Battling Adversity, Newman Soldiers to 22nd-Place Finish in Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 4, 2009) -- Ryan Newman fought adversity throughout Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, which ended with a 22nd-place finish for the U.S.
Battling Adversity, Newman Soldiers to 22nd-Place Finish in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 4, 2009) -- Ryan Newman fought adversity throughout Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, which ended with a 22nd-place finish for the U.S. Army/Haas Automation driver.
A poor starting position, a slow pit stop early in the race, balancing issues with the car plus a pit road speeding penalty all contributed to the sub-par finish,snapping a five-race top-10 streak for Newman. It was also his worst result in the last 12 Cup races.
"It was an ongoing battle today with the U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevy Impala SS," said crew chief Tony Gibson. "But give Ryan credit, he drove hard and picked up four positions in the closing laps. He exemplified Army Strong -- he never quit and fought to the end."
The finish dropped Newman two positions in the 12-driver Chase point standings. He is ranked ninth, 164 points behind leader Mark Martin with seven races remaining. (see Chase standings below)
Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, had an outstanding day, winning the 400-mile race. He is fourth in the standings, 67 points behind Martin.
"First, congratulations to Tony and the No. 14 team -- they did an awesome job today," said Newman, who will join Stewart at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway tonight (Sunday) to compete in the Late Model Nationals. "We just had too much to overcome to post any kind of solid finish."
Newman started 30th and basically ran in the low to high 20s during the 267-lap race at the 1.5-mile oval.
"Track position was a big part of it," noted Newman. "Our qualifying effort didn't help,but we had a really bad green-flag pit stop and went two laps down. We did pass the leader to get one lap back.
"We also had a balance issue -- we went from really tight to extremely loose and lost a bunch of track position. Just unfortunate. We finally got the car better towards the end, but we were a lap down and nothing to show for it. It was just a struggling day with the U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet. We're not out of the Chase, but today was a rough day."
Following Stewart to the checkered flag were: Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle,Juan Pablo Montoya and Denny Hamlin.
The next stop on the Sprint Cup circuit will be Sunday (Oct. 11) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.