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Ryan uses late crash to take Martinsville

April 1, 2012 at 6:48 PM

MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 1 (UPI) -- Ryan Newman used a late crash involving Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to grab the lead and come away with a Sprint Cup win Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

The latter two drivers dominated most of the race, but the Hendrick Motorsports teammates -- along with Clint Bowyer -- all made contact and spun around during the first two-lap overtime finish.

That enabled Newman, who had bumped Bowyer, to move into the lead. He then held off A.J. Allmendinger during the second and last green-white-checkered attempt, claiming his 16th career Sprint Cup Series win.

It was Newman's first victory since July at New Hampshire and denied the Hendrick team a milestone 200th Sprint Cup win.

Allmendinger finished second, 0.3 seconds behind, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in third.

Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the Top 5.

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