Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ryan Newman Atlanta Qualifying Quote

RYAN NEWMAN (No. 12 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)

“The lap felt great. I’m baffled by my time. I know what I felt here in the spring, I know what I felt today and I know what this track is capable of. I just didn’t’ get it. I don’t know what to say. I just hope this car races better than in qualifies. It is a different car from what we had in the spring. We only had it out a couple times this year. I think we’ll still have a decent starting spot but not what we’re expected of here at Atlanta.”

ON THE QUALIFYING RECORD “I don’t focus on it but I’m aware of it and I’d like to beat it. That is what records are made for. It is disappointing from that respect but it’s disappointing from the fact that we didn’t get the pole regardless of any kind of record.”

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ryan Newmans qualifying Results - Pep Boys Auto 500 | Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ryan Newman and his #12 Mobil 1 Dodge Penske Racing team were the 9 fastest in qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500 .

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Qualifying Results
Practice 1 Results

Ryan Newmans Practice #1 Results - Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ryan Newman and his #12 Mobil 1 Dodge Penske Racing team were the 13 fastest in the first practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500 . Newman\'s practice run included a speed of 188.816/29.362 putting him -0.366 behind the fastest of the practice, Kasey Kahne. Practice 1 Results
Qualifying Results

Final Martinsville TV ratings off 9.8 percent

ABC's broadcast of last Sunday's Subway 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway earned a final Nielsen Media Research rating of 3.7, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily reports.

The rating is 9.8 percent lower than the 4.1 NBC earned when it aired the race last year.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Krissie Newman Celebrates Birthday This Weekend At Atlanta Motor Speedway

Krissie Newman will be celebrating her birthday this Sunday at while her husband Ryan Newman races around Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500.

Krissie and Ryan plan on celebrating her birthday by visiting Noah's Ark. Noah's Ark is an animal shelter in Atlanta.

Noah's Ark holds true to it's name by housing some very interesting characters such as tigers, bears and monkeys. And from the pictures on thier website they also house some bears, deer, birds and many other animals.

They also appear to try and get children involved and in 2005 Newman visited Noah's Ark and got to hang out with the kids and animals. Here is a link to a Ryan Newman Foundation article from 2005 when Nemwan Visited. HERE

Here is Noah's Ark information that I found on the Web -

Noah's Ark
712 LG- Griffin Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248-4317
Phone (770) 957-0888

Fax (770) 957-1181


What a great present for Krissie to have Ryan win on Sunday at Atlanta!!!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

THE Ryan Newman Race Preview - Atlanta

Ryan Newman and his Penske Racing #12 Mobil 1 Dodge Team will be racing here at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the Pep Boys Auto 500 .

Atlanta Motor Speedway Quick Facts :
Location - Hampton, GA
completed - 1960
Distance - 1.54 miles
Shape - Quad-oval
Seating - 124,000

According to Bobby Labonte has the Nextel Cup race record at Atlanta with a speed and date of 159.904 - 11/16/97. Geoffrey Bodine has the qualifying record here with a speed and date of 197.478 - 1997.

Ryan Newman's History At Atlanta Motor Speedway
WINS - 0
TOP 5\'s - 1
TOP 10\'s - 4

Ryan Newman's Previous Races at Atlanta
2007 - Kobalt Tools 500 - 1 - 23 - Running
2006 - Golden Corral 500 - 2 - 18 - Running
2006 - Bass Pro Shops 500 - 17 - 30 - Running
2005 - Golden Corral 500 - 1 - 14 - Running
2005 - Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 - 1 - 23 - Running
2004 - Golden Corral 500 - 1 - 5 - Running
2004 - Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 - 1 - 17 - Running
2003 - Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 - 1 - 10 - Running
2003 - Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 - 1 - 29 - Accident
2002 - MBNA America 500 - 2 - 10 - Running
2002 - NAPA 500 - 6 - 10 - Running

All but 1 of Ryan Newman's 12 wins have come from intermediate tracks. Newman has 143 starts at Intermediate tracks with 11 win(s), 41 Top 5(s) and 61 Top 10(s). He also has an average start of 8.4 and an average finish of 17.6.

Ryan Newman and his #12 team will be taking chasis PRS-108 as thier primary chasis. Thier backup chasis is PRS-082

And from here is Ryan Newmans quote on Atlanta Motor Speedway--

Weve been having some really good runs the last few weeks, beginning with Talladega. We did really well at Charlotte until the truck arm broke with two laps to go, but I think weve improved a lot on our intermediate-track program, so were looking forward to Atlanta. Were taking a good car with us. We got the pole back in March and had to replace the engine before the race, so we started in the back and just couldnt get things going from there. Hopefully, well have some better luck this time around.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007



Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger, will have to wait one more week to try and end his 77-race winless streak after a caution during the green-white-checker finish left Newman sitting in second in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Newman, who had qualified 12th for the scheduled 500-lap race, had balance issues for most of the event, but crew chief Michael Nelson had a tire strategy in mind to help Newman at the end.

The Alltel Dodge hovered inside the top 15 until Newman made his first pit stop. Newman told his crew that his car was loose on entry and exit to the corners and it was tight in the center.

Nelson decided to alternate on pit stops between four tires and two tires. The first stop on lap 47 was a two-tire stop in order to get Newman track position. With right-side tires, fuel and one round up on the right-side track bar, Newman gained six spots and restarted eighth on lap 51.

The car's balance remained the same despite the changes, but Newman was able to maintain a top-10 position until his next stop on lap 117.

On the second stop, Nelson called for four tires and fuel with no adjustments. Newman came off pit road in 19th after the first 12 cars stayed on the half-mile track and got off sequence with the front-runners.

With no changes made to the car on the second stop, the car became too tight when the field took the green flag again on lap 125.
"We need a pretty big change on the next stop," Newman relayed to his crew.

After falling back to 23rd during the run, Newman was able to climb back to 21st when the sixth of a record 21 caution flags waved on lap 167 when teammate Kurt Busch hit the wall. On his third stop, Nelson gave Newman right-side tires, fuel and four rounds up on the right-side track bar to loosen the car when the field took the green. Newman gained nine positions with the stop and restarted 12th on lap 173.

However, the Alltel Dodge was still too tight and Newman was falling back, although the constant cautions were helping him stay inside the top 15.

Newman was running 15th when he finally made it back to pit road on lap 217 for his fourth stop. Nelson had to do something with the car to free it up and decided to work on the wedge as well as the track bar. For his second four-tire stop, Newman received fuel, three rounds up on the right-side track bar and one round of wedge out of the left rear, along with the fresh Goodyear Eagles. Once again, with so many cars staying out or taking two tires only, Newman restarted in 25th due to the longer pit stop.
The car's tightness just didn't seem to go away no matter what changes were made.

"The car is too tight in the center," Newman told his crew. "I cannot pass. I need to roll the center better and (I) need more bite coming off."
When the caution came out again on lap 248, Newman stayed on the track while the front-runners came in for their stops, taking Newman from 24th to 14th for the restart on lap 256.

Newman was able to make his way back into the top 10 on lap 276 and was holding his own when he collided with David Ragan, bringing out the 11th caution flag when Ragan's car turned sideways on the track in turn two. Newman was underneath Ragan and got loose, spinning the rookie.

"Tell David I'm sorry, I didn't mean to turn him," Newman radioed to his spotter. "I just got loose and got into him. I didn't do that on purpose."

Newman would come in for another wedge change on lap 297 and receive right-side tires, fuel and two rounds of wedge in the right rear. Nelson then told Newman that he would only have to make one more stop for fuel.

Newman restarted 13th on lap 301 and almost immediately began heading towards the front. Within nine laps, he was up to seventh and he was the fastest car on the track.
The Alltel Dodge was running in sixth when the 12th caution came out on lap 342 and Newman came in for his final four-tire stop. This time, Nelson called for four tires, fuel and two rounds down on the right-side track bar and got Newman back onto the track in sixth.

After the restart, the car went back to the tight side, but Newman was able to maintain his top-10 position.

The 13th caution flag flew on lap 395 and Nelson brought the Alltel Dodge back down pit road when all of the lead-lap cars pitted. Newman received right-side tires, fuel and 1.5-rounds up on the right-side track bar. The final stop for Newman and the Alltel crew took the Indiana native from seventh to second when the green flag flew with just over 100 laps remaining in the race.

Newman was chasing Jeff Gordon for the lead, but eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson was able to pass Newman on lap 437 for second. When Johnson passed Gordon for the lead, Newman began going after Gordon in second, but with all of the cautions that kept occurring, Newman wasn't getting enough time to pass Gordon.

After the restart on lap 491, Newman finally caught Gordon and on lap 495, Newman took over second. Gordon wasn't too happy with Newman's bump-and-run maneuver to move him out of the way and when another caution period occurred on lap 496, Gordon decided to hit Newman's Alltel Dodge under caution. Gordon was not penalized.
The caution with four laps left brought out a green-white-checkered flag finish. When the green flag waved on lap 505, Newman was able to get a jump on Johnson and got under the car in turns three and four, but Johnson held him off as the field came around to get the white flag. With only one lap remaining, Ragan's car spun and brought out the race's 21st caution, ending the Subway 500 with Newman in second.

"It was a good run for the Alltel Dodge Avenger," Newman said during post-race interviews. "We weren't a very good car yesterday [Saturday] in practice at any point. We made some changes that worked and the guys did a good job. In hindsight, I still wish we had the last lap on the outside of the 48. It was a good run for us. We had a little bump-and-run there with the 24 [Gordon]. That is something that has happened to me in the past, so I didn't feel that bad giving it to him. In the end, it was a good finish for us."

Next weekend, Newman will drive the No. 12 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger in the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. ABC and PRN radio will broadcast the race live beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ryan Newman Finishes 2nd at Martinsville

I did not get to see much of the race. I caught the start and then about the last 55 laps.

The end of the race was of course a green, white checkered run. Jimmie Johnson finished first with Ryan Newman on his back bumper. The green, white checkered was cut short due to another spin. I don't know if Newman could have caught Johnson or not, but he was not giving up.

A couple of laps earlier (and a couple cautions earlier) Jeff Gordon was holding Newman up a little and Newman actually "muscled" his way past Gordon. I wish we could see more determined and "bullish" driving from Newman.

This is from Sun -
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The tussle between Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon started on track but ended on pit road.

And there it will remain, both say.

Newman got up alongside of Gordon on Lap 493 of Sunday’s Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and two fender-banging moves later passed him for second place on Lap 494.

Newman was mounting a challenge for the lead when a caution on the final lap left him with a second-place finish. Gordon ended up third.

Since both finished in the top five, they had to stop their respective cars on pit road for post-race media obligations. After exiting his No. 24 Chevrolet, Gordon made his way over to Newman, who was awaiting a TV interview in front of his car.

“You know why I’m mad,” Gordon said as he approached. He asked Newman if he believed he gave Gordon enough room on the track.

“I know you’re mad, but I want you to know I didn’t do it to you on purpose,” Newman replied. “I gave you the little love tap. You made me drive up (in the gravel) on purpose.”
Said Gordon, “If I made you mad, you’d do the same thing.”

Newman answered, “I know. I know. We’re good. I appreciate you coming over.”

Anyway, congradulations to Ryan Newman and his #12 Penske Racing Alltel Dodge team on their 3rd second place finish of the year.

I am sure Newman wanted victory really bad especially after his dissapointing finish last week at Lowes when it looked like he had the win with a couple of laps to go and blew a tire, ending up in the wall.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Busch, Newman Starting Beside One Another At Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 19, 2007) Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman will start beside one another in Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, as a result of the Penske Racing teammates earning the 11th and 12th starting positions, respectively, in Friday's rain-delayed qualifying session.

Busch, who went out 40th in the 48-driver qualifying order, recorded a lap of 20.068 seconds, 94.359 mph, in his Miller Lite Dodge Avenger. Newman's Alltel Dodge Avenger followed Busch. The Indiana native posted a 20.072-second, 94.340-mph lap, just 0.004 second behind Busch and 0.134 second in arrears to pole winner Jeff Gordon.

Sam Hornish Jr., who was attempting to make his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut in his Mobil 1 Dodge Avenger, was 38th quickest with a lap of 20.347 seconds, 93.065 mph. However, under NASCAR rules, he wasn't quick enough among those required to qualify on time to make it into the field. He was bumped from the grid by former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton.

The rain certainly didnt help with getting practice time, said Hornish, who will attempt to qualify for next weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile track where he competed in a NASCAR Busch Series event earlier this year.

Its tough, but we knew it was going to be tough. That qualifying lap was our own fault. The car was good on the warm-up lap, but it had way too much push on the qualifying lap. Its frustrating, but well keep working at it.

Newman noted he had a "decent starting spot" that hopefully, "will turn into a good day."

"We definitely have a car we can work with tomorrow [Saturday] and Sunday," Newman said. Here you need to be good on long runs and old tires. You can do 150 laps on fuel, but you have to have good tires.

Busch noted he picked up almost five-tenths of a second from practice to qualifying and that was a "nice gain."

"With the weather being such an issue earlier, we were just glad that everything played out as well as it did," Busch said. "We'll be strong here on Sunday and that's what matters most."

Sundays Subway 500 will be televised by ABC and broadcast by MRN Radio beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.

Ryan Newman Qualifying Quote - Marinsville

Ryan Newman (No. 12 alltel Dodge Avenger)

“The car was just a little tight. It was a decent lap it just felt slow. Either way it was a good reference to the fact that it was our first qualifying run. We definitely have a car we can work with tomorrow and Sunday. It will be a decent starting spot that hopefully will turn into a good day.

“Here you need to be good on long runs and old tires. You can do 150 laps on fuel but you have to have good tires.”