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Ryan Newman

Team: Richard Childress Racing-31
Age / DOB:  (39) / 12/8/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 207

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Ryan Newman finished worse than 20th only seven times in 36 Cup races last year.
Six of his poor finishes were caused by crash damage, which meant that he was nearly perfect whenever he stayed out of trouble. With only 10 top-10s to his credit Newman was never quite able to find enough raw power to make the Chase, however. Dec 8 - 12:55 PM

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Ryan Newman posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a speed of 175.387 mph.

Newman qualified fourth last year, so he should be able to get a good lap later on Friday. A 400-mile race is not terribly long, so track position is moderately important.
Nov 18 - 2:10 PM

Ryan Newman finished 10th at Texas Motor Speedway after starting 18th.

Newman has been consistent most of the season, but he has lost some of that constancy in recent events. For that reason, he has flown under the radar screen and could be one of the top differentiators on a fantasy lineup in the final two races.
Nov 7 - 12:02 AM

Ryan Newman has scored four top-10s and a 12th in his last six efforts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Newman has been known for his consistency this year, but he has not earned top-fives on enough occasions to make him a must-have. He was third at Kentucky Speedway this July and fourth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, however, and could help fantasy players sneak up on their competitors.
Nov 3 - 11:43 AM

Ryan Newman has been on a downward trend since last May on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, from a best of seventh to a pair of sub-15th-place results.

Newman advanced 11 positions from his 18th-place qualification last May at Talladega SuperSpeedway to finish seventh. This May, he dropped 13 spots from a 15th-place effort to finish 28th on this same track. He improved slightly at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400 in July, but finished only 18th and did not earn enough points to make him fantasy relevant.
Oct 20 - 7:27 PM

Ryan Newman finished fourth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and kept several Chase contenders from scoring a top-five in race one of round two of the playoffs.

Newman survived a multi-car pileup near the end of the race because he was close enough to the front to keep from getting run over from behind and in the right line. This was Newman’s first top-five since he finished third on the similarly-configured Kentucky Speedway.
Oct 9 - 4:46 PM

Ryan Newman posted the fastest speed among non-Chase contending drivers in the first practice session for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway. His fastest lap was 164.511 mph.

Newman would like to play the role of spoiler this week, but he has not scored a top-15 in his last three Dover attempts. Wait to see how he performs in Saturday’s practice, but do not make your choice based on qualification; he has started in the top 10 in his last two attempts, but lost a lap in both races.
Sep 30 - 12:06 PM

Ryan Newman enters the New England 300 with back-to-back top-10s and an 11th in the summer of 2015.

He should be considered one of the favorites to take a top-10 finish from the Chasers. With the tight points’ battle for 12th in the standing, Newman’s performance could have a huge impact on the playoffs. More important, he is moderately priced in most games, which makes him a great value.
Sep 22 - 1:15 PM

NASCAR Sprint Cup regular Ryan Newman (#31 Chevrolet SS), driving the #7 Menards/Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet in the F.W. Webb 100, has two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and two NWMT wins at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Won the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout at New Hampshire in 2014. Has five career poles at New Hampshire. Has eight top 10s in 15 career starts at NHMS.
Sep 21 - 2:48 PM

Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were called to NASCAR’s trailer before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 weekend began at Chicagoland Speedway. Stewart and Newman stood side-by-side to answer reporters’ questions, told them they had put the episode behind them, and "now let us go race and worry about Chicago," Stewart said.

Not to downplay the sincerity of their emotions, but NASCAR rivalries have a way of reigniting as soon as drivers make contact on the track. Stewart has much more to lose in the next three races than Newman and should race with a lot of respect.
Sep 16 - 8:00 PM

Ryan Newman tried to force his way through the Federated Auto Parts 400 pack Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. When he attempted to bump-and-run past Tony Stewart, however, the soon-to-be retiring veteran wrecked him and ended his playoff hopes.

Newman kept his car running after the lao-364 incident but lost five laps to the damage. That sent him home 28th and well outside the mark needed to score enough points to advance to the Chase. He can play the role of spoiler in the final 10 races, however, and should run consistently well throughout the remainder of the season.
Sep 11 - 4:23 PM

Ryan Newman posted a lap of 122.045 mph and failed to advance to the final round of qualification at Richmond International Raceway. He will line up 15th for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

Newman’s principal rival for the final spot on points is Jamie McMurray and he advanced to the final round. This battle is going to make both drivers good fantasy values.
Sep 9 - 6:39 PM

After failing the post-race Laser Inspection Station last week at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR handed down penalties to Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson.

The penalty carries a 15-point deduction, which drops Newman from seven points behind Jamie McMurray to 22 points out of Chase contention. He still has a chance to overtake the Chip Ganassi Racing driver, but only if he finishes extremely well at Richmond International Raceway and McMurray finishes outside the top 20. This brings Newman’s total penalties this season to 25 points. Richard Childress Racing has no intention of appealing the decision. Larson was also hit with a penalty, but since he is locked into the Chase the impact is minimal.
Sep 8 - 2:47 PM

With a substantial points’ deficit to overcome, Richmond International Raceway is a good place for Ryan Newman to try and make up ground. He has finished on the same lap as the leaders in 13 of his last 15 attempts there, dating back to the start of his tenure with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Two thirds of these efforts ended in results of 11th or better. If he is hit with a points’ penalty this week after failing laser inspection at Darlington Raceway, he may need to win in order to qualify for the Chase, however.
Sep 6 - 9:42 PM

According to NBC’s Dustin Long, the No. 42 and 31 cars both failed the Laser Inspection Station after the Bojangles' Southern 500. There could be a points’ penalty for both teams, which would be extremely costly in Ryan Newman’s bid to overcome one of the other winless drivers for a Chase berth. Kyle Larson has a victory and any points’ deduction would be meaningless.

Newman was also penalized 10 points early this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and now sits seven points behind the bubble. There will be some sleepless nights between now and Tuesday when NASCAR typically announces penalties.
Sep 5 - 12:19 AM