-- The Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday will be Ryan Newman's 10th Cup series start at the 1-mile track in Avondale, Ariz. It is Newman's 196th start in NASCAR's top series.
-- Newman's average start at PIR is 8.4, while his average finish is 20.4.
-- In nine races, Newman has three consecutive poles – 2002-2004 – and a career-best, second-place finish in November 2004. Newman has six top-10 starts and two top-five finishes.
-- Newman has completed 2,524 laps of a possible 2,811, giving him an 89.7 percent completion rate. He has led three races for 114 laps.
-- Chassis PRS-513 is a new COT car. It was tested earlier this month at Richmond International Raceway. That is the only track time the car has seen.
NBS-- The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday is Ryan Newman's first Busch Series start at the 1-mile track in Avondale, Ariz. It will be Newman's 32nd start in NASCAR's Busch Series.
-- Chassis PBC-014 is a new car and has not been on the track this season.-- The backup car for Phoenix is PBC-007. Newman drove this car to a fourth-place finish at Bristol and Sam Hornish Jr. piloted it to a 25th-place finish in Nashville.
More Newman Remarks On Phoenix: "I like racing at Phoenix. This place, obviously, has a special meaning to me since it is the place where I made by Cup Series debut. I like running the Busch cars and I finally get to do it at Phoenix with Kodak. These guys work hard each week and we always run well, so I think this is going to be a good weekend for this Kodak team."
-- Chassis PRS-509 is the back-up car for Phoenix. This car has been the backup for both of the two previous COT races, but it was not used. This car was also tested at Richmond.
Ryan Newman on Phoenix: "We've done well in qualifying at Phoenix, but we need to translate that into better finishes. We'll be back to the COT cars in Phoenix and this team has been working hard to figure out this new car and how it works. We haven't had bad runs in this car, but we got caught up in an accident at Bristol and we had the spin during qualifying in Martinsville, so we'll be looking to have better runs in Phoenix this weekend."
Tuesday, April 17, 2007