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A look back at Ryan Newman's 14th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Saturday's Subway Frest Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway including news, notes and observations by the MotorRacingNetwork.com staff.

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Inside Line
Ryan Newman ended a 77-race winless streak after he captured his 14th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, and first since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, when he took the checkered flag in Saturday night's Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
The Stewart-Haas Tornados Team took advantage of a late race caution, a two-tire pit stop and a good restart by Newman to help give the car number 39 it's first win in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Mark Martin (started 23rd) and Matt Kenseth (started 27th) both overcame a bad qualifying effort to score respective finishes of fourth and sixth.

Hero to Zero
Kyle Busch led 113 laps and appeared to be heading to the victory before the last caution came out. The team took four tires and wound up finishing eighth. Also, Kurt Busch tangled with Kasey Kahne on lap 16 and the damage ended a shot of scoring his fourth consecutive finish of sixth or better at Phoenix.

Notables
Jimmie Johnson's third-place finish was his eighth consective top five at Phoenix. Juan Pablo Montoya led 104 laps en route to his first top five at Phoenix and Robby Gordon started 33rd and finished 14th. The finish helped put Gordon back into the top 35 in the onwers' standings heading to Texas.

What's the Points?
Jimmie Johnson held on to the points lead with his third-place finish at Phoenix. He has a 36-point cushion after the weekend. Greg Biffle had his run of six consecutive top-10 finishes to begin the season come to an end with a 22nd-place finish and slipped to third in the points as a result. He was eclipsed by teammate Matt Kenseth, who moved into the second spot in the standings after scoring his sixth top-10 finish of the season. Fellow Roush teammate Carl Edwards and race winner Ryan Newman both made the biggest jump of six spots in the standings with their finishes. Edwards sits in eighth and Newman moved up to 16th. Kurt Busch took the biggest hit in the points, slipping eight points to be outside of the top 12 heading to Texas. Point Standings

Hot Laps
Read all about the happenings at the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 with an inside look from Motor Racing Network's Pete Pistone in his weekly Hot Laps column.

Subway Fresh Fit 600 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Juan Pablo Montoya - 2.8
• Fastest Early In a Run: Jimmie Johnson - 126.646 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Kyle Busch - 121.473 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Juan Pablo Montoya - 57
• Fastest on Restarts: Jimmie Johnson - 125.319 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Martin Truex Jr. - 82
• Laps In Top 15: Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman - 378
• Quality Passes: Joey Logano - 68
• Speed in Traffic: Jeff Gordon - 91.764 mph

Pit Stops
• Newman captured his 14th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 303rd career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Newman won the fifth race for owner Tony Stewart. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Newman was the second driver to win at Phoenix from the 14th starting position. He was the 28th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Newman won the 14th race for Chevrolet at Phoenix and the 656th all-time for the manufacturer. Chevrolet has won the last 10 Cup races at PIR. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 23 races at Phoenix.
• Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 14 races at Phoenix.
• Mark Martin's fourth-place finish was his third fourth-place finish of the season.
• Juan Pablo Montoya (fifth) posted his best Phoenix result in seven starts.
• Matt Kenseth (sixth) has finished in the top 10 in all but one start so far this season.
• Carl Edwards (seventh) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 starts at Phoenix.
• Kyle Busch (eighth) led laps at Phoenix for the first time since this event in 2006.
• Clint Bowyer (ninth) has finished in the top 10 four times in 10 starts at Phoenix.
• Joey Logano (10th) posted his first top 10 in three starts at Phoenix.
• The 378-lap race saw 20 lead changes among 13 drivers and an average speed of 99.372 mph.
• Nine caution flags were thrown for 59 laps.
• The Subway Fresh Fit 600 lasted 3 hours, 48 minutes, 14 seconds.

Garage Talk
• "Man, I couldn't believe it. I saw the right flag and I'm like, I ain't got that far to go!" - Ryan Newman
• "As a driver, I hate the way I ran tonight. But as an owner, I'm very happy for Ryan, Tony Gibson (crew chief) and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for getting that 39 car into victory lane." - Tony Stewart
• "I kind of threw (crew chief Tony) Gibson under the bus because he wanted to put four on and I said, 'Just give me two, I like the track position. I would rather block." - Ryan Newman
• "It makes this more grueling and a tougher race for everyone. The track changes the whole time and the crew chiefs need to be on top of it all night." - Carl Edwards, on the extra laps.
• "I spun the tires on the restart and Ryan (Newman, race winner) had a good jump on me getting in to one. It was pretty much game over at that point." - Jeff Gordon
• "We had a lot more issues than my leg today. We had a subpar car and we just killed ourselves trying to change - we had electrical problems. To be honest with you, I would have been too embarrassed to give Casey (Mears) the car I had today." - Denny Hamlin
• "Our night pretty much ended on lap 15 when, coming out of Turn 4, the car just shot right on me and collected the 9 car. The contact wasn't that bad, but I got spun around, slid down track and got clipped by the 11 which tore up the left front pretty good." - Kurt Busch
• "I didn't see it, but from where I was I thought I gave him lots of room and I'm pretty sure he just got loose and came up. Basically he hit me as he was spinning sideways." - Kasey Kahne, on his incident with Kurt Busch
• "Damned if you do, damned if you don't with tires. We probably should've taken two. I would've been fine with that. We still got 10th out of it, but we were probably a seventh-place car." - Joey Logano

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