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Newman breaks 49-race winless streak

NASCAR Brickyard 400

Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman celebrates along the main straightaway after winning the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A born and bred Hoosier, Ryan Newman spent his childhood racing everywhere from Anderson to Winchester and every short track he could find in a state mad about racing.

He graduated from Purdue and landed a summer job working in Jeff Gordon's old race shop in Pittsboro. One of the perks? He got to live in the shop and sleep alongside the cars.

And like many Indiana kids, he revered Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track he first visited in 1986 and later accidentally stumbled upon NASCAR's inaugural 1992 test while out buying tires with his mother.

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