Johnson picks up momentum by winning dream race

Updated: August 7, 2006, 3:32 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Fitting that, in the end, it was tires that won the race for Jimmie Johnson, for it was tires, in the beginning, which threatened to continue Johnson's Indianapolis Motor Speedway woes.

Johnson, who had fallen to 38th after blowing a left-front tire only 39 laps into the 160-lap event, changed four tires on the final restart of the day and then used those fresh wheels to pass seven cars and rev celebratory burnouts before kissing that famous yard of bricks lining the ...

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