Newman finishes 13th at Watkins Glen

Ryan Newman ran into the gravel at the road course of Watkins Glen just 11 laps into Sunday's race.

Newman did a nice job recovering, preventing his car from getting stuck in the rough terrain.

But the South Bend native found himself battling back from the back most of the race, a position he certainly didn't want to be in as he tries to make it into the top 12 for the Nextel Cup Chase.

Newman found some good news when Dale Earnhardt Jr's engine stalled, causing Junior's day to end with a 42nd place finish.

Junior was in 13th in chase standings, one spot ahead of Newman entering the day.

Newman made a nice run to the finish, finishing 13th and that's where he now sits in the standings. He passes Earnhardt for 13th and is now 96 points behind Kurt Busch for the coveted 12th position.

There are four more races before the Chase begins.

South Bend's David Stremme finished 21st.

Meanwhile, the excitement and explosiveness continued with 18 laps left in the race when Kevin Harvick and Juan Pablo Montaya collided.

Both drivers were knocked out of the race and then almost knocked out each other. Harvick and Montoya both exited their cars and proceeded to argue, shove and get into the other's face before they were pulled apart.

With two laps left, points leader Jeff Gordon was in 1st with Tony Stewart right behind.

That's when Gordon spun out, and lost the lead.

Stewart proceeded to take the checkered flag and the win.

Gordon finished 9th.


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