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July 29, 2013

Hello, Newman

Late pit strategy helps Hoosier native win Brickyard 400

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“We win as a team, lose as a team,” Johnson said. “There’s been some late-race mistakes on my behalf that have taken race wins away from us. Granted not a major event like this.”

Kasey Kahne finished third and hometown favorite Tony Stewart (Columbus, Ind.) placed fourth.

Stewart, Newman’s car owner and friend, greeted the Brickyard winner with a large bear hug in Victory Lane. The two-time winner of the Brickyard said earlier in the week he would be just as thrilled if one his drivers won the race as if he did. After it did actually happen Sunday, Stewart echoed those sentiments.

“When we were little, this was the place. This is where we wanted to be,” Stewart said. “We knew what Daytona was, but this was the place for us as Hoosiers here. To see him get one, I’m glad our last trip to the Brickyard together as teammates, we’re sitting here watching him kiss the bricks today.”

Sunday’s victory adds to an all ready impressive resume for Newman who is without a job next season. It was announced two weeks ago that the 2008 Daytona 500 champion and winner of 50 career poles would not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

Newman’s value as a free agent increases with the win as he now has trophies from the two crown jewels of NASCAR’s schedule.

Sunday should serve as a healthy reminder for NASCAR team owners looking for a driver next season that Newman is available.

“Obviously, it’s helped,” Newman said. “Emotions have been a roller coaster.”

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in his Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the only non Hendrick Motorsports car to finish in the top seven.

“We had really, really great pit stops from my Dollar General crew and Jason [Ratcliff, crew chief] made a great call to get us some track position,” Kenseth said. “That’s really what got us our Top 5. We didn’t have a car that good today.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and four-time 400 winner Jeff Gordon placed sixth and seventh respectively in their Hendrick-powered Chevrolets.

Rookie Danica Patrick finished 30th, one lap down.

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