First Cup Win For Ryan Newman In Nearly Four Years
Ryan Newman was the winner at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, his first Cup victory in nearly four years and the first win for Richard Childress Racing since November of 2013. Newman decided to stay on the track with worn tires and the gamble paid off.
Newman held off Kyle Larson on the final restart to leave Larson in the runner-up spot for the third straight week. In his fourth full-time season in Cup racing, Larson has one pole and one victory, but he's due for another one soon. Larson also moved past Brad Keselowski to take over the points lead after four races.
Kyle Busch led a race-high 114 laps and appeared on his way to winning the race until Joey Logano blew a tire and crashed setting up the final restart. Busch settled for his first top-10 finish of the season.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Brad Keselowski completed the Top 5.
Rookie drivers Daniel Suarz and Erik Jones did well. Suarz finished seventh while Jones came in eighth.
Pole winner Logano led 74 of the first 75 laps to win Stage 1. Chase Elliott won Stage 2, but finished the race in 12th place.
One more race out west next week. They move on to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.