Jimmie Johnson's drive for record 5th win at Indianapolis ends with lengthy, late pit stop

  • Article by: DAN GELSTON , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: July 28, 2013 - 4:43 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson had plenty of time to think about the Brickyard win that slipped away.

Try, 17.2 seconds.

His final pit stop was, well, the pits. The slow stop stalled Johnson's momentum and ended a serious bid to become the first NASCAR driver to win five times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He settled for second Sunday.

Not bad.

But not first.

He refused to pin the blame on the No. 48 Chevrolet crew.

"We win as a team, we lose as a team," Johnson said. "There have been mistakes on my behalf in situations that have taken race wins away from us. Granted, they weren't major events like this."

Johnson's crew rarely blows a big one like Indy or Daytona when the 48 is in a late position to win. This time, history was denied and a win snatched away.

Johnson, who led a race-high 73 laps, and crew chief Chad Knaus also were outschemed on the final stop under green with 27 laps left.

The No. 48 took four tires while Ryan Newman's No. 39 took two. Newman was second entering the pit stall and raced out nearly 7 seconds ahead of Johnson.

That was all Newman needed to snap a 49-race winless streak. He toyed with Johnson on the final laps — letting the five-time champion shave a few seconds off the gap before Newman would push the pedal and speed off.

"Once I got to a certain distance, he decided to go 100 percent," Johnson said. "He had plenty of speed today."

Johnson needed a 12- or 13-second pit stop to keep close with Newman. Because Johnson typically has a dominant car, it's natural for other teams to listen in to Knaus' strategy over the radio, then try and adjust.

"It was an easy call for them to do the opposite," Johnson said. "The two (tires) gave them the track position they needed and, with our mistake, they had a nice cushion."

Newman set a NASCAR track record in knocking Johnson off the pole in qualifying. He got him again Sunday and won by 2.657 seconds.

Johnson and Knaus are the longest active crew chief and driver pairing in NASCAR and have shown no signs of letting up. Johnson still has four victories and holds a 75-point lead over Clint Bowyer for first in the standings.

With a fifth win at the Brickyard, Johnson would have made history.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 109 FINAL
Boston 107
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Orlando 89
Indiana 109 FINAL
Detroit 119
Milwaukee 107 FINAL
Atlanta 77
Houston 99 4th Qtr 2:41
Memphis 96
San Antonio 90 FINAL
New Orleans 97
Charlotte 70 4th Qtr 2:27
Oklahoma City 98
LA Lakers 61 3rd Qtr 1:32
Dallas 70
Minnesota 47 3rd Qtr
Denver 53
Philadelphia 8 1st Qtr 10:01
Portland 4
Phoenix 4 1st Qtr 9:34
Sacramento 4
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 24 3rd Qtr 11:25
UCF 10
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 12/27/14 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close