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Newman posts best 2009 finish in Martinsville

By admin | March 29, 2009

By Richard Allen


For the second week in a row Ryan Newman scored a solid finish in his #39 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet. Newman charged up through the Top 10 over the last laps of the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 to take 6th place.

Last week in Bristol, Newman had a 7th place result on the high banked half-mile in east Tennessee. He followed that good run with his second consecutive Top 10 on the much flatter half-mile in southern Virginia.

Newman had given himself a better chance to succeed in Bristol by qualifying on the outside of the front row. Along with that starting spot came not only track position but second choice for a pit stall which can be vital on short tracks.

This week, however, Newman had to make quite a charge all throughout the day to get to his final finishing position considering he was relegated to the 27th starting spot due to the rainout of qualifying on Friday. This run was made all the more impressive for the driver and team because they had to start with poor track position and pitted in a less than desirable pit stall.

After the race the Indiana native spread praise among himself and his crew.

“I was in position to make the moves, and I did,” Newman said. “We put ourselves in that position, made the moves and it worked. We’re progressively getting better - each race has been better all year long.”

And, he noted that the future is beginning to look brighter for a team that going into Bristol was flirting with falling out of the Top 35 in the owner point standings.

“We had two Stewart-Hass cars finish in the top 10,” he pointed out. “Hopefully, that’s a sign of things to come.”

Newman moved all the way up to 18th in the standings after Martinsville.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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