Newman Wins the Race / Larson Takes the Points Lead
Neither Ryan nor Kyle allowed the Phoenix heat to deter them. Temperatures inside the race cars reached 140 degrees on Sunday.
"It was beyond warm, it was flat hot," race winner Ryan Newman said from victory lane. "I got burns on the back of my legs I've never had before."
.@RyanJNewman & @LukeLambertCC earn the victory at @PhoenixRaceway with the @grainger Chevy: [https://t.co/3E1eUahWlU] #NASCAR #ItTakesDrive pic.twitter.com/FeJh7oWl84— RCR (@RCRracing) March 19, 2017
Sunday's win for Ryan Newman was his first in one hundred and twelve (112) races dating back to Indy in 2013*. Ryan Newman was the unexpected winner of the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after a late caution gave his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team the chance to break a drought dating to 2013.
“I’ve lost count—that’s how long it’s been,” Newman detailed of his winless streak. “What a gutsy call by Luke. I called for two tires, and he called for none. I’ve won more races with 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.”
Newman's 18th career victory was his second at Phoenix but his first since he won the Brickyard 400 on July 28, 2013, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win was RCR's first since Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Nov. 10, 2013 at Phoenix before departing for Stewart-Haas the following year.
Kyle Larson proved he is the youngster to be reckon with after his third second-place finish in a row. Those consistent finishes propelled the California native into first place in the point standing despite a lack of a 2017 win. Larson has just one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win which came last year at Michigan International Speedway. His career best finish in the standings - ninth.
However, this is not the first time Newman and Larson have enjoyed a close encounter.
Kenny Wallace posted the tweet above after yesterday’s race. Larson was a mere seven-years-old and obviously excited to meet twenty-two-year-old racer Ryan Newman.
*NASCAR Race Mom was honored to be in victory lane as Ryan Newman and team celebrated their win in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
When you walk back into the garage as the most recent #NASCAR race winner 🏆 #ItTakesDrive pic.twitter.com/2M1iinVvBm— RCR (@RCRracing) March 20, 2017
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Don't let @KyleLarsonRacin's second-place finish overshadow Owen Larson's huge win this weekend. #NASCAR (h/t @NASCARonReddit) pic.twitter.com/HXx7TWaX8V— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) March 20, 2017