It seems the only way to beat Jimmie Johnson these days is if he or his team makes a mistake.

That’s the way it played out at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400. Johnson dominated the race, but a long pit stop because of trouble with a rear tire cost him the lead.

While Johnson was changing four tires, Ryan Newman was changing two, and it put him in the lead with 25 laps to go, and he held on to win. He also ended a 49-race winless streak.

So after learning three weeks ago he won’t be back with Stewart-Haas racing next year, Newman can point to wins at Indy and the Daytona 500 as qualities any car owner might want. Newman is just the third driver to win from the pole in the 20-year history of the Brickyard 400.

Johnson, coming in as a four-time winner of this race, settled for second place, while Kasey Kahne came in third, and Newman’s team owner Tony Stewart finished fourth.

Even with some of the mistakes he’s made this season, Johnson has a huge lead over second place Clint Bowyer. Johnson leads Bowyer by 75 points and 85 over Carl Edwards with six races left.

Next week, it’s back to Pocono for the second time this season.