Ryan Newman was asked Friday by a reporter at Kansas Speedway whether it was hard for NASCAR drivers to stay within the speed limit on public roads in light of Kyle Busch's recent 128 mph speeding ticket.
"No. Not if you're a professional," Newman said. "Just like a hockey player: Is it hard for him not to go fight somebody in a grocery line?"
But Newman, who said he uses a '66 Chevy pickup truck as his "running around" vehicle, acknowledged speeding himself – when circumstances permitted it, he said.
"If you go down the interstate, very rarely do you find somebody doing less than the speed limit," he said. "But it's that level of respect and that level of responsibility of where you fit in. ... But when you're three times the speed limit, that's way past crossing the line."
Curiously, Newman then volunteered that he has driven three times the speed limit on public roads in the past.
"I've gone three times the speed limit," he said, "but in the right place and the right time – when there's no cars around, or people, or roads or anything else."