Newman Finishes 22nd in Fastenal Return
Ryan Newman earned the highest starting spot of the season for the Fastenal team after qualifying fourth for the 200-lap race.
In the early stages, Newman was pleased with the handling on the No. 5. When the first round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 52, the Fastenal Chevy ran in fourth place. With the front three cars electing to come to pit road, Newman inherited the lead on lap 53 and led the next five laps, the second-highest amount of laps led for the No. 5 this season.
Shortly after crossing the start-finish line to complete lap 57, Newman radioed that the engine was sputtering out of fuel. The No. 5 continued around the track, but after emerging from turn two the engine lost fuel pressure and Newman was forced to coast to pit road. In the time it took Newman to get to pit road with no power, he lost a lap and fell back to 18th position.
Over the next 80 laps, Newman worked up to the 11th spot and was in position for the “Lucky Dog.” But with only two caution flags over the course of the race, the Fastenal team never caught the break they needed to get back on the lead lap.
On lap 173, Newman made contact with the wall and came down pit road for damage assessment. The crew made what repairs they could to survive the last 25 laps and sent Newman back onto the track. The No. 5 Fastenal Chevrolet crossed the finish line in 18th place, three laps down to the leaders.
“I’ll be honest, we were hoping for much better results tonight with the Fastenal Chevrolet,” Newman said. “We had a promising night going early on, and we were able to lead a few laps, but after we ran out of fuel that put us behind the eight ball a little bit. We rebounded from that only to get into the wall off turn two late in the race. It made for a long night, but we were able to bring the car home in one piece. I’m hoping to give Fastenal a better run at Michigan."