LOUDON, N.H. (NASCAR.com) - Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart started 1-2 in Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and not even a fuel crisis, a wild jumble of divergent strategies or a crew chief with pneumonia could prevent them from finishing that way.
"One hell of a day, boys -- one hell of a day," Stewart radioed to his team as he approached the finish line .773 seconds behind his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate.
Both drivers helped themselves immensely in their respective quests for berths in the Chase, as Newman posted his first victory of the year, his third at the 1.058-mile track and the 15th of his career.
"We backed up what everybody said we couldn't back up, and that was our qualifying effort on Friday," Newman said. "We put it on 'em today. We don't put it on 'em every weekend, so we need to relish this moment and figure out what we did right so we can keep doing it."
Denny Hamlin came home third, followed by Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson. Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch completed the top 10.
Batesville's Mark Martin led three laps, but spun on lap 184. Martin finished 22nd, dropping him to 20th in the Sprint Cup standings.