Indianapolis NASCAR: Ryan Newman denies Jimmie Johnson win

Ryan Newman defeated Jimmie Johnson in the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis

Indianapolis NASCAR: Ryan Newman denies Jimmie Johnson win

Johnson looked to be on the cusp of taking a record fifth Indy win for much of the afternoon, having jumped polesitter Newman in the first pitstops.

The job-hunting Newman then began a valiant chase. The pair were as much as 13 seconds clear of the field at times, as Newman did his utmost not to let Johnson escape.

The biggest gap between them came when Newman took on four new tyres at a juncture when most picked two, leaving him down in 13th - though he quickly carved back through the field onto Johnson's tail.

At the crucial final stops, Newman went the opposite way, taking only two tyres as the majority went for four.

Coupled with a slow stop for Johnson, that vaulted Newman seven seconds ahead of his rival.

Johnson got that gap down to 3s but could close no further, as Newman clinched his first Indianapolis win and gave his 2014 job prospects a big boost.

Kasey Kahne shadowed Hendrick team-mate Johnson over the line for third.

Newman's current team boss Tony Stewart was a lonely fourth, followed by Joe Gibbs Toyota driver Matt Kenseth in the top non-Chevrolet.

Dale Earnhardt Jr recovered from going a lap down with a loose wheel early on to chase Kenseth home in sixth, with fellow Hendrick man Jeff Gordon on his tail.

Penske tried a few alternate strategies but had to settle for a few spells in the lead and eighth for Joey Logano and 21st for champion Brad Keselowski.

Juan Pablo Montoya and Kyle Busch completed the top 10.

The race was notably trouble-free, with yellows only for debris or slowing cars, and all 43 entrants running at the chequered flag.

Results - 160 laps:

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                         Time/Gap
 1.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       2h36m22.000s
 2.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet                +2.658s
 3.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet                +3.183s
 4.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           +15.465s
 5.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota                 +21.579s
 6.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet               +22.377s
 7.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet               +22.473s
 8.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                      +23.539s
 9.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet      +24.510s
10.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota                 +24.731s
11.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota                   +30.939s
12.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet              +31.285s
13.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford                +32.243s
14.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet          +32.820s
15.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet      +34.322s
16.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                       +35.042s
17.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                       +35.227s
18.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota                 +35.720s
19.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet              +38.650s
20.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota                   +40.274s
21.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                      +40.944s
22.  AJ Almendinger      Phoenix Chevrolet                +48.946s
23.  Mark Martin         Waltrip Toyota                   +50.083s
24.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford                  +1 lap
25.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford                  +1 lap
26.  Austin Dillon       Childress Chevrolet                +1 lap
27.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                       +1 lap
28.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford                 +1 lap
29.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                         +2 laps
30.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet            +2 laps
31.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                         +2 laps
32.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                      +3 laps
33.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet            +3 laps
34.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford                    +3 laps
35.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford                    +3 laps
36.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota              +3 laps
37.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet                 +4 laps
38.  Jose Wise           Front Row Ford                    +4 laps
39.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet                 +4 laps
40.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                       +9 laps
41.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                     +14 laps
42.  Timmy Hill          FAS Lane Ford                    +79 laps
43.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet              +90 laps
shares
comments
Indianapolis NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ryan Newman claims pole
Previous article

Indianapolis NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ryan Newman claims pole

Next article

Pocono NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson takes another pole

Pocono NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson takes another pole
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021