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 
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