Newman Struggles at Nextel Cup Race at Michigan

Entering Sunday's Nextel Cup Race at Michigan, Ryan Newman had finished in the top 10 in five of his last six races.

The day started out fine for the South Bend native as he began in 4th and found himself in 2nd by the 14th lap.

Then he blew a tire and was forced to pit.

From there, his crew had major trouble getting the tire replaced.

The delay dropped Newman from 2nd to 43rd -- three laps off the lead.

Newman battled and tried to move back up over the course of the next 60 laps, but on lap 75 he clipped Jeff Green and spun out.

Newman's Number 12 car was ok and he was able to continue, but he finished in a disappointing 37th place.

It dropped him from 13th to 15th in the Nextel Cup Chase Standings.

The top 12 drivers in the standings will go after the coveted Nextel Cup over the last ten races of the season.

Carl Edwards took the checkered flag; it was his first win since November 2005.

A member of his pit crew, Tom Giacchi, did not shave since that last victory 19 months ago.

After the race, Edwards gave his friend a nice trim.

LaPorte's Tony Raines finished 39th, while South Bend's David Stremme finished 40th.


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