Newman scores second top-five in three races
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Ryan Newman sits in his car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday.
With his fifth-place run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, Ryan Newman posted his second top-five finish in the last three Sprint Cup races.
Newman, who started 24th, was the highest finishing Richard Childress Racing driver.
“Great effort for the Caterpillar team and everybody at RCR and ECR,” Newman said post-race to TNT Sports. “Not the end that we wanted, but we ended the best position we were all day.”
Newman raced side-by-side with Clint Bowyer out of turn four on the final lap, edging the Michael Waltrip Racing veteran at the line.
“I didn’t have a scratch on [the car] the whole day and then we bounced off each other the last corner,” Newman said.
The driver gave credit to his team and pit crew for their top-five effort.
“The guys did a good job… we were the last car
on old tires, had guys come with fresher tires and it just hurt us,” Newman
said. “[It was a] good hard-fought back finish.”
One could argue the point Newman, like his RCR teammates, are having quiet, yet success in 2014.
All RCR drivers have now posted at least one top-five finish, and all are within realistic opportunities of making the Chase on points alone.
Newman has led only ten laps this season, the fewest among the drivers currently in a Chase spot.
Yet, Newman has posted 15 lead lap finishes in 19 starts and is one of only seven drivers to run at the finish of every race this season.
The top-five run Sunday boosts Newman to seventh in points, his highest ranking this season, 49 points above the Chase cutoff.
Newman will try to defend his lone win of 2013 in two weeks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and extend his streak of at least one victory a season to five consecutive.