Winchester, IN - Ryan Newman hadn't competed in the USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Series since his last visit to Winchester Speedway back in mid-September, but that didn't prevent him from accomplishing the same results. After qualifying 2nd...
Winchester, IN - Ryan Newman hadn't competed in the USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Series since his last visit to Winchester Speedway back in mid-September, but that didn't prevent him from accomplishing the same results. After qualifying 2nd fastest, winning the heat race and starting 5th in the feature event, Ryan Newman took over the lead in the running of the "Sammy Sessions Memorial" on lap 10 and never looked back.
Newman qualified 2nd fastest, just missing quick time by nine-hundredths of a second. Newman started last in the heat race, but went on to win and would start 5th in the feature. From the 5th starting position, Newman would hold back until lap 10, when he took the lead and led the rest of the way. The win marks Newman's 7th USAC MCI WorldCom Midget race this year he has come home victorious.
Newman acknowledged, "On lap 26, the throttle started to hang. I drove the last 7 laps using the ignition switch. It was definitely a thriller ride. I'm just glad I was able to run using the switch for those last laps and not hit anything. It could've been a bad day, but it worked out good in the end."
Newman currently sits 2nd in the USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Series points standings race, with only a couple races remaining. Ryan also sits atop the Coors Light Silver Bullet Series points list, with a 59-point cushion.
Ryan Newman began racing quarter midgets at the incredibly young age of 4 1/2 years. With over 200 quarter midget victories and two Quarter Midget National Championships to his credit, Newman is a member of the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame.
Since graduating to midgets, Ryan has garnered Rookie of the Year awards on the AAMS, USAC National Midget and USAC Silver Crown series, as well as the 1993 AAMS National Championship.
Away from the track, Ryan is an interdisciplinary engineering student at Purdue University, where he is on track to graduate in May 2000.
Newman will keep the momentum going when he heads to Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, TN on Sunday to compete in the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Silver Crown Series in the series finale. Ryan looks to capture his first USAC crown. The season finale will be televised LIVE on TNN at 3:30 EST.