NEWMAN FINISHES SOLID EIGHTH AT DOVER Haas Automation Driver Rallies from Early Contact to Score 10th Top-10 of 2010 Ryan Newman drove his No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a solid eighth-place finish in Sunday's...
NEWMAN FINISHES SOLID EIGHTH AT DOVER
Haas Automation Driver Rallies from Early Contact to Score 10th Top-10 of 2010
Ryan Newman drove his No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a solid eighth-place finish in Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It was Newman's 10th top-10 finish of the season and his 11th in 18 career Sprint Cup starts at the 1-mile, concrete oval.
"We had a decent day," Newman said. "We didn't have track position at the end to contend for the win, but we had a good car. The guys gave me really good pit stops all day and (Tony) Gibson (crew chief) made some good calls. It was a solid run for our Haas Automation Chevrolet."
Newman started 13th in the 400-lap race and early on reported to Gibson that his car was tight exiting the corners. He then avoided disaster when he made contact with David Reutimann's car on lap 53.
As the duo entered turn three, Newman was on the low side of the track while Reutimann was slightly ahead of him on the high side. The left-rear of Reutimann's car made contact with the right-front of Newman's car and each suffered damage.
Newman, Gibson and spotter Jimmy Kitchens quickly had to decide whether the damage to the No. 39 machine was severe enough to warrant a pit stop as the race went under caution due to the incident. The trio discussed the situation and even asked Jeff Burton, who was ahead of Newman on the racetrack, to look at the damage from the cockpit of his No. 31 Chevrolet.
With input from Burton, and Kitchens studying the right-front through a pair of binoculars, the decision was made to stay out since it appeared that there was no tire rub due to the damaged sheet metal.
The decision not to pit paid off as there were no adverse effects from the damage, and Newman began climbing from 19th place when the race restarted on lap 57.
With help from Gibson's adjustments and quick work by the Haas Automation pit crew, Newman cracked the top-10 by the halfway point and remained there for the rest of the event, save for a handful of circuits when he dropped to 11th. By the time the checkered flag flew at lap 400, Newman had climbed to his eighth-place finishing spot.
Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala for SHR, finished 21st after a pit road speeding penalty early in the event put him two laps down.
Jimmie Johnson beat Jeff Burton by 2.637 seconds to win the AAA 400 and score the 53rd victory of his Sprint Cup career, his sixth of the season and his sixth at Dover.
Finishing third was Joey Logano, while Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five. Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Newman, Denny Hamlin and A.J. Allmendinger comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were four caution periods for 19 laps, with eight drivers failing to finish the 400-lap race.
Stewart represents SHR in this year's Chase for the Championship. He came into Dover 10th among the top-12 drivers competing for this year's title, 124 points behind Chase leader Denny Hamlin. He leaves Dover still 10th in points, but 162 markers arrears Hamlin.
Newman remained 13th in the standings with 3,363 points, 19 markers ahead of 14th-place Jamie McMurray.