What a long, strange trip it was for Ryan Newman at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The marathon three-and-a-half hour Busch race produced fourteen cautions, two red flags and a green/white/checker finish. In the end, a three lap dash to the checkers setup...
What a long, strange trip it was for Ryan Newman at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The marathon three-and-a-half hour Busch race produced fourteen cautions, two red flags and a green/white/checker finish. In the end, a three lap dash to the checkers setup a battle between Newman and Elliott Sadler.
But, Sadler just didn't have the juice to make a run on Newman. Newman scored his fifth consecutive win in the Busch series as the night's last melee broke out as he crossed the finish line.
"This was a lot of fun, these guy deserve it," said Newman. "The track is in great shape it's a lot of fun to drive. It's like the old Charlotte."
Newman ties Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s record of winning five straight starts in the Busch series.
Elliott Sadler was second, "I was just a little bit too tight behind Ryan. But for running over a tire and running over all sorts of debris I am really happy to finish second. I am really proud of my guys."
Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Jason Leffler complete the top five.
The race was thought to be a preview of Saturday night's Nextel Cup series event. The tracks surface has recently been ground creating a smoother track and producing faster speeds. Several Cup drivers, involved in crashes during the Busch race, expressed concern.
"See that building right there," said Kevin Harvick as he pointed to the infield care center. "I told them to have lots of stretchers ready (for the Cup race)."
Harvick blew a tire and hit the wall causing the 13th caution Friday night.
Only the top four drivers are still mathematically eligible to win the Busch series championship. Martin Truex, Jr. continues to lead followed by Clint Bowyer (-120), Reed Sorenson (-323) and Carl Edwards (-356).
Truex was poised for a top ten result last night but was involved in a last lap crash with Jamie McMurray that relegated him to an 11th place finish. Early problems for Bowyer, however, allowed Truex to pad his point lead.
"My car wasn't very good all night. It was kind of frustrating. I'm glad to get out of Charlotte this place has never been good to me," Truex said.
Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson blew a tire on lap 29 and hit the wall taking him out of the race. Johnson has had nothing but bad luck at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. At the track he likes to call 'his house' Johnson wrecked early out of the Busch event and blew an engine in Cup practice forcing him to start at the rear of the field for Saturday's event.