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Cup - Indianapolis - Race results

31 July 2011

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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