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Newman holds off Gordon

| April 11, 2010 9:00 PM

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan Newman broke a 77-race Sprint Cup winless streak Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, taking the lead after a late caution and holding off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap shootout. Kyle Busch was cruising to what would have given him a weekend sweep when a caution flag came out with three laps remaining. When the lead-lap cars pitted, Busch took four tires and came out eighth - behind six cars that took only two tires and Jimmie Johnson, who also took four and was seventh.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ryan Newman broke a 77-race Sprint Cup winless streak Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, taking the lead after a late caution and holding off Jeff Gordon in a two-lap shootout.

Kyle Busch was cruising to what would have given him a weekend sweep when a caution flag came out with three laps remaining. When the lead-lap cars pitted, Busch took four tires and came out eighth - behind six cars that took only two tires and Jimmie Johnson, who also took four and was seventh.

Gordon beat everybody out of the pits, but Newman went inside and took over the lead, and held on. Gordon finished second and Johnson was third.

Newman's last victory was the 2008 Daytona 500.

At Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Ariz.

Lap length: 1 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (14) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 378 laps, 110.5 rating, 190 points.

2. (10) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 378, 113.6, 175.

3. (16) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 378, 130.6, 175.

4. (23) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 378, 87.9, 160.

5. (7) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 378, 128.8, 160.

6. (27) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 378, 104.1, 155.

7. (9) Carl Edwards, Ford, 378, 97, 146.

8. (17) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 378, 121.3, 152.

9. (25) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 378, 103.8, 138.

10. (6) Joey Logano, Toyota, 378, 111, 134.

11. (4) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 378, 87.3, 130.

12. (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 378, 80, 127.

13. (24) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 378, 95.1, 124.

14. (33) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 378, 78, 121.

15. (1) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 378, 90.6, 123.

16. (22) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 378, 66.1, 115.

17. (8) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 378, 79.3, 112.

18. (3) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 378, 85.5, 109.

19. (29) David Ragan, Ford, 378, 67, 106.

20. (39) David Reutimann, Toyota, 378, 69.4, 103.

21. (2) Scott Speed, Toyota, 378, 63.6, 100.

22. (30) Greg Biffle, Ford, 378, 59.9, 97.

23. (11) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 378, 81, 99.

24. (13) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 378, 65.4, 91.

25. (15) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 378, 78.8, 88.

26. (28) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 378, 55.3, 85.

27. (40) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 378, 50.7, 82.

28. (35) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 377, 51.4, 79.

29. (32) Paul Menard, Ford, 377, 48.5, 76.

30. (26) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 376, 61.7, 73.

31. (38) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 375, 42.1, 70.

32. (36) David Gilliland, Ford, 374, 44.6, 72.

33. (42) Kevin Conway, Ford, 371, 30.8, 64.

34. (43) Terry Cook, Dodge, 367, 28.9, 66.

35. (19) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 366, 45.5, 58.

36. (41) Travis Kvapil, Ford, engine, 309, 35.2, 60.

37. (21) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 288, 55.5, 52.

38. (18) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, electrical, 281, 32.7, 49.

39. (20) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 276, 42.6, 46.

40. (34) Max Papis, Toyota, overheating, 214, 25.9, 43.

41. (37) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, brakes, 161, 32.5, 40.

42. (31) Dave Blaney, Toyota, rear gear, 160, 37.4, 42.

43. (12) Michael McDowell, Toyota, Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Johnson, 1,073; 2. M.Kenseth, 1,037; 3. G.Biffle, 981; 4. K.Harvick, 961; 5. J.Gordon, 948; 6. C.Bowyer, 885; 7. J.Burton, 873; 8. C.Edwards, 873; 9. T.Stewart, 869; 10. D.Earnhardt Jr., 866; 11. J.Logano, 862; 12. Ky.Busch, 855.

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