Ryan Newman Snaps 127 Race Winless Streak | Bonehead Picks

Ryan Newman Wins At Phoenix, Snaps 127 Race Winless Streak

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Yes NASCAR fans, you are reading the Boneheadpicks headline correct. Thanks to a last caution to force overtime, Kyle Busch missed his opportunity to erase a week long story line with a win which involved he and Joey Logano. Ironically, it was Logano who brought out the caution that set up a gambling situation for other cars who stayed out. Ryan Newman was one of those who did not pit, and was able to hold off Kyle Larson who once again for the third consecutive race finished second.

Newman ended one of the longest winless streaks at 127, which went back almost four years where he last won at Indianapolis in 2013. It also ended what was the longest drought by Richard Childress Racing since Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix in the 2013 Fall race, a winless streak of 112 races. Newman now becomes the fourth different winner of 2017 and helps Chevrolet score their first win of the year. Newman moved up six spots to 11th while Larson now holds the points lead.

Logano started from the pole and led 82 laps and won the first stage. When the second stage began, Chase Elliott took over and led the second most laps with 116 and won that segment. Logano had fell off since and was hit with a speeding penalty, which he never really recovered. It was his blown tire with six laps to go that prevented Busch from winning his first race of the season. Busch did however get his best finish of the year in third after finishes of 16th or worse to start the season.

One winless streak had finally ended for one driver and team, in which there is one other team looking to stop another. Ricky Stenhouse Jr got his first top five finish for Roush Fenway Racing in fourth since the Talladega Fall race last season. Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and Jimmie Johnson got their first top tens of the season (seventh, eighth and ninth).

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