RYAN NEWMAN SQUEEZES HARVICK OUT OF GATORADE VICTORY LANE FOR TROPICANA 400 WIN

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An empty fuel tank spoiled Kevin Harvick?s Tropicana 400 on Sunday. The two-time winner of this race ran out of gas with just three laps to go, handing Ryan Newman his third NASCAR Winston Cup Series win of the 2003 season.

Newman took the lead with 57 laps to go. "To start the week qualifying 14th was kind of a disappointment," Newman said. "But we knew we had a good piece to work with."

Newman said clean air, track position, fuel mileage and pit strategy were all factors for his win. Harvick has won the last two - the only two - Tropicana 400, NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway. It would have been an unprecedented third win in a row at a brand-new racetrack.

Second-place Tony Stewart?s No. 20 Home Depot Chevy was fastest most of the day. He started from the pole and led 80 of the race?s 267 laps. "We had the fastest car, but not a bad weekend at all. I?d be happier if I was in Victory Lane, but I?m pretty happy about the weekend," Stewart said. Commenting about Chicagoland Speedway after the race, Stewart said, "As far as I was concerned, the track was in perfect condition today. I don't think you could've asked for a better racetrack as far as being wide enough to race two and three wide."

Jimmie Johnson finished third. He was followed by Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Robby Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Elliott Sadler and Bill Elliott.


TROPICANA 400 RACE NOTES:
Time of Race: 2 hours, 55 minutes, 15 seconds
Average Speed: 134.059 mph
Margin of Victory: 2.633 seconds
Lead Changes: 13 among 7 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 36 laps


TODAY'S WINNER: Ryan Newman

- Ryan Newman won the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, scoring his fourth career NASCAR Winston Cup victory in his 62nd career start. He remained 16th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

- Newman joined Kurt Busch as the only drivers to score three victories this season. No other driver has scored more than one victory at the mid-point of the season.

- While Newman has scored eight top-10 finishes in 2003 but he has also posted five DNF's in the first 18 races this season.

- This is the third victory for Dodge in 2003. Chevrolet has won eight races. Ford has won six while Pontiac has one victory.

- Newman finished fifth in the 2002 Tropicana 400, his first race at Chicagoland Speedway.

- Newman led two times for 67 laps, including the final 58, of the 267 laps raced. Tony Stewart led 80 laps, the second time in 2003 that he has led the most laps in a race this season.

- Two of three races at Chicagoland have been won from starting positions outside the top 10. Newman started 14th in the 2003 Tropicana 400.


NOTEBOOK ITEMS:

- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus will be worth $190,000 at New Hampshire. If awarded, it will tie the highest payout since the program began in 1996. Bobby Labonte was awarded $190,000 at Indianapolis in 2000 - the largest payout in the program. It will also set the mark for the longest that the award has gone without being awarded to an individual driver. Sterling Marlin was the last driver to claim the award when he won at Darlington in March 2002, 50 races ago. The 2003 season marks the eighth year this bonus has been offered by Winston. A total of $2,280,000 has been awarded since the program began.

- Tony Stewart (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 2003. It was his second top-10 finish in three races at Chicagoland Speedway. He climbed from 11th to eighth in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

- Jimmy Johnson (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 2003. It marked his second top-five finish in his two races at Chicagoland Speedway.

- Jeff Gordon (fourth) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 2003. It marked second top-five finish in three

races at Chicago. This is his fourth top-five finish in the last six races. He climbed from third to second in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings, now 165 points behind Matt Kenseth.

- Michael Waltrip (fifth) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 2003. It is his first finish better than 22nd in three races at Chicagoland Speedway.

- Jamie McMurray (eight) was the highest finishing rookie candidate for the seventh time in 2003 and moved to within eight points of Greg Biffle in the rookie point standings (196-188).

- Matt Kenseth (12th) posted his 16th top-15 finish in 18 races in 2003 and remained the leader of the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings for the 15th straight week. All three of his finishes at Chicagoland have been top-15 finishes.

- Matt Kenseth's 165-point lead is the ninth largest point lead at the mid-point of a season since the point system was established in 1975.

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