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July 30, 2012 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Jimmie Johnson stamped another exclamation point on his racing resumé, winning his fourth career Brickyard 400 with a dominant drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. With the victory, Johnson joined Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as the only NASCAR drivers to win four times at the historic 2.5-mile track, which has hosted stock car racing since 1994. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Gordon. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin was sixth.
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August 1, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Ernie Irvan kept his emotions bottled up and his focus on the race track yesterday as he won the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Irvan, whose mother suffered respiratory failure and is in a coma in a Concord, N.C., hospital, somehow kept his mind on business long enough to set a qualifying record of 177.736 mph in his Robert Yates Racing Ford Thunderbird. "Obviously, it's real tough," said Irvan, who himself came back from near-fatal injuries in 1994 to resume his racing career.
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August 1, 2011 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard became NASCAR's newest first-time winner Sunday with an upset victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track steeped in tradition for his family. The first half of the race was dominated by drivers with the strongest cars. But when debris cautions jumbled up the pit cycles, the Brickyard 400 turned into a race of pure strategy. Menard and his Richard Childress Racing team played it brilliantly, as crew chief Slugger Labbe had Menard give the lead up to defending race winner Jamie McMurray in an effort to save fuel.
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August 6, 1994 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A.J. Foyt, who last raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and who announced his retirement on the opening day of qualifying for the 1993 Indy 500, turned a lap of 168.596 m.p.h. yesterday to qualify for today's inaugural Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Speedway. Foyt's run was barely good enough to put him into the 43-car field. Foyt wound up 40th, the last actual qualifying position, just ahead of three provisional starters added to the rear of the lineup by virtue of season points.
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August 7, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was a time when NASCAR's 3,400-pound stock cars - considered racing behemoths compared to the sleek, stylishly crafted open-wheel machines - weren't welcome at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Among the throng that decried the move that opened the Brickyard's gates to the good ol' boys in 1994 was Tony Stewart, the 2002 Cup champion who grew up 45 minutes down the road in Columbus, Ind. "I'll be honest, I freaked out," Stewart said of his initial reaction. "I guess I was a traditionalist and didn't want change.
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August 5, 1994 | By Sally Pollak, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was too much of everything yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when racing's sacred 2 1/2-mile oval began its weekend of slumming. There was too much heat in the morning. There was too much rain at noon. There were too many corn dogs all day, and there was way too much sugar in the lemonade. Mostly, there were too many cars trying to qualify for 44 possible places in tomorrow's inaugural Brickyard 400 - 90 cars in all. The stock cars had arrived. "It gives it legitimacy because there are so many guys who want to run it," said Kyle Petty, 34, who failed to qualify despite posting the fourth- best practice speed of the morning, 169.731 m.p.h.
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August 4, 2005 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Revelation of the week: Tony Stewart has joined the Moose and Eagle lodges in his home town of Columbus, Ind. What's next: Jeff Gordon marching with a Mummers club? Seriously, Stewart is a loyal member of the Moose and Eagles because he wanted to be part of the community. Stewart moved back to Columbus from Charlotte after last season. Personally and racingwise, the decision is paying off. Stewart recently won three of four Nextel Cup races and is second in the points standings, only 66 behind Jimmie Johnson.
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July 29, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FIRST STOP, Indianapolis; next, Pocono. Jeff Gordon never expected these two races would be on his summer itinerary. The winner of 93 career Sprint Cup series races (third all-time) thought he had retired after last season. But when concussion-like symptoms sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon was summoned from the Hendrick Motorsports bullpen. With only a few days preparation, Gordon drove Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish in last Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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August 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard became NASCAR's newest first-time winner yesterday with an upset victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track steeped in tradition for his family. The first half of the race was dominated by drivers with the strongest cars. But when debris cautions jumbled up the pit cycles, the Brickyard 400 turned into a race of pure strategy. Menard and his Richard Childress Racing team played it brilliantly, as crew chief Slugger Labbe had Menard give the lead up to defending race winner Jamie McMurray in an effort to save fuel.
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August 5, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
How badly does Tony Stewart want to win Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard? "If I could give away my [NASCAR Winston Cup] championship and just get one win at Indy," Stewart said, "I would do it in a heartbeat. " Don't expect him to fork over the trophy and the $9.16 million that accompanied his 2002 title. But the lure of kissing the bricks - or climbing the nearest fence - after a victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is ingrained in Stewart, who grew up 45 minutes away from the famed Brickyard in Columbus, Ind. "Any kid that's grown up in Indiana knows what Indianapolis Motor Speedway means," he said.
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July 29, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FIRST STOP, Indianapolis; next, Pocono. Jeff Gordon never expected these two races would be on his summer itinerary. The winner of 93 career Sprint Cup series races (third all-time) thought he had retired after last season. But when concussion-like symptoms sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon was summoned from the Hendrick Motorsports bullpen. With only a few days preparation, Gordon drove Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish in last Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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July 25, 2014 | Bill Fleischman, Daily News
WHEN TONY Stewart returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway each summer, it's a special time. Stewart is from Columbus, Ind.; he's raced in the Indy 500 and he's won two Brickyard 400 races. Adding another Indy victory to his resumé is as important as ever for Stewart. Winning Sunday's Brickyard 400 would be his first W of the year and solidify his place in the Chase. He is 19th in points and has no top-five finishes in his last 14 races. "When we did the Goodyear test a couple weeks ago, we actually were really good, compared to the guys that tested around us," Stewart said on a conference call this week.
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August 2, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
THE QUALITY of NASCAR racing evidently is in the eyes of beholders. While Ryan Newman's victory in last Sunday's Brickyard 400 was heartwarming since Newman is an Indiana native and he's looking for a ride next year, many observers thought the race was typical Indianapolis: fairly boring. There was only one pass for the lead on the track. When Tony Stewart, also a native Hoosier and Newman's boss, was asked about the racing quality, he offered this animated response: "Look at 'racing' in the dictionary and tell me what 'racing' says," Stewart said.
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July 26, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
TWENTY YEARS of Brickyard races at Indianapolis . . . time flies when the stock-car carnival-on-wheels is having fun. Richard Childress has been involved as a team owner in all previous Brickyard races. He is the only owner to win three Brickyard races with three different drivers: Dale Earnhardt in 1995, Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Paul Menard 2 years ago . . . "Twenty years, it kind of reminds me of that old song Bob Seger sings, '20 years ago, where does it go?' " Childress said on a conference call earlier this week.
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July 30, 2012 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Jimmie Johnson stamped another exclamation point on his racing resumé, winning his fourth career Brickyard 400 with a dominant drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. With the victory, Johnson joined Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as the only NASCAR drivers to win four times at the historic 2.5-mile track, which has hosted stock car racing since 1994. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Gordon. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin was sixth.
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August 4, 2011
ABOUT 4 HOURS after Paul Menard won the Brickyard 400 last Sunday he finally made it to the chartered jet returning his team home to North Carolina. "When I got on the plane there was a big ovation that made me feel really good," Menard said on a Tuesday conference call. It's likely that Menard sat by himself. "I didn't take a shower because I felt bad making [his crew members] wait," he said. "They were really patient. " Menard, 30, picked a special place to win his first Sprint Cup race in his 167th start.
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August 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard became NASCAR's newest first-time winner yesterday with an upset victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track steeped in tradition for his family. The first half of the race was dominated by drivers with the strongest cars. But when debris cautions jumbled up the pit cycles, the Brickyard 400 turned into a race of pure strategy. Menard and his Richard Childress Racing team played it brilliantly, as crew chief Slugger Labbe had Menard give the lead up to defending race winner Jamie McMurray in an effort to save fuel.
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August 1, 2011 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul Menard became NASCAR's newest first-time winner Sunday with an upset victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track steeped in tradition for his family. The first half of the race was dominated by drivers with the strongest cars. But when debris cautions jumbled up the pit cycles, the Brickyard 400 turned into a race of pure strategy. Menard and his Richard Childress Racing team played it brilliantly, as crew chief Slugger Labbe had Menard give the lead up to defending race winner Jamie McMurray in an effort to save fuel.
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July 7, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics yesterday after failing in two previous attempts. Pyeongchang defeated rivals Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, in the first round of a secret ballot of the International Olympic Committee. Needing 48 votes for victory, Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast. Munich received 25 and Annecy seven. A majority was required for victory, meaning Pyeongchang received at least 48 votes among the eligible 95 voters.
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August 8, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Tony Stewart said before the race began he didn't care if he won or lost, he simply wanted to have some fun at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yeah, right. Indy is the only track that matters to Stewart, the only place he wanted to win. The native Hoosier finally did it yesterday, winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard to end 9 years of frustration on the track he calls his "Holy Grail. " At long last, Stewart got his chance to kiss the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis.
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