Newman Finishes 12th in Watkins Glen; Gains in Points WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 8, 2010) -- U.S. Army crew chief Tony Gibson said it best following Ryan Newman's 12th-place finish in Sunday's Sprint Cup road race at Watkins Glen ...
Newman Finishes 12th in Watkins Glen; Gains in Points
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 8, 2010) -- U.S. Army crew chief Tony Gibson said it best following Ryan Newman's 12th-place finish in Sunday's Sprint Cup road race at Watkins Glen International.
"Todaywas a huge points daym- we're back in the (Chase) hunt," shouted Gibson on the team radio after Newman's No. 39Chevrolettook the checkered flag in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen.
Newman came into the race in 15th place and 138 points outside of the Chase. He is now in 14th place and 83 points from 12th, the final Chase position. There arefour pre-Chase races remainingbefore the championship playoff format commences.
MarkMartin moved intoq2th place in the driver standingswith 2,641 points. Positions 13-15 in order are: Clint Bowyer (2631), Newman (2558) and Jamie McMurray (2547).
"We gained in the big picture," said Newman. "It's still a great race for that Chase position and everybody is racing hard.There's a lot of pressure on us.But you can't worry about what the other drivers are doing, you have torace strong and then post a solid result.
"We werelooking for a better finish today but we'll take what we got anddo our best from here on in to get into the Chase. This Army team never quits. We just work harder when our backs are against the wall. We battle like our Army Strong Soldiers do every day.The Soldiersare definitely aninspiration to our team."
Newman started the race from the 19th position and maintained a consistent pace throughout the 90-lap event on the 2.45-mile, 11-turnroad circuit.
A key point for the Army team came during a green-flagpit stop on Lap 60 when Newman and Gibson decided to take fuel only and forego four fresh tires. Newman jumped from 19th to 13th and did a savvy driving job on used tires for the remainder of the race.
"Ryan drove a greatracem- it's not easy driving on used tires for that long on aroad course," stated Gibson. "He has a keen driving sense on how to save his tires when he needs to."
Newman's teammate, Tony Stewart, finished seventh and remains eighth in points.
The race winner was Juan Pablo Montoya, his second career Cup victory. Rounding out the top-five in order were: Kurt Busch, Marcos Ambrose, AJ Allmendinger and Carl Edwards.
The next Sprint Cup race is Sunday (Aug. 15) at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.