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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]
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS, finished ninth and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Great Stuff Chevrolet SS, finished 28th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, finished eighth and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS, finished 35th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, qualified for second position Friday, August 22, 2014 for Saturday evening`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, poses with the trophy in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jake Crum, driver of the #01 My Freedom Smokes Chevrolet, and Bryan Silas, driver of the #99 Bell Trucks America Inc. Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, and the rest of the field during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, August 17, 2014 in the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS finished second. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
With General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, holds the Michigan Heritage Trophy after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. In 2013, MIS began awarding the Michigan Heritage Trophy as a recognition and celebration of the automobile and it`s importance to the race track and the manufacturers competing in NASCAR. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates with his crew after winning the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. This was Gordon`s third win of the season. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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