Saturday, April 14, 2007


When people say the television ratings are down, or there are empty seats at the track. Or people are losing interest and finding other things to do. Well, if ratings and attendance are down, why does NASCAR want to build more tracks? Or why would ESPN, TNT and FOX want to spend the money they spend to cover our sport.

Why would Toyota take on the challenge of being in NASCAR? Why would the other car manufacturers — that maybe aren't making a lot of money — want to continue to be in NASCAR and display their products? Why do sponsors continue to heavily invest in our sport? Why would a major tire company want to build tires for our cars and take heat every week for what happens? Why do XM and Sirius Satellite Radio want a piece of NASCAR? Why do drivers in other series want to be in NASCAR?

Here's a good one. Why do tracks and sponsors sue NASCAR? And why are there dozens of TV and radio shows, newspapers and magazines, all covering our sport every day of the week? If our sport is losing fans and the ratings are down, then why do all of these people invest and want to be a part of NASCAR? Because of the success of NASCAR. It's not because of the things they're doing wrong, but because of the things they're doing right. And they're doing a lot of things right so these companies and individuals want to be part of it.


Ryan Newman Practice 3 For Samsung 500

Ryan Newman and his NASCAR Nextel Cup #12 Alltel Dodge team had a 3rd practice time 187.285 / 28.833 / -0.191

He improved his practice standings on the third practice having the 11th fastest time.

Practice 1 - NASCAR.COM - Newman - 189.573 / 28.485 / -0.126 11th

Practice 2 - NASCAR.COM - Newman - 186.419 / 28.967 / -0.112 33rd

Practice 2 - NASCAR.COM - Newman - 187.285 / 28.833 / -0.191 11th

INTERSTING - looking at the numbers, Newmans slowest time (practice 2) was also the lowest he placed. BUT, he was closer to the leader (time wise) than in his other 2 practices.

Ryan Newman's Practice 2 For The Samsung 500

Ryan Newman and his NASCAR Nextel Cup #12 Alltel Dodge team did not do as well in Practice 2 as they did in the first, short practice.

Newman posted a slower speed of 186.419 mph / 28.967 sec -0.112 behing leader - compared to his first practice speeds of 189.573 / 28.485 / -0.126. This means that he was about 3 mph slower equalling a half of a second.

Newman dropped from being the 11th fastest in practice 1 to 33rd in practice 2.

Practice 1 - NASCAR.COM

Practice 2 - NASCAR.COM

Hopefully Newman and his team were "just holding back". Maybe he was being cautious after Kyle Busch spun and crashed just 5 minutes into practice.

Ryan Newman's Weather Forcast For Sunday's Samsung 500 Looking Better

The weather forcast for Ryan Newman and the NASCAR Nextel Cups Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is looking better for Sunday than it did yesterday.

Accourding to TheWeatherUnderground todays forcast is partly cloudy with a high of only 56 degrees.

Tommorrow the forcast really shapes up for the Samsung 500. Ryan Newman and the #12 Alltel Dodge Team along with the rest of the drivers at the Texas Motor Speedway can expect sunny skies with a high 70 degrees.



Ryan Newman Practice 2 - Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Ryan Newman and NASCAR Nextel Cup #12 Alltel Dodge Team will be practicing in Practice 2 for the Samasung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway today at 11:30 am est.

Catch the practice session on SPEED TV

Ryan Newman - Samsung 500 POLL - Where Will Newman Place?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Due To Storms Ryan Newman To Start 20th In Samsung 500

Practice 1 for the NASCAR's Nextel Cup's Samsung 500 at the Texas motor Speedway was rained out after 29 minutes of practice. Qualifying was also canceled due to severe weather.

Due to the weather NASCAR will base the qualifying on owner points. So Ryan Newman and the Alltel Dodge Team will start 20th in the field for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Newman did good in the little bit of practice that they got here on Friday afternoon....all 29 minutes of it. He posted a speed of 189.573 mph with a time of 28.485. This got him the 11th fastest practice time only -0.126 behind the leader Kyle Busch.

Only the top 5 speeds for the practice broke 190 mph. 1. Kyle Busch 2. Casey Mears 3. David Stremme 4. Tony Stewart 5. Martin Truex Jr.

INTERESTING NOTE - Due to the qualifying order being based on owner points, Michael Waltrip will miss another race. But that might have been the case with out the rain also. Waltrip had the slowest speeds of practice.



Mike Pratt

PRN annouces host lineup for 'Fast Talk' program

It took four current Nextel Cup drivers to replace Benny Parsons.

The Performance Racing Network announced that Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Kyle Petty and Elliott Sadler will rotate as hosts of the Fast Talk radio show heard on Monday nights.

"There was no way we were going to replace Benny Parsons with just one person, so we decided to take the show in a new direction," said Doug Rice, the show's moderator and president of PRN. "I truly think this is going to be the best racing-oriented show on radio today.

"Benny Parsons had been the show's only host since its inception in 1992. All of these drivers are extremely articulate and will offer great insight. They're the ideal lineup to carry on Benny's voice in the sport."

Fast Talk is heard on more than 200 radio stations, as well as on XM Satellite Radio, Mondays at 7 p.m. ET.

Rain cancels Cup series practice at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas - Friday's 90-minute Nextel Cup practice session has been canceled after about 30 minutes because of rain at Texas Motor Speedway.
Qualifying is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. EDT.


Ryan Newmans Qualifying Order

Ryan Newman will be qualifying 2nd for the Samasung 500 at the NASCAR Nextel Cup's Texas Motor Speedway.

Catch it on SPEED TV at 5:00pm est.

Catch Ryan Newman QUALIFYING today on SPEED TV

Ryan Newman and 50 other participants will be qualifying today for the NASCAR Nextel Cup's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Be Sure to catch Newman qualifying at 5:00pm est on SPEED TV.

The next practice will be at 11:30 pm est on SPEED TV tomorrow.

Catch Ryan Newman's Practice Today on SPEED TV

Today will be the first practice for Ryan Newman and the other 50 entry's for the NASCAR Nextel Cups Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Be sure to catch the practice session at 1:30pm est on the SPEED Channel.

Updates later today on practice times!

Mike Pratt

Roger and Out: Penske, despite all he has accomplished in auto racing, has let his NASCAR operations crumble

Friday, April 13, 2007
By Mike Mulhern

What is wrong with Roger Penske's NASCAR operation?

Toyota has the excuse that it's new to the game. But Penske and his men have been in NASCAR since the early 1970s, with some of the biggest names in the sport, and Penske just might be the richest man in NASCAR.

It is one of NASCAR's strangest mysteries: how an internationally successful businessman such as Penske, with his own great racing history stretching back to his days at the wheel in the 1960s, has somehow let his stock-car team founder.

Some of the problems were certainly clear enough during those days of the Rusty Wallace-Ryan Newman wars, when Penske's two drivers got so off track with each other that they even stopped talking, much less comparing trackside notes.

Forget for the moment that Penske still hasn't won a NASCAR championship. And forget for the moment that Wallace, who won the 1989 title during his memorable and incredibly humorous season with irascible Raymond Beadle, never got a second title, despite about 15 years with Penske.

But should the focus of the questions be Penske's drivers, Newman and Kurt Busch, rather than the boss?

Newman, a Purdue-grad engineer, was once quick with the wit and notorious for deflating media egos with cryptic quips that frequently went right over the head of his inquisitors.

It was just 2003 that Newman won eight Cup races and built a reputation as Mr. Friday, for his qualifying prowess. But Matt Borland, his longtime crew chief/engineer, left at the end of last season to join Dale Jarrett at Michael Waltrip's Toyota operation. None other than Ray Evernham had called Borland the crew chief of the future - a highly analytical engineer, more comfortable with computer simulation programs and other high-tech stuff than most most others in NASCAR.

Busch, on the other hand, has never been known for wit and quips, but rather a sort of broken syntax that he will offer - now - in such a way that he has become accepted, or tolerated.
Busch did win the 2004 Nextel Cup championship, with one of the more remarkable late-season rallies in many years.

But as the saying goes, that was then ...
When Busch was an also-ran at Bristol Motor Speedway three weeks ago, a track at which he has done so well in the past, it became time to ask some questions.

Don Miller, who runs Penske's day-to-day operations, said he's not worried about the slump.

"Last year we got behind because we weren't doing any of the 'coil-binding' stuff (using extremely soft springs in the nose), " Miller said. "But we started doing it and got better.

"And if you look at our performance this year, we had the two best cars at Daytona, by far. But they both got wrecked (Busch while battling Tony Stewart for the lead midway).

"Then we went to California and did well, sat on the pole. And we ran OK the next time at Las Vegas.

"But we got wrecked at Atlanta and wrecked at Bristol. But, hey, Ryan was the only guy who passed Stewart at Bristol. I mean. we were running really good, but got wrecked. What are you going to do?

"Yes, Kurt struggled for a while with the new car at Bristol, and he didn't dominate like he used to with the car of yesterday. But there are a lot of guys out here who can't get their arms around the car of tomorrow. It's a different animal.

"And I've gotten to the point where I'm saying 'Stop bitching about what we should have, and start working on what we've got.' Because we're not making the rules - and we have to make that thing work.

"There are 50 cars in this sport, and our two cars are top 10, so that's pretty good indication the program isn't very far off," Miller said. "Some people may say 'What's the matter with them?' But if you look at the facts, there's really not much the matter."

Actually, Busch is 17th and Newman is tied for 19th in the Nextel Cup points standings.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

By the Numbers: Texas

By Jarrod Breeze, NASCAR.COM
April 12, 20070
9:55 AM EDT

Twelve races. Twelve different winners. Texas Motor Speedway is the only track on the Nextel Cup circuit to carry the distinction of never having had a repeat winner. From Jeff Burton in 1997 to Tony Stewart this past October, a different driver had made his way to Victory Lane in the track's short history. more

Interesting Fact
47 - Number of starts at Texas for Rick Hendrick as a team owner. His only victory came courtesy of Terry Labonte in 1999. Hendrick's cumulative 19.2 average finish is his worse at any current track.

Fun Fact4-24-1982 - Date of birth for Kelly Clarkson, recording artist and 2007 NASCAR performer and spokeswoman. Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, home city to Texas Motor Speedway, and grew up in nearby Burleson, Texas.

All the Facts1 - Victories at Texas won from the pole: Kasey Kahne in April 2006.
---2 - Drivers to win their first race at Texas: Jeff Burton (1997); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000).
---2 - Crashes by Greg Biffle at Texas in 2006. Biffle was the only driver to start both TMS races and fail to finish either of them.
---3 - Drivers to finish in the top 10 in both Texas races last year: Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick. Stewart and Harvick each had top-five finishes.
---3 - Consecutive top-10s at Texas for Denny Hamlin, his first three starts there.
---4 - Former winners at Texas with an average finish outside the top 20 there: Greg Biffle (26.2); Kasey Kahne (22.6); Ryan Newman (27.9); Elliott Sadler (23.1).
---7 - Races won at Texas from a top-five starting spot. Nine of the 12 races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
---7 - Wins at Texas by Ford, most of any manufacturer.
---9 - Drivers who have competed in all 12 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip.
---10.5 - Average finish at Texas for Casey Mears, his best at any track. He has four top-10s in six starts.
---12 - Worst finish at Texas by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the eight races he has been running at the finish. Junior has one DNF at TMS.
---12.3 - Average finish at Texas for Martin Truex Jr., who like Denny Hamlin has completed all 1,007 laps in his three starts there.
---14.7 - Average start and average finish for Dale Jarrett in 12 Texas starts.
---120.8 - Driver rating for Tony Stewart in the past four races at Texas, best of any driver.
---453 - Laps led at Texas by Tony Stewart, most of any driver. Stewart led 278 laps there in November 2006, the most for any winner.
---7,253,642 - Purse for the Samsung 500, third-largest of the 36 races on the Nextel Cup schedule. Only the Daytona 500 (in excess of $18 million) and the Allstae 400 at the Brickyard (excess of $9 million) pay out more.

For Complete Story Visit NASCAR.COM

Season in review 2007-04-11



*There have been five different Budweiser Pole winners in 2007: Jeff Gordon (two); David Gilliland, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin (one each).

*Ryan Newman's Budweiser Pole at Atlanta ended a streak of 20 races without a pole - the longest of his career.


Newman, Alltel Team Return To The Basics At Texas

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 11, 2007) – After a four-week hiatus for the Dodge Charger, or the "Car of Yesterday" as some like to call it, in NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup Series, it will return at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Samsung 500.

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge, will pilot his Charger for the first time since March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This will be Newman's eighth start at the 1.5-mile Texas track and his 195th Cup start.

"We did really well at the intermediate tracks at the beginning of the season," Newman said. "We had good runs in California and Las Vegas and won the pole in Atlanta. I'm looking forward to getting back in the car at Texas and seeing what else we can do at these (intermediate) tracks."

TMS has not been too kind to Newman, however. Besides winning the Bud Pole during both Cup races in 2005 and earning a trip to Victory Lane in March 2003, Newman has not had the most memorable races at the Fort Worth, Texas, track. Newman's average start at Texas is 19th. Along with the two Bud Pole awards, Newman has only one other top-five start. His other starts have been 14th and below.

Newman's 2003 TMS win is his only top-10 finish at the intermediate track. His average finish is 27.95 with five finishes of 25th or lower.

After leading 80 laps in three races, Newman has completed 1,978 laps of a possible 2,343, giving Newman an 84.4 percent completion rate.

"Two years ago, we were able to earn both poles at the Texas races and I think we can do that again," Newman continued. "We've got the same car from Atlanta and Las Vegas and we've had time to tweak it. We think it'll be really good this weekend as well. We're looking forward to getting another good finish out of this car despite the fact that we've had our share of trouble at this track in the past."

CUP: NASCAR Midweek Notebook

LOCK & LOAD It’s time to get busy for the NASCAR Nextel Cup teams. After a rare weekend off for Easter, the series kicks it back into high gear Sunday with the running of the Samsung 500 at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. This is a significant race on many levels. First, it begins a stretch of 31 races in 32 weekends, the only remaining off-weekend coming July 21-22. Second, it marks a return to the “old” Nextel Cup car after consecutive Car of Tomorrow races at Bristol and Martinsville.

..........NASCAR says the Nextel Cup field won't have restrictor plates fitted when they take the green flag at Texas on Sunday, but they have two days left to change their minds.


Team notes: Drivers back from time off in time for Texas

Ryan Newman

No. 12 Dodge, Penske Racing

This week: Newman is one of the 12 drivers who have visited victory lane at Texas. His win came in March 2003. It is his only top-10 finish in seven starts at the track although he did win both pole positions in 2005. Newman will be driving the same car he ran at Las Vegas and Atlanta earlier this year. He finished eighth at Vegas and won the pole at Atlanta.

Last week: Newman was 14th at Martinsville.

Etc.: Newman and rookie David Ragan are tied for 19th in the standings after the first six races of the season but are only 98 points out of the top 10.


Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford, Roush Racing) led 219 laps in scoring his lone win at Texas in May 2005. That is his only top-10 finish in six starts at the track. Biffle also won a truck race at the track and has finished second in three of the last four Busch Series events at TMS. ... Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Dodge, Petty Enterprises), who grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, scored four straight top-10 finishes, including three third-place finishes, in the first four races run at TMS. But he has only one top-10 finish in the last seven events there. Labonte will be racing the car he drove to a 10th-place finish last spring. ... Martin Truex Jr. (No. 1 Chevrolet, DEI) has finished in the top 15 in all three Nextel Cup starts at Texas, including an eighth in the spring race a year ago. He will be driving the same car that he drove to a career-best second-place at Homestead last November. ... Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Dodge, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) has finished 13th and 17th in his two Cup starts at Texas. He posted the top speed of the Richmond test last week. ... Tony Raines (No. 96 Chevrolet, Hall of Fame Racing) has a best finish of 19th in three Cup starts at Texas, which came last fall. But he did win the Craftsman Truck Series event at the track in 1998.


Ryan Newman, No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger - Samsung 500 advance

NNCS Notes (Samsun 500):

-Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge, will make his eighth Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway. It will be Newman’s 195th start in the Cup Series.

-Newman has an average start of 19 at TMS and won the Bud Pole for both races in 2005. He has one other top-five start at the 1.5-mile track.

-Newman has one win at the Fort Worth, Texas, track – his only top-10 finish at TMS – in March 2003. His average finish at Texas is 27.85 with five finishes of 25th or below.

-Newman has led three races for a total of 80 laps. He has completed 1,978 laps of a possible 2,343, giving Newman an 84.4 percent completion rate.

-Crew chief Mike Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger team will take chassis PRS-071 to this weekend’s Samsung 500 at TMS. This is the same car Newman drove at Las Vegas and Atlanta earlier this year. Newman earned his first top-10 at Vegas since March 2005 and won the Bud Pole at Atlanta.

-The backup car for Texas is chassis PRS-076. This car has not been at the track this year.

Quick Stats:

Texas Motor Speedway: 7 Races Led/Laps Led: 3/80

Best Starting Position: 1 (Twice) Best Finishing Position: 1 (March 2003)

April 2006 Start: 14 April 2006 Finish: 40


Fort Worth, Texas Texas Motor Speedway

Nextel Cup


Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 5 p.m.); Sunday, race (FOX, 1:30 p.m.).

Track: Texas Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.5 miles, 24 degrees banking).

Race distance: 501 miles, 334 laps.

Last race: Jimmie Johnson withstood teammate Jeff Gordon’s bumping and banging for much of the last 53 laps at Martinsville, Va., and held him off by a front bumper to win for the third time in six NASCAR Nextel Cup races on April 1.

Last year: Kasey Kahne became the 12th different winner in as many Nextel Cup races held at Texas Motor Speedway, yet he still managed a first — by doing it from the pole. Kahne sped way from the field after the final restart with 17 laps to go.

Fast facts: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has jumped from 14th in the standings to fifth over the past three events after finishing a season-best fifth at Martinsville. Earnhardt was once 40th after failing to finish the first two races of the season. ... Texas is one of three tracks where standings leader Jeff Gordon has failed to win. The others are Homestead and Phoenix. ... Hendrick Motorsports is trying to become the first team since Petty Enterprises in 1971 to win five straight races. ... Chevrolets have won five of the first six races this season. Ford has the other victory. ... Tony Stewart won the most recent Texas event on Nov. 5. ... Kurt Busch’s crew chief has taken a leave of absence to be with his wife as she battles cancer. Troy Raker was named interim crew chief for Busch at Penske Racing. He’ll take over for Roy McCauley while he cares for his wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with leukemia in Feb.

Next race: Subway Fresh Fit 500, April 21, Avondale, Ariz.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Extended Weather Forcast For Ryan Newman At Texas Motor Speedway

The weather forcast has not changed much for the Samasung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. According to The Weather Channel, Ryan Newman and the #12 Alltel Dodge Team can still expect sunny skies with only a 10 percent chance of precipitation for the NASCAR Nextel Cup race. They have lowed the high from 69 down to 67......big deal. Great race weather!!

Mike Pratt

FYI: Car of Tomorrow

April 10, 20070
3:06 PM EDT

• Four key aspects of the Car of Tomorrow:
A New Era More Competition Driver Safety Cost Management

• Video: Bodine discusses differences of COTNASCAR's Director of Cost Research and Special Projects, Brett Bodine, explains the differences between the stock car of today and the Car of Tomorrow. Check out all the COT highlights from Bristol.→ Launch video, click here

• Caraviello: Listen to the driversInstead of criticizing drivers when they have complaints, David Caraviello thinks people should listen to what they have to say, or else the consequences could be tragic.→ Complete story, click here

• Q&A: Dale Earnhardt Jr.With more COT testing at Richmond, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's happy with the COT and the more they drive them, the more NASCAR will know what adjustments need to be made.→ Complete story, click here

• NASCAR orders changes for safety foamNASCAR will issue a technical bulletin prior to the next Car of Tomorrow race advising Nextel Cup teams to reconfigure the area around the protective foam on the right side of the vehicle.→ Complete story, click here


Final Martinsville TV ratings off 14.5 percent

Fox's broadcast of the April 1 Goody's Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway earned a final Nielsen Media Research rating of 5.3 and a 13 market share, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reports.
The rating is 14.5 percent lower than the 6.2/15 the race drew in 2006 but 3.9 percent higher than the 5.1/13 of 2005.

The Daily also reported that Fox's broadcast of the March 31 Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville drew a final 1.6/4.


Charting the Chase: At the quarter pole

Penske progress-

Penske Racing South still isn't where it should be. They were better at Martinsville. Quietly, Ryan Newman was very competitive. Kurt Busch ran much better than he did at Bristol, but the No. 2 camp still has an awful lot of work to do.


Alltel working to overcome NASCAR sponsorship limits

This story is a little out dated, but worth noting I think.

It's safe to say that Samira Zebian, Alltel's director of sponsorship marketing, will be pulling for the underdogs in the NCAA Tournament. It's a role she knows well.
As the first-year chief of Alltel's sponsorship on Ryan Newman's No. 12 Dodge, Zebian went into the year knowing her company had limitations because of Sprint Nextel's position as title sponsor on NASCAR's Cup Series.

Rather than butt heads with NASCAR's top partner, she centered a program on an online promotion, television advertising and driver appearances, which has kept Alltel out of the recent quagmire of turf wars over NASCAR exclusivity (Cingular vs. Sprint Nextel and Sunoco vs. Shell).
The "My Circle 500" promotion, which launched last month, already has generated more response than any of Alltel's football- or basketball-themed promotions, Zebian said. Specific numbers weren't available.


Ryan Newman In ABC Reality Show

I am really interested to see how this ABC reality show goes. I am sure it will be interesting. I think it is a good concept. The only problem I have with it is that I think any reality show that involves celebreties is kind of boring and off the wall. Thats me though. Read the story below.

BOSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire / -- Celebrities including Jewel, Tony Hawk, Serena Williams and William Shatner are dreaming of life in the fast lane, as they race to the finish in the new reality show, "Fast Cars & Superstars -- Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race," a 7-episode series to air on ABC prime time beginning Thursday, June 7 (8:00 - 8:30 p।m. ET). Twelve celebrity drivers will partner with the Gillette Young Guns -- six of stock car racing's most talented and popular drivers -- to learn what it takes to win on the race track.


The show will explore the interaction of top young stock car drivers with stars from the world of sports, music and entertainment, featuring drama and competition on and off the race track. In each episode, viewers will watch celebrities train with a Gillette Young Guns driver. The show will culminate in a one-hour finale where the celebrities will be coached from the pits by their Gillette Young Guns instructors, and compete against each other during a time-trial race.
"I jumped at the chance to be involved in the Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race," said actor William Shatner. "It's every American boy's dream to get behind the wheel of a stock car."
"Fast Cars & Superstars -- Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race" will include six half-hour episodes with an hour-long finale. The series will be hosted by ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne and co-hosted by former Cleveland Cavaliers center and current ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty, and was co-created by BBDO and Gillette and produced by Radical Media. Corporate sponsors are Alltel,, Kroger, Lowe's, SAM'S CLUB, The Scott's Company, and Walgreen's.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Texas: Ryan Newman preview

Racing series NASCAR-CUP

Date 2007-04-09


* Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge, will make his eighth Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway. It will be Newman's 195th start in the Cup Series.


* Newman has an average start of 19 at TMS and won the Bud Pole for both races in 2005. He has one other top-five start at the 1.5-mile track.


* Newman has one win at the Fort Worth, Texas, track -- his only top-10 finish at TMS -- in March 2003. His average finish at Texas is 27.85 with five finishes of 25th or below.


* Crew chief Mike Nelson and the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger team will take chassis PRS-071 to this weekend's Samsung 500 at TMS. This is the same car Newman drove at Las Vegas and Atlanta earlier this year. Newman earned his first top-10 at Vegas since March 2005 and won the Bud Pole at Atlanta.


* The backup car for Texas is chassis PRS-076. This car has not been at the track this year.

Newman on Texas Motor Speedway: "We did really well at the intermediate tracks at the beginning of the season. We had good runs in California and Las Vegas and won the pole in Atlanta. I'm looking forward to getting back in the car at Texas and seeing what else we can do at these (intermediate) tracks. Two years ago, we were able to earn both poles at the Texas races and I think we can do that again. We've got the same car from Atlanta and we've had time to tweak it and we think it'll be really good this weekend as well."



-credit: pr


Monday, April 9, 2007

Extened Forcast For Ryan Newman at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Tx -
  Looking at's 10-day forcast, the weather for the NASCAR Nextel Cup's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway should be pretty good.  The Weather Channel is reporting that Ryan Newman and the #12 Alltel Dodge Team should be expecting sunny skies with only a 10% chance of precipitation.  It isn't going to be real hot either with a high for Sunday of 69 degrees.  For now, it looks like Sunday's race weather is looking pretty good.  Lets hope the weather cooperates with the forecast!!
Click here to see for youself, or of course I will keep you updated!
Mike Pratt

Ryan Newman's Texas Nextel Cup Weeks Schedule

Fort Worth, TX -
Well race fans, the Nascars Nextel Cup and Busch Series races are at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Below is the Nextel Cup schedule where you can catch Ryan Newman practicing, qualifiying and racing!

SPEED - 041307 - 1:30 p.m. - Samsung 500 practice

SPEED - 041307 - 5 p.m. - Samsung 500 qualifying

SPEED - 041407 - 11:30 a.m. - Samsung 500 practice

SPEED - 041407 - 1 p.m. - Samsung 500 final practice

FOX - 041507 - 1:30 p.m. - Samsung 500


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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Ryan Newman and Texas Motor Speedway

Well, the next Nextel Cup race is at the Texas Motor Speedway on FOX at 1:30 pm Sunday the 14th of April.

Texas Motor Speedway is located in Forth Worth, Texas. It was completed in 1996 and is a 1.5 Quad-Oval track that seats 159,585. The front stretch is 2,250 ft and the backstretch is 1,330 with 24 degree banking in the turns and 5 degree banking in the straights.

Ryan Newman does not have a great record at Texas Motor Speedway. He has raced here 7 times with 2 poles and 1 win (2003 and he started 3rd). He has 2 40th place finishes and 1 39th finish. Those involved 2 accidents and 1 engine issue. That leaves 3 more races where he placed 25th, 16th and 34th.

Newman has an average finish of 16.9 on intermediate tracks and an average start 7.9. He has 11 wins on intermediate tracks out of 126 races. Out of those he also has 38 top 5's and 54 top 10's.

Newman needs a good finish at Texas. Then maybe he can get his "mo-jo" going for the rest of the season. One bright spot about the team is there pit stops. They have been quick. Last week was some of there slower stops, and they were still fast.

Good luck to Ryan Newman and the #12 Alltel Dodge Team.

Mike Pratt

Ryan Newman listed #4 in Top 5 disappointments of 2007.

The Jackson Sun - Jackson, TN - has listed Penske Racing as #4 out of the Top 5 Disappointments of the year so far. I have to admit that I am not surprised. Ryan Newman (20th) and Kurt Busch (17th) have both really been of the radar this season. I do not follow Kurt Busch that much so I can't say what has been happening with him. But for Newman, well, it has just been bad. Maybe not bad.....but it needs to be a lot better. I have wrote about it a couple of times so check it out.

And just for the record, I am NOT a Kurt or Kyle Busch fan at all. I don't care for them too much.

On a lighter note, the article also talks about the Top 5 Predictions which #5 is that Michael Waltrip WILL make a race.

For the full story, which I have to agree with most of it, read it HERE - This is the ORIGINAL story from the Florida Today website.

Mike Pratt