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Brickyard 400 Race Results: Paul Menard Upsets Field By Winning Indianapolis On Fuel Mileage Gamble

Paul Menard shocked the racing world at Sunday afternoon's Brickyard 400 by saving enough fuel to hold off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon and score his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in one of the sport's biggest races of the year.

The majority of Sunday's race was typical Indianapolis Motor Speedway racing, with the field getting strung out during long, green-flag runs. Yet as the closing laps approached, a late caution put many teams in a position to gamble on fuel.

With the leaders stretching their fuel mileage to the end, Menard was able to save enough gas to hold off a charge by Jamie McMurray in the closing laps.

As Menard and others worked to conserve fuel, Gordon made his move towards the lead with plenty of gas in the tank. Gaining nearly a second a lap on the leaders, the No. 24 Chevrolet was able to get to second on the white flag lap but did not have enough to move past Menard.

Taking the checkered flag, Menard scored his first career win and became a serious contender for the Chase wild card in the process.

Here is how they finished:

  1. Paul Menard
  2. Jeff Gordon
  3. Regan Smith
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Matt Kenseth
  6. Tony Stewart
  7. Greg Biffle
  8. Mark Martin
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Kyle Busch
  11. Kevin Harvick
  12. Ryan Newman
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Carl Edwards
  15. Brian Vickers
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  17. Bobby Labonte
  18. Kasey Kahne
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Landon Cassill
  21. Kurt Busch
  22. AJ Allmendinger
  23. David Ragan
  24. Martin Truex Jr.
  25. Joey Logano
  26. Andy Lally
  27. Denny Hamlin
  28. Juan Pablo Montoya
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Trevor Bayne
  31. Dave Blaney
  32. Mike Bliss
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Marcos Ambrose
  35. Jeff Burton
  36. David Reutimann
  37. Michael McDowell
  38. Joe Nemechek
  39. Scott Speed
  40. Mike Skinner
  41. Terry Labonte
  42. T.J. Bell
  43. Robby Gordon