Newman on Dover: ‘It’s going to be a challenge to pass’
CONCORD, N.C. (May 3, 2019) – Earlier this week, NASCAR announced that all three national series will return to single-car qualifying at all oval tracks. It’s a change that Ryan Newman and the No. 6 team welcome.
“I’m proud they made that change,” Newman told SiriusXM’s Claire B. Lang. “I think it’s right for our sport and our fans. It’s a great move to kind of go back to the way we’ve been and I hope it stays that way.”
On top of being better for the fans and the industry as a whole, Newman also believes that going back to single car qualifying showcases more of the cars raw speed on track.
“Single car qualifying is just about the driver, the car with ideal conditions and max downforce,” Newman explained. “You just get out there and go as fast as you can possibly go.”
This weekend the NASCAR Cup Series makes their first trip of the season to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway. Newman and the No. 6 team look to make their fourth consecutive top-10 finish of the season. If he does so, it would mark the best streak for the No. 6 car since NASCAR Hall of Famer and former Roush Fenway driver Mark Martin drove the car back in 2006. Newman is definitely ready for the challenge.
“It’s going to be a challenge to pass,” Newman said. “I think with this aero package and the power that we have it’s going to be a challenge to pass. The cars are going to be as fast if not faster than they’ve ever been at Dover.”
As it relates to Newman’s role in the No. 6 car history, he’s happy to be making some notable progress with the team. But the driver says he still has quite a ways to go.
“I’m proud to be a part of this,” Newman said. “Top-10’s are nice and top-fives are better. But the goal is to win multiple times and make ourselves championship contenders. That’s my personal goal. With this progress that we’ve made I look forward to keeping that ball rolling.”
To hear the full segment, listen below. Be sure to tune into “Jack’s Garage” on “Dialed In” every Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Newman returns to the track this Sunday, May 5th at Dover International Speedway at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.