This was Newman’s 17th career win and his first since April, 2012 at Martinsville Speedway.
“Track position was really important,” Johnson said. “We had a mistake on pit road and had a lot of distance to make up.”
Johnson said had the mistake not happened on the last stop he would have been a lot closer to Newman.
“Catching someone and passing them are two different things,” he said.Johnson said second place was not what the team was looking for, but acknowledged it was a good run for the team.
“When you have a race winning car, hate to see an opportunity go by,” Johnson said of not winning his fifth Brickyard. “I can still go home with a smile on my face.”
Kasey Kahne finished third with Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth rounding out
the top five.
“I don’t know how we could have a better week,” Stewart said. “For Ryan to win the pole and battle with Jimmie (Johnson) all day. We had a top five car most of the day; just not as good as the front two. Everyone is happy for Ryan.”
All but one of the lead changes took place during caution period or green flags stops. Only Joey Logano made a racing pass for the lead by passing teammate Brad Keselowski on lap 87.
Chevrolet powered cars took seven of the top ten positions with Toyota taking two spots and one Ford.
It was a great day for Hendrick Motorsports with all four cars finishing in the top ten led by Johnson with Kahne coming home third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a sixth place showing and Jeff by Gordon in seventh.
There were only three caution periods for a total of 14 laps, twice when rookie driver Timmy Hill stopped on the track.