Ryan Newman: ‘I should have spun myself off Blaney’s nose to win Talladega’

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Ryan Newman: ‘I should have spun myself off Blaney’s nose to win Talladega’

The finish was the sixth-closest in the history of the Alabama superspeedway

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Ryan Blaney takes the checkered flag ahead of Ryan Newman to win the NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500.

There were probably a million different things Ryan Newman conceded that he could have done differently to keep Ryan Blaney behind him on the final lap of Monday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega.

Twenty-seven different things, actually.

But in typical racer fashion, he made the choices he did, and they are what they are.

And he knew it as soon as they crossed the line in a photo finish, one that was ultimately clocked at .007 seconds — the sixth-closest finish in track history.

“I knew he was ahead of me at that point,” he said. “For sure.”