Newman's First Start in Fastenal Chevy Ends Early
Ryan Newman started his first race with JR Motorsports and the Fastenal team in sixth position. A winner at Dover in 2005, Newman patiently settled into the seventh spot with a tight condition, paying additional attention to tire conservation.
Newman brought the No. 5 down pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment under the race's third caution on lap 74. But upon leaving pit road, he was penalized for speeding. As a result, the Fastenal Chevy moved to the tail end of the longest line in 19th place.
On lap 92, Steven Wallace had significantly dropped of the pace with a tire problem. The Fastenal Chevrolet ran up on Wallace so quickly, Newman was forced to swerve around the slower car. He clipped the right rear of the 66 and spun into the outside retaining wall. With minimal damage, Newman brought the No. 5 down pit road for repairs. The Fastenal team quickly repaired the damage and sent Newman back onto the track in 26th place.
Newman’s day then took a turn for the worst when he cut a right rear tire going into turn three on lap 129 and slammed into the wall bringing out the sixth caution of the race. The damage proved significant enough to end the day for the Fastenal team.
“I made my own mistake with the Fastenal Chevrolet and sped down pit road and that put us in the back,” Newman said after making his first of four starts for JR Motorsports at Dover. “I’m not sure what happened with the 66 car and why he checked up going into turn one. But when he did I just had to avoid him and spun the car out into the wall and knocked the body off of it. We were loose the entire run after that.
“I was just trying to hold on and finish the race, but we exploded a right rear tire going down the back straightaway. It still hurts to hit the wall here. But I have to thank everyone at JR Motorsports for the opportunity and Fastenal for being onboard. I look forward to racing with them some more.”