posted on Jul, 28 2003 @ 01:01 AM
LONG POND, Pa. -- Late caution flags helped Ryan Newman stretch his gas to the end, allowing him to barely hold off hard-charging Kurt Busch and win
Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
Newman, who started on the pole, would not have been able to make the final 46 laps without stopping. But crashes involving rookie Casey Mears and
Bobby Labonte slowed the field for a total of 12 laps in the Pennsylvania 500.
Newman used the same strategy to win two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, and Jimmie Johnson won with a fuel economy run last Sunday in New
Hampshire. Newman said he wasn't thinking entirely about fuel as Busch made a determined bid after the race went green for the final 12 laps.
Earnhardt moved into second place in the standings, passing Jeff Gordon, who was spun out by Dave Blaney on the 124th lap. Four-time series champion
Gordon wound up 36th and fell to third in the points.
Points leader Matt Kenseth, among those who made late gas stops, finished 13th. He leads Earnhardt by 232 points and Gordon by 308 after 20 of 36
Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, three-time Pocono winner Bobby Labonte, blew his Chevy engine before crashing on lap 181.