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Norman Newman Puts Together Memorable Rookie Campaign

Scoring a pair of heat victories, Norman Newman showed speed in his Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd rookie campaign.

“We had a good season,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We didn’t achieve all of our goals but we came very close – coming into this series with zero knowledge or experience, running close to the front each week and a pair of heat wins along with winning the John Harper Hard Charger Award. I was very lucky to have Brian MacDonald, Hawn Motorsports Team, my Dad & Girlfriend to help me out each week. Also some of my fellow drivers were more then a great help to me this season. Thank you.”

Looking on his season that led to ranking fifth in the year-end standings, he notes the pair of heat wins are “definitely up there” for memorable moments, but also “starting my first feature at Jukasa (Motor Speedway) and finishing fifth was for sure the top of my favorite moments.”

With six top-five’s and 10 top-10’s, Newman has been looking for ways to improve as he heads into the 2020 campaign.

“We’ve been making a lot of changes to the car to make adjustments easier for us at the track,” he commented. “I’ve been going over a lot of our videos and notes to figure out how we can get rid of our weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”

With eyes set on being competitive each week in the season ahead, he feels his team will be stronger right out of the box at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity due to what they were able to learn this year.

“I really like the schedule this year,” he added. “I’ve picked a couple tracks to really focus on getting better at.”

Although the year begins at Sunset, the second date on the calendar at Jukasa Motor Speedway is circled for the No. 11 Newman Motorsports team.

“I can’t wait to get back to Jukasa,” he commented. “After the experience I’ve gained after last season, I think we’ll be able to run up front. I’m also excited for our two stops at Sauble (Speedway) as it’s close to home for all of my friends, family and sponsors.”

The competition will certainly be tough, with a couple new faces joining the fray. To the rookies of 2020, Newman keeps his advice simple for you.

“Don’t get on OSCAAR’s bad side.”

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