This past weekend, it was race two of NASCAR goes West and drivers were at Phoenix Raceway for the Camping World 500.

It was a blazing hot duel in the desert and pole sitter Joey Logano (No. 22) and Ryan Blaney (No.21) filled the front row for the green flag. 

Nothing too exciting took place during Stage 1 but Logano did manage to stay out front for all 75 laps and won the 10 bonus points.

STAGE 1
  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kyle Larson (No. 42)
  3. Brad Keselowski (No. 2)
  4. Chase Elliott (No. 24)
  5. Jamie McMurray (No. 1)
  6. Kyle Busch (No. 18)
  7. Ryan Blaney
  8. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48)
  9. Ryan Newman (No. 31)
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88)

When the green flag dropped at the beginning of Stage 2, Chase Elliott went three wide with Logano and Kyle Larson for the lead.

Later during a yellow flag pit stop, the No. 22 is caught speeding on pit road and is sent to the back of the field. This is the first in a long line of troubles for Logano at Phoenix.

Jumping to the end of the second stage, Elliott becomes the first Chevrolet car this season to win a race stage and gain the 10 bonus points.

STAGE 2
  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Erik Jones (No.77)
  8. Ryan Blaney
  9. Denny Hamlin (No.11)
  10. Kevin Harvick (No. 4)

Elliott takes the field back to green after battling Kyle Larson for the lead.

Now to Lap 191, Matt Kenseth (No. 20) went hard into the wall after blowing a right-front tire. The wreck ended Kenseth’s day but luckily he got the all clear from the infield care centre.

Under the caution, Chase Elliott led drivers down pit road but it was Kyle Busch who won the race off and found himself leading the field back to green.

With 6 laps to go, Joey Logano blows his right-front tire, ending his day and forcing the rest of the teams into late race pit strategy.

Under the next caution, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17) and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78) take a gamble and stay out putting Newman in the lead.

Everyone else on the lead lap pits and Kyle Larson beats Busch off pit road.

This sent the race into overtime and Ryan Newman’s hail Mary move to stay out instead of pitting, paid off.

Newman held off Larson and Busch to take the checkered flag.

This win broke a 127 winless race streak for Newman and a 112 winless streak for Richard Childress Racing. 

Ryan’s last win was on July 28th 2013 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

RCR’s last win was on November 10th, 2013 at Phoenix Raceway, by Kevin Harvick, who drove the No. 29 at the time.

 

 

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