NEWMAN ENDURES DISASTROUS OUTING AT CHARLOTTE Haas Automation Driver Crashes Early, Finishes 36th Ryan Newman's outing at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ended before it ever really started when he crashed on just the second lap of ...
NEWMAN ENDURES DISASTROUS OUTING AT CHARLOTTE
Haas Automation Driver Crashes Early, Finishes 36th
Ryan Newman's outing at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ended before it ever really started when he crashed on just the second lap of Saturday night's Bank of America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Newman took the green flag for the 334-lap race in the 11th spot. While Newman knew he had a fast racecar, he never got to the chance showcase how strong his No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet could be when on lap two his car bobbled while running the high line in turns three and four. Newman lost control and his No. 39 machine looped around and backed into the wall.
The incident and resulting damage relegated Newman to a 36th-place finish. It was his worst finish in eight races. Prior to the Bank of America 500, Newman had finished 11th or better in the last seven races, which included six top-10 finishes.
"I just lost it," said Newman after the caution came out and he got his No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet corrected on the racetrack and headed to pit road. "I'm sorry guys."
Once on pit road, Newman's crew surveyed the damage. On three consecutive stops under the caution flag, the crew attempted to make all the necessary repairs so that Newman could return to competition on the lead lap. They pulled out damaged sheet metal, reattached and taped down the rear bumper and checked the toe of the racecar.
However, following the third trip to pit road, crew chief Tony Gibson told his driver that he would need to head to the garage because the car had too much rear-end damage to be repaired on pit road. While there, the team replaced the right-rear quarter panel, repaired and reassembled a severely bent track bar and reset the toe of the racecar.
After more than 50 laps in the garage, Newman returned to the racetrack to finish the race. He crossed the finish line 62 laps behind the leaders.
"I'm just mad at myself," Newman told his team during the race. "I had no warning -- the car just jumped sideways. I haven't had a racecar jump sideways that quick, that fast in a long time. There was just no saving it, and I backed it into the fence. I'm just mad at myself because I know we had a fast racecar. We still had a fast racecar when we came back out, it was just damaged."
Newman's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot "Showtime" Chevrolet Impala, finished 21st.
Jamie McMurray won the Bank of America 500 to score his sixth career Sprint Cup victory, his third of the season and his second at Charlotte. McMurray earned his first career Sprint Cup win at Charlotte on Oct. 13, 2002 as the interim driver for an injured Sterling Marlin.
Kyle Busch finished 1.866 seconds behind McMurray in the runner-up spot, while Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle rounded out the top-five. Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann and David Ragan comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were nine caution periods for 39 laps, with six drivers failing to finish.
Stewart represents SHR in this year's Chase for the Championship. He came into Charlotte fifth among the top-12 drivers competing for this year's title, 107 points behind Chase leader Johnson. His 21st-place finish dropped him to sixth in points, 177 markers arrears Johnson.
Newman also dropped in the standings. He had been the highest non-Chase driver in the standings at 13th, 60 points ahead of 14th-place McMurray, coming into Charlotte. He's now 14th in points, 75 markers arrears 13th-place McMurray.