Ryan Newman’s 400th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start didn’t end with the celebration he had hoped. Instead his day ended early with a heavily damaged racecar in the garage as he finished 30th in the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
“We had a real fast racecar, guys,” Newman said as he pulled into the garage. “I’m sorry about how the day ended. That’s not how I wanted our day to end.”
Newman, who started sixth, ran in the top-10 in the Code 3 Associates Chevrolet for most of the day before being involved in an accident on lap 181. Newman ran into the back of Kyle Busch, which turned Busch’s car. The contact also turned Newman, who was then hit by Sam Hornish Jr.
Newman spun through the infield grass, which caused extensive damage to the No. 39 Code 3 Associates Chevrolet, especially to the front end.
The damaged car underwent lengthy repairs in the garage as the crew cut off damaged sheet metal and replaced a broken radiator, among other wor...