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NASCAR: Ryan Newman wins in wild finish at Martinsville

Bowyer’s aggressive, late move takes out Johnson, Gordon.

First Published Apr 01 2012 04:49 pm • Last Updated Aug 05 2012 11:31 pm

Martinsville, Va. • Ryan Newman needed help and was running out of time. Finally, Clint Bowyer provided an opening with two laps to go at Martinsville Speedway.

Bowyer’s aggressive move took out race leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson entering the first turn, allowing Newman to slide into the lead, and he held off A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on another restart for his first win in 23 races.

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"We were not a dominant race car," Newman said. "Clint kind of cleared out Turn One for us and we were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time."

The reverse was true for Gordon, who led 328 laps, and Johnson, who led 112. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates seemed poised to battle it out on the 0.526-mile oval to see which one would give owner Rick Hendrick his 200th Sprint Cup victory, and neither had a chance in the end.

"Jeff and I had been the class of the field so I really thought it was going to be a race between the two of us, and it certainly didn’t turn out that way," Johnson said.

He wound up 12th, and Gordon was 14th.

Of the restart, Johnson said: "That inside lane is awfully inviting at times to dive-bomb on people. The No. 15 [Bowyer] threw a dive-bomb in there. I’m sure once he got in there, he realized it wasn’t the best idea. It turned me around. It turned the No. 24 around."

Gordon angrily sought out Bowyer after the race, and heard the whole story.

"He said he got hit from behind by the 39 [Newman]," Gordon said. "I had nowhere to go. Jimmie had nowhere to go. It was pretty unfortunate. ... I didn’t want to see that last caution. We had such a great battle with [Johnson]. ... It was going to be an interesting race.

"That’s just the way our year’s been going. It can’t go on like this forever."


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Gordon improved three spots in the points standings, but is still just 22nd.

Newman’s performance drew praise from car owner Tony Stewart.

"I’m ecstatic for Ryan," the defending series champion said. "I got to see it on the replay during the caution after all the havoc broke loose. Ryan made an awesome move to the bottom. He was heads up to get in the gas and through that hole before it closed up."

Allmendinger was second, followed by Earnhardt, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.



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