Stewart Haas racing is on a roll.
And no it wasn't Tony Stewart in victory lane Sunday. But his teammate and driver Ryan Newman.
After Clint Bowyer made a three wide move on Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson for the lead on a green white checkered and failed, Newman took the lead and held off AJ Almendinger to go and win his 16th career race and eighth win in the last 16 races for Stewart Haas racing.
It looked like Hendrick motorsports was going to grab their 200th win with Jeff Gordon leading, Jimmie Johnson second, and Dale Earnhardt Jr third. But after David Reutimann stopped on the race track, a perfect ending for Rick Hendrick and those three drivers were dashed.
But that is racing at Martinsville.
Some will say Clint Bowyer's move was stupid. I disagree. Nine times out of ten any driver would do the same thing.
Plus if you look at the video, Johnson comes down on Gordon as well, not exactly putting Gordon is a good position.
Bowyer did what Newman would have done if Bowyer didn't block. It is two laps to go at a track that if green the race would have been over in 40 seconds. Those criticizing Bowyer clearly don't have the winning desire in them like these race car drivers do, which is why he is racing, and they are not.
As for Reutimann's move. It did change the outcome of the race for sure, but what is all the this hell about? It's not the first time we have seen a car stopped on the race track and caused a caution. Denny Hamlin did this at Richmond in 2008. He had a flat tire.
Reutimann's car broke and he was trying to finish. Some will say well he went to garage and came back out 80 laps down so clearly there was an issue? Kasey Kahne did the same thing and caused a caution too. But double standards since Kasey is in a good ride and a pretty boy. Yes I went there.
Reutimann was being told to stay out. If he had just completed 3 more laps he would have been in the 35th position and tied for 35th in owner points, instead of being one point out of 35th.
But this is all besides the point. Ryan Newman has to be feeling good. His car owner and teammate Tony Stewart has been winning everything in sight lately while Newman has not so much. Perhaps this will lead to more victories for him and his team.
Going into Texas after the break, both drivers have wins there, the roll should continue.