Ryan Newman knew he hadn't forgotten how to win.
"I wasn't super concerned," said Newman, who led NASCAR's Nextel Cup series with eight wins last year, but hadn't won in the first 14 races of 2004.
"We've had some great runs and my mistakes have kind of killed it, but nobody on our team doubted we could still win races," he added yesterday after coming from a lap down to win the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Newman had not finished better than third this year and it didn't look like this was going to be his day, either, when the radiator on the front of his Penske Racing South Dodge became blocked by trash early in the race. The engine overheated, forcing Newman to make a green flag pit stop on the 22nd of 200 laps.
Newman regained the lead lap near the midway point in the race and steadily worked his way forward, passing Dale Jarrett for the lead on a restart on Lap 178.
Newman, who won here last August, became the first driver to win back-to-back races at MIS since Mark Martin in August 1997 and June 1998. It was the 10th victory of his Cup career.
Jarrett, who held on to finish third for his first top-five finish since he won at Rockingham in the second race of 2003, was unable to stay with Newman at the end. He couldn't hold off hard-charging rookie Kasey Kahne for the runner-up spot on Lap 199.
Jimmie Johnson finished fourth and moved ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. by seven points in the season standings.
* FORMULA ONE: In Indianapolis, Michael Schumacher cruised to a 2.9-second victory over Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello in a U.S. Grand Prix marred by several crashes, including one that left his brother, Ralf, in a hospital with back pain.
Ralf Schumacher lost control, spun twice coming out of Turn 13 and slammed hard into the outside wall. He was conscious, and able to move his arms and legs, and was to be kept in the hospital overnight for observation.
Michael Schumacher made his winning move on the fifth lap with a running start behind the safety car, pulling next to Barrichello on a restart and accelerated past him to take the lead.
Barrichello trails Schumacher 80-62 in the points standings. Eight cars finished the crash-filled race.
* CHAMP CAR: Sebastien Bourdais got his second victory of the season with a smooth performance from the pole in the Grand Prix of Portland, Ore.
Bourdais led 85 laps of the 94-lap race at Portland International Raceway, finishing with a 1.247-second advantage over teammate Bruno Junqueira, who started second.
Paul Tracy, who started third, finished third on the 1.969-mile permanent road course just north of downtown Portland. It was the fourth race on the series schedule.
Bourdais, last year's rookie of the year, won earlier this year at Monterrey, Mexico, but crashed two weeks ago in Milwaukee.
"Now we're back on the scene," he said after he emerged from the car and hugged actor Paul Newman, co-owner of the Newman/Haas Racing team.
It was Bourdais's fifth career win.
Junqueira leads the series with 105 points. Patrick Carpentier, who finished fourth, is second with 99, one more than Bourdais.