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Sport Newman snaps drought with Phoenix win

01:35  20 march  2017
01:35  20 march  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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Joey Logano may have cost Kyle Busch a win a week after the two got tangled at Las Vegas.

Logano blew a tire with five laps remaining Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, bringing out a caution and bringing the leaders — including Busch — to pit road.

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That left the door open for Ryan Newman, who opted to stay out on old tires when the leaders pitted. Newman led the field to green on the final restart and held off Kyle Larson for the victory. Larson took the runner-up spot for the third consecutive race.

For Newman, the win is his first since the 2013 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“You just wonder if you can do it again,” Newman said from pit road. “This is a big day for us, for the points and the Chase (10-race playoff).”

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He credited crew chief Luke Lambert with making the correct — and gutsy — call at the end to stay out on old tires.

Busch, who consistently beat everyone off pit road all day after taking the lead from Chase Elliott during a stage 2 stop, had to pull up on pit road for Austin Dillon and lost a chance at the checkered flag.

“One thing to do,” a frustrated Busch radioed his crew after the stop. Busch finished third.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin.

Logano said his right front blew, causing him to crash with five laps to go and setting up the final restart.

Logano, who won the pole and the first stage and was showing he could be the driver to beat in the desert heat, was tagged for a pit-road speeding penalty in stage 2 and couldn’t make his way back to the front.

Temperatures in the desert had crews doing everything they could to keep drivers cool in their cars. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished 14th, could be seen stuffing bags of ice in his firesuit while he rolled down pit road as temperatures inside his cockpit exceeded 140 degrees. Fans dealt with temperatures in the high 90s.

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