Ryan Newman won the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday in a thrilling, overtime finish. The race marked Newman’s first win since July, 2013.
After a strong qualifying performance on Saturday, Joey Logano found his No. 22 Shell Penzoil Ford starting on the pole with the 23-year-old, Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford starting alongside of him.
Logano jumped out to an early lead and just five laps into the race, Jeffrey Earnhardt was sent to the garage due to an engine failure on his No. 33 Little Joe’s Auto Chevrolet.
On lap 27, No. 83 Corey Lajoie made contact with the No. 15 of Reed Sorenson which sent Lajoie into the wall, bringing out the first caution of the day.
Brad Keselowski and his No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford lost four spots on pit road during the caution while the team struggled to get the left rear tire off. Logano was able to maintain his lead off pit road.
It was a four-car battle in the final 10 laps of stage one which included Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. Logano was able to hold off the late push and capture the stage one win.
Stage One Winner: Joey Logano
After replacing a bad alternative in the No. 41 car, Kurt Busch found himself a lap down from the leader.
No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr. lost 15 spots on pit road after the stage two caution due to a problem with his right front tire.
As pit stops cycled through after stage one, Logano’s pit crew was able to keep the No. 22 Ford out front for the stage two restart but just ten laps into the run, young-guns Chase Elliott (No. 24) and Kyle Larson (No. 42) were able to make it three-wide into turn two and were both able to get around the veteran, Logano.
With 33 laps remaining in the second stage, No. 83 Corey Lajoie, once again made contact with the wall after his brakes locked up, bringing out the second caution of the day.
Elliott maintained his lead under caution and the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson gained three positions on pit road, exiting in the fifth position.
Logano suffered a tough break on the caution, as he was caught speeding on pit road. The penalty sent him back to 30th position.
Stage Two Winner: Chase Elliott
The No. 18 of Kyle Busch restarted in the fourth position and got a great run on the outside line, making contact with leader, Elliott, forcing him to surrender the lead to Larson. A half-lap later, Elliott was able to make a crossover move on Larson to regain the leader.
With 121 laps remaining in the race, a tire blew out on Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Tide Pods Toyota, sending him into the turn-four wall and concluding his day at Phoenix.
Kyle Busch was able to beat Elliott off pit road and gain the lead for the first time in the race, electing to restart on the outside line. Busch was able to secure the lead on the restart with 114 laps remaining.
With 108 laps to go, No. 38 David Ragan cut a tire and collected No. 23 Gray Gaulding along with him. The accident brought out the sixth caution of the race and was a blessing-in-disguise for No. 11 Denny Hamlin as he had a flat tire prior to the wreck.
On lap 257, Cole Whitt blew a tire on his No. 72 Standard Plumbing Supply Chevrolet, bringing out the seventh caution of the day. Once again, Kyle Busch was able to exit pit road with the lead.
No. 21 Ryan Blaney suffered a speeding penalty, sending him to the rear of the field.
Kasey Kahne had to reenter pit road as his team was worried about not getting all of the lug nuts tightened on his No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet.
With six laps remaining, Logano cut a tire and got into the wall in turn one, bringing out the eighth and final caution of the race.
In an interesting turn of events, with just four laps remaining, No. 31 Ryan Newman, No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. stayed out and elected not to pit under caution, putting them in front of Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson, who both took two tires under caution.
In NASCAR’s version of overtime, after leading just six laps in the race, Newman was able to secure the lead over Larson on the restart and ultimately won his first race win since July of 2013.
- Ryan Newman
- Kyle Larson
- Kyle Busch
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
- Brad Keselowski
- Kevin Harvick
- Daniel Suarez
- Erik Jones
- Jimmie Johnson
- Denny Hamlin
P11: Martin Truex Jr. P12: Chase Elliott, P14: Dale Earnhardt Jr. P20: Kasey Kahne, P22: Danica Patrick, P25: Kurt Busch, P31: Joey Logano, P37: Matt Kenseth
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