SPEEDWAY, IN (WFXG) - Homecomings can be an uplifting event for most people. Ryan Newman has to agree as he returned to his Indiana roots at the Brickyard 400 this past weekend.
It's always great to return home and reconnect with family and friends that you haven't seen in a while. It also is a time to return to your roots and can give you a fresh outlook on things. Newman used both to motivate him to a track record run on Saturday and a victory on Sunday afternoon.
"It's special to me because it's Indiana, but it's more special to me because it's the Brickyard," said Newman after capturing his 50th Cup Series career pole on Saturday. "My sister lives out on the west side. My parents still have a house in South Bend. I still have the Indiana roots. It's awesome to get that standing ovation from all the Indiana guys and girls that are here. It does feel like home again in Indiana."
It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for the Indiana native. He has run well this season but hasn't been able to break into the win column until it counted in his home state.
"I knew we had a good car. I just wanted the race to go green all the way at the end," said an elated Newman in Victory Lane. "This is a dream come true for me and I can't wait to get over there and kiss the bricks."
After finding out two weeks ago that he wasn't going to be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, Newman hopes that such a strong run will help in the job search.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," continued Newman on his status for next season. "Obviously this is a good step in publicity for me on the positive side, so we'll see what we can do."
Newman had a dominate car all day on Sunday with his only real competition coming from 4 time Indy winner Jimmie Johnson. When Johnson's team made a mistake on pit road on the final pit stop, Newman jumped out to a 4 second lead which he maintained to the checkered flag for his first win of the season.