Twice within the final three seasons, Ryan Newman has misplaced the lead within the NASCAR Cup Sequence playoff at Talladega Superspeedway on the ultimate lap to a Group Penske driver.
On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman, simply two races faraway from the spherical of 16 playoff race that eradicated him from NASCAR Cup Sequence championship rivalry, took the white flag within the spherical of 12 playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway forward of Group Penske’s Brad Keselowski in second place.
As Newman, who had led solely three laps up till this level, made his manner across the four-turn, 2.66-mile (four.281-kilometer) high-banked Talladega Superspeedway oval in Lincoln, Alabama for the 188th and remaining time, Keselowski crept nearer.
As the 2 drivers made their manner off flip 4, they had been successfully drag racing each other. Keselowski had extra momentum, nevertheless, and finally took the checkered flag simply zero.210 seconds forward of Newman in second place.
Keselowski ended a 24-race win drought, a prolonged win drought by his requirements, by successful this race, and he locked himself into the spherical of eight of the playoffs on account of it. Newman’s win drought, in the meantime, climbed to 27 races.
The 2019 version of this case performed out practically the identical manner.
Ryan Blaney, one other Group Penske playoff driver looking for his first win in fairly some time, took the white flag, however Newman, utilizing an enormous push from Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin down the again straightaway, took the lead from Blaney in flip three.
Newman, once more simply two races faraway from the spherical of 16 playoff race that eradicated him from championship rivalry, cleared Blaney and had the lead as the 2 drivers got here off of flip 4.
However after the 2 drivers made contact, Blaney finally prevailed by simply zero.007 seconds over Newman, who once more led three laps of the 188-lap race, in second place.
Blaney ended a prolonged 37-race win drought by successful this race, and he locked himself into the spherical of eight of the playoffs on account of it. Newman, nonetheless on the identical win drought he was on two seasons in the past, noticed this win drought climb to 99 races, and in 36 begins at Talladega Superspeedway, he’s nonetheless winless, now with two runner-up finishes.
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Twice within the final three NASCAR Cup Sequence seasons, Ryan Newman has had an opportunity to finish his win drought at Talladega Superspeedway with the checkered flag in sight even after having simply been eradicated from the playoffs, and twice, he has been handed by a Group Penske playoff driver as he has approached that checkered flag.
Will Newman ever win one other race, and can he ever win at Talladega Superspeedway?