ATLANTA — Finishing what was an impressive Friday for him, Ryan Newman qualified second for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 late Friday evening.
Newman came up just a tad short of topping Kevin Harvick for the Coors Light Pole Award, but will have a front-row starting spot for Sunday’s main event. Last year, Ryan Newman qualified fourth for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta and finished 24th. He is hoping that he can seal the deal on Sunday for what would be his first career Atlanta win.
“I’m just so proud of the guys, it was a good effort to improve on where we were at this point last year. To be competitive and win practice today, it was the first time we had done that in a while,” Newman said. “Harvick just slipped in there and beat us. Either he found something or just got his ultimate lap. The effort that went into the this is big and I feel like we have a good car.”
The 2016 season for Newman was certainly one he would like to forget. He didn’t visit victory lane and only finished inside the top five at Kentucky and Charlotte. He only was able to collect an average finish of 15.7 and missed out on the chance to compete for the championship in the playoffs.
Is a second place qualifying effort in the second race of the season a sign of good things to come?
Newman hopes so.
“To see the emotions on the guys faces in the garage last weekend, it’s something I haven’t seen in a while,” Newman said. “I definitely have confidence when I come here to qualify. We unloaded good and we made the car better. We’re still in the hunt and we made the car better.”
Newman will hope to collect a victory on Sunday, when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the track for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
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