After two weeks with results outside the top 10, Ryan Newman climbed back into the top five. He finished third through fifth in three straight races from Las Vegas through Auto Club, but then struggled at Martinsville and Texas.
Ryan Newman and the No. 31 team have decided to appeal again the penalty stemming from a tire doctoring issue at Auto Club Speedway. In their first appeal, heard by a three-man panel, their points’ deduction and monetary fines were reduced but the suspension upheld against crew chief Luke Lambert. Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss will hear their arguments next week.
Ryan Newman and the No. 31 team won part of their appeal stemming from doctoring tires at Auto Club Speedway. Their points’ penalty was reduced from 75 to 50 points and the monetary portion was reduced. That jumped them from 24th in the standings to 20th, according to NBC’s Nate Ryan.
Ryan Newman will drop to the back of the pack to start the Duck Commander 500 and give up his seventh-place on the grid, according to NASCAR.com. He was forced to change an engine.
Ryan Newman entered Martinsville with a four-race, top-10 streak of which the last three events were top-fives. Crash damage dropped him four laps off the pace in the STP 500 and sent him home 27th.
The No. 31 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) has been penalized for rules infractions discovered as a result of NASCAR’s post-event tire audit conducted following the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway.
Ryan Newman posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the STP 500. His top speed was 97.835 mph, which narrowly beat AJ Allmendinger with a 97.679 and Jeff Gordon with a 97.664.
Ryan Newman logged only one top-five lap but it came at the right time. He advanced to that position on the final circuit and scored his third consecutive top-five this season.
Ryan Newman is building some momentum during his Western swing. He finished third last week at Las Vegas and repeated with another third-place finish at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman finished third in the Kobalt 400, which was the second consecutive race on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in which he finished in the top 10.
By finishing 10th in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta, Ryan Newman extended a top-15 streak on this track type to nine consecutive races. His last 13 attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have ended in results of 16th or better.
Ryan Newman will be seeking his third straight Atlanta top-10 this week. He finished fifth in 2013 and was seventh in 2014.
Less than 30 minutes into the second session of practice for qualification and the Duels, NASCAR was forced to throw a red flag for oil from the No. 31 of Ryan Newman.
Ryan Newman gave Dalhart, Texas resident Stephanie Gaines the surprise of a lifetime Saturday afternoon when he arrived at her home driving a brand new Chevy SS that she won through the Quicken Loans "Drive Home a Winner" Sweepstakes.