Newman Spoils The Show At Phoenix

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

The Elk Grove native finished in second place for the third consecutive NASCAR Monster Cup Series race Sunday. It will be televised on FOX and live streamed on Fox Sports Go.

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

Larson, who has permission from Ganassi to still run occasional dirt-track sprint vehicle races, ran out of fuel on the last lap while leading the Daytona 500 and wound-up 12th.

Logano was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Camping World 500k at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday afternoon. The question now is will former teammate Kyle Busch make it his business to track Logano down and bump him over.

Larson, 24, is Asian-American and the first graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program to win rookie of the year in the Xfinity Series (2013) and Cup (2014). The South Bend, Indiana native found victory lane for the first time in 128 races as Larson was bridesmaid once again. I've never had this speed this early in the year. Junior missed the 2016 fall race due to a concussion, but his replacement, Alex Bowman, won the pole and led 194 laps before finishing sixth. "It's really easy to screw it up", Newman said. "There is not much you can do when the right front blows out". Kyle Larson is second with 131 despite not winning a race.

Logano had the fastest lap through two rounds, but the top 12 have to start from scratch and qualify in the third round. I believe so. Like I said, I tried to be as open and honest and be an open book.

"By the time I get to Phoenix..."

This week, it was an equipment failure on Logano's vehicle that cost Busch the win. NASCAR executives have made it publicly clear that they don't want Busch to retaliate with his auto during a race. That led Busch to storm down pit row and throw a punch at Logano, creating a scuffle with the crews and a meeting for the drivers with NASCAR officials on Friday.

On Sunday, Busch took the lead with a quick pit stop during a caution flag and led for 113 laps before heading to the pits after Logano's crash.

Meanwhile, Larson must wait for his second victory on the top circuit (he won previous year in Brooklyn, Mich.) but he now leads the Monster Cup points standings. As the caution came out for a hard hit coming off of the fourth turn by Matt Kenseth, the leaders pitted. Ky.

Blown tires were a common sight on the hot pavement but Newman was able to negotiate the treacherous surface when it mattered most. "We've just got to keep it going". "I had a not very good entry (into turn 3) and had to slow down the auto a lot to stay on the bottom and tried to make up some of that speed at the bottom of the race track and then I got loose".

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