Tony Stewart defends the racing at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 27:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 27: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

While Sundays NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ended in an emotional win for Indiana native Ryan Newman, for those watching, the race seemed to feature the duo of Newman and Jimmie Johnson racing in the lead and not much else.

There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers, but not much passing elsewhere on the track. Even drivers noticed that passing at the famed speedway seems limited in recent years.

“I know in ’04, my first year here, it was pretty easy to pass, ’04 and ’05,” said third place finisher Kasey Kahne.  “Since then, it’s been difficult.  It was after they did some work to the track. I know the tires have changed, the cars have changed.  ’04 and ’05, however the track was then, you could run the outside, kind of diamond and get runs down the straightaway.  Right now a lot of the race you’re equal.  It’s hard to be behind a car and carry that speed off the corner running in their tracks.”MORE>>>

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