But Saturday night, Newman and Bowyer are joined together in another way. Newman missed a victory when Bowyer spun out late, perhaps as part of an elaborate scheme to change the finish of the race at Richmond International Raceway and possibly consequence in Sprint Cup Chase.
Bowyer even joked Wednesday that he called Newman to make sure he still had a ride for hunting trips; an apology is also central call from Hindi. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing drivers.
Still, Bowyer insists his spin in Richmond, which triggers the final caution as Newman led the race, involuntarily.
On Monday, Newman said Bowyer spin “changed everything.” However , once NASCAR punish each car MWR 50 points – that allowed Newman to a spot in the Chase and Martin Truex Jr. moved out – Newman allotted comments his conversation with Bowyer and if he buys his explanation .
Newman accepted Bowyer MEA culpa but still have mixed emotions regarding the turn of events.
“I ‘m happy he made the phone call, and I’ll leave it at that,” said Newman. “I thought it was very professional in her at least call and turned his emotions. I am extremely frustrated by the chain of events as soon as I got out of the racecar, hurt. Saw some rumblings of what is happening. It was more disbelief – and anger – but less frustration disbelief.
“But I am happy that NASCAR stepped up and makes a decision because it is important for the integrity of our sport. Our sport is so different in each stick – and – ball sport out there. I hope that 99.9 percent of they are behind us, but I have bittersweet feelings that my buddy Truex is nothing to chase, and I know he raced his heart out no differently than I did end up in a tie. To have it taken away from him, I know exactly how you feel because I was in position to Saturday night. ”
Although Newman has endured his run- in with NASCAR, he believes the sanctioning body cannot afford to be complacent in this case.
“The financial side of it, the points on the edge of it, you can argue about the numbers until you’re blue in the face,” Newman said. “But in the end, they will make a decision and they stopped it.”
Newman identified him never been in a situation “where the team played out an order form or fashion,” as was the case Saturday night. However, he can appreciate Bowyer is feeling the pressure.
” There are only 43 guys – and a girl – in every Sprint Cup weekend to understand the feelings of what we got through and the situations we go through and the thoughts that go through our minds , ” said Newman . ” That happens to almost everyone.
“I believe that he feels a sense of remorse for what happened and how it worked out. Yet in the end, we all do what we do for a given reason. I had conversations with Clint that was private and it will remain private, but I understand a little bit better that his frustrations. ”
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Moves ahead, Newman would promote NASCAR officials monitoring team radios closer to ward off the possibility of a similar conspiracy in the future, allowing it filed the day of the race and not 48 hours later.
“There are enough people sitting up in the booth – or a booth – who have the power to listen,” said Newman. “The technology is there; been for the last 20 years or however long we have radios inside the car. No question about the potential of what we can do. I think if you are a sanctioning body, you to do that to protect the – . And be closer so you can have instant replay so can officiate a little faster when needed”
Newman believes the best way to put “Spingate” behind him is to win the Sprint Cup championship. Although he had a problem on his last pit stop Saturday, he considered faux pas an isolated incident. And although this is his last season with Stewart – Haas Racing No. . . . 39 Chevy, Newman said he does not feel like a poor man.
“We became one of the strongest cars in a group of maybe three or four for the last six or eight weeks, “he said.” No matter what, we can do it. All of us have a bad pit stop. One of the best teams had a bad stop in Indy, and we were able to beat these guys, and maybe it’s someone create we race for the championship.
“I’ll continue to stand behind my guys and hope they stand behind me.”
Given his recent track record with Bowyer, however, stands behind him may not be the safest place to be given the upcoming hunting trip.
“That threw a small loop on the situation, but I think we are all well,” said Newman. “Hopefully, he is not that great of a shot.”