Newman happy to be part of NASCAR’s Chase

Ryan Newman. (Getty Images)
Ryan Newman. (Getty Images)
Ryan Newman. (Getty Images)

Bitter disappointment Saturday night turned to pure joy Monday night for Ryan Newman. Only hours after he had announced that he would be joining Richard Childress Racing in 2013, Newman learned that NASCAR had issued penalties resulting from Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway. When the dust settled, Newman learned that he was now part of the 2013 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.

It all started with a caution with seven laps to go Saturday night that set up a final three lap dash. It not only decided a race winner, Carl Edwards, but sealed the fate of Jeff Gordon and Newman. Both of whom fell short of making the Chase.

The caution was set off by Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer who spun along the frontstretch while Newman was leading. A replay from Bowyer’s in-car camera that included the radio communication from his team of the final laps however showed what can only be termed as suspicious. MORE>>>

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