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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 gambled on old tires late at Phoenix International Raceway to steal the Camping World 500 win. He started the race 22nd. This snapped a 127-race losing streak.
Newman was running seventh before the final caution of the afternoon. He was one of three drivers who chose not to pit and that gave him the track position he needed to secure the victory. Newman was good most of the day, but spent very few laps among the top five. In NASCAR, the fastest car doesn’t always win and this is an example of why this is a team sport. Mar 19 - 6:57 PM

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Ryan Newman had to sit out the first 15 minutes of his practice session at Phoenix International Raceway because of problems in qualification inspection last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Newman sits just outside the top 16 in points at 17th. He has one top-five and two results in the low-teens in his last four Phoenix starts, so he should have a good set of notes from which to work.
Mar 17 - 2:29 PM

Ryan Newman has finished better than he started in six of his last seven attempts at Phoenix International Raceway.

The only time that he failed to advance through the pack was in this race last year. He sustained crash damage and finished 39th after starting 20th. Last fall, he moved up only three spots from 15th to 12th, but once again he had damage. One of his best recent races with a positive place-differential came just three attempts ago in fall 2015 when he added 11 passing points to those earned for an 11th-place finish.
Mar 14 - 5:32 PM

Ryan Newman posted the quickest 10-lap average in the final practice session for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.429 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Newman rolls off the grid second. He will need to take care of his tires early and this is a driver who likes to charge hard. If he can rein in his enthusiasm in a little, he has the perfect mix of speed and durability that should produce at least a top-10.
Mar 4 - 4:36 PM

Ryan Newman posted a lap of 189.870 mph and missed earning his record-setting eighth pole by 0.081 seconds. He will line up alongside Kevin Harvick on the front row.

Newman’s previous seven poles on this track all came at the beginning of his career. That mark ties him for first with the legendary Buddy Baker. The most recent of these came in 2007 driving for Roger Penske. The last time he started on the front row was an outside pole in 2010 before he finished eighth.
Mar 3 - 6:48 PM

Ryan Newman posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 187.875 mph.

Newman has qualified on the first four rows in his last three attempts on this track. He scored top-10 finishes in two of those events, but fell a couple of laps off the pace last year to finish 24th.
Mar 3 - 1:29 PM

Ryan Newman won the 2008 Daytona 500; in the 17 races since then, he has been involved in accidents in 12 races.

Accidents are unpredictable, but when a racer accumulates that many and is involved that regularly, an alarm has to go off in fantasy players’ heads. Newman has been incident-free in two of his last three attempts, however, and scored an eighth in July 2015 and 11th last February.
Feb 18 - 7:49 PM

With a 9.5, Ryan Newman has the third-best average finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway among current, fulltime drivers.

Newman has an identical record at Kansas Speedway in the past three years—and since these two tracks host races in close proximity in the fall and spring, it will pay dividends for players to place-and-hold the No. 31 for the pair of similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races.
Feb 5 - 2:12 PM

Ryan Newman has a three-year average finish of 7.7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and of 9.5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which makes these his best tracks in that span of time.

His best record comes at Vegas, where he has two top-10s and a worst result of 13th in the past three years. He has been almost as strong at Charlotte with a pair of 15ths as his low water mark as well as one top-five and three more top-10s. Both of these are similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, which will make him a strong dark horse on the other tracks of this type.
Jan 11 - 12:05 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:55:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 02:10:00 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.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 12:02:00 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.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:43:00 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.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 07:27:00 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.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 04:46:00 PM