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Mark Martin finishes 11th at Brickyard 400

SPEEDWAY, IN (KAIT) - Batesville native Mark Martin started third at the Brickyard 400. He took the lead on Lap 39 and led 10 laps. He finished 11th, and moves up to 13th in the Sprint Cup standings.

Jamie McMurray has become just the third driver to win both the Daytona 500 and The Brickyard in the same season, capitalizing Sunday when teammate Juan Pablo Montoya suffered a second consecutive heartbreak at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Montoya dominated the race for the second straight year, but gave up the lead when he took four tires on a late pit stop. Six cars in front of him took two tires, including McMurray, who restarted as the leader with 18 laps to go Sunday.

Montoya restarted in seventh and tried desperately to charge back through the field. But his aggressive driving caused him to lose control and crash with 15 laps to go.

McMurray then held off Kevin Harvick to claim his second crown jewel victory this year.

With Jamie McMurray's victory, team owner Chip Ganassi has completed the first team triple crown in American auto racing: winning the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.

McMurray won the season-opening Daytona 500 in February, and Ganassi IndyCar series driver Dario Franchitti won the Indy 500 in May. McMurray then won again at the Brickyard, making him a surprise winner of NASCAR's two biggest races.

The Sprint Cup heads to Pocono. The green flag drops in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 next Sunday at 12pm on ESPN.

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