Ryan Newman has finished 18th or better in 18 of 22 races this season; 13 of these results were top-15s and seven were top-10s.
Ryan Newman finished 39th and 23rd in last year’s pair of Pocono Raceway events. That came on the heels of six straight seasons in which he swept the top 15 at least and two years of consecutive top-10s. He rebounded this spring and finished 12th in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400.
Ryan Newman posted the fifth-fastest time in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard on Friday and was fourth-fastest in Happy Hour. His best lap was set at 183.767 mph during his final trip around the track.
It wasn’t particularly pretty, but Ryan Newman advanced from 25th to finish seventh in the New Hampshire 301. En route, he spent only about 15 laps in the top 10, but like several strong finishers, he was there when it mattered most.
Ryan Newman failed to advance out of the first round of qualification for the New Hampshire 301. With a speed of 131.501 mph, he was 0.015 seconds slower than Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He will start Sunday's race 25th.
Besides driving his regular No. 31 Chevrolet SS in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman will pilot the No. 7 Menards/WIX Filters Chevrolet in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday.
Ryan Newman did not have the fastest car in practice, but he had the right strategy Saturday night. He stretched his fuel along with the rest of the top six and finished third in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.
Fantasy owners do not always know what drivers are working on—or at least that may the case with Ryan Newman. He enters the weekend with the 11th-best Fantasy Power Ranking, but his practice times seem to tell a different story. He averaged a ranking of 20.2 in the four sessions for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Ryan Newman is a bulldog on every track type, but that is not always beneficial on road courses where finesse is a more desirable trait. Still, he finished eighth in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, which is his seventh top-15 in his past eight races on this track type.
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.