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For those who attend the races regularly, this moment is awesome…For those of us attending a NASCAR race for the first time, this moment is WAY more than awesome! This was the experience that I had with my fiancée at the 2013 Indiana 250 Nationwide Series race and the 2013 Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Sprint Cup Series race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
I had attended the Indianapolis 500 a few years ago and only made it from my car to my seat, and then back out again. Don’t get me wrong, it was a GREAT experience, and a great way to get introduced to the “live” auto sports industry, but what I didn’t realize, was all that being at the track actually had to offer!
On the day of the Nationwide race, I arrived to the track in time to wait for the gates to open. Once inside the track, I made my way to the Pagoda Plaza to get in line to get a wristband to get driver autographs from both the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup series. Among the drivers I got to meet were Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Travis Pastrana, Johanna Long, Kyle Larson, Nelson Piquet Jr., Regan Smith, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Cole Whitt, and Brian Scott (the leader of the Indiana 250 just a few laps from the end!!) from the Nationwide Series as well as Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer from the Sprint Cup Series.
From there, I was able to head to “Thunder Alley” and check out several of the garages. Scattered throughout the garage area, I came across several official NASCAR inspection points. It was a great opportunity to see the cars up-close. While I was there, I met up with a good friend of mine, Holly Blake, a regular blogger here on Green2Checker.com! She showed me around and pointed out some of the drivers and crew members of the teams.
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Ryan Newman may not know who he will race for next year but right now, I doubt he cares. He has had one heck of a dream weekend. He won the pole for the 20th Annual Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard on Saturday and today he won the race.
Newman's team opted for two tires on their last stop while the dominate Jimmie Johnson took four AND had a slow (17+ second) stop. Newman emerged from the pits with a 7.1 second lead over second-place Johnson. The lead diminished some over the course of the closing laps, but at the end of the race, Newman still held over a two second advantage and won his first Brickyard 400.
This is 17th victory in his 424 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It is also Newman's ninth top-10 finish in 2013. This weekend Newman joins two other drivers to win from the Coors Light Pole at Indianapolis (Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jimmie Johnson in 2008).
The win also secures a place in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.