I was gonna ignore this thread (& the BS I read about Ryan), but in the end decided to correct my fellow Ryan fans.
1st off Ryan was running 5th when he had to pit while the field was going green.
Tony also had a penalty but started with the field, so he was able to start passing cars right away.
Ryan was p30 & well over a half a lap down. He still managed to work his way up to p21 I think & also managed to stay about a half a lap down. because his stats for passing wasnt the same doesnt mean he was driving laid back. Then near the end Tony pitted the lap that the yellow came out so not only did he not have to pit when everyone else did under yellow, but everyone else slowed down while he was coming out of the pits so no one passed him being in the pits. (how he got to p2)
Now 7 laps earlier on Ryans radio they told him he would come in that same lap Tony did. However they had him go one lap more which caught him on the race track when the yellow came out or else Ryan would have been up inside the top 5 after everyone pitted during the yellow. Ryan never had any luck as to when the yellows fell, during the whole race. Ryan then went from p19 (instead of being in the top 5 if he pitted a lap earlier) & drove all the way up to p11. (really sounds like he was just taking it easy huh) On the final restart where he got hung up behind Jr & fell back to p14 on the restart, looked like he would be stuck there, with his spotter warning of oil was all over the race track.
Of course we all know the last lap Gordon spun & ryan passed 2 other cars going three wide after the final turn to pick up three positions. yep! He drove all nice & comfy & was laid back.
Stats my friends never tell the whole story. BTW when he was a half a lap down before he ran down 9 other cars, all his team was doing was telling him to dig & what a good job he was doing rattling off lap times for him. His only response was from time to time, he wanted to know what the leaders lap times were. he was trying to match the leaders lap times. Not to bad for a driver just laying back I think.
But hey....... The stats say he has no fire in the cockpit.
Just thought I would post this, in case if anyone was interested what really happened during the race.
Its funny. I am usually the one that is considered the glum one when it comes to the 39 team LOL