Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ryan Newman Finishes 13th At Watkins Glen

Ryan Newman had a pretty descent day at Watkins Glen for the Centurion Boats at The Glen. Newman finished 13th after spinning twice.

Ryan Newmans first spin brought out caution number 1 on lap 11 when he and David Ragan got tangled up and ended up in the gravel. Newman got out but Ragan was stuck.

The second time Newman spun brought out the 5th caution of the day on lap 63 when Newman and Clint Boyer went around in turn 1. Boyer tried diving under Newman causing them to spin.

Newman started the race in 3rd, fell to as low as 34th and still managed to finish 13th. The spins had alot to do with Newman falling back. At one point Newman and Tony Stewart were battling pretty hard. Newman managed to hold off Stewart at that point.

Newman got some help in the points with the following cars finishing behind Newman.

Dale Earnhardt JR's engine broke during the caution #5, leaving JR with a 42nd place finish.

Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton were taken out when Montoya was pushed into Harvick. Harvick and Montoya spun and were hit by traffic. Then Jeff Burotn ran into Montoya and his car was taken out. Harvick finished 36th and Burton finished 40th.

And to be honest, while those individuals "helped" Newman to get closer to 12th, he really fell even more points behind. He is now 96 points behind 12th place Kurt Busch.

JR is only 4 points behind Nemwan.

I will be breaking down Newman's chase chances later this week.

Who's getting into 12th - After Unoffical Standings after THE GLEN.

1 -- Jeff Gordon 3384
2 -- Denny Hamlin 3040 -344
3 -- Matt Kenseth 2952 -432
4 +1 Tony Stewart 2939 -445
5 +1 Carl Edwards 2824 -560
6 -2 Jeff Burton 2806 -578
7 -- Jimmie Johnson 2789 -595
8 -- Kyle Busch 2757 -627
9 +1 Clint Bowyer 2667 -717
10 -1 Kevin Harvick 2655 -729
11 -- Martin Truex Jr. 2587 -797
12 -- Kurt Busch 2529 -855
13 +1 Ryan Newman 2433 -951
14 -1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2429 -955
15 +1 Greg Biffle 2317 -1067

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