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Ryan Newman Earns Top 10 In Playoff Opener: We’re Capable Of More

Death, taxes, and Ryan Newman somehow, someway ending up inside the top 10 when the checkered flag flies.

The 16th-seeded Roush Fenway Racing driver earned his 10th top 10 of the season and in his career at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Sept. 15) in the South Point 400, gaining ground in the playoff standings.

“Had a good Oscar Mayer Ford, just way too loose the whole race,” he said of his evening post-race. “Missed it on the balance. Tightened it up, tightened it up, tightened it up the whole race and never got it tight enough. But congrats to my buddy (Martin) Truex (Jr.), big win for him, a decent run for us so we’ll keep digging.”

The turning point in Newman’s night came under caution following stage two, when crew chief Scott Graves opted to put two tires on the No. 6, gaining 13 spots on pit road and more importantly, track position.

“I thought it was a good call,” Newman said. “We needed to get track position and we needed to get our car tightened up. And the best way to do that is to get some clean air on it.”

“It’s good finish, proud of the progress we’ve made, just know that we’re capable of more. Need to get the car balanced right, get a little more speed in it and we’ll be better yet. A 10th-place position isn’t anything to hang your hat on, but it is better than we’ve been most of the intermediate tracks this year. Proud of the progress we’ve made.”

Newman unofficially leaves LVMS 13th in the standings, six points behind the final transfer spot (held by Aric Almirola). As multiple playoff drivers encountered trouble, Newman’s ability to stay out of trouble and run his own race is something he knows will be paramount moving forward.

“You gotta do that in every round, especially when you’re at a points disadvantage like we are,” he said. “I’m proud of what we did, but I need to be prouder.”

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Davey is in his fifth season with Frontstretch and currently serves as a multimedia editor and reporter. He authors the "NASCAR Mailbox" column, spearheads the site's video content and hosts the Frontstretch Podcast weekly. He's covered the K&N Pro Series and ARCA extensively for NASCAR.com and currently serves as an associate producer for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and production assistant for NBC Sports Washington. Follow him on Twitter @DaveyCenter.

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….Ah no Ryan. You are not.


Newman reminds me of the tortoise and the hare.


I cannot even think of Aesop’s fables due to the Oscar Mayer Weiner truck they show constantly. The song that won’t get out of my freaking head! ‘Oh I would love to be an Oscar Mayer Weiner, that is what I truly want to be, because if I was an Oscar Mayer Weiner…everybody would be in love with me!’…..As I remember it. YIKES. Don’t get me wrong, they are employing him and many others. Thank YOU OSCAR MAYER!

Fed Up

Keep up the good work Ryan. Lots of fans pulling for you and your team. Your skills are tremendous and hopefully your car will continue to get better!

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