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Newman holds off Stewart for N.H. win



Loudon, NH (Sports Network) - Ryan Newman capped off a banner weekend for Stewart-Haas Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by winning Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

Newman, the pole sitter, conserved enough fuel and then held off his Stewart- Haas Racing teammate, Tony Stewart, in the closing laps to snap a 47-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series. He did not pit during a round of stops under caution with less than 60 laps remaining. Newman finished 0.8 seconds ahead of Stewart, as SHR claimed its first 1-2 finish since the racing organization made its debut in the series at the start of the 2009 season.

"We did what we had to do," said Newman, who led a race-high 119 laps. "It's been a real big team effort, and I'm proud that we came home 1-2, just as we started. It was a great weekend for Stewart-Haas Racing."

Newman collected his 15th career win but his first since April 2010 at Phoenix. He also became the 13th different race winner in 19 races so far this season.

Three of Newman's wins have come at this flat one-mile track.

On Friday, Newman and Stewart finished 1-2, respectively, in qualifying at New Hampshire.

"This was a perfect weekend to have Ryan on the pole and me on the outside of the front row, and then sit here and get our first 1-2 finish," driver/owner Stewart said. "It's just an awesome day for Stewart-Haas Racing."

Stewart charged from fifth to second within the last 25 laps.

Denny Hamlin was involved in a four-car wreck during the mid-stages but rebounded nicely for a third-place finish. Joey Logano, who won his first and only Sprint Cup race so far two years ago at New Hampshire, took the fourth spot.

Jimmie Johnson bounced back from a spin on lap 241 to finish fifth. Johnson's incident forced the 10th and final caution.

Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch, who led a total of 66 laps, completed the top-10.

Jeff Gordon was running among the top-five on the final lap, but Gordon suffered a flat tire, as he crossed the finish line in 11th. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., received a penalty for a tire violation during his final pit stop. He wound up finishing 15th.

Gordon experienced an electrical issue with his car during the first half. His team replaced the battery during a pit stop, which put him one lap down at the time.

Despite a 13th-place finish, Carl Edwards reclaimed the points lead. Edwards holds a seven-point advantage over Johnson. Kyle Busch, who won last weekend's inaugural race at Kentucky, dropped from first to fifth in points after his 36th-place run. Busch cut a tire and made contact with the wall. He spent more than 75 laps in the garage for repairs before returning to the track.

"It's one of those deals, I guess," Busch said. "It will happen here. I was just driving really hard to try and make up for lost track position. I had a pretty fast car, getting through there and passing a lot of guys. It was so hard to pass here. I was trying to find ways I could. I was getting there, but the tire wouldn't take it."

Newman climbed up to eighth in the rankings, while Stewart moved into a tie with Hamlin for 10th-place. Seven races remain before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins.

"It puts us in a lot better position, that's for sure," Newman said. "Getting that win is a big bonus in itself. We knew we were been capable of it. We've been so close so many times this year."

07/17 17:55:22 ET


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