Sunday, July 21, 2024

Ryan Newman repeats in SRX Stafford

After coming up short in last week’s Superstar Racing Experience season opener at Stafford Speedway, Ryan Newman finally broke through for his second SRX win there on Thursday.

Newman had chased down fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin in the first Stafford race, only for lightning to cut short his pursuit. This time, with no weather in play and Hamlin not taking part, Newman battled with another Cup peer in Daniel Suárez and took the lead with five laps remaining. He previously won at Stafford in 2022, making his average SRX finish at the Connecticut circuit an impressive 1.3.

The final restart came with eight to go after Tony Kanaan and Heat #2 winner Brad Keselowski crashed due to brake failures. Kanaan and Ryan Preece, a local star-turned-Cup regular, had been the top drivers throughout the main event before both retired, the latter also losing his brakes.

“We did it two years in a row. I don’t know how much of it was luck and how much of it was skill, but it doesn’t really matter,” said Newman. “The brakes were a challenge tonight.”

While the main saw plenty of brake problems, the two heats’ incidents were predominantly spins and contact. Greg Biffle did not even make it to double-digit laps in Heat #1 after contact with Suárez, while Paul Tracy‘s reign of terror claimed Ken Schrader, who ironically accused his colleagues of a lack of driving conduct following last week’s round.

Stafford hosted back-to-back rounds to begin the 2023 season after Thunder Bowl Speedbowl had to drop off the calendar due to severe flooding.

Race results

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 39 Ryan Newman 80
2 99 Daniel Suárez 80
3 1 Marco Andretti 80
4 52 Ken Schrader 80
5 69 Greg Biffle 80
6 18 Bobby Labonte 80
7 14 Tony Stewart 80
8 5 Hailie Deegan 80
9 36 Kenny Wallace 80
10 6 Brad Keselowski 72
11 3 Paul Tracy 72
12 66 Tony Kanaan 71
13 41 Ryan Preece 65

Heat #1

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 14 Tony Stewart 13
2 3 Paul Tracy 13
3 99 Daniel Suárez 13
4 5 Hailie Deegan 13
5 41 Ryan Preece 13
6 66 Tony Kanaan 13
7 18 Bobby Labonte 13
8 52 Ken Schrader 13
9 1 Marco Andretti 13
10 39 Ryan Newman 13
11 6 Brad Keselowski 13
12 36 Kenny Wallace 13
13 69 Greg Biffle 6

Heat #2

Finish Number Driver Laps
1 6 Brad Keselowski 19
2 41 Ryan Preece 19
3 39 Ryan Newman 19
4 1 Marco Andretti 19
5 66 Tony Kanaan 19
6 52 Ken Schrader 19
7 99 Daniel Suárez 19
8 18 Bobby Labonte 19
9 36 Kenny Wallace 19
10 14 Tony Stewart 19
11 69 Greg Biffle 19
12 3 Paul Tracy 19
13 5 Hailie Deegan 19
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