Homestead: Newman rookie press conference

RYAN NEWMAN - No. 12 ALLTEL Taurus (Qualified 15th) HOW WAS YOUR LAP? "The good thing is it's gotten better ever since we unloaded it from the truck, the bad part is we didn't unload from the truck very well. The guys on the team have done a...

RYAN NEWMAN - No. 12 ALLTEL Taurus (Qualified 15th)

HOW WAS YOUR LAP?

"The good thing is it's gotten better ever since we unloaded it from the truck, the bad part is we didn't unload from the truck very well. The guys on the team have done a great job as far as making it better, but we're not in the caliber of what Kurt and Junior qualified at, so we've got our work cut out for us. Hopefully, when we get back to race trim things will even out a little bit and you won't see such a big gap between the first and 36th-place qualifiers. Other than that, we'll just see how things go."

"We were so close this year at a point there. Our season was very similar to Kurt's, the only difference is I think we had a bad April where he had a bad August. We were able to rebound. We fell from second to 17th in the points and came back up to third. Now I think we're sitting seventh, but it's just one of those things. You've got to have absolutely every part of the equation covered, whether it's reliability, performance, pit stops, track position, strategy, things like that to put yourself in contention. I think next year we'll have a better grip on what the race tracks are like and what to expect as far as the way things go tire falloff-wise. We're a rookie in a lot of respects this year and a lot of people don't understand that when it comes to working with tires and things like that, so next year, without a doubt, we can be better. It's just a matter of having luck go your way."

HAVE YOU LEARNED A LOT?

"We think we've learned. You never know. We had some things break this year that should have never broke on a race car. It's just one of those things. It's like a watch working - there's one little piece that can make everything go wrong and sometimes it's a piece that breaks that you don't expect."

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