September 17, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - Ryan Newman was winless last year and barely missed capturing the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by one point. Newman is winless again this year but again qualified for the Chase. He is seeded 14th. Can he match or improve upon last year's runner-up finish to Kevin Harvick? "Last year, in the end, consistency paid off," Newman said yesterday during a visit to Dover to promote the Chase. "We know how close we were, we know we were the underdog. We performed to the best of our ability and missed it by one spot.
November 14, 2014 |
AFTER ALL the racing, crashing and fighting, the Chase's final four are pumping their gas pedals, ready to roll. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers eligible to win the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None has won a Sprint Cup series title. The champion doesn't have to win the Homestead race: He just has to be the highest finisher among the final four. As we pointed out 2 weeks ago, the champion could be Newman, who is winless this year and has led 17 only laps in the Chase (see accompanying box)
October 31, 2014 |
NASCAR's 2014 champion could be a driver who hasn't won a race this year. He's a driver with just four top-five finishes all year. Fortunately for Ryan Newman, two of those top fives have been the last two Chase races, leaving him second in points. Talk about a lucky dog . . . (A lucky dog, or in NASCAR-speak, a "beneficiary," is the first car a lap down when the caution flag waves that receives one of its laps back.) Newman was the last driver into the Chase, seeded 16th, as in last.
June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
August 9, 2013
GREG ZIPADELLI knows Tony Stewart as well as anyone in NASCAR. Zipadelli was Stewart's crew chief when he won his first two Sprint Cup titles driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Discussing the broken leg Stewart suffered in a sprint-car racing crash Monday night in Iowa, Zipadelli said yesterday on a conference call: "As many [dirt-track] races as he's run in the past, we're probably lucky that this is the first time we're dealing with this. We didn't think Superman could get hurt. We all know Tony loves to do those races.
August 2, 2013 |
TALK ABOUT awkward situations . . . Ryan Newman wins his first Brickyard 400 and receives a big hug from boss/teammate Tony Stewart. The Indiana natives were smiling and friendly after Newman won for the first time at Indianapolis last Sunday. In a postrace television interview, Stewart said Newman is "a great teammate and even better friend. " The problem in their business relationship is, with Kevin Harvick joining Stewart-Haas Racing next year, Newman will be out of a job. Newman's Indy win, giving him 17 in his career, should be a big boost for acquiring a new ride.
July 19, 2013 |
MAYBE IT WAS the stifling summer heat and humidity . . . Normally, people go to New Hampshire in midsummer to relax. But there was more verbal sniping than usual after Sunday's New Hampshire Sprint Cup race. Kyle Busch vs. Ryan Newman . . . Kevin Harvick vs. Marcos Ambrose . . . Paul Menard vs. Jeff Gordon. Set up the boxing ring near the garage area at Indianapolis next week: We may have some action. The sniping highlight was Busch-Newman. After Kyle's brother, Kurt, was involved in an accident with Newman, Kyle said: "I really hated that Kurt got tore up. I felt like he had the best car here today, but, man, just stupidity.
June 13, 2013 |
JIMMIE JOHNSON is racing for a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman are believed to be racing for their jobs. Montoya, in his seventh Cup season, has only two wins, both on road courses. Newman is a 16-time Cup race winner, but with Kevin Harvick expected to join Stewart-Haas Racing next year, Newman could be in his final season at SHR. Montoya, 22nd in points, has finally shown improvement on ovals lately, recording two top-five finishes and one top-10.
May 10, 2013 |
AFTER WATCHING Kurt Busch's race car temporarily "parked" atop Ryan Newman's car late in Sunday's Talladega race, I wondered whether NASCAR officials shudder when they watch major wrecks and think "We are so lucky a driver wasn't killed. " We've had so many major wrecks at the treacherous Alabama superspeedway that people just seem to take them in stride: "Oh, another big one. A mess, but let's move on. " Newman clearly was furious about the wreck that sent Busch's car airborne.
April 2, 2012 |
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Ryan Newman needed help and was running out of time. Finally, Clint Bowyer provided an opening with two laps to go at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Bowyer's aggressive move took out race leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson entering the first turn, allowing Newman to slide into the lead, and he held off A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on another restart for his first win in 23 races. "We were not a dominate race car," Newman said. "Clint kind of cleared out Turn 1 for us and we were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.