Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ryan Newman Finishes 37th At Atlanta Due To Engine Problems

Ryan Newman and his #12 Mobile 1 Dodge finished 37th today at Atlanta because of engine troubles.

Newman ran pretty good all day running in just in the top 10 or just out of the top 10. Then on lap 268 Newman brought out the 11th caution of the day when his engine blew.

Here is what Newman had to say about his car and engine -

"We had a good car; just a good car. It was a top ten car. I don’t know if it was a winning car. The Mobil 1 Dodge was competitive at times. We got too loose at the end and dropped a cylinder, then dropped the rest of that cylinder and then she blew up. It was unfortunate. We’re struggling with these engines, [the] engine company has been letting us down a few times but we’ll keep with it and keep going."

Newman fell to 2 spots in the points standings to 16th. Besides the 12 Chasers Newman is behind 13th spot Dale Earnhardt JR, 14th Casey Mears and 15th Greg Biffle.

Other late race excitement included a tire blown on lap 318 of 325 by Jonny Sauter. The blown tire caused debris all over. But that wasn't the half of it.

The restart came on lap 322, 3 to go. When the cars came to the restart line Denny Hamlin was the leader. Hamlin ran out of gas right when it was time to punch it. All the cars started piling up behind him and crashing. This of course brought out a caution.

After that they were down to a green, white checkered restart. On the restart Jimmie Johnson brought them to the green fag. But 1 lap later Dale Earnhardt JR lost his right rear tire. JR spun around and slammed into the wall on his drivers side. In the process he collected Jaime McMurray.

This ended the race with Jimmie Johnson as the leader.

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