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.
At the end, Newman won for the 17th time in his career and the first time since Martinsville (Va.) in April 2012. Johnson held on for second, coming home ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne. Newman's boss and teammate Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth.
Newman started from the pole and led the first 30 laps, until the first round of green-flag stops.
Second-place Johnson took the lead then on the basis of a 12.8-second pit stop. And once out front, Johnson easily pulled away, before a caution for Jeff Burton's stalled car on Lap 81. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon an...