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MENCS: Newman snaps 127-race winless streak

(MRN) Ryan Newman traded tires for track position late in Sunday’s race and the big payoff was a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane at Phoenix Raceway. While race leader Kyle Busch and others pitted for fresh rubber during the day’s final caution, Newman kept his Number-31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the track and assumed the top spot on the ensuing restart. He then held off Kyle Larson over the final two green-flag laps to claim his eighteenth career victory and snap a 127-race winless streak dating back to July 2013 at Indianapolis. Newman’s margin of victory over runner-up Larson was thirty-one one-hundredths of a second. Busch grabbed third place with Ricky Stenhouse Junior and Brad Keselowski completing the top five. Newman, who started twenty-second in the thirty-nine-car field, led only the final six laps of the race – which was extended two laps past its scheduled distance by that final caution, which was caused when pole sitter Joey Logano blew a right-front tire and smacked the wall in Turn-1. Busch led a race-high 114 laps, all of which came in the final stage as he notched his first top-five finish of the season … Newman’s victory Sunday also ended a long winless streak for Richard Childress Racing, which hadn’t won a Cup Series race since November 2013 – when Kevin Harvick was victorious, also at Phoenix Raceway … Logano and Chase Elliott won the first two stages of yesterday’s race and went on to finish thirty-first and twelfth, respectively … Harvick went into the weekend having won six of the last nine Cup Series races at Phoenix and came away with a sixth-place finish.

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Top 10 Finishers in the Camping World 500

DRIVER STARTING POSITION LAPS LED

1. Ryan Newman (22) 6

2. Kyle Larson (4) 3

3. Kyle Busch (9) 114

4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (21) —

5. Brad Keselowski (6) —

6. Kevin Harvick (23) —

7. Daniel Suarez (R) (27) —

8. Erik Jones (R) (8) —

9. Jimmie Johnson (14) —

10. Denny Hamlin (19) —

Unofficial standings after 4 races

DRIVER POINTS BEHIND LEADER

1. Kyle Larson 184 —-

2. Brad Keselowski 178 -6

3. Chase Elliott 171 -13

4. Martin Truex Jr. 153 -31

5. Joey Logano 135 -49

6. Ryan Blaney 127 -57

7. Kevin Harvick 123 -61

8. Jamie McMurray 119 -65

9. Kurt Busch 105 -79

Kasey Kahne 105 -79

 

 

 

 

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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