Ryan Newman Looking for Payback After Carl Edwards Incident at Phoenix?

Hugo OlguinContributor IIIMarch 4, 2012

Ryan Newman crashed after contact with Carl Edwards on lap 256
Ryan Newman crashed after contact with Carl Edwards on lap 256Christian Petersen/Getty Images

After a dismal 21st place finish in the 2011 Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was looking to rebound this Sunday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Newman did not get what he wanted.

For a good portion of the race, Newman was hanging around in the top-20 but never showed any strength.

It took over 200 laps with some pit strategy and working the caution flags that got Newman up into the top-10.  By then, it looked like Newman's team got the car better where he could make some moves.

But he did not last in the top-10 for too long.

On lap 256, Newman was challenged by Carl Edwards for position. Both cars went into turn three when Edwards bobbled and clipped the left rear of Newman's car, sending him into the wall hard.

There was significant damage to the No. 39 Wix Filters Chevrolet that made Newman finishing two laps down and in 21st for the second race in a row.

Newman expressed his frustration after the race according to SB Nation

Newman said, "I'm 99 percent sure Carl Edwards didn't do that on purpose, but I trusted him, Now he can't trust me because there is a lot to be had and lost; we lost a lot today. I don't know how much he lost, but that's not the point."

Newman went on to say, "I don't consider that a deliberate move by any means. (But) we know plenty of times in this sport, what comes around goes around."

Edwards went on to finish 17th after running out of fuel at the end of the race.