The three cars fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing did not have a stellar Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. All three were involved in crashes that left tempers flaring and will fill highlight reels for weeks.
The first victim was Ryan Newman on lap 190. Newman spun along the frontstretch and careened into the wall collecting Jeff Burton. At first the accident appeared to be triggered by a bump from Juan Pablo Montoya. Newman didn’t want to comment after the incident but Newman’s crew chief Tony Gibson later said the problems may have started on the lap prior.
“Well he just said somebody got into the left-rear of him and cut the left-rear tire,” Gibson said. “The lap before that he started getting really loose and then the very next lap, it just turned around on him. So, he didn’t say anything about the No. 42 car (Montoya). I think we were going to spinout no matter what with that left-rear tire. By the time we saw it he has already spun. It’s a shame. We had finally gotten some track position to do something with it and we were a little bit tight, but we thought we’d be okay. It’s just misfortune.” MORE>>>