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Allstate 400 at the Brickyard - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Johnson Captures Checkered Flag at the Brickyard
Jimmie Johnson overcame a flat tire on lap 39 to win the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and kiss the bricks at the famed speedway. The Lowe's Chevrolet driver once again pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in an exciting down-to-the-wire finish. Jimmie Johnson drove away from the field in the final laps to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up Matt Kenseth and third-place Kevin Harvick. The stage was set for the unpredictable finish when debris on the track in turn three brought out the day's fifth caution flag. Several teams decided to stay on the track with fewer than 18 laps remaining while Johnson and other frontrunners pitted for four new tires. It only took Johnson, Kenseth and Harvick a few laps to chase down those cars, which included Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch. Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin also caught the two gamblers to finish fourth and fifth. Earnhardt was sixth, Busch seventh, Tony Stewart eighth, Carl Edwards ninth and Denny Hamlin 10th. It was Christmas in August for Earnhardt, who had never been a factor prior to the final caution. Johnson's day started on a sour note when he had a tire problem and had to restart the race from the rear. He battled back and had a hard time believing he had won after being so far behind. Stewart also had an early setback when an air gun broke during a pit stop. Tony drove his way back into contention to keep him in the hunt for the Chase to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kasey Kahne was running well until a late race incident relegated him to a 36th place finish. The low finish caused Kahne to drop from seventh to 11th place in the series' standings. Hard-luck Elliott Sadler barely made a lap before spinning and hitting the SAFER barrier in turn four. His crash earned him first-out-of-the-race distinction and continued the woes that have plagued Robert Yates Racing all year. Both Burton and Harvick played the rabbit role, leading a majority of the race's first 80 laps. Four-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Gordon lost three laps early with a sway bar problem but raced back into contention after 85 laps and the benefit of receiving the Lucky Dog Award three times.

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Burton Wins Pole at the Brickyard
Jeff Burton won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Burton lapped the 2.5-mile track in 49.240 seconds, at an average speed of 182.778 mph, to earn his fifth career Bud Pole in 424 NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is Burton’s third Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start in 2006, as he becomes the just the fifth driver to post more than two Bud Poles in 2006, joining Kasey Kahne (four), Greg Biffle (two), Kurt Busch (two), Denny Hamlin (two) and Ryan Newman (two) as the other multiple pole winners this season. This is Burton’s first Bud Pole and first start of better than 16th in 13 NEXTEL Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rookie Clint Bowyer posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 49.242 seconds, at an average aped of 182.771 mph, and will join Burton on the front row for tomorrow’s race. Bowyer posted his fourth top-10 start of 2006 in setting his career-best starting position in his 23rd NEXTEL Cup race. This is the best-ever start by a Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender at Indianapolis. Burton and Bowyer gave car-owner Richard Childress the first front-row sweep since Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield started on the front row for Evernham Motorsports at Charlotte in May of this season. It is the only car-owner front-row sweep at Indianapolis and just the second time that a manufacturer has won the top-two starting positions here. Kurt Busch qualified third, posting his second top-10 start at Indianapolis and eclipsed his previous best start of sixth, set in 2003. It is his 15th top-10 start in 2006. Kasey Kahne starts fourth, tying his best Indianapolis qualifying effort set last season. Points leader Jimmie Johnson rounds out the top-five starting positions, notching his third top-10 start in five Indianapolis races. Michael Waltrip failed to qualify for the event. The last time there was not a Waltrip in the field was the final race of the 1975 season at Ontario. The third-place starting position is the only position to produce more than one race winner at Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon (1994 and ’98) and Bobby Labonte (2000). The Brickyard 400 has been won from a top-10 starting position seven of 12 times. The furthest back a race winner has started at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was 27th by Jeff Gordon in 2001.


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