An ill-handling racecar hampered Ryan Newman for most of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, leading to a 13th-place finish in the non-points event.
Newman battled a tight-handling No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet from the drop of the green flag. When rain midway through the first segment brought out the red flag, contrary to traditional rules, crews were permitted to make adjustments to their racecars before the race resumed some 45 minutes later. Crew chief Matt Borland elected to take four tires and make wedge and shock adjustments in hopes of getting the blue-and-white machine dialed in to Newman’s liking.
The Aspen Dental team decided to come to pit road at the end of the first three 20-lap segments, continuing to make multiple chassis adjustments to help improve the handling of Newman’s racecar. But it seemed those adjustments only made matters worse for Newman, as he continued to struggle with the handling.
Once the field took th...