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Paul Menard wins Brickyard 400

Updated: August 4, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Menard became NASCAR's newest first-time winner Sunday with an upset victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track steeped in tradition for his family.

The first half of the race was dominated by drivers with the strongest cars. But when debris cautions jumbled up the pit cycles, the Brickyard 400 turned into a race of pure strategy.

Menard and his Richard Childress Racing team played it brilliantly, as crew chief Slugger Labbe had Menard give the lead ...

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