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Paul Menard was the shock winner of one of NASCAR's biggest Cup races of the year, outlasting Jeff Gordon in a fuel saving-dominated run to the chequered flag at Indianapolis.
In a season of improbable first-time winners finally breaking through to victory lane, Paul Menard is possibly the biggest surprise of them all, claiming his maiden win after 167 starts at Cup level which exceeds even the 163 starts it took David Ragan before he won at Daytona earlier this month.

Menard did it by managing to conserve fuel over the final 35 laps and yet still staying just far enough ahead of a storming Jeff Gordon, who finished in second place just 0.725s back as the chequered flag waved following nearly three hours of racing on the 2.5 mile historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Regan Smith - another of this season's first-time winners - finished in third just ahead of 2010 Brickyard winner Jamie McMurray in fourth. Among the main championship contenders, Matt Kenseth took fifth place, Kyle Busch finished in tenth with arch rival Kevin Harvick just behind in 11th, Carl Edwards in 14th and Jimmie Johnson 19th. Kurt Busch was a disappointing 21st.

Former Cup regular and F1 driver Scott Speed's comeback drive only lasted 19 laps before retiring with rear gear problems.

Race results

1. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 160 laps 02:52:35.000s (47/4 pts)
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 160 laps + 0.725s (43/1 pts)
3. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 160 laps + 6.687s (41/0 pts)
4. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 160 laps + 7.176s (41/1 pts)
5. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 160 laps + 7.342s (40/1 pts)
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 160 laps + 8.585s (39/1 pts)
7. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 160 laps + 9.123s (37/0 pts)
8. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 160 laps + 9.153s (36/0 pts)
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 160 laps + 10.672s (36/1 pts)
10. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 160 laps + 13.016s (34/0 pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 160 laps + 14.796s (33/0 pts)
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 160 laps + 15.190s (32/0 pts)
13. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 160 laps + 16.035s (32/1 pts)
14. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 160 laps + 17.194s (30/0 pts)
15. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 160 laps + 18.010s (29/0 pts)
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 160 laps + 18.417s (29/1 pts)
17. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 160 laps + 18.608s (27/0 pts)
18. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 160 laps + 18.943s (28/2 pts)
19. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 160 laps + 19.251s (26/1 pts)
20. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 160 laps + 19.888s (0pts)
21. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 160 laps + 22.465s (23/0 pts)
22. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 160 laps + 22.929s (22/0 pts)
23. #6 David Ragan Ford 160 laps + 23.485s (22/1 pts)
24. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 160 laps + 24.090s (20/0 pts)
25. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 160 laps + 24.261s (19/0 pts)
26. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 160 laps + 24.333s (18/0 pts)
27. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 160 laps + 25.338s (17/0 pts)
28. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 160 laps + 27.940s (16/0 pts)
29. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 160 laps + 29.636s (15/0 pts)
30. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 160 laps + 37.030s (0pts)
31. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 160 laps + 38.744s (14/1 pts)
32. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 160 laps + 1 Lap (0pts)
33. #34 David Gilliland Ford 157 laps + 3 Laps (11/0 pts)
34. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 157 laps + 3 Laps (10/0 pts)
35. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 153 laps + 7 Laps - Engine (9/0 pts)
36. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 49 laps Accident (8/0 pts)
37. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 23 laps Electrical (7/0 pts)
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19 laps Overheating (0pts)
39. #37 Scott Speed Ford 19 laps Rear Gear (0pts)
40. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 16 laps Electrical (0pts)
41. #223 Terry Labonte Ford 15 laps Transmission (3/0 pts)
42. #150 T.J. Bell * Chevrolet 10 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 5 laps Engine (1/0 pts)

* Denotes Rookie



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Paul Menard, driver of the #27 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31 in Indianapolis, Ind. [Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Regan Smith, interim driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS finishes in sixteenth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finishes in fifth place, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finishes in 33rd place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, who led for 87 laps,  was involved in a multi-car incident on the last lap. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, race three-wide during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag for the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
Chris Buescher, driver of the #60 Kellogg/Cheez-It Ford, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, and Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Regan Smith, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick, driver of the #19 DrawTite Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, is interviewed in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Hendrick Motorsports team mates (left) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet and (right) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident with Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, and Brian Scott, driver of the #62 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, lead the field to the green flag for the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, captures the Daytona 500 pole for the second time in his career Sunday, February 15, 2015 after posting the fastest qualifying time for next Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, who has said this is his last full season of racing, has won the Daytona 500 three times. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second and will also start from the front row. (Photo by HHP/David Tulis for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, captures the Daytona 500 pole for the second time in his career Sunday, February 15, 2015 after posting the fastest qualifying time for next Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, shown with his team and crew chief, Alan Gustafson, said this is his last full season of racing. Gordan has won the Daytona 500 three times. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second and will also start from the front row. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, is congratulated by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, after capturing the Daytona 500 pole for the second time in his career Sunday, February 15, 2015. Gordon posted the fastest qualifying time for next Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Daytona Beach, Florida, which he has won three times. He has said this is his last full season of racing. Johnson qualifies second and will also start from the front row.(Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, captures the Daytona 500 pole for the second time in his career Sunday, February 15, 2015 after posting the fastest qualifying time for next Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, who has said this is his last full season of racing, has won the Daytona 500 three times. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, qualifies second and will also start from the front row. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)

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