Tony Stewart had nothing but open race track at New Hampshire International Speedway until the lapped car of Ryan Newman tried to side-by- side race the No. 20 Chevrolet taking out both cars. As one can imagine, Stewart was not amused. "The No.
Tony Stewart had nothing but open race track at New Hampshire International Speedway until the lapped car of Ryan Newman tried to side-by- side race the No. 20 Chevrolet taking out both cars.
As one can imagine, Stewart was not amused.
"The No. 12 car just took us out," said Stewart. "We're starting to learn to race him like he races us and he doesn't give anybody a break so I wasn't about to give him a break. So, he' just take me out them if you don't let him by. It's amazing how he expects you to let him by, but he doesn't give anybody the same courtesy."
Newman was the cause of two major accidents at NHIS on Sunday. The first incident with Stewart, which came on lap 91 and Newman blamed it on fresh tires.
"We were on fresh tires," Newman explained. "I don't know if Tony knew that or not, but regardless, he didn't live up to what he preaches and that's move over and let a faster car go, especially a car on fresh tires trying to get a lap back. He came down on us a little bit. I came up on him a little bit and we hit.
"He got the raw end of the deal. It didn't do any of us any favors, but he sure didn't live up to what he preaches. I was way faster than Tony was. We went three wide down the back straightaway and he didn't give any getting into the corner. He came down on me just a little bit like I said and it hurt both of us. Eight tires are better than four. He just forgot that."
Just a few laps after the wreck with Stewart, on the restart after that caution Newman lost control of his car causing a multi-car crash with Ken Schrader, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.
"We just got punted by the 55 (Waltrip)," said Newman who started the Lenox 300 from the pole. "I don't know if he needed the caution worse than we did or what, but we just got hit from behind by the 55. He's usually like that here. We didn't get wrecked hard enough to get out and throw a helmet at him like what usually happens here."
Despite who's to blame, the incident between Stewart and Newman proved costly for both drivers. The reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion falls out of the top ten in points to 11th, 458 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
"It is frustrating," Stewart continued. "But there is nothing we can do about it. We have a great group of guys here who will do everything they can to get us back out there to do what we can do. It's frustrating when you got a guy who isn't in the top ten and won't make the Chase is ruining it for everybody else.
Stewart was very vocal about Newman and other young drivers not giving any room on the racetrack, "The thing is, with a bunch of these young guys, they tell us every week about give and take in the driver's meeting and there is a reason they tell you that.
"All I did was race him the same way he races us and he wrecks us. I don't even think he tried to make the corner."
Stewart finished 37th, and Newman 39th.
Newman slips to 19th in points, 823 behind leader Johnson and is mathematically unlikely to make the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.