You don't often think of teamwork as being a key to success in auto racing but teamwork was certainly the operative word yesterday at Daytona as Great American Race winner Ryan Newman credited Penske teammate Kurt Busch with helping him bolt past Tony Stewart on the final lap.
Busch had moved to the outside and when Newman slid in front of his teammate, the draft allowed both to speed past Stewart who had gone inside looking for similar help from his own teammate, Kyle Busch.
"Kurt was the push from heaven that made it all happen," Newman said. Newman and Kurt Busch finished one-two and Stewart crossed the finish line third, Later, Stewart called his maneuver a bad decision.
The Hendrick Motorsports dream team never got an opportunity to put teamwork to use down the stretch. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth but Jeff Gordon had a breakdown and Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears both wrecked.