Ryan Newman and the Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Team Show Speed at Richmond Raceway

“Our Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Camaro ZL1 showed a lot of speed in both practices on Friday. It really came to life on long green-flag runs which didn’t work in our favor during qualifying. We were definitely better than 17th and when the race started, we gained four spots despite being extremely loose. After our first service, we lost some ground to handling. After working on the chassis at our next opportunity, we got back up in contention running comfortably in the top 10 and as high as eighth. By lap 250, both RCR cars were in the top 10. Unfortunately, we had a uncontrolled tire on the next stop that cost us a lap. We almost got the break we needed, but I was entering pit road when the caution flew. Quite a few cars were put down a lap so we were racing about eight cars for the free pass. We gained three more spots before the checkered flag waved for a 15th place finish. It’s disappointing. We were a top-10 car like our teammate. We’ll keep bringing fast cars to the track and see what we can get. I can’t wait for the Roval next week.”

– Ryan Newman