Talladega, Ala – You know what they say, second place is the first loser, or coming home second is like kissing your sister. For Ryan Newman, that’s exactly how he felt after bringing his No. 6 Ford home runner-up in Monday’s rain delayed 1000Bulbs.com 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Newman, received a big push in getting drafting help from Denny Hamlin on the final lap which propelled the Roush/Fenway Racing driver to the lead heading into Turn 3 of the 2.66-mile Alabama oval on the 188th and final lap on Monday.
The drafting help from Hamlin did get Newman’s car loose as he nearly spun while riding on top of the banking through turns 3 and 4. The former USAC driver went back to his old days of holding the throttle wide open while nearly being sideways and held onto the lead coming out of Turn 4.
Unfortunately for him, Ryan Blaney had a big run himself and tried to side draft Newman in the Talladega tri-oval. Also, a big crash occurred behind, but NASCAR didn’t throw the caution.
It was a race to the finish-line, one that ended up being the sixth closes finish in NASCAR history. Newman, was on the wrong end of history.
Blaney, bested Newman by just 0.007-seconds in a thrilling photo finish.
“They spent all of this money on upgrading the track and I should have thrown in more to help them move the finish line to the tri-oval like Daytona,” Newman joked after earning his fourth top 10 finish in his last five Talladega starts. “In all seriousness, there’s nothing more I could have done.”
Newman, nearly ended his 98 race winless streak. His last win was March 19, 2017 at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix.