Ryan Newman has not finished better than seventh so far this year, but he is quietly amassing a lot of top-15s. In 15 races in 2016, he has finished in that range nine times and has three results just outside that mark.
Last year, Ryan Newman finished 39th in the June race and was 23rd in August at Pocono Raceway, but that should make him one of this week’s best dark horses. Prior to his run of bad luck, he finished in the top 10 in five consecutive races there.
After crossing under the checkers 10th at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, Ryan Newman has scored four top-10s in his last eight races of the season. He started the Coca-Cola 600 14th.
Ryan Newman has scored three top-10s and three more top-15s this season, but only once has he scored back to tack top-15s. That came at Auto Club and Martinsville Speedway early in the season when he was 14th and 10th respectively.
Ryan Newman began his Dover International Speedway career with three victories and five top-fives in his first eight starts. Since leaving Penske Racing in 2009, he has not scored another top-five, however, and needs the tide to turn on the Delaware shore.
Ryan Newman finished seventh in the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway, which was his third top-10 finish in the last six races of the 2016 season.
Ryan Newman enters this week’s Geico 500 with a current four-race, top-15 streak on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. His best result in that span of races came in last year’s edition of this race with a seventh-place result after starting 18th.
Ryan Newman finished ninth in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was his third straight top-10 finish on this track and his fourth consecutive top-15.
Ryan Newman finished 10th in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He was preceded across the finish line by teammates Austin Dillon in fourth and Paul Menard in eighth. He completed a sweep of the top 10 by Richard Childress Racing.
In 15 Sprint Cup Series events at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman (#31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS) owns one pole award (2005) along with four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
Ryan Newman has made two previous starts with Richard Childress Racing at Atlanta and has swept the top 10. He finished seventh in the August 2014 race and backed that up with a 10th in last year’s spring event.
Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip tangled in Wednesday’s practice for the Daytona 500 duels in Daytona. Newman has to slow for the No. 40 and stacked up the field. Waltrip ran into the back of him.
Ryan Newman has earned 18 top-10s in his 56-race career on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, ranking him ninth on that chart between Clint Bowyer’s 21 and Greg Biffle’s 14.
Ryan Newman earned a berth in the 25-driver 2015 NASCAR Sprint Unlimited exhibition event by virtue of being one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers.