Newman Takes Pocono Prize

LONG POND, Pa. - Ryan Newman held off Kurt Busch to win Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono International Raceway.

Newman won his second race in the last three weeks in his first career victory at Pocono. It was his fourth win of the season, tops in Winston Cup racing.

It was another week of fuel strategy which Newman and crew chief Matt Borland played to perfection. After his final stop, Newman was able to coax 46 laps from his Dodge to go all the way to the checkered flag.

"Those cautions played to our favor for sure," said Newman, who led 88 laps on Sunday. "I think in hindsight we wouldn't have been able to make it if we hadn't had those cautions."

Newman also became the second straight driver to win at Pocono from the pole. His victory was the fourth of the year for Dodge, which have all ben Newman triumphs.

Newman and Busch were followed across the finish line by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Michael Waltrip and Terry Labonte.

Jeff Burton, Joe Nemechek, Todd Bodine, Dave Blaney and Sterling Marlin completed the first ten finishers.

Series point leader Matt Kenseth maintained his advantage with a 13th place run. Earnhardt jumped into second place over Jeff Gordon, who was credited with a 36th place finish after an encounter with the third turn wall. Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte round the the Top 5 in the standings.

In addition to Gordon's woes, contenders Labonte and Tony Stewart suffered through a disappointing day. Both Joe Gibbs Racing entries were sidelined by engine failures with Labonte credited with 30th and Stewart 37th in the final results.

The Winston Cup Series now travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for next Sunday's running of the Brickyard 400.

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