Newman Disappointed with 8th-Place Finish at Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (May 1, 2010) -- Ryan Newman fought back to finish eighth in Saturday night's Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400 Sprint Cup race. But the top-10 result at the Richmond International...
Newman Disappointed with 8th-Place Finish at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (May 1, 2010) -- Ryan Newman fought back to finish eighth in Saturday night's Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400 Sprint Cup race. But the top-10 result at the Richmond International Racewayshort track offered little solace to the U.S. Army driver,who felt he had a better car than where he finished.
"It was a good points night, but it was also disappointing and frustrating," said Newman. "I think we had a car better than eighth from a speed standpoint, especially on long runs. The U.S. Army Medicine Chevrolet didn't get it done tonight. But I guess when you are frustrated with a top-10, we expect more and that means we are capable of more. We'll see if we can do that next time."
The finish was Newman's third top-10 in the last five races, his third straight top-10 at Richmond and his eighth top-10 in his last nine short track starts.
"We like the short tracks and it obviously shows in the results," said Newman. "I felt going into the race that we would be a contender. It just didn't turn out that way tonight. But I like the fact that you see long faces around here after a top-10 finish. We havethe same high standards as the peoplewhoour Army Medicine Chevyhonored tonight --theU.S. Army Health Care Team."
Newman, who started fifth after a strong qualifying effort on Friday at the .75-miletrack, ran in the top-10 for approximately the first 150 laps. He then fell back a few positions in the middle of the race, but came charging back to post his 11th career top-10 finish in 17 starts at Richmond.
A decision not to pit following a caution on Lap 368 of 400 was a good one since it allowedNewman to vault from 15th to fifth in track position.
"That decision put us back where webelonged," said crew chief Tony Gibson. "We had a good car tonight but had some things go against us that prevented Ryan frombeing a consistent front runner."
Newman was looking at a possible top-five finish when the green flag waved for the final time with five laps remaining. He was runningsixth, but appeared to get boxed inon the restart which in the end cost him two positions.
Newman gained two spots in the driver point standings and is 16th after 10 races. He is 74 points from 12th, which is the Chase cutoff.
Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, finished 23rd and is 15th in points.
The race winner was Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards.
The next NASCAR SprintCup race is Saturday night (May 8) at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.