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Former NASCAR star Ryan Newman plays well, wins SRX race at Stafford

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  • Former NASCAR star Ryan Newman passed IndyCar driver Marco Andretti with four laps to go in the 75-lap event and held on to take the checkered flag.
  • Newman joins Helio Castroneves and defending SRX champion Tony Stewart as winners in the first three races of the six-race season.
  • Newman leaves Stafford in the same position in which he arrived at the legendary short track: leading the SRX driver points.

    After last week’s near donnybrook between several angry drivers at South Boston (Virginia) Speedway, revenge seemed to be on the menu for Saturday night’s Superstar Racing Experience event at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

    But unlike the near misses and half-dozen wrecked race cars that resulted in South Boston, the 12 drivers at Stafford apparently were on their best behavior all night.

    Former NASCAR star Ryan Newman passed IndyCar driver Marco Andretti with four laps to go in the 75-lap event and held on to take the checkered flag, joining Helio Castroneves and defending SRX champion Tony Stewart as winners in the first three races of the six. racing season

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    “It’s so special,” Newman told CBS Sports both of the win and that his two daughters, Brooklyn and Ashlyn, were on hand to cheer him on. “Having these two girls here, no one knows what that means to me.

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    Ryan Newman overtook Marco Andretti late for the win at Stafford.

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    “I choked up the last two laps, and then seeing the smiles on their faces brought tears to my eyes. It is so special to drive with the best drivers in the world and to be victorious is extremely special.”

    The final order of arrival for Saturday’s event saw Newman win, followed by main event pole winner Andretti Stewart, Bobby Labonte (who also won the second of two heat races earlier in the evening), Hailie Deegan, Ryan Hunter-Reay (won the first heat race), local track hero Matt Hirschman, NASCAR Cup Team owner Justin Marks (replacing Castroneves), Greg Biffle, Bill Elliott and Michael Waltrip.

    A race caution with 10 laps remaining helped Newman overtake Andretti for the lead and the win.

    “That inside reboot was the first time I had it all night,” Newman told CBS. “I knew that was the place to be. I knew Marco was going to overtake Stewart a bit so I was lucky to get second on the restart and then work with him (Andretti) for a few laps.

    “I dove well between (turns) 3 and 4 and I learned yesterday (during practice on Friday) that it’s easier to get past 3 and 4 than 1 and 2. So that’s where I put my effort and we were able to pull it off. off.”

    Andretti did his best to keep Newman at bay, including some friction, but eventually had to give in.

    “He did the same thing that every single one of us would have done to try to win the race,” Andretti said of Newman to CBS. “I’m learning a lot from these Cup guys. They’re too good in this type of car.

    “I am learning slowly and little by little I put it together. If I can continue to finish where I am in the heats and it gives me good track position to be at the front in these races, hopefully I can put one together before the end of the year and try to win the championship.”

    Newman leaves Stafford in the same position in which he arrived at the legendary short track: leading the SRX driver points.

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    Sure, there were some bumps and bangs on Saturday, but it was essentially like a gentleman (or with Deegan, like a lady). The only real problem of the night was when Waltrip cut into the back of Tracy’s car, ripping off the left front fender and bumper of Waltrip’s car.

    While there were some bumps and bangs, unlike South Boston, there were no off-track confrontations, no other driver being grabbed by the neck of his fire suit, and no retaliation crashing into rivals.

    Or maybe Stafford was simply the calm before the storm, as the season moves into its second half with race No. 4 on Saturday, July 9, at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The final two races of the season will be on gravel at Ken Schrader’s Federated Auto Parts Raceway in Missouri on July 16 and the likely championship decider on July 23 at Dave Blaney’s Sharon Speedway in Ohio.

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    1. Ryan Newman
    2. Marco Andretti
    3. paul tracy
    4. Tony Stewart
    5. bobby labonte
    6. halie deegan
    7. Ryan Hunter-Reay
    8. Matt Hirschman
    9. justin brands
    10. greg biffle
    11. bill elliott
    12. michael waltrip
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