Newman Finishes 8th in New Hampshire Sprint Cup Race LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 19, 2010) -- Ryan Newman posted an eighth-place result in Sunday's Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the ninth top-10 finish of...
Newman Finishes 8th in New Hampshire Sprint Cup Race
LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 19, 2010) -- Ryan Newman posted an eighth-place result in Sunday's Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
It was the ninth top-10 finish of the season for Newman and his 12th top-10 in 18 starts at the New Hampshire 1.058-mile oval.
Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet was handicapped early due to a 24th-place starting position.
"The Army Chevy was good at the start but we couldn't go any place because of poor track position," said Newman. "We really put ourselves in a hole with a poor qualifying effort on Friday. But we took a gamble by taking two tires on the first pit stop to gain track position and it worked."
Newman broke into the top-10 on Lap 210 and basically stayed there for the remainder of the race. He ran as high as fifth.
"We're proud of our effort today," stated Newman. "Tony (Gibson, crew chief) got together with the team after yesterday's practice and made some quality changes to the car. The U.S. Army Chevrolet was strong all day and the pit crew was solid. The guys were on it and it was nice to come out of the pits and gain spots."
While Newman was pleased with the finish, his teammate and team owner, Tony Stewart, suffered a disheartening finish. Stewart appeared to be headed to victory as he was enjoying a comfortable lead with fewer than two laps remaining. But his No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet ran out of fuel and he ended up finishing 24th.
Newman remained 13th in points -- the highest position for a non-Chase driver. Stewart dropped five spots to 11th in the Chase standings. New Hampshire was the first of the 10 Chase races. (see Chase standings below)
The race winner was Clint Bowyer. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick.
The next stop for the Sprint Cup circuit is Sunday (Sept. 26) at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.