BUSCH: Newman claims soggy win at Watkins Glen

BUSCH: Newman claims soggy win at Watkins Glen

Ryan Newman wasn't expecting Saturday's Busch race at Watkins Glen to be another fuel mileage race, but after a two-hour delay and a record number of caution laps, Newman claimed the checked flag with nothing more than vapors left in the tank of...

Ryan Newman wasn't expecting Saturday's Busch race at Watkins Glen to be another fuel mileage race, but after a two-hour delay and a record number of caution laps, Newman claimed the checked flag with nothing more than vapors left in the tank of his #39 Dodge.

Ryan Newman.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
"We ran out of gas going through the 'bus stop' on the cool down lap," Newman admitted after claiming the trophy for the first Busch Series race at The Glen since 2001. "It was definitely close. It's part of what racing usually is about - having enough to get to the end on fuel."

Newman was trailing fellow Nextel Cup regular Brian Vickers with 10 laps to go, but passed him at the start/finish line after Vickers bobbled in Turn 10.

"I was running my own race," said Newman, who claimed his second career Busch Series win. "I'd catch Brian, then I'd lose Brian. He started getting looser and looser, especially when he was out front. (He) got loose there in ten, and I was able to capitalize. We snuck to the outside when he went to block. I actually thought he'd be running out of fuel. I think he struggled there for a corner. I capitalized on his mistake."

Robby Gordon also made his way by Vickers before the finish of the race to claim second. Tony Stewart, who won the pole earlier in the day, finished fourth and series points leader Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.

After a two-hour delay for rain prior to the start of the race, Stewart paced the field for 17 yellow-flag laps before finally taking the green. The race included a record 32 caution laps.

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