip down pit road, in hopes of completing the 160-lap race on just three pit stops.

The race’s second caution on Lap 54 helped negate that strategy for Keselowski.

Logano, however, inherited the lead as crew chief Todd Gordon decided to stick with the strategy and keep the No. 22 on track. Logano led six laps before Busch again assumed control.

The top 10 at Lap 80 are Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch. Jeff Gordon, in the No. 88, was 19th.

The first caution, which started on the fifth lap, occurred when Matt DiBenedetto blew a motor entering Turn 1.

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