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Montoya leads NASCAR Brickyard 400 after crash-marred start

July 25, 2010 | 11:39 am

Juan Pablo Montoya survived a tire problem to lead the NASCAR Brickyard 400 after 50 laps Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was marred by a multi-car crash on the first lap that included Kyle Busch and Sam Hornish Jr.

Indy2 Several other Sprint Cup Series drivers also had early problems in the 160-lap race, perhaps after their cars ran over debris left from the first-lap crash. Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among those making early, unexpected pit stops that pushed them deep into the 43-car field.

Montoya, the race pole-sitter, led most of the early laps in his No. 42 Chevrolet but developed a tire problem and was forced to pit on lap 38 to have all four tires changed.

But when the other leaders made normal, green-flag pit stops after that, Montoya stayed on the track and resumed the lead on a warm, partly cloudy day at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Greg Biffle was running second and Mark Martin was third. Jimmie Johnson, a three-time Brickyard 400 winner who started on the outside of the front row, was eighth.

--Jim Peltz in Indianapolis

Photo: Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark waves the green flag over Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48) to start the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images