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Cup: Indianapolis - Race results

Jimmie Johnson won his fourth Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup race on Sunday afternoon, dominating proceedings to finish well ahead of Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle at Indianapolis.
Jimmie Johnson stamped his authority on the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the fourth time, with an emphatic victory in Sunday afternoon's "Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

It's Johnson's 58th win in the series in 383 starts and his third of 2012 following victories at Darlington and Dover. He did it in emphatic fashion, leading five times for a total of 99 of the 160 laps of the race, to give Hendrick Motorsports their eighth win at Indianapolis. Johnson's team mate Jeff Gordon - who finished fifth on Sunday after a poor final pit stop set him back - supplied the other four, which puts Johnson and Gordon alongside AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears and Michael Schumacher as the only six drivers to have won four or more races at the venue in the various motor racing series to run at IMS.

Kyle Busch was also strong during the race to claim second, but he admitted that Johnson had been in a totally different class: "We were probably in our own zip code on the rest of the field," he said after the race. "But Jimmie Johnson was in his own country."

Carl Edwards had been desperately seeking a strong result this weekend to salvage his Chase hopes, but was undone by engine problems just a dozen laps into the race and ended up classified in 29th after losing four laps on pit road. His Roush Fenway team mate Matt Kenseth also had a disastrous time of it, wrecking with 28 laps to go to end up with his worst finish of the season so far in 35th.

With Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming home in fourth place, that means Kenseth loses the lead in the Cup championship standings and is now 14pts behind Earnhardt, who leads the championship for the first time since September 2004. Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin also close up on Kenseth after solid top six finishes. Kyle Busch moves up to 11th on the back of his second place at Indy, but is still reliant on a wins wild card to make the Chase.

Race results

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 160 laps 2hrs 56mins 35secs (48/5 pts)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 160 laps + 4.758s (43/1 pts)
3. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 160 laps + 7.813s (42/1 pts)
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 160 laps + 8.336s (40/0 pts)
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 160 laps + 10.230s (40/1 pts)
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 160 laps + 10.782s (39/1 pts)
7. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 160 laps + 12.654s (37/0 pts)
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 160 laps + 13.114s (36/0 pts)
9. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 160 laps + 14.028s (36/1 pts)
10. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 160 laps + 16.117s (34/0 pts)
11. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 160 laps + 16.931s (33/0 pts)
12. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 160 laps + 20.959s (32/0 pts)
13. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 160 laps + 21.844s (31/0 pts)
14. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 160 laps + 23.448s (30/0 pts)
15. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 160 laps + 25.283s (29/0 pts)
16. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 160 laps + 25.555s (0pts)
17. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 160 laps + 25.962s (0pts)
18. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 160 laps + 26.977s (26/0 pts)
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 160 laps + 26.978s (25/0 pts)
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 160 laps + 28.908s (24/0 pts)
21. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 160 laps + 29.413s (23/0 pts)
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 160 laps + 32.727s (22/0 pts)
23. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 160 laps + 33.442s (21/0 pts)
24. #30 David Stremme Toyota 160 laps + 37.727s (20/0 pts)
25. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 160 laps + 38.044s (20/1 pts)
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 160 laps + 41.409s (19/1 pts)
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 160 laps + 42.237s (17/0 pts)
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 160 laps + 44.525s (16/0 pts)
29. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 156 laps + 4 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 156 laps + 4 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 154 laps + 6 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 151 laps + 9 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 144 laps + 16 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #13 Casey Mears Ford 137 laps + 23 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 132 laps Accident (10/1 pts)
36. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 126 laps Engine (8/0 pts)
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 40 laps Accident (7/0 pts)
38. #195 Scott Speed Ford 23 laps Brakes (6/0 pts)
39. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 20 laps Transmission (5/0 pts)
40. #26 Josh Wise * Chevrolet 19 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 14 laps Rear Gear (3/0 pts)
42. #179 Mike Skinner Ford 11 laps Rear Gear (2/0 pts)
43. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 5 laps Engine (0pts)

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (+1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 731pts
2. (-1) Matt Kenseth 717pts (-14pts)
3. (--) Greg Biffle 709pts (-22pts)
4. (--) Jimmie Johnson 704pts (-27pts)
5. (--) Denny Hamlin 667pts (-64pts)
6. (--) Kevin Harvick 653pts (-78pts)
7. (+1) Martin Truex Jr. 653pts (-78pts)
8. (-1) Tony Stewart 652pts (-79pts)
9. (+1) Brad Keselowski 649pts (-82pts)
10. (-1) Clint Bowyer 643pts (-88pts)
11. (+2) Kyle Busch 588pts (-143pts)
12. (-1) Carl Edwards 582pts (-149pts)
13. (-1) Kasey Kahne 579pts (-152pts)
14. (--) Ryan Newman 573pts (-158pts)
15. (+2) Jeff Gordon 564pts (-167pts)
16. (-1) Paul Menard 564pts (-167pts)
17. (-1) Joey Logano 544pts (-187pts)
18. (--) Marcos Ambrose 519pts (-212pts)
19. (+1) Jamie McMurray 508pts (-223pts)
20. (-1) Jeff Burton 505pts (-226pts)
21. (--) Juan Montoya 475pts (-256pts)
22. (--) Aric Almirola 472pts (-259pts)
23. (--) Bobby Labonte 427pts (-304pts)
24. (+2) Regan Smith 403pts (-328pts)
25. (-1) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-331pts)
26. (-1) Kurt Busch 394pts (-337pts)
27. (+1) Mark Martin 374pts (-357pts)
28. (-1) Casey Mears 368pts (-363pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 338pts (-393pts)
30. (--) David Gilliland 328pts (-403pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 305pts (-426pts)
32. (--) Landon Cassill 293pts (-438pts)
33. (+1) Dave Blaney 276pts (-455pts)
34. (-1) David Reutimann 263pts (-468pts)
35. (+1) David Stremme 145pts (-586pts)
36. (-1) Brian Vickers 135pts (-596pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 127pts (-604pts)
38. (+1) Ken Schrader 100pts (-631pts)
39. (-1) Michael McDowell 94pts (-637pts)
40. (--) Josh Wise* 84pts (-647pts)
41. (--) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-656pts)
42. (+2) Stephen Leicht* 67pts (-664pts)
43. (-1) Terry Labonte 66pts (-665pts)
44. (-1) Tony Raines 61pts (-670pts)
45. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-681pts)
46. (--) Scott Speed 42pts (-689pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 34pts (-697pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 15pts (-716pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-717pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-718pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-720pts)
52. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-725pts)
53. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-726pts)
54. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-727pts)
55. (+14) Mike Skinner 2pts (-729pts)
56. (-1) Chris Cook 2pts (-729pts)
57. (-1) Kelly Bires 2pts (-729pts)

Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown


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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, performs a burnout to celebrate winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Former racing driver Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pose during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, lead the field on the first lap of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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