Two Tires Lead Newman To Brickyard Glory

Ryan Newman won Sunday's Crown Royal presents the
Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
(HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

Kissin' the Bricks
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By Bruce Martin, National Speed Sport News

SPEEDWAY, IN, July 28, 2013. – It was expected to be another Jimmie Johnson runaway as the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet was in prime position to become the first driver to win the Brickyard 400 for the fifth time.

For much of Sunday's 20th running of this NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it appeared that would be the ultimate storyline as Johnson was out front four times for 73 laps.

But it was Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind., that delivered when crew chief Matt Borland used a two-tire strategy on Newman's final pit stop of the race on lap 134. Johnson had pitted on lap 133 and his crew changed four tires but the stop took 17 seconds so Newman gained seven seconds on Johnson. Once the pit stop sequence was complete on lap 149, Newman had a command 3.599-second lead over Johnson.

He stayed in front for the final 11 laps to join team owner Tony Stewart as the only Indiana-born drivers to win the Brickyard 400.

"I was thinking, including the Daytona 500 in 2008, every win I've had since then has been on the two tire strategy on the last pit stop," Newman said after becoming the eighth driver to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in their careers. "Phoenix, Martinsville, and here, Loudon. Track position is so huge."

"I know it's an amazing feeling. I was more emotional yesterday after winning the pole than I was two laps after doing my donuts and everything else today. I'm not sure why. I took an emotional hit yesterday. It was just an awesome day. Matt and all these guys did a great job. Probably the best race car I have ever driven in my entire life."