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Newman Looking For Second Brickyard 400 Victory

Ryan Newman is looking for his second Brickyard 400 victory at Indianapolis. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Ryan Newman runs through the short chute on the south end of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [John Wiedemann Photo]

Speedway, IN – Looking for a sleeper or wildcard pick for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400?

How about the guy who won this race back in 2013?

The hometown driver from South Bend IN, Ryan Newman qualified eighth but will move up a row when Jimmie Johnson falls to the back of the pack due to a gear change following qualifying. Newman has raced into the top five at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in each of the races since his victory at the track and was running in the top five when he was caught up in an accident in turn one with under ten laps remaining in the race.

Already a winner this year, 39 year old Newman has put his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in playoff contention with his Phoenix victory and is currently tenth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings just ahead of teammate Austin Dillon.

Newman’s Velveeta Shells & Cheese Chevrolet will start basically sixth and fifty percent of the 23 previous Brickyard 400 races have been won from a top five starting position. The odds are pretty good for him and Newman, ranked third in the Series for fastest laps run at the Speedway, knows how to race at Indianapolis.

It could be a good day for the #31.

Don’t miss the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Sunday, July 23 (3 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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John Wiedemann

John Wiedemann

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John Wiedemann is the owner, editor and developer of the RacingNation.com website. A motorsports fan from his earliest memories, John started going to local short tracks and the Milwaukee Mile with his parents, brother and sister. John enjoys drivers racing side by side and battling for the same piece of real estate on the racetrack as much as he appreciates the technical aspects of the sport.