Thursday, August 23, 2007

Penske - Ryan Newman at Bristol

-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger, will make his 12th Cup start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will be his 212th career start in the Cup Series.

-- Newman has an average start of 8.7 and an average finish of 21.4. Newman has two Bud Pole Awards at Bristol along with six other top-10 starts. Newman's lowest starting position occurred this spring when he qualified 22nd.

-- Newman has five top-10 finishes at BMS. He has one 22nd-place finish and five of 30th or lower.

-- Newman has led 55 laps in two races at Bristol. He has completed 5,063 laps of a possible 5,504. Newman has a completion rate of 92 percent at the World's Fastest Half Mile in Bristol, Tenn.

-- The primary car for Bristol is chassis PRS-511. It was last used at Martinsville in April when Newman qualified 24th and finished 14th. The backup car is PRS-515. It's the car Newman drove to the pole and then a second-place finish at Dover in June. It was first used at Darlington in May when Newman qualified 29th and finished fourth.

Newman On Bristol: Bristol is always a fun track to race at. You never know what is going to happen can get really lucky and miss all the accidents or you can get caught up in one that ruins your whole day, especially if you have a really good car. We were unable to miss an accident during the spring race and it took a really good car out of the race, but that's the way it goes in Bristol. It's such a crowded track with 43 cars on it that you just never know what's going to happen. I like racing at Bristol and I'm looking forward to running both races there this weekend.

-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, will make his sixth NASCAR Busch Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will be his 36th career start in the Busch Series.

-- Newman has an average start of 4.8 and an average finish of 5.0 at Bristol. Newman earned his first Busch Pole Award last year at this same race. His lowest start at BMS has been 15th. His other three starts include two from third place and one from second.

-- Newman has never finished a Busch race outside of the top 10 at BMS. He earned his only win at Bristol in the Food City 250 in 2005. His only other finish in the top five was a fourth in the spring race earlier this year. Newman's other finishes include an eighth and two sixths.

-- Newman has led 236 laps in three races at Bristol. He has completed every lap possible at the Tennessee track -- 1,302 of 1,302 -- giving him a 100 percent completion rate since he first competed at the track.

-- Newman's primary car for the Food City 250 is PBC-008, which was raced in 2006 by Kurt Busch, but hasn't been used in 2007, Last year, it finished second at Charlotte, sixth at Chicago and third at Dover. It was crashed at the Richmond test earlier this year and recently rebuilt. The backup car is PBC-017, a new car that hasn't been raced or tested.

Newman On Bristol: I enjoy running the Busch races at Bristol. It's going to be very interesting to see what the new surface is like in race conditions. We came up here a couple months ago to test the Busch car, but rain kept us from spending a lot of time here, so I dontt think anyone really got a great feel for what the track is going to be like. I'm excited to get up there and be one of the first drivers to race on the new surface. I don't know what's going to happen with 43 cars on the track, but I think it will definitely be interesting.

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