I have been up and down on this race team for very obvious reasons and rightfully so! So, when I heard Matt was re-united with Ryan and that Ryan would have a completely new support team plus the brand new Gen. 6 car I was excited. EVERYTHING was new for Ryan Newman in 2013! We all know the horrors of having Tony Gibson as Ryans CC all those years....just look at what he has done for Danica!
After the two back to back DNFS. I couldn't help but feel, here we go again! But as the typical Ryan Newman "roller coaster" MO would have it. He recovers at Bristol with a P7 finish.
Wasn't really sure about how well he would do at this past Sundays race either by seeing the practice numbers? You can bet. If Newmans struggling in practice. There is no magic wand that can be waved over his car for it to gain tons of speed race day! His only prayer is the faster cars wrecking out ahead of him on the speed charts. You know it's true............
But, I was pleasantly surprised to see this new Team #39 put the puzzle together without pulling those previous "desperation" moves like staying out on bald tires and getting smoked on the re-start and all the hand waves of other drivers as they blow by Newman till he reaches his final destination mid pack some where or worse as per usual!
The race itself had all the drama we love about racing. Without the drama. Races can be uneventful and boring. Tony's scuffle was classic and Ryan finishing 10TH made it a good day over all. Newman moved up a little as he is 20TH in points. It's "baby steps" folks but the baby seems to be learning to walk much better as we progress!
P.S.Tony mentioned in his post interview about "little rich kid Logano" heck smoke, that sport if full of little rich kids. I hate that about the sport but it is what it is I guess. Menard's daddy is worth 6 billion or so...geeez!