On a blistering hot day in the Arizona desert, it was a full team effort for Ryan Newman to grab the victory in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. While most of the race field made a final pit stop with a handful of laps remaining, Lambert told Newman to stay out on track. And the veteran driver made the decision look brilliant leading the final six laps to win his first race since 2013 — a dramatic win from the pole position at Indianapolis.
Everyone played their part to get Richard Childress Racing back to Victory Lane for the first time in 112 races, Newman for the first time in 127, and Lambert for the first time in 157 races as a crew chief. It was Lambert’s first ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory as crew chief in Monster Energy Cup Series race atop the box and fourth season working with Newman.
After spending two seasons as Jeff Burton’s crew chief, Lambert teamed up with Newman when he moved from Stewart-Haas Racing to RCR in 2014.
Looking at the next few races, Newman has five top-10 finishes in his last seven races at this weekend’s venue, the two-mile Auto Club Speedway. He scored wins at Martinsville Speedway in 2012 and Texas Motor Speedway in 2003.
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