The yearly visit to the streets of Nashville typically produce a crash-filled, chaotic race, but this time around tire strategy and raw pace were the main factors for a majority of the event.

A few late race crashes didn’t change very much at the head of the field, and Kyle Kirkwood was able to keep his advantage over Scott McLaughlin to earn the second victory of his young career. Alex Palou benefitted from the late caution to hold onto his podium position and pad his points lead.

The stack-up that caused the late red flag involved Ben Pedersen, Agustin Canapino, and Felix Rosenqvist, who found themselves stacked up against the wall and nearly blocking the track.

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The strangest retirement of the day came early when David Malukas lost his rear wing at the end of the bridge section. He safely pulled off to the side of the track, but was at a loss to explain what failed on his car.

Drivers will only have a few days to recover, as they are back on track Friday for the second visit of the season to the Indianapolis road course.

#DriverTime / GapLaps LedPoints1Kyle Kirkwood01:58:02.302834802Scott McLaughlin0.763325533Alex Palou1.7221 12424Josef Newgarden3.1416 –365Scott Dixon4.1655–326Romain Grosjean5.9518 4307Marcus Ericsson6.41484298Pato O’Ward6.6966 –279Christian Lundgaard8.0168–2410Will Power9.045612211Helio Castroneves9.8718–2112Callum Ilott10.6859–1913Marcus Armstrong11.4056–1814Rinus VeeKay11.8172–1715Graham Rahal14.2271 –1616Ryan Hunter-Reay14.6874 –1517Sting Ray Robb15.1158 –1418Santino Ferrucci16.5253–1319Alexander Rossi-2 laps–1220Agustin Canapino-3 laps–1121Colton Herta-4 laps–1022Felix Rosenqvist-7 laps–923Benjamin Pedersen-7 laps–824Jack Harvey-9 laps–725Linus Lundqvist-11 laps–626Devlin DeFrancesco-15 laps–527David Malukas-69 laps–5

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