Last year’s race at Martinsville marked a memorable finish with Ryan Newman picking up the victory.
“We never give up in any situation,” he said of that race. “That was just one good example. But we had known that in the past we had had a good car there, so we kind of went with the same setup and same package, and the car was good.”
For Newman and team, it marked the end of a hard-fought day after having to come back from being a lap down earlier in the race due to a pit road speeding penalty.
“I didn’t think I could get busted for speeding on pit road because of the way the timing lines were, and I did, so that was my mistake,” he commented. “But to fight back the way we did, we made the car better throughout the race, and it was just great teamwork.”
On the final pit stop, Newman took two tires while Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson didn’t take any tires.
“With a couple laps to go, basically they put themselves in position to be up front but were vulnerable because they didn’t hav