No Ride, No Problem: Newman Scores Indy Win

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There are wins that change a driver’s career. Ryan Newman has won the Daytona 500 and the All-Star Race, but one race he has aspired to win was the Brickyard. Growing up just a few hours north of Indianapolis left Newman dreaming of winning at Indy. The track’s rich history makes it a victory that pulls your career towards different path. Of all the times this could have happened for Newman, this one has to be the most perfect.

He started off the weekend by winning the pole and that got the Hoosier emotional, but he had no idea what was to come. The pole gave him a great start to the day and it allowed him to lead until the first round of green-flag pit stops.

After the round of stops, four-time Indy winner Jimmie Johnson moved to the lead. He was able to remain out front through the first two cautions, but other drivers’ strategy shuffled Johnson back for the mid portion of the event.

He climbed his way back to the front on lap 98 and he would stay there until his final pit top of the day with 28 laps to go.

A crucial stop for his team turned disastrous when it took 17 seconds to complete, therefore forfeiting lots of time on the track.

Newman eventually came down pit road and his crew chief, Matt Borland, made a wild strategy call to give his driver a go for broke attitude to conclude the race. He only took two tires, giving himself a seven second cushion over Jimmie Johnson.

While the other drivers made their stops, the best two cars on the day worked their way back to the top of the leader board. With 12 laps to go, Newman officially took the lead again and Johnson lurked four seconds behind.

As the laps wound down, Johnson inched closer. It turned out not to be close enough as he still had over two seconds to Newman on the final lap.

The hometown boy rounded the final turn to come and take the checkered flag in one of his biggest days of his career. It was a “Dream come true for me” he said in victory lane.  Growing up in Indiana, he had his sight set on the famed speedway and dreamed of one day winning there. That day came today.

This win couldn’t have come at a better time for Newman considering his point’s standings position. He was sitting outside the top ten, needing a win and knowing he needed to get that win fast. With the win, he now has a victory towards the Wild Card hunt so another one and consistency could put him in the Chase.

For those reasons, this win is absolutely huge for that team. Along with it being big for them, it’s big for Newman who is without a ride for next season. This win could turn some heads and maybe secure the Rocket Man a seat for 2014. Six races remain until the Chase and now that team has a legitimate shot at making it in so, they have to stay consistent if they want that spot in the championship hunt.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet

160

 

1

45

47

4

0

2 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet

160

 

2

73

44

2

0

3 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet

160

 

7

0

41

0

0

4 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet

160

 

5

0

40

0

0

5 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota

160

 

13

0

39

0

0

6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet

160

 

15

0

38

0

0

7 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet

160

 

9

11

38

1

0

8 Joey Logano 22 Ford

160

 

11

11

37

1

0

9 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet

160

 

8

1

36

1

0

10 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota

160

 

19

0

34

0

0

11 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota

160

 

38

0

33

0

0

12 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet

160

 

23

1

33

1

0

13 Carl Edwards 99 Ford

160

 

3

1

32

1

0

14 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet

160

 

6

0

30

0

0

15 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet

160

 

18

5

30

1

0

16 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford

160

 

10

0

28

0

0

17 Aric Almirola 43 Ford

160

 

21

0

27

0

0

18 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota

160

 

4

4

27

1

0

19 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet

160

 

24

2

26

1

0

20 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota

160

 

17

1

25

1

0

21 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford

160

 

12

5

24

1

0

22 AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet

160

 

14

0

22

0

0

23 Mark Martin 55 Toyota

160

 

26

0

21

0

0

24 Greg Biffle 16 Ford

159

 

27

0

20

0

0

25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford

159

 

25

0

19

0

0

26 Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet

159

 

20

0

0

0

0

27 Casey Mears 13 Ford

159

 

30

0

17

0

0

28 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford

159

 

28

0

0

0

0

29 David Reutimann 83 Toyota

158

 

31

0

15

0

0

30 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet

158

 

33

0

14

0

0

31 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota

158

 

22

0

13

0

0

32 Michael McDowell 98 Ford

157

 

35

0

12

0

0

33 Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet

157

 

29

0

0

0

0

34 David Ragan 34 Ford

157

 

36

0

10

0

0

35 David Gilliland 38 Ford

157

 

42

0

9

0

0

36 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota

157

 

34

0

8

0

0

37 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet

156

 

41

0

7

0

0

38 Josh Wise 35 Ford

156

 

32

0

0

0

0

39 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet

156

 

39

0

5

0

0

40 David Stremme 30 Toyota

151

 

37

0

4

0

0

41 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota

146

 

40

0

0

0

0

42 Timmy Hill 32 Ford

121

 

43

0

2

0

0

43 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet

110

 

16

0

1

0

0

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