Ryan Newman wins the Winston

Ryan Newman charged to the lead in his No. 12 Penske owned Ford and won the final and richest segment of the Winston in a final lap dash for the checkered. Newman, who got into the Winston by winning the No Bull Sprint, is only the second rookie...

Ryan Newman charged to the lead in his No. 12 Penske owned Ford and won the final and richest segment of the Winston in a final lap dash for the checkered. Newman, who got into the Winston by winning the No Bull Sprint, is only the second rookie in Winston history to grab the victory.

Newman's win is the farthest a driver has come through the pack to win the event. He started the race 27th, the largest field in Winston history. "It feels really good, it means a lot to me. Once you get upfront, it's easier to stay upfront."

Newman says his plans for next week's Coca Cola Racing Family 600 are simple. "We look forward to next week, come back and hopefully have a good weekend."

Newman finished third in the Winston Open, came back and won the No Bull Sprint. After starting third, Newman passed leader Jeff Green on the first lap and never looked back over the next 16 laps.

Newman dominated the Sprint and pulled out to a 3.2 second lead over the rest of the field. What gave him the edge over the other cars? "An Awesome job by the Alltel guys."

As expected the fans who participated in the Winston's "Pick the Pack" decided to invert all 10 cars. Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson who won the first two segments, dropped from first to 10th. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Tony Stewart, on the other hand, went from 10th to first. Newman started the final segment fourth.

He took the lead on lap four and held position until the drop of the checkered. Unlike the No Bull Sprint, it was far from a runaway race for Newman.

At one point the Alltel car was leading the field with a comfortable one-second lead. With 10 to go after Roush Racing driver Kurt Busch hit Richard Childress Racing's Robby Gordon and sent him spinning, a caution flag flew. The field took the green not once, but twice after NASCAR felt Newman had an unfair restart.

After the second green flag Newman was able to hold off a late race charge by Dale Earnhardt Jr., also won the Winston his rookie year.

Newman's total combined winnings for the No Bull Sprint, segment one, two and the Winston win, $794,326.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Tony Stewart , Jeff Green , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Hendrick Motorsports