Newman ran in the middle to the front of the field throughout the NASCAR Nextel Cup race. He led 10 laps and finished fifth, the best performance for his Penske Racing team in 16 races.
And then he questioned the nature of the racing in the car of tomorrow debut at the restrictor-plate track.
"It was crazy," he said. "I think the racing was not very good. I think the racing was disappointing. To see single-file racing and the guy that wins the race is sitting in the back all day just lounging around.
"That's not racing to me. I hope it wasn't what NASCAR intended with this car."
That wasn't, Newman pointed out, a questioning of the car of tomorrow. Instead, he was questioning the intent of the competition.
"I'm not complaining about the car because the old car did relatively the same ting. We gotta do something where we can race a little bit.
"I mean I was driving around with one hand running 15th just riding, on and off the gas. It's not racing. If we're going to do that, why don't we just make it a 100-mile race and we'll tear them all up in the first 50."