Missing the Chase has to be aggravating. Ryan Newman's post race comment smacked a little bit of sour grapes, which is understandable. These guys get out of the car, and the mic's are shoved immediately in their faces. Imagine if this happened in baseball. "Hey, Mr. Pitcher, you just gave up a walk off homer, how do you feel?" Or in football : "Tell me, Mr. QB, you threw another pick six, what is wrong out there?" Yet in NASCAR, to the viewers delight, the cameras are right on the spot when the driver's emotions are still raw and possibly unchecked. No doubt the filter was off for Newman Saturday night.
On the live broadcast, Newman said "Now, winning would have changed everything and that last caution definitely hurt us, but we got killed on pit road, there's no doubt about that. Carl and those guys beat us on four tires. The guys that took two were just doing some strategy, but we should have been able to come off pit road first and come off pit road first if we were a championship contending team. We needed a championship contending pit crew, and we didn't have that tonight."
That smell in your nose? Diesel fuel, because the #39 crew is under the bus.