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Raikkonen shatters Alonso's win streak

Kimi Raikkonen led all the way in winning the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, denying Fernando Alonso a fourth straight victory before a home crowd of 115,000 that included King Juan Carlos.

Raikkonen, on the pole in his McLaren-Mercedes, won for the third time in the Finnish driver's Formula One career. Alonso, in a Renault, was trying to become the first Spaniard to capture his national race since it was first run 54 years ago.

"Second place here at home is like a victory for me," said Alonso, acknowledging Raikkonen's strong performance. "I was thinking that it was not possible to follow him, he was too quick."

Seven-time series champion Michael Schumacher was forced out after 46 laps when his Ferrari limped into the pits with a flat tire. Ferrari has failed to score a point in two of the last three races.

Schumacher has not won in six straight races, matching his longest winless streak since he joined Ferrari in 1996. The German's last victory was in the Japanese Grand Prix, the next-to-last race of last season. He won 13 times in 2004.

This was his second retirement with mechanical problems in his last three races. Schumacher, who had won the last four Spanish Grand Prix races, hinted his chances this season were fading quickly.

NASCAR -- Victory was most certainly in sight for Ryan Newman until strategy snatched it away Saturday night at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. When a late caution forced teams to gamble on pit strategy, Newman made the wrong decision and stayed out on the track. The contenders behind him all stopped for new tires, and used the fresh rubber to blow past Newman on the restart.

The result was Greg Biffle winning his third race of the season while Newman faded to a fifth-place finish.

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