Bullet Point Recap: Ryan Newman Shocks, Wins NASCAR Race At Phoenix

Ryan Newman led only six laps on his way to his first victory since Indianapolis in 2013. That’s a long time, it is also RCR’s first win since the fall Phoenix race in 2013. Some long droughts were snapped today after a late race gamble.

Stage 1:

  • Joey Logano led literally every lap. Dominated the first stage and took the points. The double deuce looked like he was about to set sail. His tire bead would have something to say about that later.
  • Corey LaJoie wrecked after Reed Sorenson got his Daytona Duels revenge on the BK Racing rookie

  • Kyle Larson let it be known in that first stage that he came to win. Ran second most of the stage and gave Logano a run for his money coming to the green checkered.

Stage 2:

  • Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott spent no time waiting to get going. The two youngsters passed Logano three wide going into turn one. This is why NASCAR needs younger drivers, not willing to back out of it and play it safe.

  • Then Corey LaJoie decided to do something he knows best. Wreck the car again, for the third race out of four this season the #83 has wrecked. Gotta wonder how long BK Racing will allow him to destroy race cars. There’s learning then there is this.

  • Chase Elliott took the Stage 2 win. Pretty dominant performance from the second year driver who looked well on his way to his first win. Fun fact, if he had won it would have been Alan Gustafson’s fourth win at Phoenix, each with a different driver.

Final Stage

  • It looked like the Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson show would continue. It did for awhile until a Matt Kenseth caution that allowed Kyle Busch to jump the #24 on pit road.
  • Speaking of Kenseth’s crash, here it is. One of the hardest hits you’ll see for awhile. Shoutout to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for SAFER walls.

  • The final stage was littered with wrecks all while Kyle Busch dominated.
  • David Ragan cut a tire/ran out of brakes going into turn one and collected Gray Gaulding. The BK Racing team scrapped two cars on Sunday and likely hate Phoenix now.

  • Then Cole Whitt cut a tire and hit the wall.

  • Everyone pitted, things looked good to go. Kyle Busch was clear sailing out in the lead by 2.5-3 seconds. Not so fast thought. His best bud Joey Logano blew a tire and brought out the caution for a Green-White-Checkered.

  • Three cars stayed out as all the leaders bolted for two tires on pit road. Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. all stayed out. Kyle Larson won the race off pit road so he lined up 4th and Kyle Busch lined up 5th.
  • Final restart, Larson races Newman into the first corner, the #17 dive bombs him a little as Larson thought he was clear. The #42 gets a little sideways, keeps the second position but it was enough to give Newman a gap and the win.

There it was. Newman is a winner again. For once a late race gamble paid off for someone so that was cool to see. Generally the guys with new tires just blow past them. Congrats to Newman and that team, it’s been a long long time for them.

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