Ryan Newman ended a 127-race winless streak with his victory in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway.
Newman stayed out when a late race caution flew to inherited the lead. On a green-white-checkered restart he got the jump on Kyle Larson and was able to take his first checkered flag since 2013.
“I’ve lost count; that’s how long it’s been,” Newman said. “What a gutsy call by (crew chief) Luke (Lambert). I called for two tires and he called for none. I’ve won more races no tires than I have with four. I’m just proud of these guys. We had a good car all day. We kept it out of trouble and collected in the end.”
It was the first victory in Cup for RCR since Kevin Harvick at Phoenix in November 2013. Newman, who joined RCR in 2014, hadn’t won since the July 2013 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Larson has now finished runner-up in four of the last five races, including the last three.
Harvick, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin completed the first 10 finishers.
While Ryan Newman broke a long winless streak in Phoenix, Frank Page broke a significant one in Lucky Dog Racing. After changing his sponsor for the first time after 12 years with Jack Daniels, Frank may have found some good luck after winning with his new Chili's Chevy. He scored a total of 198 points and won by 10 points over 2nd place to score his 7th career win. Frank also ended up breaking a winless streak of 50 races, stretching back to September 2015 at Darlington.
Camping World 500 Top 5 Finishers
1. Frank Page
2. Ron Parlacoski, Jr.
3. Charquillia Addison
4. Leon Baker
5. Harry Jeffery
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Justin Allgaier ended an 80-race winless streak on Saturday, going to Victory Lane in the DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway and winning the first leg of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash.
It’s the fourth win for Allgaier in 210 career XFINITY Series starts and first since moving back to the series full-time in 2016 after a two-year full-time stint in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Allgaier was able to hold off the field on multiple restarts over the final quarter of the 200-lap event after crew chief Jason Burdett used a four-tire pit strategy when other teams took two fresh tires after a caution flew with 43 laps to go.
“It’s been a couple years since I’ve been able to get to Victory Lane and it’s been challenging,” Allgaier said. “To come out this year, fourth race in, to get a victory, there are so many things that are cool about this moment. Erik and I had a great battle at the end of the race. It’s a fun place to race."
In addition to getting the race win, Allgaier took home the $100,000 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash prize after being one of the top two running series regulars following the end of the second stage.
We've already had our first rookie win in the Truck series and now we have our first to win in the Xfinity series. In his 4th start, Rodger Pitts takes his Carroll Shelby Engine Co. Ford to victory lane for the first time. Rodger scored a total of 263 points which is a new record for most points scored in a race under the current format. Rodger has a Truck win and now with his Xfinity win, he has a total of two in the league. He also becomes the 115th different driver to win in the series.
DC Solar 200 Finishers
1. Rodger Pitts
2. Al Allison
3. Kelly Wolfe
4. Dean Higley
5. Ray Perrotta
Christopher Bell held off Matt Crafton to score a victory in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Bell became the first driver in NASCAR to sweep all three stages of a race in the new format that was introduced this year. He took his third career series checkered flag.
Austin Cindric spun to bring out caution and set up a two lap shootout to the finish. Bell got a great jump on Crafton when the green reappeared and was able to stay ahead for the final two circuits and the win.
"This thing was really fast all weekend,” Bell said. “It was a dream machine. It was really, really good.
“These Truck races are really tough to get restarts going because it’s so aero-dependent. You can get all sorts of momentum or you can get all sorts of momentum taken away from you. That happened to be there in the middle section of the race.”
Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
We may have a new rookie phenom in the league. In just his second start in the Truck series, 17 year old Jakub Smetana dominated at Atlanta and blew everyone's doors off with a win. Jakub scored a whopping 249 points and won by 15 points over 2nd place.
Jakub's win was notable for several reasons. First, he is the first rookie to win from any of the three series. He becomes the 9th different winner in the Truck series. He's one of our youngest ever winners and he is the first driver to win from outside of North America. Jakub hails all the way from the Czech Republic. The young Czech will now celebrate his win for the next month when the next Truck series race takes place on April 1st. Jack Thesier took 2nd place for his best finish since the 2015 season. He had a disappointing run at Daytona but he gains 19 spots this week to climb to 15th place.
Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Top 5 Finishers
1. Jakub Smetana
2. Jack Thesier
3. Jay Smogolski
4. Jose Rodriguez
5. Lou Demian
Lucky Dog Racing finished in second place for 2 years in a row to P10 Select. For the 2017 season they are looking to finally get their 5th championship. This year they have another strong team. Randy Cook is the defending LROC champion and he will be leading the charge for the team again.
Joining Randy will be Jose Rodriguez who is no stranger to championships. Jose won the Cup series championship last season and now has titles in all three series. He'd love to add a LROC Championship as well. Lou Demian keeps his LROC streak appearance going to 10 straight years after he won the Xfinity series.
Greg Miller won the Truck series championship but is ineligible to run for Lucky Dog Racing since he is the team owner of Fantasy Sport Site. Nate Bishop represents Lucky Dog Racing for the first time after winning the Yahoo group championship. Ray Perrotta returns for the 2nd time after winning the Streak to the finish title. Jessy Turgeon also returns for a 2nd time after a long 7 year absence. Jessy won the Chaser Eraser last year.
Be sure to cheer on our drivers as Lucky Dog Racing's drive for five continues in 2017!
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