(INDIANAPOLIS) — Score one for the hometown kid.
Ryan Newman, a South Bend Indiana native, ended a 49-race losing streak with a win at the Brickyard 400 Sunday and finally got to win a race at storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I don’t realize it yet. It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It can’t hit you all at once, it’s not good enough. It will take a week or so for it to sink in.”
Jimmie Johnson came in second, but dominated most of the race. He decided to pit from the lead with 27 laps remaining which opened up the door for Newman.
Newman pitted after that and took only two tires to move into the lead. Several laps later he stood alone in victory lane.
“There’s definitely disappointment there, but that’s racing. It happens,” Johnson said. “We win as a team, lose as a team. 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. We still ended up second.”
Kasey Kahne finished third, with Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top five.
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