By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (FOX19) —Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 in February, and he became only the third driver in NASCAR history to win both the 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season by beating Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle back to the yard of bricks in Indianapolis.
It was also the third big-time win for his car owner, Chip Ganassi, this season. Ganassi owns McMurray's car and Juan Pablo Montoya's Sprint Cup car, and Ganassi also owns the Indy Car of Dario Franchitti, who won the Indy 500 in May.
Harvick, the 2003 Brickyard 400 champion, retained the points lead with his runner-up finish. "We had a solid top-five car, and we took a gamble there at the end to take two tires," Harvick said.
Biffle, the top placing Ford driver, came home third, his best Indianapolis finish. "I just wish we would have went with two tires there at the end," Biffle said. "We thought more [drivers] would take four."
Clint Bowyer came home fourth and Tony Stewart finished fifth. Jimmie Johnson, who started second, got mired in traffic and finished 22nd.
Johnson won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in 2006, and Dale Jarrett, now an ESPN commentator, completed the feat in 1996.
Harvick said that the feat of one owner, like Ganassi, winning all three big races in one season may never happen again. "As owners, drivers and sponsors coming into the year, if you're in the Indy Car series you want to win the Indy 500 and if you're in the Cup series you want to win here and at Daytona, and to see all of that in one year is remarkable," Harvick said
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