Watkins Glen: Ryan Newman press conference

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus -- qualified fifth "That was not bad. We only got to do a couple qualifying runs up here when we tested, so to come here as a rookie and unload and get in the top five amongst all the good road race drivers and...

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus -- qualified fifth

"That was not bad. We only got to do a couple qualifying runs up here when we tested, so to come here as a rookie and unload and get in the top five amongst all the good road race drivers and everybody, it was a good run for us."

YOUR TEST WAS THE ONLY TRACK TIME YOU GOT HERE. "As a rookie, just getting laps around the race track and figuring out braking points, turning points and acceleration -- all of those things like how the tires fall off and what to expect with the grip of the track in different locations. Those things pay dividends and getting laps and seat time are the biggest things. On top of that, the guys do a good job as far as learning and getting data and figuring out what we need to do to make the car go fast. A combination of everything is what gets a good qualifying run."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman