Ryan Newman uses pit strategy to beat Jimmie Johnson at Brickyard 400

July 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, July 28 (UPI) -- Ryan Newman took the lead with 11 laps to go after using a two-tire pit stop strategy Sunday, claiming his first Brickyard 400 win in his home state of Indiana.

The pole-sitter Newman changed just two tires on his last pit stop with 26 laps left while Jimmie Johnson -- who led for 73 of the 160 laps -- decided on a four-tire change during his final stop.

Johnson's 17.2-second stop cost him valuable track position, and Newman -- a South Bend, Ind., native -- took command down the stretch to best Johnson at the finish line by 2.7 seconds, claiming his initial victory of the season and first at Indianapolis.

It also marked Newman's 17th career Sprint Cup title.

Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne claimed third while another Indiana native, Tony Stewart, finished fourth.

Matt Kenseth rounded out the Top 5.

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