Newman: 'We've Got a lot of Fight Left in Us'

Ryan Newman

"We have worked really hard for 27 races and we’ve got a lot of fight left in us and just have to go out there and make the best of it." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Consistency is what Ryan Newman is looking for in his quest for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
 
The Richard Childress Racing driver made the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014 on the strength of solid finishes. Despite not winning, Newman had a shot at the title only to come up short.
 
This year Newman qualified for the playoffs with a win at Phoenix earlier in the season. But as he marches through this year’s edition of the championship schedule, Newman is trying to replicate what worked for him three years ago.
 
But with the added wrinkle of stage racing and the points attached to them, Newman says it’s a bit of a complicated formula.
 
“You have to run hard the whole time,” Newman said.  “The way the points work there is just more of a gap now from first to 16th let’s say.  And especially the top 10 with the stage breaks.  You just have to run as hard as you possibly can and get as much as you can the whole time.
 
“At the same time not sacrifice the next stage for the stage that you are in.  The big one is at the end.  So, getting stage points and then costing yourself a bunch of track position for the next stage is not a good plan. 
 
Newman qualified 18th for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He’s had success at the 1.058-mile track in the past and brings confidence into Sunday’s second playoff race.
 
“It’s always a fun race track,” he said. “I guess you never know what the chemistry is going to be when you come back with the race track.  Obviously, with the PJ1 or whatever they call it on the race track, it’s a little bit different than it has been for the last several years, but similar to the spring.”
 
The substance to increase grip Newman speaks of definitely changes as racing goes on.
 
“Yes, yes and yes,” he said.  “You can definitely feel it.  It does change and I think it’s more sensitive to the heat as far as how hot the asphalt gets and how much we spread it, smear it and pick it up and displace it.
 
“But, overall, it’s the same for everybody you just kind of have to search around at times and most importantly if you are trying to pass somebody you have to go where that guy is not never-the-less.  It has a transition to it, but it all depends on the conditions”
 
Newman is in the bottom four of the standings after one playoff race and will have to come from mid-pack to get a good finish and keep his hopes alive. He remains optimistic about a good finish and continued Loudon success on Sunday.
 
“We have worked really hard for 27 races and we’ve got a lot of fight left in us and just have to go out there and make the best of it,” he said.
 
“The first practice wasn’t the greatest, but we’ve still got enough time left to get a good finish come checkered flag on Sunday.”

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