Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Noting Newman - July 2, 2007

-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, will make his 12th Cup start at Daytona International Speedway. It will be his 206th career start in the Cup Series.

-- Newman has an average start of 22.6 and an average finish of 20.7. Newman has only one start from inside the top 10—a ninth in the 2005 Daytona 500.

-- Newman has two top-10 finishes at Daytona, including a career-best third-place finish in the 2006 Daytona 500. He has four other finishes inside the top 20.

-- Newman has led 27 laps in four races at Daytona. He has completed 93 percent of the laps possible at DIS—1,782 of 1,917—since he made his Cup debut at the track in 2002.

-- The chassis the Alltel team is taking to Daytona as its primary car is PRS-099. This was the car Newman drove in this year's Daytona 500. The car was running in the top three when a crack in the radiator eliminated Newman from the race. The backup car is PRS-065. It was Newman's primary car in this year's Bud Shootout.

Newman On Daytona: "We had a great race going in the 500 back in February and had a top-three car, but we just had problems that took us out of the race. We’ve had really good cars at the superspeedways the last few races. I’m looking forward to driving the old cars at Daytona for the last time. I know the Alltel Dodge team will give me another fast car and hopefully, we’ll have a little better luck this time around and be able to get another top-five finish at Daytona.”

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