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2011 Brickyard 400: Paul Menard Kisses the Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2011 Brickyard 400 Witnesses Victory by Paul MenardThis one was a surprise, there is no doubt about that. In 167 career races, Menard had never come away with a victory, but this race was different.Menard conserved his fuel for the final surge to the finish and held off Jeff Gordon to win his first ever Sprint Cup race.This has been the year of first-time winners, especially in the big races. The two biggest races of the year went to guys who have never won a race. Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 and now Menard won the Brickyard 400.David Ragan also won his first ever race this year and is in line to make The Chase as one of the two wild cards if things remain the same down the stretch.After the race, Menard was overwhelmed with joy in his...

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