Leading RaybestosÂ® Rookie contender Ryan Newman in the no. 12 AllTel/Mobil 1 Ford won his first career Winston Cup race in Sunday's New Hampshire 300. Newman unofficially leads Jimmie Johnson by 24 points (328-304) in the RaybestosÂ® Rookie ...
Leading Raybestos® Rookie contender Ryan Newman in the no. 12 AllTel/Mobil 1 Ford won his first career Winston Cup race in Sunday's New Hampshire 300. Newman unofficially leads Jimmie Johnson by 24 points (328-304) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings.
SELECTED NEWMAN POST RACE QUOTES
"Conditions changed throughout the weekend. Everything was really nice on Friday and Saturday and for race day it was pretty wild. Luckily Matt (Borland, crew chief) and everybody on the team did an excellent job getting the car fast. We just had good pitstops and good track position. I told Matt there at the end we were definitely not the fastest car on the race track but it was one of those things where track position pays off. I was doing what I could to hold Kurt (Busch) behind me and then try to get around the 40 car (Sterling Marlin) and some of the other lapped cars at the same time. Everybody did a really nice job racing clean, especially Kurt."
KURT BUSCH SAID HE GAVE YOU A LITTLE TAP.
"That's what we've got mirrors for; I knew he was there, you know (laughs). Like I said he did a good job and I thought he got me there once between turns one and two. It was good, clean racing. The track is definitely tough to pass on and he had a faster race car but the fastest race car doesn't always win sometimes."
CAN YOU REFLECT ON ALL THAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED THIS WEEKEND AT NEW HAMPSHIRE?
"I said when we were here on Friday after qualifying that qualifying was one race and the race is another. It definitely proved that way. The weather played a big part no doubt, not only starting the race but the way it finished which was definitely in our favor. To boost on lead in the Raybestos® Rookie points, to moving up to eighth in Winston Cup points, to get that track record, to leading the most laps, we pretty much conquered everything here this weekend. Next weekend could be a total invert so we'll just have to see how things go."
HOW MUCH LONGER COULD YOU HAVE HELD OF KURT BUSCH?
"It depends on how many times he hit me (laughs). That was the bottom line. If I was in the middle of the race track he wasn't going to get around me and that's what I was doing. I drove a pretty fast line that was defensive but I wasn't blocking him, at least I hope he didn't see that I was blocking him because I wasn't purposely doing it. It's one of those things where you run as hard as you can and put yourself in the position. The guys did a great job in the pits putting myself in position to win and from there on out it was my driving."
HAS THE WIN SUNK IN YET?
"The win won't set in for quite a while, I'm sure, but one of the coolest parts as well as my Dad being here and being able to enjoy it with him, was when I got the checkered flag every driver came by and congratulated me. That means a lot. There are no enemies and it was gratifying for me that they congratulated me the way that they did. That's something that's special in a series like this that's so competitive to get a friendship that's so meaningful like that."
DID THE TRACK CHANGE A LOT DURING THE RACE?
"It didn't seem to change a whole lot. I think the biggest change was from yesterday to today. Because of the cloudiness the track was a little bit tighter from the start. That was something that was kind of good for us to be out front there at the beginning because we were a little bit tight when we had clean air."
MATT BORLAND, CREW CHIEF, NO. 12 ALLTEL/Mobil 1 FORD:
HOW BIG IS THIS WIN FOR YOUR TEAM?
"It's definitely big. All the guys have been working hard all year. We had a few setbacks early on in the year. The guys just kept digging and kept believing they could do it. We started getting all those seconds (place finishes) It's big because it let's everybody know all their hard work paid off."
WAS THIS ONE OF THOSE WEEKENDS WHERE YOU GUYS WERE GOOD OFF THE TRUCK AND STAYED GOOD THROUGH THE RACE?
"Not really. We weren't all that great when we unloaded off the truck. He though it would be a good car once we got it right. We started adjusting on it and it came around about 2/3 of the way through qualifying practice. We were real good in the first race practice and then it kind of fell apart in the second race practice and we had to make a few changes for the race. It was a little hit and miss."
HOW CRAZY WAS THE RACE, WITH RACING THE WEATHER AND KURT BUSCH AND TRYING TO GET TO HALFWAY?
"It was a little crazy. We were trying to race to 150 (halfway) and we planned everything out on that and we were looking pretty good and then all of a sudden 156 came and there was no rain and we had to pit. No one else had pitted yet and everyone was trying to push it as far as they could. We were debating on taking two tires and only putting in a half-tank of fuel in it to maybe only go to lap 180. Luckily we put four tires on instead and filled it up with fuel. It was a real bizarre day."
WHEN WILL IT ALL SINK IN? YOU HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG GUYS ON YOUR TEAM? ARE THEY GOING TO SLEEP FOR THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR DAYS?
"I'm not sure. All the guys are definitely real excited. We've got one guy on our team that has been racing for a long time and this is his first win and his first pole in Winston Cup and he's on top of the world. It was great to see that."
IS IT GOING TO BE HARD TO REEL THEM IN AND KEEP THEM FOCUSED FOR DOVER NEXT WEEK?
"I don't think so; they're a pretty good group. They'll be back to work on Tuesday."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, FINISHED NINTH.
"It was a good day for us. We learned a lot the last time we were here and set the car up right for the race. We needed a little more time to work on it and the full race really would have really helped us. To start 19th and end up ninth is a great day for the Lowe's Monte Carlo. In the big picture we made up a lot of points. I'm very proud of Ryan and happy for him and that whole team to get their first win. They've obviously been knocking on the door and very deserving of a win. It's on. It's going to be a great race for the Raybestos® Rookie battle and also the championship."
DID YOU GUYS TAKE ON TWO TIRES ON YOUR FINAL STOP FOR TRACK POSITION?
"No, we had too good of a car to play that card. Our car was real fast on four tires and we let the speed of the car get the job done."