Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:29 pm
Hendrick power makes it a Chevrolet rout at Indy
By JIM JOHNSONAssociated Press
Hendrick powered Chevys swept the top four spots and put seven cars in the top nine, including race winner Ryan Newman.
And the Hendrick drivers? All four finished in the top seven.
"Hendrick horsepower was key," said third-place driver Kasey Kahne said. "Felt really good to have that. We came close. We caught the guys at the end. We just never got the lead, never got to the front."
Sprint Cup Series leader Jimmie Johnson led for much of the race, but finished second and fell just short of being the first driver to win the race five times. Teammates Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth) and Jeff Gordon (seventh) were right behind him.
Hendrick also powered Newman, Tony Stewart (fourth) and Juan Pablo Montoya (ninth).
"We had pretty good power all day long," Stewart said. "I mean, there were a lot of scenarios where I noticed how good it was. And that's what you expect out of the Hendrick engine department. That's the standard that they set."
The standard, on Sunday, certainly met expectations.
"That's a big asset having that Hendrick power under the hood," Stewart said.
It all added up to a season sweep for manufacturer Chevrolet, which won the Indianapolis 500 in May with Tony Kanaan.