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.
Ryan Newman finished on the same lap as the leaders in 78 percent of his starts and that statistic remained mostly consistent during the Chase. In the final 10 races of the season, he failed to go the full distance twice—giving an 80 percent complete rate.
Ryan Newman (#31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS) finished 16th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
For Ryan Newman it was a case of a little too late. He earned his first top-10 in the past five weeks when he crossed under the checkers seventh for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Ryan Newman will be a good value this week in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway if he can avoid trouble, but that would seem to be a Big IF. He has sustained crash damage in 19 of his last 26 plate races and he blew an engine in one other event.