Newman Heads to Texas with Renewed Feeling FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2010) -- A dramatic come-from-behind victory last week in Phoenix has Ryan Newman feeling like a seasoned veteran again as his No. 39 U.S. Army team heads to Texas Motor...
Newman Heads to Texas with Renewed Feeling
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2010) -- A dramatic come-from-behind victory last week in Phoenix has Ryan Newman feeling like a seasoned veteran again as his No. 39 U.S. Army team heads to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race.
Asked about his feelings after earning his 14th career victory and ending a 77-race winless streak, Newman said, "I felt like a rookie all over again being that this was the first win since joining Stewart-Haas Racing last year. It's been awhile since I've been to Victory Lane, but right now we're all feeling like we can achieve some great things. Last year we made the Chase but didn't get a win. Our goal is to get more wins this season and get into the Chase. I am confident that we will do both."
Newman has gained 10 positions in the point standings after securing top-five finishes in the past two Cup races. His victory in Phoenix was preceded by a fourth-place result in Martinsville, Va. on March 29. He currently sits in 16th-place, only 53 points from the Chase cutoff.
"We started off slow last year too, but the difference this year is that we're a stronger team," stated Newman, who will drive the No. 39 Army ROTC Chevy this weekend. "We have some tracks coming up that we have historically done well at. We're feeling pretty good right now and have that extra bounce in our step."
One of the upcoming tracks that Newman has enjoyed success on is Texas Motor Speedway, where he has claimed one win (2003), three top-fives and two poles.
"Because of the spoiler, I think there's some uncertainty about Texas," said Newman. "What remains the same is that Texas is still a fast track that has become better with age. I know I can win there and it would sure be nice to give our Army Strong Soldiers another victory while driving the Army ROTC Chevrolet."
Also enjoying the No. 39 wave of momentum is crew chief Tony Gibson. The Phoenix victory was his first career win in the crew chief role.
"We've worked so hard to get that first win," noted Gibson. "This team has fought through a lot and continues to bounce back. I want to make our Soldiers proud because we sure feed off of their never quit attitude. Ryan and I communicate well and when you have good communications, good things happen -- just like they did in Phoenix."