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Ryan Newman edges boss Tony Stewart to win at New Hampshire


Lenox Industrial Tools 301

At Loudon, N.H.

 1. (1) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 301 laps, 48 points, $268,050.

 2. (2) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 301, 43, $210,633.

 3. (14) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 301, 41, $170,675.

 4. (16) Joey Logano, Toyota, 301, 41, $119,025.

 5. (28) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 301, 40, $151,236.

 6. (10) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 301, 39, $122,158.

 7. (23) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 301, 37, $126,945.

 8. (13) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 301, 36, $95,350.

 9. (22) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 301, 36, $121,541.

10. (4) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 301, 35, $128,125.

11. (7) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 301, 34, $126,286.

12. (17) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 301, 32, $120,411.

13. (15) Carl Edwards, Ford, 301, 32, $125,291.

14. (26) David Ragan, Ford, 301, 30, $88,875.

15. (27) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 301, 29, $87,425.

16. (6) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 301, 28, $88,300.

17. (12) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 301, 28, $118,708.

18. (20) Greg Biffle, Ford, 301, 27, $92,900.

19. (3) David Reutimann, Toyota, 301, 25, $107,158.

20. (30) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 301, 24, $115,911.

21. (18) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 301, 23, $122,436.

22. (24) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 301, 23, $84,850.

23. (38) J.J. Yeley, Ford, 301, 21, $93,983.

24. (9) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 301, 20, $84,225.

25. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 301, 49.7, 19, $90,608.

26. (32) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 300, 0, $87,283.

27. (42) Scott Wimmer, Dodge, 300, 0, $84,947.

28. (43) Andy Lally, Ford, 300, 17, $85,200.

29. (37) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 300, 15, $71,925.

30. (8) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 300, 14, $114,208.

31. (25) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 300, 14, $110,089.

32. (41) Mike Bliss, Ford, 299, 0, $71,200.

33. (11) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 298, 11, $97,345.

34. (21) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 283, 10, $98,014.

35. (5) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 257, 9, $79,550.

36. (19) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 224, 8, $118,216.

37. (29) David Stremme, Chevrolet, engine, 159, 0, $70,175.

38. (31) Casey Mears, Toyota, brakes, 83, 6, $69,975.

39. (40) Erik Darnell, Chevrolet, brakes, 72, 0, $69,850.

40. (33) Michael McDowell, Toyota, brakes, 46, 4, $69,700.

41. (35) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, brakes, 37, 0, $69,525.

42. (39) Mike Skinner, Toyota, electrical, 17, 0, $69,400.

43. (36) Jeff Green, Ford, brakes, 11, 0, $69,767.

LOUDON, N.H.—Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart started 1-2 in Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and not even a fuel crisis, a wild jumble of divergent strategies or a crew chief with pneumonia could prevent them from finishing that way.

"One hell of a day, boys," Stewart radioed to his team as he approached the finish line 0.773 seconds behind his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate.

Both drivers helped themselves immensely in their quests for berths in the Chase for the Championship, as Newman posted his first victory of the year, his third at the 1.058-mile track and the 15th of his career.

"We backed up what everybody said we couldn't back up, and that was our qualifying effort on Friday," Newman said. "We put it on 'em (Sunday). We don't put it on 'em every weekend, so we need to relish this moment and figure out what we did right so we can keep doing it."

Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson.

Newman and Stewart scored their first 1-2 finish in their third season as teammates in the organization Stewart co-owns. It was the first time since June 2006 at Pocono that the two drivers who started 1-2 finished in the same positions, a feat accomplished then by Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch.

After pitting for the last time on Lap 217 of 301, Newman did an excellent job saving fuel. Stewart, who pitted under caution nine laps later, charged through the field but used up his equipment by the time he secured second place from Hamlin with eight laps left.

"I can promise you, I didn't leave anything out there," Stewart said. "That was as hard as I could run till the end. I couldn't get the rest of the way. I couldn't get any further than that. I got in a period when I caught Jeff Gordon — I think he was running fourth or fifth at the time — I got to his bumper, but I couldn't really do anything. I ran about three laps where I kept slipping the rear of the car, just got the tires hot.

"I basically had to back away from him and run my pace again, just let everything cool down. Then we made that second charge at him and were able to get by him and keep marching forward. The problem was, to do what we did to get a second, I mean, I used everything up getting there."

Stewart had special praise for his crew chief, Darian Grubb.

"They told him (Saturday) he's got pneumonia," Stewart said. "He's battling through a weekend like this, never missed a beat on the box (Sunday)."

Hamlin also backed off and saved fuel in the closing laps to ensure a top-five finish.

"Obviously, I was running the 39 (Newman) down," Hamlin said. "The crew chief (Mike Ford) is screaming that we've got to back off. At that point, you have to think about the risk vs. reward."

Gordon, who battled an alternator problem, blew a tire on the last lap and finished 11th.

Kyle Busch finished 36th after blowing a tire, slamming into the Turn 2 wall and losing 76 laps. He dropped from first to fifth in points, 20 behind leader Carl Edwards, who ran 13th Sunday. David Reutimann of Zephyrhills finished 19th.


Gearhead stats

Winner's average speed: 104.100 mph

Time of race: 3 hours, 3 minutes, 33 seconds

Margin of victory: 0.773 seconds

Caution flags: 10 for 44 laps

Lead changes: 21 among 14 drivers

Lap leaders: Newman 1-5; Stewart 6-30; Newman 31; McMurray 32-37; Newman 38-40; Ku.Busch 41-60; Newman 61; Martin 62-64; Newman 65-101; Johnson 102-120; Kahne 121-125; J.Gordon 126-144; Biffle 145; Lally 146-147; Ku.Busch 148-193; Stewart 194-216; Edwards 217; Logano 218-221; Ambrose 222-225; Logano 226; Bowyer 227-229; Newman 230-301

Sprint Cup points

Through 19 of 36 races. The top 10 plus two wild cards (based on wins) through 26 races make the Chase for the Championship.

Driver Pts. Back

Carl Edwards 652—

J. Johnson 645 7

Kurt Busch 641 11

Kevin Harvick 637 15

Kyle Busch 632 20

Matt Kenseth 626 26

Jeff Gordon 587 65

Ryan Newman 586 66

D. Earnhardt Jr. 577 75

Denny Hamlin 570 82

Tony Stewart* 570 82

Clint Bowyer 542 110

David Ragan* 524 128

Kasey Kahne 523 129

Greg Biffle 523 129

Note: Points unofficial; NASCAR posts official points today.

* Wild cards if Chase field were set today; Ragan is only driver in spots 11-20 with a win, Stewart in via tiebreaker.

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