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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Ryan Newman had enough fuel and Kurt Busch didn't.
Newman grabbed his series-leading fifth victory of the year, stretching his final tank of gas 52 laps on the two-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway to win the GFS Marketplace 400 on Sunday. Busch came up a lap short and wound up 18th.
Most of the leaders pitted during a caution period on the 149th lap of the 200-lap race, and Busch and Dale Jarrett came back onto the track behind only Jimmy Spencer, who stayed out.
Busch easily passed Spencer for the lead on the restart on lap 150 and Jarrett moved to second the next time around the high-banked track. Jarrett, a four-time Michigan winner, then took the lead from Busch on lap 152.
But Busch wouldn't let Jarrett get away, finally repassing him for the top spot on lap 157. He stayed there nearly to the end, building leads of up to 3.3 seconds before Jarrett was forced to pit on lap 188, giving Newman the runner-up spot.
Newman, last year's top rookie, was 3.2 seconds behind when he moved into second, but quickly began to reel in Busch, moving up to the rear bumper of the leader's No. 97 Roush Racing Ford on lap 197 and charging past the slowing Busch on lap 198 after a short side-by-side battle.
On lap 199, Busch slowed and drove onto pit lane for a splash of gas. Newman easily held on to beat Kevin Harvick, who made his last stop on lap 149, to the finish line by 1.652-seconds -- about 10 car-lengths.
Originally posted by ProudAmerican
My driver Rusty Wallace blew his engine at the 105th lap, loses again. I'm not one to jump driver to driver, so he either needs to win, or retire so I can pick someone else. LOL!
Originally posted by nyeff
Sorry PA, but Rusty's engine blowing was kharma. I wanted to strangle him after he hit Jr's car. He took one of the strongest cars out of the race. Not to mention the points race. Damn Rusty.