-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger, will make his 12th Cup start at Richmond International Raceway. It will be his 214th career start in the Cup Series.
-- Newman has an average start of 9.3 and an average finish of 11.1. Newman has one Bud Pole Award at RIR along with six other top-10 starts, including five from the top five.
-- Newman has seven top-10 finishes at Richmond, including one win. Four of his top-10 finishes were inside the top five. He only has one finish outside the top 20 in 11 previous starts.
-- Newman has led 355 laps in seven races at RIR. He has completed 4,275 laps of a possible 4,393 since he made his Cup debut at the 0.75-mile track in 2002. Newman has a completion rate of 97.3 percent at the Northern Virginia track.
-- Raymond VanDerLinden of Springfield, Mo., won the Ink Ryans Ride contest and received VIP treatment at California Speedway during last weeks race weekend. VanDerLinden is a self-taught graphic designer.
-- Crew chief Mike Nelson and the Alltel team are taking chassis PRS-513 to Richmond as their primary car. The car was last raced at New Hampshire International Speedway in July when Newman started 12th and finished 10th. The backup car is PRS-519. It has not been used in a race, but it was tested at Lowes Motor Speedway in May.
Newman On Richmond: Now that were officially out of the Chase hunt, things will still remain the same for me and the Alltel Dodge team. We still have 11 more races to try to get the Alltel Dodge in victory lane. Really, Im still in the same place as I was before. I still try as hard as I can each and every lap, no matter what. Couldnt expect to make up as much as we did, it would have been a miraculous effort in these last two races. Nevertheless, well just keep trying.
-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Kodak Dodge Charger, will make his fourth Busch Series start at Richmond International Raceway and his 38th in the series.
-- All of Newmans starts at RIR have been from the fourth position or higher. Two of his finishes have been in the top 10.
-- Newman led 10 laps in one race at Richmond. He has completed 750 laps of a possible 750, giving him a 100 percent completion rate. Friday night's Busch Series race is the final event for Newman on that circuit this season.
Newman On Richmond: This is our final race in the Busch Series and Id like to go out on a high note and give this team a win before the season is over. Were not racing for points, so were going to do everything we can to grab the checkered flag and have a good race.