Ryan Newman won a three-lap dash to the finish yesterday, holding off hard-charging Robby Gordon to win the Busch Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International in New York.
Brian Vickers was third, followed by pole-sitter Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr., who boosted his series lead to 122 points over Clint Bowyer, who finished 15th.
Nineteen-year-old rookie Reed Sorenson suffered a big blow to his title chances when his engine blew at the midway point of the race, leading to a 41st-place finish. He remained third in points, but now trails by 219.
Vickers passed Jeff Burton for the lead on Lap 66 of the 82-lap road race and built a 10-car-length lead. But three laps later Newman and Stewart passed Burton and began stalking the leader. Newman passed Vickers to gain the lead on Lap 74.
A crash seconds later brought out the seventh caution and bunched the cars for the final three laps.
Gordon quickly passed Truex and Burton once the green flag waved, then dove past Stewart and Vickers on the final lap but simply ran out of time. . . .
Stewart will start on the pole in today's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen after rain canceled qualifying yesterday. Stewart set a track record before the rain arrived.
* CHAMP CAR: Paul Tracy set a track record, edging Sebastien Bourdais by .109 of a second in the second round of Grand Prix of Denver qualifying.
Tracy broke the track record in preliminary qualifying on Friday, making it around in 59.759 seconds to secure a spot on the front row. The 36-year-old Canadian earned a second point by winning his third pole of the season, finishing in 59.432 seconds (100.370 mph) to close the gap on Bourdais's series lead to 26 points.
* IRL: Danica Patrick earned the pole for today's Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 after yesterday's qualifying was canceled because of rain.
Patrick earned the pole based on her combined speed of 217.516 mph from two earlier practice sessions.
* NHRA: Tony Schumacher had the fastest run in drag racing history, reaching 337.58 mph in qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway.
The two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion finished his run in the U.S. Army dragster in 4.446 seconds. He can certify the performance as an NHRA national record by clocking a speed of at least 334.21 mph on any run during the remainder of the weekend.