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Newman kisses the bricks at Indy

Leads Chevy 1-2-3-4 sweep in NASCAR Sprint Cup
Sunday, July 28, 2013

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Ryan Newman and his family and crew prostrates themselves and kiss the bricks in the palace that IndyCar built
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Indiana native Ryan Newman emerged from the last shuffle of pit stops to win the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Newman’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series of the season was the 17th of his career and first at the historic 2.5-mile track. The Coors Light Pole Award winner was 2.658 seconds ahead of runner-up Jimmie Johnson, whose victory chances were hurt by a lengthy final pit stop at the finish.

Newman joined his team owner, Tony Stewart, as the only Indiana natives to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Newman, from South Bend, Ind., beat four-time Brickyard winner Johnson to the finish by 2.657 seconds in the No. 39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet. Newman became just the third driver to win from the pole in the race's 20-year history, joining Kevin Harvick (2003) and Johnson (2008).

"This is a dream come true for me," Newman said. "I can't wait to push my lips on those bricks. I don't realize it yet. It's a dream come true. It will take a week or so for this to set in. Just a great run today. We needed this."

Kasey Kahne finished third in the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet, while two-time Brickyard winner Stewart was fourth in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota.

Newman led four times for 45 laps and took the lead for good on Lap 149 of the 160-lap race when leader Brad Keselowski made his final pit stop.

But the groundwork for Newman's victory was created on his final pit stop on Lap 134. His Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew completed service in just 11 seconds, while Johnson's final stop on Lap 133 took 18 seconds due to a slow right-rear tire change on the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet.

That helped Newman erase a 1.675-second gap to Johnson on Lap 131 and paved his route to kissing the famous Yard of Bricks after the race.

"There's definitely disappointment there," Johnson said of his final pit stop. "But that's racing - it happens. I've given away a few out there this year, too. Ryan was fast all day long. I can't take anything away from him. He was plenty fast."

So was Johnson. He led four times for a race-high 73 laps in a race slowed just three times by caution periods, but he couldn't make history by becoming the first driver to win this race five times.

Chevrolet drivers swept the top four positions in the race. Chevy has won 11 consecutive Sprint Cup Series races at IMS.

Kyle Busch, who won the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at IMS, finished 10th in his No. 18 M&M's Red-White-Blue M-Prove America Toyota.

2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya finished ninth in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, while 2005 Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick finished 30th in the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet in her first Sprint Cup start at IMS.

The next event at IMS is the Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP World Championship motorcycle race Aug. 16-18.

Results

Pos Driver Car Make Start Laps Led Status
1 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 1 160 45 Running
2 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 2 160 73 Running
3 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 7 160 0 Running
4 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 5 160 0 Running
5 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 13 160 0 Running
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 15 160 0 Running
7 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 9 160 11 Running
8 Joey Logano 22 Ford 11 160 11 Running
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 8 160 1 Running
10 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 19 160 0 Running
11 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 38 160 0 Running
12 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 23 160 1 Running
13 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 3 160 1 Running
14 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 6 160 0 Running
15 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 18 160 5 Running
16 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 10 160 0 Running
17 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 21 160 0 Running
18 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 4 160 4 Running
19 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 24 160 2 Running
20 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 17 160 1 Running
21 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 12 160 5 Running
22 AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 14 160 0 Running
23 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 26 160 0 Running
24 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 27 159 0 Running
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 25 159 0 Running
26 Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet 20 159 0 Running
27 Casey Mears 13 Ford 30 159 0 Running
28 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 28 159 0 Running
29 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 31 158 0 Running
30 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 33 158 0 Running
31 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 22 158 0 Running
32 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 35 157 0 Running
33 Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet 29 157 0 Running
34 David Ragan 34 Ford 36 157 0 Running
35 David Gilliland 38 Ford 42 157 0 Running
36 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 34 157 0 Running
37 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 41 156 0 Running
38 Josh Wise 35 Ford 32 156 0 Running
39 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 39 156 0 Running
40 David Stremme 30 Toyota 37 151 0 Running
41 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 40 146 0 Running
42 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 43 121 0 Running
43 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 16 110 0 Running

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