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McMurray wins NASCAR race at Indy

Juan Pablo Montoya once again had victory within reach at in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then questionable strategy cost him the lead, and ultimately the race.

The benefactor of Sunday's gaffe was Jamie McMurray, Montoya's teammate at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, who earned a spot in the history book with his surprise victory.

McMurray joined Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Dale Jarrett (1996) as the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same season.

Montoya led 86 of the 160 laps, but gave up the lead when a debris caution with 23 laps remaining sent the field to pit road. Crew chief Brian Pattie called for four tires, but the first six drivers off pit road took only two. The strategy put McMurray out front on the restart with 18 laps left, and Montoya was mired back in seventh. Trying hard to force his Chevrolet through traffic and back to the front, he lost control and crashed hard into the wall with 15 laps left.

Ferrari fined in winFernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim for Ferrari, but the team was fined $100,000 afterward for orchestrating his pass of teammate Felipe Massa.

Race stewards didn't overturn Ferrari's 1-2 finish, choosing to send the case to the sport's governing body, which could impose more sanctions. Team orders that affect the result of a race are forbidden under Formula One rules.

Alonso had more points in the title race and the team apparently felt it would be better served if he collected the 25 points that go to the winner rather than Massa. - AP


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