Loose Wheel Spoils Day for Ryan Newman and the No. 31 Liberty National Camaro ZL1

“Taking the green flag P22 in our No. 31 Liberty National Camaro ZL1 gave us an opportunity to see how the race would play out early on in the pack up front. As Stage 1 wore on, the Camaro ZL1 become loose in the tri-oval and tight everywhere else. Near the end of that stage, it felt like the left rear was going down but thankfully that didn’t happen. Starting the second stage P12 was key to show the speed we had at the beginning of the race. Unfortunately, a loose wheel on lap 75 forced us to make a green-flag pit stop and put us a couple laps down. Before the final stage, we did a fuel-only pit stop to give us options later in the race. We were in lucky dog position for the final 20 laps and eventually caught a break to put us on the lead lap with two laps remaining. However, in overtime I was caught in a wreck and the car was heavily damaged. I know we were better than where we finished, P25. Sometimes the dominoes just don’t fall your way. We’ll be ready for Kansas next week and hopefully string together some solid runs to close out the year.”

– Ryan Newman