2000 Brickyard winner: Bobby Labonte
2000 Champion: Bobby Labonte
2001 Brickyard winner: Jeff Gordon
2001 Champion: Jeff Gordon
2005 Brickyard winner: Tony Stewart
2005 Champion: Tony Stewart
2006 Brickyard winner: Jimmie Johnson
2006 Champion: Jimmie Johnson
2008 Brickyard winner: Jimmie Johnson
2008 Champion: Jimmie Johnson
2009 Brickyard winner: Jimmie Johnson
2009 Champion: Jimmie Johnson
Notice a pattern?....That?s right, eight times out of 16 years the winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis has gone on to win the Cup series championship that same year. That?s half! And if the 2004 season didn?t use the Chase, then Jeff Gordon would?ve made it nine for 16!....I just wanted to mention that. I guess it?s true that only true champions win at Indianapolis.
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