Newman, U.S. Army Team Rebound for 13th-Place Finish in Dover DOVER, Del. (May 16, 2010) -- Ryan Newman and the U.S. Army team fought back from early troubles to post a 13th-place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover...
Newman, U.S. Army Team Rebound for 13th-Place Finish in Dover
DOVER, Del. (May 16, 2010) -- Ryan Newman and the U.S. Army team fought back from early troubles to post a 13th-place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
Starting sixth in the 400-lap race at the all-concrete Monster Mile, Newman got off to a slow start and fell to 20th when the first caution waved on Lap 55. The main culprit was a battered right-front tire.
"That tire took a beating, just too much heat in it," said crew chief Tony Gibson. "It was close to blowing and we were fortunate."
While the Army crew took care of the tire issue, the handling of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet became a problem as Newman couldn't get full speed in the corners. But the tenacity that has become a trademark of the Army team surfaced once again.
"Our Army Chevy wasn't that good in the beginning," stated Newman. "But Tony (Gibson) and the crew guys kept working on the car and made it better as the race went on. In the early going, we looked like a 25th-place car but came home 13th. We took a bad day and turned it into a decent day."
Newman added, "We're a battling team with a great will and a strong desire for success. It's the same will and pride that our Soldiers possess. Wearing the Army colors inspires all of us on this No. 39 Stewart-Haas team."
Newman did fall a lap down but stayed patient and ended the Autism Speaks 400 as the last driver on the lead lap.
The U.S. Army driver gained one spot in the Sprint Cup point standings and now sits 13th after the 12th race of the season. He is 30 points away from 12th, which is the cutoff for making the Chase.
"We try to be consistent, be strong and collect as many points as possible," noted Newman, who was 26th in the standings following the fifth race.
Newman's Cup teammate, Tony Stewart, finished ninth. He gained four spots in the standings and ranks 14th, seven points behind Newman.
The race winner was Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann.
Sunday's race was the second of the weekend for Newman, who finished runner-up to Kyle Busch in Saturday's Nationwide Series race, driving the No. 1 Chevy for team owner James Finch. The sponsor on the car was the Ryan Newman Foundation.
The next event for the No. 39 team is the non-points Sprint All-Star Race, Saturday night (May 22) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next points race is May 30 -- the Coca-Cola 600, also at Charlotte Motor Speedway.