Jamie McMurray captures NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Auto racing
Jamie McMurray became the third driver in NASCAR history to win the Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 in the same year when he triumphed Sunday in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — Jamie McMurray followed teammate Juan Pablo Montoya around historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, almost resigned to settling for a second-place finish.
McMurray had already won one major race this year and, as a firm believer in fate, he figured Sunday's Brickyard 400 was Montoya's chance to celebrate.
Only it didn't play out that way in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.
Montoya suffered a heartbreaking defeat for the second consecutive year at Indy, opening the door for McMurray to become the third driver in NASCAR history to win the Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 in the same year.
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It was pit strategy that sunk Montoya, who started from the pole, led 86 of 160 laps and finished 32nd.
A late caution for debris sent the field to pit road with Montoya as the leader, and crew chief Brian Pattie called for a four-tire stop. McMurray crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion settled for two tires.
Kevin Harvick placed second.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., finished third. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was 13th.
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