Phoenix II: Ryan Newman - Friday media visit

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY VETERANS DAY CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Phoenix International Raceway and discussed. HOW IS KRISSIE (NEWMAN, HIS WIFE WHO IS EXPECTING THE COUPLES FIRST CHILD SOON) DOING? "I think she is good. I...

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY VETERANS DAY CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Phoenix International Raceway and discussed.

HOW IS KRISSIE (NEWMAN, HIS WIFE WHO IS EXPECTING THE COUPLES FIRST CHILD SOON) DOING? "I think she is good. I just texted her and she is doing filing back at the house, which is a big event for her. I guess, I don't really know how women work, when they are pregnant, they are hormonal and they do different things. Her midwife called it surging. She said she is going to have some surges and I asked what that was. She said that is when the hormones are going to race at different times. I said 'well, that explains everything for the last nine months. She is doing filing right now, she is good.

"She is craving ice, which I guess is typical but there are certain smells that are driving her nuts. I had a house full of deer jerky this week and that is not on the list of good things."

IS RON (HORNADAY) GOING TO GET IN YOUR CAR IN PRACTICE TOMORROW? "I think there is potential for it. I don't know if that is going to happen, but I think there is potential, but we haven't talked about it honestly to know if it is or isn't going to happen. She is not in a position right now, as far as I know, I don't think the bell is going to get rung that hard when God makes the call. I don't know exactly what is going to happen in respect to Ron, but he is on standby, yes."

I ASSUME YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE IF SHE DOES GO INTO LABOR: "I don't know. Honestly, I don't know. It all depends on the timing of things. Obviously, if I am in the car, another few laps may not hurt. (LAUGHS) I'm just sayin'. (LAUGHS) I have a couple people in line to delay the message as it gets to me, just in case. (LAUGHS) Obviously, that is really important in my line. Our first baby. I don't know if you can say first baby or last baby or whatever, but, it is important to be there. To be there for her. She has her mom by her side so that is really good too. I told her when she was filing, not to get any paper cuts, just be careful. (SMILES)."

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ALL THAT WENT ON LAST WEEK WITH JEFF GORDON AND JEFF BURTON AS WELL AS KYLE BUSCH GESTURE. A TEAM CHANGE CREWS, CAN YOU IMAGINE ALL OF THAT HAPPENING IN ONE RACE? "I couldn't imagine it. I guess maybe the craziest part was when Jeff and Jeff got together was under caution so it is like and for them to crash as hard as they did under caution was kind of wild. Kyle, that is no surprise. I think he has probably waved the bird a couple of times and nobody saw him. This was a little bit different situation. That's understandable. The pit crew changing deal, you have to pull out all the stops and do the best you can with what you have to work with and sometimes that incorporates different people. I can understand that. We've had to do it before. When somebody is not performing, whether it is from being hurt or pure performance, you do what you have to do."

"About the Jeff and Jeff deal, I was kind of curious as to why they were allowed to walk toward each others. I mean, were they going to shake hands and bow or what? (LAUGHTER) I wouldn't you be just forced to get in the ambulance and come back? It just seemed like it was weird circumstances. You crash each other under caution. You walk toward each other. They are allowed to walk toward each other like they are going to pat each other on the back and say 'hey, hope you kid does good next week on their report card'. Next thing you know, they are fighting and pushing each other. One of them accepts the fault that caused the whole deal. Then they both get in the ambulance together and ride off. It is almost like bad soap opera and reality TV put in one little five minute caution flag. (MORE LAUGHTER) It was like, how did that happen? Did I just see that. I guess I am glad I wasn't a part of it should have been my answer."

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF JEFF GORDON WAS WALKING AT YOU AND YOU WERE IN THIS SITUATION? (LAUGHTER) "I'm pretty sure Jeff wouldn't walk at me. I'm just throwing that out there. I don't think we would go down that path, no matter what happened. If he did, it probably wouldn't be his best choice of the day. (LAUGHTER)"

WITH ALL THE MILITARY MEMBERS SIGNATURES ON YOUR CAR, IS THERE ANYONE YOU KNOW PERSONALLY? "Yes there is. My truck driver's step son is on the car. So yes."

-source: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman