Ryan Newman's crew services his No. 39 Army Chevy. Photo courtesy of Flickr user U.S. Army.Enlarge Photo
Well, 'The King' pretty much nailed how Ryan Newman took the checkered flag at Loudon, NH on a very hot Sunday afternoon.
Prior to Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Newman's season was like a day at the beach without the sun and that comfort drink in hand--somewhat nice but leaving you unsatisfied even being surrounded by paradise.
Round 19 wasn't going to end up as another race that got away for the No. 39 Army Chevrolet Impala team, virtually pulling off the perfect weekend by sitting on the pole and winning at "The Magic Mile."
Sunday's victory was the third for Newman in The Granite State and it couldn't have come at a better time for the South Bend, IN native.
"This was the perfect weekend," Newman said per AP Sports writer Dan Gelston's article.
Newman's win snapped a winless streak that dated back to April of 2010, when he took the win at Phoenix over Jeff Gordon in a late race restart duel. However, Newman's car was truly in a class of its own and certainly "An Army of One."
Finishing second in the 301-miler was teammate and car owner Tony Stewart, whose strong finish was a shot in the arm for his No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy team led by crew chief Darian Grubb.
"It's no secret we've been struggling all year," Stewart said, whose team finished 1-2 for the first time in its three-year history. "But it really shows me the depth of the people we got in our organization.
Rounding out the top-five finishers were Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin and Johnson overcame some mid-race tangles to rebound nicely in the top-five running order while Logano ran a relatively quiet race to nab his third top-10 finish in the past four races.
Placing sixth through tenth were Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Marcos Ambrose, Martin Truex Jr., and Kurt Busch.
Just placing outside the top-10 was Jeff Gordon, whose flat tire cost him a possible top-five finish. Despite his last lap troubles, the four-time Cup champion overcame some obstacles throughout the race, finishing 11th.
As for Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Brian Vickers, it was an afternoon to forget. Busch andKeselowski experienced tire problems, which sent them hard into the fourth turn SAFER barrier while Vickers wrecked by accidental contact from Kasey Kahne.
The Sprint Cup drivers and teams have the upcoming weekend off before they hit up "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" aka Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 18th running of the Brickyard 400. Jamie McMurray hopes to turn his year around by repeating his dramatic feat from 2010 while past winners Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson look to recapture Indy glory.
[Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports]