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Stewart initially opposed Brickyard 400

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Drivers always say there's something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race there opened the door for one of Jeff Gordon's most treasured victories.

It was a race Tony Stewart initially opposed.

Stewart, a die-hard open-wheel driver at the time of the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, was one of the many IMS loyalists who firmly believed NASCAR did not belong on the hallowed grounds of the speedway. The Indiana native had grown up dreaming of one day winning the Indy 500. Until 1994, it was the only big race.

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Gordon 670 1
2 D.Earnhardt Jr. 658 2
3 B.Keselowski 634 3
4 M.Kenseth 621 0
5 J.Johnson 598 3
6 C.Edwards 574 2
7 R.Newman 573 0
8 K.Busch 567 1
9 J.Logano 551 2
10 C.Bowyer 548 0
11 P.Menard 541 0
12 D.Hamlin 530 1
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