Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jimmy Johnson Takes 4th Brickyard 400 Win

Jimmy Johnson takes the checkers at Indy

He's done it again. And in dominating fashion again, as Jimmy Johnson joined Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as four-time Brickyard 400 winners at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pole winner Denny Hamlin led early but got shuffled out of the groove on a restart after only a third of the race had been run and he never recovered. Dale Earnhardt Jr. now leads the Sprint Cup standings by taking fourth at Indy, although he was never a serious challenger for the win today. Kyle Busch finished second ahead of Greg Biffle who gained track position on a late pit stop by only taking on two tires. Jeff Gordon followed Little E home to round out the top five on a hot day in Indianapolis. Local favorite Tony Stewart had to take solace with a 10th place finish but was nowhere near the lead all day after starting well back in the field.

The race was fairly incident free and there were no serious penalties handed out as had been the case in yesterday's Nationwide race. It will be hard to say if the Speedway will be happy with the size of today's crowd, but those that did attend were typically enthusiastic for their favorite NASCAR stars. I worked the south end of the track today and the pits rather than shooting in Turn 3 as I have often done and got to much better viewpoints to cover the race as a result. I think my pictures will demonstrate that and after today, the fourth straight day I have shot racing this weekend, I will have a ton of editing to do before heading to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend for the Indycar & American LeMans Series races.

Today's Brickyard was not exactly one for the ages but now two drivers are poised to grab an historic fifth win - Johnson & Gordon. No one has won at Indy five times in any series, so it will be interesting to see what unfolds next season as these two teammates go at it once again at this famed oval which so many of us love

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