News: Newman finishes 12th in NASCAR season Finale
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Scott Turner
FORT KNOX, Ky. – U.S. Army NASCAR driver Ryan Newman posted a 12th-place finish in Sunday's Sprint Cup season finale, which was red-flagged twice for rain at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
While Newman ran a steady and solid race in his No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, all eyes were on his teammate and U.S. Army team owner Tony Stewart, who won the event and captured the Sprint Cup season championship in his No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet.
Stewart and race runner-up Carl Edwards tied in final points (2403), but with five wins in the 10 Chase playoff races, the tiebreaker went to Stewart. The championship was the third for Stewart, who also won season titles in 2002 and 2005.
Newman finished 10th in driver points, his sixth career top-10 season points finish.
After a short off-season, the U.S. Army NASCAR and NHRA Racing teams kick off the 2012 campaign in February with the NHRA Winternationals slated for Feb. 12 and NASCAR's Daytona 500, Feb. 26.