Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ryan Newman shares his thoughts on being put in The Chase.

Newman hopes to be in victory lane
at least once in The Chase. 
Imagine getting that call. You're a lame duck driver, who missed The Chase (best Maxwell Smart voice) by that much. Then on Monday, hey good news buddy, NASCAR puts you in, 'cause ya know what? The other guys cheated.

So how did Flyin' Ryan Newman feel about the latest development? “I was really shocked. I knew they wanted to take a stand. I could tell that because of their announcement Sunday that they were reviewing the situation. After collecting all their data and information, they made a decision, but I didn’t know what that decision was going to be. I don’t know if there is a right or wrong decision, but there is a stand that needed to be taken. I commend them for that. It’s tough for me. It was literally the toughest thing I’ve ever had to go through in racing – to have that (Chase berth) taken away from me, in my eyes. In the end, it’s relieving, but it’s not. It’s just a tough situation. Obviously, the decision is great for me and those are the cards I was dealt. I look forward to the next 10 races and the opportunity to get our Quicken Loans Chevy in victory lane and have a shot at the championship. In the end, I am proud NASCAR took a stand with respect to what went on Saturday night at Richmond. I know it was a tough decision to make. With that being said, myself, Matt Borland (crew chief) and this entire No. 39 team are looking forward to competing for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.” Newman said.

Seems like a "duh" question, but what do they hope to accomplish? “Our goal is to win each and every one of these last 10 races – that doesn’t change. I feel we have the potential to. I want to do it for myself, my team, my sponsors and everybody involved, especially given all of the things we went through and fought through to get back to where we were Saturday night and to be in a position within seven (laps) to go to race our way in. And then, after everything that has transpired the past few days from being out of the Chase to being in the Chase, these guys deserve it. That’s as simple as that.”

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