Newman Powers To Win

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BROOKLYN, MICH. - There was no power outage for Ryan Newman on Sunday. Using a perfect fuel mileage strategy, Newman scored his series leading fifth NASCAR Winston Cup Series win of the season taking the checkered flag in the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Newman drove his ALLTEL Dodge into the lead with two laps to go when Kurt Busch ran out of fuel and picked up his 6th career Winston Cup win. It was the fifth win for Dodge at the two-mile MIS facility and the 50th NASCAR victory for team owner Roger Penske.

Kevin Harvick was second followed by Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle and Steve Park.

Robby Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Matt Kenseth and Johnny Benson completed the first ten finishers.

Jamie McMurray brought out the day's first caution flag on lap 17 when he cut a tire in his Havoline Dodge and ended up in the wall. McMurray was uninjured in the incident.

After a lap 55 yellow for debris, the third caution came out on the 64th circuit when Todd Bodine and Kenny Wallace crashed spectacularly down the back stretch. Bodine was tapped as he passed Kurt Busch and his National Guard No. 54 went directly into the path of the oncoming Wallace. Bodine's car rode on top of Wallace's Stacker 2 Dodge for several hundred feet as fire spewed from both machines. Both drivers escaped from their cars without injury.

Caution waved for the fourth time on lap 78 when Ricky Craven and Casey Mears got together on the backstretch. Craven's Tide Pontiac got into the wall and as he came down the track Mears' Target Dodge clipped the front end of the No. 32 and shot hard into the outside wall. Neither driver was hurt in the incident.

During the ensuing rush on to pit road, Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. collided severely damaging both cars. Wallace had brought his Miller Lite Dodge slowly into the pit road entrance only to change his mind and turned right into Earnhardt's Budweiser Chevrolet.

Wallace finally had his engine let go on lap 107 to bring out the sixth yellow of the race.

Polesitter Bobby Labonte also had an engine expire to sideline his Interstate Batteries Chevrolet on the 142nd lap

The Winston Cup Series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for next Saturday night's Sharpie 500.

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