Mention last spring’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway to Ryan Newman and you’ll surely get to see one of his sly grins.
His victory in last year’s STP® Gas Booster™ 500 was big for him for several reasons. It snapped a long losing streak. It was his first Martinsville win. He managed to avoid the late-race shenanigans that created overtime work for wreckers. And he did with a car that didn’t stand a chance of winning most of the day; in fact at one point he was lap down after a pit-road speeding penalty.
And last year’s results have him feeling pretty good coming into the STP® Gas Booster™ 500 on April 7. “We were way off early in the race, we weren’t a winning car,” Newman said recently, recalling his only win in the 2012 season. “But once we got our lap back, we were good.”
He got the chance to prove just how good his car was after a caution came out on lap 497. On the restart on lap 504 Clint Bowyer took Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon three-wide in the first turn