INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Newman won NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 for the first time on Sunday after a lengthy pit stop cost Jimmie Johnson a record fifth victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Newman said. “It will take a week or so for this to set in.”
Although Newman started on the pole, Johnson was dominating in his No. 48 Chevrolet for much of the Sprint Cup Series race, leading 73 of its 160 laps.
But when Johnson made his last pit stop and got four new tires with 28 laps left, it took his Hendrick Motorsports crew an unusually long 17.2 seconds to service his car.
That enabled Newman to take the lead while Johnson pitted. Then, two laps later, Newman made his final pit stop in much quicker time to maintain the lead until the end.
Johnson finished second in the crash-free race, Kasey Kahne was third and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart was fourth.
“Came up a little short, definitely not what we wanted,” Johnson said. “We win as a team, we lose as a team.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished sixth, Kyle Busch was 10th, Carl Edwards was 13th and Danica Patrick finished 30th in the 43-car field, two laps down to the leaders.