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Newman bolsters his resume winning Samuel Deeds 400 at Indy
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman during the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)
Taking advantage of an uncharacteristic glitch on pit road on the part of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team, Newman grabbed the lead during a long cycle of late green-flag pit stops and held on to win Sunday’s Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Starting on the pole and winning the race — just an awesome day for us,” Newman said after climbing out of his car. “This is a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to push my lips on those bricks.
In the job search, there’s no doubt the victory will be a benefit.
“Obviously, it helps,” Newman said. “The emotions have been an absolute roller coaster — no doubt. I got fired a couple of weeks ago and come back here and win the pole and win the race, and it’s all because of hard effort. These guys (his team) are behind me, and I’m behind them.”
From the outset, Johnson and Newman were the speed horses in the field, and it seemed inevitable they would settle the issue between them. Johnson spent just over 17 seconds in his pit stall taking four tires on his final stop. Newman’s two-tire stop lasted less than 12 seconds.
“I can’t wait to give him a hug and congratulate him,” Stewart said after the race. “He did a great job all weekend. It was between him and the 48. That was clear to see. I didn’t know what strategy was going to be at the end. I just kept watching the Jumbotrons coming off (Turn) 4 to see where he was at.”Notes: Johnson expanded his series lead to 75 points over second-place Clint Bowyer, who finished 20th. Carl Edwards, who lost ground on a late restart, came home 13th and is 85 points behind Johnson in third place… Kevin Harvick’s streak of top-10 finishes ended at nine with a 19th-place result… Gordon gained two spots to 10th in points, the last Chase-eligible position, with six races left before the Chase field is set.