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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]
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, walks through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position, Saturday June 27, 2015, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2015 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #9 Jacob Companies Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2015 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2015 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Chi-Chi`s/Menards Toyota, races during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on June 19, 2015 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing, and his team pose in an alternate Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Cole Custer driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet poses for photos after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin` for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 13, 2015 in Madison, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Curry/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cole Custer driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin` for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 13, 2015 in Madison, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Curry/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cole Custer driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin` for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 13, 2015 in Madison, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jeff Curry/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, battles Brian Scott, driver of the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet during the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. (Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Panasonic Chevrolet SS, qualifies for sixth position, Friday, June 12, 2015, for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Gordon is tenth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for the second position, Friday, June 12, 2015, for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Harvick will be joined on the front row by Pole winner Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS. Harvick leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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