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Big chance slips away for No. 2

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INDIANAPOLIS: Jimmie Johnson had plenty of time to think about the Brickyard win that slipped away.

Try, 17.2 seconds.

His final pit stop was, well, the pits. The slow stop stalled Johnson’s momentum and ended a serious bid to become the first NASCAR driver to win five times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

He settled for second Sunday.

Not bad.

But not first.

He refused to pin the blame on the No. 48 Chevrolet crew.

“We win as a team, we lose as a team,” Johnson said. “There have been mistakes on my behalf in situations that have taken race wins away from us. Granted, they weren’t major events like this.”

With a fifth win at the Brickyard, Johnson would have made history. Johnson won in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 at the Brickyard. He’ll have to wait another year in his drive for five.


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