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Newman and Stewart 1-2 at Loudon

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Sunday, July 17, 2011

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Race winner Ryan Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing owner/teammate Tony Stewart celebrate together the way they started the race, side-by-side, after finishing first and second.
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Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart started 1-2 in Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and after a wild jumble of divergent strategies in the 19th Sprint Cup race of the season, that's the way they finished the race.

"One hell of a day boys -- one hell of a day," Stewart radioed to his team as he approached the finish line 0.773 seconds behind his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate. Both drivers helped themselves immensely in their respective quests for berths in the Chase, as Newman posted his first victory of the year, his third at the 1.058-mile track and the 15th of his career.

Denny Hamlin came home third, followed by Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson. Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch completed the top 10.

Kyle Busch entered the race as the series points leader but exited the event after blowing his right front tire and slamming the Turn 2 wall on Lap 59. Before the tire blew, Busch had been working traffic after a four-tire pit stop under caution on Lap 31 -- his second stop under that yellow -- put him deep in the field for a restart on Lap 35.  "Blew a bead," Busch said, referring to the edge of the tire that sits on the wheel. "Fastest car here -- getting through the field pretty good and kind of the only guy passing guys, I guess, there. We made some big changes there on that pit stop.

"We came back and got four [tires] just to make sure we got all the changes we wanted to. Working our way up through there. Just blew a bead, I guess, transferring too much brake heat through the wheel."

After extensive repairs, Busch returned to the track on Lap 134 and finished 36th.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 48/2 301 Running
2 2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 43/1 301 Running
3 14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 41/0 301 Running
4 16 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 41/1 301 Running
5 28 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 40/1 301 Running
6 10 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 39/1 301 Running
7 23 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota CapitalWindow/ CapWinFund.com 37/0 301 Running
8 13 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 36/0 301 Running
9 22 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 36/1 301 Running
10 4 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA 35/1 301 Running
11 7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 34/1 301 Running
12 17 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 32/0 301 Running
13 15 99 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Home Defense Max 32/1 301 Running
14 26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS "We Love Logistics" 30/0 301 Running
15 27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 29/0 301 Running
16 6 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 28/0 301 Running
17 12 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Good Sam Club / Cheerios 28/1 301 Running
18 20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 27/1 301 Running
19 3 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 25/0 301 Running
20 30 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Affliction Clothing: Live Fast 24/0 301 Running
21 18 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 23/0 301 Running
22 24 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 23/1 301 Running
23 38 38 J.J. Yeley Ford Long John Silver's 21/0 301 Running
24 9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond / Menards 20/0 301 Running
25 34 34 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 19/0 301 Running
26 32 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 0 300 Running
27 42 7 Scott Wimmer Dodge Speed Energy 0 300 Running
28 43 71 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 17/1 300 Running
29 37 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 15/0 300 Running
30 8 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 14/0 300 Running
31 25 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 14/1 300 Running
32 41 32 Mike Bliss Ford Starrett Corporation 0 299 Running
33 11 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 11/0 298 Running
34 21 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 10/0 283 Running
35 5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 9/0 257 Running
36 19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 8/0 224 Running
37 29 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Foxwoods Resort Casino 7/0 159 Engine
38 31 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 6/0 83 Brakes
39 40 46 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Red Line Oil 5/0 72 Brakes
40 33 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 4/0 46 Brakes
41 35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 0 37 Brakes
42 39 60 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 0 17 Electrical
43 36 55 Jeff Green Ford Front Row Motorsports 0 11 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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