With his teammate and boss Tony Stewart winning the championship last season, expectations for Ryan Newman are going up. Without a doubt, the pressure is on Ryan Newman to step up and be a real championship contender.
Newman did what a champion is suppose to do last Sunday. He took advantage of a situation to steal a win.
The driver of the No. 39 fought back from being a lap down in Martinsville to taking the lead and ultimately the win on a green-white-checkered finish that got a little crazy, to say the least.
Newman talked about the wild finish during a NASCAR teleconference with the media on Wednesday:
“Well, I knew that the front two didn't have tires, and there was a better chance of them spinning their tires than us, at least with two tires. My intention was to get a run on Clint, which I did, then having the entirety of him blocking me and getting down and getting a run on the 24 (Jeff Gordon), because I couldn't see that. Once he did, I just kind of backed off, and I gave him, I guess, enough courage to try to stick his nose up in there. It didn't work for him, and it worked for us. So that was just the sum of it.”
Newman now sits eighth in points and is building momentum for the rest of the season.
With the week off for the Easter holiday, Newman will get some rest and focus on the next stop on the Sprint Cup Series schedule, Texas Motor Speedway. With that in mind, I asked Ryan if he felt that a good day in Texas is important to build with the amount of mile and a half tracks on the schedule.
“I look forward to it because of that. Stewart was strong in Vegas. We finished fourth. Stewart won last fall. So there are a lot of things that we have going for us. Doesn't mean we're going to be the team to beat or organization to beat when we go down there. We'll have to stay focused and get our job done. I look forward to it, like I said. But each and every race, I feel the same way about. We have to go do the exact same thing.”
Newman is taking a real focused attitude to every track and knows that every race is important. He knows it will take more than one win to win a championship. He knows he still has to out-perform his boss to be a championship contender.
Hugo Olguin is a Contributor for Sports-at-Work.com. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.