Ryan New­man ends a 127-race win­less streak, earn­ing the victory at Phoenix.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Bob Baum

avon­dale, ariz.» A big gam­ble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan New­man.

When just about ev­ery­body else de­cided to take a tirechang­ing pit stop in the fi­nal few laps on Sun­day, New­man fig­ured he’d be go­ing in with them.

His crew chief Luke Lam­bert thought oth­er­wise.

It was a de­ci­sion that earned New­man a victory in the Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Series race, end­ing his 127-race win­less streak.

“Just a heck of a gutsy call by Luke Lam­bert,” New­man said. “It’s his first win as a crew chief in the cup series and I think mak­ing a gutsy call like that makes it that much more special for him.”

While the lead­ers were in the pits, New­man moved from sev­enth Ryan New­man cel­e­brates in Victory Lane on Sun­day af­ter win­ning the NASCAR race at Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Race­way. to first and for the fi­nal two laps held off Kyle Larson, the sec­ond-place fin­isher for the third straight race.

Kyle Busch, the leader for nearly all of the fi­nal stage of the race, was third on a day when the tem­per­a­ture soared to 97 de­grees at Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Race­way.

For the Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing team, Erik Jones scored a ca­reer best NASCAR Cup Series fin­ish of eighth, while Martin Truex Jr. over­came mul­ti­ple is­sues to post an 11th-place re­sult.

Like nearly all the rest of the field, Larson and Busch went to the pits on the late cau­tion caused when Joey Logano’s car blew a right tire and slammed into the wall six laps from the fin­ish.

New­man won his 18th Cup race but his first since the 2013 Brick­yard 400. He gave Chevro­let its first victory of the sea­son and ended a 112-race los­ing streak for Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing.

When the cau­tion ended, two laps sep­a­rated him from the win.

“You’re on old tires. It’s re­ally easy to screw it up,” New­man said. “You’ve got to get your tires cleaned off right, you’ve to get a good launch, you’ve got to run through the gear box right, and then you’ve got to hold ev­ery­body off.”

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