RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the busy week he has had so far, racing with regard to the points and the Chase, Talladega and other topics. TALK ABOUT YOUR OUTLOOK FOR...
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Bristol Motor Speedway and discussed the busy week he has had so far, racing with regard to the points and the Chase, Talladega and other topics.
TALK ABOUT YOUR OUTLOOK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND, YOU HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN BUSY UP TO NOW WITH THE MODIFIED AND TRUCK RACE: "We were the short end of the stick for the modified race. They checked up in front of me and I hit the guy in front of me and the guy behind me must have drilled me right in the left rear and it shot me right straight in to the wall and ended our day on lap two. Bono (Kevin Manion, modified car owner) and the guys did a great job. We had Aggressive Hydraulics on the car but we didn't get to give them much of a representation.
"The truck race went really good, we had a lot of fun. I guess you call it a rookie mistake or whatever but I didn't come back down pit road and get my fuel for the goofy, whoever made up that bad rule pit stop sequence strategy situation that they have in the truck series. We didn't get fuel like we should have and lost a bunch of track position. We had a fast Pringles Chevrolet. I told my friends that were around me after the truck race that if we just keep going in this pattern, we will do good the rest of the weekend.
"Glad we got the pole. I didn't expect to get the pole. Ernie Cope and the guys did a good job with that truck, it was fast off of the truck. Just kind of disappointed that we lost our track position and didn't get it back."
HOW MUCH PRESSURE IS THERE THIS WEEKEND AND DO YOU PAY CLOSER ATTENTION TO WHAT THE GUYS THAT ARE CLOSER TO YOU IN POINTS ARE DOING? "To more there is no pressure any more than there was in Daytona or the first Bristol or any other race. I just go out there and do my job. We have more things to consider In respect to the points and that doesn't necessarily put pressure on you, it just means that you have to educate yourself about your surroundings in respect to the points. We're In a different situation but the way that I drive the car and the way that I race is the same. I am still going for the best points position period, no matter what, if it is first or 15th."
DOES WHERE TALLADEGA IS NOW POSITIONED IN THE CHASE MAKE IT MORE CRITICAL WITH REGARD TO LESS TIME TO RECOVER FROM A DISASTER? "It doesn't change anything as far as what you can do to recover. You try just as hard. There is nothing that we do that tries to recover in racing. You just try to survive each and every race the best you possibly can. There is nothing that you can do to survive or miss the big one other than stay In front of it and hopefully it doesn't start In the front. The best place to be is way out front or way out back when it comes to that stuff."
HAS THIS WEEK BEEN DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU RAN THE TWO RACES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND HAS IT BEEN MORE FUN FOR YOU BECAUSE THEY WERE HERE AND YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TRAVEL ANYWHERE TO RACE THEM? "It was fun. I mean it was really fun to run a modified around here. We struggled with the car to get it to handle right and finally got it right for qualifying and then qualifying rained out. Started almost last in the feature but just didn't get to have any fun with it so that was disappointing because I was really looking forward to that race here with those cars. I think they put on a good show, but I wanted to be part of that good show and I wasn't. It was fun. This is one of the greatest race tracks there is so, in my opinion, because of the banking and because of the speed. The way we get to race on it now. To me it is better racing than it ever has been since they redid it in the last whatever it was, three years ago. It is a lot of fun. I'm glad I'm here and getting the option to do what I do with JR Motorsports and Kevin Harvick's truck team and Bono's modified and obviously the Stewart-Haas Cup car."
IS WINNING THE NIGHT RACE AT BRISTOL A HIGHLY RANKED AND COVETED EVENT BY THE COMPETITORS? "It is up there. I mean it is for sure in the top-10. I've ever sat down and classified the races so it wouldn't be fair to give you an answer without giving you an educated answer. But it is in the top-10. It is a great race. For whatever reason, all the night races seem to mean more, have more excitement and I think that is because of the reflection of the lights, the sparks, the flames, the fire and all that stuff. To me it makes better racing. I think across the board it is better. I couldn't quantify that for you right now."
HOW IMPRESSED/SURPRISED ARE YOU ABOUT WHAT TONY STEWART HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS YEAR? "I would probably have to say I am equally as surprised and impressed as he is. He has done a lot of great things in racing and he has put himself in a good position with a lot of good people. If you sit in media sessions before Daytona and say you have all these good people, you can't expect to not surprised or you shouldn't be so surprised because of the people and all of the effort that goes in to it. You can look at it two different ways is my answer. I'm just glad we are In the position we are in and obviously he is locked in, he is In a great position. It was a great career move for me to be able to move and do what I am doing. I am enjoying it and trying to make the best of it."
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