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Ryan Newman fulfilled the childhood dream of so many who grew up in Indiana — winning at storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newman, from South Bend, ended a 49-race losing streak with Sunday’s victory, and he did it by beating Jimmie Johnson. Again.
Newman set a NASCAR track record in knocking Johnson off the pole in qualifying, then used a fast final pit stop to snatch the win from the four-time Indianapolis winner.
The two were the class of the field in the Brickyard 400 — they combined to lead 118 laps — but it was Johnson appeared to be just a bit better. But Johnson pitted from the lead with 27 laps remaining and it was a slow final stop for the Hendrick Motorsports crew.