Ryan Newman snapped a playoff drought for Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 in his first season driving for the team in 2019.
Newman became the first driver to put the team’s flagship No. 6 Ford in the postseason since NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin accomplished the feat in 2006. Newman finished 15th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings after capturing three top fives and 14 top-10 finishes.
"I’m proud of the guys," Newman said. "We made a lot of progress this year. We didn’t end up there in points, but just proud of the overall team effort for sure."
After recording nine top 10s in the regular season, Newman entered the playoffs as the 16th seed by a margin of four points over Daniel Suarez. He started the playoffs strong with finishes of 10th and fifth, respectively, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway. However, a late-race penalty at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval eliminated his chances of advancing to the Round of 12. Newman was one point ahead of the cutoff on Lap 106, but was assessed a 30-second penalty after failing to perform a stop-and-go for missing the chicane.
"I felt like I made a lot of mistakes trying too hard," Newman said after the Charlotte race. "We did not have the race car and that’s what I had to do. I felt like we were in a position at one point and then just kept trying too hard trying to keep the 10 car behind us and missed the curbs. That was unfortunate."
Newman’s best finish of the season came in the 31st race of the season at Talladega Superspeedway when he placed second to Ryan Blaney in the sixth closest finish (0.007 sec.) in NASCAR history.
"I mean, we just came up that little bit short," Newman said after the race. "I don’t know what else to say. I could have pinched him some more. I could have probably took the aero. You can go back and bench race that three weeks from now. It was a good race until the end."
The year ended with Newman scoring a seventh-place finish at Homestead-Miami to give the organization its most top 10s by one driver in one season since Carl Edwards scored 14 in 2014.
"It is a good way to end the season and prove that we were a top-10 car there at the end," Newman said.
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