Ryan’s Race to the Chase: Hope For The Warriors
August 30, 2013, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
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It’s been a high-profile eventful couple of weeks for Ryan Newman, who, despite crashing during Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, finds himself in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth with two races remaining in the Race to the Chase.
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As he attempts to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Newman spends time supporting Oral-B’s “Built in the USA” campaign, which benefits Hope For The Warriors, a national non-profit organization that helps post-September 11, 2001 service members and their families who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, fans can visit the Oral-B display on the midway for giveaways and games and to help celebrate the success stories Hope For The Warriors has enjoyed in reintegrating service members in the national workforce. Labor Day weekend in Atlanta is the third stop on Oral-B’s “Built in the USA” tour, which includes visiting race cities with Newman during key American holidays – Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
While things are looking up for Newman’s Chase chances, he is the first to concede it feels like anything goes heading into these final two races -- Sunday night in Atlanta and next Saturday in Richmond -- leading into the Chase.
Newman is currently 15th in the Sprint Cup standings, 26 points behind Joey Logano in 10th for the final guaranteed position. With a win earlier this month in the Brickyard 400, Newman currently holds the second Wild Card position.
A pole in the No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet this weekend would be his eighth -- breaking the track record of his mentor, Buddy Baker.
Here’s what Newman has to say about the “crazy” Race to the Chase, Oral-B’s “Built in the USA” campaign and his chances at making history on the Atlanta Motor Speedway high banks this weekend:
*On the back-and-forth of the points standings, even during a race:
“When I’m driving the race car, I don’t know [exactly] where I’m at and where everybody else is at, but you do have an idea. I knew when Kurt (Busch) had that problem (at Bristol), it probably took him out of the top-10 at that point. [Brad] Keselowski got caught up in the same accident that [Martin] Truex Jr. and I did. I got my car fixed enough to finish the race, which gained us points on Truex. But I was surprised to be in a Wild Card position at the end of it.
*On the Race to the Chase in general and his opportunity to race into a guaranteed top-10 spot by Richmond next week:
“It’s just super tight. It’s the craziest, tightest Chase race I’ve ever seen.
“We could be top-10 in points. We could have two wins. If Tony Stewart came out of retirement, there’s a chance he could still have a Wild Card (laughing). It’s just crazy how it’s changing every week. [Dale Earnhardt] Junior could have two bad races, anything could happen.
“Who would think I’d finish 21st [at Bristol] and come out with the Wild Card. That was due to Keselowski’s bad luck, Logano’s good luck and obviously Kurt’s situation.
*On his outlook for Atlanta:
“You want to survive, but you look forward to the opportunities of setting records and making the Chase -- those types of things. Even with bad luck, we’re still in the position to be in the Chase. You just never know how it’s going to all turn out. We want to do our best as always.’’
*On being involved with Oral-B’s initiative to help the Hope For The Warriors organization and it’s $100,000 pledge to help the group assist U.S. service members transition to the workforce:
“When I was sponsored by the U.S. Army it made me appreciate what all our soldiers do in all branches. Being part of the Army team I was still interacting with other soldiers. With Oral-B’s program with the Hope For The Warriors, from their standpoint, they support service men and women, not just military members and their families, it’s police officers, firemen and their help to get people employed post-9/11. It’s easy for me to give notoriety to these people through this non-profit to raise awareness and help give back to these soldiers and people that have given so much to our country.”
*On Oral-B’s commitment to bring awareness to the Hope for the Warriors group:
“I’m thrilled to be a part of Oral-B and their donation of $100,000 to Hope For The Warriors. They’re speaking volumes about their support, and for me, I’m just kind of the face behind the representation. Obviously I believe in Oral-B and am proud of their campaign. It’s nice to be able to piece all those things together and make a difference for people who have made a difference for us.
“You know how patriotic NASCAR is, and I want to be able to give back and help and make a difference. It’s nice to have a sponsor that wants to tie it all together.”