Rough day at the Brickyard for local drivers

After qualifying on Saturday, it appeared Northern Indiana could have a banner day on Sunday at the Brickyard.

But it was not a good day at the Allstate 400 for the area's three local drivers: Ryan Newman, Tony Raines and David Stremme.

South Bend's Newman, who qualified 3rd, crashed just 20 laps into the race. It ended his day as he finished in 42nd place.

The crash could prove disastrous for Newman's chances of making the Nextel Cup Chase in the final 10 races of the season.

18 laps after Newman was knocked out, La Porte's Raines got in a tangle with Kasey Kahne. Both drivers knocked each other out of the race. Raines finished 41st.

South Bend's Stremme was having a very good race. He was running in the top 10 for a good portion of the day.

But with 50 laps left, Stremme lost control of his car and crashed into the wall. It forced him to the pits and dropped him two laps off the pace. He was able to continue racing but finished 26th.

Another Hoosier native, Tony Stewart, took the checkered flag for the 2nd time in three years at the Brickyard.


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