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Brickyard 400: Newman the Rare Driver to Beat Johnson at His Own Game

INDIANAPOLIS – When Ryan Newman crossed the start-finish line Sunday to claim the Samuel Deeds 400—aka the Brickyard 400—the lyrics of a song that topped the charts more than 40 years ago came to mind. "They say you don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off the ol' Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with Jim." – "Big Jim Walker" by the late Jim Croce. Well, Newman did all that in Sunday's race, not only messing around with but also beating Jim—in this case, Jimmie Johnson—at his own game. It's something that is so rarely done that the way Newman beat Johnson is as important as how he did it. "Just an awesome day for us," Newman said of his 17th career Spr...

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