For the first time in 77 races, the NASCAR world got the chance to say "Hello Newman!" after he captured the checkered flag in the Subway Fit Fresh 600 Saturday night at Phoenix.
Newman took advantage of the late race green-and-white checkered and scooted past leader Jeff Gordon going into turn one.
The Stewart-Haas driver called it the most emotional win of his career, while another driver was just flat out emotional. Kyle Busch was well on his way to victory after leading 113 laps when the caution came out with four laps to go.
Busch led the leaders down pit road and was one of the drivers that took four tires while many others took two. It was just enough for Newman, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and others to place themselves in between Busch and the win.
While it was disappointing to come home in the eighth position, he made a big jump in the points.
The points leader after Phoenix is still Jimmie Johnson, who in typical No. 48 team fashion worked his way to the front on Saturday after starting 16th and was a contender for the win. He too led 113 laps and was attempting to hunt Busch down in the final laps before the caution that changed everything flew.
Johnson leads the standings by 36 points over Matt Kenseth heading into Texas.
Texas can't come soon enough for some drivers. Denny Hamlin didn't get out of his No. 11 on Saturday even though he was in no position to win. As a result Hamlin admits that it caused much pain and will be hoping it gets better for heading to the Lone Star state.
Kasey Kahne is hoping things get better as well. On his birthday the driver of the Budweiser Ford was sent into the wall after Kurt Busch got loose underneath him, while Brian Vickers also had a meeting with the concrete.
For the first time in a few weeks, Juan Pablo Montoya didn't have a bad weekend and brought his car home in the fifth position after leading laps throughout the night. Montoya has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to make the Chase, but his run on Saturday was a step in the right direction.
The direction for our Creatures seemed to be another win as Jimmie Johnson looked to be cruising to victory lane. However, it was not meant to be and no one was able to lock up the bonus points this week. Most though, were able to come home with decent finishes and shake the points up.
Here's how they look heading into Texas:
Kara Martin (1,042 ) Jimmie Johnson finished third (1 )
Kelly Crandall (1,012 ) Jimmie Johnson finished third (0 )
Dustin Parks (980 ) Mark Martin finished fourth (1 )
Christopher Leone (978 ) Mark Martin finished fourth (1 )
David Yeazell (911 ) Jimmie Johnson finished third (0 )
Billy Fellin (899 ) Kurt Busch finished 35th (1 )
Sal Sigala Jr. (896 ) Jimmie Johnson finished third (0 )
James Broomhead (828 ) Kurt Busch finished 35th (1 )
Misan Akuya (791 ) Tony Stewart finished 23rd (0 )
Rob Tiongson (788 ) Brian Vickers finished 37th (0 )
Patti Rodisch (749 ) Mark Mark finished fourth (0 )
Adam Heasley (578 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that's what the Sprint Cup Series will be aiming for next weekend. Jimmie Johnson takes his points lead to a track that he won on in 2007, while teammate Jeff Gordon returns to the site of his only win in 2009.
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