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Ryan Newman won his 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup pole Saturday with a record-breaking lap of 187.531 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indiana native became the ninth driver in the history of the sport to break the 50-pole barrier and will start at the front of Sunday's Brickyard 400.
Newman, 35, ended a 63-race drought without a pole. He racked up 43 poles while at Penske Racing and has seven since he moved to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.
In 2003, Newman earned a career-high 11 poles -- and the moniker "Rocketman" in the process.
"I'll admit I was emotional, for me," Newman said.
"Especially because it was the Brickyard and I hadn't won a pole here before, and I've won so many poles. It's been so long since I've won a pole people ask me if I've run out of fuel for the rockets."
Considering that it's been 49 races since Newman won an event, at Martinsville in April 2012, a victory would go a long way for the driver ...
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Ryan Newman is fresh off his first win at the Brickyard, but many fans are already wondering what the future holds for him. He's currently 16th in the Sprint Cup standings, but has already been informed by Stewart-Haas racing that he won't be back with them next season. Despite this fact, Newman has had his share of success. He has 16 career Sprint Cup wins, and is third...
Jimmie Johnson was back out front at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for at least an hour Saturday.
Then Ryan Newman knocked him down a peg.
The last driver to make a qualifying lap Saturday turned a lap at 187.531 mph to set a track record and claim the pole for Sunday's race.
It was the 50th pole of Newman's career, but first since late in the 2011 season.
Indiana native and Stewart-Haas Racing lame duck driver Ryan Newman used a two-tire pit stop and to defeat the dominant Jimmie Johnson and win his first Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Johnson led 73 of 160 laps, but a disastrous 17-second final pit stop snatched defeat from the jaws of victory for the five-time champion and four-time Brickyard winner.
The 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway was won by Indiana native Ryan Newman. The 2.5 mile Brickyard win was the first of the year for Newman and his first at the Brickyard.
Indiana native Ryan Newman set a new track record in qualifying and led the early portion of the race. On lap 12 Dale Earnhardt Jr made an unexpected pit stop for a loose wheel...
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There’s no place like home, and Indiana native Ryan Newman celebrated that well-regarded sentiment by winning the 20th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his first at the historic 2.5-mile oval.
It was a vintage “Rocket Man” performance for the driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans/Smurfs 2 Chevrolet SS...
Jimmie Johnson had plenty of time to think about the Brickyard win that slipped away.
Try, 17.2 seconds.
His final pit stop was, well, the pits. The slow stop stalled Johnson's momentum and ended a serious bid to become the first NASCAR driver to win five times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He settled for second Sunday.
But not first.
He refused to pin the blame...
Indianapolis, IN- For most of Sunday afternoon it looked like the Brickyard 400 was Jimmie Johnson’s race to lose.
He led for most of the race, had a dominant car and was easily the class of the field.
Until the final pit stop where they lost the race, that is.
Johnson first took the lead after a blistering fast pit stop on Lap 30. He would go on to lead three more times for a...
When Jimmie Johnson walked into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center for his obligatory post-race interview following the Brickyard 400, the look on his face was one of disbelief.
Johnson, who already has four Brickyard triumphs, seemed set to win a fifth when a botched 17-second pit stop on Lap 133 of the 160-lap race turned what seemed like a sure victory into a second...
It seems like just yesterday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at Pocono Raceway, and yet here we are again for the summer race. That weekend in June saw Jimmie Johnson lead practice and qualifying and win the race. It might be silly to bet against him having similar success this weekend, especially considering how well he ran at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend.
BACK HOME IN INDIANA -- Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart isn't greedy, but the Indiana native would like another victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He'd be equally happy winning this year's Brickyard 400 as the driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS or as the co-owner of SHR.
And with Stewart...
Indianapolis, IN- Jimmie Johnson went out very early in the qualifying session for Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
The four-time Brickyard champion and defending race winner went out 11th and set a new track record lap of 187.438 mph. He had to sweat out 33 drivers before Ryan Newman went out as the final qualifier.
After he dodged all of the bullets many thought he’d won the pole at...
Ryan Newman won the pole for Sunday’s Crown Royal 400 from Indianapolis with a time of 47.992 seconds. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Tony Stewart round out the top five starting positions. The drivers who did not make the event are Mike Bliss and Scott Speed. The event will be live on ESPN at 1 PM EST.
For a variety of reasons, three of the top four drivers in the
Brickyard 400 -- Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin -- are
seeking redemption runs.