Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/14
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-place finish behind Ryan Newman. From Lap 31 to Lap 132, Johnson led 73 laps, his familiar No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet the clear class of the field. But his final four-tire pit stop dragged on about five seconds too long, allowing Newman to take just two tires on his last stop and rejoin the race with a comfortable margin over Johnson. As has been the case several times this season, the only team capable of beating the No. 48 was the No. 48. And that they did during a gloriously cool Indiana Sunday afternoon. To his credit, Johnson didn't throw his pit crew under the bus, noting that he had...
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