Friday, August 24, 2007

Ryan Newman's Finish of 28th In Food City 250 Is Misleading

Ryan Nemwan and his #12 Alltel Dodge had a great run in NASCAR's Busch Series race. Newman started 11th in the Food City 250 and ran there or higher for most of the night.

Nemwan last time taking fresh tires was on lap 78 and the team decided to go the rest of the race on those tires. Newman was looking to go 172 laps with out taking tires. And he was getting the job done.

Newman ended up leading quite a few laps. Toward the end Kasey Kane was coming on srong along with Jason Leffler and David Reutimann.

With about 10 or 12 to go Kane caught Nemwan. Kane was on alot newer tires than Newman. Newman was not about to let Kane get by him.

Kane kept trying low while Newman was running high....that's right, running high at Bristol. That was also Kanes preffered line.

Newman and Kane ended up beating and banging and Kane ended up in the wall for a little while but did not back down and got around Nemwan with 7 laps to go when Leffler and Kane had Newman in a sandwich with Kane high and Leffler Low.

As Nemwan was falling back out of that sandwich, he hit Lefflers rear quarter panel cutting his front drivers side tire sending him in the wall.

Great race for Newman, with an unfortunate finish.

I REALLY like seeing Nemwan being a little more aggressive than normal.

After the race, Newman said that he was trying to beat on Kane just enough to help him, but NOT to wreck Kane.

Kane went on to finish with the win.

I think Newman learned alot on the Bristol surface tonight and will be able to take that into the Cup race with him tommorrow night.

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