Ryan Newman ends winless drought in Phoenix thanks to late-race strategy

Needing to lead just two laps after a late restart, Newman gives Richard Childress Racing its first win in 127 races

With the race heading into overtime in Phoenix, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse and Martin Truex Jr. stayed out on old tires to take the top three positions. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and a long contingent of contenders were determined to take away those spots with just two laps remaining.

Newman wouldn't allow it.

After a 127-race winless streak for Richard Childress Racing, Newman captured his first checkered flag for the organization. It also happened to be Newman's first win since 2013, his final season with Stewart-Haas Racing.

“I’ve lost count; that’s how long it’s been," Newman said with a smile in Victory Lane. "... What a gutsy call by (crew chief) Luke (Lambert). I called for two tires and he called for none. I’ve won more races no tires than I have with four. I’m just proud of these guys. We had a good car all day. We kept it out of trouble and collected in the end.”

Larson, who has now finished second in three straight races, wasn't backing down on the restart. However, contact with Ricky Stenhouse when he went low caused Larson to slip again, finishing as the bride's maid for a third consecutive week.

“Yeah, my spotter said ‘clear’ and I started turning down," Larson said. "I guess I just didn’t anticipate him driving in as far as he did. Maybe I should have just run the middle lane there just to be safe. And dang it, I wish I wouldn’t have gotten sideways there in (Turns) 1 and 2. I would have stayed close enough to Newman and I probably would have got him down in (Turns) 3 and 4 coming to the white. 

"You never know though. That’s how the races play out. Maybe I made a mistake there. This one stings because I feel like I was in the best spot out of anybody there to line up fourth on two tires."

As for Newman, he never stopped looking for Larson in the closing laps.

"Trust me, I went into (Turn) 3 looking at my mirror," Newman said. "I knew he was down there; but it took my car forever to get going. I’m spent, man. I had the chills on lap 150. I’m done."

Behind Newman and Larson were Kyle Busch -- who led the most laps with 114 -- Stenhouse and Brad Keselowski to round out the top five. Joey Logano and Chase Elliott won stages one and two, but fell off the pace late in the race to finish 12th and 31st, respectively.

Here's a look at the final results from the Camping World 500 in Phoenix:

  1. Ryan Newman
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Daniel Suarez
  8. Erik Jones
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Denny Hamlin
  11. Martin Truex Jr.
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  15. Jamie McMurray
  16. Ty Dillon
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Austin Dillon
  19. Trevor Bayne
  20. Kasey Kahne
  21. Paul Menard
  22. Danica Patrick
  23. Ryan Blaney
  24. Michael McDowell
  25. Kurt Busch
  26. A.J. Allmendinger
  27. Chris Buescher
  28. Landon Cassill
  29. Matt DiBenedetto
  30. Reed Sorenson
  31. Joey Logano
  32. Timmy Hill
  33. Derrike Cope
  34. Cole Whitt
  35. David Ragan
  36. Gray Gaulding
  37. Matt Kenseth
  38. Corey LaJoie
  39. Jeffrey Earnhardt

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