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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]
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, finishes in ninth place racing with Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmer`s Insurance Chevrolet SS who finishes in eleventh place Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ortho Ford, Trevor Bayne, driver of the #6 AdvoCare Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fastenal Ford, is involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident in front of Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, as Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Hormel/Menards Toyota, drives away during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Hormel/Menards Toyota, race into turn one during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fourth position Friday, March 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Gordon is 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
A view of a decal placed on the #14 Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, driven by Tony Stewart (not pictured), during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place and Paul Menard, driver of the #27 FVP/Menards Chevrolet SS finishes in fourth place Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 FVP/Menards Chevrolet SS finishes in fourth place and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS finishes in fourteenth place Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California. (Photo Credit: Jeff Gross/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 13, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 14, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 CESSNA Chevrolet SS qualifies for third position Friday, March 13, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. McMurray is 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Comcast Business Toyota, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet, sits in his car on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the Coors Light pole award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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