BAD LUCK BITES NEWMAN AGAIN AT DAYTONA Tornados Driver Finishes a Disappointing 26th Following Late-Race Accident Another restrictor-plate race resulted in yet another disappointing outcome for Ryan Newman and the No. 39 Tornados team of ...
BAD LUCK BITES NEWMAN AGAIN AT DAYTONA
Tornados Driver Finishes a Disappointing 26th Following Late-Race Accident
Another restrictor-plate race resulted in yet another disappointing outcome for Ryan Newman and the No. 39 Tornados team of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). A late-race crash in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway resulted in a disappointing 26th-place finish.
Newman was running in the top-12 when he was caught up in a multi-car melee on lap 148 which began at the end of the backstretch. Nineteen cars were involved in the "Big One," which erupted when two of the racecars in the close drafting pack got into one another, resulting in a massive pileup that caused the race to be red-flagged for nearly 20 minutes.
Although Newman sustained heavy front-end and left-side damage, he was able to drive away from the carnage and limp down pit road, bringing his No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet to the attention of his SHR crew. However, the team quickly concluded that the No. 39 Chevy could not continue due to the excessive damage, making the Coke Zero 400 the fourth straight restrictor-plate race in which Newman was sidelined early due to an accident.
"Right place, wrong time as usual for me at these racetracks," said Newman as he walked from his crumpled racecar on pit road and back to his team's hauler. "All I saw was blocked racetrack. I saw the No. 12 (Brad Keselowski) and the No. 83 (Reed Sorenson) sideways and I couldn't tell you what else happened. I just know I got pile-drived. I saw the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) sideways and myself sideways and up on two wheels. It's just the same story."
Despite battling a tight-handling racecar for much of the 166-lap race and suffering some left-side splitter damage while avoiding a lap-117 incident, Newman's No. 39 Chevy had improved and was coming to life as the race entered its waning moments. Just prior to the incident, Newman had been maneuvering his way through the tight pack of cars, searching for the best drafting partner and closing in on the top-five. But just 12 laps shy of the race's originally scheduled 160-lap distance, Newman's night came to an end in the aforementioned crash.
Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Burger King Chevrolet Impala for SHR, finished 25th, as he was also involved in the lap-148 carnage. Under the red flag, Stewart's crew was able to evaluate his car's damage. Miraculously, the team repaired the car well enough for Stewart to make a handful of laps and leapfrog many of the other drivers who were involved in the same accident. Seven spots were picked up, allowing Stewart to bring home a top-25 finish.
With round 18 of 36 complete, Stewart is ninth in the Sprint Cup championship standings. He maintained his position and now has 2,251 points, 433 markers behind series leader Harvick and 120 points ahead of 13th-place Mark Martin. Newman fell one spot to 15th. He has 2,090 points and is 80 points back of 12th-place Carl Edwards, who holds the final spot in the 12-driver Chase for the Championship with eight races remaining before the Chase begins.
Kevin Harvick won the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola to score his 13th career Sprint Cup victory, his second of the season and his second point-paying win at Daytona.
Kasey Kahne finished .092 of a second behind Harvick in the runner-up spot, while Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Burton rounded out the top-five. Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Reed Sorensen, Mike Bliss and Scott Speed comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were nine caution periods for 37 laps, with 18 drivers failing to complete the 166-lap race, which was extended six laps via a green-white-checkered finish.
-source: The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the July 10 LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.