At the start of this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, not very many folks were giving Ryan Newman a chance to truly contend for a championship.
But he and the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team – led by his crew chief, Luke Lambert – have managed to improve enough to put themselves second on the Chase Grid going into Sunday’s middle race for the Eliminator Round at Texas Motor Speedway.
The last step would be to somehow win either at Texas or at Phoenix over the next two weeks to put themselves into the Championship Race at Homestead.
But while that is a goal they want to achieve, they also are cognizant of how far regular front-running has taken them this post-season.
“I feel like that’s been one of our strengths this year – our consistent performance at all different styles of race tracks,” Lambert told NASCAR AMERICA’s Jason Weigandt today at RCR headquarters. “Our mile-and-a-half, high-banked program’s been good, but so’s our flat-track and short-track program.
“I think that’s one thing that has played into our hands. We can show up and run well at any style of track, and these next two tracks coming up for us are some of our best.”
For more of Lambert’s interview, check out the clip above.