Newman scores Brickyard 400 stunner as pit road snafu costs Johnson

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 and Dale Earnhardt

Jr. stayed out to lead over Carl Edwards and Johnson.

Logano took the lead from his Penske teammate Logano on the

restart, with Johnson quickly moving to third behind Earnhardt.

On Lap 98, Logano pitted, which left Johnson and Newman 1-2. And

as the laps wore on, Newman, the first driver on four fresh

Goodyears, kept the heat on Johnson.

Johnson pitted from the lead on Lap 109, putting Jamie McMurray

and Denny Hamlin out in front. Then, on Lap 114, the caution came

out for Timmy Hill’s stalled car.

But the race was lost for Johnson on pit road. He came in on Lap

134 and his four-tire stop took an agonizing 17 seconds. Newman

took just two tires when he stopped on the next lap and came out 7

seconds ahead of Johnson, with nine cars ahead of them both.

And that was the race, with Johnson cutting into the gap, but

unable to make up the 10 seconds he lost on pit road