Newman’s Indy win important for 2014 prospects

Ryan Newman celebrates at Indy

Ryan Newman celebrates at Indy

They say timing is everything and that applies to NASCAR driver Ryan Newman who just weeks ago was told he was out of a ride for 2014 with Stewart-Haas, today he did his job prospects a world of good with victory at the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Victory at the Brickyard came after he scored pole position and took advantage of an uncharacteristic glitch on pit road for Jimmie Johnson. Newman took the advantage in a long cycle of late green-flag pit stops and held on to win.

It was a sweet homecoming for the Indiana native, as it was Newman’s first victory at the famed speedway, 17th in his career and first time since April 2012 at Martinsville.

“Starting on the pole and winning the race — just an awesome day for us,” said Newman.

“This is a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to push my lips on those bricks. I don’t realize it yet. It’s a dream come true. It’ll take a week or so for this to set in.”

As for showing he still has what it takes in the top level of NASCAR and his push to stay with a top level team.

“Obviously, it helps,” Newman said. “The emotions have been an absolute roller coaster — no doubt. I got fired a couple of weeks ago and come back here and win the pole and win the race, and it’s all because of hard effort. These guys (his team) are behind me, and I’m behind them.”

Johnson finished with Kasey Kahne coming home third.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose brought his Ford home in 16th.

The final laps of the race

Newman and his team kiss the bricks

 

RESULTS: Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

POS 

Driver 

Car # 

MFG 

Start 

Laps 

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points/Bonus

1

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 1 160 45 Running 47/4

2

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 2 160 73 Running 44/2

3

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 7 160 0 Running 41/0

4

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 5 160 0 Running 40/0

5

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 13 160 0 Running 39/0

6

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 15 160 0 Running 38/0

7

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 9 160 11 Running 38/1

8

Joey Logano 22 Ford 11 160 11 Running 37/1

9

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 8 160 1 Running 36/1

10

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 19 160 0 Running 34/0

11

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 38 160 0 Running 33/0

12

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 23 160 1 Running 33/1

13

Carl Edwards 99 Ford 3 160 1 Running 32/1

14

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 6 160 0 Running 30/0

15

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 18 160 5 Running 30/1

16

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 10 160 0 Running 28/0

17

Aric Almirola 43 Ford 21 160 0 Running 27/0

18

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 4 160 4 Running 27/1

19

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 24 160 2 Running 26/1

20

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 17 160 1 Running 25/1

21

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 12 160 5 Running 24/1

22

AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 14 160 0 Running 22/0

23

Mark Martin 55 Toyota 26 160 0 Running 21/0

24

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 27 159 0 Running 20/0

25

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 25 159 0 Running 19/0

26

Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet 20 159 0 Running 0/0

27

Casey Mears 13 Ford 30 159 0 Running 17/0

28

Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 28 159 0 Running 0/0

29

David Reutimann 83 Toyota 31 158 0 Running 15/0

30

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 33 158 0 Running 14/0

31

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 22 158 0 Running 13/0

32

Michael McDowell 98 Ford 35 157 0 Running 12/0

33

Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet 29 157 0 Running 0/0

34

David Ragan 34 Ford 36 157 0 Running 10/0

35

David Gilliland 38 Ford 42 157 0 Running 9/0

36

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 34 157 0 Running 8/0

37

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 41 156 0 Running 7/0

38

Josh Wise 35 Ford 32 156 0 Running 0/0

39

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 39 156 0 Running 5/0

40

David Stremme 30 Toyota 37 151 0 Running 4/0

41

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 40 146 0 Running 0/0

42

Timmy Hill 32 Ford 43 121 0 Running 2/0

43

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 16 110 0 Running 1/0

 

STANDINGS 

Rank

Driver

Points

Behind

Wins

Starts

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 740 0 4 20 9 14 0

2

Clint Bowyer 665 75 0 20 7 11 1

3

Carl Edwards 655 85 1 20 6 10 0

4

Kevin Harvick 648 92 2 20 5 11 2

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr 616 124 0 20 4 11 2

6

Matt Kenseth 615 125 4 20 5 11 3

7

Kyle Busch 610 130 2 20 9 12 3

8

Greg Biffle 565 175 1 20 3 7 0

9

Kasey Kahne 564 176 1 20 6 8 3

10

Jeff Gordon 559 181 0 20 4 8 5

11

Tony Stewart 558 182 1 20 5 7 0

12

Martin Truex Jr 554 186 1 20 4 8 2

13

Brad Keselowski 553 187 0 20 6 9 1

14

Kurt Busch 546 194 0 20 4 8 2

15

Jamie McMurray 537 203 0 20 1 5 0

16

Ryan Newman 534 206 1 20 3 9 5

17

Aric Almirola 529 211 0 20 1 5 3

18

Joey Logano 524 216 0 20 5 9 2

19

Paul Menard 520 220 0 20 0 4 1

20

Jeff Burton 499 241 0 20 2 4 1

21

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 495 245 0 20 0 0 0

22

Marcos Ambrose 468 272 0 20 0 3 1

23

Juan Pablo Montoya 460 280 0 20 2 4 0

24

Casey Mears 420 320 0 20 0 1 2

25

Denny Hamlin 388 352 0 16 3 4 4

26

Danica Patrick 364 376 0 20 0 1 3

27

David Gilliland 363 377 0 20 1 1 3

28

David Ragan 352 388 1 20 1 1 3

29

Mark Martin 335 405 0 14 1 4 1

30

Bobby Labonte 303 437 0 19 0 0 4

31

David Reutimann 294 446 0 20 0 0 4

32

Dave Blaney 290 450 0 19 0 0 4

33

J.J. Yeley 277 463 0 20 0 1 6

34

David Stremme 271 469 0 19 0 0 3

35

Travis Kvapil 253 487 0 20 0 0 7

36

AJ Allmendinger 233 507 0 10 0 0 1

37

Michael McDowell 105 635 0 18 0 1 15

38

Michael Waltrip 102 638 0 3 2 2 0

39

Scott Speed 91 649 0 9 0 1 6

40

Timmy Hill 82 658 0 9 0 0 1

41

Terry Labonte 77 663 0 4 0 0 1

42

Ken Schrader 68 672 0 6 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 26 714 0 1 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 22 718 0 1 0 0 0

45

Justin Marks 14 726 0 1 0 0 0

46

Scott Riggs 10 730 0 6 0 0 6

47

Victor Gonzalez Jr 7 733 0 1 0 0 0

48

Tomy Drissi 6 734 0 1 0 0 0

49

Brian Keselowski 4 736 0 1 0 0 1

50

Alex Kennedy 4 736 0 1 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 737 0 1 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 739 0 1 0 0 1

53

Brian Vickers 0 740 1 8 1 3 2

54

Regan Smith 0 740 0 6 0 2 0

55

Austin Dillon 0 740 0 7 0 0 0

56

Trevor Bayne 0 740 0 8 0 0 1

57

Josh Wise 0 740 0 20 0 0 5

58

Landon Cassill 0 740 0 17 0 0 5

59

Joe Nemechek 0 740 0 18 0 0 6

60

Sam Hornish Jr 0 740 0 1 0 0 1

61

Paulie Harraka 0 740 0 1 0 0 0

62

Elliott Sadler 0 740 0 1 0 0 1

63

Mike Bliss 0 740 0 11 0 0 11

64

Morgan Shepherd 0 740 0 1 0 0 1

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