Tag:Ryan Newman
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2011 1:17 pm

Newman, Montoya still feuding

Posted by Pete Pistone

Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya met the media Friday at Darlington and based on their reaction neither is backing down from their perspective regarding the duo's pair of altercations in Richmond last Saturday night:

Ryan Newman Comments

What is your impression of what happened to kind of start what's going on between you guys? 

RYAN NEWMAN:  I'm not really sure.  I know he's a really hard racer, he's really physical.  There's nothing wrong with that as long as you have an amount of respect.  I think the respect went out the window Saturday night at Richmond.  I'm not real sure why. 

I know for a fact that his spotter admitted fault of not even calling me out there on the outside of him there off of turn two.  Why he would go and crash me afterwards is disrespectful. 

Scorecard or not, what happened clear back at his first race at Homestead was nearly an accident.  I was called to the NASCAR trailer after that to be reassured to them that it was an accident.  He physically cut across my nose going into turn one on a restart.  I crashed myself before that, so I don't understand where the scorecard actually is.  It's not like I turned him around.  I spun myself off of turn two at Homestead in whatever year it was. 

I don't know, number one, who is keeping score, and number two, how they're keeping score, and if it really matters. 

Do you feel that issue is over or do you feel you will race Juan differently from here on out?

RYAN NEWMAN:  I don't think once you have an issue it's over in what we do.  Even when you think you're over it with somebody else, it can reflare really quick.  I'm not sure if that was something of what happened at Richmond.  But either way, I'm still not happy about it, let's put it that way.

I spoke with John Darby in the garage at Richmond after your group was huddled into the garage there.  None of them really wanted to say anything.  John said you met with him for a half hour, that you made some valid points.  Do you feel NASCAR understood what you had to say in that meeting?  I asked if they were going to pull the two of you together.  John said, Let's see what happens when we get to Darlington.  Do you feel any progress, that they explained anything back to you, they heard what you had to say? 

RYAN NEWMAN:  I wouldn't say it was progress.  I think there were some explanations done on both sides that opened each other's eyes.  Ultimately, I don't know if there's an answer. 

You know, it was a tough situation that night because of the way everything unfolded.  I thought it was the best thing from my standpoint, because of the things I was told, to go into the hauler and have a discussion first before I addressed the situation in any way possible. 

Some people out there think that's crying and being a little whiner.  But they're not racing anymore. 

Ultimately, I don't know how it's all going to play out.  I don't want to do anything to his team or to my team in a bad way.  Like I said, it was a personal thing, and it will get handled personally. 


Juan Pablo Montoya Comments

Ryan Newman was just in here and I know you guys had what you had last week, now that you've had time to reflect is it pretty much business as usual between you two guys or do you keep one eye open?

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: “No, I think its business as usual. I asked NASCAR yesterday if we should sit down with Ryan before the weekend and I think after this I am going to go talk to them a little bit about it. For me the track is business as usual. We’ve both got to keep running good and get good finishes and move on.”

Can you tell us what you plan to tell Ryan in the meeting today?

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: “That’s why I didn’t do it in the hauler, so none of you guys know.”

Were your actions specifically because of what happened at Richmond or was it a combination? 

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: “It just adds up. It gets to a point where too much is too much and I felt it had to stop, you know what I mean? I could have done it a lot more aggressively and completely knocked him out of the race but that wasn’t really the plan. I just felt he could have given me about an inch and nothing would have happened but over and over and over has been the case. I’ve been wrecked by him a couple of times. I didn’t mind so much that he did it, I minded that at this point we both need the points and I didn’t feel I was being treated fair. Do what I do, what I had to.”

Can you look back at when it first happened, what caused the rift between you two and why it's lingered? Last year in Indy you said some things about the crew chief on the radio that was aired publicly, so you like the fact that what you say on the radio is aired publicly every week?

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: “I’ll tell you the truth, with Newman it’s been since my first Cup race. In my first Cup race the guy that wrecked me was him and after that I’ve been wrecked a couple times more by him. Really never wanted to have a problem with him and it’s just a pain in the ass when you are trying to race smart and the give and take, you let everybody by and then you expect people to do the same. It’s just unnecessary. The other side with the crew chief thing, yeah I think there are things that should be on a private channel or something. It’s tough because in the heat of the moment you will say things you are going to regret and the problem with this sport is everything is public so it’s really hard.”


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Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 3:23 pm

Idle Thoughts: Hot start to the season for some

By Pete Pistone

Since turnabout is fair play, let’s take a look at the flip side of those who have started off 2011 on a disappointing note . Rather than being labeled as one of the season’s early underachievers, this group of drivers have come out of the gate strong and in some cases already exceeded expectations.

The trick now, of course, is to maintain this stellar pace for the next 18 races and find their way into the playoffs by grabbing a spot in the Chase field.

It won’t be easy and we’ve seen some terrific starts over the years go by the wayside when drivers melted down in the heat and pressure of the summer months in the race to the Chase cut-off race in Richmond.

But as the schedule rolls around to Saturday night’s first visit of the season to RIR, these five drivers are in the “so far, so good” category:

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It’s becoming more obvious with each passing week that the resurrection of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sprint Cup career is not just a passing fad but a real trend. These are not one-off solid finishes Junior is putting together in the early season rather a complete reversal of the problems that plagued him over the nearly last three years. The No. 88 team has become one of the most cohesive units in the Cup series and crew chief Steve Letarte deserves a great deal of credit for putting together such a united crew. Earnhardt’s confidence has never been higher and with the equipment at his disposal and the team behind him there’s every reason to believe his long winless drought will end very soon and a run for a title is in the cards.

Kurt Busch

It’s been more of a struggle in recent weeks than it was when he was so dominant during Speedweeks, but Busch has stayed competitive and finds himself inside the Top 5 in the standings after eight races.  That’s not to say there hasn’t been some testy conversation between Busch and crew chief Steve Addington or that the Penske Racing Dodge has been perfect off the hauler every week. But as the lone Dodge team and with only teammate Brad Keselowski , who is off to a tough start, to lean on, Busch and company should be proud of what they’ve done in the early going. However their game needs to step up a notch or two over the next two months to maintain their spot.

Ryan Newman

After missing the Chase a year ago Newman has roared back in 2011 and has given Stewart-Haas Racing something to shout about. His boss and teammate Tony Stewart hasn’t lived up to his expectations but Newman has been consistently fast and found himself in the front of the field to the tune of three Top 5 and four Top 10 finishes. Perhaps the most encouraging sign for Newman has been his performances at a wide variety of track layouts. Whether it’s a superspeedway, short track or an intermediate-sized speedway, Newman’s been a factor in the No. 39 Chevrolet.

Juan Pablo Montoya

The Montoya of 2009 is back and them some this season. The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver put on a clinic two years ago with a perfectly executed plan throughout the regular season to make the Chase. That same strategy is in full swing this year with crew chief Brian Pattie plotting Montoya’s journey through the first 26-race in hopes of securing a playoff spot and then taking the reigns off his driver for a title run. Montoya has not endured the wild swings in performance that plagued him last year and so far engine reliability – and power – has been nearly perfect. He’ll of course challenge for road course wins in Sonoma and Watkins Glen later this summer but don’t be surprised if Montoya’s first oval track victory comes in 2011 as well.

Paul Menard

Those who keep waiting for the wheels to come off Menard’s impressive season might have a long wait ahead. There doesn’t appear to be any reason why Menard and crew chief Slugger Labbe cannot continue generating the performances that have taken them to the 11th spot in the Sprint Cup Series standings heading into Richmond on Saturday night. There have been many outings where Menard was the best of the potent Richard Childress Racing bunch and adding a fourth team to the stable hasn’t seemed to deplete any of the resources from the organization’s overall effort as was feared by some. Put Menard’s name at the top of the list of potential first time winners this season and either through a Top 10 in the standings or a Wild Card, the No. 27 team has a very legitimate shot at making the Chase in its first year of operation.


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Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:54 pm

Audio tracks: Bud Shootout

Listen to the post-race news conferences of the top three finishers of the Bud Shootout.

Kurt Busch post-race news conference (21 minutes)

Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman post-race news conference (20 minutes, 30 seconds)

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