Ryan Newman Earns Stage Points and Leads Laps in the Grainger Camaro ZL1 Despite 15th-Place Finish at Michigan International Speedway

“Our No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 had a lot of speed today at Michigan International Speedway. We started off really strong by running in the top 10 for the entire first stage. Through the first few laps, the car was a little tight but it freed up as we got through the stage. Finishing eighth at the end of Stage 1 was big for this team. It’s crucial to get as many points as possible as we approach the Playoffs, which is exactly what we did. However, the second stage proved to be difficult. Less than 15 laps into Stage 2, the right rear brake line broke. We had to come in several times during the stage to fix the issue. The crew worked their tails off to quickly solve the problem and get the car back on the track. During the final stage, we led the race for several laps and took advantage of it until we needed to come in for fuel with 10 laps remaining. Our team fought hard to keep us on the lead lap which resulted in finishing 15th. The Grainger Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was definitely a top-10 car, had it not been for the brake line issue. We’ll gather the troops and regroup as we prepare for the night race at Bristol next weekend.”

– Ryan Newman