Newman Finishes 11th in Richmond; Misses 12-Driver Chase by One Position RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2010) -- Ryan Newman finished 11th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Though he had a solid...
Newman Finishes 11th in Richmond; Misses 12-Driver Chase by One Position
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2010) -- Ryan Newman finished 11th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
Though he had a solid performance in his U.S. Army Chevrolet, Newman and the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing team fell one position short of making the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Greg Biffle was the 12th and final driver to make the Chase, 98 points ahead of Newman.
"We were close to a top 10 tonight, but obviously disappointed that we're not in the Chase," said Newman. "I am proud of the guys -- we got a victory in Phoenix and did some things this year we didn't do (in the past). Unfortunately we aren't going to have a shot at the championship but we'll have an opportunity to win 10 more races and that's a lot of fun in itself. Congratulations to the 14 car -- Tony Stewart (Newman's teammate) and his guys did a good job. They rebounded midway through the season to make the Chase."
Newman started the short track race from the 23rd position. He moved into the top 10 on Lap 205 and was running in seventh place when a pit road miscue on Lap 324 knocked him out of the top 10. Newman fought back in the closing laps to post his 14th top-15 finish of the season.
"We had a good car tonight, but we had that one stop where the lug nut came off," said No. 39 crew chief Tony Gibson. "We came in seventh and went out 16th on a green-flag stop and that's tough to make up. We had a solid sixth-to-eighth-place car tonight."
The race winner was Richmond native Denny Hamlin. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose.
The next stop for the U.S. Army team will be Sunday (Sept. 19) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.