Homestead: Newman post qualifying interview

Ryan Newman (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger) "Honestly I didn't think it was near as good as it was speed wise. When they said it was a 58 (seconds) I was like man that is really good. Knowing that the track was a little bit hotter we tuned on the...

Ryan Newman (No. 12 alltel Dodge Charger)

"Honestly I didn't think it was near as good as it was speed wise. When they said it was a 58 (seconds) I was like man that is really good. Knowing that the track was a little bit hotter we tuned on the car and made it over a tenth quicker, so really didn't expect Jimmie (Johnson) to come and bust out that lap. I really thought that after practice Kasey (Kahne) was going to be the guy to beat and he was he just wasn't the only guy to beat. It was a good smooth lap I just didn't feel like I slipped the car enough to make it go any faster. In saying that if I did it might have gone slower."

ARE THERE ANY SENTIMENTAL FEELINGS THAT THIS IS THE LAST RACE FOR THE SO-CALLED "OLD CAR"?

"I wouldn't say sentimental feels. I'd like to think that my career will go further than just the old car. For some reason it kind of hit me when I was doing some hospitality last weekend. I think the biggest disappointment with the new car compared to the old car is just pure performance, the fact that the car is a half-second slower. When we go to test we anticipate going faster each time we go there whether it's Kentucky or Nashville or each race track we go to. For instance Atlanta the last test, it's nice to be able to come back and go faster. You take a brand new car or a brand new designed car and take it to the race track and it at minimum is a half-second slower it's difficult to say man this thing really drivers good or man this thing just feels that much better. The Car of Tomorrow, which is going to be here all year next year, that's going to be our baseline as we go on. We kind of have to put all of those thoughts and all of those feelings behind us."

DOES IT SURPRISE YOU HOW WELL THE NO. 48 HAS RUN ALL SEASON?

"I wouldn't say that it surprises me by any means. He's a great driver, he's got a strong organization, and he's on a roll. He's the next step beyond on a roll. He's got everything going for him. I wish he didn't but I'm happy to be competing against him and with him on any given Friday or Sunday."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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