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Team owner Tony Stewart (left) was happy to finish second, as long as it was to fellow Stewart-Haas teammate, Ryan Newman.  (photo courtesy NASCAR)

Ryan Newman was truly "Rocketman" behind the wheel of his No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He started on the pole, led a race-high 119 out of 301 laps and was in front of his Stewart-Haas Racing team owner and teammate Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet as the closing laps of the race clicked off.

But it wasn't as easy as it sounds as crew chief Tony Gibson told him they were very close on fuel and to save as much as he could and hope there was no green-white-checkered finish in their future.

Everything went his way as he took the checkered flag for his first win of the 2011 season, the 15th victory of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) career and his third victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The victory moved him to eighth in the standings and marked the first time Stewart-Haas Racing has started and finished 1-2 in a NSCS event.

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Newman's victory extended Chevrolet's lead in the NSCS Manufacturers' Cup standings to 17 points with eight victories to-date this season.

After the race Newman said he was “just really proud as an organization.  From my standpoint personally, it's great to win.  But we had fought so hard over two and a half years to get the U.S. Army in Victory Lane.  Haas Automation, from that standpoint, too.
           
“From my standpoint, just a great day.  We backed up what everybody said we couldn't back up, that was our qualifying effort on Friday.  I had won three for 46, now four for 47. Thanks to Chevrolet, Hendrick engines, everybody that is a big part of Stewart Haas Racing.  We put it on them today.  We'll relish this moment and figure out what we did right so we can keep doing it.”

Stewart also started where he finished. The two-time NSCS champion led twice for a total of 48 laps. He remains 11th in the standings with 19 races in the books and seven races remaining until the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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