NEWMAN SHUT OUT OF SHOOTOUT VICTORY LANE Haas Automation Driver Involved Late Race Accident; Finishes 19th Ryan Newman and the Haas Automation Chevrolet team were caught up in a multi-car accident late in Saturday night's Budweiser ...
NEWMAN SHUT OUT OF SHOOTOUT VICTORY LANE
Haas Automation Driver Involved Late Race Accident; Finishes 19th
Ryan Newman and the Haas Automation Chevrolet team were caught up in a multi-car accident late in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout non-points NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and finished a disappointing 19th.
Newman, driver of the No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), hung in the back of the pack for much of the race, hoping to avoid the multi-car accidents that are commonplace in restrictor-plate racing at Daytona.
With 12 laps remaining, Newman and his crew chief, Tony Gibson, decided it was time to make their move toward the front of the field. Unfortunately, as soon as Newman started toward the front, trouble seemed to find him.
On lap 71, Newman was involved in a minor accident with John Andretti and Michael Waltrip, but escaped having any major damage occur to his machine.
When the race restarted on lap 74, Newman continued his charge toward the front, but was involved in an eight-car accident in turn three. Newman's car never actually made contact with the outside wall, but made plenty of contact with other cars as the No. 39 Chevrolet suffered heavy damage all around.
"I think we had a good car," Newman said. "We lost track position in the first 25 laps, but I didn't try to get it back. I was hanging in the back until the end to try to avoid all the accidents. Unfortunately, when we started to move to the front, we still got caught up in an accident. It's too bad because I think we had a good Haas Automation Chevrolet."
Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet Impala, finished ninth.
Stewart, a three-time winner of the Budweiser Shootout, led twice for six laps in the 76-lap race around the 2.5-mile oval before scoring his 10th top-10 finish in 11 starts in the event. The Shootout was extended by one lap due to a green-white-checker finish.
Next up for Newman and Stewart is the Gatorade Duel -- twin 150-mile heat races that set the majority of the 43-car Daytona 500 field.