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Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman.

When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he'd be going in with them.

His crew chief Luke Lambert thought otherwise.

It was a decision that earned Newman a victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, ending his 127-race winless streak.

"Just a heck of a gutsy call by Luke Lambert," Newman said. "It's his first win as a crew chief in the cup series and I think making a gutsy call like that makes it that much more special for him."

While the leaders were in the pits,...

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