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Johnson wins!

By · July 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Jimmie Johnson became the first driver to win back-to-back races at The Brickyard when a speeding penalty knocked Juan Pablo Montoya out of contention.

Montoya led 116 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and had a five-second lead over the competition when NASCAR flagged him for speeding as he entered pit road with 35 laps left in Sunday’s race.

Montoya furiously denied driving too fast — even swearing on his wife and two children that NASCAR made a mistake — but the penalty dropped him to 12th and put the race up for grabs.

Mark Martin restarted as the leader with 24 laps left, but Hendrick Motorsports teammate Johnson sailed past him for his third win in four years at Indy.

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