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Howland native has his day at the Sprint Cup

INDIANAPOLIS (NEWS CENTER) - After making it a routine to save lives in and out of his Marine service, the good deeds of a Howland native brought about some big rewards this weekend: as in the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard. 

Along with the historic link to the race, he dropped the green flag during qualifying, rode in the pace car, and met drivers, crew chiefs, and owners galore. 

He also got to kiss the bricks with the race winner, Indiana native Ryan Newman, who won the coveted checkered flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in his career. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 team suffered an early setback having to put just 13 laps in for a loose wheel.  The team, led by crew chief and Cornish native Steve Letarte, rallied to sixth place finish.  

With six races remaining until the final ten race "Chase for the Sprint Cup" playoff, Earnhardt Jr. is fifth. 

Slugger Labbe, who was born in Saco, is the crew chief for Paul Menard and the #27 car.  They placed 12th and are 19th in the standings. 

The top 10 drivers qualify along with two wildcards to round out the field of 12. 

The wildcards are given to the two drivers who have the most wins and subsequently points from the remaining field.