Thursday, November 8, 2007

Ryan Newman's Catfish Recipe

FROM - Leather District Gourmet

Beer Battered Fried Catfish

The Ryan Newman Foundation, which was awarded $10,000 from the Catfish Institute for winning the NASCAR Cook-off, does a lot of great work to help animals. Anyone interested in learning more about catfish can visit The Catfish Institute. To find a restaurant nearby serving catfish, click here.

Ryan Newman's Catfish recipe was one of the first entries in our "Teach a Man to Fish" Sustainble Seafood Event.

Beer Battered Fried Catfish

1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Everglade seasoning, optional
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed

3/4 cup room-temperature beer
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Vegetable oil
1 pound U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish fillets, cut into 3 to 4 inch strips
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, Everglades seasoning (if using), baking powder, paprika, white and red peppers and oregano. If not using Everglade seasoning, add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in beer and egg until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

When ready to cook: In a deep skillet or large pan, pour vegetable oil to the depth of 3 inches; heat to 375°F. Stir batter and fold in catfish. When oil is hot, lift fish strips with tongs, draining excess batter; place catfish in oil several pieces at a time (do not over crowd). Fry until well browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain. Keep warm, repeat with remaining catfish.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Newman’s Team Takes Pit Crew Honors in Texas

Checkers®/Rally’s® Double Drive-Thru Challenge season championship still up for grabs

Ryan Newman’s over-the-wall crew took top honors in Sunday’s Checkers®/Rally’s® Double Drive-Thru Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

The No. 12 Penske Racing crew visited pit road for a total of 306.591 seconds during Sunday’s Nextel Cup event.

"The guys did a great job in the pits today, as they've done for the entire season,” said Newman. “We took a few risks by taking two tires only in order to gain track position and (crew chief) Mike Nelson did a great job making those calls. It helped us lead a few laps and get a fifth-place finish at Texas. Our last stop helped us gain five spots and we were able to hold on against teams that took four tires."

Checkers/Rally’s will present Newman’s team with an $11,000 check for winning the weekly competition. An additional $111,150 prize will be awarded to the over-the-wall crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.

Newman’s team consists of: Bryan White (jackman), Scott Reiniger (front-tire carrier), Ben Brown (front-tire changer), Trent Cherry (rear-tire carrier), Joe Piette Jr. (rear-tire changer), George Whitley (gasman), Britt Goodrich (catch can) and Michael Warren (eighth-man). Cherry and Bob Pressley are the pit crew coaches.

With two races remaining, the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge season championship is still up for grabs. Mark Martin’s No. 01 crew and Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 crew are currently tied for the lead with four wins each; however, six other teams are still mathematically in contention.

If there’s a tie after the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 18), the team which finishes highest in the driver point standings will be awarded the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru season championship.

Daytona (2/18) Martin Team
California (2/25) Martin Team
Las Vegas (3/11) Martin Team
Atlanta (3/18) Johnson Team
Bristol (3/25) Hamlin Team
Martinsville (4/1) Earnhardt Team
Texas (4/15) Martin Team
Phoenix (4/21) Hamlin Team
Talladega (4/29) Kurt Busch Team
Richmond (5/6) J. Gordon Team
Darlington (5/13) J. Gordon Team
Charlotte (5/27) Hamlin Team
Dover (6/4) Newman Team
Pocono (6/10) J. Gordon Team
Michigan (6/19) Kyle Busch Team
Infineon (6/24) Harvick Team
New Hamp. (7/1) Johnson Team
Daytona (7/7) Mears Team
Chicago (7/15) Harvick Team
Indianapolis (7/29) Sorenson Team
Pocono (8/5) Newman Team
Watkins Glen (8/12) Truex Team
Michigan (8/21) Kurt Busch Team
Bristol (8/25) Bowyer Team
California (9/2) Earnhardt Team
Richmond (9/8) J. Gordon Team
New Hamp. (9/16) Kyle Busch Team
Dover (9/23) Mears Team
Kansas (9/30) Earnhardt Team
Talladega (10/7) Sauter Team
Charlotte (10/13) Bowyer Team
Martinsville (10/21) Kyle Busch Team
Atlanta (10/28) Sorenson Team
Texas (11/4) Newman Team

Tuesday, November 6, 2007



Ryan Newman, whose 13 career USAC National Midget victories came on paved ovals, returns to USAC Midget racing Thursday at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway to compete in the 2007 "Copper World Classic."


Newman will pilot one of four cars entered by Keith Kunz Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. as a teammate to Bryan Clauson, Marc Jessup and Cameron Dodson in the program which includes a 25-mile feature for the Midgets on the 1-mile paved oval.


Thursday's race will be Newman's first in a USAC Midget since finishing third in a National race in July of 2006 at Columbus, Ohio, also driving for Keith Kunz and crew member Pete Willoughby. "I'm looking forward to having some fun Thursday," says Newman. "It's a nice coincidence that the Midgets are running there the same week as our NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase race. Maybe I can finally pick up a Phoenix victory. The Copper World is an important event and a win would be a nice addition to the resume."


Newman held the all-time USAC Midget qualifying record for nine years before Bobby Santos III eclipsed it last year at Iowa Speedway with a lap at 145.145 mph.

Newman, who finished second in the 1999 National standings behind Jason Leffler, last competed in the "Copper World Classic" in 2000, winning the pole and finishing second to race winner Tony Stewart. His last USAC National victory came in 2000 in a Midget at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.


USAC's 1999 Silver Crown Champion, Newman is the only driver ever to win "Rookie of the Year" honors in all three USAC National racing series.


Newman will face a formidable field in Thursday's race, including National Midget point leader Jerry Coons Jr. and Western Midget point leader Johnny Rodriguez, plus NASCAR drivers J.J. Yeley and Bobby East, defending USAC Sprint Car Champion Levi Jones and two-time "Copper World" Midget Champ Dave Steele.


Although he will be seeking his first P.I.R. victory Thursday, Newman has posted three poles and a pair of top-five finishes at the track in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing.


For just the second time in nine career races at Texas Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman earned a top-five finish in Sunday's Dickies 500.

 Newman's only other top-five came in 2003 when he won the Samsung 500 after starting third. All of Newman's remaining seven races at the 1.5-mile track have resulted in finishes of 16th or lower.

Newman, who qualified 11th for Sunday's 334-lap race, had his share of issues during the event, but he was able to overcome them to finish fifth.

After taking the green flag, Newman moved up to seventh before 10 circuits were completed at the Texas track. He complained of his car being just a tick loose getting in and out of the corners and tight when he was in dirty air.

When the first of 12 caution flags waved on lap 15, Newman was still riding in seventh before coming in for his first pit stop. Crew chief Mike Nelson decided a two-tire stop was all that was needed and Newman received right-side tires, fuel and a half round of wedge in the left rear. The 6.62-second stop took Newman up to second for the restart non lap 19.

Newman fell back to fourth after just one lap, but radioed to his crew that he had spun the tires pretty bad on the restart, which caused him to lose the positions.

A third caution period that begun on lap 30 brought in many of the cars in the back of the field, while many of the front-runners remained on the track. However, after taking the green flag again on lap 33, the yellow flag would wave again on lap 36. This time, the front-runners came in, which put them in the middle of the field. Newman came in for left-side tires, fuel and a half round of wedge in the left rear. The stop lasted only 5.44 seconds, but with many cars staying out during the stop, Newman restarted in 21st.

After the green flag waved, Newman began making his way back up through the field. In 16 laps, Newman was back inside the top 15 and still climbing.

Newman was up to third, but still fighting a loose condition in his car getting into the corners when he made his first green-flag pit stop on lap 91. For the first time in the race, Nelson called for four tires, fuel and three-quarters of a round of wedge out of the right rear.

Newman came out of the pits in 14th, but was once again moving forward before the car became aero tight, especially in the middle, and halted Newman's progress toward the front of the field.

Nelson brought the Alltel Dodge back down pit road on lap 120 for four tires, fuel and a half round of wedge in the right rear during the fifth caution period. When the caution came out again on lap 132, Newman stayed out to take over the second position behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Newman challenged Earnhardt Jr. for the lead on lap 142, but Kyle Busch, who had four fresh tires, was able to get by both drivers to take over the No. 1 position. Newman finally got by Earnhardt Jr. on lap 145 just as the caution flag waved again.

For 35 laps, Newman ran second behind Busch before he had to come in for his second green-flag pit stop on lap 180 for four tires and fuel. Prior to the stop, Newman relayed to his crew that the car's balance was definitely better and was maybe just a tick tight in the center.

After the 15.48-second, green-flag stop, Newman was one lap down in 24th, but it wouldn't be long before the rest of the leaders had to make their own green-flag stops and Newman began to head toward the front again.

On lap 190, Newman was back on the lead lap and quickly moving toward the top 10.

Newman made his way into the top five on lap 202, but radioed in that the left-front tire felt like it was down. However, Newman remained in fifth until lap 228 when the car began to get tight.

The 10th caution on lap 233 allowed Newman to bring the Alltel Dodge down pit road for right-side tires, fuel and a half round of wedge in the right rear. Newman moved up to fourth from seventh when he came off pit road, but after the restart, the car was still too tight.

Newman remained in the top 10 for the rest of the 501-mile race and was even able to lead four laps after a caution on lap 298 saw him come down pit road for right-side tires and fuel only. The risky call on Nelson's part put Newman in the lead when many of the lead-lap cars took four tires.

After earning five bonus points, Newman lost the lead to Matt Kenseth on the lap 306 restart. With only 28 laps remaining, Newman's goal was to hang on to his top five run while facing drivers who had four fresh tires compared to his two.

When the checkered flag waved on lap 334, Newman was fifth in the Alltel Dodge.

"It was a good run for us to finish in the top five with the Alltel Dodge," Newman said following the race. "Nevertheless, we didn't have the best racecar on the short run. We had a decent racecar in the long runs. The short runs got us behind and we had a few of those there at the end. The two tire call was a good one to get track position. We just didn't have a fast enough racecar to stay up front."

With its quick work on pit road during the race, the No. 12 Alltel Dodge team earned its third Checker's/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Award, which is given to the team that finishes on the lead lap and spends the least amount of time on pit road during the race. The Alltel Dodge crew also received the award after the June Dover race and the August Pocono event.

Next weekend, Newman will drive the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Avenger in the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. ABC and MRN Radio will broadcast the final Car of Tomorrow race this season before the car runs a full schedule in 2008 beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Ryan Newman Gets Top 5 Finish At Texas

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, leads against Ryan Newman, driver of the #12 alltel Dodge, during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman had a good day at Texas Motor Speedway for the Dickies 500 finishing 5th. This was Newman's 6th top 5 finish of the year.

Newman's Top 5 finish takes him 2 postions up in the points standings to 14th. He is only 72 points behind Dale Earnhardt JR in 13th and 67 points ahead of 15th position Casey Mears.

After qualifying for the race, Newman said that Mike Nelson and the team had "de-tuned" the engine a little to make sure that it lasted the whole 500 miles.

My questing is this - Has all the blown engines Newman has had this year been do to "over-tuned" engines?

In front of Newman at the checkered flag was Jimmie Johnson taking the win followed by Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex JR and Kyle Busch.

Newman ran up front for most of the day staying in or near the top 5. The couple of times he was back around 20th was due to pit strategy.

The final caution of the day (the 12th caution) came on lap 298 of the 334 lap race when Gregg Biffle spun in turn 2 and came to a stop with the cockpit was full of smoke. This set up the final round of pit stops.

Newman and crew chief Mike Nelson chose to go with only 2 tires for a quick pit stop. This led to Newman being the first out of the pits.

Newman took the green flag followed by Matt Kenseth, Jaime McMurray, Martin Truex JR and Jimmie Johnson.

One lap latter Matt Kenseth gets around Newman and he starts falling back.

"It was a good run for us to finish in the top five with the alltel Dodge. Nevertheless, we didn’t have the best racecar on the short run. We had a decent racecar in the long runs. The short runs got us behind and we had a few of those there at the end. The two tire call was a good one to get track position. We just didn’t have a fast enough racecar to stay up front."

The final laps proved to be pretty exciting. I am not a fan of Matt Kenseth or Jimmie Johnson but they had some hard racing at the end. They were side by side a couple of times and Matt Kenseth was getting loose. Jimmie Johnson finally got by him and took the checkered flag.

Top 10 Finishers Where -

1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 190/5 334 Running
2 18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock / DEWALT 175/5 334 Running
3 1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 170/5 334 Running
4 17 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 170/10 334 Running
5 11 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 160/5 334 Running
6 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 150/0 334 Running
7 2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 151/5 334 Running
8 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 147/5 334 Running
9 24 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Special Reserve 138/0 334 Running
10 4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 134/0 334 Running

Newman feels good about rebounding from tough breaks

It's a familiar and unsettling story for Ryan Newman.

Running in the top 10 two-thirds of the way through last Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Atlanta, Newman's No. 12 Penske Dodge encounters engine trouble and he winds up finishing 37th.

Engine failures, flat tires, crashes and a multitude of gremlins. All have seemingly been constant companions since the 2004 season for a driver once considered a top star in the elite stock car series.

Newman won 35 poles and had 12 victories through 2005, his fourth full season in Cup races. Since then, there has been little to celebrate, other than an occasional pole for the guy whose consistent speed on qualifying day earned the nickname "Rocketman."

His last win came at New Hampshire in the fall of 2005, but a recent resurgence has raised a few eyebrows in the garage and done wonders for the 2002 Rookie of the Year's confidence.

In the three weeks before Atlanta, Newman had finishes of fifth at Talladega, 28th at Charlotte and second at Martinsville. He could just as easily have won all of them, including the Charlotte race where a blown tire knocked him out of the lead and sent his car into the wall with five laps remaining.

"The performance has been a lot better," Newman said. "It's all attributed to teamwork and just pure car performance -- that's the biggest thing. Everybody at the shop has done a great job to step up and be better.

"We had a big personnel change in the offseason, and that was hard to battle through. Secondly, the performance of the race car has improved dramatically in the last half of the season. Those three races we had a shot of winning in the last three laps. Not everybody can say that. Especially after a rebound, it's nice to be able to say that."

Although he missed out on the Chase for the championship for the second consecutive year and is currently 16th in the standings, Newman is feeling good about the present and the future heading into the final three events of 2007, starting with Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway.

He's even OK answering questions about not winning his most recent races.

"I'm glad we're rebounding to the point where we can talk about it," he said. "There's potential. We didn't have potential for a long time.

"Before this year, I lost a lot of confidence as a driver. I didn't lose any ability, but the confidence gives you that extra edge. The ability just allows you to do it and that confidence is what's helped me with my qualifying and getting better track position, which helps us all the way through the race."

Another big part of the resurgence is the rapport Newman has developed with teammate Kurt Busch, who replaced longtime NASCAR star Rusty Wallace in the team's No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2006. It was no secret that Newman and Wallace did not get along and had little communication.

Busch made the 12-man Chase this year with his own late-season surge after Pat Tryson took over as his crew chief. And the friendship of the two drivers, as well as Tryson and Mike Nelson, Newman's crew chief, has made a difference.

"The relationship between Kurt and me has been good and I think, more importantly, the teams, the two crew chiefs, the race engineers, even down to the shock guys," Newman said. "I've seen Miller Lite shirts in my truck 100 times more this year than I have in the last six years put together. And vice versa."

Team owner Roger Penske likes what he is seeing from Newman.

"Ryan's a great race driver and it's just a matter of getting the right car under him," Penske said. "And I think he's got confidence now. He's had a couple of tough breaks with some engine issues. But, overall, I think we've got a solid guy there and you're going to see a great last couple of races."

Ryan Newmans Practice #3 Results - Dickies 500 | Texas Motor Speedway

Ryan Newman and his #12 ALLTEL Dodge Penske Racing team were the 4 fastest in the third practice at Texas Motor Speedway for the Dickies 500 . Newman\'s practice run included a speed of 186.638/28.933 putting him -0.053 behind the fastest of the practice, Jimmie Johnson. Practice 3 Results
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Practice 1 Results
Practice 2 Results

Ryan Newmans Practice #2 Results - Texas Motor Speedway

Ryan Newman and his #12 ALLTEL Dodge Penske Racing team were the 11 fastest in the second practice at Texas Motor Speedway for the Dickies 500 . Newman\'s practice run included a speed of 187.454/28.807 putting him -0.346 behind the fastest of the practice, Tony Stewart. Practice 2 Results
Qualifying Results
Practice 1 Results